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River Creek Blog: Dialogues of Discovery
The next lecture at the Janelia Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Dr. Manu Prakesh, professor of bioengineering at Stanford University will deliver a lecture on the work underway by his research group. They work at inventing new technologies with clinical applications. Until now, Prakash has developed the foldscope, which according to Janelia is “an origami-like lightweight optical microscope that costs less than a dollar to produce.”

Advance reservations are required and the popularity of these lectures and the spectacular venue make for high demand. You can go to http://www.janelia.org to get tickets.

River Creek Past and Future: The annual River Creek Art Show last Friday night was by all appearances - artwork included - a success. The room was packed with people who came to see paintings, photos, jewelry, sketches and sculptures. One observer said it was, “great, good selection, all from River Creek.” Another said it was “diverse and excellent. Very talented people.”

On Sept. 24, the Stage Coach Theater Group will bring their Murder Mystery Theater performance entitled Exit Stage Death to the River Creek Club. You can call 703-779-2022 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for tickets. Tickets cost either $55 or $75 that include buffet dinner, house beer and wine. This theater group’s mission statement: “To inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate and empower artists, students, and audiences regionally.”

Conversations at Oatlands: Last Friday evening Lori Kimball, former River Creek resident and program director at Oatlands, greeted folks attending Conversations at Oatlands. Elaine Flynn gave a talk that turned out to be entertaining, informative and filled with humor. She posed as Alice Roosevelt Longworth and told stories of “Scandals in the City” about presidential figures and those of congressmen and senators. Anecdotes, involving their personal lives, all presented with props, humor, and discourse that kept the audience in rapt attention and at times in stitches.
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River Creek Blog: Remembering 9/11
This week marks the 16th anniversary of the tragedy on 9/11. We can recall many experiences. Former River Creek resident Ernie Carpico was the pilot on a commercial airlines flight from Paris to New York. He got word to turn around, which they did, and wound up for a few days in Frankfurt before returning to the states via Nova Scotia. At first, Carpico said they were unaware of the circumstances. But before reaching Frankfurt they learned what had happened and were told not to reveal it to the passengers for fear of panic.

One resident had the misfortune to be on the flight that went into the Pentagon. In memoriam, his name is on a plaque at the base of the flag pole in River Creek on the banks of the Potomac. A resident who was scheduled to fly that same plane was sick, and one of his best friends took his place in the pilot’s seat. His emotional anguish will likely always be with him.

River Creek resident Vivian Dietrich was living in Alexandria at the time and recalls ”I surfed the news channels, when suddenly I heard a rumble, our house shook and I reached for the phone and called Max, the line was dead. Staring at the television, in moments images of the burning Pentagon appeared and his office was on fire.”

Vivian’s husband, Max, survived and has continued serving his country.

Concert at Lansdowne Resort and Spa:
On Sept. 24 from 4:30 to 9 p.m., musicians Shane Gamble and Phil Vassar will be on stage at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa back terrace. Their performance will benefit the Bob Nicol Charitable Foundations, Inc. Tickets cost $40; hotel guests and golfing members get $10 off. Food and drinks available—cash only. Call 877-513-8400 for reservations.

Phil Vassar has a twin profession. He’s a songwriter and a musician. According to his bio he has 10 No. 1 hits, 15 top 10s and 28 top 40s. Vassar has received the AMC award for New Male Vocalist of the Year. He and fellow musician Shane Gamble will be playing to the country and western crowd. Vassar’s songs include "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Carlene," "Six Pack Summer," "American Child," "For a Little While" and many more. Gamble chimes in also as a songwriter/artists and has a following in several genres.
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River Creek Blog: Charity Classic at River Creek
The River Creek Club will sponsor a golf outing on Sept.17 to benefit Capital Caring‘s Adler Center, Augies Quest and the Employee Partner Care Foundation. The golf tournament will start at 1 p.m. following registration at 11:30 a.m. The Club will provide a box lunch along with the golf fee for $120. There will be a dinner at 6 p.m. with a silent auction for $50 per person. Various levels of sponsorship are available. Members and their guests are welcome. To register visit classic.als.net.

The Adler Center serves terminally ill patients in a 21-bed homelike environment. Augies Quest seeks cures for the fatal disease ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Employee Partner Care Foundation of Club Corps lends aid to Club Corps employees.

River Creek Art Show

A committee of River Creek residents including Bea Snyder, Kristi Nimmo, Tom Parent, Vicki Edwards, and Joanna Schelling are organizing the 15th annual River Creek Art Show, scheduled for Sept.15, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Snyder says, “The Show will feature the works of 16 River Creek artists and will include paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolor as well as photography, glass, woodcuts and jewelry. Residents are invited to attend and bring guests.” Refreshments will be available at half price between 5 and 7 p.m.

Senior Spelling Bee

Ashleigh at Lansdowne, a senior living community, will host the sixth annual Senior Spelling Bee. The event will take place on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. - noon. Ashleigh seeks potential spellers from senior centers, assisted living communities, independent living communities and other groups of seniors 55 and older to sign up and participate. The Bee will be offering prizes, trophies and refreshments. Ashleigh is located at 44125 Woodbridge Parkway in Lansdowne. To join the Spelling Bee call Tom Reinhart of Comfort Keepers at 703-435-2500 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bluegrass BBQ and Festival

Residents of Lansdowne can join the Bluegrass BBQ festival on Sept. 16 from 2-6 p.m. at the Potomac Club in Lansdowne. The variety of elements are designed to appeal to folks of all ages: BBQ, beer garden, wine tent, kids zone and bluegrass music by The Bellevue Rhythmaires.
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