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Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, 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 Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

The Dominion High School Choral Department is taking prepaid orders for balsam wreaths in four sizes, ranging from 12 inches, $12, to 36 inches, $36. In addition to the 24-inch wreath, $26, and 28-inch wreath, $30, 15-foot balsam and pine garland, $32, 15-foot balsam garland, $30, and a 13-inch diameter kissing ball are also available. Checks, payable to ATLAS and mailed to Choral Dept., Dominion H.S., 21326 Augusta Drive, Sterling, must be received by Nov. 17. Orders may also be placed by e-mailing dominionchoir@hotmail.com or contacting Lynn at 703-421-9480.

Eagle Ridge Middle School will hold the Lego League Northern Virginia 2nd Regional Tournament Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19. Twenty teams of students and mentors will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community. Teams from Eagle Ridge, Belmont Ridge, River Bend and other middle schools will participate. It will be held at Eagle Ridge Middle School, 42901 Waxpool Road., Ashburn, in the gym on Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. Visit www.Loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/erms.

Dominion High School is offering partnership opportunities for its annual girls' and boys' basketball tournament, the Brown's Nissan Tip-Off Classic, which kicks off the 2006-2007 season. Eight teams will participate in this four-day event held at Dominion High School in Sterling Nov. 29-Dec. 2. For more information, contact athletic director Joe Fleming at 703-444-8038 or via e-mail JFLEMING@loudoun.k12.va.us.

Sugarland Elementary has joined forces with DIRECTV in an effort to raise additional money for the school's educational needs. Called DIRECTV4Schools, the program has the potential to generate a lot of extra money for the school. DIRECTV has assigned the school a code. When customers to activate or extend a DIRECTV programming commitment, use the code and the school earns $100 from DIRECTV. Sugarland Elementary's school code of VHHB.

On Nov. 1 the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society presented information to the seventh-grade Raider Team at Seneca Ridge Middle School on the occurrence of cancer in children. The students were given lessons before hand on the statistics, causes and science behind the disease. They have started a "make change for a change" donation program where they will bring in any spare change for the LLS until the winter holiday break.

The Future Educators Association at Park View High School sponsored activities through the month of October to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness. On Oct. 6, the FEA organized the National Lee Denim Day. Students and staff wore jeans and pink shirts to school and purchased pink ribbons. Continuing the message of awareness, 1,000 printed pink ribbons were distributed by club members at the homecoming parade and game. The group finished its event by displaying a large pink ribbon in the cafeteria. On this ribbon, students and staff purchased and displayed memorial name tags along with honor tags recognizing breast cancer survivors. Staff members Erin Mastrangelo, Rose Castellano and Pam Smith assisted the FEA with its activities, which donated $546 to the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Awareness fund.

Craft vendors needed for Countryside Elementary School's PTA 4th annual Winter Breakfast & Bazaar & More, Dec. 2. Vendor hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon. Interested vendors, call Jill, 703-450-0570.

The school system has scheduled community input meetings to establish attendance boundaries for several schools. For more information about the schools potentially impacted by the changes, upcoming meetings or how to submit written comments visit www.loudoun.k12.va.us; contact the Department of Planning and Legislative Services by e-mailing lcpsplan@loudoun.k12.va.us or calling 571-252-1050.

* Forest Grove/Rolling Ridge elementary schools, Sterling: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m., at Rolling Ridge Elementary, 500 E. Frederick Drive, Sterling; Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. at Forest Grove Elementary, 46245 Forest Grove Drive, Sterling.

* Middle school to be named, (MS-5), in the Dulles area: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., at Mercer Middle, 42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie; Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Freedom High, 25450 Riding Center Drive, South Riding.

Members of the Dominion High School community and all local residents are encouraged to join the Receipt Partnership Program — a no-cost way to help Dominion High School raise funds for student activities.

Local stores have teamed with Dominion through ATLAS (Association of Titan Leaders Assisting Students). The process requires linking a supermarket discount card to Dominion's program.

The following merchants are participating by donating a portion of receipts to ATLAS. This is how to link: Giant, go to www.giantfood.com under "A+ Bonus Bucks." Dominion's code is 0155, must reregister each year. Safeway, go to www.escrips.com. The account is 500004824. Harris Teeter, go to www.harristeeter.com under "Together in Education." Dominion's code is 6110. Office Depot, when checking out ask the cashier that the "Back to school credit" go to Dominion High School.

Broad Run High School's Project Graduation committee is selling White House Christmas ornaments to support the drug- and alcohol-free party for graduating seniors of the 2006-2007 school year.

The cost is $20 each for one ornament, $18 each for five to nine ornaments, and $16 each for 10 or more ornaments. Contact Carol Peters at 703-450-2344 or carol.peters4@verizon.net.

Vice chairman Bruce E. Tulloch (R-Potomac) has secured $10,000 in donations for the Potomac Falls High School Challenge Day Character Program. The money was donated by Inova Loudoun Hospital and a check was presented at the PFHS Back-to-School Night Sept. 18. The Challenge Day Character Program promotes self-acceptance and respect for others, motivating the participants to become positive forces in their schools and communities. Nancy Lasik, president of the Parent-Teacher Student Organization, and Kathy Lague, the vice president of programs for the PTSO, accepted the check on behalf of the entire PTSO, which will be funding the Challenge Day Character Program.