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    Cruising to a Cure for Cancer
    Each year, around this time, Cascades is the go-to spot for the sweet ride set—owners of classic, antique, sports, hot rods and custom cars, trucks and bikes—as Doug Megill, McLean Insurance and a troop of about 50 volunteers present Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    In the three years since it began, the event has raised more than $26,000 for the organization and is on pace to nearly double that amount in this year’s donation alone.

    Megill is amazed by the event’s fundraising success.

    “We are now the largest third-party fundraiser in the entire metro area for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” he said. “I was shocked to hear that news.”

    When the society mentioned that donors of $50,000 can select the disease their donation will fight, Megill was inspired to set an ambitious fundraising goal for 2014. To develop the most successful campaign possible, he created an advisory board to help reach that goal—donating $50,000 for the battle against the disease that claimed the life of his father, Henry C. Megill, Jr., the founder of McLean Insurance.

    For its fourth annual outing, on Sunday, Sept. 21, the Carz Cruizin event has some special treats lined up at its site in the parking lot at 46179 Westlake Drive in Potomac Falls (across the lake from The Bungalow Lakehouse Restaurant), including a visit from the Ted Britt Ford Mustang dragster. According to Megill, the dragster will be positioned in the parking lot at 7 a.m. Spectators are invited to come out early to watch the pros start up the car and move it into position.

    As many as 200 cars are expected to be on hand, including representatives of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. The cars will begin showing up at 7 a.m., the judging begins at 9 a.m., awards will be presented by WJLA meteorologist Eileen Whelan beginning at 1 p.m. and the event will end promptly at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $15 for cars signed up in advance online or $25 at the door.

    The fun also includes a carnival-style photo booth, fundraising raffles, children’s activities such as goldfish races and face painting and tasty favorites from local restaurants including The Bungalow Lakehouse, Famous Dave’s, Glory Days, Jersey Mike’s and O’Faolain’s Irish Restaurant.

    This year’s event also includes the launch of a silent auction, with items ranging from a baseball signed by Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals to a full River Creek Country Club membership (a $27,000 value, with bidding beginning at $5,000).

    For more information, or to register, go to carzcruizinforcancer.org.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.
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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Directors wanted
    “But what I really want to do is direct.”

    Often we hear these words come out of an actor’s mouth right as his “star quality” starts to fade. It’s a way of saying effectively “it’s not you, it’s me” to the public who’s interest has begun to wane. No one ever seems to say “but what I really want to do is be a key grip” or “I’ve always wanted to edit.” Instead, they look to be the person whose name is called when Best Picture is announced. After all, who doesn’t want to be the guy who tells everyone what to do?

    Now, although, I’m sure your star is still in the ascendant, you too may have dreams on donning a beret and making those pesky actors hit their marks and finally show some real emotion on stage. However, a little education and training never hurt. In fact, it may get you out of the limelight and into the back reaches of the audience watching your vision come to life—where you belong.

    This Saturday, our own beloved Sterling Playmakers is hosting a Director Workshop for those of us wishing to direct a stage show. And the best part – you don’t have to know anything. Whether you live for the applause or have never set foot on stage, this workshop will help you become the director you always knew you were.

    And don’t think you’ll be in the back of a classroom listening to some old guy drone. This is a fully interactive, get up and get it done experience. You’ll act, share ideas and, of course, direct. Taught by Kristofer Kauff, a seasoned director and instructor, this six-hour workshop will go through every step – from getting the script to opening night.

    The cost is just $50, with a meal break, and starts at noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Sterling Middle School. Teenagers bitten by the drama bug are also encouraged to register. However space is limited, so put down the paper right now and sign up. Wait, hold on to the paper until I tell you where to sign up. Just go to http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com selec,t the “Director’s workshop” on the front page.

    You’ll find more information about the class, Kristofer Krauss, and how to register. For other questions, contact the Sterling Playmakers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: The Young Relics come to Sterling
    As cool air begins to mingle with the season’s final sultry days, I find I’m not ready to say goodbye to the outdoor season any time soon. Most of my neighbors seem to feel the same way and, fortunately for all of us, eastern Loudoun has enough in the way of ongoing outdoor activity to keep everyone happy well into the autumn.

    Concert on the lawn: The CountrySide concert series closes its 2014 season with an outdoor blast from the past by the Young Relics, four Falls Church-based classic rockers specializing in deep cuts and hits from the 60s and 70s. The show takes place Friday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. on CountrySide’s Parkway Pool lawn.

    River tours: If you’ve always wondered about the small islands you can see from the Potomac shoreline, Algonkian Regional Park can help you find the answer your questions. The park presents its final Saturday morning paddle tours of the season on Sept. 13 and Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition, the park offers fall color paddle tours on Oct. 25 and 26 from noon to 3 p.m. These guided tours on the upper reaches of the Potomac focus on the general ecology of the area. Registration is required, as is the ability to paddle a boat throughout the tour. The cost is $30. For information, call 703-450-4655.

    Vendors wanted:
    The CountrySide and Cascades community associations are looking for vendors and crafters to participate in the communities’ upcoming fall festivals.

    For its Oct. 4 fall festival in the Parkway Pool parking lot, the CountrySide Proprietary is looking for crafters in the areas of flowers, jewelry, home living, painting and more, as well as representatives of home-based businesses such as Mary Kay cosmetics. Vendor space is available for $10 for CountrySide residents and $15 for nonresidents. For information, contact kellydc.cside[at]pmpbiz.com.

    The Cascades Community Association is looking for merchandise and food vendors for its Oct. 18 fall festival (rain date is Oct. 25), held outdoors at Potomac Falls High School. Merchandise vendors can participate for free and must provide their own tables and chairs. Tents smaller than 10x10 are permitted. Food vendors must have temporary food permits; permit applications must be submitted to the Health Department more than 10 days before the event. To participate, submit an application to the Cascades Community Association. The application form is online at cascadesva.com, on page 12 of the August issue of the Cascades Current.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.


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