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Cascades and CountrySide Blog: A moveable feast
The Community Table of Loudoun, an initiative sponsored by area faith communities, comes to eastern Loudoun next month with a free Italian dinner and dining-out experience for anyone in need of a meal. The dinner, served by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, Christ Chapel AME and Blessed Assurance Temple, takes place at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades. The meal is free and open to all, with no need to register, provide names or demonstrate need.

The Community Table of Loudoun concept was launched in 2013 as a way to provide an elegant, sit-down meal for those who may not be able to experience restaurant dining. The informal project—with no staff or board—has served nearly 1,600 guests so far, through nine dinners hosted by more than 24 faith communities. Many of the dinners are funded by income from the county’s senior centers.

A Community Table evening begins with a greeting by a host or hostess who shows guests to their seats. Families may sit together; some guests prefer to meet new people by joining a group table. Wait staffers greet the diners, offer menu choices and take drink orders. After giving the guests time to relax, the wait staff takes dinner orders from a menu with a choice of options. Guests are encouraged to enjoy their meal and the experience at a leisurely pace.

Anyone – individuals, community organizations, schools, faith communities and others – can help expand the offerings of the Community Table project. An email link for information and a CTL participation manual are online at http://www.ctloudoun.org.

Safe driving

The Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging and Falcons Landing are partnering to offer an open session on safe driving for seniors featuring a panel of experts on the topic. The panelists include Deputy Dave Spurlock of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office; Joe Beddick, manager, Traffic and Safety at the AAA Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and Dr. Ann Mecherikunnel, the Falcons Landing medical director. The session takes place at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Falcons Landing. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required to enable non-residents to access the Falcons Landing campus. To register, contact Michele Zimmer-Forster LCSW at 703-404-5116 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

No parking

The CountrySide Proprietary has been advised that the shoulder lanes of Algonkian Parkway are Virginia Department of Transportation property and are designated as a right of way. This means that parking is not permitted there and any vehicle found on the shoulders may be ticketed and towed.
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Cascades and CountrySide Blog: Top players take on Super Smash Bros.
This week, the Loudoun County Library at Cascades hosts the county’s top gamers for a tournament finale to name a Super Smash Bros./Wii U champion. The competition gets underway during the library’s weekly After Hours Teen Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 19. Additional gaming opportunities, computer access and art supplies will be available for any teens who don’t want to sit on the sidelines. For information, call 703-444-3228.

“Scared to Death”

Eastern Loudoun’s StageCoach Theatre Co. rounds out its five-year anniversary celebration with performances of “Scared to Death,” an interactive murder mystery co-written by CountrySide resident Terry Smith. The show holds a special place of honor in the StageCoach repertoire. During its original run, Smith met Jerri Wiseman and the two decided to launch what would become the StageCoach Theatre Co. Upcoming performances are Aug. 20 at the Waterford Foundation Old School, Aug. 21 at Bright Box in Winchester, Sept. 11 at Savoir Faire in Round Hill and Sept. 17 at Stoney Creek Resort in Greenville, Va.

Art in the park

Award-winning photographers Dora Ramirez and Gerry D’Onofrio of CountrySide bring their fine art photography to the Art in the Pink Box Park in Middleburg from 10 a.m. To 3 p.m. Aug. 27. The event features a variety of artwork, as well as live music from noon to 2 p.m. from The Crooked Angels, an Upperville duo offering “bourbon-infused Americana.”

Volunteers needed

The Cascades Community Association is looking for additional volunteers to help with community events such as the Fall Festival, Cascades Firechase, movie nights and more. Increased volunteer turnout could lead to the creation of a programs committee designed to “explore whether more or different activities would be welcome in Cascades,” according to the Cascades Community Association. To volunteer, contact Member Services Assistant Hanh Reasonover at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or General Manager Josh Harber at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Budget proposals

The CountrySide Finance Committee is looking for community input on programs and budgeting plans for 2017. According to the CountrySide Proprietary, the community is equivalent to a medium-sized Virginia town and services are based on affordability, as well as feedback from residents. To provide budgeting or programming suggestions for the coming year, contact Community Relations Coordinator Laura Roethlein no later than Aug. 26 at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 703-430-0715.

The end of summer

Horizon Elementary School holds Eastern Loudoun’s first back-to-school night for the new school year. The parent/teacher meet and greet, for third through fifth-graders, takes place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23.
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Sterling Blog: Great stage of colonial softball
OK, you try to fit all these things into one headline and see how well you fare. They say that variety is the spice of life. It’s also the spice that makes Sterling so wonderful. No matter what you love, whether it be Shakespeare, history or America’s pastime – you’ll find it right here in our community. And it’s not even a far walk to get there.

Ever wonder what would happen if the characters of Shakespeare had to solve a murder mystery? Keaton Crowe, who grew up in Sterling and went to Park View High School, wondered just that and decided to make it into a play. Crowe has been involved in a number of Sterling Playmaker productions, from starring in “Bye Bye Birdie” to being the assistant director of “Peter Pan” and a lot more. However, this fall, he’s directing a show co-written by Erin Marie Paquette, and this is your chance to be in an original, never-seen-before production of “Great Stage of Fools.”

Auditions are at 7 p.m. Aug. 25-26 and 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Sterling Community Center on Enterprise Street. The show will be casting 15 men and women, ages 16 and up. Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script and a prepared monologue, which you can find at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com along with more information about the play.

The show will go on Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-29, so even if you aren’t planning on auditioning, you can mark your calendar for this homegrown show.

This weekend, you can go back in time without inventing a time machine – and all for free. Just stop by the Lanesville section of the Claude Moore Park Historic area on Aug. 20, and learn how they did during the Colonial times. You’ll see how the colonists made bread, cooked dinner and even made clothes. Best of all, there will refreshments in case it continues to be so hot. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. You can find out more by calling the park at 571-258-3700.

Registration is still open for the Lower Loudoun Girls Softball League, which is (in my unbiased opinion) the best softball league ever. Not only does softball teach your daughter about teamwork and sportsmanship, it also encourages individual achievement as she steps up to the plate with only a bat and a helmet. If you want to see pure joy, watch your daughter’s face as she scores a run for the first time – because (from personal experience) there’s nothing like it. The league practices at fields right in the area with many games at Sully Elementary and Claude Moore. They are also looking for coaches to help these girls excel, so be sure to check that out as well. Find out more at http://www.LLGSL.com.

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