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Sterling Blog: What’s your favorite season?
Almost everyone I know has a favorite season – the time of year that they feel most them. It’s when we pull out our favorite clothes, wear our favorite colors and do our favorite things. For me, it’s fall. It’s football and the World Series and crisp nights and ginger snaps. And don’t forget the pumpkin spice …well … everything.

Fall also kicks off festival time, as every community takes a moment to celebrate. This upcoming weekend, not only is the Heritage Museum celebrating Virginia apples, but the surrounding Claude Moore Park will be hosting its fall festival.

On Sept. 24, Claude Moore Park will celebrate fall with homemade crafts and fun. Starting at 10 a.m., you can paint pumpkins, listen to local musicians or even build your own scarecrow (but you will need to bring clothes for the scarecrow, as he’ll be wearing those home). There will also be crafters and artisans on site to show off their wares. There will be a petting zoo from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, the Foothill Spinners and Weavers will be on hand to show off how we get from fleece to fabric. The fun wraps up at 4 p.m. To make this part of your weekend plans, just use the Loudoun Park Lane entrance. Signs will direct you the rest of the way. The event is free, so there’s no reason not to spend a day at our favorite local park. To learn more, call 571-258-3700.

And just when you think you could take a rest – turns out you can’t. Next weekend, Claude Moore Park will be celebrating the Revolutionary War with its very own day. Revolutionary War reenactors will take over the park to demonstrate how our soldiers cooked meals and lived during the eight years of the war. There will also be musicians playing the songs that would have been heard at the camps. It’s not all listening and watching though. You can learn woodworking and also see how good you are at grinding corn without electricity. The park will show off its revolutionary spirit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so make plans to be there in plenty of time to enjoy it all. You can call the number above to learn more.

Remember, we have our own SterlingFest in just a few more weeks. Don’t leave it off your fall festival calendars! http://www.Sterlingfest.org
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Cascades and CountrySide Blog: Sweet rides for a good cause
Vehicles of all types – classic, antique, sports, hot rods and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles – will be on display in Cascades Sept. 18 for the sixth annual Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer celebration, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The day begins with a 7 a.m. parade of vehicles down Cascades Parkway, from the Potomack Lakes Sportsplex to the show site at 46179 Westlake Drive, across the street from the Potomac Falls Post Office.

Vehicle judging by a roster of 14 professional judges takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Vehicle classes will be determined by pre-registration information; the participation entry fee is $15. Registration is available online at carzcruizinforcancer.org through Sept. 16. A “Cruisin Area” is available for vehicles not entered for judging. Registration is not required to park in this area; participants are asked to make a donation at the door.

The family-friendly event, which ends at 2 p.m., includes food, music, a silent auction and an opportunity to see the No. 11 FedEx show car, the winner of the 2016 Daytona 500. The show is produced by the Cascades-based McLean Insurance agency in memory of company founder Henry C. Megill Jr.

Specialty butcher

The CountrySide Women’s Club launches its new club year with a presentation by Lother Erbe, the German-trained sausage maker and proprietor of Lothar’s Sausages on Main Street in Purcellville. Erbe will speak about the career path that brought him from making thousands of types of sausages in Germany to crafting some of the best sausages in Northern Virginia. The session takes place Sept. 9 in the meeting room at CountrySide’s Parkway Pool on Algonkian Parkway. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Non-members are welcome to attend. For information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Yard sales

CountrySide holds its annual fall yard sale on Sept. 10 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing as long as sellers feel like selling, rain or shine. Maps to yard sale locations will be available Sept. 8 at countryside-va.com and at the CountrySide Proprietary office at 6 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 120.

The Cascades community yard sale takes place Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. until noon. The deadline to provide information for the yard sale list is Sept. 14. The list of participants will be available online at cascadesva.com and at the Lowes Island Community Association Office at 47620 Saulty Drive on the day of the sale. The rain date for the event is Sept. 18.
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Cascades and CountrySide Blog: A moveable feast
The Community Table of Loudoun, an initiative sponsored by area faith communities, comes to eastern Loudoun next month with a free Italian dinner and dining-out experience for anyone in need of a meal. The dinner, served by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, Christ Chapel AME and Blessed Assurance Temple, takes place at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades. The meal is free and open to all, with no need to register, provide names or demonstrate need.

The Community Table of Loudoun concept was launched in 2013 as a way to provide an elegant, sit-down meal for those who may not be able to experience restaurant dining. The informal project—with no staff or board—has served nearly 1,600 guests so far, through nine dinners hosted by more than 24 faith communities. Many of the dinners are funded by income from the county’s senior centers.

A Community Table evening begins with a greeting by a host or hostess who shows guests to their seats. Families may sit together; some guests prefer to meet new people by joining a group table. Wait staffers greet the diners, offer menu choices and take drink orders. After giving the guests time to relax, the wait staff takes dinner orders from a menu with a choice of options. Guests are encouraged to enjoy their meal and the experience at a leisurely pace.

Anyone – individuals, community organizations, schools, faith communities and others – can help expand the offerings of the Community Table project. An email link for information and a CTL participation manual are online at http://www.ctloudoun.org.

Safe driving

The Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging and Falcons Landing are partnering to offer an open session on safe driving for seniors featuring a panel of experts on the topic. The panelists include Deputy Dave Spurlock of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office; Joe Beddick, manager, Traffic and Safety at the AAA Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and Dr. Ann Mecherikunnel, the Falcons Landing medical director. The session takes place at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Falcons Landing. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required to enable non-residents to access the Falcons Landing campus. To register, contact Michele Zimmer-Forster LCSW at 703-404-5116 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

No parking

The CountrySide Proprietary has been advised that the shoulder lanes of Algonkian Parkway are Virginia Department of Transportation property and are designated as a right of way. This means that parking is not permitted there and any vehicle found on the shoulders may be ticketed and towed.
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