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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional entertainment listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com, E section.
<lst>The local Arbor Day Committee is sponsoring the 2008 Favorite Loudoun Tree Photo Contest. Photos should feature a single tree in the county. Entries may be black and white or color, and no larger than 8 ½ inches x 11 inches. A sheet of paper affixed to the back of the photo should include the name, address and phone number of the photographer, location of the tree, the kind of tree (if known) and the significance of the tree to the photographer. Entries should be submitted to the Arbor Day Committee c/o Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, 30 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Suite H; Leesburg, VA 20175. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m., Monday, March 24.
<lst>Community theatre groups, musicians, dance companies and visual artists can now book auditorium, classroom and gallery space at the newly opened Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center. A fee schedule packet that includes details of facility rental, equipment and staffing has been approved by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and is available by calling the arts center at 540-338-7973.
Gallery 222 presents "Inside Outside," a special exhibit of urban landscapes painted by Michael Beckner. The exhibit is a personal statement by the artist about man’s affect on the land. "Inside Outside" runs through March 29. The gallery is located at 222 South King St., Leesburg. Visit www.gallery222.com or 703-777-5498.
Gallery two at 222 will host an exhibit of still-life paintings by Dana Thompson. Exhibit dates are through March 29. Gallery two is co-located with Gallery 222 at 222 South King St., Leesburg. Visit www.gallery222.com or 703-777-5498.
Thirteen senior artists are displaying their work at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg during March and April. Participating artists include Jillian Cox, Lilia A. Dinneny, Jan Hundshamer, Jean Kipfer, Ruth Legard, Robert Mayer, Pat Miller, Mike Murphy, Emily Newton, Margaret Ramey, Fran Schmitt, Richard Simms and Mokhtar Youssef, all county residents. The exhibit is open to the public and it is open for viewing Mondays-Fridays during business hours. Contact Holly Peterson at email@example.com.
Teens volunteer to put on a Children’s Fairy Tale Play, Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., through April 22 at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Pick a play, rehearse it, work on the props and perform it in front of an audience. Come to the information desk for details and to sign up. Recommended for ages 12-18.
<lst> Falcons Landing Continuing Care Retirement Community in Potomac Falls will host a free concert featuring the vocal group The Treble Clefs, Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in the Falcons Landing auditorium. This concert will include several love songs, selections from Phantom of the Opera, "Time to Say Goodbye," vocal solos and some surprises.
Falcons Landing is located on Algonkian Parkway between Potomac View Road and Cascades Parkway. The concert is open to the community and no tickets are required. Contact Donna Cassani at 703-404-5120.
The committee of volunteers planning the 2008 Lucketts Fair is seeking artisans and craftspeople to apply for its juried show of handmade items. Applications are available at www.luckettsfair.com or by calling the Lucketts Community Center at 703-771-5281. Applications are due April 1.
The College Community Theater presents "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue, directed by Dave Wright. The production centers around two English friends that turn a fishing lodge upside down. The show will run from April 4-19. The shows on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The show is at the Waddell theater on the Northern Virginia Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling. Tickets are $12 per adult and $10 per student and senior. Visit www.nvcc.edu/cct or call 703-948-7701.
Art in the Foothills, a juried art show and sale in Bluemont, is issuing a call to artists to participate in the 2008 exhibit. The show dates are May 9-11, with the entry deadline of April 7. Contact Pam Forbes 540-554-8715 or Betty Potter, 540-554-2809 to be included on the mailing list.
Shakespeare in the Park auditions at Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St., Thursday, April 24, from 6-9 p.m.; Friday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 1:30-5 p.m. All ages. No experience necessary. Call 703-430-9480.