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.

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The county Health Department is seeking volunteers to be

"patients" during the CodeFlu 06 exercise Saturday, Oct. 21, at Heritage High School in Leesburg. This year's exercise will focus on the county's ability to respond to a flu pandemic by testing plans for mass vaccinations and distribution of medication. The exercise will also familiarize residents with the process of obtaining medications should an emergency occur. Volunteers are needed to spend about three hours playing the role of patients. Everyone is welcome. Visit www.loudoun.gov/health/volunteer.htm or call the Health Department at 703-777-0234.

The Loudoun Museum is seeking a number of volunteers for this year’s 15th annual Hauntings event a success. Each year, costumed guides lead visitors through downtown Leesburg’s historic, and reportedly haunted, sites. This year’s walking tours will be Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6-10 p.m. The museum needs volunteers in all areas of the event. Examples of volunteer opportunities include ticket sales, tour guides, site interpreters/storytellers and museum visitor services help. Call Beth Friedmann, museum administrator, at 703-777-7427 or e-mail bfriedmann@loudounmuseum.org.

Volunteer Fairfax is accepting volunteer registration for this year's VolunteerFest, to be held Saturday, Oct. 28. Hundreds of volunteers will contribute their time and energy to help 45 area nonprofits complete 57 projects on this county-wide day of service, held in conjunction with national "Make a Difference Day." In Lansdowne, help beautify Prison Fellowship Ministries and assist with fall gardening and landscaping. Contact Erin Whyte at 703-246-3460 or ewhyte@volunteerfairfax.org.