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The Chantilly Pyramid Art Show will be held Thursday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m., at Chantilly High. Student art work will be on display from Chantilly High and its feeder elementary schools, plus Rocky Run Middle School.

Clifton Elementary School will hold an Innovation and Invention Fair on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. Students are asked to improve or create a new or existing product or process. It involves considering a problem from various perspectives and coming up with a creative solution or idea to address the problem, tracking their thinking along the way. Independent judges from the U.S. Patent Office and local businesses will judge the contestants and present awards to all entrants. Call 703-988-8000 or see www.fcps.edu/CliftonES.

Elementary School Parenting Night: All five elementary schools in the Centreville High Pyramid are holding a parenting night for parents of elementary-school-age children. It will be Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Centreville Elementary, 14330 Green Trails Blvd., off Route 28. Topics to be covered are: Raising resilient children, Avoiding the homework blues, Pros and cons of peer pressure, Positive discipline, and When families get angry. Call the counselor at one of these elementary schools: Bull Run, Centre Ridge, Centreville, Colin Powell and Union Mill.

Chantilly High's "All Night Grad Party" Basket Bingo fund-raiser is set for Friday, March 24, from 6-9 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Loaded baskets, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and food will be available. Advance tickets, $12; $15 at the door. Call 703-362-8942 or e-mail kmbrlymcd@cox.net.

Clifton Elementary's annual Fun Fair will be held Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Games, face-painting, food and a cake walk are just some of the things planned. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Chantilly High's Invitational Jazz Festival is this Friday-Saturday, March 24-25, at the school, 4201 Stringfellow Road. Friday's performances run from 4-10:15 p.m., and Saturday's run from 8:25 a.m.-7 p.m. For specific schools' performance times, call Chantilly Band Director Keith Taylor at 703-222-8180.

St. Timothy School is having a Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, March 25, from 9-3 p.m. The fair will have handmade crafts from more than 70 artisans, unique Easter/spring gifts, baked goods and raffles. Admission is free. St. Timothy School is at 13809 Poplar Tree Road in Chantilly.

The Capital Wind Symphony presents a spring concert in the auditorium of Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Contact Robert L. Carroll at 703-938-3521 or visit www.capitalwinds.org

Northern Virginia Community College has developed earlier registration timelines for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Summer registration for all students begins March 28, approximately three weeks earlier than previous years. Fall registration begins April 11 for continuing students, defined as any student who has taken classes at NVCC during the past three years. New students may register for fall starting May 23.

The Schedule of Classes is available online at www.nvcc.edu, where students may also register 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 703-323-3000.

Bull Run Elementary's fifth- and sixth-grade chorus presents the musical, "Aladdin Jr." on Tuesday-Wednesday, March 28-29, at 2 and 7 p.m. each day, in the school cafeteria. Featuring intricate production numbers, plus colorful costumes and backdrops, the show is based on the Disney movie. Admission is free. Nick Burroughs plays Aladdin, Katie Eichenberger portrays Jasmine and Ben Fairbanks is the Genie.

Upcoming Events at Poplar Tree Elementary School

March 29 - Science Night Exhibit, 7 p.m., cafeteria.

April 4 - Kindergarten Orientation, 9:30-10:30 a.m., cafeteria.

April 5 - PTA Board meeting, 7 p.m., LA room.

April 7 - Teacher workday- student holiday.

Liberty Middle School presents "All Aboard for Broadway," music and lyrics by George M. Cohan, on March 30, 31 and April 1. Curtain is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 each and go on sale Monday, March 27, during lunches in the cafeteria. Come hear favorite Cohan songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Harrigan” and many more. This musical has a cast and crew of more than 60 students. Call 703-988-8100.

Chantilly High School presents “You Hold the Key,” a driver-safety program for adults and teens on Thursday, March 30 from 7-9 p.m. Speakers include reps from MADD, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Gayl Carr and Phil Berardelli, author of “Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens.” Drunk driving and seat-belt simulators available before the program. E-mail: ptsa@chantillyhsptsa.org.

Clifton Elementary will have an outdoor workday, Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to spread mulch and tend to general grounds keeping duties.

Westfield High's "Back to Broadway Cabaret" will be held Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in the school theater. The cabaret will feature scenes and songs from theatre, television and film, showcasing actors and singers from Westfield's Theatre Department. All tickets are $5. Student directors Barry Armbruster and Kevin Manship lead a cast of 50 student and faculty performers.

The Capitol Steps, D.C.’s political musical comedy troupe, will perform at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Sunday, April 2, at 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the WHS Orchestra Program. The cost is $27, and doors open at 4:45 p.m. for general seating. Call 703-488-6363 x7181. Visit www.capsteps.com.

Rocky Run Middle School's Spring Book Fair is April 3-6, in the media center. It is featuring many new Scholastic titles for teen readers as well as, books for all ages and reading levels. Posters, journals, bookmarks, pencils, erasers, craft, science, and other gift packages are available, too. For every two books purchased by a student, that student will receive a free chocolate bar. Also there will be daily drawings for free $5 gift certificates and posters too. Family buying night will be, Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.

The Centreville Community Foundation is establishing a scholarship program to recognize local students who participate in community service in the Centreville area. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student at each of the three high schools that serve Centreville: Centreville High School, Mountain View Alternative High School and Westfield High School. The goal is to encourage students to become involved in the local community and contribute volunteer hours that support CCF's mission in the areas of arts, youth, education, economic development, and community improvement. The scholarship award may be used to pursue any type of post-secondary education and/or related expenses during the '06-'07 academic school year. Contact Marvin Powell, chair of the Centreville Community Foundation, Marvin.Powell@axa-advisors.com.

The 2nd annual Leadership Conference for Middle School Boys is at Hayfield Secondary School Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The boys selected are in need of extra support and encouragement, motivation and recognition to understand that finishing school, earning a high school diploma and going onto college can and should be goals that they set for their future. There will be Career and Leadership sessions that the boys will attend. A few of the speakers will be FCPS Superintendent Dr. Dale; Edward Cunningham, Keynote Speaker; and Willie Jolley, closing speaker.

Greenbriar West will be hosting the annual Spring Carnival on Saturday, April 22 from 12-4 p.m. at Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, due to the current renovation. With the theme, "GBW Olympics," there will be moon bounces, games, food, a bake sale, pie and cake-decorating contests, a cakewalk/bakewalk, 50/50 raffle and more. Contact msgrida@aol.com or katewing44@gmail.com.

The Fairfax County School Board has scheduled a series of community meetings, called District Dialogues, to discuss academic goals for Fairfax County Public Schools. These meetings will take place in March, April and May and are open to all members of the community. All of the meetings begin at 7 p.m. The Sully District meeting will be on Tuesday, April 25 at Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly.

The 10th annual Deer Park Elementary School PTA golf tournament is being held on May 1 at South Riding Country Club. Register before April 1 and pay $85. After April 1, registration is $100. Registration fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and door prizes. Registration on May 1 begins at 11 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m. Go to www.deerparkpta.golfreg.com

Students on the Patriot Team at Rocky Run Middle School are learning they can make a difference in their world at the age of 12 or 13. The students have established a community service project called Communiteen, that supports the Northern Virginia community in several ways. The students are donating toiletries and assembling the donations into welcome kits that will be delivered to the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston. Some of the students adopted needy children or families for the holidays, providing them with needed items. Others participated in park land or neighborhood cleanup projects.

Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), in cooperation with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, announces the launch of the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program. This program, offered as part of the celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), will offer up to $3,000 for a full year of tuition, books and fees to 40 first-year students in the 23 community colleges in the VCCS.

To be eligible for this scholarship opportunity, students must be enrolled full-time in an associate’s degree program and attending college for the first time. The scholars must have plans to graduate from NVCC and agree to be part of a program that will promote community college education and become mentors to future Legacy scholars. Final selection of the merit-based scholarships will be determined by academic excellence and leadership during high school.

Centreville Preschool Inc. is a nonprofit, cooperative preschool established in 1969 by a group of parents wishing to provide the best possible preschool experience for their children. Licensed by the state of Virginia and owned and operated by the parents of students. There are a few openings available for the 2006–2007 school year. To schedule a tour, call the school at 703-830-5656. Located at 13916 Braddock Road.

Clifton Elementary School PTA has received a $300 grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. This grant will help support the Cultural Arts Program which hosts various artistic assemblies for the students at Clifton.