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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Tarzan of the Apes
    For the past two weekends Belmont Ridge Middle School, under the auspices of Jason Augustowski (Mr. A) and River Hawks Productions have staged “Tarzan the Musical.” Prior to one performance, Mr. A demonstrated a device with cables and a harness that propels cast members up in the air. I spoke with ‘Tarzan,’ played by Jack Gutuierrez.

    “I try to mix it up for each performance,” Gutuierrez said. He didn’t appear nervous. The orchestra was rehearsing along with a group of singers. Meanwhile I saw cast members dressed like gorillas. Mr. A says that they have 175 people involved, including 70 cast members, crew and musicians.

    Last Saturday night’s two-hour performance had a bit of everything: songs, acrobatics, dialogue and aerial displays.

    According to several members of the audience, the highlight of Act I occurred when young Tarzan swung off the stage while the older Tarzan was swinging on to the stage. One person called the performance “fantastic,” especially, the “aerial stuff.” One thought the costumes and props and the whole show “well organized.” He summed it up with a well-deserved, “awesome.” The second act had an element of suspense – whether Jane would return to England or stay in Africa, or whether Tarzan would return to England with Jane? Edgar Rice Burroughs would be pleased at the standing ovation at the end of the show.

    Lansdowne Woods

    There seems to be a fascination for the word Lansdowne. The senior community Leisure World has just changed its name to Lansdowne Woods. Reportedly the name Lansdowne has been adopted because Leisure World, I mean Lansdowne Woods, is in Lansdowne and many of its residents are not fully retired. A spokesman indicated that it also is more in keeping with their natural surroundings.

    A some while back one of the founders couldn’t recall how they selected the name Lansdowne. Later, I learned that there is a Lansdowne in Ireland and a town in India was named after Lord Lansdowne, the British viceroy of India in 1887. By coincidence, a description of the one in India jibes with the Lansdowne in Virginia: as a wooded landscape infiltrated with houses and commercial establishments.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Operation Homefront golf outing
    You can mark your calendars for Monday, April 27 as the date for the 8th annual Operation Homefront golf tournament at the River Creek Golf Club in partnership with Lockheed Martin. Registration will get underway at 9 a.m. for an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

    The tournament provides an opportunity to become a sponsor, a golfing participant and a volunteer for an organization that extends aid to military service families who have been disabled physically, mentally or financially. The rewards for helping in some form cannot be counted in dollars and cents, rather in the satisfaction as one River Creek volunteer said, “I look forward to this tournament each year, it gives me an opportunity to personally give some of my time in support of our service members.”

    River Creek resident Steve Taylor has, as he has done previously, organized a team of volunteers.

    “As in the past, this year’s tournament involves a number of on and off the golf course activities and events. And all of these events require people to make them happen,” said Taylor.

    He now has over 60 volunteers to handle the various elements involved: spotting, pace of play, serving drinks and snacks on the golf course and other miscellaneous jobs.

    The volunteers come from sponsor organizations, Operation Homefront’s regular volunteer rolls, and a large contingent of River Creek members all of whom donate their time to support our warriors.

    To be a sponsor or a participant , visit Or in touch with the chairman of Operation Homefront, Metro Chapter, Bill McFadden via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Operation Homefront is a nationwide organization, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the Metro Chapter is one of 23 locations. The majority of their clients are the lowest paid service members among the enlisted ranks.

    Brain Prize winners

    Four scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Lansdowne have been awarded The Brain Prize: Winfried Denk, Arthur Konnerth, Karel Svoboda and David W. Tank for “the invention, refinement and use of two-photon microscopy to provide detailed, dynamic images of activity in individual nerve cells, dendrites and synapses.”

    According to the European Foundation’s explanation, it can affect “the development, plasticity and functional circuitry of the brain.”

    The Grete Lunbeck European Brain Research Foundation, based in Denmark, issues these awards annually.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Punjabi in Lansdowne
    The Punjabi restaurant opened on Promenade Avenue in the Lansdowne Town Center recently. I spoke with Melvin the manager who comes from Mumbai, India.

    He said that business has been “pretty good.” They haven’t done much advertising, “we have depended on word-of-mouth.” The dishes, he says, favored most by the clientele so far are chicken tikka, chicken masala and labori murg (chicken with bone). The menu is quite extensive with more than just chicken. Prices range generally from $10 to $18 per dish.

    Wine Haven opening

    The Wine Haven restaurant in Lansdowne Town Center near the intersection of Promenade and Belmont Ridge Road in Lansdowne plans to open sometime the third week of this month according to its spokesperson.

    She said, “I can give you a definite date by next week.”

    The Wine Haven is moving in where other restaurants have come and gone. It will be interesting to see if it can hold its own.

    And speaking of restaurants in the Town Center, they have come to be quite international: Japanese, Italian, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and American.

    Tarzan comes to Belmont

    Tarzan will be swinging onto the stage at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Lansdowne, at least the musical version. The musical has been generated from one that was in the past on Broadway and a Disney film production.

    The scheduled performances cover the next two weekends: Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 11 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 12 at 4 p.m.; Friday, April 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. ; and Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m.

    I’ve had occasion to attend performances in the past and can vouch for their quality. Jason Augustowski (Mr. A), the director has a professional knack for getting the most out of the student cast. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at $10 for evening shows and $5 for matinees or make inquiries at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    “Circle of Treason”

    On Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. the River Creek Club will sponsor an Author’s Night featuring Sandra Grimes and her book “Circle of Treason.” Members and their guests are welcome with an entry fee of $10. Sandra Grimes was a CIA operative on the team investigating a CIA “mole” named Aldrich Ames who was providing intelligence to the Russians.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Weekend Easter celebrations
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Operation Homefront
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Bunny rabbits and egg hunts
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Portrait of a citizen scholar
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: New golf pro at River Creek
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Dialogues of Discovery
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Martinis Matter to benefit Adler Center
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Fundraiser for the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co.
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Martinis Matter
    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Post script 2014
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