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The next lecture at the Janelia Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Dr. Manu Prakesh, professor of bioengineering at Stanford University will deliver a lecture on the work underway by his research group.

Seeing “Harvey,” Park View champs, River Bend “Follies,” Earth Day Events

Seeing “Harvey:” This is the last week to catch the Sterling Playmakers’ spirited production of “Harvey.” The show provides an entertaining take on the classic story of an invisible seven-foot rabbit and his effect on a family and its circle of acquaintances. Each cast member brings a unique quality to the effort—from Barbara Carpenter of Herndon as a bubbly Veta Simmons, to Michael Morsberger of Brunswick as a laid-back Elwood P. Dowd, to Bob Rosenberg of Leesburg as the earnest cabdriver E.J. Lofgren. A special tip of the rabbit ears goes to the talented Sterling residents on stage: Alex Bhargava as Duane Wilson, Stephanie Hearne as Nurse Kelly, Susan Kronenbert as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, Tim Silk as Dr. Sanderson and Jerri Wiseman as Mrs. Chumley.

I was fortunate to see the show with four of Tim Silk’s children nearby. Shaun, age 11, Lindsey, 10, Leecy, 8, and Tara, 6, clearly enjoyed themselves. During the intermission, we talked about the high points of the performance. Tara pointed me toward one of the mysteries of the night for some playgoers—the question of who will be handling the role of Harvey. To uncover the answer to that, you’ll have to attend the play.

“Harvey” begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 25. General admission tickets are $12. For more information, see http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com or call 703-437-6117.

Home-based businesses: CountrySide’s Ad Hoc Home-Based Business Committee holds its first meeting on Thursday, April 22, at 7:15 p.m. in the Parkway Pool meeting room. Residents interested in serving on this committee created to help clarify the interpretation and enforcement of covenant provisions should contact Robert King at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Park View champs: Park View High School will honor the 20th anniversary of its back-to-back 1989 and 1990 state championship softball wins on Friday, April 23, before the start of its 6 p.m. game with Dominion High School. All former softball players and their families are invited to attend and join in the celebration. A reception tent for former players will open at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Beth Walker at 571-434-4500 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

River Bend "Follies": River Bend Middle School presents “The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review” on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. The full-length musical focuses on the life, friends and family of Will Rogers, who once said he never met a man he didn’t like. Rogers, possibly the first “King of all Media,” was a renowned humorist, newspaper columnist, radio talk show host and star of stage and screen until his death in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. The River Bend production features 70 cast members, an array of musical numbers and some fancy rope tricks. Tickets are available at the door for $6.

Christmas in April: The Community Service Committee of the CountrySide Women’s Club is seeking volunteers to participate in a work day on Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the “Rebuilding Together: Christmas in April in Loudoun County” project. The Christmas in April program organizes work crews and provides materials to repair the homes of low income homeowners. Lunch will be provided by CountrySide Women’s Club member Barbara Hardy. To volunteer, contact Sally Barlow at 703-430-7998.

CountrySide Cleanup: The annual CountrySide Spring Cleanup takes place on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. until noon. The event, scheduled to coincide with Earth Day (April 22), is co-sponsored by the Keep Loudoun Beautiful organization. Participants should meet at the Parkway Pool parking lot for assignment to cleanup sites around CountrySide. Breakfast snacks and cold drinks will be provided for volunteers. To participate, contact Kelly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 703-430-0715, ext. 16.

PURCELLVILLE LIBRARY NEEDS DONATIONS FOR BOOK SALE

The Purcellville Library is now accepting donations of books, CD's and DVD's (children & adult), for their upcoming book sale held May 15th.

Many volunteers spend an enormous amount of time sorting through the books to catalog them by topic, category and condition. All the proceeds from this worthwhile fundraiser go towards enhancing the programs that are currently offered at the Purcellville Library. Doing some Spring cleaning?? Please take a moment to sort through your gently used books, and tote them down to the library. Your support will be truly appreciated!

FREE AMATEUR ARTSHOW - DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES MAY 5TH

Student Stars, Green Shopping, MOMS Club, Playmakers on Stage, Applique Art

Future leaders: Three Park View High School students recently brought home medals from the Future Business Leaders of America Shenandoah Regional Conference. Leslie Machado earned a third place finish in the category of Client Service. Madina Saleh placed third in the Future Business Leader category. Preethi Varma won second place in the Public Speaking II category.

Geography experts: Two eastern Loudoun students are competing in the Virginia Geography Bee this week. Jack Shangraw of River Bend Middle School and Patrick Steward of Sterling Middle School are among the 103 students competing at the state level in Virginia. The winner of the state bee will move on to national competition at National Geographic headquarters in Washington.

Bring a bag: The Cascades Green Team and the Cascades Community Association are sponsoring a program designed to empower children to help their families cut their reliance on store-provided plastic bags. After 12 family shopping trips without acquiring plastic bags, youngsters are eligible for a small prize and entry into a drawing to win four free tickets to the Downpour Water Park at Algonkian Regional Park or to the Regal Cinemas. Participation instructions and an official shopping trip tracking form are available at the Cascades community web site, http://www.cascadesva.com. For more information, call 703-406-0820.

MOMS club: The MOMS Club of Sterling hosts a Celebrate Calm Workshop on Friday, April 16, led by nationally-recognized behavioral consultant Kirk Martin, who has trained more than 75,000 parents and teachers. The free workshop is designed to help reduce anxiety and stress in all families, including those with special needs. Prospective MOMS Club members are welcome to attend. The workshop takes place from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Cascades Library. For more information, see http://www.momsclubofsterlingva.org.

Sterling stage: The Sterling Playmakers take the stage at Sterling Middle School this week with their production of “Harvey,” the Pulitzer prize-winning play that became a popular 1950 film starring James Stewart as a gentle man with an invisible rabbit nearby. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. General admission tickets are $12. For more information, see http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com or call 703-437-6117.

Appliqué art: The CountrySide Quilters group hosts a presentation by Asheville, NC-based fiber artist and stained glass crafter Ann Holmes on Tuesday, April 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades. Holmes will talk about the French fuse method of appliqué, which requires no sewing until the quilting stage. The event is free and open to all interested quilters. For more information, call 703-409-9893.

Waiting for Punxsutawney

This time of year, especially after all the snow we’ve had, I really love to see how Ashburn brings out the beautiful spring and summer colors. Now that the spring perennials have all but run their course, Home Depot and the other “big box” stores are filled with all sorts of colors for summer. For the next couple of months many of us will unload lots cash in hopes of keeping these ‘big box’ prennials looking the same if not similar.

Maybe someone can explain Geraniums. I have yet to see or grow one that look as nice as they do in the stores now and once they come home, they never seem to bloom again.

After 14 years of living here, I know what survives in our area’s soil, what’s a waste of money, and those tried and true ones that make it and look great until back to school time. I’m not a horticulturalist, just someone who’s spent a lot of money over the years, often failing to keep the most vibrant annual alive past our credit card payment date.

But MY failure IS NOT from lack of trying or our red clay soil. Most of our beautiful annuals are often decapitated because of our nighttime wild life.

There is huge abundance of wildlife that prowl about at night (coyote, rabbit, foxes, deer, and our winter nemesis, mice and ants) However, my personal and deepest enemy is none other than Punxsutawney Phil. While some may remember him from the movie Ground Hogs Day as this:

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Last year he looked more like this:







So while I was hoping for a back yard of this:

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We got a summer's supply of this:

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But this year we're ready, 2,000 seeds ready and waiting to spout in Ashburn---instead of dried sunflower stumps this year, we're trading those in for this:

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HOW DO YOU HANDLE ASHBURN'S SUMMER WILDLIFE WHILE PRESERVING YOUR 'BIG BOX' PRENNIAL'S (FYI: GROUNDHOGS/WOODCHUCKS ARE A LOT LIKE MICE, THEY
DON'T HAVE BONES AND ARE AS HEAVY AND WIDE AS THEY LOOK---YET-- THEY CAN BECOME VERTICAL ENOUGH TO FIT THOUGH ANY SUBURBAN FENCE. ANY SUGGESTIONS OF STOPPING THEM? I'D REALLY LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

LOCAL GAME WARDEN RETIRES AFTER 21 YEARS

Roasted...Toasted....and...Honored, Retiree Bruce Lemmert of Lovettsville, a 21 year veteran for the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, received honors from Delegate Joe May, the Virginia State Police, Lovettsville Game Protective Association and many more organizations for his many years of service as a Game Warden. Over 100 people gathered at the Lovettsville Game Club on Saturday evening on April 10th for a community celebration of Bruce Lemmert's retirement. Sheriff Steve Simpson & his wife Glenda were among the many well wishers present.

Broadlands Moms’ Club Holds Easter Egg Hunt

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.

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