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Leesburg Career Expo for High School & College Accepting Employer Requests

February 21, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Career Expo for High School & College Accepting Employer Requests

On Saturday, April 9, the Town of Leesburg will hold the 4th annual Career Expo for Students and Recent Graduates. The event is being held at Tuscarora High School, located at 801 N King Street, Leesburg, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Local businesses are invited to submit a request to participate by going to www.leesburgva.gov/careerexpo to submit the request form. Businesses may submit requests beginning Friday, February 12 until Friday, March 4. There is no cost to participate. Please note that submitting a request to participate is not a guarantee of acceptance. Notification of acceptance will be sent by no later than Friday, March 11. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Book Club Conference Slated for March 5

February 15, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Book Club Conference Slated for March 5

Whether you’re part of a thriving book club, want to start one, or hope to connect with one, mark your calendar for an afternoon of celebrating authors, books, and the joy of reading.

“Building a Community of Readers: The Loudoun County Book Club Conference” takes place Saturday, March 5, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Gum Spring Library, 24600 Millstream Dr. in Stone Ridge. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Sessions include “Running a Successful Book Club,” with Northern Virginia author and professor Art Taylor of George Mason University. He’ll offer tips for running a successful book club, including the best way to moderate, establishing ground rules, and choosing the right titles. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin will be used for sample discussion. It’s helpful, but not necessary, to read it before the conference; copies are available at all LCPL branch information desks.

“Connect with Book Clubs” features library staff sharing how the library can enhance your community book club through book kits, online resources, and favorite titles. Community book club leaders and members are invited to tell others about their own meetings. A door prize drawing for a Kindle Fire will conclude the day.

The conference is sponsored by Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. For more information, visit library.loudoun.gov/events or call Gum Spring Library: 571-258-3838.

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

February 3, 2016 Events, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on March 13 at Top Golf will benefit the cancer society.

The courses are USATF certified. There will be a free door raffle, free high resolution photos and SWAG bags that include a commemorative pregame 5K t-shirt and a free finishers beer at The Black Olive Bar. For more information on the rest of the year races go to www.Pregame5K.com click on ‘Leesburg’.

Trunk Show Hosted by Mellow Yellow

February 3, 2016 Events Comments Off on Trunk Show Hosted by Mellow Yellow

This will be the 1st trunk show hosted by Mellow Yellow, an upscale boutique that carries distinctive fashion, accessories and unique gifts. “We are very excited to feature our trunk shows and hope to make this an annual event in the spring and fall, “said Meesook Han owner of Mellow Yellow.

Mellow Yellow carries Comfy USA, Lysee, Tulip, Flax and Kim Bernardin from Paris to name a few. To find out more go to www.mellowyellowstyle.com.

Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and Middleburg Community Center Offering Education Session On Music Therapy

January 30, 2016 Events Comments Off on Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and Middleburg Community Center Offering Education Session On Music Therapy

Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and the Middleburg Community Center are partnering to bring to the community an interactive discussion on Medical Music Therapy and the impact it has on patients with stroke, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The event is Wednesday, February 17 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Middleburg Community Center, 300 West Washington Street, Middleburg. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A session. … Continue Reading

Arts in the Village Gallery’s January All-Artist Show

January 7, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Arts in the Village Gallery’s January All-Artist Show

In January, Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd. Leesburg, presents an all-artists exhibit, In With The New, featuring the diverse work of Gallery artists to celebrate the beginning of 2016. In conjunction with the show, a Studio Sale at the Gallery will take place, with a wide range of paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, wood and copper items.

Join the artists at the open to the public reception on Saturday, January 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The studio sale, on January 23, will be held noon to 8:00 p.m.

For more information call 571-442-8661 or email info@artsinthevillage.com.

Hollywood Casino Hosts Peter Cetera and D.L. Hughley

January 7, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hollywood Casino Hosts Peter Cetera and D.L. Hughley

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is rolling out the red carpet this January for star acts Peter Cetera and D.L. Hughley.
Best known as the front man of legendary band Chicago, Peter Cetera will take the stage on January 22 performing a collection of solo hits. After parting with Chicago in 1985, Cetera continued his run of success with his first single, “Glory of Love.” In 1986, Cetera released and sold more than one million copies of the album Solitude/Solitaire, which produced the No. 1 hit and Grammy nominated duet, “The Next Time I Fall.” … Continue Reading

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








The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …


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


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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