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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 County Sheriff's Office will hold the 18th Annual McGruff Safety Camp, June 26-30; July 10-July 14 and July 17-21. All camps run Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon.

The camps, which will be held at Evergreen Mill Elementary in Leesburg, allow children who are entering kindergarten and first grade to learn various topics on safety including fire safety, bicycle safety and 911 emergencies. Throughout the week children in the camp will have an opportunity to meet law-enforcement officers, K-9 officers, plus a chance to see law enforcement and fire/rescue vehicles firsthand.

Registration forms are available at Evergreen Mill Elementary School, 491 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg, the Sheriff's Office Administration building at 39 Catoctin Circle in Leesburg and the Sheriff's Office Ashburn substation at 45299 Research Place, Suite 100.

There is no registration fee, but donations are accepted. The camps are for children entering kindergarten and first grade and children must be 5 years old by June 1.

Temple Hall Farm Regional Park will hold a four-day farming adventure, summer camp for children ages 10-14, July 10-14. Learn about and interact with farm animals, try some gardening. Includes other activities such as fishing and hay rides. Registration deadline is April 1. Contact the farm at 703-779-9372 or e-mail TempleHallFarm@NVRPA.org.

Draw, paint, sculpt and more this summer at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts in Leesburg. Summer art camp for children age 5-16 begins June 26 and runs through Aug. 18. Choose from a lineup of camps that includes imaginative painting projects, clay creations, cartooning, digital photography, batik, the art of magic, young designers club, mural painting and much, much more. Call 703-777-8043 or www.loudounacademy.org.

The Loudoun Academy of the Arts, located at 222 South King St., Leesburg, is a 501c3 educational organization that offers fine art instruction to children and adults, gallery exhibition space for professional artists and studio art facilities.

Galilee United Methodist Church will be holding the Fiesta Vacation Bible School, July 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, for 3-year-olds (by Sept. 30, 2005) through fifth graders. The main Bible point is "Where Kids are Fired Up About Jesus." The location for the VBS will be at GUMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Cost is $35 per child. To register call 703-430-2203 or e-mail GalileeUMC@galileeumc.net. Registration forms are available on the Web site at www.Galileeumc.org or at the church office.

Galilee United Methodist Church will be holding the KidSpirit Triple Sports Day Camp for rising third-sixth graders, July 24-28, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. All campers will work on basic basketball, soccer and volleyball skills and each participant can choose one of these sports for more advanced instruction. There are no tryouts, every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do. Cost is $150 per child, early-bird special $135 before March 5. Registration forms are available on the Web site at www.Galileeumc.org or at the church office.

The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail KByrum@Galileeumc.net.

Galilee United Methodist Church will be offering a Performing Arts Day Camp for rising third-sixth graders, July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The final performance will be 7 p.m., Friday evening. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. There are no auditions, every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do: music Ñ singing, hand chimes and rhythm instruments; performance skills Ñ drama and acting; choreography Ñ movement and sign language; stagecraft Ñ scenery painting. Cost is $150 per child, early-bird special $135 before March 5. Registration forms are available on the Web site at www.Galileeumc.org or at the church office.

The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail KByrum@Galileeumc.net.