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Camps & Schools, Sept. 10-16

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail <a href="mailto:loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com">loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com</a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting an open house Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at George Mason University Loudoun Campus, 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling. Includes coffee and cookies and a chance to meet course leaders and learn about fall classes. Call 703-993-4488 or visit www.olli.gmu.edu.

The Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, is offering Handwriting without Tears summer camp for ages 3-6; Printing Success for ages 6-7; and Get Crackin with Cursive for ages 8 and up, Mondays-Fridays for two hours. Cost: $150 plus $10 supply fee. Call 571-258-3500 for dates and times.

Congregation Sha'are Shalom is offering preschoolers the opportunity to receive a Jewish education in a developmentally appropriate early childhood setting. The Rosie Uran Jewish Education Center is now registering students for the 2008–2009 school year. Information is available at the synagogue Web site: http://www.sha-areshalom.org/edu_rujec.php. Participatory visits by parents and prospective students are welcome. Call 703-737-0686 to speak with Sheri Brown, director.

The Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg, has an open gym every Tuesday. Includes scooters, balls, the balance beam, tunnels and much more. For children ages 2-5. Program is 3:30-4:30 p.m. costs $1 per child. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at dcc@loudoun.gov.

Grant writers in Loudoun County seeking additional resources and assistance now have access to the most comprehensive, searchable grant database on the Web, as well as many publications focused on grant proposals. The George Washington University Virginia Campus Library is housing one of the Foundation Center's Cooperating Collections, a funding information center that offers a variety of materials and services to grant seekers.

The Cooperating Collection at the Virginia Campus Library offers free access to the center's electronic resources, The Foundation Directory Online Professional and the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, which provide detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations and an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders. Additionally, the core print collection contains a complete and up-to-date selection of Foundation Center publications ranging from The Foundation Directory series, to books on proposal writing, funding for international and foreign programs, social justice grant making, and many more.

The Virginia Campus Library, part of the GW's Gelman Library System, also provides supplementary grant writing materials, and librarians are available to introduce grant seekers to the system. The Virginia Campus Library is located on the first floor of Building 2, 44983 Knoll Square in Ashburn and is open from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mondays-Fridays; and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays. Guests must show a form of identification and sign in at the at the Building 2 lobby.

The Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg, has openings in the 2.5- to 3-year-old preschool program for the 2008-2009 school year. The class is every Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov to register.