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Summer has hit Sterling with a red-hot hammer, making this a good time to find much of your fun indoors until things cool down a bit.

Water show: Cirque Italia brings the first official water circus in the U.S. to Dulles Town Center through Sunday, July 26. The “Aquatic Spectacular” program features 35,000 gallons of water, a moveable water stage, acrobatic performances, dancing fountains, a water curtain, light show and more. Weekday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday performances start at 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at CirqueItalia.com or by phone at 941-704-8572.

Wonder Women: The Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades presents the 2012 documentary, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” on Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. The film, directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan was nominated for the Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Admission is free and open to the public.

Super Smash Bros: The Cascades Library hosts a qualifying round for its Super Smash Bros Wii U Tournament on Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m. The winner will represent the Cascades Library at the tournament final event, to be held Aug. 14 at the After Hours Teen Center at the Cascades Library. Players will be using the new Super Smash Bros Wii U game. Any controller may be used, except Amiibos.

Dancing on the lawn: The CountrySide Proprietary gets the community outdoors and dancing on Saturday, July 25, with a concert by Sub-Radio Standard from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parkway Pool lawn. The Sterling-based band, featuring Potomac Falls High School graduates, was launched in 2005 and has had several lineups and some high-profile exposure, including a spot at DC’s 9:30 Club and songs featured on DC101 and college radio stations across the nation. Expect “forward-thinking pop-rock” from SRS, a band that has been compared to pop rockers Maroon 5. The rain date for the show is Saturday, Aug. 1.

Dues are due: If you’re a member of local organizations such as the CountrySide Quilters, the CountrySide Women’s Club or the Senior Center at Cascades, keep in mind that the membership renewal season is under way. Although you may join organizations such as these at any time during the year, this is the preferred time for renewal. Contact your membership chairperson for details.

Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.

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By Jen Lofquist

During the summer, things move slower. It’s not just the heat, there’s not just as much going on. Without school and all of the sports leagues in full swing, you might be wondering, just how you can fill your time. Luckily your friendly neighborhood columnist is here to help.

This Friday, our own Sterling Playmakers opens “The Music Man” for its three-week run. Not only is it directed by Sterling’s Kathy Bleutge, but it also stars a Park View graduate, T.J. Miles as Harold Hill. Miles also went on to teach at Sterling Middle School. It tells the story of a con man who comes to River City to rip off the residents, only to get his plans delayed when he meets the lovely librarian, Marian Paroo.

Along with songs like “Seventy-six Trombones” and “Til There was You,” you’ll be sure to leave the musical singing your heart out. The play goes on at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway. Tickets are $15 at the door and are also available at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

So you’ve got your Friday night planned, what about Saturday? Head over to the “Party in the Park” at the Sterling Golf and Swim Club for live music, food and fun. Just bring your blankets and chairs then camp out on the driving green for some great music while you enjoy what the vendors have to offer. Admission is just $5 for adults over 18, $3 for kids over 13 and then everyone under 12 is free. No reservations are needed, so just show up. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at 4000 Sterling Blvd. You can find more information at http://www.facebook.com/partyintheparklive.

Now what to do for the rest of the week, especially with the kids? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Claude Moore Park is hosting an archeology camp for children entering grades second through sixth next fall. The camp runs Monday, July 27, through Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dr. David Clark, founder of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, will lead the class as your child will learn all about Loudoun’s ancient past. Kids will find out how ancient tools were made as well as using local clay to make their own pots. The camp costs $210 for each child, and you can register now online at http://www.webtrac.loudoun.gov or by calling the park at 571-258-3700.

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COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: CountrySide artists at Oatlands in July
If you’re looking for a summer day trip within 20 miles of eastern Loudoun, July is a good time to consider a visit to Oatlands. The National Trust for Historic Preservation site features a house, gardens and interpretive tours that offer insight into Virginia country life from the 18th to the 20th century.

While you’re there, be sure to stop by the carriage house, where the 17th annual Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show and Sale is under way through July 31. The juried art exhibit includes a total of seven fine art photos by prize-winning photographers and CountrySide residents Dora Ramirez and Gerry D’Onofrio.

The art show is open to the public with no admission fee. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be closed on July 25, due to a special event in the carriage house.

Musical theatre camp: The StageCoach Theatre Company—run by CountrySide resident, actor, director and playwright Terry Smith and Herndon resident Jerri Wiseman, who helped establish and run a community theater group while living in Hong Kong—presents a three-week musical theatre camp for rising 5th through 9th grade students. The camp begins July 14, with sessions Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campers will receive instruction from Nichole Cabaniss, the theater director at John Champe High School. The campers will present a performance for the public on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. in the carriage house at Oatlands. Information is online at stagecoachtc.com/summer-camp.

Beach music: The Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades jumps into a Surfin’ Safari theme with a dance party on Tuesday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers at the door. Transportation will be provided after the party. If that’s not enough beach music for one day, you can head back to the beach during the Senior Center’s Classic Movie Night. The July 28 show, beginning at 5 p.m., is the 1959 film, “Gidget,” starring Sandra Dee and James Darren, with Cliff Robertson as The Big Kahuna.

Fall Festival vendors: The Cascades Community Association will begin accepting vendor applications Aug. 1 for the community’s annual Fall Festival. This year’s festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 17, at Potomac Falls High School. Applications will be available online at cascadesva.com. A $50 deposit is required. For more information, call 703-406-0820, ext. 107.

Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.
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