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Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event Seeks Volunteers

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

On Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Stop Hunger Now will hold its third annual meal-packaging event in Round Hill to be held at Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Drive, Round Hill, VA 20141. The event is hosted by Round Hill United Methodist Church. One thousand volunteers are needed to package 150,000 meals. Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging events are a fun, hands-on way to make a difference and impact the lives of those suffering from hunger. Each meal costs approximately 25 cents. Monetary donations are also needed.

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. … Continue Reading

44th Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Organizers of the 444thANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, to be held September 21 and 22 2013 invite artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration as the logo for this year’s poster and brochure. The theme this year is “Mountain Streams (e.g. Butcher’s Branch) and Native Plants”. Submitted designs should be rendered simply and with minimal color that can be easily replicated on the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, etc. The artist’s name will be printed on the poster and his/her work acknowledged in Bluemont Fair publicity.

All artwork should be received on or before May 1, 2013, to: Bluemont Fair Poster Art Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135. Individuals requesting return of their submission should also include a self-addressed, stamped mailing receptacle.

Winner will be announced in mid-May. For further information or to arrange for in-person delivery of your entry: 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or www.bluemontfair.org.

Kalli Dakos Returns to Loudoun Country Day School

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Children’s poet, Kalli Dakos, will return by popular acclaim to Loudoun Country Day School on Tuesday, March 19, for a day of regaling classes in the library with her imaginative, humorous poetry. This is the 24th year in a row that she has visited the school. Kalli has written over 2,000 poems and has recent book publications: I Heard You Twice the First Time; A Funeral in the Bathroom, and Poems for Tired and Bewildered Teachers. She draws on her previous career as a teacher and reading specialist to entertain, educate, and stimulate the minds of students.

The titles of her poetry books for elementary school students draw them in: Whatever You Do! Don’t Read This Book, Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll, and If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand! Kalli will be in the library from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, with a book signing to follow her presentations, which always include props such as dancing coke bottles, squishy eyeballs, deely-boppers, and a six-foot inflatable pig named Hamlet from her book, Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig. The school has dusted off its rubber snakes and 3-D glasses in eager anticipation of Ms. Dakos’ visit, to enjoy her celebration of wit and imagination, which students enjoy so much.

Master Gardeners Announce Annual Gardening Symposium

March 9, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Master Gardeners Kick Off Spring Gardening Season

Loudoun County’s Master Gardeners kick off this year’s spring gardening season with their fourth annual symposium packed with topics ranging from “Ten Steps to a Greener Lawn” to “Have Your Yard and Eat It Too.”

Registration is open now for the event, which will be held at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg on April 6 and 7.

“We have a wonderfully diverse group of speakers this year, each with a deep knowledge of subjects near and dear to the hearts of gardeners and nature lovers,” said Becky Phillips, a veteran Master Gardener and the symposium chairperson. “Anyone who attends will walk away educated, entertained and inspired.”

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Purcellville Passion Play Returning to Firemen’s Field

February 27, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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On Palm Sunday, March 24, the Purcellville Passion Play will stage its 26th annual performance in Purcellville. The Play will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Firemen’s Field, adjacent to the Historic Bush Tabernacle across from the Purcellville Town Hall on Nursery Avenue.

The Passion Play was last performed at Firemen’s Field in 1999. Since then, it has been staged at Franklin Park and at Yaxley and A streets, behind Purcellville Baptist Church.

“We are all very excited about the play returning to Firemen’s Field where it was a key fixture of the Easter season in Purcellville for so many years,” said Peter Buck, one of the producers. “The intimate setting of Firemen’s Field really encourages the audience to be part of the story not just spectators,” Buck added. … Continue Reading

Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88th Birthday

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday on Saturday March 2 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Last year over 100 local residents and business owners were in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail (A.T.) design, best tasting and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the top submissions. … Continue Reading

Leesburg to Hold Youth Career Expo on March 16

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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On Saturday, March 16, the Town of Leesburg will hold a Youth Career Expo at ProJet Aviation, located at the Leesburg Executive Airport (957 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg, VA 20175). The Expo hours will be noon to 3:00 p.m.

About 80 to 100 local businesses are expected to participate, and many will be hiring on the spot for both permanent and summer positions.

“This year’s event is actually the third job fair aimed at recent college and high school graduates, as well as current high school students, that has been held in Leesburg in recent years, although it is the first to be sponsored by the Town,” explained Leesburg Town Council Member Kelly Burk. … Continue Reading

Women’s Work Art Exhibit Shows at County Government Center

February 13, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Paintings and drawings by a host of talented female artists are on display at the County Government Center in Leesburg now through March 1.

An exhibition featuring the work of 32 talented female artists is currently on display in Gallery One, in the county government Center in Leesburg. The exhibit, ‘Womens Work’, showcases the diverse range of creative expression by Loudoun’s talented women, featuring work in fiber at, photography, painting, collage, and sculpture.

“Having worked with the Loudoun arts community for many years, I know the range and creativity Loudoun’s women contribute to our community”, said Art Advisory Committee Member, Jeanne Niccolls, “ we wanted to showcase that creativity and celebrate their work; we believe this show has something for everyone to enjoy and successfully represents a broad range of Loudoun’s talented women.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville First Friday Coming Back with Men in Kilts – March 1

February 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
Men in kilts: Matt Barbagallo, Above Ground Winery; Rocky Westfall, Atoka Properties; Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distillery; and Shawn Malone, Magnolias at the Mill Restaurant. Photo: Sarah Huntington

Purcellville First Friday will kick off its second season with March’s theme – “Men in Kilts” – thanks to an idea from Realtor Janet Mulhern of Atoka Properties.

In late January, local business leaders donned Scottish kilts for a photo shoot with award-winning photographer Sarah Huntington (photo at right). The photo is on display at Above Ground Winery and other local businesses. Readers and locals are invited to guess whose legs belong to which business leader, and submit their guesses to win a $100 gift card to Magnolias at the Mill restaurant. The photo and “Guess Whose Legs” forms are available at buisnesses around town and can be dropped in a box at Above Ground Winery (Thursday – Sunday noon ‘til 5:00 p.m.). A drawing of entries will start at 9:00 p.m. March 1 at the winery (105 Main Street, Purcellville). … Continue Reading

First Annual Edward Baker Day Dinner

February 4, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Friends of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield have announced the First Annual Edward Baker Day dinner on Sunday, February 24 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at The Woodlands, Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Drive in Sterling. Dr. Robert Sutton, Chief Historian of the National Park Service will be the speaker

Dr. Sutton will speak on the life of Senator and Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker who commanded Union troops at the battle of Ball’s Bluff and on the Civil War in Oregon. Baker was the best friend of President Lincoln and the only sitting U.S. senator ever to die in combat. … Continue Reading

St. James United Church of Christ To Host Evolution Weekend Celebration

February 2, 2013 by Contributor Events, Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville will participate in Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to oppose the undermining of science, and specifically the basic principles of evolution, in the name of religion. Organized eight years ago by The Clergy Letter Project (http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/) around the birthday of Charles Darwin,

“Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Rather, they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions.” … Continue Reading

2013 Loudoun Grown Expo Ready To Go

January 25, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The exhibitor lineup for the 2013 Loudoun Grown Expo has been finalized and this year’s event has expanded again! The 2013 Expo has 36 exhibitors including nine wineries, five CSAs, many producers and other rural economy entrepreneurs including Purcellville’s own Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Corcoran Brewing. New to the event this year are food vendors that will be located outside the Tabernacle so guests can have a meal while enjoying the event. Food can be purchased from Fun Country Kettle Corn, Good Grubbin’, and Magnolias at the Mill, Monk’s BBQ, and the Roving Italian. … Continue Reading

Around the Block Books Sponsors Open Mic Nights

January 25, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Around the Block Books is proud to sponsor an Open Mic Night for our local High School students – Grades 9 through 12. Every Friday night in February, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the store. We look forward to seeing what creative talent our local students will share with the community.

If you are interested in sharing your music, poetry or short stories, call Jodi or Laura at 540-751-9161 or e-mail atbb2013@gmail.com to schedule a Friday date and time slot.

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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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