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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Slovakia comes to Loudoun
    Zuzana Danielova
    One of the lifeguards at the Harper Clubhouse in Lansdowne is from Sovakia. It’s her second year coming to the states. I asked her what was most notable about Lansdowne? Zuzana Danielova replied without hesitation: People. “So nice,” she says. They occasionally have brought her food and clothing. When she has been in Washington D.C., passersby have stopped to ask if she needs directions. Her favorable impressions are a testament to the welcoming nature of where we live.

    She’s a student at Economy University in her home country majoring in marketing management. She likes American movies and riding the roller coasters at King’s Dominion. Ocean City is one of her favorites because of the beach. “We don’t have beaches in Slovakia.” She has an affinity for the Lincoln Memorial. Although she says she knows little about the person Lincoln, she thinks that architecturally the memorial is a masterpiece. Danielova (suffix ova for female) won’t be back next year as she wants to find an internship in her chosen profession. But maybe her memories will linger.
    Selfie-ish at Lansdowne Resort

    The 13-week contest is about to come to a close next week. Residents and non-residents alike have had the opportunity to submit selfie photos in a contest that selects weekly winners and out of those the judges will select the grand prize photo that will be announced Sept. 1. Spokesperson Phil Werz at the resort says there have been some interesting entries. “One girl used a Go Pro camera and took one underwater. Another involved a couple in a kayak and still another featuring a sunrise in the background.”

    He says the contest is open to everyone, hotel guest or not, and have had some come in from locations outside the state. You can enter by visiting I wa.s considering entering but didn’t want to damage the camera.


    The Village Green in Lansdowne Town Center will host its final concert this year on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with some preliminary student bands before the main event featuring Panic for the Vibe musical group specializing in reggae mix, R&B and rock. With summer heat forecast bring air conditioner and seating.

    River Creek will be showing “The LEGO Movie” at poolside on Aug. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Seating provided and you can cool off in the pool.
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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Summer reading
    My literary habits have no discipline, rather an apportioned dose of disorganization. I was thinking of joining one of the book clubs in River Creek as they have a sterling record in the literary field. My only problem is that I would miss guys’ night out and Nationals' baseball games on TV.

    While these clubs have a social element, their central purpose is reading. Most if not all of the book clubs in River Creek consist of women. Some read the books themselves and some read off a Kindle or iPad. They usually meet once a month, decide on a book and have it read by the next meeting for discussion. As a result their span of content continues to increase to their benefit.

    The Player’s View Book Club earlier read “Lost Horizons” by James Hilton, the classic story of Shangri-La. To add to the flavor, they obtained a CD of the old movie with Ronald Coleman and thus had a chance to compare it with the book. In addition they read “The Orphan Train” by Christine Blake Kline. It recalls a sad chapter in this country’s history as they shipped orphans from the East Coast to the Midwest. “Most ended up as indentured servants, rather than being adopted by family members,” said Bea Snyder, member of the book club. Players View member Marilyn Wilson’s reaction to this migration: “A disturbing story.”

    “The Invention of Wings” was the choice of Book Bonders Book Club and involved the story of sisters in Charleston, S.C. in the 1800s. Book club member Dorothy MacDonald said that the story is about two privileged Southern sisters who spoke out against the injustice of slavery. “It was a very, very good book,” she said. They were willing to “risk their personal safety and the possible loss of friends and loved ones.”

    On a lighter note, Carol Wrable recounts the reading of the Book Club for Blondes (there are at least three non-blondes in the club) with the book, “One Lavender Ribbon” by Heather Burch. She says “The book, a very light summer read, involves a divorced woman who discovers a stack of love letters from World War II.” They lead to an unlikely romance.

    The Between the Covers book club has relegated its members to fend for themselves over the summer in their individual book selections. They will reconvene in September.

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    RIVER CREEK: Lifeguards at River Creek
    Each summer lifeguards who provide a safety net for the swimmers nearly always come from Europe and mostly from Eastern Europe. Of the four I spoke with two were from Istanbul, Turkey and it was their first time in the United States. One of the others came from Poland and another from Slovakia. The latter two had been here in previous summers. The one from Poland, Poznan had been here three times before and Alriana had been here a couple times.

    Emre and Yigit from Turkey stay in Leesburg and they get around on their bicycles. Emre says, “It takes us 30 to 40 minutes to come here from downtown Leesburg.”

    I asked him where all he had been since arriving in the states. “Leesburg, Lansdowne, Arlington. We hope some day to go into Washington and New York and maybe California.”

    Their comment on what it’s like here compared with Istanbul, their hometown: “It’s silent compared to Istanbul.”

    Poznan from Poland, her fourth time here says, “I like it. Different than in my country. I feel comfortable. It’s really important for me. Everyone has been friendly.” She has been around the area and to Miami in one of her previous stays.

    Atriana from Slovakia says, “I love it here. Makes us feel like home.”

    I asked them if they had ever had a crisis as a lifeguard. Poznan explained that the swimming pool at River Creek has no diving board and that can be the root cause of accidents. Also when she worked as a lifeguard on the beach it was more likely that people would find themselves in danger.

    Still to insure a safe day at the pool it may behoove swimmers to know how to call for help. In Turkish it’s 'yardin.' In Polish and Slovak it’s 'pomoc.' Or maybe better yet just holler out 'help?'

    “Wreck it Ralph”

    On Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m., the River Creek Club will sponsor a viewing of “Wreck it Ralph” out on the lawn behind the clubhouse. Admission is free and popcorn, ice cream and candy will be available. The movie has been around since 2012 with wide appeal. Even if you’ve seen if before you could take the little ones and enjoy Ralph’s rage with the arcade games.

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