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CountrySide/Cascades/Sterling: Summer Scholars
A total of 19 eastern Loudoun students were invited to attend the 2015 Governor’s School and the 2015 Governor’s Foreign Language Academies.

Twelve students from eastern Loudoun were selected for the four-week Governor’s School program taking place in July on college and university campuses throughout the state.

Seven Dominion High School students were invited to participate in the program. Three of the Dominion students—Nneka Ezera, Emily Olsen and Sara Schlemmer—were selected for the Agriculture program. Two students—Jeevna Prakash and Shehmeer Wamiq—were selected for the Mathematics, Science and Technology program. Mallory Williamson was invited to participate in the Humanities program and Emma Olson was selected for the Visual and Performing Arts program.

Five Potomac Falls High School students were chosen for the Governor’s School session. Neal Pillai and Wyatt Pontius were selected for the Medicine and Health Science program. Tanya Howard and Pey-Yun Wang were selected for the Visual and Performing Arts program. Patrick Hartmann was invited to attend the Mathematics, Science and Technology session.

In addition, seven eastern Loudoun students were invited to attend the Governor’s Foreign Language Academies in French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

Lauren Ahart of Potomac Falls High School and Kenneth Pentimonti of Dominion High School were selected to participate in the full-immersion French academy at Washington & Lee University in Lexington. Katherine Breza of Park View High School and Stephanie Whitehouse of Dominion High School were selected to attend the full-immersion German academy at W&L. Elijah Fishel of Potomac Falls High School and Jessica Wimberly of Dominion High School were chosen to attend the full-immersion Spanish academy, also at W&L.

Katerina Banks of Dominion High School was selected to attend the partial-immersion Latin Academy at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

Student school board members: The Loudoun County student School Board members for the 2015-2016 school year include Sarah Shah of Park View High School (serving in the month of October 2015), Evy Koon of Potomac Falls High School (March 2016) and MacKenzie Swain of Dominion High School (April 2016).

Life-long learning: The Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades is holding Spanish language classes in three levels, beginning Sept. 3 and ending Dec. 17. Spanish for Beginners I will take place on Thursdays from 10:45 a.m. until 12 noon. Intermediate Spanish I is scheduled for Thursdays from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Advanced Spanish I takes place on Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The registration fee for each session is $21 for senior center members and $41 for non-members. A textbook must be purchased for each session. For information, call 571-258-3280.

Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.
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CountrySide/Cascades/Sterling: Sizzling Sterling
Summer has hit Sterling with a red-hot hammer, making this a good time to find much of your fun indoors until things cool down a bit.

Water show: Cirque Italia brings the first official water circus in the U.S. to Dulles Town Center through Sunday, July 26. The “Aquatic Spectacular” program features 35,000 gallons of water, a moveable water stage, acrobatic performances, dancing fountains, a water curtain, light show and more. Weekday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday performances start at 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at CirqueItalia.com or by phone at 941-704-8572.

Wonder Women: The Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades presents the 2012 documentary, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” on Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. The film, directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan was nominated for the Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Admission is free and open to the public.

Super Smash Bros: The Cascades Library hosts a qualifying round for its Super Smash Bros Wii U Tournament on Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m. The winner will represent the Cascades Library at the tournament final event, to be held Aug. 14 at the After Hours Teen Center at the Cascades Library. Players will be using the new Super Smash Bros Wii U game. Any controller may be used, except Amiibos.

Dancing on the lawn: The CountrySide Proprietary gets the community outdoors and dancing on Saturday, July 25, with a concert by Sub-Radio Standard from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parkway Pool lawn. The Sterling-based band, featuring Potomac Falls High School graduates, was launched in 2005 and has had several lineups and some high-profile exposure, including a spot at DC’s 9:30 Club and songs featured on DC101 and college radio stations across the nation. Expect “forward-thinking pop-rock” from SRS, a band that has been compared to pop rockers Maroon 5. The rain date for the show is Saturday, Aug. 1.

Dues are due: If you’re a member of local organizations such as the CountrySide Quilters, the CountrySide Women’s Club or the Senior Center at Cascades, keep in mind that the membership renewal season is under way. Although you may join organizations such as these at any time during the year, this is the preferred time for renewal. Contact your membership chairperson for details.

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

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STERLING BOULEVARD: Summer shindigs
By Jen Lofquist

During the summer, things move slower. It’s not just the heat, there’s not just as much going on. Without school and all of the sports leagues in full swing, you might be wondering, just how you can fill your time. Luckily your friendly neighborhood columnist is here to help.

This Friday, our own Sterling Playmakers opens “The Music Man” for its three-week run. Not only is it directed by Sterling’s Kathy Bleutge, but it also stars a Park View graduate, T.J. Miles as Harold Hill. Miles also went on to teach at Sterling Middle School. It tells the story of a con man who comes to River City to rip off the residents, only to get his plans delayed when he meets the lovely librarian, Marian Paroo.

Along with songs like “Seventy-six Trombones” and “Til There was You,” you’ll be sure to leave the musical singing your heart out. The play goes on at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway. Tickets are $15 at the door and are also available at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

So you’ve got your Friday night planned, what about Saturday? Head over to the “Party in the Park” at the Sterling Golf and Swim Club for live music, food and fun. Just bring your blankets and chairs then camp out on the driving green for some great music while you enjoy what the vendors have to offer. Admission is just $5 for adults over 18, $3 for kids over 13 and then everyone under 12 is free. No reservations are needed, so just show up. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at 4000 Sterling Blvd. You can find more information at http://www.facebook.com/partyintheparklive.

Now what to do for the rest of the week, especially with the kids? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Claude Moore Park is hosting an archeology camp for children entering grades second through sixth next fall. The camp runs Monday, July 27, through Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dr. David Clark, founder of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, will lead the class as your child will learn all about Loudoun’s ancient past. Kids will find out how ancient tools were made as well as using local clay to make their own pots. The camp costs $210 for each child, and you can register now online at http://www.webtrac.loudoun.gov or by calling the park at 571-258-3700.


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