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Sterling Blog: Welcome to the neighborhood, Crooked Run Brewing
To go down Davis Drive and through the office parks that line it is to experience a cross section of businesses. From flooring places to trampoline havens to a flight school, you can find them all in our backyard—you just have to go look.

Last Friday, a new destination opened—Crooked Run Brewing, 2455 Davis Drive, Suite 120 (you kind of have to go around the back). Now, my plan was to go to the brewery on Saturday night, sample the wares – and the on-site taco taqueria by Leesburg’s own Senior Ramon – and report back to you as a good friendly neighborhood columnist. Because I’m willing to have beer and tacos for you—that’s how much I care.

Sadly, my plans were thwarted by the fact that, at 6:45 p.m., it seems everyone else in the area had the same idea—only they don’t have a column to write. My party of four simply couldn’t find a place to sit. However, in the spirit of journalistic ethics, I left the other three in the car so that I could report back to you on the brewery. They did not let me sample the tacos, so you’ll need to let me get back to you on that.

Crooked Run Brewing was started by Jake Endres and Lee Rogan way back in 2013. They set up shop in Leesburg’s Market Station. It must have gone pretty well, because just four years later they’ve opened a second location. Based on the scene on Saturdaynight, they might not have to wait long before opening a third.

One of the first things I noticed though about the location on Saturday is that this place is kid-friendly. Breweries aren’t exactly bars—it’s less “meat market” more “meet up.” I saw every age there, from still in the car seat to running around carrying those elusive tacos—not that I’m jealous. Meanwhile the parents were sampling the beers. As I was sadly leaving, there was a band setting up. Yes…beer, tacos, and live music.
The beers vary widely from “Shadow of Truth” Black Tripel (named because the brewers use triple the amount of malt used when making the standard Belgian Trappist style) to a Mango Empress Sour IPA (sour beers are made by introducing bacteria during the brewing process—and the results are quite tangy). In addition to samplers and pints, you can also get growlers filled so you can take some home. Please note that an opened growler will only last about 36 hours, so plan to invite over friends, say a friendly neighborhood columnist.

Crooked Run is open Wednesday and Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday1 p.m.-midnight and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. For more information you can visit them online at crookedrunbrewing.com. Welcome to the neighborhood, Crooked Run, we’re thrilled to have you here.
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Cascades Blog: ‘Somewhere in Time’
The Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades takes a walk on the romantic side Feb. 21 when it presents the fan-favorite film “Somewhere in Time,” starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

The film tells the story of a Chicago playwright (Reeve) who becomes smitten with an actress (Seymour) whose portrait hangs in a grand hotel. The sentimental favorite offers a unique look at traveling through time and love across generations. The show starts at 5 p.m.

Since its release in 1980, the film has grown a following that includes its own official web site, a fan organization known as The International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts (INSTE) and an annual gathering at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, the movie’s location. (If the film leads you to see a grand hotel in your future, the 27th annual Somewhere in Time Weekend takes place at Michigan’s Grand Hotel Oct. 27-29.)

New board

The Cascades Community Association board of directors elected new officers for 2017. The new slate includes Matt Durham, president; Geoff DeLizzio, vice president; Eric Hess, treasurer and Tom Faller, secretary.

A new you

The Loudoun County Library at Cascades presents “Extreme Makeover, Teen Edition” on Feb. 24 from 7-9 p.m. during the weekly After Hours Teen Center. Gaming, computers and art supplies also will be available throughout the evening. Teens must arrive by 7:30 and must be picked up by 10 p.m. A permission slip signed by a parent or guardian must be on file with the library. For information, call 703-444-3228.

Love notes

The Loudoun Symphonic Winds, a Sterling-based community concert ensemble, presents “Suites for My Darling,” featuring works by Gustav Holst, Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Potomac Falls High School. Guest conductor Ed Jones will lead the group. Tickets are available at the door. Donations are accepted for admission and refreshments. More information is available at lcbandinc.org/.

Cascades 5K

Work is underway on the 2017 Cascades MelaNoMore 5K, a fundraiser for the Melanoma Research Foundation—and volunteers are needed to help with race details. The May 7 event is in need of committee members to help with planning, volunteer coordination, food booths, flagger certification and coordination and other race-related details. To volunteer, contact Sheila Traenkle at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Chrishana Loritsch at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Cascades Blog: Sugarland Science Night Gets a Boost
Student volunteers from the Loudoun Academy of Science pitched in to help with the Sugarland Elementary School Family Science Night on Jan. 26, providing some much appreciated role models for the youngsters who may soon be following in their footsteps.

Among other Science Night duties, the Academy of Science volunteers helped with demonstrations designed to showcase science principles. The presentations explored the functions of the heart (Getting to the HEART of Your Heart), gravity (How Slow Can You Go? Defying Gravity) and animal characteristics (Are You My Baby? Animal Adaptations). The AOS volunteer workers included Allison Ball, William Cho, Ryan Hernandez, Alex Kim, Malvika Kuncham, Isha Liu, Clara Na, Pranavi Pallinti, Isaani Patnaik, Sarah Raphael, Harish Sundararaman, Rhea Tanamala, Jazleen Virk, Sophie Wong and Janie Wu.

Sugarland STEM lab teacher Darrielle Timothy worked with AOS counseling director Dr. Jayne Fonash to initiate the collaboration, paving the way for AOS students to come to the elementary school to provide future demonstrations and presentations.

Hearing Delayed

A public hearing on the expansion at the Falcons Landing retirement community, originally planned for January, is now expected to come on March 28, barring any unforeseen difficulties, according to Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R). Falcons Landing has submitted a zoning concept plan amendment to the county that would increase the number of independent living units and the number of assisted living and skilled nursing beds in the community. Falcons Landing also is seeking a modification that would reduce the minimum setback from travel ways to 30 feet from 45 feet.

Yearbook honors

The Dominion High School Odyssey 2016 yearbook, covering the 2015-2016 school year, received a First Class designation with two marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association. The yearbook received marks of distinction for coverage and for design.

Sleeping bags wanted

The Potomac Falls High School LEO Club, affiliated with Lions Club International, is collecting sleeping bags for a local shelter, to help provide more adults in need with a place to sleep. Sleeping bags can be dropped off at the school’s main office during school hours.

Tax assistance

The AARP tax assistance program is in full swing during the month of February at the Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades. Tax experts are available in Meeting Room A on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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