Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.
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Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers are having a fall bulb sale with proceeds going to support their educational activities throughout the year. Order forms can be picked up at local libraries, community and senior centers, at the Extension Office at 30-B Catoctin Circle, S.E., Wachovia Bank Building, Leesburg. The order form is also available for download from the Master Gardener Volunteer Web site, www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org.
Forms and payment must be returned to the Extension Office by Wednesday, Aug. 30. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis; bulbs available for pick up at the Extension Office Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Contact 703-771-5150 or email@example.com.
La Leche League of Ashburn will hold its next meeting Sept. 1, at 10:15 a.m., at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. The topic is "Nutrition and Weaning." Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Free. Call a La Leche League leader at 703-723-9891.
Northern Virginia Writers First Friday event, Sept. 1, from 7:30 -9:30 p.m., at Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Topic will be "Structuring Your Story," presented by Khris Baxter. Admission is $4 for members of The Writer's Center and residents of Leesburg; $6 for the general public. Call 301-654-8664.
Freedom Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will have Maj. Gen. Larry Adair, U.S. Army, retired, to speak about, "Your Army and You," Saturday, Sept. 2, at the American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. The meeting is open to the public and begins at noon. Call 703-356-2370 or visit www.users.erols.com/denawards/.
Mothers First-Leesburg is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out and lectures. Septmber's meetings are Sept. 5 and 19, at 10 a.m., at the Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
Baka Club at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg. Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3, 6:45 p.m. Interested in anime and comics? See the library's expanding collection and bring own favorites to watch, read and share. Drawing, discussion, screenings, sharing and soda each month. Recommended for teens ages 12-18. Sponsored by the Rust Library Advisory Board. Call 703-771-5624.
Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers invite the public to attend a free monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Extension Office located in the Wachovia Bank Building at 30-B Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg. The topic will be, "The Gardening Season in Review," with an open discussion of what went well and problems encountered during the growing season. Those who plan to attend are encouraged, but are not required, to bring a dish with recipe made from homegrown produce for tasting and photos to show successes/challenges.
The public is also invited to attend the weekly "Lunch and Learns" each Tuesday, at noon, at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg. The presentations are free and continue each Tuesday through the end of September. Call 703-777-0373.
The Welcome Club of Northern Virginia invites community residents to attend its monthly luncheon at Flemings Steak House in McLean Thursday, Sept. 7. The speaker is Eileen Weklar of Feng Shui Designs and Solutions, who will present a creative and practical guide to Feng Shui. Registration begins at 11 a.m. For reservations and additional information about the luncheon or the organization, call 703-281-6335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Sept. 1, at noon.
MOPS is a program designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. MOPS meets the second and fourth Friday of each month at Crossroads United Methodist Church, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Child care is provided. Call CUMC at 703-729-5100, Ext. 202 or visit www.mops.org. The club is holding a "Meet and Greet" at the Ashburn Dinosaur Park, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Includes face painting, tattoos and snacks for the children to enjoy.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at Capital Community Church is now taking registration for the 2006-07 year. MOPS provides mothers with the support they need through resources and relationships. It meets the second and fourth Friday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Capital Community Church in Ashburn Village. Child care is provided. The new MOPS year starts Friday, Sept. 8. Call
703-404-3977 or 703-430-9398.
Ashburn Classics is holding its first silent auction, Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Ashburn Library on Hay Road. Bidding is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Members, guests, friends and neighbors are welcome. Contact Pat Morin, coordinator, 703-723-
0919 or Pamela Halston, chairperson, 703-771-7041.
Loudoun Horse Association is the sponsoring a natural horsemanship clinic Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., prompt start. Presentation by Leslie Gottesman, a natural horsemanship practitioner who will not only explain the basics but will give a live demonstration of natural horsemanship techniques with a horse and owner who are trying to solve a common handling problem. Clinic to be held at 36928 Stonemeadow Road, Purcellville. Call 703-431-0178. It is $5 for nonmembers and free to members.
Mothers First-Ashburn is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out and lectures. September's meetings are Sept. 12 and 26, at 10:15 a.m., at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
The MOMS Club of Ashburn Farm is holding an open house Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m., at the Mills Recreation Center in Ashburn Village. Get information about the club, meet members and see what we are all about. Includes a craft for the children, while parents listen to a presentation on speech development - infant through toddler years. Call 703-980-3519 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Explorer Post 1666 invites interested community members to attend the "First Night" meeting Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. Call 703-729-0006.
Virginia Reader's Choice book club for middle-schoolers at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 7 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. Join the club on the second Thursday of each month to discuss a book from the Virginia Young Reader's Choice list for middle school. The library will provide refreshments. Recommended for ages 12-18. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8100, Ext. 4.
All girls ages 5-18 and parents interested in Daisies, Brownies or Girl Scouts are invited to attend a registration open house at River Bend Middle School cafeteria, 46240 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14. Registration is $10 per year. E-mail Laura Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Garofolo at email@example.com.
Children's and infant's clothing, toys and equipment sale, Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Belmont Station Elementary School, 20235 Nightwatch St., Ashburn.
Deals on gently used clothing, toys and equipment; one room dedicated to everything baby; second room will focus from toddlers on up. Sponsored by Loudoun-Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club. Visit www.lfmomc.com.
Ashburn Library Advisory Board is holding an open house, Monday, Sept. 18, at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, between 7-8:30 p.m. ALAB, a nonprofit, charitable organization that exists solely to support the library, is seeking area residents to help with its work. ALAB members will be available to answer questions and distribute application forms. Members attend monthly meetings on the third Tuesday evening of each month and help with the planning and execution of fund raising and library staff appreciation events. Contact Larry Stepnick, president, at 703-858-9066 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the information desk at the library to pick up an application form. Applications are due by Sept. 30.
The next monthly membership meeting of the Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club (PVSSC) is Monday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the Dunn Loring Firehouse, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. Free and open to the public. Guest speaker is trainer Pat Schaap. Refreshments. Bring your dog and meet other Sheltie owners and breeders. Visit the clubÕs Web site at http://www.shetlandsheepdog.us.
The Countryside Women's Club's September meeting is Friday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m., at the Parkway Pool meeting room, Algonkian Parkway in Countryside. Deputy Sheriff Sal Torelli from the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office will speak about "Identity Theft."
Countryside Women's Club will be hosting a fall welcoming coffee Thursday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. Contact Marla Brenner at 571-434-0667 by Sept. 19.
Countryside Women's Club is open to all women. There are many special interest groups. Call Teresa Bettec at 703-444-3035.
The MOMS Club of Ashburn Village Area, covers Ashbrook, Regency, Cameron Chase, Belmont Country Club, University Center, the Courts and Ridges, and more. It is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization with chapters all over the world. It offers age-appropriate play groups, field trips to fun and exciting places, "Momsâ Night Out" volunteer opportunities and more. Business meetings on the third Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m., at the Ashburn Library or visit the Web site at http://www.geocities.com/ashburnmomsclub or e-mail email@example.com.
The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, has a walking club, which meets Thursday mornings, at 10:30 a.m. Walks take place outside, so wear loose comfortable clothing and sneakers. In case of inclement weather, walkers will be transported to the Dulles Town Center to walk around the "track."
Help Save Loudoun meets at 7 p.m., the last Wednesday of each month at the Cascades Library, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Visit www.helpsaveloudoun.com.
Are you a Virginia 4-H All Star? The Loudoun County 4-H program is trying to contact past All Star recipients who now live in Loudoun County. Contact the Loudoun County Extension Office at 703-777-0373 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
S.T.O.P.S (Survivors Together Offering Personal Support) will meet Mondays, at Broadlands Nature Center, 21907 Claiborne Parkway, Ashburn, at 6:30-8 p.m.
ST.O.P.S is a fellowship of young girls and women who may share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from the trauma of being sexually abused. Primary purpose is to heal and help other victims of sexual assault become survivors.
Weekly Master Gardener Volunteer's Lunch and Learn at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, Ida Lee Park, Leesburg. Every Tuesday, at noon, beginning in May, Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers will make a 20- to 30-minute educational presentation followed by a question-and-answer session and a tour of the Ida Lee Demonstration Garden. The public is invited to attend these programs free, no registration is required. In case of rain, the program will be held, Thursday evening, at 7 p.m.
Call the Loudoun Extension Office at 703-777-0373.
The book discussion group at the Senior center at Cascades marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon. Open to interested members. 703-430-2397.
The Ashburn-Sterling Masonic Lodge meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. for dinner at the lodge. Call Russ Baneck at 703-470-2188 or Charles Maranto at 703-868-7896. The lodge is located at 43881 Waxpool Road in Ashburn.
Virginia Reader's Choice Book Club at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. This book club will read one-two books each month from the elementary-school level Ñ grades three-five Ñ that were nominated by the Virginia Reader's Choice Program for the 2006-2007 school year. This monthly meeting will include a book discussion, games and refreshments.
Parents are welcome to join with their children in the reading of the books. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8105. Participants will receive a free copy of the book upon sign up. Sponsored by the Ashburn Library Advisory Board.