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Community Notes, April 16-22

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 Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney and the Victim-Witness Assistance Program will be holding an open house, Friday, April 18, from 9-11 a.m. During that time they will also be having our Victims' Services Award Ceremony.

Loudoun County's first responders will be able to receive wills, advanced medical directives and durable powers of attorney, all free of charge, thanks to a program co-sponsored by the Loudoun County Bar Association and the Valor Foundation. The program will have eight document preparation sessions through April 20. The program will be holding training sessions for attorney volunteers at the Leesburg Public Safety Building on Plaza Street March 25, 26 and 27. Attorneys who wish to volunteer, contact Mr. McClafferty at lmcclafferty@mccandlaw.com. Other volunteers should contact the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce at 703-777-2176.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announces applications are being accepted for the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded to students studying law enforcement or criminal justice at Virginia colleges and universities. Applications are available at the administration building located at 39 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg. They can also be downloaded at www.virginiasheriffs.org or picked up at a guidance counselor’s office. Applications must be received by April 18.

Boy Scouts and parents from Troop 893 are preparing for their 35th Annual TAG (Totally Awesome Garage) Sale and are soliciting donations including clothing, toys, books and media, electronics, non-upholstered furniture, household goods, bikes, tools, lawn and garden items and even cars and boats. No appliances, heavy exercise equipment, mattresses or car seats. Donations can be dropped off at the Dulles Expo Center-North Hall April 26-27 and May 3-4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.troop893.org/tag for more information or call the pickup hotline at 703-222-2333 to make arrangements for large items to be picked up at your home. The Boy Scout TAG Sale takes place Saturday, May 10.

Loudoun County’s Office of Solid Waste Management will host April’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Day event from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Loudoun Valley High School, 340 North Maple Ave., Purcellville. Visit www.loudoun.gov/hhw or call 703-771-5318.

The Loudoun County affordable dwelling unit (ADU) program is accepting applications for 22 units available for adults age 55 and over at Potomac Green, an adult retirement planned community in Ashburn. Contact the ADU program of the Department of Family Services, 703-737-8043.

The 2008 edition of the Loudoun County "Guide to Services" is now available. Produced by the Office of Public Information, the guide is a comprehensive handbook of information about services provided by the county government, as well as services provided by other governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Copies of the guide are available at Loudoun County community centers, public libraries and at the front counters of county government departments and agencies. Copies of the guide are also available by contacting the Office of Public Information at pivs@loudoun.gov or 703-777-0113. The guide also is available online at www.loudoun.gov/guide.