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The Springfield Annandale branch of the American Association of University Women presents the annual diversity awards ceremony for high school students on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Braddock District Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-560-5335.

The Huntington Learning Center is hosting an Open House Thursday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m. in its location at 11268 James Swart Circle, Fairfax. Discuss the benefits of summer on academic instruction, as well as providing information on how to help children pay attention, improve study skills and the new SAT. Contact Karen Helm 703-359-4700.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is having a reunion for the class of 1996 at the Hilton in Arlington on Saturday, Aug. 5. Visit www.greatreunions.com for classmate information.

Over 900 Fairfax County Public School sixth grade students will participate in the 30th annual All-County Choral Festival on Saturday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. The program will include traditional, folk and classical music selections. Free and open to the public. Call Elaine Stanford 703-208-7720.

William Halley Elementary School PTA is sponsoring an art auction on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Officer's Club on Fort Belvior. The $20 ticket includes a buffet and a cash bar. This event will enable the PTA to fund the purchase of additional "SMARTBoards" for classrooms. The PTA’s goal is for each class to have a SMARTboard in their room. The auction will feature original oils, lithographs, serigraphs, watercolors and more by a variety of world-renowned artists and exciting new artists. In addition Halley students have been working on various art projects that will be auctioned during the evening. For tickets contact Liz Mullany 703-495-9088 or e-mail Guinman@cox.net.

Paul VI Catholic High School hosts a spring open house on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the high school, 10675 Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax. The open house is for current seventh-grade students and their parents. Meet Paul VI faculty and staff who will be available to answer questions about the high school admissions process. Tours and refreshments available. Call the admissions office at 703-352-0925, x 331.

Grace Weekday Preschool is having its annual Basket Auction/End of Year Event on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Parents have put together themed baskets that will be available for a silent auction that evening. In addition, the students of Grace Weekday Preschool will perform end of the year songs for their parents, families and friends. Community members are welcome to come and enjoy this evening of fellowship. Grace Weekday Preschool is located at 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Call the preschool office at 703-451-3314.

Scout Yard Sale. Large annual yard sale benefiting Burke Boy Scout Troop 698 on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at White Oaks Elementary School. For more information, contact Pat Snellings at 703-249-1118.

The National Merit Scholarship Program designated several Fairfax County Public Schools students as Merit Scholarship winners for 2006. Scholarships, which range from $500 to $10,000, are corporate-sponsored and are renewable for up to four years of study at the college of the student's choice. This year's scholars include:

* Yidan Chen of Burke, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, who received a scholarship from Computer Sciences Corporation for business management.

* Joel Garrett of Burke, a student at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Mass., who received a scholarship from General Dynamics for biomedical engineering.

* Austin Kwon of Fairfax, a student at Robinson Secondary School, who received a scholarship from Northrop Grumman for business.

* Timothy Loffredo of Fairfax, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, who received a scholarship from Lockheed Martin for computer science.

* Joceline Vu of Fairfax Station, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, who received a scholarship from Science Applications International Corporation for biochemistry.

* Lue-Yee Tsang of Springfield, a student at Lake Braddock Secondary School, who received a scholarship from Northrop Grumman for linguistics.

William Gibson, trumpet player and a senior at Hayfield High School, is the winner of the City of Fairfax Band’s $2,000 Young Artist Competition Scholarship. He will be performing the Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet at the City of Fairfax Band’s upcoming concert on Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students. Call 703-757-0220 for further information, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxband.org.

More than 900 Fairfax County Public Schools sixth grade students will participate in the 30th annual Sixth Grade All-County Choral Festival on Saturday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the field house at Hayfield Secondary School. Serving as guest conductor will be Janet Galvan, professor of music education at Ithaca College. The program will include traditional, folk, and classical music selections, including “Et Exultavit” by Antoino Vivaldi. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the FCPS Instructional Services Department and the Fairfax General Music Educators Association. It will also be aired on cable Channel 21; check http://www.fcps.edu/cable.htm for air times.

Preparing students with learning disabilities or ADHD for college is the focus of a Family Discussion Forum Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Fairfax SuccessLab Learning Center, Turnpike Shopping Center, 9518 Main St. in Fairfax. The forum will feature guest speaker Dr. Jon Thomas, LPC, a Fairfax-based professional counselor and founder of The College Success Guidance Program. Thomas will discuss elements of pre-college training to prepare students for a successful college transition, including skills such as time management, problem solving and independent decision-making.