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    CountrySide/Cascades/Sterling: “From the Top,” Live from River Bend
    “From the Top,” the National Public Radio program featuring the next generation of classical musicians, came to the Washington area last week to celebrate its 15th anniversary, as well as its 15-year partnership with the Leesburg-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The foundation, through From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, has provided $2 million in scholarships to young musicians with financial need.

    On Oct. 22, two days before presenting a special anniversary concert at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, the program brought a group of young musicians to Sterling’s River Bend Middle School to offer a stage show and special breakout sessions focused on teens and classical music.

    The River Bend show, like the radio program, presented a combination of music performances interspersed with insightful, and sometimes humorous, interview sessions. Among the musicians representing “From the Top” were 8-year-old pianist Oscar Paz-Suaznabar of Alexandria and Clifton Williams, a graduate of D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, who is now a Los Angeles-based musician and producer.

    River Bend was represented on the stage by pianist Hana Wang, a sixth grader, and a guitar quartet made up of Allie Batcharova, Amaya Johnson, John Le and Carlos Olivares, all in the eighth grade.

    After the quartet performed, they played a few rounds of an onstage game called “Two Lies and a Truth,” in which the guitarists provided information about their music and their lives, and the audience members had to determine the pieces of information that were true.

    When asked about the name of the quartet, the audience began to buzz with approval and glee when they heard that one of the choices was The Pop Tart Sprinkles. After an audience member selected that as the “true” piece of information, guitarist Carlos Olivares said, “We didn’t have a name yet, but you just decided it.” The more than 400 River Bend musicians in the audience applauded enthusiastically.

    The show closed with a piece of advice from Clifton Williams, a 2009 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, who wrote the theme song for the legendary Apollo Theater in New York.

    “If you have a dream, match that dream with a goal and go for it,” Williams said. “You never know where it’s going to go.”

    He then walked over to the piano and played Glen Miller’s “In the Mood,” as many of the River Bend students followed the notes with bobbing heads.

    “From the Top” can be heard on WETA radio, 90.9 FM, on Sundays at 6 p.m.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLouduon[at]aol.com.
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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Out on the streets
    This Friday is the best holiday ever. Kids dress up, go to strange houses and ask for things. OK, that doesn’t sound right. Let me try again. I’ve always found Halloween rather special. It’s when a community agrees that having candy, allowing kids to be in costume and being a bit silly is just fine. In a world where we sometimes don’t know our neighbors, it’s nice that we still have a celebration that rewards being neighborly.

    So on Friday, please drive slowly and watch for ghouls and goblins – especially the shorter variety. We’ve had a number of accidents in our area, and one just this past weekend that required Med-e-vac to land on a softball field. With so many of our kids out and about, please drive carefully and watch for excited little ones who just want to fill their plastic pumpkin to the rim.

    If you’re nervous about having your kids out and about, both Sterling Community Center and Claude Moore Community Center are hosting trick and treat events on or before Halloween. You can find information at Loudoun.gov and by going to either center’s site.

    If you know the history of Halloween, you know it was originally just the lead up to the celebration of All Saint’s Day. Halloween was away to get all your bad out before you spent the next day being good. Often we forget the being good part, but, this year, you don’t have to.

    This year, Nov. 1 is also Sterling Community Service Day – a day to celebrate our community by giving back. That day at 8:30 a.m., bring you, your kids and anyone you can rope into getting out of bed early to the Sterling Community Center on Enterprise Street. At 8:45 p.m., we’ll be splitting into teams and cleaning up Sterling Boulevard – the lifeline of our community. By the end, Sterling Boulevard will be so clean, you could eat off of it. OK, maybe not, but it will look a whole lot better. So that the Community Center is ready for the tidal wave of volunteers that will show up, let them know you’re coming by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Community Center at 703-430-9480.

    Please remember, this is an all-ages event. However, if you’re 16 or younger, please bring a parent along – if for no other reason than we could use the help.


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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Cascades is Running for Trish
    Moms are always on the move, and Trish Van Belleghem, who passed away in 2013 after a hard-fought battle with melanoma, was no exception. In some ways, she may have even moved a little faster than the average Cascades mom. She loved to run, and often could be seen on the many trails and pathways winding through Lowes Island and Cascades.

    Van Belleghem’s time on the run was well deserved. She is described by those who knew her as someone who always put the needs of others before her own, and as “the glue that held the family bond together.” She was a much-loved and amazing mom to three children—Daniel, now 15; Kathryn, now 13, and Elizabeth, now 11—and an inspiring partner to her husband, Dan. To the members of Girl Scout Troop 521, she was a leader and a role model. And, to the students and faculty of Our Lady of Hope School, she was an active and welcome volunteer.

    To honor Van Belleghem’s resilient spirit, love of family and love of running, members of the Cascades community are launching an annual event, the MelaNoMore 5K Run/Walk, to raise awareness and funds for the fight against melanoma. Registration is now open for the run/walk, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m., with a start and finish line at Cascades Marketplace. All race proceeds will benefit the efforts of the Melanoma Research Foundation.

    The event is family-focused, with a moon bounce, crafts and other family-friendly activities, as well as food stands. In addition, youngsters in the Cascades community have been invited to participate in every aspect of producing the event, from race planning to raffle organization (a “retired” American Girl doll is among the prizes), to handling a flag ceremony.

    Information on the race, volunteer opportunities and registration is online at melanomore5k.com.

    Trash Bash: The Cascades Trash Bash returns, with some help from Keep Loudoun Beautiful, on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Volunteers to clean up outdoor areas in Cascades and Sugarland Run will meet up for location assignments and cleaning tools (trash bags and more) at Potomac Baptist Church on Lowes Island Boulevard. Volunteers also are needed for behind-the-scenes activities before the event and on clean-up day. The Trash Bash includes a food drive, so bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief pantry. Register online in advance at semptertech.com/CTB/ for a speedy check-in, and to receive any weather-related information that could affect the event.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com
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