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River Creek Blog: Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Another Martinis Matter is scheduled at the River Creek Club for Feb. 18 from 6-9 p.m. in support of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFRD)—now the first responder for the River Creek Community. A spokesperson for the AVFRD says, “Everyone is invited to the River Creek Club for the Martinis Matter community fundraiser for AVRFD.” Two signature martinis will be available, “The liquid Defibrillator” and “Too Hot to Handle,” each for $10, half of which will be donated to AVFRD. There will be a silent auction for a fire truck ride to school or work plus raffle prizes. For further information go to ashburnfirerescue.org/events.

Benefit for LAWS

The River Creek Club will continue its Martinis Matter series on Feb. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the clubhouse on behalf of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). Aside from a signature martini there will be a silent auction and raffle prizes.

LAWS was founded in 1984 by three Loudoun County women and incorporated at the time as Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Inc. It then became Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter in 1985—a place where women and children fleeing domestic violence could find refuge.

“On average, we provide direct services to over 1,000 adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence each year,” notes the website. “LAWS has a staff of approximately 30 employees and 75 volunteers and our board of directors represents a diverse group of community leaders who provide governance and oversight to the organization.”

LAWS engages in multiple services for these victims: “Counseling, legal services, support groups, parenting classes, advocacy, and community outreach. LAWS also operates a thrift store in downtown Leesburg called The Resourceful Woman and runs the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center.”

The Canned Goods Contest

Loudoun Hunger Relief will be delighted at the amount of food being collected by five Loudoun County High Schools, including Riverside in Lansdowne. The schools are competing in a canned food structure-building contest for this year’s prize as determined by a panel of judges. Riverside in Lansdowne built the White House with 925 cans. The judges’ decision still pending. Stay tuned.
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River Creek Blog: New restaurants opening at Lansdowne Town Center
Two news restaurants are coming to Lansdowne Town Center, the French Hound Brasserie and, as previously reported, Ford's Fish Shack.

I spoke with someone at the leasing company who confirmed that the French Hound will be their new tenant. A representative from the French Hound indicated they would be moving into Lansdowne Town Center in early spring. The French Hound Brasserie advertises that they are relocating to Lansdowne from Middleburg, where the restaurant known as French Hound Bistro has closed down.

In talking with a representative of Ford's Fish Shack, he said, “We should be moving in the first or middle of April.” Fords Fish Shack has ratings of four to five stars. Occasionally, seating has been an issue at the Shack in Ashburn, which is usually crowded. Those who have been there speak highly of the food.

This location at the Town Center has been space for four previous restaurants. The Brasserie will bring a new twist to the Town Center—the menu describes a healthy composition of French food.

Valentine's Day

This year Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday. However, the River Creek Club will host a brunch on Feb. 12. Call 703-779-2022 for information and reservations. Meanwhile, the Lansdowne Resort and Spa has opted for a Saturday night dinner. Call 571-477-9444 to inquire.

Valentine's Day has been traced back to Roman Times in honor of Juno, the Queen of Gods and Goddesses. According to historical citations, Valentine defied the Emperor Claudius who had banned citizens from getting married in order to encourage men to join his army. Valentine’s defiance cost him his life on Feb. 14, 270 AD. Crowned a saint, his legacy lives on.
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River Creek Blog: A structure for hunger
Lansdowne’s Riverside High School will launch its project to furnish canned goods for Loudoun Hunger Relief on Feb. 6, according to staff member Judy Rechtor. The project involves constructing a commonly known building out of canned goods.

“Last year we built the Eiffel Tower competing with two other high schools in Loudoun County,” Rechtor said.

Rechtor showed me the trophy awarded to Riverside as the winner of last year’s competition. This year she says there will be five high schools involved. The sole purpose is to collect food for Loudoun Hunger Relief to be doled out to less fortunate citizens of the county.

Donations of canned goods can be brought to Riverside to be included in the building, which remains a ‘secret’ to avoid tipping off the completion. The food drive has wish-list items, including cereal, juice, fresh fruit and vegetables, canned meat, mad and cheese, peanut butter and hearty soups.

Loudoun Hunger Relief was established in 1991. It has an extensive corps of volunteers to distribute food to: the working poor, the unemployed, seniors or the sick who can’t get a job and the homeless.

Riverside H.S. mattress sale

Word from Ron Huling, assistant softball coach at Riverside High School: “The school will be sponsoring a mattress sale at the school on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the school’s athletic teams.”

For further details check with Huling at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Martinis Matter

And the beat goes on, at least in the form of martinis at the River Creek Club. The next one in the series will be held Feb. 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company will be the beneficiary. Proceeds from a silent auction, raffle items will be directed to the company.
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