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Sterling Blog: The Spookiest Time of the Year
I know it seems so far away, but Halloween is just around the corner. As we build up to the spookiest night of the year, there are going to be so many events and opportunities for kids and adults to enjoy the autumn festivities—and you don’t want to miss a single one.

This Friday, Oct. 20, the festivities kick off at both Claude Moore Community Center and Sterling Community Center. At Claude Moore, for ages 1 ½ through 5 years old, there will be a Mom & Me: Bat Jamboree. Come in costume for games, crafts, and carnival fun. It runs from 11 a.m. until noon at the Center located and admission is just $5. That night, if you need a night out, Parent Escape Night at Sterling Community Center, on Enterprise Street, will host a fun maze themed event. Drop the kids (ages 2-12) off at 5:30 p.m. and pick them up before 9 p.m.The cost is $15 for the first child and $13 for the second, and includes dinner and movie for the kids. How you spend your time is up to you!

Friday is also the scene for the annual Claude Moore Flashlight Candy Hunt in the Claude Moore Community Center playground for ghouls ages 2-9. After finding all the candy, stick around a bounce house, games—and roasting marshmallows with Claude Moore Park. The fun goes from 7 p.m. Until 8 p.m. and you can learn more (including admission fees) by calling the Community Center at 571-258-3500.

Also, this weekend, just over the border in our sister city of Herndon, Next Stop Theatre opens “Assassins”—a dark comedy with music and lyrics by incomparable Steven Sondheim (think Into the Woods). This opens Oct. 19, and runs through Nov. 20. Show times vary, so do check out the company’s website at nextstoptheatre.org.

Every Monday, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 201 E Frederick hosts a free English as a Second Language class at 7 p.m. This class covers conversational English as well as preparing for job interviews and improving written English as well. Child care and homework help are provided for our younger community members. This is a wonderful and free opportunity to improve your language skills. You can learn more at stmtts.org—and do tell your friends about it.
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Cascades Blog: Kobe Chefs Bobby and Bubba Come to CountrySide
Chef Bubba in action at Kobe Bonsai in Sterling Times-Mirror/Kathie Felix
They’ve got fans. They’ve got mad skills. They’ve got chef’s knives. And they’re now cooking in CountrySide.

Bobby Guidebeck and Taeho Kil--known to hungry visitors to the Kobe Japanese steakhouse in Leesburg as Bobby and Bubba—are the new owners of Kobe Bonsai, the recently launched Japanese teppanyaki restaurant in the CountrySide Shopping Center. Their new restaurant occupies a spot that previously housed a Japanese steakhouse for many years.

Teppanyaki, literally “grilling on an iron plate,” refers to “a Japanese dish of meat, fish or vegetables cooked on a large griddle usually built into the diner’s table,” or to this particular style of cooking. In addition to an array of teppanyaki specialties, Kobe Bonsai also features sushi and what could be the largest saki and beer selection of any restaurant in Loudoun County.

Bobby and Bubba met at the Leesburg restaurant, where they worked together for 14 years, perfecting their showmanship and customer care skills. Over the years, they developed a loyal following—and came to know and truly care about their customers.

“We know how they eat and we get to cook it that way,” Bubba said. “We get to know them and they become family. That makes a difference.”

The dynamic duo took over the CountrySide restaurant this summer, gave it a thorough cleaning, oversaw repairs to the air conditioning system and other areas—and launched wholeheartedly into their new endeavor.

“We have the best of everything here,” Bubba said, pointing out that they procure and serve only the highest quality food, while keeping the menu affordable.

Inside, the restaurant shines with a polished amber hue. Birthdays are celebrated with a song and drumming. When not in use, the large drum hangs by the front door with a sign that says “Hit once for good luck.”

The chefs are planning many special events, including Homecoming specials and a Halloween costume contest. The top prize for diners arriving in costume on Oct. 31 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. is a gift certificate for a dinner for two. And, while you’re thinking about your holiday calendar, keep in mind that Kobe Bonsai will be open during regular Monday business hours on Christmas Day.

Kobe Bonsai, open seven days a week, is located at 122 Edds Lane in Sterling. The phone number is 703-404-8700. A gluten-free menu is available.

Marriage jubilee: More than 200 couples attended the annual Marriage Jubilee Mass at Our Lady of Hope Church in Potomac Falls on Sunday. Ninety four couples, married in 1967, celebrated 50 years of marriage and 121 couples, married in 1992, celebrated 25 years of marriage—a combined 7,725 years of marriage.
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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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