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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 Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Del. David Poisson (D-32) will host a panel of higher education experts, “Choosing the Right College for You,” from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Waddell Theater on the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling. Learn strategies for getting admitted to the college of one’s choice, the role of college-entrance exams in the admissions process and how to meet the rising costs of a college education. The program is especially directed at parents and juniors and seniors attending high schools in eastern Loudoun County including Dominion, Potomac Falls, Broad Run, and Stone Bridge. Free and open to the public. Contact Sandra Martinez at 703-669-4776.

The community is invited Oct. 20, from 6-8:30 p.m., to visit Mill Run Elementary, 42905 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, for the International Family Festival. There will be food and entertainment from across the globe. Call the school, 703-779-8927.

Broad Run High School's Annual Homecoming Event, Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Parade at 11 a.m., barbecue begins at 12 p.m. followed by the game between Heritage and Broad Run at 1:30 p.m. Located at 21670 Ashburn Road, Ashburn.

Stone Bridge High School will open a student-run branch of Apple Federal Credit Union (Apple FCU) Tuesday, Oct. 31, during lunch periods, beginning at 12:14 p.m., at the school. With the formal opening of the Bulldog Branch, Stone Bridge High becomes the first Loudoun County public school to open an Apple FCU branch.

With a $5 deposit, a student can open a savings account and become a member of Apple FCU. Products and services offered by Apple FCU are available to all students and their parents at schools with student-run branches. Visit http://www.applefcu.org.

A ceremonial ground breaking for Discovery Park took place Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m., behind Sully Elementary School, at the future site of Discovery Park. The entire school was on hand to witness the occasion, as well as many of Discovery Park's financial supporters.

Bring old ink cartridges, cell phones, laptops and PDAs to Forest Grove Elementary School when voting Nov. 7. There will be boxes outside the polling booths for collection. Forest Grove Elementary School is recycling empty laser, fax, copier and inkjet cartridges as well as used cell phones, laptops and PDAs.

The cartridges and cell phones that are collected are returned to Cartridges for Kids. Community and business supporters can participate at no cost in the Business Sponsor program with Cartridges for Kids. These items can be dropped off at Forest Grove Elementary, 46245 Forest Ridge Drive, Sterling. Contact Mrs. Whiteman at lwhitema@loudoun.k12.va.us.