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The Park View High School freshman and new student orientation will be held, Thursday, Aug. 31, at the school, 400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling, at 7 p.m. Students and parents are invited to attend.

The YMCA Loudoun County will hold several after-school programs for the 2006-07 school year, with locations at the following elementary schools, Road Hill, Catoctin, Hillside, Sugarland, Cool Spring, Evergreen Mill, Sterling and Forest Grove. Registration required, 703-777-9622 or visit Fee $285 per month with half off the first month.

The Douglass Community Center is accepting registration for its preschool program, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30-3 p.m. class. Must be 3.5 years old by Sept. 30. $45 registration fee and $155/month tuition. This is a licensed program. Contact Judy Molzhan at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at