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    STERLING BOULEVARD: A crafting we will go
    For many people, shopping for holiday presents doesn’t begin until sometime mid-November. You know what I call those people? Slackers.

    Mostly because I hate malls and shopping around the holidays is what I will be threatened with if I ever have juicy state secrets.
    And I will tell them everything.

    To be an effective holiday-mall-avoider, you have to be clever and you have to look for the unexpected gift in the lesser known locations. You can’t have something that obviously went in/out of style in February when you’re wrapping it in December. You have to think out of the department store box.

    The best place to find the wonderful items your friends and family never knew existed is at craft fairs. Lucky for you, there’s one coming up this weekend and it’s right around the corner.

    Every year, Park View High School hosts multiple craft fairs to support Project Graduation, which recognizes and celebrates our Park View graduates. The program also provides scholarships and even college school supplies to our students that are going on to higher education. It’s pretty much the entire community acting as the college fairy godmothers to our graduates. However, because they aren’t actually fairies, the funds have to come from somewhere. Thus the craft shows.

    This Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can go to Park View High School, 400 W. Laurel Ave., and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (and a few things for you, because you deserve it). All the while, you’ll be supporting our local scholars who will probably be busy studying. The entire gym and lobby will be filled with crafters selling everything from jewelry to nuts. You’ll also have the chance to learn about local organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Sterling Foundation. Want to know more? Simply visit or for details and lists of vendors.

    Also, this weekend is your last chance to see Sterling Playmakers' show, “Noises Off.” If you missed it last weekend, you don’t want to skip this show sure to tickle every bone – not just the funny one. Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. If you don’t want to be the person who doesn’t know why all your Sterling friends are giggling on Monday, you better go see it. For more information, visit

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    This week, the Cascades branch of the Loudoun County Public Library presents one of its signature events for readers of all ages, the Local Authors Fair, featuring more than 60 authors from the Washington metropolitan area.

    The informal event, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Cascades Library and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, spotlights authors from Virginia, Maryland, Washington and West Virginia. Children’s authors will read aloud at special story times and authors who write for adults will share writing and publishing tips.

    The fair closes with a presentation by Sue Fliess, who has written 18 children’s books, among them many in the Little Golden Books series, including “The Hug Book,” “How to be a Superhero” and more. Her newest title, “Books for Me,” published by Two Lions, is the third in a series that includes “Shoes for Me” and “A Dress for Me.”

    Among the participating authors are Mary Amato (young adult fiction, most recently “Get Happy” about a 16-year-old songwriter), Maya Corrigan (mystery fiction, including the Five-Ingredient Mystery series set near the Chesapeake Bay), Moira Rose Donohue (National Geographic children’s books, “Parrot Genius” and “Kangaroo to the Rescue”), Tracee L. Garner (romantic suspense, “Love Unchosen”) and Tracey Kyle (children’s books, “Gazpacho for Nacho”).

    The Local Authors Fair takes place at the library on Saturday, April 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fair includes a book sale and book-signing opportunities. The event is free and open to readers of all ages. For information, call 703-444-3228.

    Book Sale:
    Donations of books, CDs and DVDs are now being accepted by the Friends of the Cascades Library for the organization’s annual spring book sale. Bring your donations to the library April 9 through April 23 during business hours. All proceeds from the sale directly benefit the Cascades library. The book sale takes place Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Community Service:
    The Community Service special interest group of the CountrySide Women’s Club is holding an organizational meeting on Monday, April 13, to work on its goal of planning four local community service events for 2015. Membership in the club and the committee is open to residents of CountrySide and other areas. To join the special interest group, contact Debbie Goldman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 703-726-9913.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]

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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Junk out and “Noises Off”
    How many of us have a closet (or a room) full of stuff that we don’t really need, we don’t often use or that we haven’t worn since Johnny Carson hosted “The Tonight Show.” Now is the time to get rid of them with two options for clearing out your stuff.

    This upcoming Saturday, Sterling Community Center will be hosting an indoor yard sale. For $10, you can rent your space to sell off your items from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 11. Your $10 gets you a 10-by-10 space, a table for showing off your treasures and a chair to sit in when you’re exhausted from the flurry of sales. Needing to add to your stuff rather than get rid of it? Admission is free for buyers. If you want to sell, you must register and pay in advance. Call the Community Center at 703-430-9480 for details.

    On April 25, St. Matthew’s will host its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. until noon. Bring your donations to the cause to the church on Frederick Drive on Friday, April 24. Then show up on April 25 to buy different stuff.

    All the proceeds support the church’s mission trips. For more details or to find out when’s a good time to drop off the contents of your attic, visit

    If you have more time on your hands then stuff in your closet, now’s a good time to make plans to go see the funniest stage show you’ll see all year – “Noises Off.” This weekend and next, the Sterling Playmakers will be present “Noises Off” at Sterling Middle School. Show times are April 10, 11, 17 and 18 (Fridays and Saturdays) at 8 p.m. and April 12 and 19 (Sundays) at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or online at

    Inspired by watching one of his own shows from the side curtain (and thinking it was funnier from there), Michael Frayn wrote “Noises Off,” a play within a play, as the audience follows the antics of a stage show of “Nothing On,” while the real action is happening behind the scenes while the backstage crew tries to deal with the not-so-great show on stage.

    When it was originally produced, it won a multitude of awards, and is still called one of the best comedies to ever hit the stage. See you there.

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