"Mint's Christmas Message," by Mary Y. Spitz of Potomac Falls and published by Mother Moose Press of Loudoun County, has been selected one of three finalists for the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Awards in the category of Best New Voice (Children's). The book is a parable about Grandpa Tom, a nonbeliever, who works to save the freezing pony Mint, and then wishes to become a pony to communicate with Mint and understand the meaning of Christ's birth. The awards, presented by the Publisher's Marketing Association, recognize excellence in independent publishing.

The annual First Sunday in June service at Ketoctin Church will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, with music from the Apple Capital Chorus and the Winchester chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Singing in America. Ketoctin Church Road between Round Hill and Purcellville. 540-338-7489.

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will hold an Inquirer's Class, everything you need to know about Unitarian Universalism in two hours, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 22135 Davis Dr. The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein will answer questions, and a light lunch will be provided. 703-406-3068 or www.uusterling.org.

The next meeting of Women's Aglow, an interdenominational organization of Christian women, will be held at 10 a.m. June 12 at King of King's Worship Center, 221 N. 21 St., Purcellville. 703-777-7899.

Leesburg Church of the Nazarene will hold SonGames, an Olympics-themed vacation Bible school, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 21-25 for children ages 3 through sixth grades. A celebration service will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 27. 17667 Roxbury Hall Rd., Leesburg. 703-777-6850. Register online at myvbs.com/leesburgnazarene2004.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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