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Christmas 2013: Let Traditions Endure and Give Birth To New Ones

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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By Shirley Volberg

Last month I shared my hopes that my daughter would have a successful first Thanksgiving. It was the first time she hosted the family at her home, and, although there was a bit of flurry about serving pieces, etc., she did a fabulous job.

From the start, she happily delegated several of the more complicated side dishes to me, so she could focus on the turkey and the table.

Her table was lovely, decorated with a blue and yellow French tablecloth, flowers in complementary colors and a scattering of yellow paper leaves to give everything a beautiful fall theme. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile – Brown Shop Bears

December 3, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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The Thing Of Holiday Dreams

As West Virginia “teddy bear artist” Treva Blackford describes it, “My inspiration comes from a piece of mohair, vintage clothing or accessories. Some times a customer will ask for a certain color or style. Sometimes a family member will make a suggestion. I am always trying to come up with new ideas to keep my work interesting.”

But, it is hard to look at Blackford’s work – her handcrafted teddy bears, bunnies and foxes – and not believe that her inspiration comes from anything less than heaven itself.

Blackford has been making her creations for 20 years. “What got you started?” I asked. To which she replied, “I had always loved quilts but when I tried to make one I wasn’t very good at it so I started making cloth bunnies and other animals. I gradually progressed to mohair teddy bears, bunnies, foxes, etc. Raccoons will be my new animal for 2014! … Continue Reading

Kitchen Science Kids: Bend-y Bones

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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By Leah Enright

Many of us love a fragrant, roasted chicken, and I especially love them because I know a great science activity using a part we often throw away-the bones. So, head to the grocery store and grab a roaster, (and some sweet potatoes if you’re hungry), because this is going to be fun.

You’ll need:
- 2 jars or glasses that can be used for three days
- Enough white vinegar to fill one of the glasses
- 2 chicken bones of similar size, (the thinner the better)

Clean the meat off of the bones and put one in a glass of water, the other in the glass of vinegar (labeling the water jar 1, and the vinegar jar 2). Wait three days, pull them both out, and try to bend them. What happens? If all went according to plan, the bone is jar 1 stayed the same, while the bone in jar 2 that was stiff and rigid three days ago, is soft and pliable now. Wow. How did that happen? Well, our bones are made of both hard and soft materials. Bones have to be soft enough to heal and grow, yet hard enough to stay sturdy when we fall. What makes them hard – minerals, such as calcium. The chicken bone had plenty of minerals in it a few days ago, but the vinegar, which is an acid, dissolved it. This applies to you and your body, too. Minerals keep your bones and teeth hard, and acids dissolve those minerals – so be sure to brush your teeth after drinking acidic beverages like soda or orange juice, and eat plenty of calcium rich foods like yogurt and green leafy vegetables.

So, minerals make bones hard, and that is important for all of the bones in your body.
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Leah Enright lives in Round Hill, works as a hair stylist at Hair Cuttery in Purcellville, and loves kids and science. She welcomes suggestions and feedback at mizbeytac@yahoo.com

Remembering Our Bright and Shining Star – Gabriella Miller

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Ten year old Gabriella Miller died at home on October 26, 2013 after a courageous yearlong battle with pediatric brain cancer. In his tribute to Gabriella, Randy Hollister, Headmaster of Loudoun Country Day School where Gabriella attended, spoke of her as “A model student and citizen whose presence lit up the classroom. Every day with Gabriella was pure exhilaration and adventure.”

Gabriella remained true to this description of effervescence during the course of her illness as she became a distinguished and selfless advocate for children with pediatric cancer. As a result of Gabriella’s tireless efforts, she helped to raise more than $275,00 for the Make A Wish Foundation through a letter writing campaign, but she didn’t stop there. Gabriella began a letter writing campaign with Make A Wish – that totaled more than 250,000 letters which were delivered to Macys department store before Christmas last year resulting in a $1 million dollar donation from Macys to Make A Wish Foundation. … Continue Reading

Remembering Ann Jacobson

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Ann Natalie Jacobson (nee Gandrud), 83, of Hamilton died at her home on October 15, 2013, due to cancer. Jacobson was born April 16, 1930, in Fergus Falls, Minn., to the late Elvin Gandrud and Ada Aarrestad Gandrud. After completing the Glenwood Minnesota schools, she attended Concordia College in Moorhead for two years and graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 1951 with a BS degree in business education. At the university, she served on the governor’s youth commission.

She worked as an executive assistant to the president of Neiman Marcus in Dallas prior to her marriage to Gerhard (Jake) Jacobson on August 8, 1953, at the Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood. As the wife of a career army officer, she traveled widely with her husband. In 1965 they spent a year studying Russian prior to his serving with our embassy in Moscow. In 1980 they moved from Mount Vernon to a farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge which they restored and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. She served on the board of the Land Trust of Virginia and Loudoun Cares. … Continue Reading

Historic Car Recreated by Middleburg Man

November 6, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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As a prominent national paper reported at a recent display of the pictured Bugatti 57SC Aerolithe: “When it comes to recreating history, it’s hard to beat the detective job that it took to remake one of the most famous Bugatti show cars from the 1930s.”

My dad grew up loving historic cars. As a young man he bought the chassis (only thing left) of an old Silver Ghost Rolls Royce just to prevent it from going into the scrap heap. So, when I found out that a local man named Chris Ohrstrom (of Middleburg) had overseen the perfect recreation of a Bugatti Aerolithe, I jumped at the chance to tell our western Loudoun audience about it. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile – Valentin Melik

November 6, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized Be the first to comment
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“What set him apart from other kids was his innate gift of drawing the world around him.  On cold and snowy days he would run and play outside under his mother’s watchful eye.  When he would see a bread truck pass by the playground, he would pick up a twig, plop on the snow and draw the bread truck.”

An artist’s life is often as complex and inquisitive as their work. In talking to them, I’ve often found that when they approach a project, they are asking and answering a series of questions. “Where is the light coming from? What makes that object stand out from the one behind it? What color is the marble? And, what temperature? What is the person in my portrait thinking?”

Valentin Melik has one of those lives, complicated and looking for answers, some questions of which relate to the everyday things we all face, such as how to make a living, doing, hopefully, what we believe we were meant to do. … Continue Reading

Kitchen Science Kids: Density

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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By Leah Enright

When the weather turns cold, I love to visit indoor swimming pools. Taking off my jacket and gloves, and putting on a swimsuit makes me feel like I’m somewhere warm and tropical – even if I’m at the Ida Lee Rec Center in Leesburg. Of course, I always see lots of kids running, (and being reminded not to run) throwing foamy footballs, and playing with paddle boards. There are even a few babies with puffy, orange inflatable arm bands helping them float with smiling grown-ups. Though everyone is having a good time, and probably very few are thinking about science, there are quite a few principles at play here – one of them is well illustrated with a simple science activity. To see it in action try this: … Continue Reading

Bradley Boland Installed as Virginia Association of Realtors® President

November 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Bradley J. Boland, past Chairman of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®, Managing Broker of Keller Williams Realty Dulles and Purcellville business owner, was installed as the 2014 President of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® last week. Brad’s wife, Elaine, and four of his five daughters joined hundreds of Virginia REALTORS® in celebrating this exciting achievement during VAR’s Convention in Virginia Beach.

Brad has been a licensed real estate agent since 1975 and a licensed broker since 1978. He has worked in all areas of real estate including residential home sales, land development, construction of commercial and industrial buildings, and property management of large investment grade assets including retail shopping centers and apartment complexes. Over the years, Brad has owned and managed various real estate companies and has been responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate sales. In 2011 he was voted REALTOR® of the Year by the Dulles Area Association of
REALTORS®. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Author Earns Bronze Medal

October 6, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Author Barbara Simpson Carducci was recently announced as the Bronze Medal winner for the 2013 Living Now Book Awards in the Animal/Pets category for her book, “Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.”

In addition to the recent Living Now Book Award, “Storee Wryter Gets a Dog” has earned a Gold Mom’s Choice Award and was named one of the Best Dog Books for Young Readers in Cesar’s Way Magazine (August Issue), the Official Publication of Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer.

Kitchen Science Kids: Bending Light

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader People Be the first to comment
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By Leah Enright

I love bubbles. Who doesn’t? Happy, round floaty things that last just a second . . . and when you blow a big one, what magic! Looking at a bubble, what will you see? A micro-thin film of multi colored, glistening fluid gently slipping and sliding around a transparent ball. They are beautiful . . . until they pop! At that point I’m hooked and I will blow and marvel until I remember that I am a grown up with laundry to fold.

How did that rainbow get on the side of that bubble? Well, to answer that we have to go all the way back to 1666 and an amazing guy-Isaac Newton. Isaac Newton achieved many great accomplishments, (including having a cookie named after him-Fig Newtons!) Newton was interested in optics, (which is the study of light and how things are seen). In fact, when coming home from a town fair with a toy glass prism, (a piece of glass shaped like a triangle), Isaac Newton noticed something interesting-white light came into the prism as expected, but came out of the prism broken into distinct colors-red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Amazing! The curious and inventive young man went on to accomplish many great things in science, but the one that we can see today is this fact that if light rays, which travel straight down from the sun, are interrupted and bent, they break apart and we can see that white light is not white after all. It is actually a combination of the seven colors of the rainbow, all mixed together! Wow! How can we bend the light to see this rainbow? … Continue Reading

Greer a National Merit Semifinalist

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Middleburg Academy senior Caroline Greer of Aldie was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Greer is among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists who have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $35 million. To be considered for the merit scholarship award that will be offered in the spring, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. … Continue Reading

Kitchen Science Kids: Bleaching Hair from the Inside Out

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized Be the first to comment
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By Leah Enright

When I was a kid, many of my friends’ mothers spent hours at the beauty salon, bleaching their hair blonde. It was fun for them, and seemed like a mysterious practice to me. How did that dark hair go light?

Well, it turns out that lightening hair with chemicals, and the natural gray grandparents wear, have much in common. What is the chemical responsible for this de-colorization? Hydrogen peroxide-the same stuff used on cuts and poured on laundry stains, is also manufactured naturally inside our bodies, inside of our cells.

How can this be? Cells are living things, so they perform work and create waste. When they create waste, in this case hydrogen peroxide, they can’t just throw it in the trash, it must be recycled into something harmless. Enter Catalase! Catalase is a special protein inside our bodies that is attracted to hydrogen peroxide, and changes it from a harmful toxin, to a harmless blend of salt and water. This works perfectly for many, many years while the catalase in our bodies is in supply, but when we are well into adulthood, we begin to run low on catalase, and our bodies can’t make more. That means that the peroxide swishes around, without catalase to make it harmless. When the peroxide swishes around the place where our hair forms before it grows out through our skin, it does what peroxide is known for-it takes the color out, and voila. Gray hair. (A color that many wear proudly). … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Open Letter to the Board of Supervisors

25 Jul 2014

For the Public Input Session on September 3, 2014 Excerpts from the following article will be presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on September 3, 2014 at the public input session. “The vital signs reflect “the largest changes …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Concern Over E-cigarettes

3 Jul 2014

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I was very upset to find an e-cigarette in my son’s room the other day. At first I didn’t even know what it was but then figured it out. My son is 17, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Blue Ridge Mountain Road

3 Jul 2014

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It wasn’t until I saw it all under heavy fog that this place really came to speak to me; sure, I’d seen it in rain, snow, sleet and just about every other condition you could name, but before that blanket …

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Mountville Road

3 Jun 2014

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Glancing at a map, it really doesn’t look like much to the casual observer – one might think: “Hmm, just a little connector road in the southwestern portion of a place called Loudoun County” – from Snickersville Turnpike in the …

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Virginia Gardening

Let’s Start Thinking About Planning A Fall Garden

3 Jul 2014

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– By Donna Williamson There is so much information out there about gardening and planting – it makes my head spin. Some good information, some bad information that just gets repeated over and over – so here is some info …

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Sushi's Corner

When Twinkle Lights Were Discovered!

3 Jul 2014

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“Tails” From The Barnyard – By Sushi By now if you have been reading my “ Sushi, Tails from the Barn Yard” you have heard about the infamous story tree smack dab center in front of the large white farm …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?

3 Jul 2014

- By Samuel Moore-Sobel Like many other students more than halfway through college, I find myself contemplating what I am going to do with the rest of my life. Lately I have been considering attending law school. Being a lawyer …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning For Life

3 Jul 2014

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– by Amy and Dan Smith I’m pleased to join Amy in this column. There are topics, which I know from my years of experience in the estate planning field are of interest to folks and which can be rather …

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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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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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June 30, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
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Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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July 1, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
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Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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July 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
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Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

VAL's Pals Kid's Club

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1602 Village Market Blvd.
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FREE activity every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Held in Community Room at 1601 Village Market Blvd. #100, next to Plow & Hearth and across from Cobb Theatres, unless noted. 

  • July 2  – Paul Hadfield aka “The Funny Guy” Clown Theater program

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July 3, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
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Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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July 4, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
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Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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July 5, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
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Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

Saturday Summer Music Series

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July 5, 2014

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1602 Village Market Blvd., SE, Suite 215, Leesburg, VA 20175
Leesburg, 20175
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314-602-1325

Enjoy the sounds of summer every Saturday night through August 16! 5 – 8 p.m. in Fountain Court FREE. Bring your own chair or check out our new patio-style furniture in fountain court. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.  Check facebook/villageatleesburg.com

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Conversations in History Series: The Nature of Sacrifice

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July 5, 2014

Mt Zion Church
40309 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, 20105

Carol Bundy, author and historian, will speak on William Hathaway Forbes and the California Battalion's confrontation of Colonel John S. Mosby, 1864. Co-hosted by Mosby Heritage Area Association and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

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July Sunday Brunch at Breaux Vineyards

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July 6, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
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End your Holiday weekend with a delicious Sunday Brunch! Take a break from the sunshine and heat to enjoy a 3-course meal paired with delicious Breaux Vineyard wines while overlooking the sweeping views! Chef Author from Grandale Farms has prepared a delicious farm to table meal for you to enjoy.

Tickets are $60 per person / $55 Cellar Club members

Cavaliers, Courage & Coffee Program

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July 6, 2014

Mt Zion Church
40309 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, 20105

As part of the sesquicentennial events for the Battle of Mt Zion Church, the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group will offer a lantern lit dramatic evening. 540-687-5578.

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VAL's Pals Kid's Club

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July 9, 2014

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

FREE activity every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Held in Community Room at 1601 Village Market Blvd. #100, next to Plow & Hearth and across from Cobb Theatres, unless noted. 

  • June 9 –  Zumba for kids

VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 9, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 9 – The Goonies  PG  111 mins

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9th Annual Key West Festival

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July 12, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards
Purcellville, 20132
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Come enjoy our "Vineyard in Paradise" at the 9th annual Key West Fest!  Wine tastings, food vendors,  live music, kids' activities and more!

Local crafters and vendors will also be on-site selling their wares and have great items you could win!  We will draw prizes under the band tent during the band breaks!

Please remember, no dogs or picnics are permitted at our festivals! 

Ticket sales coming soon!

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Increase Your Reach: Social Media Advertising for Business

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July 17, 2014

Why use social media advertising? What should your goals be? Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn—what’s best for your business? How can you analyze results to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth?

Get answers. Maximize the power of your SM advertising.

Presenter:  Kona Gallagher,  Marketing Program Coordinator for Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development.

REGISTER at Loudoun SBDC.eventbrite.com

Fee:  $25 registration online; $30 at door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Summer Saturdays

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July 19, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
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Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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JUL Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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July 22, 2014

Patrick McMahon, Attorney - McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC, will present briefly on “Negotiating Teaming & Subcontracting Agreements from a Small Business Subcontractor Perspective.”

 

SPONSOR:   TD Bank, N.A.

 

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

The group’s founder, Loudoun SBDC, is a resource partner with the SBA. It has been helping to launch/grow government contracting businesses for over 10 years. It has strong partners within the economic development community and is well-positioned to assist you!

 

FREE but REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 23, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
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FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

Movies Under The Stars

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July 23, 2014

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1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
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Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 24, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
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FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

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July 25, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

July Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

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July 25, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
USA

July Fourth Friday! July 25; 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Each month our "Fourth Fridays" event boasts a fabulous evening of wine + entertainment worth sharing with family and friends.  This month's fourth Friday falls on July 25th.  We will have live music, wine to taste and food to eat.  Don't miss out on this fun summer evening - come soak in the views, the music and of course some terrific vino!

No reservation needed - We'll see you Friday the 25th!

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Village at Leesburg 5th Annual Summer Block Party

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July 26, 2014

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

Saturday, July 26

3 – 8 p.m.  FREE

Join us for this FREE family event with live bands, entertainers, inflatables, food, sidewalk sales and fun activities throughout the entire center.  Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. 

 

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 28, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 29, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 30, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 31, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 1, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Child Safety Day

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Saturday, August 2 from 12pm-4pm  FREE

Get up close to awesome rescue squad vehicles and cool interactive displays! Enjoy music, inflatables,  prizes and giveaways and more fun. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 2, 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.

Summer Saturdays

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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View From the Ridge

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?

3 Jun 2014

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For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future. On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh …

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Editorial

War Madness

25 Jul 2014

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The Dying Gaul By John P. Flannery In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war. It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. …

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Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

3 Jun 2014

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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building …

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Lifestyle

Feed Loudoun – Fresh Food Drive

27 Jul 2014

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 …

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Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

17 Jul 2014

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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and …

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Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

15 Jul 2014

Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art …

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Wild Loudoun

Fireflies – Green Sequins Of The Night

3 Jul 2014

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I don’t usually start my Wild Loudoun column by sharing information about the scientific classification into which a given plant, animal or insect falls. But, in the case of the firefly, it’s too fun not too … Fireflies are part of an insect family known as Lampyridae … as in “lamp.” Of course they are, you say. Firefly larva – …

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines …

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Sports

Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

3 Jun 2014

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the …

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force …

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has …

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia …

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