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Ashburn Blog: Step Up Youth Loudoun Competition accepting applications

Registration is currently open for middle and high schoolers in Loudoun County to enter the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition.

Brambleton Residents Sham Rocked It in Virginia Beach

Brambleton runners (and friends) ventured to Virginia Beach over the weekend to run the Shamrock 1/2 Marathon. Training for most of the runners began in mid November. As outside temperatures dropped and historic snowfalls came and went, training proved to be diffcult. But even the frigid temperatures didn't stop anyone from training for the 13.1 mile trek.

It was all worth it in the end as everyone finished and enjoyed the post celebration. Post run festivities included swag, snacks and plenty of Yeungling and Irish stew at the beer tent.

The Ribbon Run Raises Close to 20k For the Cause

The Step Sisters held their very first Ribbon Run/Walk 5k on Saturday, March 20. With over 1,000 people in attendance, the team raised close to 20k for the cause. Due to sponsorship support, 100% of the registration fees will directly benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

To view more photos of this event:

http://amieottophotography.zenfolio.com/p674953526
http://picasaweb.google.com/celansary/RibbonRun2010?feat=email



State Champions!!

The Freedom Girls Basketball Team defeated Spotswood to win Back to Back State Championships. Congratulations to all of the ladies.

South Riding Book Club Meets Local Author

There are many book clubs in South Riding. Few seem to be alike. Some read only the classics, some discuss the bible, some tend to be a bit more remedial by selection while others enjoy the wine and socializing so much, they never actually get around to reading or discussing anything book related!

While our book club does fall into a few of those categories, one thing remains the same. Each year, we try to read a book by a local author and have the author run the book discussion. This year, we read Relentless Pursuit by Kevin Flynn.

Flynn began his career as an attorney in a private law firm. In the 90’s, he joined the US attorney’s office as a prosecutor. Relentless Pursuit tells the true story of the double murder of Diane Hawkins and her daughter Katrina. Flynn tells of the murder, arrest, trial, and verdict in this graphic, detailed, and moving account of a families fight for justice.

In 2008, the Mystery Writers of America named Relentless Pursuit as one of five nominees for its prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award in the category of "fact crime." The Edgar Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced.

We found Flynn to be humble but passionate about the work that he does. He seems determined still, to make our world a better place. He is currently working on his next literary project, a work of fiction set in the 1950’s. We look forward to the opportunity to enjoy another read by Kevin Flynn.

Ladies Night Out in Purcellville!! Friday Night Only!!

Brambleton Ribbon Run/Walk 5k This Saturday!

It’s not too late to register for the Brambleton Ribbon Run/Walk 5k this Saturday. Although online registration closed today, Race Day Registration will be available from 7:00 – 7:50 a.m. at the Brambleton Town Center, near the movie theaters. If you’re not able to participate, please show the Brambleton spirit by cheering the runners and walkers along the route! Or, stop by and take advantage of some of post-race activities including a moonbounce for kids, crafts provided by The Children’s Science Museum, FREE health screenings by INOVA, Spring Boutique and more! For a schedule of events and course map, visit: http://www.brambletonribbonrun.vpweb.com

Daffodil Ball this coming Saturday at River Creek

Contact: Sherri Anderson
Community Outreach Coordinator
Capital Hospice \ Leesburg Office
703- 669-5248

DAFFODIL BALL TO BENEFIT CAPITAL HOSPICE
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010
RIVER CREEK CLUB

March 10, 2010…The Sixth Annual Daffodil Ball, a benefit for Capital Hospice, will be held at the River Creek Club on Saturday, March 20. Anyone wishing to receive an invitation to this black tie event may contact Sherry Anderson at Capital Hospice, Leesburg Office at 703-669-5248 or by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Co-chairs of the event are Cathy Odom and Deborah Welch.

The Daffodil Ball is a classic example of socially conscious citizens coming together and pitching in for a common cause. It started with a group of River Creek friends getting together with an “idea.” Each year the ‘Committee’ has consisted of over 100 volunteers who have sought sponsors, contributed time and money, arranged the decorations in the dining room at the clubhouse, handled the publicity, prepared and sent out invitations, and generally gave themselves unstintingly to make the Daffodil Ball the success it has been each year.

All monies raised will be used for the new inpatient clinic. Thanks to Al Van Metre and the Van Metre family, land was donated near Route 50. Once the land was donated, it was agreed that all the contributions from the Daffodil Ball would go directly to the building fund. There will be memorial gardens for the grounds of the Center which will be funded exclusively by the Daffodil Ball. The past five Daffodil Balls contributed more than $1.3 million towards the new clinic.

The new facility will have three wings of seven rooms each with patios and a kitchen for each wing in addition to professional offices totaling 42,000 square feet. The estimated cost is $15 million. Construction will take approximately one year to complete and will commence once the permit process is complete.

Capital Hospice is a non profit organization that serves end of life patients. On any given day Capital Hospice takes care of 900 patients under the Hospice wing primarily in the patients’ own homes. Hospice care is available to any and all terminally ill patients regardless of race, creed, age, or ability to pay. An interdisciplinary team of Hospice professionals including doctors, psychologists, nurses, pastors and counselors comprise the resources when regular medical treatment can no longer sustain the life of a patient.

The St. Baldrick’s Celebration

You’ll be seeing a couple of newly-shaved heads in the neighborhood this week, thanks to the Fairfax County Police Association’s annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser.

Fairfax County police officers Kirk McNickle of Cascades and Chris Lincoln of CountrySide have signed up for time in the hot seat on March 19 to get their heads shaved to raise money for the war against childhood cancer. The two are members of a St. Baldrick’s team known as the McLean Sheepdogs, a group mostly made up of members of the same police squad based in northwest Fairfax County.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation grew out of a challenge 10 years ago among friends at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in New York City. Today, the foundation has become the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Currently, the organization provides more in childhood cancer research grants than any group other than the U.S. government.

“Cops love kids,” McNickle, the Sheepdogs' team captain, said as he talked about the police department’s support for the project. This year marks his fourth visit to the St. Baldrick’s chair.

“It’s a fantastic idea and it’s so easy,” he told me.

The only discomfort he experienced lasted very briefly the first time his head was shaved. “It wasn’t that bad,” he said, “but it was a little cold.”

McNickle has noticed that some folks can be what he calls “hair particular.”

“It’s funny to see how possessive they are of their hair, even those who don’t grow much hair,” he said.

The recipient of three awards for valor, McNickle is not at all worried about the temporary hair loss. “It’s just hair. It grows back,” he said with a laugh.

And what does Mrs. McNickle think about the project and her temporarily bald husband?

“I think it’s great,” Cathy McNickle said.

“For anybody who’s willing to shave their head, it’s an easy way to raise money for children’s cancer research. No donation is too small,” she added.

The McNickles are grateful to everyone supporting the McLean Sheepdogs’ challenge. The donations range in size from spare change collected in a jar to a sizeable offering provided by local businessman Steve Gotschi, president of DryHome Roofing & Siding Inc. of Sterling.

You can help Kirk McNickle, Chris Lincoln and the McLean Sheepdogs in the fight against childhood cancer. To join in the team’s fundraising efforts, go to http://www.stbaldricks.org, click on Find a Participant, select the Team option, type in McLean Sheepdogs and hit the Search button. You will be directed to a link to the team’s fundraising project.

You can also donate by phone by calling 888-899-BALD (888-899-2253). To make sure your donation is credited to the team, mention the McLean Sheepdogs’ i.d. number, 66709.

Get Your Girl Scout Cookies!!

If you happen to be driving over to the Brambleton Town Center, stop and support Brambleton Girl Scout Service Unit 70-1. They will be at several locations through March 28th, including Caribou Coffee on Sat/Sun mornings, Go Bananas on Sat/Sun afternoons, and by Fox Cinemas on Friday evenings, and Sat/Sun afternoons.

On Friday, March 19th, the scouts will be at the movie theatres for the opening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. They will be accepting donations for SHARE, which is:

Share Her Annual Real Expenses annual giving campaign support:

• Ongoing programs for girls;
• Training for adult volunteers;
• Publications for girls, parents and volunteers;
• Financial assistance to ensure that all girls have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting; and
• Property insurance and maintenance for our seven area camps.

For more information about cookies or Girl Scouting in the Brambleton area, please contact Theresa Gothard SUM 70-1 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Free Safety Shred at the Brambleton Town Center

The Brambleton Town Center is hosting a free Safety Shred on Saturday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Chevy Chase Bank parking lot. Radio Station 92.5 WINC will be broadcasting live throughout the event and participants can receive coupons and other giveaways from the BTC tenants.  This is for individuals only (no businesses/offices) and the limit is 10 boxes per person.

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