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Sterling Blog: The holidays are upon us

Driving down Sterling Boulevard, there’s simply no way to miss that it is the holiday season in Sterling. Let’s face it, this community throws down the gauntlet when it comes to lighting up the December nights. I could read a book by the glow of the decorations in most of our neighborhoods. It’s simply wonderful. To everyone who puts up lights, risks life and limb on ladders, and looks at the electric bill with fear and loathing, thank you.

With the new year comes new opportunities to get involved around our community. Did you know that we have our own cabaret-style singing group? On That Note is part of the Sterling Playmakers and performs around the area at a number of venues from wineries to senior living communities. They are looking for a few good voices to join their merry band. Auditions are available by appointment on Friday, January 5, 2018. Sign up online to reserve your spot to show off your musical chops at http://bit.ly/OTNSing2018. The auditions will be held at the Sterling Community Center, so you don’t have to travel far to sing for your part in this wonderful organization. To learn more about On That Note, visit http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com/on-that-note/.

Wondering what to do with the kids while they are off from school? Sterling Community Center has just the thing for children ages 8-12. Take them over to the center on Enterprise Street for Spy School Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, where they can learn to put their sneakiness to good use. The cost is only $40 per kid and the camp runs the full day, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more by calling the Community Center at 703-430-9480.

While you’re out and about this holiday season, it’s hard to fit in the time to donate blood. Sadly, injuries and conditions that need blood donation don’t take any time off during the holidays. Conveniently, there’s a donation center right by the mall, you can get your holiday shopping done and help others with out leaving the area. The Inova Donor Center, 45745 Nokes Boulevard, #160, is open all weekend long and it doesn’t take much time to help someone in need. Almost every blood type has low inventory currently, so no matter what you are, they could use it. You can even make an appointment so you don’t have to wait to give a very vital gift to someone this year. To make an appointment or learn about the requirements of being a donor, visit http://www.inova.org.
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