Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, 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.

Artists and photographers throughout the region are invited to enter their work in the 62nd annual Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit that takes place in Waterford Oct. 7-9. The three-day festival is held throughout the National Historic Landmark Village of Waterford and is the oldest juried crafts fair in the state. Two of the highlights of the weekend are the Art Exhibit and the Photography Exhibit.Ê Both offer awards. For details on awards, entry requirements and deadlines visit the Web at

Ashburn Boy Scout Troop 1158 will kicks off its annual Fall Mulch Sale by distributing mulch sale order forms. Each 3-cubic-foot bag of Hardwood Mulch is selling for the cost of $4 tax included. Send in the order form and check made out to Boy Scout Troop 1158 with the total number of bags ordered to: Boy Scout Troop 1158, c/o Mrs. Robin Stribling, 44158 Paget Terrace Place, Ashburn, VA 20147. Orders with prepayment must be received by Oct. 10. Free delivery on orders of five bags or more. Deliveries will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23. Proceeds from the sale of mulch help defray the cost of summer camp, the purchase of equipment and badge awards. Call Mrs. Stribling 703-724-0236.

Collection sites have been made available by Loudoun Volunteer Services for citizens who are unable to drop off their Make a Difference Day donations for the Holiday Coalition Oct. 22. Collection sites are as follows:

* Girls Scouts Office, 107 Loudoun St., Leesburg;

* Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services, 215 Depot Court; and

* Any of the Loudoun County community centers. A list of community centers can be found by visiting

Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place

nationally on the fourth Saturday of every October. Loudoun Volunteer Services has again selected the Holiday Coalition as its service project and needs volunteers to help collect

household items to be distributed during the holidays.

For more information or to register to donate items, call Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator at 703-777-0113. The registration deadline is Oct. 15.

A call for artists' donations. A grassroots community effort is being launched to solicit donations of artwork, including 2D and 3D pieces, for a fund-raiser and silent auction to benefit the Red Cross. All proceeds will be donated to humanitarian and relief efforts for the victims of the recent hurricanes. Anyone interested in donating, contact Tacie N. Jones at

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) program (TNT) hosts events year round, including full- and half-marathons Ñ run or walk, cycling or triathlons. TNT's National Capital Area Chapter is recruiting participants for the upcoming spring season of events which includes the St. Anthony's and Gulf Coast triathlons Ñ swim, bike, and run Half Ironman Ñ in Florida; the Country Music marathon and half marathon in Tennessee; and the Adidas Vancouver International marathon in Canada.

The team will consist of people of all age ranges, fitness and experience levels Ñ the TNT training program provides the coaching and support needed to make sure everyone crosses the finish line.

In exchange, participants work to raise funds for blood cancer research. These four events alone should raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $700,000. The local TNT chapter will raise more than $3 million this year. And, 75 percent of every dollar spent goes towards cancer research and other programs to advance the Society's mission of curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma. For more information about TNT or upcoming spring events and how to get involved, information meetings are being held in the Washington, D.C., area during the month of November, call the National Capital Area Chapter at 703-960-1100, or visit

Loudoun Volunteer Services is seeking students in grades fifth-12th who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after Sept. 1, 2004, to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and recognizes students in grades 5-12 solely on the basis of their volunteer activities.

Loudoun Volunteer Services will select four students as local honorees. Of the four, one high-school student and one middle-level student will be selected for the state competition, with the other two students serving as runners-up. Each of the four will be recognized at a local awards ceremony. A state-level judging committee will select the top

youth volunteers in each state, with the top high-school and middle-level students each receiving a silver medallion, $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C., where a national selection committee will select America's top 10 youth volunteers for 2006. Each national-level honoree will win an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, crystal trophy and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential foundation to a charitable

nonprofit organization of the student's choice.

For more information or to receive an application, contact

Loudoun Volunteer Services at 703-777-0113 or Applications may also be downloaded from The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

The Sterling Annex Community Center, 1115 W. Church Road, Sterling, is recruiting facility supervisors and instructors. These are part-time positions and are on an as-needed basis. Call China Nicholson or Barbara Smith at 703-430-6673.

Loudoun Volunteer Services seeks nominations for Student Volunteer of the Month. Loudoun students will be recognized for their volunteer efforts during the 2004-2005 school year. Nominate students, or groups of students, elementary-12th grade, who volunteer their time in a variety of ways in their schools, churches, and towns. A one-page narrative may be sent to the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board at or to 1 Harrison St., S.E., P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177.

The one-page narrative should include the student's name, address, telephone number, school and a description, including length of service of the exemplary volunteer efforts of the student. Contact information for the person nominating the student should also be included.

Volunteers will be featured in the Loudoun Volunteer Services Newsletter and on the Loudoun County Government Web site. Contact Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator, at


Loudoun MADD is selling the red MADD CHOOSE COURAGE community awareness wristbands for $1, which can be mailed for an additional $.50 each. The wristbands can be purchased by sending a check to Loudoun MADD at P.O. Box 4252, Leesburg, VA 20177, with the number of wristbands for purchase. Visit the Loudoun MADD Web site at to see a picture of the wristbands. For questions send an e-mail to

Residents and businesses using the Loudoun County Recycling Drop-off Centers are reminded that the recycling centers accept only mixed bottles, cans, and paper. Specifically, items that are accepted at the recycling centers include clear- and colored-glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans; plastic bottles and jugs Ñ beverage, detergent and squeeze bottles and jugs only; newspapers; magazines; phone books; catalogs; junk mail; office paper; cardboard; and paperboard such as cereal boxes.

Items that are not accepted at the centers include plastic bags; plastic flower pots; Styrofoam; or any other type of plastic that is not specifically a bottle or jug; window glass; plate-glass; porcelain; wood; yard waste; furniture; needles; nails; construction materials; electronics; hazardous chemicals or chemical containers; and motor oil containers.

If an item is not listed on the sign as acceptable for recycling, do not deposit it in the recycling bin, and instead call the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187. For more information visit

The directors of the Piedmont Community Foundation announce they have received a $25,000 gift to use as a match anchor for the general fund of the foundation. One match is already secured raising the total receipts to $50,000. Both donors wish to remain anonymous at this time. To learn more about participating in the matching gift program call 540-687-5223.

Giant Food LLC and its Ahold sister companies including Stop & Shop, Tops Markets, Giant Food Stores, and U.S. Foodservice announced that they will donate $1 million to fund the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts of the American Red Cross and AmericaÕs Second Harvest-The NationÕs Food Bank Network. The corporate donation is in addition to the campaign Giant has undertaken to collect funds from customers.