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Carver Center Events – January 2016

January 7, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center Events – January 2016

The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. ?Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.

Beginning Tai Chi
Mondays from January 4 through March 7, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Ages 16 & up) . Registration is available online at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac.

Intermediate Tai Chi Mondays from January 4 through March 7, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Ages 16 & up). Registration is available online at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac.

Body Sculpting
Mondays and Wednesdays from January 4 through February 17, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. (Ages 15 & up)
Tighten and shape your muscles using resistance bands, Pilates balls and weights. Bring a mat. … Continue Reading

First Concert Of 2016 At The Old Stone School Community Center Features Band Joey And The Waitress

January 7, 2016 Arts, Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Concert Of 2016 At The Old Stone School Community Center Features Band Joey And The Waitress
Joey and the Waitress Band

Come hear the Joey and the Waitress band at the Old Stone School Community Center on Friday, January 15, 2016 as they hold a benefit concert to raise funds for the historic building. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.OldStoneSchool.org. Tickets include the concert and light appetizers. Drinks, including wine from North Gate Vineyard and beer from Old 690 Brewing Company, will be sold by the glass. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.

The Joey and the Waitress band is pleased to hold this concert to benefit the historic Old Stone School. It will be a special evening of live acoustic music. They will perform selected songs from their up coming CD titled “Come to California” as well as tracks from “Redemption”. The night will also include cover and original songs from Juliana MacDowell and Andrew Hart. Don’t miss this rare listener theater experience. It will be a very special intimate performance.

Other upcoming concerts at the Old Stone School Community Center include:
The Kennedys on February 12; Iain Matthews on April 1; and Troy and Paula on June 18.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.OldStoneSchool.org.

Friends of the Old Stone School (formerly the Hillsboro Community Association) is the non-profit organization dedicated to renovating, maintaining, and managing the historic Old Stone School. Though the Town of Hillsboro owns the building, funds for improving, maintaining, and managing this beautiful historic building are paid for through donations, rental income, and proceeds from fundraisers and events. Together, Friends of the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro work to keep the doors of the Old Stone School Community Center open. The Old Stone School Community Center is a place where generations gather to celebrate and to make memories, a place where we foster our sense of community, and a place to feature new, emerging, and experienced talent. Learn more about Friends of the Old Stone School and how you can support our efforts at www.OldStoneSchool.org

All They Want for Christmas is You! Free Pet Adoptions at Loudoun Animal Services

December 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on All They Want for Christmas is You! Free Pet Adoptions at Loudoun Animal Services

The more than 100 pets at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter have one wish this holiday season – to find a loving home. Their dream could come true Saturday, December 26, when the shelter will be hosting an adoption extravaganza. All adoptions will be free 12 noon to 4 p.m.. There will be plenty of holiday fun and festivities too – hot cocoa and cookies, family photos with Santa, holiday music and more.

All adopted dogs and cats will have been spayed or neutered and received age-appropriate vaccinations, a check-up, and a microchip and dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses and others will be sent home with a Christmas prize pack filled with fun toys and treats to share with their new family.

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is also assisting a shelter in Raleigh County, West Virginia, by offering kennel space to some of their dogs and cats. “We are fortunate to be able to share the generosity and compassion of the Loudoun community with other homeless pets in need,” said Animal Care Manager Ellen Nadeau. “We know people in Loudoun love pets, and these animals need a second chance. What better time to open up your heart to a homeless cat or dog?”

Photos of available pets will be posted at www.loudoun.gov/animals and updates will be available at: www.facebook.com/loudounanimals.

Please note that LCAS will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, reopening on Saturday, December 26.

Play, Win, Dance in 2016

December 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Play, Win, Dance in 2016

Ring in the New Year with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ tropical countdown extravaganza! From mega giveaways, to live music, to a champagne brunch, Hollywood is your New Years destination with countless ways to play, win and celebrate.

Kick off New Year’s Eve with Hollywood’s $25,000 Summer Dreamin’ Giveaway. From December 12 – 31, patrons can earn entries for first prize winnings of $1,500 cash, and five additional prizes of $200 in free SlotPlay. Drawings will take place every half hour from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. on December 31. Winners will choose a lucky starfish, surfboard or flamingo to reveal their prize! … Continue Reading

Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Welcomes Santa & Mrs. Claus

December 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Welcomes Santa & Mrs. Claus

Blue Ridge Hospice, a community-based, not-for-profit hospice organization, is planning an “Afternoon With Santa” on Saturday, December 19, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at its Purcellville Thrift Shop. The shop is located at 151 W. Main Street in the heart of downtown Purcellville. Parking is available by the building and across the street in a parking lot.

Especially for children, the event will have Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on hand to greet the youngsters. Parents are welcome to take photos of their little ones with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Refreshments will be served and a kids’ shopping corner will be featured where children can purchase gifts at nominal prices. All holiday items are 50 percent off, and an additional 25 percent off entire purchases will be taken at the register.

For additional information, please contact Blue Ridge Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Shop at 540-751-1680.

Leesburg To Host Hiring Event for Residents of the Leesburg HUBZone

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg To Host Hiring Event for Residents of the Leesburg HUBZone

The Leesburg Economic Development Office will host a HUBZone Hiring Event on Thursday, December 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ida Lee Recreation Center, located at 60 Ida Lee Drive in Leesburg.

“This is the perfect opportunity for people who live in the HUBZone and are looking for jobs to meet over 20 great HUBZone companies that are hiring,” said Kindra Jackson, Leesburg’s Business Development Manager.

The wages for these positions range from $10.00 per hour to $18.00 per hour. No previous experience or degree is required and most companies are willing to train. Available jobs include entry level office assistant, entry level finance, various computer related positions, construction, labor, and other trades. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be hosting another stage side chat at the Carver Center on Wednesday, December 16, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The purpose of this discussion forum, to which all residents and neighboring residents are invited, is to hear from the citizens on all matters concerning Purcellville. It’s an opportunity to openly voice issues, concerns, ideas, and solutions. Save the date.

Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13

Nearly 40 artisans and vendors will participate in the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival on December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on December 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro. The Christmas tree lighting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on December 12. Fresh trees and wreaths, as well as decorations, lights, food and drink will be available for sale. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike.

On December 12 from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Catoctin School of Music will sing carols on stage in the historic building. After the festivities have wrapped up on Sunday, December 13, visitors will be invited to come back to the Old Stone School at 6:00 p.m. for the Big Bad Drama Club’s production of “A Little Bit of Christmas.” The admission is a new toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Tree Sales Come to Waterford

December 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Tree Sales Come to Waterford

Christmas Trees! The Catoctin Presbyterian Church and Venture Scouts in Waterford are co-hosts for weekend Christmas tree sales through December 12-13. Proceeds support important activities of both organizations in the local community. Locally grown fresh cut trees are available at the historic church – which celebrated its 250th anniversary this year – on Saturday (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday (noon – 5:00 p.m.). Please join at 15565 High Street in Waterford.

Breakfast with Santa

November 28, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Breakfast with Santa

Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more information.

2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

November 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all the folks that make this happen with a special shout out to our sponsors, Camp Highroad for the beautiful venue, the volunteers, the runners and the Arcola rescue team”. Ken Falke – Founder and Chairman, Boulder Crest Retreat

On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners club, in partnership with Camp Highroad Adventure Camp and the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad conducted the 4th annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race on the scenic trails of Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg, Virginia. More than one hundred twenty runners and forty volunteers participated in the race and through their efforts and the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors more than $30,000 was raised to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the nation’s veterans it serves. … Continue Reading

Carver Center November Events

November 4, 2015 Events Comments Off on Carver Center November Events

The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.
November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459.
November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, non-members $20. Please call 571-258-3400.
November 9, Monday Veterans Day Display 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Photographs and background information on African-American veterans. No fee.
November 10, Tuesday Veterans Day Display 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Photographs and background information on African-American veterans. No fee.
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Computers for Advanced Beginners Class, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (ages 55 and up).
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Computer Tools and Social Media Class, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ages 55 and up).
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Using Exel at Home Class, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (ages 18 and up).
November 20, Friday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., Holiday Bazaar. Gifts items. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. All ages. No fee.
November 21, Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Holiday Bazaar. Gift items. All ages. No fee.
November 23, Monday Grief Support Services Workshop 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Shaileen Backman, Loudoun County Social Worker and Bereavement Counselor from Blue Ridge Hospice will present various grief support services available to the public. (Ages 18 and up).
Home-Delivered Meals Program Volunteers Needed. Please pick up packet at Carter Center even if you can only contribute one hour per month.

10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans

On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the Annual Loudoun 10K Trail Run to raise funds for Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately funded, rural wellness center dedicated to improving the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s recovering military heroes.

The race will take place at 9:00 a.m. at Camp Highroad, a 600-acre retreat located at 21164 Steptoe Hill Road in Middleburg. Registration is $50.00 (a long-sleeve technical shirt is provided to all runners), and 100 percent of race proceeds go directly to Boulder Crest Retreat. Veterans are heartily invited to attend this event, and an opening ceremony honoring their service will be conducted prior to the race. Friends and family members of service personnel are also encouraged to join in the celebration and to register in honor of a loved one. The race has annually raised more than $25,000 to support Boulder Crest.

To learn more about the race or to register go to: www.trailrun.loudounroadrunners.org. A course map, photos and more details are available on the website.








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It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics


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The Trump Effect


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Congratulations, Class of 2016

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017


The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017


Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives


Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017


The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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