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Cascades Blog: Eastern Loudoun schools among the state’s top 100
Six Eastern Loudoun Schools ranked among the top 100 schools in Virginia, according to Niche, a web-based service that provides parents with information on schools and school districts. Two elementary schools made the list: Meadowland and Lowes Island. River Bend and Seneca Ridge middle schools were on the top 100 list, as were Dominion High School and Potomac Falls High School.

Homegrown music: Tommy and the Pickles, a power trio made up of three musicians who grew up in CountrySide, provide the music July 15 for CountrySide’s second concert of the summer. Rockers Brit Niesslein, Justin Stuit, and Miles Blunt attended River Bend Middle School and Potomac Falls High School together while preparing to launch their musical careers. Stuit and Blunt have played in Fight Cloud, a progressive rock band, since 2008. Niesslein formed the ska band Skepsis in 2008 and began a solo music career in college. This year, the three friends reunited to play their favorite hits from the 90s and early 2000s. The show takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Parkway Pool lawn. For more information on the band, go to facebook.com/TommyandthePickles.

Bikes for Africa: Simba Mpofu, a Potomac Falls High School student and member of Boy Scout Troop 966, is working on an Eagle Scout project that will provide bicycles to children and families in Zimbabwe in East Africa. Students in that part of the world walk for miles to get to school and having a mode of transportation would help them significantly. The Loudoun-based nonprofit Help for Others is lending a hand for the project.

Mpofu is seeking donations of new bicycles and used bikes in working order. New bicycles that have not been assembled will be accepted, as long as all of the parts are included. Three bike drop-off opportunities are scheduled this month at Self Storage Plus, located at 45601 Woodland Road, near the Dulles Town Center Best Buy store. Donations will be accepted at that location from 8 to 10 a.m. on July 15, July 21 and July 24. In addition, curbside pickup is available on July 23 from 8 to 10 a.m. For bikes awaiting curbside pickup, place a note on the bike that says: “For Troop 966.” To schedule a pickup, or to make other donation arrangements, call 571-480-0250 or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Sterling Blog: Funding the foundation
While you’re driving down Sterling Boulevard, you may have wondered how those medians are kept so well maintained and look so nice. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t the work of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). VDOT only steps in when the grass in the median reaches the height where it could hinder drivers trying to see oncoming cars—so about three feet or so.

However, the medians start looking shabby well before this, and that’s where our Sterling Foundation steps in. Each year, the foundation made up of residents like you and me pays for 10 mowings—far more than VDOT could ever do. This is in addition to the foundation’s work on Sterling Fest, the Wellness Fair, the Helen Casey Butterfly Garden, the clean-up efforts … honestly, I’m getting tired just thinking about all they do to keep our community looking good and having fun.

Unlike many neighborhoods in the area, Sterling Park doesn’t have an HOA, though many of our townhome communities have their own. This means that money needed to mow the medians, host a wellness fair or clean up the roadways comes from sponsorships, fundraising drives, and donations from us. Without our support and the tireless work of volunteers, our community just wouldn’t be same and wouldn’t look as nice.

How can you help? It’s easy, and there’s plenty of work to be done. Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month and the public is welcome. You can also show up at Joe’s Pizzaria and Subs, 22360 S. Sterling Blvd. on July 26, 5-9 p.m., for a silent auction to support the many efforts of the Sterling Foundation. You can find this great organization at SterlingFoundation.org or at their Facebook page at Facebook.com/SterlingFoundationVA/. It’s that easy to get involved with your community and make our neighborhood more neighborly.

On July 20, our own Sterling Playmakers will take over the court at Cascades Overlook, 21453 Epicerie Plaza, from about 6:45-7:25 p.m. to sing songs from their upcoming musical event of the summer, 42nd Street.
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Cascades Blog: Hard-working students
Vivek Rao, a recent Dominion High School graduate, was named an Academic All-American by the National Speech and Debate Association, an organization focused on middle school, high school and college students. The award recognizes Rao for earning an NSDA Superior Distinction ranking, academic excellence, and outstanding leadership and character. Rao is one of nearly 500 students in the U.S. to have earned NSDA Academic All-American status.

Governor’s School Nominees

Six Eastern Loudoun high school students are nominees for the 2017 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools. The Governor’s Schools program provides up to four weeks of challenging studies and college-campus residency for gifted students. The Dominion High School nominees are: Matthew Armstrong (VIMS marine science studies), Sophia Goldbeck (math, science, technology studies) and Allison Lane (visual and performing arts studies). The Potomac Falls High School nominees are: Rhea Agarwal (humanities studies), Vincent D’Agostino (visual and performing arts studies) and Carlos Olivares (visual and performing arts studies).

Foreign Language Honors

Six Eastern Loudoun high school students have been invited to the 2017 Governor’s Foreign Language Academies. The students will attend full-immersion academies in French, German or Spanish. The German Academy attendees from the area are Mika Cutler of Dominion High School and Daniel Mohr of Park View High School. Four students from Potomac Falls High School will attend Foreign Language Academies in a variety of areas: Reem Al-Humadi (French studies), Shahira Ali (Spanish studies), Emma Duelm (German studies) and Nicole Luz (French studies).

"My Favorite Sings"

The StageCoach Theatre for Young Audiences heads to the Loudoun County public libraries in Eastern Loudoun to launch “My Favorite Sings,” a new one-act storybook cabaret featuring characters from recent popular animated films. The show, written and directed by Addie Schafer of Ashburn, features cast members Alexandria Backer of Sterling, Katie Hudson and Megan Kelly of Ashburn, Jeffrey Cates of Leesburg and Santiago Alfonzo-Meza of McLean. Production assistance is provided by Tanya Vanderheiden of Ashburn.

“My Favorite Sings” debuts July 9 at 2 p.m. at the new Sterling Plaza Shopping Center location of the Loudoun County Public Library. The cabaret returns to the Sterling branch of the library on July 16 at 2 p.m. The library system’s Cascades branch gets in on the fun with shows July 15 at noon and 3 p.m. All performances are free of charge. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Information is available at stagecoachtc.com or by phone at 571-477-9444.
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