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Sterling Blog: Celebrate Sterling this Friday
Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky—because it’s not in Sterling. This Friday our Park View High School Patriots are hosting a huge pre-game event to celebrate Sterling as the best home town. Starting at 4:30 p.m. and lasting until the game starts at 7 p.m., the Patriots invite the community and alumni to support them as they take on the Loudoun County High football team. The fun is all being held at the parking lot beside the football stadium at 400 West Laurel Avenue.

At the celebration, there will be two moonbounces, carnival games, and live music and performances. If you’re extremely brave, you can even test your soccer skills against Park View state champion soccer team as they host pick-up games and the basketball team in a three-point shootout. For our younger Patriots, there will be face-painting and pumpkin carving stations. Obviously, all this fun might make you hungry, so Chick-Fil-a, Jersey Mikes, and (new to Sterling) Balzano’s Deli will have food for sale until the game starts. This is a chance to have a great night out with your community, support our local student-athletes, and watch a principal of a high school get dunked.

Oh, you read that right. If Park View gets 2,000 fans, alumni, and members of the community to come out to the game, Park View Principal Kirk Dolson will enter the dunk tank at half time. That’s worth your price of admission right there! Tickets to the game are just $6 and are available at the gates. And the game is a “white out” so wear all white to support our Park View Patriots. You can learn more about the event at the Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/events/1950312905246476/. You can also visit the school site at http://www.lcps.org/Page/25665 or the athletics page at http://www.parkviewathletics.com.
This is also our opportunity to say thanks to the Park View Patriots for their support of the community. Just this past Saturday, about a dozen varsity football players showed up at 8 a.m. to help set up SterlingFest—and this is after they had a game the previous night and would have enjoyed sleeping in. The Patriots marching band not only played in that Friday night game, but they came out early participated in our parade, played at SterlingFest, and then went on to a competition all in the same 24 hours. This is a school filled with students who give back to our community and it’s our turn to show up and support them.

So whatever your plans are Friday night, change them. Come support our Park View Patriots in their final home game of the season! Wear white. Cheer loud. Celebrate Sterling.
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Cascades Blog: Spooktacular Sterling
This year, Algonkian Regional Park will be haunted only by the memories of 10 years of what may be the area’s longest running frightfest, the Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods. The Halloween event will not be returning to the park this year—and the plan is for it to come back to life in 2018 at a new location.

There was a large philanthropic footprint in the days when zombies and all manner of unspeakable things roamed those woods during the month of October. The event promoted the Scream for the Cure and the Run, Zombie, Run 5K obstacle race and supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, diabetes research organization JDRF, breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen, Fraternal Order of Police #69, Sterling Volunteer Fire Department 618, and area high school drama departments, athletic teams and more.

It took a large cast—of actors, volunteers and patrons—to create a screaming good time for all. Rest assured, their presence will be felt in these woods for a long time to come. After all, a “residual haunting”—considered by ghost hunters to be a type of recording of a past event or events—has to get its start somewhere.

Costumes in Cascades: If you’re wondering what to do about a new look for Halloween, Spirit Halloween is operating a pop-up store next to Staples in the Cascades Shopping Center on Cranston Street. The store offers professional-grade costumes, as well as indoor and outdoor seasonal décor such as animatronics and fog machines.

Library spirits: The Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades is celebrating Halloween with some spirited offerings of its own.

Tween Challenges: Halloween Minute to Win It offers creative and fun challenges for grades 4-6 on Oct. 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Ghost hunter and author Walt Gavenda returns to the library for a discussion of “Things That Go Bump in the Night… And Sometimes in Broad Daylight.” The evening of true stories, recommended for an adult ghost-hunting audience, takes place Oct. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m.

A free showing of “Hotel Transylvania 2,” for all audiences, takes to the screen at the library on Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Haunted Loudoun: Tickets are available for the Loudoun Museum’s annual “Hauntings” tours, a museum fundraiser. Make reservations online at leesburghauntings.org for 90-minute walking tours of homes and businesses the evenings of Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28.
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Sterling Blog: SterlingFest is SterlingFUN
Each year, I look forward to the weekend of Columbus Day, not just because I get a day off, but because it’s SterlingFest. What could be better than a whole day celebrating the best town in the world and the place I call home?

This year is the 30th anniversary of our favorite yearly event and we need to celebrate! On Oct. 7, block the day and get ready for some SterlingFUN. The events start at 10 a.m. with our annual Columbus Day parade. The participants start walking at Park View High and then go down Sterling Boulevard and end at the Loudoun Elks barn on Holly. I know some groups are planning to give out candy and other things, so you don’t want to be too far from the action.

At 11 a.m., the fun continues as Sterling Fest opens at the Sterling Community Center and Commerce and Enterprise Streets with over 100 vendors, live entertainment, and shopping so you can get all your holiday shopping done. It will keep going into the evening, only shutting down at 5 p.m.

Are you hungry? You never have to leave SterlingFest to get some eats. Whatever your tastebuds crave-- whether Peruvian, Indian, or barbecue—you’ll find it at SterlingFest. While you’re noshing, you can enjoy all the entertainment offered, including bands like Ocho de Bastos and Sub-Radio, and a DJ provided by Bach to Rock.

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual open house so you can personally thank the men and women who keep us safe. While you’re there, be sure to learn more about this valuable organization and how you can help them be even better. Check them out online at sterlingfire.org.

The Sterling Foundation is also putting together a time capsule so that we can remember our hometown in 2017. Just two years ago, they found the time capsule from 1988. No word on how many scrunchies were inside. If you have something you’d like to include, bring it along to SterlingFest and donate it to the capsule. Who knows when this one will be found?

For more information,you can visit Sterlingfest.org or the SterlingFest Facebook page.

Just down the boulevard, at E. Staunton Ave., the Helen Casey Memorial Butterfly Garden well have its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday as well, though the butterflies haven't waited to enjoy it.
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