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River Creek Blog: ‘Dialogues of Discovery’
Dr. Jeremy Freeman gave a lecture at the Ashburn Janelia Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute last week discussing how to share scientific information that could be beneficial to humankind. Dr. Freeman, who once was on the staff at Janelia, decided to shift his attention to this subject and took a job with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He says he wanted to “make science happen faster.” He's interested in applying technology to “accelerate the process of science.” To do so involves “software engineering,” which is the focus of CZI.

Mark Zuckerberg, a founder of CZI, is well-known as the founder of Facebook.

Freeman detailed the three categories that he says will lead to more scientific progress. One is data sharing so that scientists can be privy to a broad range of data. Another is tools for the microscope and the third is knowledge sharing.

The Chan Zukerberg Initiative states, “The goal of the program is to help cure, manage, or prevent all diseases by the year 2100.” The CZI has invested $3 billion for this purpose.

The quarterly “Dialogues of Discovery” program at Janelia serves the Loudoun County community with information about the scientific world.

'Moana' at Poolside

The Potomac Club at their indoor pool will have another “Dive-In Movies” on March 24 at 7 p.m. for residents only – $10 per family (up to four people) and $3 for any additional residents. Register online lansdownehoa.com for the feature film, “Moana.”
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River Creek Blog: ‘Mary Poppins’
River Hawk Productions at Belmont Ridge Middle School will be dipping into Broadway and movie history by performing the musical “Mary Poppins” this spring. Organizers say River Hawk “will bring a spoonful of sugar and a whole lot of fun to audiences.” The show will open at Belmont Middle School on March 24 at 7 p.m. and will continue on March 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Look for more dates and tickets at LCPS.org/tickets.

River Hawk Productions is under the leadership of executive director and choreographer Jason Paul Augustowski. “The directors and producers are so excited to see these incredible middle schoolers bring P.L. Traver’s magical story to life,” Augustowski said.

A Toast for Loudoun Museum

The Loudoun Museum will be celebrating its 50 anniversary this year. The River Creek Club will be the host for an occasion to honor the museum on March 25 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. As a Martinis Matter event, those attending can sample a bit of history by purchasing and imbibing the signature martini, Lord Loudoun, at a cost of $10 —half of which will be donated to the Loudoun Museum. Should your tastes run otherwise there will be a number of other beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Fund raising opportunities extend to a silent auction and a special event museum membership. A membership with the Loudoun Museum offers an extended blend of history that envelopes Loudoun County. You can find out more by at Loudounmuseum.org.

As an added feature, entertainment will be on hand in the form of guitarist Deane Kern with his “repertoire of rock, folk and blues.”

River Creek resident Anne Flam is spearheading this event. She has been working with Liz Whiting, the museum trustee president, who will be attending. Flam says, “We are so fortunate to live in a county steeped in history and progress. Loudoun Museum preserves and teaches this history to residents and visitors alike, through its exhibits, special programs and online resources.”

Members and guests are welcome to this free event.
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River Creek Blog: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’
Calling all aspiring young actors. The Troupe Theater has announced a winter workshop for a production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to be held March 26 at the River Creek Club. The workshop has been underway for a few weeks but is still open. It’s held at Ashburn at the Arts Montessori School from 4:30-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for prospective students ages 7-10. Registration is $395 per student. Call 703-779-2022 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Wearing of the Green

The River Creek Club will have a couple of occasions to honor St. Patrick’s Day: a happy hour on March 17 from 5-7 p.m., then on March 19 a brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that will include St. Pat’s pancakes and waffles—no doubt with a green hue. The cost for adults is $21.95 and for kids $7.95.

This annual celebration marks the death of St. Patrick in 452 AD, and it’s advisable for all concerned to wear something green on that date.

Sprout Therapeutic

On March 18, from 5:30-8 p.m., the River Creek Club will be the scene of the continuing series of Martinis Matter, this time to support Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center. Sprout combines the equine world with special needs and “seeks to raise public awareness about special needs and to provide dynamic learning, recreation, socialization and therapy opportunities for individuals and groups in a farm environment.”

According to psychologists, a horse’s gait resembles human movement and when a person with impaired mental faculties rides it's “therapy for the damaged pathways, and the body begins to respond. It starts by relaxing and strengthening the muscles and improving balance and coordination. Riders begin to have a sense of empowerment, self-confidence, and a renewed sense of ability and hope.”

The event will include a silent auction combined with a signature martini for $10, half of which will be donated to the center. Members and guests are welcome with no entry fee.
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River Creek Blog: Loudoun Symphony Gala Mar. 11
River Creek Blog: Black History Month
River Creek Blog: Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue
River Creek Blog: New restaurants opening at Lansdowne Town Center
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