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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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 Loudoun Walking Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Potomac River Running shoe store, 20630 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. The meeting will be an opportunity for walkers to get shoe questions answered, have their gait evaluated for optimal shoe fit and socialize. Refreshments.
For those who would like to walk before the meeting, meet at 6 p.m., at the store for a 5-kilometer, or 3-mile, group walk on the W&OD Trail and through Ashburn neighborhoods. Contact Bob at 703-737-2175 or email@example.com.
Guys Read is a book club for guys Thursdays, Sept. 21, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 7 p.m. Upcoming books: September, "The Day My Butt Went Psycho;" October, "Henry and the Clubhouse," and November, "Knights of the Kitchen Table." Free books will be available to participants before each program. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Registration is required prior to the program, 703-737-8105.
The Virginia Readers' Choice book club, Mondays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Read "Hunter's Best Friend at School," by Laura Malone Elliot in September and "Epossumondas," by Coleen Salley and "Manana Iguana," by Ann Whitford Paul in October. Learn about the authors and illustrators of the books and do activities. In the spring, VRC Primary book club participants who read at least four of the 2006-2007 selections will vote for their favorite and the votes will be submitted to the Virginia State Reading Association. Recommended for children in grades kindergarten-second grade. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8105.
Boys in first-fifth grade and their parents are invited to come to Pack 905's "Join Scouting Night" Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at Algonkian Elementary, 20196 Carter Court, Sterling. Contact Janet Rodriguez 571-434-7907 or Jill Gerhart 703-450-0570.
Loudoun County Cub Scout Night, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Every public elementary school in the county will have representatives from the Cub Scouts available to register boys in first-fifth grades. Contact Jake Allred, 703-554-3380 or Brian McGuire, 703-434-2833.
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 meeting is Sept. 26, at 10:15 a.m., at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
The Loudoun County Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7-9 p.m., at the Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg. Call 703-771-3366.
The Loudoun Walking and Volkssport Club is sponsoring a noncompetitive walk with a choice of 5- and 11-kilometer distances on back country roads near Lovettsville Sept. 30. Start any time between 8 a.m. and noon from the Game Protective Association center on Route 287 (Berlin Pike) in Lovettsville. Walk at own pace following a marked course. There is no preregistration and no fee to participate. Participants who take part in the IVV's Volkssport Achievement Awards program get their log books stamped for a $3 registration fee. Contact Bob Wright at 703-737-2175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashburn Classics meet every second Saturday of the month at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Call Pamela Halston, chairperson, 703 771 7041 or e-mail at Halstonp@hotmail.com.
The South Riding Lions Club, which focuses on helping the vision and hearing impaired in Centreville, Chantilly, Herndon, South Riding, meets the first Thursday of each month at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 43987 John Mosby Highway, Chantilly. New members welcome. Call Jim Vertrees, 703-327-3538.
Countryside Quilters meet the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m., at the Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Guild activities include book and fabric exchanges, workshops, speakers, field trips and community service projects. Call Leanne, 703-304-6721.
Baka Club at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg. Tuesday, 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.
The Welcome Club of Northern Virginia invites community residents to attend its monthly luncheon at That's Amore in Vienna, Thursday, Oct. 5. The speaker will be Dr. Nancy Spruill, director of acquisition, resources and analyses, Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Registrations begins at 11 a.m. Call 703-281-6225 or e-mail email@example.com. The deadline for reservations is Monday, Oct. 2.
There will be a new friends coffee Friday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. for new and prospective members. Contact 703-242-0217 or Jtowers39@cox.net for further information.
Ashburn Boy Scout Troop 1158 is holding its fall 2006 mulch sale. The money raised supports travel and gear expenses. Price is $4.10 per 3-cubic-foot bag. To order, send check or money order made payable to: Boy Scout Troop 1158, c/o Robin Stribling, 44158 Paget Terrace, Ashburn, VA 20147.
Orders with prepayment must be received by Oct. 10. Free delivery with a minimum five-bag order. Deliveries will take place Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15.
Virginia Reader's Choice book club for middle-schoolers at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 7 p.m., Thursdays, 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.
Sterling Library will be holding an after-school book club, Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Oct. 17. Includes books, crafts and fun. Learn about the latest must reads or bring a book to recommend to others. A different theme will be featured each month. Recommended for ages 6-10. Advance registration required at 703-430-9500.
MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, meets the second and fourth Friday of each month at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Drive, Ashburn. Child care is provided. MOPS is a program designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. Call CUMC at 703-729-5100, Ext. 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's and infant's clothing, toys, and equipment sale, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church. Half-Price Sale from 1-2 p.m.
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.
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. Call 703-404-3977 or 703-430-9398.
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. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.