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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Late fall fun for everyone
    Get ready to phone a friend and make some plans. There's plenty to do in eastern Loudoun for everyone, from the retired set to toddlers, teens and pet lovers.

    Holiday fun: The Cascades Senior Center offers a trio of opportunities to celebrate the winter holidays. The festivities launch with a Thanksgiving feast, complete with all the trimmings, on Thursday, Nov. 20, at noon. A lunch donation is requested. Next in line is a holiday potluck dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening includes a holiday performance by the Park View High School Band. Admission is free if you bring a dish to share and a small gift ($5 value) for a gift exchange. For those not bringing a dish and a gift, advance tickets are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. The center will ring in 2015 with a new year’s party and dance on Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be served. Transportation will be available after the event. Advance tickets are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For information, call 571-258-3280.

    Toddler Treks: Algonkian Park is offering a series of Fresh Air Toddler Treks Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. With the help of The Audubon Naturalist Society, the park authority program provides nature-based programming for youngsters ages 2 to 5 and a parent or caregiver. The sessions use songs, books and hikes to foster the development of social, physical and academic skills. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch to share at the park’s picnic tables. Registration is required. The cost is $42; ages two and younger are free. Younger siblings are welcome to attend. For information, call 703-669-0000 or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Teen nights: The After Hours Teen Center at the Cascades Library presents DJ Joe Schwarz on Friday, Nov. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. The teen center, open to middle and high school students, also offers games, computer access, music, arts and crafts activities and pizza. Admission is free. The center will be closed on Friday, Nov. 28.

    Pet photos: Just in time for the holiday card season, Dulles Town Center presents two chances to get a festive photo of your dog or cat with Santa. Pet photo mornings will take place Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. All pets must enter through the mall’s main entrance, near Vapiano. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier, must be up to date with all shots and must be licensed.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.
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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Something to be thankful for
    Every year Thanksgiving comes around and we’re reminded that we have much to be thankful for – like kids that do good things, a community we love and the opportunity to share what we have with others. All in all, we’ve got it pretty good.

    On Thursday, Nov. 20, our local Girl Scouts will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner a wee bit early for senior citizens in our area. It’s wonderful to see our youngest Sterling residents get to know and host a dinner for those who have been down Sterling Boulevard a few more times.

    Not only will there be a Thanksgiving dinner with all the usual trimmings, but the Girl Scouts will be providing entertainment and smiles to every senior that attends. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. at the Sterling Community Center on Enterprise Street.

    Want to know how you or a senior citizen you know can join in the fun? Just call the Community Center at 703-430-9480 and let them know you’re coming. I know a few Girl Scouts that are looking forward to seeing you.

    This weekend is also your last and final chance to see “Once Upon a Mattress.” If you think community theatre isn’t top notch, then you haven’t seen a Sterling Playmakers’ show. Broadway would be lucky to have the talent we’ve got – both on stage and behind the scenes. This fun-for-all musical retells the classic “Princess and the Pea” with a few twists that make it that much better. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a “Don’t you miss it” final performance on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. – and it’s just down the street at the Sterling Community Center. Want to make sure you have a seat? Buy your tickets online at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com and they’ll be waiting for you at the door.

    And if you haven’t made Thanksgiving plans yet, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is saving a seat for you at their table – and, don’t worry, they’ve got a big table. From noon until 4 p.m., St. Matthew’s, near the corner of Frederick Drive and Sterling Boulevard is hosting a meal for everyone, just come on in. Have plans but want to help out? You can do that, too. Just visit the church online at stmtts.org or call the church at 703-430-2121 to find out more.

    And thank you!


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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Mobile Hope Needs Your Help
    This week, the CountrySide Women’s Club is lending a hand to Mobile Hope, a Leesburg-based effort to provide food, clothing and medical support to the more than 1,100 homeless children and young adults up to the age of 21 living in Loudoun County.

    According to statistics released by Mobile Hope, approximately 30 percent of these young people do not have a legal guardian or parent in their lives.

    “Some of these kids are living in cars, some are living in the woods, some are couch surfing at friends’ homes and some are living in shelters with their parents,” Debbie Goldman, of the CountrySide Women’s Club, said.

    The women’s club will be accepting donations of food and other items at its monthly meeting on Friday, Nov. 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m. This meeting will take place at the Cascades Library, due to construction underway at the club’s usual meeting place, the Parkway Pool meeting room on Algonkian Parkway. Nonmembers are welcome to attend.

    Mobile Hope is particularly in need of nonperishable food donations such as tuna salad and crackers, chicken salad and crackers, peanut butter, jelly, hearty soups of any type, ramen noodles, any Chef Boyardee meals, crackers, shelf-stable milk, juices, macaroni and cheese, prepared pasta meals, cereals, breakfast bars and pop tarts. Additional needed items include diapers and baby wipes, particularly larger sizes such as fours and fives and pull ups.

    Financial donations are very welcome. Mobile Hope, a program created in 2011 with the help of Loudoun Hospital, was granted IRS 501(c)(3) status in August 2014.

    If you are unable to drop off a donation during the meeting, contact Debbie Goldman at 703-726-9913 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to arrange a pickup.

    Trash Bash tallies: On Oct. 26, a gorgeous fall Sunday, Cascades Trash Bash participants cleaned up in Cascades, Sugarland Run and the surrounding areas, collecting 29 bags of recycling, 3 bags of disposable plastic bags, 10 bags of trash, 11 tires, a mattress, steel fencing, construction barricade and a trash can lid. In addition to cleaning up the community, the trash bashers donated 80 pounds of food for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief effort. Since October 2009, the twice yearly Cascades Trash Bash has substantially improved eastern Loudoun by removing 469 bags of recycling, 294 bags of trash and 80 tires from the landscape. In addition, the program’s volunteers have donated 645 pounds of food for those in need.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com
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