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Loudoun Valley Community Center After-K Alligators – Hands On History Lesson

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI, the After-K Alligators of the Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville, learned about efforts children their ages made during WWI to support the troops.

At the start of their school year, teacher Meredith Norbo taught the children about a U.S. Department of Agriculture program called the U.S. Garden Army. In 1917 children joined the U.S. Garden Army through their schools and were supplied with tools to create their own gardens at home. Thriving home garden plots allowed commercially grown food sources to be supplied to U.S. and allied troops overseas.

From classroom lessons to experiential learning, the After-K Alligators replicated the U.S. Garden Army program at the Loudoun Valley Community Center. Over the school year, the children created compost, cleared garden plots, weeded, seeded, and harvested their very own edible plants.

The Great War produced a timeless program with the U.S. Garden Army and the children of the Loudoun Valley Community Center have learned life skills in agriculture, nutrition, biology and fun.

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Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

August 7, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
Local author Bobbi Carducci signing a copy of one of her books during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Reading enthusiasts had a wonderful time meeting local authors Bobbi Carducci and Marc Leepson during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School on August 2. Additional activities for kids that focused on reading included storytelling lead by the Purcellville Library, a book sale from Around the Block Books, and a chance to talk with educational consultants with Usborne and Kane Miller children’s books.

Bobbi Carducci, Director of the Young Voice Foundation, had copies of two of her books on hand to sign. For young readers, she sold and signed copies of Storee Wryter get a Dog. She also had copies of her newly released book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, available. Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian, and the author of eight books. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life, is the first biography of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than 75 years. Copies of that book and Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General were both available at the market to purchase and have signed by the author.

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Watermelon – from Feta to Facials

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Watermelon is an extremely nutritious summer food and beauty aide. It has lots of sugar in it, to be sure, but ounce for ounce there are also lots of good things in it for your body – including your skin.

Watermelon’s Nutritional Value

A single serving of watermelon provides you with about eight percent of your potassium needs for the day and seven percent of magnesium. That serving also provides a whopping 31 percent of your needs for Vitamin A and an even great percentage of Vitamin C – 37 percent. It is also a high-lycopene food, a carotenoid phytonutrient important for our cardiovascular health. … Continue Reading

Feed Loudoun – Fresh Food Drive

July 27, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
Photo attached courtesy Julia Brizendine: What is gleaning? It is the harvesting of food for the needy. This tradition goes back to ancient times when landholders allowed folks in need to harvest left-over crops. In eighteenth century England, the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o'clock in the morning and again at seven in the evening to alert needy families when they were invited to collect crops. As a volunteer, gleaning is a fun, family activity that usually lasts no more than about 2 hours on a beautiful day. It is also a good activity for groups who are looking for community outreach projects.

Special report by Mark Gunderman

Photo courtesy Julia Brizendine: What is gleaning? It is the harvesting of food for the needy. This tradition goes back to ancient times when landholders allowed folks in need to harvest left-over crops. In eighteenth century England, the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o’clock in the morning and again at seven in the evening to alert needy families when they were invited to collect crops. As a volunteer, gleaning is a fun, family activity that usually lasts no more than about 2 hours on a beautiful day. It is also a good activity for groups who are looking for community outreach projects.

Feed Loudoun, a non-profit organization of Loudoun County, will host a county wide food drive of exclusively fresh fruits and vegetables August 9th through August 16th.

Individual gardeners, farm markets and farmers are asked to donate their surplus fruits and vegetables to participating food banks.

Following a successful 2013 gardening season Feed Loudoun donated over 24,000 pounds of produce to local food banks in an effort to provide fresh nutritious food to those in need in the community. Feed Loudoun is an associated volunteer network with the national movement Plant a Row for the Hungry established by the Garden Writers Association. The total of donations for the Feed Loudoun 2014 Harvest will be added to the national Plant a Row totals for the “20 by 20” campaign where the national goal is to have 20 million pounds donated by 2020.

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Wild Loudoun- Milkweed – Sustenance of the Monarch

June 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Where there is milkweed, there are monarchs. Sounds like a simple enough idea. Butterflies like flowers and milkweed is a flower. But the connection between the monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant is as strong as the connection between you and the oxygen you take into your lungs every time you draw a breath.
Humans and monarchs live in the same world, but, we don’t use it in the same way. While you and I can survive in just about every climate on just about any kind food, and find shelter and successful ways of producing the next generation in, literally, billions of different ways, the monarch butterfly is quite different.

Adult monarchs can draw nectar – food – from a fairly wide variety of flowering plants: asters, goldenrod and bee balm, for example. But, as they leave their southern wintering grounds – including small patches of high forest in Mexico – and head north and east through Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia and beyond, they are 100 percent dependent on the milkweed plant. Female monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed and milkweed alone, and the tiny caterpillars that emerge from those eggs to take a fighting chance at life eat milkweed and milkweed alone. … Continue Reading

Gardening Tips, June 2014 – The Power of Natives

June 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Natives – naturally occurring trees, flowers and grasses that a property owner might incorporate into their landscape – offer very special benefits to the environment. A really artful native plant landscaper or gardener will also help you understand that natives do not mean less in terms of the color, variety and structure that is portrayed in a planned landscape.

A “native” plant is used to describe trees, flowers and grasses that are endemic or naturalized to a particular area. They occur there naturally and/or because, with the help of a little human intervention, an area meets their needs for water, sunlight and nutrients allowing them to successfully establish themselves there. … Continue Reading

Wild Loudoun: Saving Lives in Vernal Pools

April 30, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

As winter surrenders its stubborn cold and spring gathers the sun’s warmth around us, vernal pools explode with the wonderful frogs and other amphibians that but for them would simply not exist.
“Vernal pools” – otherwise known as ephemeral or temporary pools – are large or small watery areas that appear in late winter to early spring.

They take many forms, from small woodland depressions, to larger areas that look like a typical wetland, to collections of water occurring around special geological features such as underground limestone formations. You might have a vernal pool on your property or have seen one … not really knowing you were looking at something very special and very important to nature – a patch of woodland that holds water as winter snows melt and early spring rains come our way, or a soggy, grassy area in a low spot on your lawn. Or, perhaps you walked by a place that despite the still chilly air had a haze of green life on it, even as winter had not yet fully departed. Or, a place that, as you drive by just after nightfall is filled with the sound of spring peepers – tiny, very vocal frogs sending out their calls to attract a mate. … Continue Reading

Transitioning from a Spring to Summer Vegetable Garden

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Saturday, May 3 Free Presentation ?By Loudoun County Master Gardeners

Come on out for free expert advice on how to prepare for summertime vegetable gardening at the Loudoun County Master Gardeners’ “Saturday in the Garden” program on May 3. The presentation will be held outside at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, 10:00 a.m. to noon. A Q and A in the vegetable area to ask general questions will be held after the talk. Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions concerning the ornamental areas of the garden. … Continue Reading

Gardening Tips, April 2014 – In Love with Cut Flowers

April 30, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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One of the rewards of gardening is bringing cut specimens inside, arranging them in your perfect vase and waiting for the compliments. If you don’t consider yourself an expert at flower arranging, don’t worry. The process of choosing the color, the flowers and the container is as much fun as looking at the final product. And, it’s easy one you’ve learned a few basics.

The Basics

What you’ll need: 1) a watertight vase or container deep enough to keep stems from flopping over; 2) a vase or container that will fits the length of the material you are using and will both complement the flowers and the spot where you plan to put the arrangement; and, 3) something to anchor the stems so they stay in place. … Continue Reading

Farmer’s Markets Sprouting Up Everywhere

April 30, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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With its combination of health conscious families, agriculturally productive land and long time business that make a living off of that land, Loudoun County, particularly western Loudoun County is a spring, summer and fall mecca for fresh fruits and vegetable lovers. We have all become accustomed to the overwhelming plenty served up by local grocery stores – 12 months out of the year. But as the weather warms and greens start sprouting so do our local farmer’s markets, and the variety of produce available is unbeatable. … Continue Reading

Gardening Tips, April 2014

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Getting Ahead Of Those Garden Undesirables

It’s hard to imagine – after the winter we’ve had – that spring is here, or at least not far behind.

The weather is slowly getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the early daffodils and crocuses are forcing their way up, even if peeking out from of remnants of snow.

I’d be happy just to pull up a lawn chair, relax and enjoy spring’s arrival. But, I’ve made that mistake before, and, before I know it my wild mint has taken over, grass is sprouting up and smothering the daffodils, and tree seedlings, too, are taking hold in my garden. … Continue Reading

Wild Loudoun: The Constant and Private Red Shouldered Hawk

March 4, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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A female red-shouldered hawk is one of my most constant wild companions here on the farm. Three or four times a week I see her perched in a willow above the pond, on the fence line or in one of the larger trees on the property. With open fields, water sources and mature trees, it’s good habitat for her; more often than not she is flying off with something in her talons. She is exceptionally cautious as I drive down the driveway – private and wary somehow. She doesn’t really like me to pause and take a picture, most times flying off to a spot several hundred feet away – especially if she is in the middle of a meal. So, I’ve named her “Wary.”

Red-tailed hawks are common in my area, too. But, the bird I see has distinct reddish-brown shoulders, peachy under parts streaked with white and the dramatically banned tail characteristic of the red-shouldered hawk. Red-shouldered hawks are smaller than the bulkier red-tail, as well, and I notice that size difference, too. … Continue Reading

Planning Those All-Important “Hardscapes”

March 4, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Last month we focused on the basics of hardscape planning – looking at the stone walls, woodwork, patios, arbors, decks, water features, etc. of your businesses or home’s yard and landscape.

The key priorities we discussed included: 1) deciding on what outcome and functions you wanted – how would the area or areas be used? … just for show or are you wanting a vegetable or flower cutting garden?; 2) Do you have your drainage issue sorted out?; 3) How do you want the main areas and features in your hardscapes to relate to each other? Are you creating a path to move through or a simple place to sit and enjoy the scenery?; And, finally, 4) what’s your style? Sleek and modern, homey country or something in between the two? … Continue Reading

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State of Sophistry

25 Sep 2014

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There is a particularly sophistic science-denial argument which has been around since 2004. This popular argument cites a paper published in the journal Science in 2003 by Nicolas Caillon and colleagues [1] and then badly misinterprets it. It seems unlikely …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

1 Oct 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Aldie Mill

1 Oct 2014

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I guess what I’m impressed by the most – in addition to just the scale of the entire facility – is the indications of the sheer abundance which this county must once have offered in the form of sustenance. See, …

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Bloomfield

3 Sep 2014

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Maybe it’s just my imagination (most people who know me stress that it’s one of my stronger – or maybe, stranger – traits), but I’d swear that there are places around this unique county of ours where the past not …

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Virginia Gardening

Time To Plant Bulbs

7 Oct 2014

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By Donna Williamson It’s time to plant bulbs again – seems like this year flew by. It’s easy to fall in love with bulbs. They are not costly, they bring joy in the spring, and many of them will build …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll Continued…

1 Oct 2014

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My dear friends if you have not read August and September’s “Tails from the Barn Yard” please go to the back issues and read the beginning of this grand “Tail”. It is there you will read of a little girl …

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The Flag – A Symbol of Hope

1 Oct 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” Francis Scott Key begins, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with this dramatic question. On the bicentennial celebration of our triumphant stand at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: The General Power of Attorney

1 Oct 2014

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By Amy and Dan Smith A power of attorney is a writing authorizing one person (the agent) to act for another person (the principal). The term “durable” is often used with power of attorney. This simply means that the power …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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October 2014
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Worldly Inspirations

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September 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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October 4, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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October 9, 2014

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Kelly Keyser Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

•    Entrepreneurial traits
•    Taxes and licensing
•    Business plan development
•    Sources of financing
•    Marketing
•    Insurance

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 for registration online; $15 at the door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 11, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

Purcellville Library Fall Book Sale

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October 11, 2014

Purcellville Library
220 East Main Street
Purcellville, 20132
USA
540-338-3013

The Purcellville Library Advisory Board's Fall Used Book Sale will offer hardback and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Used books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction will be included in the sale. All proceeds go to benefit the Purcellville Library. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Hardcover books $2, paperback $1.

Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artist -- oil painter and ceramicist Carol Clay-Ward

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October 11, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd SE
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Meet Carol and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artist exhibit "Sinuous Synthesis,” a solo exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.

See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 12, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

The Painted Pot by Kristen Swanson

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October 12, 2014

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

New pottery artist Kristen Swanson will demonstrate how she paints pottery and talk about the process. Kristen creates wheel thrown and hand built ceramic art out of beautiful porcelain clay.  She draws inspiration from Japanese art, traditional botanical motifs and contemporary textiles.  Her work includes Woodpeckers, Chickadees and Cherry Blossoms playfully wrapped around mugs, bowls, vases, teapots, dinnerware and service platters.

 

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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

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October 15, 2014

44045 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg, 20176

Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese as they reveal inspiration and imagery from across the globe.

 

Working primarily in sterling silver, Dana Jansen’s intricate wire pieces frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.

Mary Louise Ravese’s country landscapes, architectural details and unusual abstracts draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

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Creating an Effective Advisory Board

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October 16, 2014

An effective, motivated advisory board is invaluable for growing a business. It offers a community of support and influence. It helps you weather storms and exceed goals.

Marissa Levin is CEO of Successful Culture and author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards. Join Ms. Levin as she discusses tools and templates for following her SCALE™ Model.

She’ll guide you on how to:

•    Select who you need to get your business from where it is now to where you want it to be, while developing exceptional leadership skills
•    Compensate your advisors (monetary, non-monetary, and types of equity-based compensation)
•    Associate them into your organization with a successful change management strategy
•    Leverage your advisors for business and process development, networking, and more
•    Evaluate constantly and Evolve the board as your organization grows
•    Exit advisors when they no longer fit

FREE but please REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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October 18, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray

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October 18, 2014

Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Road
Leesburg, 20176

Three of the best know musicians in bluegrass circles have joined forces for a select series of special performances, one of which will be at the Lucketts Community Center on October 18, 2014. Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray were members of an early 1960s version of the Country Gentlemen, now widely recognized as the “Classic” version of that famous band. Adcock eventually formed a duet with his wife Martha, and Gray joined the Seldom Scene as well as numerous other top bands. Recently, Eddie Adcock was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for excellence in banjo and Bluegrass, and Tom Gray was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. The group will be performing several songs from their recent album for Patuxent Records, “Many a Mile,” which features early Country Gentlemen material and also includes help from Missy Raines, Gene Johnson Wes Easter and Pete Kykendall.

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OCT Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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October 22, 2014

Fran Craig, CEO & Founder of Unanet, will present briefly on “Tips for Growing Your Federal Contracting Business.” You just decided that you could be a government contractor or you’ve been contracting a while and need to grow. What are your plans for doing so? Ms. Craig suggests building a business development engine and a reputation for quality and service. Learn how!

Let’s continue forging federal contracting relationships in Loudoun. Whether you’re a contracting neophyte or veteran, this event can help you move forward on your contracting goals.

 

FREE but REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

SPONSOR:  TD Bank

Group Founder:  Loudoun SBDC

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 24, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

October Fourth Friday at Breaux

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October 24, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States
540-668-6299 ext. 204

Come enjoy the magic of fall evenings overlooking 105 acres of beautiful, lush vines at Fourth Fridays. We will have live music on the patio, food for purchase, and endless enchanting views as the sun sets over the vineyard.  Enjoy $4 mini tastings and a great selection of wines by the glass as you enjoy a fun evening with friends and your Breaux Vineyards family.

Don't miss any of these fun evenings!  The fourth Friday of each month from 5-9pm is reserved for this great event, so plan ahead!

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 24, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

 

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 24 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
October 25 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

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Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 25, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 25 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

Chapman DeMary Trail Birthday Bash

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October 25, 2014

Chapman DeMary Trail
355 North Hatcher Avenue
(behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road)
Purcellville, 20132

Fall Birthday Bash on the Chapman DeMary Trail

Trail Turns Five - All are invited to Help Celebrate

To celebrate its 5th birthday, The Nature Generation and trail partners invite the community to the Chapman DeMary Trail Birthday Bash! The event is free and all ages are welcome.  Activities include:  exploration nature hikes, pinecone birdfeeder activity for kids, face painting, live music, food, drink, local beer, rain barrel workshop and more! Adding to the celebration, the annual Painting Purcellville Green will be held at the trail on the same day, offering opportunities to meet the many “green” organizations and businesses in our community. For more information, visit www.NatGen.org.

 

Village at Leesburg Monster Mash

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October 25, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Join us for a FREE frightfully fun time at our 5th Annual Monster Mash! Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, live music from Rocknoceros and MUDLARK, and more fun. Don’t miss the parade and costume contest for children and pets! Plus check out Adventures in Halloweenville – an interactive experience for kids from 3 to 11 years old benefitting Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Visit VillageAtLeesburg.com for details

Fall Dance

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October 25, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center (LVCC)
320 W School St
Purcellville, VA 20132
USA

A night of dance for all ages and an electrifying performance from the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers (http://brtc.us). Halloween costumes welcome! Accepting donations for the following local charities: Sweats for Vets, canned goods for the Tree of Life, and blue denim for the Joshua’s Hands’ Valiant Warrior Quilting Program. $5 per person, and $10 for families, Cash Only Event. Inquiries can be directed to Sandy Nave at 540-338-4122 or sandy.nave@loudoun.gov. Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W School St, Purcellville, VA 20132.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 26, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 26, 2014

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

Brambleton Town Center Hosts Trick or Treating

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October 26, 2014

Merchants will hand out candy and other goodies
The merchants of Brambleton Town Center are hosting their annual Halloween Trick-or-Treating event on Sunday, October 26 from noon to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Children dressed in costumes will walk store-to-store collecting candy and goodies from participating merchants.
Merchants will also host special sales the day of the event. Bella Ballerina will have bubbles, notebooks and pencils to give out, Blue Ridge Grill will have free dessert cards for adults and Scottos Rigatoni Grill will have a $9 special of any sub with fries and a drink, and also a $9 special on regular pasta, side salad, garlic bread and a drink!

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 28, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 30, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 31, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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November 1, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

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November 1, 2014

205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

A spectrum of colors is reflected in Claire Nykolyszyn’s torch melted glass work.  Beads range in size and take many forms including round, square, bicone, tabular and lentil.  Interesting surface work, including the addition of cubic zirconias, adds to the appeal of these creations, which are offered in bracelets, pendants, earrings and focal beads.  The depth of color and textures within the beads produces a stunning light show.

Eclectic collections of vintage items commingle with vegetables or flowers, household goods, even Hostess cupcakes, to form pleasing, and sometimes unlikely relationships.  Dana Thompson’s use of clear vibrant color and interesting arrangements demonstrate her talent for capturing and using light to render stunning compositions in both still lifes and dramatic landscapes.

Join the artists for a glass of wine, light fare and live music by Sometimes Sisters, during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, November 22, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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November 1, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

The Western Loudoun Art and Wine Celebration at North Gate Vineyard

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November 1, 2014

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 201312
USA
540-668-6248

Have fun holiday shopping while enjoying some award winning wine. Local Art, Local wine = FUN!

 

 

 

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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November 1, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

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November 2, 2014

205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

A spectrum of colors is reflected in Claire Nykolyszyn’s torch melted glass work.  Beads range in size and take many forms including round, square, bicone, tabular and lentil.  Interesting surface work, including the addition of cubic zirconias, adds to the appeal of these creations, which are offered in bracelets, pendants, earrings and focal beads.  The depth of color and textures within the beads produces a stunning light show.

Eclectic collections of vintage items commingle with vegetables or flowers, household goods, even Hostess cupcakes, to form pleasing, and sometimes unlikely relationships.  Dana Thompson’s use of clear vibrant color and interesting arrangements demonstrate her talent for capturing and using light to render stunning compositions in both still lifes and dramatic landscapes.

Join the artists for a glass of wine, light fare and live music by Sometimes Sisters, during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, November 22, from 5 – 8 p.m.

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10th Annual Turkey Trot 5k and Fun Run

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Enjoy an Evening of Dinner, Art, and Music

17 Oct 2014

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Disability Awareness Month Events Scheduled in Loudoun in October

9 Oct 2014

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Beavers – Biodiversity with a Paddle

1 Oct 2014

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Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

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Sports

Register Now for Rugby

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Little League Season Update

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