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Leesburg Dental offering free treatment Aug. 12

Free dental care event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Broadlands Nature Center Hosts Spring Time Fun

The Easter Bunny was recently spotted at the Nature Center when fourteen Broadlands families organized a fun family day for the neighborhood kids. The kids played Pin the Tail on the Bunny, Dangling for Peeps and had an Egg on the Spoon Race. The highlight of the afternoon was the Easter Egg Hunt and the appearance of Mr. Cottontail! A picnic lunch was served on the patio as both the kids and the adults enjoyed the beautiful Spring weather.

Kindermusik Students “Perform” at the Broadlands Community Center

The Broadlands Community Center is home to Kindermusik, an early development class approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Children, aged newborn through three, and their caregivers explore a wide variety of musical instruments, songs and dances during each class. Visit http://www.WrightFootForward.com for more information on available classes.

Stop Walking Past the Trash and Ignoring It!

The 12th Annual Community Cleanup Day is planned for Saturday, April 17th. Residents are asked to volunteer an hour or two of their time to make a difference in the community. Volunteers will be responsible for collecting litter and debris deposited or blown into the natural areas over the past winter. You can participate in one of two ways:
Traditional Cleanup Day: Meet your friends and neighbors at the South Riding Center perform litter pickup on Proprietary identified Common Areas; return to South Riding Center for pizza and drinks. The scheduled date is Saturday, April 17th at 10:00AM. Pizza and drinks are at noon! The event will be cancelled if it is raining.
“Your Choice” Community Cleanup: Organize a small group of friends, scouts or neighbors to clean up a parcel of Common Area at an agreed upon time and date. Your self-appointed “neighborhood coordinator” needs to register the chosen cleanup time, date, and location with the Proprietary. Once registered, Proprietary will deliver cleanup day supplies to your coordinator and pick up collected trash and debris when your group is finished. Please complete the registration form and turn it into Town Hall three days prior to your selected date. Cleanup Dates should be scheduled between April 1st and April 17th.
All participants are invited to the pizza party on Saturday, April 18th at noon at the South Riding Center located at 42420 Unicorn Drive in South Riding.
For further details regarding this event, please contact 703-327-4390.

Cheaper Than a Movie and More Fun!

Come see this magical tale unfold at the Freedom High School auditorium. Meet enchanted servants who help Belle try to fall in love with the ferocious beast.

This Disney Classic will be presented by the Freedom Drama Department on April 22-24 beginning at 7:30 PM. There will be a special matinee performance at 2:00 PM. Tickets are only $7 per person /Groups of 10 or more cost $5 per person, Order early as musicals do tend to sell out. FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL 25450 RIDING CENTER DRIVE SOUTH RIDING, VA (703) 957-4300

Easter in South Riding

The Spring Egg Hunt was a smashing success! The sun was out in full force and everyone enjoyed the gorgeous spring weather. Both of the bunnies were happy to meet and greet the hundreds of children that came out to find a field full of eggs.

Skins & Idol Fans Mark Your Calendars!!

Ashburn Community - Welcome Home

Welcome. . . .

The Best of Ashburn
Ashburn is simply the best. It has that mix of a small town community but also is one big great place to live with conveniences, spatial homes, yards, great schools and lots of families. It’s far enough from DC to escape the hustle yet commutable to be considered a bedroom suburb of our nation’s capital, Tyson’s or local Dulles and Sterling.

As Ashburn has grown from “The Village” or “The Farm” many communities have tried to distance themselves, through zip codes, subdivisions even license plate holders but we, like the Washington Redskins are still content to call this home.

Historically speaking………….

For those who are history buffs or new to the area, the town itself was originally known as Farmwell, Old Farmwell or Farmwell Station. These 1,236 acre plantation, were George Lee’s inheritance from his father, Thomas Ludwell Lee II. Quite the gift.

Legend has it that Ashburn’s name came about after lightning struck a tree on the property of Senator William Morris Stewart back in the early 1800’s. This ash tree supposedly burned and smoldered for a week and attracted spectators from miles around. And so, while the Post Office was already pressing to find a new name for our growing town and this smoldering tree attracted attention because of it being on the property of an area's leading citizen, Ashburn was born.

While Ashburn wasn’t then the bedroom community it is today nor considered a quaint southern town like Charleston, NC or somewhere south of Georgia, it was a well known vacation spot for those trying to escape the DC city heat from 1800-1920. Ashburn/Farmwell had a stop on the railroad outside the city and the Beaverdam Reservoir was quite the fishing hole for its time. Also, the Ashburn House, (built in 1882) and now a purple-painted private residence on Waxpool road, was a popular hotel frequented by fisherman trying their sport at bass fishing in nearby Goose Creek.

As for historical landmarks, Ashburn is home to four on the National Register of Historic Places: Belmont Plantation (1799), the Broad Run Bridge and Toll House (1820), the sanctuary of Ashburn Presbyterian Church (1878), and Janelia Farm (1936).

Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir - A 635 Acre lake
Still today, a great place to fish for bass, innos, carp and catfish. Also allowed are kayaks and canoe but don’t forget the fishing license or you’ll get fined. For more information, go to http://www.fishingworks.com. To get to the lake with or without a boat (you can see it off of Belmont Ridge Road but the entrance is elsewhere), got to dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/waterbodies/.

Bunny 9-1-1, CountrySide Settlers, Cleanup Day

Bunny 9-1-1: On the morning of Friday, March 26, a lifelong Sterling resident (who prefers to remain anonymous) discovered a shivering domesticated rabbit huddled in the pouring rain near the walking trail that runs between Sterling and Herndon. The good Samaritan described the rabbit’s location as “near the bike path, going toward Crestview and Herndon.”

Like a typical good Sam, our hero scooped up the bunny and began a rescue operation. The first stop was a large national pet store in Sterling where Sam hoped to find some rescue support. Unfortunately, the store was not equipped with rescue resources, although the staffers were very concerned about the bunny’s well-being.

Undaunted, Sam continued the quest to find a spot for the rabbit—after buying some bunny food, a bowl and a water bottle. The rabbit was settled comfortably in the back of Sam’s car, inside an open box containing a towel and some newspapers.

Sam couldn’t take the bunny home; a couple of rabbit-unfriendly animals were already in residence there. After giving the matter some thought, Sam decided to look for advice at the Reston Zoo. Happily for all, a member of the friendly zoo staff was able to provide the bunny with a place to stay.

The tan male rabbit has a white stomach, a white patch on the back of the right shoulder and white feet. The healthy-looking bunny appears to weigh about 7 or 8 pounds. Remnants of a leash and harness were attached to the rabbit; be prepared to describe these items to identify yourself as his “owner.” The phone number for the Reston Zoo is 703-757-6222; the email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In discussing the hare-saving episode, Sam found an opportunity to comment on some of our nation’s questionable eating habits.

“It liked store-bought rabbit food, as opposed to the lettuce and carrots we gave it. Even American rabbits eat junk.”

CountrySide Settlers: Rachael Diniega of Girl Scout troop 3202 is gathering stories about CountrySide’s early days as part of an effort to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award. The collected reminiscences will be kept by the CountrySide Proprietary as a living history memory project. Long-time residents can provide Diniega with their stories by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Written stories are welcome; story-telling interviews can be arranged.

Cleanup Day: The Rotary Club of Sterling, Algonkian Regional Park, the Potomac Heritage Trail Association and the office of Supervisor Susan Buckley are sponsoring a spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. until noon. Participants will pick up trash and debris along the shore of the Potomac and the Sugarland Run stream. Wear work clothes and shoes. Bring work gloves, rakes, shovels and waders, if available. Meet at the Algonkian Regional Park boat ramp; park staff will direct you to a location and will provide trash bags and latex gloves. For more information, call 703-771-5033.

Leisure World for the Active Seniors

Leisure World Home to the Seniors by Joe Motheral
Over 1,000 families make their home in the seven ‘towers’ that comprise Leisure World in Lansdowne. The privilege of living there is reserved for those who are 55 years old and over. Its attributes are many including a spectacular view of the Potomac River, the Maryland landscape including the C and O Canal and Sugarloaf Mountain. Well, at least the view is affordable to those who live predominately on the North side of the buildings.
But there is so much going on inside the complex that a side long view to the North may be a diversion. The Leisure World Connector tells of activities that would keep even younger folks occupied to the point of exhaustion. The Connector is a monthly news organ produced in-house by an eight person Communications Committee. Classes, seminars, lectures and clubs abound.
These include a Library Outreach wherein the Loudoun Library hauls books, magazines and audiocassettes to Leisure World. Then there has been Broadway-Style Dance Classes; a lecture series on the art and life of Siena; craft workshops, study of Chinese Medicinal Herbs; Reiki. There are art classes and a lecture on the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry. In May of this year there will be an art exhibit for Leisure World artists, sculptors, potters, photographers to display their work.
And if that isn’t enough physical training of all kinds is available: aquatics, belly dancing, water volleyball, yoga, just weights, table tennis, strictly cardio, tap dancing and Tai Chi to name a few. These take place in the two unit clubhouse—one with two tennis courts on its roof, an auditorium, indoor swimming pool, restaurant and billiard room along with fitness and exercise rooms. The Lansdowne Golf Club is also available for Leisure World golfers.
I spoke with one 76 year old resident who has lived in Leisure World for nine years. “I love it here. It’s quiet, peaceful and off the main roads with a view of the golf course. We are halfway in the country with deer and red foxes. It’s a place where you get younger.”
This resident says she uses the pool and does ‘weights’.
I looked at two of the model condos—I thought well appointed in good taste for one to three bedroom units: It seems to me that it takes a special mindset to live in Leisure World or any place like it. It’s homogeneity gives it a consistency that one might find less than natural, natural being a place with kids, young people, old people, retirees,, the unretired, dogs, cats, and cars. Obviously with over 1,000 residents there is a demand and our friend Bill Knauer who plays golf at River Creek has clicked into the system.
One person who visited there had mixed feelings. He commented that the hallway in one building extended some length unadorned. No pictures, just blank walls. Others have said that the hallways are kept bare for a reason—residents have varying tastes. What suits some would not suit others. So, the hallways remain ‘neutral’.
The La Pergola restaurant offers Sunday brunch, lunches, dinners, specials, a kids’ menu, delivery service and catering. According to the Sales Office, this restaurant is for Leisure World residents only. One person says that the restaurant food is good and, “I eat there occasionally but I also like to go out as there are a number of good restaurants in the area.”
For the less adventurous, one who lives at Leisure World could theoretically remain inside its confines day and night for as long as wished—unless you want a haircut. But that’s only one option. A shuttle bus runs regularly to places including the hospital, downtown Leesburg and to super markets and the like. Many who live there have cars and can come and go as they please.
Leisure World’s proximity to medical, shopping, sightseeing, restaurants, and malls has much to commend it. The rustic setting gives it flavor and certainly the enumerable activities would attract a variety of interests. Just be 55 or over and join the club.

A Hoppin’ Good Time

The Brambleton Easter Eggstravaganza was held on Saturday, March 27. Along with the egg hunts, there was a petting zoo, balloonist, moon bounces and slides. Creightons Corner Elementary representatives were holding a fundraiser, selling Krispy Kreme donuts and Caribou coffee. A special thanks to Cedar Run Landscapes for providing balloons and to Fusions Cuisine Executive Chef, Jim Thompson for volunteering as the Brambleton Bunny.

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