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For the second year, local artisans have decorated holiday ornaments which are on display around the town of Purcellville.

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!

A South Riding Winner!

You may have seen him flying past you in his racing chair. He is the guy whizzing by, talking to himself (how he motivates himself to go that extra mile). His name is Chris McDonald. Chris is the CEO of Andrews Federal Credit Union and moved into South Riding in July of 2008 with his wife Cindy and two younger children (all together they have 7). It didn’t take long for Chris to become a friend and inspiration to us all.

Of his most recent accomplishments, Chris competed in the National Marathon, Army 10 miler and Cherry Blossom Race, placing first in all three for the Push Rim Wheel Chair Division. Chris, we think you are amazing!

The Broadlands Nature Center Welcomes Its Newest Residents

The Broadlands Nature Center at 21907 Claiborne Parkway in the Broadlands is home to many animals. Sahara, the snake; Swimmy and Franklin, the Red-Eared Slider turtles; Marshmallow the dove; Fireball, the newt plus some tadpoles, a bullfrog, a toad and some fish. Our newest residents are Khloe and Zoe, a pair of Rex rabbits. They are sisters - Khloe is black and white, Zoe is brown and white - and are about two years old. They came to us from the Arlington Animal Rescue. They love to have visitors! Come meet them at the Nature Center Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and on some Saturdays. Check our website for more details. http://www.broadlandshoa.org

Scouts and Friends Keep Broadlands Beautiful

Scouts who use the Broadlands Community Center free of charge for their meetings and activities all year, say "Thank You" to the Homeowners Association by doing trash pickups at various locations around the neighborhood. Homeowners in Southern Walk also organized a trash pickup day in the common area surrounding their homes. Thanks to the Scouts and our residents for being such good neighbors!

CHILDREN’S DAY ON THE FARM - April 30th - Philomont

We Want to Know

There have been many unfortunate situations in South Riding regarding bullying through facebook, texting and other online forums. At what point do we, as parents, step in? What’s appropriate and what isn’t? What do you do when your child shows you a profile picture featuring your neighbors 12 year old drinking a beer? Do you make that call? While this was not specifically something our parents had to deal with when we were kids, bullying and gossip happened back then too. The internet takes bullying to whole different level and as a community; we wonder what we can do. Let us know what you think? E-mail us (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or post a comment here.

3 Ways to Get Back into the Swim of Things

1.) The first thing you need to do is get your rec pass (or find it). If you currently have a RecPass, you do not need to register for a new one. If you need a RecPass, online registration will begin April 26.

2.) Sign them kids up to be on the South Riding Stingrays. Stingray registration has begun. There is as new team suit selected for the next two years. You can check it out on their site. Schedules, meets and practice times have also, already been posted. South Riding Stingrays Website

3.) Tri something new! We all have our sports. Some of us run, some bike and others swim. Now is your change to tri all three! Registration is open for the South Riding Triathlon. Resident may log on to South Riding's Website and click the registration link. The race will be held on Sunday September 5th at 7am sharp! Let the training begin….

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.


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!

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