Take Part in a Parade

Leesburg is seeking participants for its annual Fourth of July parade, which begins at noon tomorrow.

Residents, workers at local businesses, community groups and anyone else interested may join the parade on foot, on a float or in another way, such as riding in an antique car. The parade will begin at Ida Lee Park and travel south on King Street to Fairfax Street. Prizes will be awarded in youth and adult categories for best musical, best float, best walking, most creative and most interpretive of the theme.

The town is organizing the event in partnership with the Leesburg Historic District Residents Association and the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary. For more information, guidelines for participation and an online application, visit www.idalee.org/parks/events/July4th. Call 703-777-1368 for details. Fundraiser Nets $37,412

The Falcons Landing annual fund drive for the Sterling fire and rescue services culminated with the presentation of $37,412 Wednesday, to be shared equally by the fire and rescue services. The Falcons Landing organization, which includes retired members of the armed forces, their spouses and armed forces widows, is based at the Air Force Retired Officers Community near the fire station.

Buck Buckingham, president of the Falcons Landing Residents' Council, expressed appreciation for what he described as prompt, professional emergency services since the opening of the retirement community nine years ago.

Recycling Centers Expand

The 11 local recycling drop-off centers in Loudoun County now accept office paper and junk mail in addition to other recyclable materials such as bottles, cans, newspapers, magazines, phone books, cardboard and paperboard. To learn more, call the county's Office of Solid Waste Management's recycling hotline at 703-771-5318 or visit www.loudoun.gov/oswm.

-- Compiled by LILA DE TANTILLO