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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Sterling Has Talent
    Often I’m amazed by the secret stash of talent many of my friends have. For many of us (including the kids I know), those hidden gems of ability remain squirreled away, only taken out when absolutely necessary.

    This weekend though is your time to bring those talents out into the sun and show them off. And you’ve got two opportunities to do so. So pull out your book of poetry, warm up your vocal chords and put on your tap shoes – because you’ve got some flaunting to do.

    On Friday, April 24, the Sterling Community Center on Enterprise Street will be hosting their “Pretty Average Open Mic” for high school students. The center is encouraging everyone to come out and show what they can do. This isn’t about being great, or even good, it’s about getting up and being heard.

    And getting some applause from your peers. It’s tough to get up on stage, so this is a great time to do it knowing you’ll have a supportive and receptive audience. The open mic starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:45 p.m. ― and it’s free to whomever shows up. You can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 703-430-9480 to learn more or sign up.

    Also on Friday and Saturday, our Sterling Playmakers (of “Noises Off” fame) will be holding auditions for their summer musical, “The Music Man.” Directed by Sterling’s own Kathy Bleutge, this timeless musical tells the story of a con man who comes to a small town just to rip off the residents, but instead finds love. Auditions will be held on Friday, April 24, 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, 1-4 p.m., at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place. You can find a list of characters as well as songs you’ll be singing at auditions at This is a pretty big cast, so we’ll need the talents of a lot of people. Plus it’s a great opportunity to get involved with the best community theatre group in the area – though I’ve been known to have some bias in that regard.

    Also, don’t forget on Friday, April 24, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will be accepting donations for their community yard sale the next day, 8 a.m. until noon. Proceeds will support the church’s mission work. For more information, visit

    Does your organization or business have an event coming up? Or big news to share? Let me know by emailing me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Summer robotics camps return to Sterling
    As the spotlight shines brightly on the area’s 14-member RoboLoCo robotics team, the return of its missing robot and its trip to St. Louis this month to participate in the FIRST World Championships, registration has opened at the Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun campus for a series of summer robotics camps designed for students entering grades 3 through 12 in the fall.

    The one- and two-week sessions offer a hands-on approach to working with scientific principles, building robots, writing computer programs and learning the engineering design process. The learning experiences also include time management and negotiation skills, as students work together on design and project modifications.

    During the sessions, student campers will work in teams to design and build a robot. Often, camp attendees form their own teams to participate in competitive robotics events during the school year.

    The one-week camps include EV3 Robotics, for students who will be in grades 3 through 5 in the fall, and VEX1, an introduction to competitive robotics, for students who will be in grades 6 through 12 in the fall. The two-week sessions include VEXIQ Advanced, for students who will be in grades 4 through 8, and two sessions for experienced robotics students—VEX 1.5 (for grades 7 through 12) and VEX 2 (for grades 8 through 12). The experienced students will be building a robot for the VEX Robotics Competition.

    The robotics camps take place July 6 through July 31 at the Northern Virginia Community College campus on route 7 in Sterling. Tuition for the one-week sessions is $285. Tuition for the two-week sessions is $450. Campers must bring lunch Monday through Thursday. Pizza is provided on Fridays. For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    The Comet Walk: The Horizon Elementary School PTA held its second Comet Walk on Friday, April 17, to encourage healthy habits and exercise for students. The annual walkathon is a fundraiser to support the school’s playground renovation and events and programs for each grade. To donate to the Comet Walk fund, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 703-406-6038.

    Quilters auction: The CountrySide Quilters Guild holds its annual fundraising auction Tuesday, April 21, at the Community Lutheran Church, next to the public library in Cascades. Up for auction will be quilting and sewing items, as well as themed baskets including fabric and notions. The silent auction begins at 7 p.m.; the live auction starts at approximately 7:30 p.m. Checks or cash are the only accepted forms of payment at this event.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]

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    STERLING BOULEVARD: A crafting we will go
    For many people, shopping for holiday presents doesn’t begin until sometime mid-November. You know what I call those people? Slackers.

    Mostly because I hate malls and shopping around the holidays is what I will be threatened with if I ever have juicy state secrets.
    And I will tell them everything.

    To be an effective holiday-mall-avoider, you have to be clever and you have to look for the unexpected gift in the lesser known locations. You can’t have something that obviously went in/out of style in February when you’re wrapping it in December. You have to think out of the department store box.

    The best place to find the wonderful items your friends and family never knew existed is at craft fairs. Lucky for you, there’s one coming up this weekend and it’s right around the corner.

    Every year, Park View High School hosts multiple craft fairs to support Project Graduation, which recognizes and celebrates our Park View graduates. The program also provides scholarships and even college school supplies to our students that are going on to higher education. It’s pretty much the entire community acting as the college fairy godmothers to our graduates. However, because they aren’t actually fairies, the funds have to come from somewhere. Thus the craft shows.

    This Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can go to Park View High School, 400 W. Laurel Ave., and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (and a few things for you, because you deserve it). All the while, you’ll be supporting our local scholars who will probably be busy studying. The entire gym and lobby will be filled with crafters selling everything from jewelry to nuts. You’ll also have the chance to learn about local organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Sterling Foundation. Want to know more? Simply visit or for details and lists of vendors.

    Also, this weekend is your last chance to see Sterling Playmakers' show, “Noises Off.” If you missed it last weekend, you don’t want to skip this show sure to tickle every bone – not just the funny one. Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. If you don’t want to be the person who doesn’t know why all your Sterling friends are giggling on Monday, you better go see it. For more information, visit

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