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Cascades Blog: Sterling Rotary Helps Build a Diaper Bank

Every baby needs diapers. On average, a child needs 7,000 diapers from birth to age two, according to the Rotary Club of Sterling. Infants go through 10 to 12 diapers a day—and each diaper costs 23 to 26 cents, for a total expense of about $70 to $90 each month.

All-State Band, Jazz Notes, Sew ‘n’ Sews, Eat at Joe’s, Yard Sales, Big Band Dancing

All-State Band: Four eastern Loudoun musicians were among the 17 Loudoun County students selected for the 2010 Virginia All-State Band hosted by the Virginia Music Educators Association at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. The students, selected through auditions at James Madison University, are: Caroline Henderson (Dominion High School), Natalie Jefferson (Park View High School), Anna-Louisa Mirto (Potomac Falls High School) and Turner Thornberry (Dominion High School).

Jazz Ensemble: Eastern Loudoun was represented by six of the 19 students selected for the Virginia Music Educators Association District 16 Jazz Ensemble. The Dominion High School contingent included Ryan Anderson (piano), Molly Menickelly (tenor trombone) and Turner Thornberry (bass trombone). The Park View High School musicians were Patrick Fisher (vibes), Daniel Shafer (tenor trombone) and Jonathan Thurston (tenor trombone). The group was assembled by audition and performed at the 2010 Loudoun County Jazz Festival on April 23 and 24 at Loudoun County High School.

Jazz Festival Awards: Three eastern Loudoun students were named to the Loudoun County Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Band: Andrew Coyle (Potomac Falls High School, drums), David Eldridge (Potomac Falls High School, trumpet) and Becca Nagley (Park View High School, trumpet).

Sew ‘n’ Sews: The eastern Loudoun chapter of the American Sewing Guild meets Wednesday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Cascades branch of the Loudoun County Public Library. Members of the chapter, the Sterling Sew ‘n’ Sews, are participating in an ASG Community Service Day on May 15. The event, free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to make drawstring bags for American soldiers. The service day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cameron United Methodist Church, 3130 Franconia Road, in Alexandria. To R.S.V.P., call 703-354-9467.

Eat at Joe’s: Support the fundraising efforts of the Eastern Loudoun Basketball League by eating at Joe’s Pizzaria and Italian Restaurant in the Sterling Shopping Center on Thursday, May 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. The funds will be used to assist the league’s sixth summer basketball team. The Eastern Loudoun Basketball League is made up of players in grades 3 through 8. For more information, go to http://www.elbl.org.

Yard Sales: The annual Cascades community spring yard sale takes place on Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. until noon. The rain date is Sunday, May 16. A list of yard sale participants will be available on the Cascades web site, http://www.cascadesva.com; a printed version of the list can be picked up at the Lowes Island Association office on Saulty Drive on the day of the sale. On May 15, the Cascades Community Association also offers a yard sale at the Lowes Island Community Center to benefit earthquake victims. Item donations will be accepted through May 13. For more information, call 703-406-0820, ext. 101 or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Big Band Dancing:The Park View High School music department and the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association present a Big Band Extravaganza on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the Park View cafeteria. The Park View Jazz Band and Swing Shift, a top DC area big band, will perform. Coffee, dessert and soft drinks will be available; dancing is encouraged. The admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

Don’t Miss the Brambleton Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series

Blooming in Ashburn

Spring is blooming in Ashburn with hundreds of annuals to pick for summer color. While THE BEST 'secret' greenhouse is not in Ashburn,
I firmly believe after years of planting and often replanting there is one really great place to buy annuals and perennials. Williams Greenhouse
is located in Sterling just off Cascades Parkway on Marie Place. If you're headed to Costco it's on the left hand side, directly opposite of
Claude Moore Park.

Also, its on a dirt road, so if you are driving down gravel, that means you're about to approach Loudoun's best, best greenhouse. It's also
adjacent to office parks so again, don't think you're going down the wrong road. However, once you go in and out of it's eight or so green houses,
(plus there's a little pond, island and horses even Koi fish that kids love to watch) you'll feel like you're in paradise.


Mr. Williams is the owner of the greenhouse, his health at 80+ is starting to take a toll so my feeling is that the business may end when he decides to call it quits. And all the encroaching business parks probably would make it more appealing to him to sell off the land if he had the choice but that's just my opinion. In the meantime, on your travels to Sterling, don't miss out on this beautiful garden sanctuary. He gets annuals by the truckloads weekly and grows them himself like the very popular 'Proven Winners' and 'Proven Selections" by 'plugs'. Either way, whatever is purchased at Williams is sure to be beautiful because as you'll find out by speaking to Mr. Williams, he really knows his flowers and you'll see it in your own yard if you plant his art work.


Finally, and as a personal favorite, if you are looking for a very cool accent heat tolerant flower, try the Diamond Frost, another 'Proven Winner'. Proven winners are annuals that are guaranteed to look great in your garden, but don't expect to buy seeds and grow them yourself, They all have patents on them and while it can get pricey, they are great accent flowers when all else dies in August.



5k Run For Breast Cancer Research May 8th in Purcellville!

Governor’s Academies, The Splatter Zone, Spring Luncheon, Blithe Spirits, Bike and Walk Safety

Governor’s academies: Four top-ranked eastern Loudoun language students will be attending the Virginia Governor’s Foreign Language Academies this summer. Two students from Dominion High School will participate in the session: Stephanie Dotterer (studying Arabic) and Paul Howell (studying Russian). Two students from Park View High School also will attend: Anson Rosenthal (studying Spanish) and Margaret Zhou (studying Japanese).

The splatter zone: Tickets are now on sale for the Taking Flight Theatre Company’s production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at the Waddell Theatre on the Sterling campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The play, based on Sam Raimi’s early-1980s classic “Evil Dead” film series, tells the story of a group of college students on a forest getaway where they accidentally unleash an ancient evil force. The musical has been described as a “raucous rock concert” of an experience that mixes up elements of the three cult films for maximum comedic effect. The Taking Flight production will include a splatter zone; patrons in the first three rows of the theatre are warned to dress down and prepare to be soaked.

“Evil Dead” takes the stage on weekends from May 28 through June 12. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 7 p.m. on Sundays. The general admission tickets are $18; students and seniors can purchase tickets for $12. Theatre-goers can upgrade to the splatter zone for an additional $2 at the door. (Be sure to get there early for these prized premium seats.) For more information, go online to http://tftheatre.org.

Spring luncheon: The CountrySide Women’s Club holds its annual spring luncheon and installation of officers on Friday, May 14, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn/Dulles North at 22400 Flagstaff Plaza in Ashburn. This festive event is the group’s final general meeting before a long summer break, although some of the special interest groups may continue to meet during the warmer months. The cost of the luncheon is $32. Payment must be received by May 7, 2010. For more information, call 703-726-2784.

Blithe spirits: Dominion High School presents “Blithe Spirit,” Noel Coward’s classic British farce centered on spirits and séances. The show runs on weekends, May 7 through 16. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on May 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. on May 16. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. For more information, call 571-434-4400.

MOMS Club: The MOMS Club of Sterling East meets Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Sterling Community Center. The session includes a discussion with Jennifer Frueh of Cultural Care Au Pair, a company that has placed more than 75,000 au pairs in American homes since 1989. The meeting is free and open to prospective MOMS Club members. Bring the kids; they can color, play and snack during the session. For more information, see http://www.momsclubofsterlingva.org.

Safer walking and biking: Supervisor Andrea McGimsey hosts a community meeting on Pedestrian and Bicycle Access and Safety on Tuesday, May 11, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the County’s Sterling satellite office at 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 100. The session will include an update on county initiatives designed to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in the Potomac District. For more information, call 703-777-0204.

Local Golf Charity Event Seeks Sponsorships

Brambleton Community Yard Sale

Firechase team, Playmakers auditions, Yard sales, Golf fundraiser, Quilting tips

The Firechase team: Sponsors and volunteers are needed for the Cascades 10K Firechase and 911 Fun Run scheduled for May 29. This is an opportunity to help the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department; all proceeds from the race benefit the fire company. Corporate sponsors can help with donations of money, prizes, bottled water or other items. For sponsor information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 703-406-0820, ext. 103. Event volunteers will distribute flyers, hand out water to runners, clean up the site and handle other duties. To volunteer, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 703-406-0820, ext. 101.

Singing and dancing: There’s still time to learn the tunes from “Brigadoon” for the Sterling Playmakers’ auditions for the Lerner and Lowe musical about a Scottish village that appears only once every 100 years. The production is in need of 25 men and 25 women ages 14 and up, as well as a number of children ages 8 to 13. Auditions will include cold monologues, selected songs from the show and some dancing. The audition sessions take place Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Loudoun County Senior Center in Cascades. “Brigadoon” will run in Sterling on weekends from July 30 through August 15. For more information, call 703-437-6117 or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Yard sale: CountrySide holds its annual spring yard sale on Saturday, May 1, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting as long as sellers feel like selling, rain or shine. A map of yard sale locations will be available at the CountrySide Proprietary office on Wednesday, April 28. For more information, call 703-430-0715.

Titan Marketplace: Dominion High School presents the fourth annual Titan “T” Market Sale on Saturday, May 1, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine. This community yard sale is a school fundraiser open to everyone. Space in the school parking lot is available for a $15 rental fee; renters can sell new or gently used items and keep 100 percent of the profit. The school earns money from parking space rentals and the sale of items donated by the community. Item donations and parking lot rentals will be accepted until the day of the sale. For more information, go online to http://www.dominionhigh.com or call 571-434-4402.

Golf fundraiser: The fifth annual Dominion Golf Classic gets underway on Monday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls. The event, sponsored by the Association of Titan Leaders Assisting Students (ATLAS), is a Dominion High School fundraiser. The day begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., followed by the tournament at 12:30 p.m. and a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. featuring food and a raffle. The registration fee of $225 per golfer or $750 per foursome includes range access, lunch, golf with forecaddies in each group, welcome amenities and the post-tournament award reception and raffle. Event sponsorships are still available. For more information, call Dave Ledwell at 703-606-0105 or go online to http://www.teeupfortitans.com.

Quilting tips: The CountrySide Quilters group meets on Tuesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades. The session includes a business meeting, sit-n-sew and the final “Start-to-Finish Quilting” presentation by Carol Haverfield of Sterling. All quilters are welcome. For more information, call 703-409-9893.

An Outstanding Resident

April 19th marked the annual Outstanding Volunteer Awards for Volunteer Loudoun. It is here, the Volunteer Loudoun Board of Directors recognizes residents of Loudoun County who provide exceptional service and who make a difference in the community. Those recognized, have displayed outstanding commitment in the community and have made a significant difference in the lives of others.

Mary Kicia, a South Riding resident, wife and mother of three girls, was one of the people honored by receiving the award for Outstanding Volunteer Project Leader for Brain Injury Services, Inc. Mary, single handedly, orchestrated the Third Annual PALS (providing a link for survivors) mini golf and BBQ event. PALS, a program of BIS, enables survivors of brain injury to be linked or connected with volunteers from the community in one to one friendships. For more information about Brain Injury Services and the wonderful asset they are to our community and those in need, check out their website. Congratulations Mary!

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