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Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com 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 Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (LCVA) Board of Directors is looking for individuals to serve three-year terms on the board. Resumes must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 17. If selected, board service begins July 1, at the beginning of the LCVAÕs fiscal year.

The LCVA Board is comprised of up to 20 elected members. Board member terms are staggered. First-term board members may also apply to serve a second term. The LCVA will have board openings for terms ending June 20, 2009.

Anyone interested in the upcoming available LCVA Board positions is requested to submit a resume outlining their business/professional career including any information regarding tourism-related experience.

Three business references should accompany the resume along with a response to the statement: ÒMy service on the LCVA Board of Directors will help the LCVA and tourism in Loudoun County because É.Ó This response should be no longer than one double-spaced, typed page. However, there is no requirement that the response fill a page.

All information submitted to the LCVA is considered proprietary, personal and private and will not be discussed during open meetings of the LCVA.

Submissions are due at the LCVA office by Tuesday, Jan. 17. The office is located at 222 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Suite 100 in Leesburg, VA 20175-3732. Contact Greg Harp at 703-771-2170, Ext. 14. Elections will be made at the LCVA Annual Meeting in March.

In honor of Black History Month in February, the Lions Club of Sterling with Melodee Music of Sterling will be holding the annual Lions of Virginia, James A. Bland Music Competition Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2:30 p.m., at Melodee Music, 46077 Lake Center Plaza, Potomac Falls. Admission free.

Individuals wishing to compete can pick up an application at Melodee Music or request one from the Lions Club by calling 703-723-0077, writing Sterling Lions Club, P.O. Box 45, Sterling, Va. 20167-0045 or e-mailing sterlinglions@adelphia.net. Applications due Jan. 26.

The contest is open to boys and girls, vocalist or instrumentalists, who live in Virginia and attend elementary through high school or is being home schooled. Contestants cannot be previous state winners. The winner of the club-level competition moves onto the regional contest and has an opportunity to advance to the state competition. At the club level first- and second-place winners in each category receive a $75 and $50 savings bonds respectively. The state winner receives a $2,000 music scholarship.

For complete details and rules visit http://www.valions.org/sterling/Bland.htm.

Auditions for the Alexandria Singers 2006 spring season will be held at the Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria, every Tuesday in January, at 7 p.m. For an appointment, call Barbara Keefer at

703-707-0590 or e-mail audition@alexandriasingers.com.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is now accepting applications for public transportation, commuter services and human service transportation grants.

The annual applications period is open through Feb. 1. Approximately $134 million in state funding is available through Transportation Trust Fund and Transportation Efficiency Improvement Fund allocations.

Fiscal year 2007 funding availability is based on official revenue estimates of the commonwealth, which will be finalized in May 2006.

Complete details on eligibility and application procedures are available online. To apply, or to learn more information about public transportation funding in Virginia, visit www.drpt.virginia.gov and click on the OLGA (On-Line Grants Administration) spotlight box.

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 pivs@loudoun.gov 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

703-777-0113.

Loudoun MADD is selling the red MADD CHOOSE COURAGE community awareness wristbands for $1, which can be mailed for an additional $.50 each. The wristbands can be purchased by sending a check to Loudoun MADD at P.O. Box 4252, Leesburg, VA 20177, with the number of wristbands for purchase. Visit the Loudoun MADD Web site at www.maddloudounva.org to see a picture of the wristbands. For questions send an e-mail to maddloudoun@aol.com.

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 www.loudoun.gov/oswm.