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Camps & Schools, July 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.

Potomac Baptist Church, 20747 Lowes Island Blvd., Potomac Falls, presents Cosmic City vacation Bible school, July 20-25, 6-8:45 p.m. Includes games, music, crafts, skits and snacks. Two age groups: preschool, for children 3-5 years old, and general, for children finishing kindergarten-finishing sixth grade. To register, call 703-430-2377.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will hold four weeklong summer camps to keep children from joining gangs. The camp, called Road DAWG (Don't Associate with Gangs), is part of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program and will be held July 21-25 at Stone Hill Middle School, and July 28-Aug. 1 at Round Hill Elementary School. The camps are for upcoming sixth graders. The camp is designed to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. Ask for an application at your local elementary school or pick-up an application at the Loudoun sheriff's Office Administration Building, located at 39 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg.

Children can acquire new art skills at the Abrakadoodle minidoodlers camp. Located at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg, the camp is for children ages 20 months-3 years and is split into three sessions: July 22-24 and Aug. 5-7, from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Cost: $60/ session. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

Abrakadoodle pirate island camp. Create pirate ships, sandcastles, treasure maps, sea monsters, ship flags, doubloon necklaces and more, July 28-Aug. 1. Camp fee: $185 includes all materials. For children ages 3-5. Held at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.