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Sterling Blog: Summer is coming
In just a few short weeks, summer will be here. Sure it sounds fun. Sunshine, warm weather, free time…but you know what comes with summer? No school. That’s right, for the next couple of months, our kids will be in our house, wondering how to fill their time. Luckily, you’ve got your friendly neighborhood columnist here to help.

Our local hometown theatre company, the Sterling Playmakers, will be holding their two-week Rising Stars Summer Camp for rising third through ninth graders. If your child has always dreamed of being an actor or bosses people around like a director or constantly is “relighting” his room, this camp is for them. Beyond just acting, the camp will offer classes in dance, stage fighting, writing, makeup, backstage, and costume design. So no matter your child’s interests, they’ll find something to get them excited about theatre.

The camp runs July 10-14 and July 17-21 and will be held just around the corner at Park View High School. Luckily, there’s still space available. You need to register by June 1 to get your child’s name on the cast list. Then set aside some time on July 21 to watch your child wow you. The camp is also looking for teen counselors to help with the classes. To learn more, visit the camp’s Facebook page at bit.ly/SPRSCamp or go to Sterlingplaymakers.com. You can also contact the camp director at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to answer any specific questions you might have.

Also coming up is the Loudoun Library summer reading program, June 10 through August 20. Your kid can complete the challenges to win prizes through our library. Reading over the summer is vital to keeping your child’s reading level stable. Studies have repeatedly shown that kids can lose skills and entire grade levels of reading ability just by putting down the books all summer. Summer reading programs, like the one sponsored by the library, help to keep your kid motivated to crack those books.

Our local kick-off program will be held on June 10 at 11 a.m.—and it will be magical. No, really, it will be—because Sterling Library is bringing in a magician to help get your kids excited about reading over the summer. Mike Rose, from “Magician at Work,” will perform a magic show all about construction and architecture. The event is free, but space is limited, so you may want to show up a wee bit early to the library at 22330 S. Sterling Blvd., Suite A117, to make sure you have space. And then, abracadabra, your kid will be reading the whole summer long.
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Cascades Blog: PFHS Student Earns Win at Intel Science Fair
Devina Thapa, a senior attending the Loudoun Academy of Science and Potomac Falls High School, earned second place in the Translational Medical Science category at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles last week. The award recognized her work in creating a catheter that would be able to inhibit urinary tract infections at a lower financial cost than many available remedies. Thapa became interested in studying catheters due to her concern for her grandmother in Nepal, who must use catheters on a regular basis as a result of a medical condition.

Thapa also earned a $3,000 scholarship for her project at the 55th annual National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in San Diego at the end of April. In addition, she earned top honors in the Loudoun County Public Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair in March, which made her eligible for the Los Angeles competition.

Supporting special education: Countryside Elementary made a strong showing in the county’s Excellence in Supporting Special Education Awards. Assistant Principal Jennifer Zecher was recognized for her efforts at meeting the needs of all students and student Olivia Puccinelli was honored for her work to support students at the school.

Art honors: Cameron Burke and Cora MacMillan, eighth graders at Seneca Ridge Middle School, received Impact Art Contest awards in Richmond from the Holocaust Museum of Virginia. Burke’s artwork, focused on the theme of hope, earned second place in the competition among 120 entries. MacMillan’s work, focused on renouncement, earned the contest’s honorable mention award.

Geography Bee finalist:
Austin Copeland of Potowmack Elementary won third place in the Virginia Geography Bee, held at Longwood University. More than 100 students in grades four through eight competed in the event.

The Rogues: Eastern Loudouners Brooke Cole on tuba, Brad Prentice on sax and Karla Prentice on trumpet—and the rest of the Loudoun Symphonic winds ensemble—perform with The Rogues, America’s award-winning Celtic band, on June 3 at John Champe High School. The Rogues, experts in traditional and nontraditional Celtic music, earned a first-place finish at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets for the show are $15 and are available online at lcbandinc.org.
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Sterling Blog: Envision change
Have you sat around and thought, “Gosh, I have a great idea to help my community,” and had no idea who to tell. Your friendly neighborhood columnist is here to help. The fact is that in order to create change, you have to be the change. Creating change is not a spectator sport—and all of us could be less on the sidelines and more in the game. And Envision Loudoun, a county-sponsored group plan, gives all of us the chance to be in the starting line-up.

Envision Loudoun is tasked with developing a new Comprehensive Plan for the county. Next month, they're holding five workshops where you can meet with other concerned citizens, share ideas and work together to make Loudoun even better.

Without a strong Sterling showing, our voices will not be heard and the things we want done in this community won’t happen.

To get involved with Envision Loudoun, all you have to do is go to the website at envision-loudoun.org and register for one of the workshops. That’s all. In fact the one at 7 p.m. June 7 is just across Route 7 at the Cascade Senior Center.

Close to home, May 19 is Park View’s prom. If you see our local students looking dapper out and about, be sure to wish them well and “oooh” and “ahhh” over the dresses. As a girl who went to prom a bazillion years ago, trust me, we love that stuff.

Also this weekend at our favorite community center is the Spring Carnival. The event runs from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. with an admission of just $4. Kids under 2 are free. There will be games, bounce houses and activities that will tire out your child enough so you can take a much-needed afternoon nap. For more information, call the Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St., at 703-430-9480.

However, if your kids still have some energy left after all that, our beloved Sterling Library is hosting a Family Fun: Mad Science of Washington from 2:30-3:30 p.m. This fun event for kids ages kindergarten through fifth grade will show your kid how much fun science can be with hands-on experiments.

A belated Happy Moms Day to all our Sterling moms, grandmoms, godmoms, and those who act like moms to our community.
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