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.

The Sully Elementary School PTO presents Circus on Strings, performed by Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. The proceeds from this performance will go toward Discovery Park, the new science park and playground at Sully Elementary School. Free finger puppets for all children. Includes an opportunity to win a free marionette.

The admission price is $8 per person at the door. Children under 2 are admitted free. This event is open to the general public. This interactive program is suitable for all ages. Snacks and drinks will be available for sale.

Contact Valerie Petrey at 703-787-8931, or Peter Kronenberg at 703-444-9484,

Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, is holding a Texas hold 'em tournament Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, by mail or in the school's office. Community invited. All proceeds go to the class of 2006 Project Graduation All-Night Party.

Potomac Falls High School will be holding Parent Date Night Jan. 28, from 6-10 p.m. Children, 3-10 years old, will be supervised by PTSO (Parent/Teacher/Student Organization) parents and PFHS Key Club students, while enjoying two moon bounces, basketball, limbo, board games, crafts, face painting and a movie.

Preregistration encouraged but not required. Form on PFHS/PTSO Web page, either fax to PFHS at 703-444-7552 or bring it the night of event.

Fee per child for entire evening is $10 per first child; $7 per sibling. Children must be potty-trained, illness-free and need to bring a peanut-free snack and water in a disposable bag marked with name.

This is a fund-raiser for the PTSO and a community-service opportunity for the PFHS Key Club students.

Dominion High School will hold a fund-raiser Thursday, Feb. 16, featuring the Harlem Rockets and with Outback Steakhouse providing steak, chicken, baked potato and Caesar salad, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Dominion High School cafeteria. At 7 p.m., the Harlem Rockets bring their brand of "Showtime Basketball" to the court to play the Seneca Ridge "Dream Team" of teachers and staff.

Tickets for each component of this evening may be purchased separately. Immediate families Ñ parents and children Ñ may purchase a family meal deal for $35. Individual tickets are priced at $6 for children, 12-younger and $15 for adults. Reservation requests may be dropped off at the Dominion High School office or mailed with checks payable to ATLAS, Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Drive, Sterling VA 20164. Reservations are required to attend the Outback Dinner.

Harlem Rockets tickets are $6 if purchased prior to Feb. 10 and $8 afterwards. Contact Shawn Stiles for tickets at 703-406-3487 or e-mail

Proceeds from these community events will benefit ATLAS (Association of Titan Leaders Assisting Students) at Dominion High School and the Seneca Ridge Middle School PTO.

Belmont Ridge Middle School will hold its next family diversity dinner is planned for Feb. 27. The Belmont Ridge Step Team will perform at that dinner. The school invites the Belmont Ridge community to attend.

Dates for SAT and ACT testing for 2005-2006 have been established for Loudoun County Public Schools. The tests are administered on nationally standardized dates and require advanced registration.

Students may register online or may obtain paper registration materials from the guidance office of each high school. Registration and study information is available at for the SAT and at for the ACT. Students should register at least six weeks in advance of the tests.

Most colleges require SAT or ACT for college admissions. Some colleges also require certain SAT II subject tests for admissions or placement. Students should check with all of the colleges to which they plan to apply to determine which tests are required and preferred.

Students usually register for the SAT or ACT in their junior year and repeat the test in the senior year. Some students elect to take both the SAT and ACT.

The SAT test dates are:

* Jan. 28: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Loudoun Valley High School.

* April 1: SAT only, Loudoun County High School.

* May 6: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Broad Run High School.

* June 3: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Park View High School.

The ACT test date is April 8, Broad Run High School.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. announces the Long & Foster $200,000 Scholarship Program for well-rounded graduating high-school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. The program will award $1,000 each of 200 worthy recipients for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The deadline for applying is March 1 and the scholarships will be awarded in the beginning of April. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the studentÕs name.

Applications for the program can be obtained from any of Long & Foster residential sales offices, from high-school guidance counselors or via Long & FosterÕs Web site at Also visit the Web site for details on eligibility and application requirements.

In recognition of student volunteerism in Loudoun County, the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board has established scholarships for graduating seniors from each Loudoun County public and private high school and from the home-school community.

In support of the Student Volunteer Program, the scholarships recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Loudoun County community through their volunteer efforts. Different from traditional scholarships, the Loudoun Volunteer Services' Student Scholarships place more emphasis on a demonstrated interest in and service to the community than on academic or athletic excellence.

It is the goal of the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board to provide opportunities and to encourage students to become active in their community through volunteer service. The Loudoun Volunteer Services' Student Scholarships are funded each year through contributions from county businesses and civic groups.

Students should submit the scholarship applications to Loudoun Volunteer Services, 1 Harrison St., S.E., P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, by the close of business May 1. Applications are available at each school, by visiting or by calling 703-777-0113.

Dominion High School's second annual Project Graduation, a night-long celebration of the Class of 2006, will take place June 17, at the high school from 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

This alcohol- and drug-free event, following that morning's graduation exercises, is sponsored by ATLAS and being organized by the parents of underclassmen to provide an exciting, fun-filled, and safe celebration.

The theme will be "A Day at the Beach" and will feature a disc jockey, dancing, games and giveaways. Food is expected to include submarines sandwiches, ice slushies and a chocolate fountain. Door prizes will be drawn all night. A grand prize will be awarded at breakfast.

Many businesses and community organizations have already contributed to make this a truly memorable night for students. Businesses, organizations or individuals that would like to donate items or make a monetary donation are encouraged to contact Jane Lettmann at 703-444-5139 or e-mail

The 1976 gradating class of Broad Run High School in Ashburn is holding its 30-year reunion July 22, at the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall in Leesburg. The class is looking for classmates and need help from friends and family of alumni. Call Ana Mallory (Miranda) at 847-797-9043 or e-mail

Daniel Jang, an eighth-grader at River Bend Middle School, has been selected to participate in the Junior national Student Leadership Conference, a leadership development program for outstanding middle-school students. Approximately 1,500 students from across the U.S. and 45 countries worldwide will take part. During the conference, students attend workshops and classes where they study distinctions of leadership.