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Blue Ridge Leader News – January 17, 2010

News for Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Our Neighbors- so near, and yet…

As we watch the tragic story in Haiti, you might want to direct a few thoughts and prayers for some local heroes over the next 10 days or so- as they continue to offer help in that country. The Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue Squad sent two separate teams to offer earthquake relief- totaling some 110 individuals and a number of canines to help in the efforts.

Let’s hope they can continue to rescue live victims- as long as life holds out.

This is the fifth day since the devastation started to unfold- a very long time for humans to remain trapped under buildings turned to rubble.

The Fairfax Teams have members from Loudoun County- and they’ve offered their services in many other disasters of recent memory: in Haiti, just over a year ago answering a call for help in a school collapse; previous earthquakes in Pakistan, Turkey, Peru, Taiwan and Iran; Hurricanes Katrina and Isabel- as well as other natural and man-made tragedies.

The Teams generally bring enough supplies for a two-week mission- and they also have their own physicians, paramedics and structural engineers as well as search ‘n rescue technical personnel.

They represent part of mankind’s greatest attributes: the willingness to help others in need.

They deserve our blessing.

The Rescue Offices in Fairfax recommend anyone wishing to donate go to the website for the US Agency for International Development: www.usaid.gov.

The Price of a Good Education

OK, I’m sure you know all the ABC’s by now for the proposed School Budget for the next working fiscal term. The Superintendent fleshed out the plan for pretty much sticking to the current financial picture; you might think this is a minor miracle in the face of the current monetary situation for the County and

Commonwealth (and the country, for that matter).

Some will think it’s sheer idiocy to consider a five percent funding increase for the next fiscal period; the proposal seems to gain a little wisdom when you figure that the public school system grows by about 3,000 kids a year.

Or not.

Maybe only the uneducated can truly understand the intricacies of the incumbent responsibilities of local taxpayers to fund the schools.

Sometimes, it truly seems that way- or at least sounds that way if you listen in at the public input sessions.

Talk about your two cents’ worth.

Well, anyway, one concession already fronted by Superintendent Ed Hatrick is a small bump in bigger class sizes- to cut down on the need for quite so many new teachers in the upcoming budget period.

That’ll help some, but since the County Board still faces close to $200 million in shortfalls (yeah, that’s a lotta change), and since the School Budget swallows over two-third’s of the local tax pie, he may have to do some more paring before they settle on anything like common ground.

And if that sounds too complicated, don’t bother going to the public hearings on this stuff.

It’ll make your head reel.

So, how much would local taxes have to go up in order to fully fund the school budget?

Haven’t figured that one out yet, that’s the County Board’s job; don’t think that they’re gonna go for it, though.

One thing’s sure: there’ll be plenty of squakin’ between now and April Fool’s Day (the approximate date the Supervisors target for setting the budget and tax rate; I’ve learned to appreciate the irony- or is it a Freudian slip showing through the Emperor’s New Pajamas?).

A Giant Stumbles

I’m sure that the local employees affected by the latest cuts at AOL already got their ‘pink slips’ as a way to ponder their Independence Day just after New Year’s celebrations. Hope it turns out to be a Happy one for them, in the long run.

Losing what you thought was a secure position is not a lot of fun, I can assure you.

But I can also attest to the adage that the strong survive- and generally get the last laugh by simply being who they are.

The vague references will end there, and we’ll remind you that there was a time when America Online was one of the shining technological apples of the County’s economic eye.

Remember when they teamed up with Time Warner- even got top billing in the name?

That wasn’t so long ago.

But, like Ol’ Tennessee Williams said, “Time is the greatest distance between two places.”

Or something like that.

So, AOL drops a third of their international workforce.

Let’s hope they make a positive turnaround, too. Their still part of the family.

Welcome Home
You can bet there’s three happy sets of parents in Leesburg, after the return of a trio of runaway girls. You remember the story from last week about their disappearance- well, we got our wish: the story was almost old by the time you read it.

The girls voluntarily approached a local Sheriff’s Deputy in Countryside in the wee hours this past Tuesday.

They hadn’t been seen- officially- since being dropped off at Smart’s Mill Middle School six days earlier; no word on their whereabouts or activities during the interim.

But, they’re back, that’s the important thing.

Rough Crossings

You’d think people would learn to stay out of these places. Seems the most accident-prone intersection from last year tops the list again for the latest 12-month period.

The answer to staying collision-free- seemingly- would be to avoid Route Seven- especially in Eastern Loudoun- and Route 28. but, when you figure the traffic volume on those roads, you’re probably just as safe as you would be on Loudoun Orchard Road- or Paxson, for that matter.

So, the crossing of Waxpool and Loudoun County Parkway had 84 crashes in 2009- the next three in the top ten were on Route Seven: Belmont Ridge Road, Potomac View Road and Ashburn Village Road.

Then a triumvirate on Route 28: Waxpool Road, Sterling Boulevard and Old Ox Road- and, lest we forget Route Seven, three more along that highway: Sterling Boulevard, George Washington Boulevard and Charles Town Pike (the are affectionately known as Clarke’s Gap- the only top ten accident-prone intersection in Western Loudoun for 2010).

MLK
Lest we all forget the reason that many of us can sleep in tomorrow morning, here’s a reminder of local observances for Martin Luther King Junior Day. Activities in Loudoun County start with an assembly at 10 o’clock in the morning at the Courthouse Square in Leesburg, followed by a march to the Douglass Community Center- with organized programs for much of the afternoon.

Observances take sponsorship by cooperative efforts by the Douglass Alumni Association, Loudoun NAACP, the Bluemont Concert Series and the Baha’i Community of Loudoun.

Martin Luther King Junior came into the world 81 years ago in Atlanta- the son of a schoolteacher & Baptist Minister.

The Reverend King fought discrimination for over a decade until his assassination in 1968.

The United States began celebrating his birthday just 23 years ago.

We remember the man’s name today as almost synonymous with the words love, equality & non-violence.

Blue Ridge Leader News – January 10, 2010

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News for Sunday, January 10, 2010

Good Morning and Happy New Year! Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Help Return the Runaways

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Blue Ridge Leader News – December 13, 2009

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Good Morning and Happy Holidays from Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader! Here’s your News Stories for Sunday, December 13th…

Church and State (corner of)

Well, it just got too political, they say- and I don’t blame them. Seems the local Rotary got tired of all the tail-chasing over the past week or 10 days over the courthouse display regulations; they more or less picked up their toy trucks and went home (in other words, no Christmas Tree erected in the historic spot in downtown Leesburg from the local club in something like 50 years).

As overworked as I am this time of year, it makes me kind of sad.

I not only enjoy tradition, I really used to feel good as I’d walk past the annual Tannenbaum, there in front of the old Courthouse.

Sort of a yearly passage, which, by all reports, we’ve now lost.

Ho hum.

Given a bit of time to catch my breath and create, I’d probably compose a critical ballad on the theme of O little Town of Bethlehem- with woes of mixed messages from local government resulting in a change such as this- and probably some wishes for more respect between the rational & the sensitive when it comes to decision-making in the political arena.

Now, not even all the wise men and all the King’s horses can put Humpty together again, it seems, after a series of perhaps misguided but honest attempts at maintaining control over allowing decorating in the public space.

Oh well; we’re puttin’ in a Christmas wish for some common sense in government- local, state and national- howsoever contradictory that may seem.

Probably harder than world peace.

Maybe we’ll get that instead.

So- the Loudoun Supervisors reversed the Courts Advisory Committee, and then the County Board tweaked the regs some more, after getting second thoughts, due to not only the number of requests for displays in the courthouse square, but the potentially controversial character of some of the applications.

My, oh my.

Lemme warn ya, though; if we’re screamin’ about this like it’s the end of the world, then things really can’t be all that bad.

Trust me on that one.

Trailblazing

And if ya really want to make someone unhappy, put recreational trail through their neighborhood.

What?

Well, yeah- let me explain.

The old Southwest Connector’s rearing it’s head again- and for some, it’s a face only a mother could love.

Or, maybe that’s the wrong metaphor.

Anyway, lots of folks in southwest Leesburg have a problem with plans for an eventual link between their sort-of landlocked area and some of their surroundings.

And we understand the concerns: fears of increased crime, worries about the cost, basic invasion of privacy, etc.

It’s a seven million dollar baby and would eventually connect Chancellor to Clubhouse and those neighborhoods to the W and OD Trail near Loudoun County High School- by way of a recreational trail for bikers, runners and walkers.

We’ve been watching and listening to this one for over 10 years, and it’s always been a contentious issue: some want the pathway connector for greater access and others oppose it for various reasons.

We don’t expect this to change until a bigger problem makes the opponents forget this one for the time being- then, they’ll go back to their opposition.

With all due respects.

Better than Sledding

And, just in time for freezing temperatures pushing all the kids inside to play out the winter, we proudly announce the opening of a skate park in the Dulles South area. South Riding to be exact- imagine taking a spill on a concrete slab in weather like we enjoyed this past week!

Well, I’m sure the youngsters won’t notice the cold as they celebrate the 56 hundred foot facility at the Multi-purpose Center.

It’s got ramps, rails, stairs, ledges, quarter pipes and something called a pump bump.

I’ll stay as far away as possible, but you can expect this place to be filled with teens on their wheelie-board-things.

The South Riding Homeowners Association and the County Park ‘n Rec Department put the project together.

Hope it’s just as successful as the Catoctin Skate Park in Leesburg- another great partnership.

Just don’t hit any reindeer.

In the Counting House

Well, back to the more serious stuff; you know, after the holidays, the County Government’s gonna face some tough music on the financial end of things. The Loudoun Supervisors figure to get down to the nitty gritty on the budget- and our guess is: no one will be completely happy about the decisions.

One scenario- which would help pay for service levels roughly equal to what they are now- would hit us all in the pocketbook (per household, that is) to the tune of a little under eight hundred smackeroos- on average.

I’m glad my bill wouldn’t be affected that much- and I don’t think the Board will adopt that version of the final budget.

But I’d also be concerned if some of those really cool programs at the local libraries would disappear- or if Loudoun Public Schools would start in on a long, slow downslide (which I really don’t think is gonna happen).

Well, make sure you check out our interview scheduled for today with Leesburg Supervisor Kelly Burk; she told us the budget deliberations sort of loom before her like the Ghost of Marley and those three other apparitions for ol’ Ebeneezer.

Not that Kelly’s a miser or a bad boss; it’s just that this financial stuff has her concerned like the rest of us.

Should be an interesting chat.

We’ll talk about some other stuff, too (Kelly teaches Special Education for the public school system and she used to serve on the Leesburg Town Council).

Present Arms

A little closer to the “’Tis the Season” motif, you’ve still got a few days left drop off donations headed for overseas troops. One of our local sports organizations- Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth- coordinated a holiday collection drive- in cooperation with the Freedom Alliance of Dulles- to bring some much-needed cheer to soldiers in uniform- in the form of some simple entertainment items and really what amounts to basic necessities.

Several drop-off points across the County accept donations until Thursday- and here’s what they’re looking for: travel-size toiletry items, snacks- sealed, individual units and some of the smaller, personalized recreational ‘n’ entertainment things (batteries, stationary, crosswords, little games, DVD’s- that sort of deal).

So- here’s where you can do your Santa routine with the stuff: two spots in Purcellville- the Loudoun Valley Community Center and the Purcellville Library, Gold’s Gym in Ashburn and a place called Grease Monkey in Sterling.

I can’t think of a better destination for a gift- or a bunch of ‘em- than to some of our soldiers in uniform in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

Kudos to these groups for organizing this.

Save Our History!

And on behalf of a much-closer-to-home need- don’t say there’s ‘no room at the inn’ for some of the priceless artifacts of this County’s timeline. One of our favorite local resources- the Loudoun Museum- put out an urgent plea this past week for the use of some emergency space to house their collection.

No kidding- it’s really that serious; they found out that their current space- known at Odd Fellows Hall and the adjacent building at Loudoun and Wirt in Leesburg- just won’t make the code requirements- even after the current renovations finish up.

So- ”Anybody’s Dad got a vacant office?” as they used to ask in the old Garland and Rooney Musicals.

That’s the basic situation: the Museum needs roughly a 12 to 14 hundred square foot plot- in which to plunk down some 76 hundred historic items for safe-keeping.

That’s about 50 feet by 25- a pretty good sized chuck of interior real estate.

Needs to be climate-controlled, too.

Don’t know how long they’ll need it, but you can figure it’ll be pretty much a permanent deal.

At least that’s what they’re hoping- if it works out that way.

There Oughtta be more LAWS

And that reminds us- we wanted to give some more attention to another really worthwhile institution in our locality- and they need a new home, as well. We told you last week about the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter’s search for bigger accommodations.

Still no word on their scoring such a find.

Their current facility could probably serve a population of about one-quarter of Loudoun’s current number of residents.

The LAWS Board of Directors would appreciate even just a couple of acres of land- on which they could build a new facility from to-be-donated funds.

We’ll keep putting this one out there until they find a solution.

Reading Power!

In the “Good on Ya” column, we’re happy to announce that an anonymous donor pledged a $10,000 donation to a local teaching resource- if those funds can be matched by others. The Loudoun Literacy Council issued word on the offer; they’ve had similar support in the past- and this would certainly make their budget numbers line up a lot more easily- looking at the next Fiscal Year.

This group does phenomenal work in our locality and we put our official stamp of approval on their operations.

Incendiary Growth

Well, the Town of Purcellville concluded another chapter in their ongoing range war over land, water, population, roads, and just about anything else this poor little community can find to fight about. The local Council approved annexation this past week for one of their next-door neighbors- Patrick Henry College- and this action just about had a call for martial law before they were done.

Citizen outcry nearly drowned out Council comments at times at Town Hall, and Police stood by to intervene- until local officials restored order.

Protests came for the perceived motivations behind the action: accusations ranged the gamut from Council Members’ scheming for over-development, over-commercialism and over-use of the local water supply.

The Town’s previously acted to include other acreage on the eastern end of the community- and this may lead to eventual completion on what some call the Southern Collector Road.

Others have alternate names for the project.

Can’t print those here.

Funny thing is- the land for Patrick Henry College stayed in the same spot, despite the recent vote to annex.

It didn’t move an inch.

Should have known that was coming.

Hard Hat Zone

Speaking of “out of the frying pan, into the fire,” we should send out a welcome to the County’s new Administrator- Tim Helmstreet. He can celebrate the holidays, then try to come up with a means of plugging a $150,000,000 hole in the local budget.

Hope he’s got his seat belt fastened.

“Welcome to Oz.”

Tussle over the Dais in Leesburg

And, expect the political fire to flare up at least a bit more after the holidays- as it looks like we got ourselves a contest for Mayor in the County Seat. Leesburg Councilman Tom Dunn announced a campaign for the Seat; he faces multi-term Incumbent Kristen Umstattd.

Sounds like it could be a face-off over development: Tom in favor and Kristen opposed.

I’m sure it’ll get much more complicated than that, but it could be exciting; so many times in local elections the candidates can wind up pretty much sounding the same.

Dunn and Umstattd are both very well-spoken and willing to give advice ‘n opinion; they’re also both pretty good listeners- often a rare trait in politics.

Councilman Dunn runs a mortgage banking business and has lent support for more commercial activity.

He says he can attract more businesses to Leesburg.

Mayor Umstattd touts a record of penny-pinching at tax time, opposition to high-density development and a strong voice to protect the interests of in-town water ‘n sewer customers (much to the chagrin of those outside the boundary line).

Tom Dunn currently serves his first Council term.

Kristen Umstattd’s in her fourth term as Mayor; she served on Council for about 10 years prior to taking the helm.

Town elections come up in May.

The candidate with the most votes wins (local contests have been particularly feable in getting residents to the ballot box).

Medical Upgrade

Focus on local healthcare sees a perk in national attention: Inova Loudoun received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Program for Breast Centers. This puts the local institution in an upper class which includes only about 70 other such accredited facilities in the country.

The Breast Care Institute at Inova Loudoun received a three-year stamp of approval from the national accreditors.

The review covers over two dozen standards of breast cancer treatment and other procedures.

The South Rises Again

Well, sounds like Loudoun gets a new playground for Christmas. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority took in about a hundred 50 acres on the southern end of the County.

The land lies just east of Route 15 and north of Route 50- across the road from the historic Mount Zion Church.

The acreage represents a combination of land actually purchased by the Authority from the Church and another adjacent portion leased from the Piedmont Environmental Council; the PEC had bought that chunk earlier this year.

The NVRPA touts the site’s significance to the Civil War- linked to the Battle of Aldie dated June 17 1863.

Union Scout Alexander Davis formerly owned a farm at the location as well; he joined up after sustaining a Confederate attack (seems they didn’t take kindly to northerners at that time in Southern Loudoun County).

Management for the nearby Aldie Mill Historic Park- just down Route 50 to the west from this site- and also under the auspices of the NVRPA- plans to look after the new acreage for the Authority- as well as the Mount Zion Historic Church.

I guess you could say it’s an area with quite a past.

Let’s hope for a great future as well.

Expect further word on public access to these sites as the weather becomes a little more hospitable.

May those who fought here rest in peace…

Zuzu’s Petals, and other holiday movie trivia

Need a boost to ‘get into’ the Holidays this year? The Tally Ho Theatre in Downtown Leesburg starts a seasonal selection of movies on Friday- at a buck a pop.

If you’ve never seen “It’s a Wonderful Life,” you owe it to yourself.

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

Even you, Clarence.

The schedule runs through Christmas Eve, appropriately enough.

Jingle Bells.

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Blue Ridge Leader News – December 6, 2009

News for Sunday morning, December Sixth

Happy Holidays! Tim Jon here for the Blue Ridge Leader News. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started. Pretend you’re at a Christmas News Buffet; some great tidbits, some maybe … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 29, 2009

Budget- with giblets and gravy- a matter of thankfulness

Y’know, speakin’ of being grateful, folks in the County Seat can thank their lucky stars on one thing: as the county gets ready to go through its annual knock-down, drag-out budget rodeo during the appropriately hellish winter months, the powers-that-be in Leesburg … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 22, 2009

Fatal Turn

A Middleburg man may face charges after a fatal car crash this week on Route 50. The impact killed a Centreville man- 69 year old Syan Trilochan-Singh.

Authoroties say Albers turned out of a private driveway and into the oncoming lane of the roadway; he and some juvenile passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the crash.

Medical Personnel transported Trilochan-Singh to Inova Loudoun Medical Center in Leesburg, where he later … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 15, 2009

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Too Close for Comfort

Morning- Tim Jon here for the Blue Ridge Leader online news. You know, just last week we took a moment to remember a local soldier who lost his life in overseas combat; the ink was barely dry on that story when the bulletin came in about the horrific mass shooting at Fort Hood- a tragedy multiplied by the proximity to Veteran’s Day on our calendars. A senseless act at any time, it seemed much more painful- even to those of us on the periphery- so close to the day when we all mark the sacrifice of those in uniform. I did find a bit of balm for the emotional wound in some of the comments from the ‘alleged’ shooter’s family and from fellow Muslims (who, thankfully, hardly call this man a fellow). Others extolling this individual’s actions leave one in befuddlement, disappointment and perhaps, even in despair. As Bob Dylan once wrote, “Now is the time for your tears.”

Why Vote?

Well, moving along to items of somewhat less magnitude- at least in immediate terms- we have to say we told you so. Anyone really surprised by the fairly low turnout by local voters on Election Day? … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 8, 2009

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(Black &) Blue, Seeing Red

Good Morning! Tim Jon here for the Blue Ridge Leader Online News. Well, Loudoun’s gone Red again- in a big way- and that means salvation for one and all, according to some of the more rabid supporters of the Grand Old Party in these parts. Yeah, the Republicans took it to the Democrats in this week’s election- adding two more GOP Delegates from our locality- as well as supporting the Big Three Races in Virginia- Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.

The winners say, “People wanted change.”

Boy, I hope so.

If these new leaders can fix all the transportation problems, stop crime, lower taxes, fix the economy, help care for the indigent and helpless portions of the population, keep us healthy and protect the environment all at the same time, then we’ll have something.

A bit unrealistic?

Yeah, I thought so.

I guess all we can hope for is that these folks will do their best to work together to solve as many problems as they can- in so far as they define said problems and agreed-upon solutions.

But, back to the root of the matter, at least for me: who wouldn’t want things to be different?

The economy’s still in the tank, we have some of the worst traffic  in the universe, many of us are working two or three jobs just to survive (often without health coverage, I might add), the nation’s involved in two very tragic and complicated wars, the national administration seems to be mired in an eternal healthcare debate and we’re told to buck up and stay strong and remain patient.

Patient, heck.

I was patient five years ago.

That got us here.

There’s no time for patience, in my opinion; so, anyone who can pick up a shovel and do some honest, cooperative work to make Loudoun County, Virginia a better place to live will get my vote(s) come next election- be it local, state or national.

Republican, Democrat, Independent, or Martian.

Is anybody listening?

Amen.

Might makes…More Might

Well, I guess you could say it’s a case of power begets more power- as we hear that the Supreme Court upheld a decision for another big, electrical transmission line in Loudoun County. The eminent jurists sided with the State Corporation Commission’s approval of the latest of a series of those frightening-to-some, five hundred kilovolt wire extensions through the southern portion of our locality.

This comes after more than three years of public debate and opposition from a slurry of area antagonists.

Environmentalists, homeowners, parents, local governments, land holders and others formed a sometimes loose alliance of strange bedfellows in fighting this latest proposal from the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company.

The line affects Fauquier, Prince William and Culpeper Counties as well as Loudoun.

The Power companies- every pun intended- say they need more electricity to meet demand; opponents disagree- and ne’er the twain have ever met, or shall in the future, judging from our experience.

The power folks are still battling strong opposition in Maryland and West Virginia- as this project represents a regional extension- quite a massive undertaking.

And don’t expect that this is the last; there’s more to come…there’s money in them there wires.

Read Into It

Hey, here’s a bit of good news: The Gum Spring Library had a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday- with the usual assortment of local officials on hand to see it through.

Er, wait a minute: wasn’t the Gum Spring Library supposed to be done already and open last year?

Well, yeah. At least that was the plan; y’see, this was one of those public/private partnership deals- between the County Government (us) and Van Metre Homes.

Well, the homebuilders ran into the same economic challenges that the rest of the known world encountered in recent times, so the Library project got put on hold until they could sell enough units to afford to construct the critter.

At least, that’s the story I’m told.

Well, here we are in November of 2009, breaking ground, at least, on a building that the County thought would have been up and in use for a year.

Like I said, it’s a bit of good news.

Keep on truckin.’

Pay as you Go

Got yer seat belt on? Well, if you’re at home, pour yourself an adult beverage and listen in: remember when we talked about the rate structure for the Dulles Toll Road, this past summer- and we warned you not to be too surprised if they caught you in the seat of the pants?

Well, here we are: y’sure ya want to hear this, now?

OK- plan on another quarter to drive the road- starting the First of the Year.

But that’s not the end of it- not by a long shot: ya gotta dig for another two bits a year later- and another the year after that- if we should be so fortunate as to still be driving the toll road and enjoying this bountiful existence in Northern Virginia.

But, hey- you know what?

The Airports Authority- the guys who hold the keys to the city as far as the Toll Road’s concerned- say they need the extra change so they can complete some big-time projects- many of them at Dulles Airport- like the soon-to-be-up-and-running underground train system to get us around the terminal and concourse areas.

You know what?

I believe ‘em.

They’ve got a good track record for running the airports- and for getting stuff done.

Look at it this way- how many local projects is that Australian outfit- the ones who own the Greenway- what kind of projects are they working on with their profits?

Yeah.

I’ll take the Airports Authority- and their toll increases- and their capital projects- like Dulles Rail- an actual alternative to the Toll Road, once it’s finished.

OK, maybe those state politicians we elected on Tuesday can figure out how we can drive those roads for free- and build and maintain all those transportation projects.

Ya got any other good ones?

Three men walk into a bar…

Bridges to the Future

OK- some unadulterated, unfiltered, honest-to-goodness good news: we’re getting some money to fix a coupla bridges in Loudoun County. Here’s a test: you drive the local roads- which two bridges do you think they’d pick?

Well, I know a few on Snickersville Turnpike that could use some help- and one on the western portion of Paxson Road that’s a real experience.

But they stumped me- the money’s going for one on Airmont Road- just south of the Airmont Store off Snickerslle- over Butcher’s Creek, and for another in Eastern Loudoun- along Pleasant Valley Road- near the County Line- at Sand Branch- just east of the Dulles Industrial Park South.

Can’t say I can place that one, but I’m sure it’s in need of repair .

Oh- no word yet on whether these are total replacements or just prop-ups.

You want to see a really bad bridge?

Head west on Lime Kiln Road- off Route 15, just south of Oatlands.

Right after the sharp right and left curves, you’ll see a string of mailboxes on the left side of the road.

The folks who live on the other side of Goose Creek have a real nightmare of a bridge- remember Galloping Gertie on the west coast?

Well, this one’s in permanent sway.

It’s worth the drive and the shudder.

It’s private- thank God it’s off-limits for most men, women and children.

Ain’t Loudoun County a special place?

Preventative Medicine

Oh, the latest on Swine Flu Shots: they held a special clinic this weekend for people in what they deem high risk groups: basically for pregnant women, kids between the ages of two and nine- and/or kids from four to 18 with medical conditions.

The County Health Department set up shop at Smart’s Mill Middle School- on the north side of Leesburg- yesterday morning- with a supply of about two thousand doses.

These were free for local residents; the County plans to have more of these clinics- and not just for high-risk groups- as soon as they get some more vaccine.

Where’s Louie Pasteur when ya need him?

For today’s Rembrandt’s, Ray’s and Rockwell’s

Here’s one for the artiste in all of us- howsoever hidden it may be: Loudoun County got its own Art Institute- a place of higher learning for the creatively inclined.

It’s officially called the Art Institute of Washington-Northern Virginia; I guess that means of Washington in Northern Virginia- not Washington  and Northern Virginia.

We’re definitely a spin-off- not a real partner.

But that’s OK- we got us a real, sure-enough art institute- just like those big cities.

The facility’s not the usual Greek columned, marble-halled affair- it’s in that place they call the Neon Building off Route 28- in the Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center in Sterling.

They’ve got about 19 thousand square feet on the first floor.

Students can pursue Bachelor’s or Associate Degrees- in what we used to call ‘commercial art’ as opposed to the more basic drawing and painting (generally taken up by future janitors).

Programs include Advertising, Fashion & Retail Management,Graphic and Interior Design, Media Arts and Animation, Photographic Imaging, and Web Design and Interactive Media; Associate Degree programs focus on Graphic Design or Web Design and Interactive Media.

You know what, though?

I hope some of those students have a  shabby little studio somewhere that’s filled with those messy, smelly oil paints and dusty charcoal and pastel chalk materials.

I bet some of ‘em do.

So Long, It’s Been

Well, that’s all for today, boys and girls. Till next time- keep your eyes peeled for those unique people and places in Loudoun County- ’cause you know- we’ll eventually be talkin’ about ‘em.

It’s often the ditches that make the road worthwhile.

I’m Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader Online News.

Thanks for bein’ part of it.

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 1, 2009

IN MEMORIUM

Before I even introduce myself for this segment, just want to send condolences to the family & many friends of a young man from Purcellville who lost his life in Afghanistan some weeks ago; 21 year old Stephen Lee Mace was one of seven US soldiers killed in an overwhelming attack on their camp by members of the Taliban.

You know, I’m not gonna tell you that I’ve got all the answers about the War being good or bad- smart or dumb- I’m not quite that omniscient and I don’t believe the people that claim to have it down one way or the other. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

State of Sophistry

25 Sep 2014

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There is a particularly sophistic science-denial argument which has been around since 2004. This popular argument cites a paper published in the journal Science in 2003 by Nicolas Caillon and colleagues [1] and then badly misinterprets it. It seems unlikely …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

1 Oct 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Aldie Mill

1 Oct 2014

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I guess what I’m impressed by the most – in addition to just the scale of the entire facility – is the indications of the sheer abundance which this county must once have offered in the form of sustenance. See, …

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Bloomfield

3 Sep 2014

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Maybe it’s just my imagination (most people who know me stress that it’s one of my stronger – or maybe, stranger – traits), but I’d swear that there are places around this unique county of ours where the past not …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll Continued…

1 Oct 2014

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My dear friends if you have not read August and September’s “Tails from the Barn Yard” please go to the back issues and read the beginning of this grand “Tail”. It is there you will read of a little girl …

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Virginia Gardening

Time To Plant Bulbs

7 Oct 2014

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By Donna Williamson It’s time to plant bulbs again – seems like this year flew by. It’s easy to fall in love with bulbs. They are not costly, they bring joy in the spring, and many of them will build …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

The Flag – A Symbol of Hope

1 Oct 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” Francis Scott Key begins, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with this dramatic question. On the bicentennial celebration of our triumphant stand at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: The General Power of Attorney

1 Oct 2014

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By Amy and Dan Smith A power of attorney is a writing authorizing one person (the agent) to act for another person (the principal). The term “durable” is often used with power of attorney. This simply means that the power …

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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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Worldly Inspirations

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September 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 1, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 2, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 3, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 4, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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October 4, 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.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 5, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 6, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 7, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 8, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 9, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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October 9, 2014

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Kelly Keyser Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

•    Entrepreneurial traits
•    Taxes and licensing
•    Business plan development
•    Sources of financing
•    Marketing
•    Insurance

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 for registration online; $15 at the door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 10, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 11, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 11, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

Purcellville Library Fall Book Sale

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October 11, 2014

Purcellville Library
220 East Main Street
Purcellville, 20132
USA
540-338-3013

The Purcellville Library Advisory Board's Fall Used Book Sale will offer hardback and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Used books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction will be included in the sale. All proceeds go to benefit the Purcellville Library. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Hardcover books $2, paperback $1.

Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artist -- oil painter and ceramicist Carol Clay-Ward

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October 11, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd SE
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Meet Carol and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artist exhibit "Sinuous Synthesis,” a solo exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.

See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 12, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 12, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

The Painted Pot by Kristen Swanson

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October 12, 2014

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

New pottery artist Kristen Swanson will demonstrate how she paints pottery and talk about the process. Kristen creates wheel thrown and hand built ceramic art out of beautiful porcelain clay.  She draws inspiration from Japanese art, traditional botanical motifs and contemporary textiles.  Her work includes Woodpeckers, Chickadees and Cherry Blossoms playfully wrapped around mugs, bowls, vases, teapots, dinnerware and service platters.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 13, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 14, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 15, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

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October 15, 2014

44045 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg, 20176

Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese as they reveal inspiration and imagery from across the globe.

 

Working primarily in sterling silver, Dana Jansen’s intricate wire pieces frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.

Mary Louise Ravese’s country landscapes, architectural details and unusual abstracts draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 16, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Creating an Effective Advisory Board

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October 16, 2014

An effective, motivated advisory board is invaluable for growing a business. It offers a community of support and influence. It helps you weather storms and exceed goals.

Marissa Levin is CEO of Successful Culture and author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards. Join Ms. Levin as she discusses tools and templates for following her SCALE™ Model.

She’ll guide you on how to:

•    Select who you need to get your business from where it is now to where you want it to be, while developing exceptional leadership skills
•    Compensate your advisors (monetary, non-monetary, and types of equity-based compensation)
•    Associate them into your organization with a successful change management strategy
•    Leverage your advisors for business and process development, networking, and more
•    Evaluate constantly and Evolve the board as your organization grows
•    Exit advisors when they no longer fit

FREE but please REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 17, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 18, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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October 18, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray

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October 18, 2014

Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Road
Leesburg, 20176

Three of the best know musicians in bluegrass circles have joined forces for a select series of special performances, one of which will be at the Lucketts Community Center on October 18, 2014. Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray were members of an early 1960s version of the Country Gentlemen, now widely recognized as the “Classic” version of that famous band. Adcock eventually formed a duet with his wife Martha, and Gray joined the Seldom Scene as well as numerous other top bands. Recently, Eddie Adcock was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for excellence in banjo and Bluegrass, and Tom Gray was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. The group will be performing several songs from their recent album for Patuxent Records, “Many a Mile,” which features early Country Gentlemen material and also includes help from Missy Raines, Gene Johnson Wes Easter and Pete Kykendall.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 19, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 20, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 21, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 22, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

OCT Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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October 22, 2014

Fran Craig, CEO & Founder of Unanet, will present briefly on “Tips for Growing Your Federal Contracting Business.” You just decided that you could be a government contractor or you’ve been contracting a while and need to grow. What are your plans for doing so? Ms. Craig suggests building a business development engine and a reputation for quality and service. Learn how!

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

 

FREE but REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

SPONSOR:  TD Bank

Group Founder:  Loudoun SBDC

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 23, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 24, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 24, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

October Fourth Friday at Breaux

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October 24, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States
540-668-6299 ext. 204

Come enjoy the magic of fall evenings overlooking 105 acres of beautiful, lush vines at Fourth Fridays. We will have live music on the patio, food for purchase, and endless enchanting views as the sun sets over the vineyard.  Enjoy $4 mini tastings and a great selection of wines by the glass as you enjoy a fun evening with friends and your Breaux Vineyards family.

Don't miss any of these fun evenings!  The fourth Friday of each month from 5-9pm is reserved for this great event, so plan ahead!

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 24, 2014

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

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

 

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 24 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
October 25 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 25, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 25, 2014

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

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 25 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

Chapman DeMary Trail Birthday Bash

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October 25, 2014

Chapman DeMary Trail
355 North Hatcher Avenue
(behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road)
Purcellville, 20132

Fall Birthday Bash on the Chapman DeMary Trail

Trail Turns Five - All are invited to Help Celebrate

To celebrate its 5th birthday, The Nature Generation and trail partners invite the community to the Chapman DeMary Trail Birthday Bash! The event is free and all ages are welcome.  Activities include:  exploration nature hikes, pinecone birdfeeder activity for kids, face painting, live music, food, drink, local beer, rain barrel workshop and more! Adding to the celebration, the annual Painting Purcellville Green will be held at the trail on the same day, offering opportunities to meet the many “green” organizations and businesses in our community. For more information, visit www.NatGen.org.

 

Village at Leesburg Monster Mash

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October 25, 2014

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

Join us for a FREE frightfully fun time at our 5th Annual Monster Mash! Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, live music from Rocknoceros and MUDLARK, and more fun. Don’t miss the parade and costume contest for children and pets! Plus check out Adventures in Halloweenville – an interactive experience for kids from 3 to 11 years old benefitting Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Visit VillageAtLeesburg.com for details

Fall Dance

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October 25, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center (LVCC)
320 W School St
Purcellville, VA 20132
USA

A night of dance for all ages and an electrifying performance from the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers (http://brtc.us). Halloween costumes welcome! Accepting donations for the following local charities: Sweats for Vets, canned goods for the Tree of Life, and blue denim for the Joshua’s Hands’ Valiant Warrior Quilting Program. $5 per person, and $10 for families, Cash Only Event. Inquiries can be directed to Sandy Nave at 540-338-4122 or sandy.nave@loudoun.gov. Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W School St, Purcellville, VA 20132.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 26, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 26, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 26, 2014

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

Brambleton Town Center Hosts Trick or Treating

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October 26, 2014

Merchants will hand out candy and other goodies
The merchants of Brambleton Town Center are hosting their annual Halloween Trick-or-Treating event on Sunday, October 26 from noon to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Children dressed in costumes will walk store-to-store collecting candy and goodies from participating merchants.
Merchants will also host special sales the day of the event. Bella Ballerina will have bubbles, notebooks and pencils to give out, Blue Ridge Grill will have free dessert cards for adults and Scottos Rigatoni Grill will have a $9 special of any sub with fries and a drink, and also a $9 special on regular pasta, side salad, garlic bread and a drink!

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 27, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 28, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 28, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Close

October 30, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 31, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 31, 2014

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

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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November 1, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

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November 1, 2014

205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

A spectrum of colors is reflected in Claire Nykolyszyn’s torch melted glass work.  Beads range in size and take many forms including round, square, bicone, tabular and lentil.  Interesting surface work, including the addition of cubic zirconias, adds to the appeal of these creations, which are offered in bracelets, pendants, earrings and focal beads.  The depth of color and textures within the beads produces a stunning light show.

Eclectic collections of vintage items commingle with vegetables or flowers, household goods, even Hostess cupcakes, to form pleasing, and sometimes unlikely relationships.  Dana Thompson’s use of clear vibrant color and interesting arrangements demonstrate her talent for capturing and using light to render stunning compositions in both still lifes and dramatic landscapes.

Join the artists for a glass of wine, light fare and live music by Sometimes Sisters, during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, November 22, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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November 1, 2014

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

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

The Western Loudoun Art and Wine Celebration at North Gate Vineyard

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November 1, 2014

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 201312
USA
540-668-6248

Have fun holiday shopping while enjoying some award winning wine. Local Art, Local wine = FUN!

 

 

 

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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November 1, 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.

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Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

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November 2, 2014

205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

A spectrum of colors is reflected in Claire Nykolyszyn’s torch melted glass work.  Beads range in size and take many forms including round, square, bicone, tabular and lentil.  Interesting surface work, including the addition of cubic zirconias, adds to the appeal of these creations, which are offered in bracelets, pendants, earrings and focal beads.  The depth of color and textures within the beads produces a stunning light show.

Eclectic collections of vintage items commingle with vegetables or flowers, household goods, even Hostess cupcakes, to form pleasing, and sometimes unlikely relationships.  Dana Thompson’s use of clear vibrant color and interesting arrangements demonstrate her talent for capturing and using light to render stunning compositions in both still lifes and dramatic landscapes.

Join the artists for a glass of wine, light fare and live music by Sometimes Sisters, during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, November 22, from 5 – 8 p.m.

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I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

6 Aug 2014

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3 Sep 2014

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10th Annual Turkey Trot 5k and Fun Run

19 Oct 2014

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The 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m. This is a fundraising event for the Loudoun Valley Community Center. The 10th Anniversary of the Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will start at the Loudoun Valley Community Center, go up Orchard Drive, turn right onto Main Street, turn right …

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Enjoy an Evening of Dinner, Art, and Music

17 Oct 2014

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The third in a series of classical music concerts at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro will be held Sunday, November 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. for dinner, art show, and a silent auction. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and children …

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Disability Awareness Month Events Scheduled in Loudoun in October

9 Oct 2014

Loudoun County is observing Disability Awareness Month with several events that highlight the contributions and talents of people with disabilities in our community. October 15 – Fray Masias Peruvian Dancers, 8:00 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville: All dancers in this troupe are from the Fray Masias School in Peru; all dancers have Down syndrome. October …

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Beavers – Biodiversity with a Paddle

1 Oct 2014

It is a bit of a touchy subject to write about beavers. Recent news reports document, for example, how a beaver, later found out to be rabid, threatened children fishing in a pond in Fairfax County and went after an elderly woman swimming in a lake in Reston. As a now life-long conservationist and someone who has related to wildlife …

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Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, today sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the recent beheading in Oklahoma as a terrorist attack and to not just quickly dismiss it at workplace violence …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

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Sports

Register Now for Rugby

19 Oct 2014

Western Loudoun Youth Rugby Club is looking for players for the U15 Boys team, U19 Girls team, and the U19 Boys team. The club is having a pre-season meeting on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Baptist church. During this meeting, any new players interested in learning more …

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Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Save Western Loudoun Schools

17 Oct 2014

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This November’s school bond referendum is a threat to every school in Western Loudoun. On November 4, voters will be asked to approve a $162,900,000 …

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Congress Needs To Get Down To Work

12 Oct 2014

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I recently read about a Wall Street Journal poll that said that only 14 percent of people approve of the job that Congress is doing. …

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Where Is the Money?

3 Sep 2014

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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole …

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