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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Serving those who served our nation
    This weekend, eastern Loudoun’s American Legion Post 150 and the Sterling-based Operation Homefront DC Metro office will be working in Ashburn as part of a Loudoun County coalition built to show area veterans the region’s deep appreciation for their efforts, and to offer any needed assistance in navigating the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs claims processes.

    The effort, spearheaded by American Legion Post 2001 in Ashburn, is designed to use the muscle of the American Legion to help veterans of all ages and all wars find a resolution for any and all problems they may be having in working their way through the VA claims process. Help will be available to any veteran living in Loudoun and the surrounding areas in an approximate 45-mile radius covering Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

    “This has been their mission for a long time and they’re happy to help whenever they can,” Cyndi Lucas, Community Outreach Leader of the Operation Homefront office in Sterling, said.

    Lucas pointed out that the American Legion has service officers designated to work one-on-one with veterans to cut through administrative difficulties with the VA.

    “One of the novel things about this event is that the five American Legion posts in Loudoun have all come together to do this,” Lucas said. “They’re collaborating and they’ve also reached out to other nonprofit veteran-serving organizations.”

    On Saturday, Sept. 27, the coalition is presenting “A Salute to Military, Veterans and Families” from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Stone Bridge High School. The first two hours of the event will include guest speakers, musical entertainment, vendors and displays. Afterward, the day will be focused on the claims-assistance process.

    Members of the public also are invited to attend this celebration of local military heroes.

    Volunteers needed:
    The AARP TaxAide service is launching a new tax-preparation site in Sterling and is in need of local volunteers to help retired and low- to moderate-income taxpayers file taxes and avoid preparation fees and electronic filing fees. In addition to volunteers who are good with numbers and computer software, the project needs volunteers who enjoy interacting with others to work as greeters and facilitators. Multi-lingual speakers also are needed. The organization will train and IRS-certify volunteers. TaxAide volunteers will be working between Feb. 1 and April 15 at the Cascades Library and at Falcons Landing. Registration is available at aarp.org/taxaide. For information, 703-791-9147.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.
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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Got stuff?
    Go take a quick look in your garage – don’t worry, I’ll wait.

    Yeah, it’s full of clothes you don’t wear and toys your kids don’t play with. You probably should do something about that, but gosh, it’s just so far. Don’t worry! I’m here to help. On Saturday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Frederick Drive (across from Briar Patch Park) will be holding its annual clothing and toy sale. When you have a sale though, you need things to sell – and that’s where your garage comes in.

    You can take all those clothes and toys and donate them to be sold that morning. Then you can go to St. Matthew’s on Oct. 4 and get all new (to you) toys and clothes. The best part is that you’ll be helping families right here in our community. All the proceeds from the sale will go to support St. Matthew’s outreach programs, including Backpack Buddies. Who knew cleaning out a garage would be so good for your soul?

    Simply drop your stuff off at St. Matthew’s any time the church office is open – Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday 12:30 to 4 p.m., or next Sunday.
    Don’t have anything to donate? First off, you’re kind of amazing and secondly, you obviously need more stuff. So you should come by on Oct. 4 and see what cool stuff you can pick up that morning.

    Got questions? You can call the church at 703-420-2121 or reach out to the sale coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
    For those of you still looking at all the stuff in your garage – you might want to check out your attic as well.

    Library cards

    Did you know it was Library Card Sign-Up Month? I didn’t either! But now I’m going to celebrate it every year. Library cards are essentially a credit card that gets you books – only you keep them for a few weeks and you don’t have to pay anything (assuming you return them on time.) It could be seen as the most powerful card in your wallet – what else gets you free stuff?

    This Saturday, Sept. 27, from 2 until 4 p.m., the Sterling Library on Enterprise Street will be hosting a Down on the Farm library card event with a scavenger hunt and games. Whether you need a card or have one burning to be used, be sure to stop by.


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    Cruising to a Cure for Cancer
    Each year, around this time, Cascades is the go-to spot for the sweet ride set—owners of classic, antique, sports, hot rods and custom cars, trucks and bikes—as Doug Megill, McLean Insurance and a troop of about 50 volunteers present Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    In the three years since it began, the event has raised more than $26,000 for the organization and is on pace to nearly double that amount in this year’s donation alone.

    Megill is amazed by the event’s fundraising success.

    “We are now the largest third-party fundraiser in the entire metro area for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” he said. “I was shocked to hear that news.”

    When the society mentioned that donors of $50,000 can select the disease their donation will fight, Megill was inspired to set an ambitious fundraising goal for 2014. To develop the most successful campaign possible, he created an advisory board to help reach that goal—donating $50,000 for the battle against the disease that claimed the life of his father, Henry C. Megill, Jr., the founder of McLean Insurance.

    For its fourth annual outing, on Sunday, Sept. 21, the Carz Cruizin event has some special treats lined up at its site in the parking lot at 46179 Westlake Drive in Potomac Falls (across the lake from The Bungalow Lakehouse Restaurant), including a visit from the Ted Britt Ford Mustang dragster. According to Megill, the dragster will be positioned in the parking lot at 7 a.m. Spectators are invited to come out early to watch the pros start up the car and move it into position.

    As many as 200 cars are expected to be on hand, including representatives of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. The cars will begin showing up at 7 a.m., the judging begins at 9 a.m., awards will be presented by WJLA meteorologist Eileen Whelan beginning at 1 p.m. and the event will end promptly at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $15 for cars signed up in advance online or $25 at the door.

    The fun also includes a carnival-style photo booth, fundraising raffles, children’s activities such as goldfish races and face painting and tasty favorites from local restaurants including The Bungalow Lakehouse, Famous Dave’s, Glory Days, Jersey Mike’s and O’Faolain’s Irish Restaurant.

    This year’s event also includes the launch of a silent auction, with items ranging from a baseball signed by Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals to a full River Creek Country Club membership (a $27,000 value, with bidding beginning at $5,000).

    For more information, or to register, go to carzcruizinforcancer.org.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.
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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Directors wanted
    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: The Young Relics come to Sterling
    STERLING BOLEVARD: Read to me
    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING:  The Chrisman Effect: $42,000 raised to fight ALS
    STERLING BOULEVARD: Going batty
    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Guided Trekking in Algonkian Park
    STERLING BOULEVARD: For the love of the game
    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Wrapping up a Sterling summer
    STERLING BOULEVARD:Dates and boys
    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: The Back to School Brigade: Supporting military families
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