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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 or e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

The Loudoun Continuum of Care, in conjunction with the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, the Loudoun County Division of Mental Health, and a number of faith-based and nonprofit organizations, will open its emergency winter shelter Thursday, Nov. 15. The purpose of the program is to provide an emergency overnight shelter for adults age 18 and over to prevent hypothermia-related health problems or injury. The program will provide shelter nightly through March 31, 2008.

Individuals do not need a referral to use the shelter. They simply need to be at the designated bus stop by 9:30 p.m. any night between Nov. 15-March 31. Transportation will be provided to and from the shelter for all persons in need of the program. The bus stop will be at the Shenandoah Office Building, 102 Heritage Way, N.E., in Leesburg.

The Salvation Army of Loudoun County, under contract with the Loudoun County government, will staff the shelter and oversee day-to-day operation of the program. Additional information can be obtained at the following phone numbers:

703-771-3371: Mondays-Fridays, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

571-436-1506: after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.

The Town of Leesburg’s will hold its annual holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., through historic downtown Leesburg on King Street, from Ida Lee Park to Fairfax Street.

Local businesses, civic groups, youth organizations and any other interested citizens are encouraged to join the festivities. There is no fee to participate in the parade. Preregistration is encouraged for those interested in participating, but not required. For more information and guidelines, visit www.idalee.org. Applications can be obtained online or at Ida Lee Park.

Call the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department at 703- 777-1368.

The 2007 Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys guide to trees, greens and holiday floral products, featuring more than two dozen Loudoun County farms and businesses where you can purchase Christmas trees, wreaths, swags and seasonal gifts is available at the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association in Leesburg, Loudoun County libraries and community centers. To have a brochure mailed, call the Department of Economic Development at 703-777-0426. Visit www.LoudounFarms.org.