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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.

Purcellville Halloween 2015 Bash a Huge Success

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Halloween 2015 Bash a Huge Success

“The costumes this year were so unbelievably creative and clever. People are finding out that the top prize is $500 cash and a trophy … so it seems like they are going all out!”

That – according to Halloween 2015 sponsor Michael Oaks of the Re-Love It consignment store – just about sums up the fantastic happenings surrounding Purcellville’s 5th Annual Halloween Block Party.

MC’d by Dave Wright, founder and moderator of the Improv Comedy Troup Last Ham Standing, Halloween 2015 was attended by thousands of people this year – a crowd that greatly surpassed last year’s bash.

The cash was flowing as was the creativity, enthusiasm and energy of the crowd.

And who won? Well, that’s the important part, noted Michael and his wife and business partner, Kim. “Our favorite part of the event … besides seeing the winners’ faces light up … is seeing the joy on the kids’ faces through out the evening. The adults really enjoyed themselves, too!” … Continue Reading

Irish Session at Corcoran Brewing

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Irish Session at Corcoran Brewing

Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Corcoran Brewing Company will host an Irish session. Enjoy traditional Irish jigs reels and hornpipes played on fiddles, whistles, banjos and guitars and bodhran.   








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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017


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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017


Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

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