Loudoun Ballet Offers

Annual Holiday Production

The Loudoun Ballet Company will present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville.

The cast of more than 200 performers includes professional dancers, apprentices of the Loudoun Ballet Company, students at the Loudoun School of Ballet and local residents.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 703-771-8074 or at the ballet school, 305-H E. Market St., Leesburg, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Community Coalition Seeks

Donations to Help Needy

The Community Holiday Coalition is preparing its fourth annual Christmas Store for Loudoun County families in need. The coalition expects to help more than 700 families during the holiday season.

The store lets income-eligible families select toys and gifts for their children and families in a way that promotes dignity and self-respect. Recipients can choose what they need or want from donated items.

The wish list of donations includes new clothing, socks and underwear for all ages from infants through teenagers; toys and gifts for children and teenagers; small gifts of less than $10 for parents; warm clothing and gifts for senior citizens; laundry baskets filled with personal and household items; and grocery store gift certificates (in $5 and $10 denominations). Cash donations can be sent to Loudoun County Holiday Program, 102 Heritage Way NE, Suite 200, Leesburg, Va. 20176.

The Christmas Store is held at the National Guard Armory off Sycolin Road in Leesburg. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 6 to 10; 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 to 15. For more information, call the Holiday Hotline at 703-771-5718.

Middleburg Garden Club

Plans Christmas Show The Middleburg Garden Club will hold a juried competition at its Christmas Greens Show on Dec. 3 and 4 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Middleburg.

The title of this year's show is "Celebrating Christmas With Animals." Gifts, greens, baked goods and tea will be offered, and the public is welcome. The show will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Tryouts Today for Parts

In Simon's 'Sunshine Boys'Oatlands Carriage House Theatre will hold auditions at 1 p.m. today for its production of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys."

All parts are open. The performances will be March 16 to 19 and 23 to 26. For more information, call 540-882-3622 or contact Oatlands at 703-777-3174.

Oatlands and the Carriage House Theatre are six miles south of Leesburg on Route 15.

Let the Salvation Army

Kettle Ringing Begin

The Salvation Army of Loudoun County kicked off the Christmas kettle season Nov. 20 at Dulles Town Center mall with Jon Jansen, of the Washington Redskins, and the Joyous Bell Choir, of Leesburg Baptist Church.

Through Christmas Eve, Christmas kettles will be at sites throughout the county. Salvation Army Capt. Karen Humphreys said the money collected will stay in Loudoun to serve the county's needy during the holiday and throughout the year.

To be a volunteer bell ringer at a kettle, call Humphreys at 703-771-3371. or e-mail kvelez@co.loudoun.va.us.

CAPTION: Alli Smith, 16, of Ashburn, dances the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in the Loudoun Ballet Company's "The Nutcracker" Dec. 4 and 5.