Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Sterling Elementary School, 200 W. Church Road, Sterling, is holding a bingo night, Friday, Jan. 21, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per 10-pack of games. Final game is a cash jackpot. Food for sale and prizes.

In addition, organizers need volunteers for front tables, food tables, callers, setup and baked good donations, as well as event coordinators for bingo night for next year. Call 571-434-3985 or 571-235-8364 and e-mail at

The Boyd School, a Montessori ChildrenÕs House, Broadlands Campus, located in Ashburn, will hold its annual open house Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes a tour, information on the school programs and 2005 Summer Camp. Other campus locations in Chantilly, Reston, Ashburn, and Fairfax will also have an open house the same day. The school serves children 18 months of age through sixth grade. Visit the Web site at or call 571-203-8686.

Potomac Falls High School is organizing a dance marathon for the Tsunami Relief Fund, Feb. 12, from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., and is seeking students, staff and community members to participate by creating dance teams of four who will raise money by collecting donations and pledges. Each adult team must raise a minimum of $200.

Anyone is interested in participating as a dancer or to donate money contact Jennifer Locke,, or 703-593-2544. All money raised will be donated to the international relief fund through the Red Cross.

Ninety-four students from Stone Bridge High School participated in the SBC Cotton Bowl Music Festival, Jan. 3, in Dallas, Texas, receiving four awards from the two-day competition: first place, Jazz Band (Division III), first place, Concert Band (Division III), grand champion, Concert Band and an honorable mention for Parade Band. The awards ceremony was held New Year's Eve at the Southfork Ranch, location of the popular 1980's television show, "Dallas." The students also played in the mass band performance during the Cotton Bowl Pre-Game and Half-Time shows with more than 1,800 high-school musicians and dancers from across the United States.