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Cascades Blog: ‘Exit Stage Death’ is back
“Exit Stage Death,” an interactive murder mystery dinner theater production written by Countryside resident Terry Smith, returns for a limited engagement with a round of performances scattered throughout Loudoun and nearby areas.

The show is directed by Kat Brais of Sterling, with production assistance from Mary Ann Hall of Herndon. The producer is Jerri Wiseman of Herndon. The cast includes Marissa Dolcich, Herbert DuVall, Herb Fuller, Allen McRae, Irene Molnar, Michael Sherman and Jenna Stein.

Sterling gets a look at the "Exit Stage Death" on Sept. 9 with a performance at O’Faolain’s Restaurant and Pub. The production opens at the Leesburg Brewing Company on Aug. 20. Performances are slated for the Bright Box in Winchester (Sept. 10), the Old Stone School in Hillsboro (Sept. 16), the newly launched StageCoach Theatre in Ashburn (Sept. 23) and the River Creek Club (Sept. 24).

Reservations are recommended to guarantee a seat at the shows at O’Faolain’s and at the Bright Box, where dinner is ordered from a menu before the show starts. Reservations are required for all of the other shows, to ensure accurate catering orders. Reservations can be made online at https://stagecoachtc.com/exit-stage-death/.

“Exit Stage Death” was first produced in 2013 by the StageCoach Theatre Company.

Pool sharks: The results of the Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades pool tournament are in. The top spots in the competition went to: Rajendra Prasad (First place), Gene Branson (Second place) and Din Gjata (Third place).

‘Travel Loudoun’: Award-winning photographers—and CountrySide residents—Dora Ramirez and Gerry D’Onofrio are curating a pop-up exhibit of artwork by Loudoun artists. The show will be on display at the Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. The theme of the exhibit is “Travel Loudoun.”

Farmers Market: The summer may be winding down, but the Cascades Farmers Market is not even close to closing up. The market continues to offer the best in local items (grown/raised/made within 125 miles of eastern Loudoun) every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 19. Look for the market Sunday mornings in the parking lot of the Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades, next to the Cascades library.

Indoor soccer:
The After-Hours Teen Center at the Loudoun County Library at Cascades presents an indoor soccer tournament Aug. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. Gaming, computers and art supplies are also available. For information, call 703-444-3228.
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Sterling Blog: New Beginnings
In just over a week, we’ll be sending our Sterling scholars back to school. If it seems early this year, it is. At first it seemed weird to me that we were starting mid-week but then I spoke with a local principal friend of mine, and she pointed out that it gives everyone time to get acclimated with two days, then a weekend, then you get right back into the swing of things. It also gives ample time for back-to-school nights and welcoming new students to new halls.

I know it can seem like one more thing to do, but do take the opportunity to attend back-to-school nights and events. Knowing your child’s teachers goes a long way to building a relationship with a person who is as deeply invested in your child’s success as you are. My mom was a teacher and one thing she taught me is that there isn’t a single teacher out there who ever wants a child to fail. This is what they devote their life to - educating every single student that walks into their classroom. Just knowing your student’s teachers can go a long way to ensuring her success over the next nine months.

Also, this is a great time to get involved with our local PTAs. These amazing groups work tirelessly to give the extras to our students—and often they are without sufficient volunteers. This is a good time to step up even if it’s a couple hours a month. Just those little bits of help can go a long way to improving the lives of every Sterling scholar. Don’t know how to get involved? Just ask a teacher, your administrators, or anyone at the back-to-school events.

Looking for a new beginning of your own? This past weekend saw the final shows of Sterling Playmakers’ 42nd Street, which was filling the auditoriums. Never ones to rest on their laurels, Sterling Playmakers is having auditions for their next two shows—a one-act festival and Man of La Mancha—over the next two weekends. Even if you’ve never auditioned before, this is a great opportunity to get involved with our local community theatre group. If you’re not the on-stage type, there are lots of places behind the curtain for you to find your place not in the limelight. Every production needs stage managers, props, crew, make up, costumes, lighting, sound, and even someone to open that curtain. No matter where your talent lies, you’ll find a place for it. To learn more about auditions or volunteering with Sterling Playmakers, visit sterlingplaymakers.com or find them on Facebook at .
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Sterling Blog: Things to Smile About
According to a recent study, only about two-thirds of Americans have dental insurance. Some turn down their employer’s insurance as it just doesn’t pay a lot, some never even consider it. Even if you have dental insurance, a trip to the dentist can hurt more in your wallet than in your mouth. Dental care can be very expensive, and sometimes people put it off for months or even years. Now you might think it’s just the case of whiter smile, but people without dental care are at increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and even diabetes.

On Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Hope for Tomorrow will be at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 47833 Harry Byrd Highway, for a free dental clinic. They’ll be providing cleanings, extractions, filling, all at no cost. Because space is limited, registration is being held following the masses this weekend - Aug. 12 and 13 - at the church: Saturday, 5:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. and noon. This will make sure that you have an appointment and can schedule your time to come in.

When registering and when coming to your appointment, be sure to bring along a government-issued ID and any children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them to receive dental care. To learn more about Hope for Tomorrow or the event, you can email them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 301-963-5079.

This weekend, Aug. 11, 12, and 13, will be your last chance to catch 42nd Street at Potomac Falls HS by our local community theatre, the Sterling Playmakers. This ambitious production full of tap-dancing wizardry has just three more shows, and then those tap shoes get put away. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. if you’re not much of a night owl. You can buy your tickets online at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com or at the door before the show.

However, the Sterling Playmakers aren’t resting on their success of 42nd Street as auditions are already in the works for their next two productions. What If…/What Then? is eight original one acts that will show you what could have happened or might happen next in some of well-known tales. Auditions will be held Aug. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., and Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m., at the Sterling Community Center and will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Best part is you don’t have to choose as you can audition for as many one-acts as you like. The following week, the Sterling Playmakers will be hosting auditions for the iconic Man of La Mancha, Aug. 25 and 26, 7-9:30 p.m., and Aug. 27, 1-4:30 p.m., at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place. You can learn more about both of these opportunities to let your star shine at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com.
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