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Cascades Blog: Eastern Loudoun schools among the state’s top 100

Six Eastern Loudoun Schools ranked among the top 100 schools in Virginia, according to Niche, a web-based service that provides parents with information on schools and school districts. Two elementary schools made the list: Meadowland and Lowes Island. River Bend and Seneca Ridge middle schools were on the top 100 list, as were Dominion High School and Potomac Falls High School.

Homegrown music: Tommy and the Pickles, a power trio made up of three musicians who grew up in CountrySide, provide the music July 15 for CountrySide’s second concert of the summer. Rockers Brit Niesslein, Justin Stuit, and Miles Blunt attended River Bend Middle School and Potomac Falls High School together while preparing to launch their musical careers. Stuit and Blunt have played in Fight Cloud, a progressive rock band, since 2008. Niesslein formed the ska band Skepsis in 2008 and began a solo music career in college. This year, the three friends reunited to play their favorite hits from the 90s and early 2000s. The show takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Parkway Pool lawn. For more information on the band, go to facebook.com/TommyandthePickles.

Bikes for Africa: Simba Mpofu, a Potomac Falls High School student and member of Boy Scout Troop 966, is working on an Eagle Scout project that will provide bicycles to children and families in Zimbabwe in East Africa. Students in that part of the world walk for miles to get to school and having a mode of transportation would help them significantly. The Loudoun-based nonprofit Help for Others is lending a hand for the project.

Mpofu is seeking donations of new bicycles and used bikes in working order. New bicycles that have not been assembled will be accepted, as long as all of the parts are included. Three bike drop-off opportunities are scheduled this month at Self Storage Plus, located at 45601 Woodland Road, near the Dulles Town Center Best Buy store. Donations will be accepted at that location from 8 to 10 a.m. on July 15, July 21 and July 24. In addition, curbside pickup is available on July 23 from 8 to 10 a.m. For bikes awaiting curbside pickup, place a note on the bike that says: “For Troop 966.” To schedule a pickup, or to make other donation arrangements, call 571-480-0250 or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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