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The Green Schools of Sterling, Fall Festival, Cascades Trash Bash

Virginia Naturally: While Loudoun County is home to the largest number of schools in a region to receive the “Virginia Naturally” environmental education school recognition—eight of the 51 designated schools are in Loudoun—Sterling is home to half of those schools. Dominion High School has received the Virginia Naturally designation for eight years, Park View High School has received the designation for two years, and Potowmack Elementary and Sterling Elementary are first-year designees. The Virginia Naturally program recognizes the efforts of schools to increase students’ environmental awareness and stewardship. The program is administered by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and other agencies.

Fall Festival: The Cascades Community Association presents its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon until 4 p.m. in the Potomac Falls High School parking lot. The event includes a Battle of the Bands, classic cars, a mechanical bull, shred truck, hayrides, petting zoo, moon bounce, hoops basketball, a karate demo, pumpkin painting, food and craft vendors and more.

Martial arts and sports demonstrations begin at noon with a Kung Fu demonstration by Professional Martial Arts, Potomac Field Hockey at 12:30 p.m. and Taekwondo by Majest Martial Arts at 1 p.m.

The Battle of the Bands begins at 2 p.m. The performance schedule includes Everything Kunex (Diego Azuga, Brandon Mijares, Kevin Nejad and Vinicio Perla), Niki Galvin, Will Salzmann, AlliE, and Bombshell (Jack Middleton, Brandon Mijares, Brittany Pavulaan, and Justin Sellers). The winner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

The Cascades Community Green Team will join the party with 11 green organizations and vendors with information on environmental issues and eco-friendly products to green-up your world. The event is a “water-bottle-free” zone; the Cascades Green Team will provide free water to those bringing a reusable bottle. If you arrive without a bottle, you can purchase one onsite for $2.

The festival also offers an opportunity to do some good for the community. Attendees should bring a non-perishable food donation or a gift for the Holiday Coalition collection. The rain date for the event is Saturday, Oct. 27.

Cascades Trash Bash: It’s time to register to participate in the annual Fall Cascades Trash Bash. The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. The clean-up crew will meet at 1 p.m. at the parking lot of the Potomac Baptist Church at 20747 Lowes Island Boulevard in Sterling for a clean-up briefing, refreshments, door prizes and giveaways from event sponsors. Participants will head out to nearby clean-up areas at 1:30 p.m. The sites selected for cleaning span a range of effort levels, such as “easy” areas along pathways and roads and “challenging” areas around and in streams. Families are encouraged to join the effort. The Cascades Green Team will provide snacks, hydration and trash bags. Participants should bring gloves, sturdy shoes and insect repellent. To register, go to http://www.sempertech.com/ctb/. For information, call 703-450-8620.

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