Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

The 10th Congressional District Art Show will be Saturday, May 6, at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. It is being held in conjunction with Loudoun Youth Initiative's Teen Fest. The theme of this year's fest is A Teen Carnival.

The art competition is open to all high-school students in the 10th District. Students interested in participating should contact their school's art teachers or principals for detailed information on how to enter.

All pieces entered in the competition will be displayed at the show, which will be open to the public, from 1-5 p.m., at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Drive, N.W., Leesburg. Wolf will announce the "Best of Show" at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The winning piece will be displayed in the U. S. Capitol for a year alongside other "Best of Show" entries from congressional districts across the country.

Ashburn Fire and Rescue Department annual photograph fund-raiser is underway. Make arrangements with the authorized staff in Ashburn Fire and Rescue shirts who are going door to door in the neighborhoods. For a donation to AVFRD, receive a free photo shoot and 11 by 14 photo. Or visit the Ashburn Fire House, 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn to make a donation and have photo taken.

Bring family, friends, co-workers, baseball team, pets or just yourself. Photo shoot dates May 6 and 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. , June 10 and 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., July 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Call the Fire House at 703-729-0006.

The Good Shepherd Alliance Thrift Store in Sterling is looking for donations, specifically jewelry. Profits from the Thrift Store go towards operation of the two homeless shelters in Loudoun County, the day/warming center in Leesburg, and a new project in Purcellville. Donations are taken daily Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the back door of the Thrift Store in Sterling. Call 703-444-5956. Tax receipts are available.

Residents and businesses using the Loudoun County Recycling Drop-off Centers are reminded that the recycling centers accept only mixed bottles, cans, and paper. Specifically, items that are accepted at the recycling centers include clear- and colored-glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans; plastic bottles and jugs Ñ beverage, detergent and squeeze bottles and jugs only; newspapers; magazines; phone books; catalogs; junk mail; office paper; cardboard; and paperboard such as cereal boxes.

Items that are not accepted at the centers include plastic bags; plastic flower pots; Styrofoam; or any other type of plastic that is not specifically a bottle or jug; window glass; plate-glass; porcelain; wood; yard waste; furniture; needles; nails; construction materials; electronics; hazardous chemicals or chemical containers; and motor oil containers.

If an item is not listed on the sign as acceptable for recycling, do not deposit it in the recycling bin, and instead call the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187. For more information visit

Loudoun Volunteer Services seeks nominations for Student Volunteer of the Month. Loudoun students will be recognized for their volunteer efforts during the 2004-2005 school year. Nominate students, or groups of students, elementary-12th grade, who volunteer their time in a variety of ways in their schools, churches, and towns. A one-page narrative may be sent to the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board at or to 1 Harrison St., S.E., P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177.

The one-page narrative should include the student's name, address, telephone number, school and a description, including length of service of the exemplary volunteer efforts of the student. Contact information for the person nominating the student should also be included.

Volunteers will be featured in the Loudoun Volunteer Services Newsletter and on the Loudoun County Government Web site. Contact Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator, at


American Cancer Society Relay for Life team captain meetings will take place May 23, May 30, bank Night, for the Eastern Loudoun ACS Relay for Life, June 3-4. The meetings are at 6 p.m., in the Potomac Falls High School Library, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling. All welcome to come to hear about the relay and how to get a team signed up. Contact Chris or

Arts in the Alley is seeking entries for the outdoor art fair and music festival to be held June 10 in historic Purcellville.

The show is open to artists working in all media including, but not limited to painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, mixed media, clay, glass or wood. All items must be for sale and must be the original work of the artist. No commission on sales. Artists are responsible for handling their own money and reporting their own sales tax. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

Student artists (under age 18) are encouraged to show their work also. Student art will be displayed in a separate area and judged for prizes. Student artists may choose to sell their work if they wish or just display it.

All accepted artists are invited to promote their work on

the show Web site Instructions for

uploading images and contact information will be sent upon

receipt of your booth fee.

To apply, complete the online form at and send three images, which are representative of the artist' current work and a photo of the booth display with a nonrefundable entry fee of $25. Or, request a form by writing

to Show Director, P.O. Box 479, Purcellville, VA 20134-0479.

Applications will be evaluated as received.

Arts in the Alley is presented by local artists and art supporters in association with Main Street Purcellville, Main Street Loudoun, and the town of Purcellville, Va. Call or e-mail Jane Butler,, 540-338-2002.

The 2006 Loudoun Wine Trail brochure is available at wineries, the Loudoun Convention and Visitor Association Office, Leesburg Corner Outlets and many other locations. The brochure lists the 11 local wineries that were in the previous brochure and adds Loudoun's newest, Village Winery in Waterford.

The 2006 wine trail contains notes on wine tasting, the most popular types of Loudoun wines, bed and breakfast establishments, plus information from the Loudoun Winegrowers Association and the Loudoun Wineries Association. It includes a listing of local vineyards that raise grapes for sale to wineries, contact information for vineyards and wineries, and an illustrative map.

A new element this year is a Wine Trail Passport page that can be uses for visits to the wineries. Get the Passport page stamped at each winery visited and after completing the full circuit and gathering stamps from all the wineries, submit the passport to the last Loudoun winery visited and receive a special gift.

The brochure is available at the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association, 222 Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, or by calling 1-866-771-2596. Information about the Passport Program also appears on