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Cascades Blog: A World’s Fair
The Loudoun Symphonic Winds ensemble presents “A World’s Fair,” a performance of a variety of pieces from around the world, on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Potomac Falls High School. Bob Thurston, former chief arranger for the U.S. Air Force Band, is the guest conductor.

The performance includes “Scenes from the Louvre” by Norman Dello Joio, as well as two original works by Thurston, a composer and arranger who created a version of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” for a duet by two masters of the strings—cellist Yo-Yo Ma and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. (If you’re curious about that partnership, you can find a link to the performance atbobthurston.com/recordings.)

Tickets for “A World’s Fair” are available at the door before the show; donations are accepted for admission and refreshments. For more information, visit lcbandinc.org.

Plenty of clues

“Proposal is Murder,” an interactive murder mystery dinner theatre show written by CountrySide resident Terry Smith, ends its 2017 StageCoach Theatre Company run with an April 23 performance at O’Faolain’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Sterling. A marriage proposal and “hysterical government shenanigans” play a role in the proceedings, and “no one is safe from the reaches of the government,” according to the StageCoach pre-show information. Reservations can be made online at stagecoachtc.com.
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Sterling Blog: It’s a Mystery!
When you think of the best-selling novel of all time … you might think of certain wizarding school. You’d be wrong. Instead, you need to go to the mystery aisle of your favorite bookstore and pick up Agatha Christie. Over more than 50 years, Christie wrote 66 mystery novels, which sold more than two billion copies. She also wrote a number short stories collections.

One of her first short stories was published in a small periodical, “Flynn’s Weekly,” in 1925 called “The Witness for the Prosecution.” In 1953, Christie took it upon herself to turn it into a play, which opened in London. Just five years later, with Marlene Deitrich in the lead, the film version hit the screens.

On April 21, this famous play comes to Sterling with the help of our own Sterling Playmakers. Directed by a certain friendly neighborhood columnist of your acquaintance and starring Park View graduate, Kirk Windsor, the play will keep you on the edge of your seats until the last twist.

Set in 1950s London, Leonard Vole (Windsor) has been accused of murdering Emily French. When his wife, Romaine, (Dina Soltan), changes her story and testifies for the prosecution, it seems all is lost for the defense. Will Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Phil Erickson) be able to set his client free—or has Romaine’s testimony doomed Leonard to the gallows? You’ll just have to find out.

The show is at Seneca Ridge Middle School, 90 Seneca Ridge Drive, on April 21; April 22; April 28; and April 29; at 8 p.m. and also April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or you can buy them online at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com. You can also learn more at their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/sterlingplaymakers. After the show on April 23, there will be a special talk-back discussion with a representative from the Loudoun commonwealth’s attorney’s office and mystery author Josh Pachter.

Just a reminder that our new amazing library opens this coming weekend. Personally, I’ve been spending my time drooling over the pictures online and wanting to play in the makers’ room, which will have sewing machines, a serger, a 3-D printer and a recording studio. The unveiling takes place at 10 a.m. April 15, and then you can dive into the books, the natural light, and the study cubicles.

The opening will be followed by a town hall meeting hosted by our Supervisor, Koran Saines. Also in attendance will be State Dels. John Bell (D) and Jennifer Boysko (D), as well as Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall (D).
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Sterling Blog: Student gardening and more bunnies
Student gardeners at Rolling Ridge Elementary School. Courtesy Photo

Gardens are more than a place to grow food—it can also be a place to grow minds. Two parents at Rolling Ridge Elementary started a garden club for the kids at one of our favorite elementary schools. Dave and Nicky Schauder saw that interior courtyard space at the school needed a make over—and so they proposed turning it into a garden classroom for our students. With a design in hand, they created Sprouts, an afterschool gardening club. The kids learn not only about planting and weeding, but math (how much rain did you get over the weekend) and science (what do plants need to grow). And nothing matches the accomplishment of seeing your first vegetable pop up in your garden.

Best of all, a local Boy Scout has made this his Eagle Scout project and you can help promote this wonderful project—without getting your hands dirty. Boy Scout Sammy Gomez is helping make the garden classroom even better. He has a GoFundMe page to allow you to contribute to his goal of raising $2000 for the garden. He’s nearly 75 percent of the way there, so if you can—go help at http://www.gofundme.com/SammyEagleProject. You can read more about this wonderful project at http://www.permakits.com/the-outdoor-classroom/. Thank you to the Schauders for volunteering to help make Rolling Ridge even better!

Bunnies come right after otters in the list of cutest animals in the wild. Despite my pleas, Heritage Farm Museum has yet to host an otter festival. However, they are holding their annual Bunny Bonanza on April 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you’re struggling to find things to do with your kids over spring break, this is a wonderful chance to get out of the house and let your kids run wild.

Bunnies are far down on the popularity list compared to cats and dogs, but that doesn’t mean you should completely discount them. Rabbits were kept as pets as far back as the 1700s. They like to have space to roam—but do tend to chew—and can be litter box trained just like cats. The bonanza at the Heritage Farm Museum, located conveniently in Claude Moore Park, is a perfect opportunity for those of you on the fence about bringing a rabbit into you home to learn more about these little fur balls. A number of organizations will be on hand, including the American Rabbit Breeders Association, to tell you more about rabbits and other cavy animals. Plus there will be exhibits and crafts, so even if you’re a rabbit-free home and intend to stay that way you’ll find plenty to see and do. The festival is free with a paid admission to the museum—just $5 for adults and $3 for kids 2-12. For more information go to the museum’s web site at http://www.hertagefarmmuseum.org or call 571-258-3800.

Reminder … the St. Matt’s Community Egg Hunt is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Don’t miss it!

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