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 Master Singers of Virginia will hold auditions through June for its 12th season. Singers of all voice types are encouraged to reply.

The Master Singers of Virginia, directed by Erik Reid Jones, is an a cappella choral ensemble in Northern Virginia, concentrating on 20th and 21st century choral music. Some of the music to be performed in the upcoming season includes RachmaninoffÕs ÒVespers,Ó BrittenÕs ÒCeremony of the Carols,Ó and Aaron CoplandÕs ÒIn the Beginning.Ó

The Master Singers perform three major concert programs each season as well as other engagements throughout Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area. The upcoming season will include engagements at both the Waterford Concert Series in Waterford and the Alden Theatre Concert Series in McLean.

Visit the Web site at To schedule an audition call Diana Manfredi, president, at 571-213-6306.

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 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.

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 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation opened its new headquarters, a 23,000-square-foot office complex in Lansdowne, Wednesday, May 17.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established Òto help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.Ó The foundation focuses in particular on students with financial need. Its programs include scholarships to graduate, undergraduate and high-school students, and grants to organizations that serve high-achieving students with financial need. Visit

The headquarters office complex is located at 44325 Woodridge Parkway in Lansdowne.

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


The Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management (OSWM) recently helped arrange a donation of 1,000 unused bicycle tires to the nonprofit group Bikes for the World.

Wavecrest Laboratories LLC contacted the OSWM concerning proper disposal of 1,000 unused bicycle tires. Kate Glass, Loudoun County's recycling coordinator, contacted Keith Oberg, director of the Arlington-based group Bikes for the World about the tires. The 1,000 bicycle tires will ultimately be transported to a Bikes for the World warehouse for placement in community development programs in developing countries.

Glass reminds businesses that they are required to recycle and that the OSWM can provide assistance identifying recycling opportunities for everything from newspapers to bicycle tires. More information about business recycling requirements is available on the Loudoun County

Web site at

Bikes for the World accepts donations from corporate and private donors. More information is available on the group's Web site at