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COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Senior Center Offers Parkinson’s Resource
While you’re probably aware that the Loudoun County Senior Center at Cascades offers a place for the over-55 set to socialize, work out and work together on an array of volunteer efforts, you may not know that the center is home to one of the region’s landmark resources for those dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

The Cascades Senior Center presents a free Yoga for Parkinson’s class on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. The class is the only one of its kind in Virginia sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capitol Area. Pre-registration is available online at the foundation website at http://www.parkinsonfoundation.org (click on Programs, click on Yoga for Parkinson’s). A video of the class and additional information also can be found online.

Water aerobics for seniors:
The Cascades Senior Center is launching a new water aerobics class, to be held at Falcon’s Landing on Mondays and Fridays, March 7 through April 15 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. The registration fee for the 12-session class is $60. Class members register at the Senior Center office and pay the fee to the instructor on the first day of class. Transportation is not provided.

Volunteers needed: The Senior Center at Cascades is in need of volunteers for its kitchen program, which provides lunch to members at the center, and for the area’s home-delivered meals program. For information, call 571-258-3280.

Learning about voice-over work: If you’re interested in a career narrating commercials, providing voices for animated characters, performing for audiobook recordings or other similar work, eastern Loudoun’s StageCoach Theatre Company can point you in the right direction. The theater group is presenting a two-day “Introduction to Voice-Overs” workshop this month that will cover voice-over categories, what you need to get started in the business, what producers are looking for, how to get jobs, creating a voice-over demo, home studios, marketing and business information and more. The workshop takes place Feb. 16 and 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the StageCoach office at 44121 Harry Byrd Highway. The cost is $65 for the two-day session. Information is online at stagecoachtc.com.

Photo exhibit: The Balch Library in Leesburg is hosting the “Olden Times Fine Art Photography Exhibit,” featuring work by award-winning CountrySide photographer Dora Ramirez. The photographs will be on display until March 31, in the meeting room of the library at 208 West Market Street.

Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.
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STERLING BOULEVARD: Things are happening!
The Children of the Rainbow raised $1,500 to benefit the Northern Virginia Autism Society. Times-Mirror/Jen Lofquist
By Jen Lofquist

One of my favorite scenes from “30 Rock” (and there are many) is Liz Lemon freaking out and leaving message after message for her mentor/friend Jack and one is just a frantic “Things are happening!”

It sums up that moment when there is just so much and you need to tell someone―but you need them to be actually listening to you when you tell them. An answering machine won’t do. If Sterling had a best friend right now, they would be saying “Things are happening!” into the machine and hoping nothing more happens between now and the return call. Let’s get into those things!

Where were you on the afternoon of Jan. 31? If you were one of 192 people, you were at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 201 E. Frederick, listening to a concert of Celtic music. Performed by The Children of the Rainbow, an inclusive orchestra, the concert raised $1,500 to benefit the Northern Virginia Autism Society. This is the first in a series of concerts to be held at the church, so watch this space for more information―and thank you to those who attended and supported this important cause.

This Saturday, Feb. 6, is the annual Mardi Gras Carnival at Claude Moore Community Center. For just $3 per person, your whole family can enjoy games, crafts, face painting, moon bounces and so much more. Registration is recommended, so don’t miss out on this fun event―it’s better (and cheaper) than going to New Orleans! OK…cheaper, but it’s still really fun. The festivities go from 2 until 6 p.m. To learn more or to find out how to register, call the community center at 571-258-3500.

Next week marks the season of Lent, and though some might start it with a Mardi Gras celebration, I always kick it off with pancakes.

In traditional observance, Lent was a time for forgoing luxuries, so before it began, you would go through your pantry and use up all the butter and eggs you could find.

Add in some flour―and you got yourself a pancake! Next Tuesday, Feb. 9, St. Matthew’s Youth Group will be hosting a pancake dinner and you’re all invited. From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., they’ll be serving up breakfast favorites, making pancake art and participating in the ever-challenging “pancake toss.”

Donations will support the St. Matthew’s Mission Program, so you’re eating for a good cause. For more information, contact the church at 703-430-2121.

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STERLING BOULEVARD: Snowbound or Broadway bound?
By Jen Lofquist

After the weekend, I’m sure most of you are sick to death of your house. I’m sick of pretty much everything and everyone in it. I’m grateful that only one resident of my house reads my column. The younger one doesn’t bother and the three other ones don’t have thumbs so they can’t turn the pages of the newspaper.

However, nothing makes you want to get more out of town than being stuck in one place for days on end―even if the trip isn’t even in the near future. Thankfully, the Sterling Playmakers have just the cure for whatever ails you―a trip to New York City to visit Broadway.

Next fall, Sept. 16-18, they will be leading a group of theatre lovers to visit Broadway for three days and two nights. You’ll see two shows, and enjoy dinners out on the town and a visit to the 9-11 memorial. This wonderful trip will be led by Sterling’s revered Kathy Bleutge, who knows more than a thing or two about the theatre. Price is dependent on how many people you’re willing to cram into your hotel room, and the fee is paid in installments so you can spread out the pain. This is a great way to put off these winter blues and put a little “spring” in your step.

For more information, including a list of shows, or to sign up (which is a good idea, since there is a limit of only 52 people―because that’s the amount of room on the bus), contact Kathy Bleutge .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You do have to have your first installment paid by March 31, so this is no time to dawdle. Sign up now and have something to look forward to in the months ahead.

Parent workshops in Sterling

If you’re a Spanish-speaking parent, you can face a number of unique challenges raising your child in this area. SCAN of Northern Virginia is offering a series of free parenting workshops for you and your child of 10 years or older to help you and your child. Hosted by our own St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 201 E. Frederick Drive, the four classes will cover communication skills, advocating for your child in the school system and family rules. The workshops will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. and will be conducted in Spanish. To register for these workshops, or to learn more about them, you can contact Alice Clark or Marisol Morales at 703-820-9001.
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COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Teen Volunteers Are Always Welcome
STERLING BOULEVARD: A child’s best friend
COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Helping families while their children heal
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