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Cascades Blog: Spring cleaning in the great outdoors
It must be spring if it’s time to volunteer for the annual spring Cascades Trash Bash and Food Drive. This year’s event takes place April 2, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., throughout the byways of eastern Loudoun.
The Trash Bash starts off this time at a new launch point—the Quarterpath Trace Community Center at 20430 Quarterpath Trace Circle, immediately off Algonkian Parkway. Restrooms will be available at the community center.

There are still some open volunteer spots in key areas before, during and after the event. Volunteers are needed before the event to pick up donations from sponsors in Cascades Marketplace and Great Falls Plaza and to pick up flattened egg boxes from Giant Food in Cascades to be used for the food-drive donations.

On the day of the cleanup, volunteers are needed beginning at 11:30 a.m. to help set up tables, supplies, equipment and signs; to help volunteers select the cleanup area that would work best for them (familiarity with Cascades is a big plus for this assignment) and to help break down event tables, equipment and supplies between 4:30 and 5 p.m.Pickup-truck drivers and their trucks are needed to help remove litter from the Sugarland Run flood plain, accessible from the Sugarland Run Drive utility road. There’s even an open spot for volunteers who live near—or pass by—Lovettsville the day of the cleanup: helping unload event equipment and supplies.

A complete list of volunteer assignments, showing the open jobs, is posted online at sempertech.com/ctb/CascadesTrashBashCrew.asp.

You don’t have to work on the trash pickup to make a big difference in the success of the event. Many hands are needed to work behind the scenes in many ways. You can also help if you simply stop by to drop off a food donation for Loudoun Hunger Relief.

The Trash Bash is the Keep Loudoun Beautiful (KLB) board of directors spring cleanup kickoff event, which means it’s an opportunity to meet the team that has been keeping Loudoun beautiful since 1972. Trash bash organizer Mark Lenko is part of that team, as well as being the tireless organizer of two Cascades Trash Bash and Food Drive events each year.

Since Oct. 9, 2009, Trash Bash volunteers have rounded up 421 bags of trash, 657 bags of recycling and 124 tires. And, since the food drive was added to the event a couple of years ago, 1,479 pounds of food and $105 has been donated to help those in need in Loudoun.
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Sterling Blog: Camps and Craft Shows
It may not seem like it, but summer is just around the corner. As much as kids thrill to the sounds of summer, the mere mention of the season can strike dread in the hearts of most parents. Nothing on heaven and earth is as terrifying as a bored child.

Although kids do need free time, a little structure during the summer months is also beneficial. And camps, day or sleepover, definitely fit that bill. Whether it’s art or sports or something your child has never even thought of doing before, summer camps have been shown to make a huge impact on a child’s life. Studies demonstrate that kids who go to camp make new friends, build self-esteem, and create new interests.
Plus there are so many choices. To steal a popular saying: “There’s a camp for that.”

On Saturday, March 25, the Claude Moore Community Center (located conveniently in the Claude Moore Recreation Center building) will be holding a camp expo for their summer camps. Whether your child is the next Picasso or the next Messi, you’ll be sure to find the right camp for them. While you ponder your choices, your children will be in the inflatable bounce houses, looking at the animals, and climbing the rock wall. All in all, not a bad way to spend a Saturday. The fun starts at 10:00 am and goes on until 3:00 pm, and admission is totally free. If you’re interested in being a vendor at the event, contact Heather Rushing, 571-258-3600.

While you’re considering your camp choices, be sure to keep in mind that our own Sterling Playmakers will be hosting a two-week camp, Rising Stars, this summer, July 10 through 24, for our local budding thespians. This camp will explore at all aspects of theatre, from audition to backstage to performance. The group is currently looking for volunteers to help make this camp star-studded and will be holding an informational meeting soon. Find out more at sterlingplaymakers.com or http://www.facebook.com/sterlingplaymakers.

If camps aren’t your thing, then you can spend your Saturday at the Park View High School Craft and Vendor Show. This amazing event held twice a year (and we might wish even more often) benefits Project Graduation—which provides scholarships, gifts, and college supplies to our local graduates who are going on to great things. The least we can do for our local scholars is buy ourselves some nice stuff. More than 70 vendors, artisans, and crafters will be at the high school, 10am-3pm, to show off their wares—and the floor for this show is completely sold out. Be sure to stop by, shop, and justify all your purchases by saying “I did it for the kids.” I’ll back up your story. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/ParkViewCraftShow.
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Cascades Blog: A WILL to Survive
The teen-fueled Same Sky Project brings its rock opera “A WILL to Survive”—and a message of empathy, kindness, joy and hope—to Potomac Falls High School on April 4 at 7 p.m.

The music-driven show is designed to start a community conversation about depression, suicide prevention and accepting others and yourself—no matter what life challenges you might face. The 55-minute production presents a thoughtful approach created to inspire and educate students about better ways to manage life when it gets to a place where it seems too hard to handle.

An ensemble of more than 40 teens living with diverse challenges, the Same Sky Project is based at A Place to Be, a Middleburg music therapy and counseling nonprofit organization with satellite hubs at the Paxton Campus in Leesburg and INOVA Loudoun Hospital. Members of the ensemble create and perform original work focused on celebrating the differences found in all of the people around us.
“A WILL to Survive” also will be presented at Stone Bridge High School on March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Support the library

The Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades is accepting donations of books, CDs and DVDs for its annual fundraising book and media sale. Donations will be accepted until April 24. The book and media sale takes place at the library April 28 – 30. Expect to fill your shelves with some interesting finds and some great bargains.

Self-defense for women

Improve your personal safety options March 25 with a self-defense class—for women at least 16 years of age—taught by former law enforcement officer and champion martial arts competitor Bruce Chiu. The workshop, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, provides a proactive target-driven approach to personal protection.

The session is designed to train the non-martial artist, regardless of fitness level, with physical and mental exercises to help participants understand the skills needed to recognize and survive potential confrontations. The fee is $30. The class will be held at the UUC of Sterling at 22135 Davis Dr. in Sterling. Registration information is available online atuusterling.org/event-items/womens-self-defense-class/ or call 703-406-3068.


The Cascades Communicators Toastmaster Club, affiliated with Toastmasters International, meets March 28 at 7:15 p.m. at the Loudoun County Library at Cascades. The group, open to all, helps individuals build more effective communications and leadership skills. Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Information is available at 9064.toastmastersclubs.org/.
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