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Magic Buses, Quilters’ Bus, Chinese Warriors, Neighborhood Watch

Magic buses: The weekend bus route that connects Dulles Town Center, Dulles Airport and the Udvar Hazy Air & Space Museum may be one of the best kept budget-friendly secrets on this side of Loudoun County. A one-way trip on the Dulles 2 Dulles route is priced at 50 cents; the $1.00 per person roundtrip fare is much less than the parking fee at the airport or the museum (or the cab fare from the mall to the airport). The bus departs from the mall door between Macy’s and Lord & Taylor at Dulles Town Center and from Curb 2E in front of Dulles airport. On weekdays, the buses also stop at the Dulles Crossing shopping center, Wegmans and other local businesses. For more information, call 877-777-2708.

A DC to Dulles bus route, the 5A, connects Dulles Airport with the Rosslyn and L’Enfant Plaza metro stations. The trip takes about 60 minutes and costs $3.10. Exact change or a Metro fare care is required. For information, call 202-637-7000 or go online to http://www.metroopensdoors.com.

Quilters’ bus: Tickets are now on sale for the CountrySide Quilters’ annual bus trip to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA. The day trip takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27. The bus departs at 6:30 a.m. from the parking lot of the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades.

According to CountrySide Quilters President Kathy Trzeciak of Ashburn, the early departure time was selected to ensure that the bus arrives in Hampton as close as possible to the time the Quilt Festival opens. The bus will leave Hampton around 6 p.m. when the show closes and is expected to arrive back in Cascades in the late evening.

Trzeciak recommends that bus riders pack a morning and evening snack or meal; lunch will be available at the quilt show. The biggest benefit of the bus trip, she says, is that no one has to drive home from Hampton exhausted after a long day at the show. In addition, she points out, the camaraderie is terrific. Everyone on the bus shares a common interest, which leads to some interesting conversations.

The bus trip is priced at $58 per person. An admission ticket to the quilt show is included in the cost.

Trip tickets will be on sale at the CountrySide Quilters’ next meeting, a business session and sit’n’sew on Tuesday, Feb. 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades. For more information, call 703-409-9893.

The Chinese warriors: The Day Trippers group of the CountrySide Women’s Club heads to the National Geographic building in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 28, to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. The trip was made possible by some diligent advance planning on the part of Women’s Club members Lisa Dieffenbach and Rose Baugh. The extremely popular exhibit requires a firm attendance commitment to be made at least month in advance. Car pools will meet at Great Falls Plaza and Lansdowne. For more information, call 703-771-2290.

Neighborhood watch: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s office presents an “Introduction to Neighborhood Watch” session on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Lowes Island Elementary School library. The session will cover crime psychology, prevention techniques, starting a Neighborhood Watch program and more. The Neighborhood Watch managers from the Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit will be on hand to answer questions.

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