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    STERLING BOULEVARD: Directors wanted
    “But what I really want to do is direct.”

    Often we hear these words come out of an actor’s mouth right as his “star quality” starts to fade. It’s a way of saying effectively “it’s not you, it’s me” to the public who’s interest has begun to wane. No one ever seems to say “but what I really want to do is be a key grip” or “I’ve always wanted to edit.” Instead, they look to be the person whose name is called when Best Picture is announced. After all, who doesn’t want to be the guy who tells everyone what to do?

    Now, although, I’m sure your star is still in the ascendant, you too may have dreams on donning a beret and making those pesky actors hit their marks and finally show some real emotion on stage. However, a little education and training never hurt. In fact, it may get you out of the limelight and into the back reaches of the audience watching your vision come to life—where you belong.

    This Saturday, our own beloved Sterling Playmakers is hosting a Director Workshop for those of us wishing to direct a stage show. And the best part – you don’t have to know anything. Whether you live for the applause or have never set foot on stage, this workshop will help you become the director you always knew you were.

    And don’t think you’ll be in the back of a classroom listening to some old guy drone. This is a fully interactive, get up and get it done experience. You’ll act, share ideas and, of course, direct. Taught by Kristofer Kauff, a seasoned director and instructor, this six-hour workshop will go through every step – from getting the script to opening night.

    The cost is just $50, with a meal break, and starts at noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Sterling Middle School. Teenagers bitten by the drama bug are also encouraged to register. However space is limited, so put down the paper right now and sign up. Wait, hold on to the paper until I tell you where to sign up. Just go to selec,t the “Director’s workshop” on the front page.

    You’ll find more information about the class, Kristofer Krauss, and how to register. For other questions, contact the Sterling Playmakers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: The Young Relics come to Sterling
    As cool air begins to mingle with the season’s final sultry days, I find I’m not ready to say goodbye to the outdoor season any time soon. Most of my neighbors seem to feel the same way and, fortunately for all of us, eastern Loudoun has enough in the way of ongoing outdoor activity to keep everyone happy well into the autumn.

    Concert on the lawn: The CountrySide concert series closes its 2014 season with an outdoor blast from the past by the Young Relics, four Falls Church-based classic rockers specializing in deep cuts and hits from the 60s and 70s. The show takes place Friday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. on CountrySide’s Parkway Pool lawn.

    River tours: If you’ve always wondered about the small islands you can see from the Potomac shoreline, Algonkian Regional Park can help you find the answer your questions. The park presents its final Saturday morning paddle tours of the season on Sept. 13 and Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition, the park offers fall color paddle tours on Oct. 25 and 26 from noon to 3 p.m. These guided tours on the upper reaches of the Potomac focus on the general ecology of the area. Registration is required, as is the ability to paddle a boat throughout the tour. The cost is $30. For information, call 703-450-4655.

    Vendors wanted:
    The CountrySide and Cascades community associations are looking for vendors and crafters to participate in the communities’ upcoming fall festivals.

    For its Oct. 4 fall festival in the Parkway Pool parking lot, the CountrySide Proprietary is looking for crafters in the areas of flowers, jewelry, home living, painting and more, as well as representatives of home-based businesses such as Mary Kay cosmetics. Vendor space is available for $10 for CountrySide residents and $15 for nonresidents. For information, contact kellydc.cside[at]

    The Cascades Community Association is looking for merchandise and food vendors for its Oct. 18 fall festival (rain date is Oct. 25), held outdoors at Potomac Falls High School. Merchandise vendors can participate for free and must provide their own tables and chairs. Tents smaller than 10x10 are permitted. Food vendors must have temporary food permits; permit applications must be submitted to the Health Department more than 10 days before the event. To participate, submit an application to the Cascades Community Association. The application form is online at, on page 12 of the August issue of the Cascades Current.

    Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]

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    Every child has a book that they love to hear read to them. Usually, this book is the same one that the parent is all too willing to have “accidentally” end up in the trash. But we do it anyway. Because we all know that reading to children is a good thing – even if it’s the millionth time you’ve read the annoying story about the princess.

    Kids not only benefit from being read to from their parents, though. Getting read to by anyone has a huge effect on a child’s education and interests. A study based in Australia showed that young children who are read to on a regular basis can be up to a half-year beyond their non-read-to cohorts. Read to a child every day and the benefits are more than doubled. It also improves a child’s vocabulary and makes reading something enjoyable and fun.

    Even better than seeing a parent read is seeing an older kid read. After all, what child doesn’t look up to the big kids? The Sterling Library, on Enterprise Street, is holding an orientation on Monday, Sept. 15, at 4:30 p.m. for teenagers who are interested in becoming a reading buddy for kids in our area. Once a week, these teenagers will come to the library and read aloud to children age 3-6. This can also qualify for community service hours and is just a really nice thing to do. All the teenager has to be is between the ages of 12-18 and show up to orientation – no need to preregister.

    If you think the benefits will be just on the little kids’ side – you’re wrong. Reading aloud has been shown to improve reading fluency, strengthen vocabulary and increase confidence. Plus you get to be with kids who will be hanging on your every word. Talk about an ego booster.

    Also while we’re talking about teens and the library, On Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., the Sterling Library is holding a Teen Advisory Board Interest meeting. If you’re 12-18 and have some great ideas about teen events, want to help with the library or want to become more involved, this is your opportunity to make a difference. You’ll also be earning those community service hours.

    Have questions about the reading buddies program or the Teen Advisory Board? Just call the library at 703-430-9500 and they’ll be happy to get you the answers.

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