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Cascades Blog: A WILL to Survive

The teen-fueled Same Sky Project brings its rock opera “A WILL to Survive”—and a message of empathy, kindness, joy and hope—to Potomac Falls High School on April 4 at 7 p.m.

The music-driven show is designed to start a community conversation about depression, suicide prevention and accepting others and yourself—no matter what life challenges you might face. The 55-minute production presents a thoughtful approach created to inspire and educate students about better ways to manage life when it gets to a place where it seems too hard to handle.

An ensemble of more than 40 teens living with diverse challenges, the Same Sky Project is based at A Place to Be, a Middleburg music therapy and counseling nonprofit organization with satellite hubs at the Paxton Campus in Leesburg and INOVA Loudoun Hospital. Members of the ensemble create and perform original work focused on celebrating the differences found in all of the people around us.
“A WILL to Survive” also will be presented at Stone Bridge High School on March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Support the library

The Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades is accepting donations of books, CDs and DVDs for its annual fundraising book and media sale. Donations will be accepted until April 24. The book and media sale takes place at the library April 28 – 30. Expect to fill your shelves with some interesting finds and some great bargains.

Self-defense for women

Improve your personal safety options March 25 with a self-defense class—for women at least 16 years of age—taught by former law enforcement officer and champion martial arts competitor Bruce Chiu. The workshop, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, provides a proactive target-driven approach to personal protection.

The session is designed to train the non-martial artist, regardless of fitness level, with physical and mental exercises to help participants understand the skills needed to recognize and survive potential confrontations. The fee is $30. The class will be held at the UUC of Sterling at 22135 Davis Dr. in Sterling. Registration information is available online atuusterling.org/event-items/womens-self-defense-class/ or call 703-406-3068.


The Cascades Communicators Toastmaster Club, affiliated with Toastmasters International, meets March 28 at 7:15 p.m. at the Loudoun County Library at Cascades. The group, open to all, helps individuals build more effective communications and leadership skills. Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Information is available at 9064.toastmastersclubs.org/.

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