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 loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

The Youth Advisory Council is recruiting for its board of governors, which is comprised of four students from each public and private high school in Loudoun County, as well as four home-school representatives. For more information, contact Jennifer Jackson specialist, Loudoun Youth Initiative at jennifer.jackson@loudoun.gov.

Loudoun Literacy Council needs English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom teachers and tutors to work individually with adults in basic literacy and preGED instruction skills. Teaching sites are available throughout Loudoun County. Teaching experience and/or ability to speak a foreign language is not required. Teacher/tutor training is offered quarterly. Contact Debra Howe at 703-777-2205, Ext. 104 or dhowe@loudounliteracy.org or visit www.loudounliteracy.org.

There are currently vacancies for representatives on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

* Advisory Commission on Youth: Broad Run and Sterling districts.

* Commission on Women: Dulles District.

* Committee on Financial Performance Audit: At-large, Dulles, and Sugarland Run District representatives.

* Community Action Agency Advisory Board: At-large general representative; three At-large, low-income representatives.

* Commuter Bus Advisory Board: At-large and Potomac District.

* Disability Services Board: At-large business representatives or representatives who have a disability or who have a family member with a disability.

* Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Committee: At-large representatives.

* Library Board of Trustees: Potomac District.

* Open Space Advisory Committee: Sugarland Run District.

* Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: Sterling District.

* Social Services Board: At-large representative.

* Transportation Safety Commission: Dulles and Sugarland Run districts.

* Woods Road Special Exception Oversight Committee: At-large representatives.

For information about specific vacancies, contact Cherie Giles, Board of Supervisors, 703-771-5034, or by e-mail at Cherie.Giles@loudoun.gov. Information about each board, committee and commission is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/advisory.

The George C. Marshall International Center is seeking volunteers to work two four-hour shifts per month in the book shop at Dodona Manor, the home of Gen. George C. Marshall in historic Leesburg. Duties include greeting visitors, handling ticket sales and small gift purchases. Contact Janet VanderVaart at Dodona Manor by e-mail at jvandervaart@georgecmarshall.org or by phone at 703-777-1301 for information regarding a short orientation/training meeting.

The Loudoun County Electoral Board will need election officers for the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Information, including registration forms, are online on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/government/officers.htm.

Potomac Blood Services Region is seeking youth to work as volunteer ambassadors at blood operations this summer. Teens 14 years or older are offered the opportunity to earn service learning credits and develop job skills by assisting the blood collections staff. Training is provided at American Red Cross offices in Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince William County, and Washington, D.C. To register for training, call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, Ext. 1 or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

The Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS) is seeking volunteer mentors for our IPE Gang Intervention and Prevention Program throughout Northern Virginia. Mentors in this program are volunteers who provide youth with support, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Activities may include but are not limited to career exploration, life skills development, going to sports, entertainment or cultural events, or tutoring. Contact Ellen Klene 703-533-3302, Ext. 107 or eklene@cmhs.org.

Loudoun Volunteer Services' (LVS) volunteer-match Web site is aimed at both volunteers, who are seeking to find opportunities best suited for their particular interest or skill, and organizations seeking a way to publicly advertise their volunteer opportunities. To register for this free service, visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm and click on "register your organization's volunteer opportunities," or to volunteer click on "looking for volunteer opportunities." Contact Lisa Rose at 703-777-0113.

The Wingler House lunch program is looking for volunteers to serve a hot, nutritious meal and the gift of friendship to older adults at the Ashburn senior living facility. E-mail debra.bressler@loudoun.gov or call Debra Bressler at 703-777-0257.