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This Weekend: Loudoun Ballet Company Presents its 21st Annual Installment of The Nutcracker

This weekend and last, Loudoun Ballet Company has offered up six crowd-pleasing performances of The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker, in its 21st annual installment by the Company, has become a family tradition for many patrons and a labor of love for those who participate.

The Company hosts auditions in September each year, and participants practice for nearly three months prior to the opening show. Oftentimes, the dancers who are cast in primary roles---like Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen---are girls who've danced in the show for many years. This is well-demonstrated by Tullia Johnston, a senior at Park View High School.

Tullia first danced in LBC's The Nutcracker ten years ago as a flower gift bearer. And now, she is performing in the show for the last time as one of three girls cast as Sugar Plum Fairy, and as one of two girls cast at Dew Drop. In alternative casts, the Sugar Plum Fairy is danced by Allison Perhach and Kathryn Nachajski.

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Leesburg Celebrates Opening of The Cooley Gallery with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 10

Leesburg Celebrates Opening of The Cooley Gallery with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 10

From the Town of Leesburg – At 5:45 p.m., on Friday, December 10, 2010, Town of Leesburg officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Cooley Gallery, located at 12 South King Street in Historic Downtown Leesburg.  Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd will be officiating.

Owned and operated by Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and his wife Christy, The Cooley Gallery will feature ceramics, painting, photography and artwork in various mediums.  Much of the work featured will be Chris’s own pottery and painting as well as the work of other local artists.

An art major at Utah State and 2004 draft pick of the Washington Redskins, Chris has kept his passion for painting and pottery alive.

Purcellville Tonight: Robert Merhaut Photography Exhibit at Shamrock Music Shoppe

Purcellville Tonight: Robert Merhaut Photography Exhibit at Shamrock Music Shoppe

Tonight, join photographer Robert Merhaut for an enjoyable evening of fine art, music, and great wines. Merhaut is a local professional photographer, and tonight from 6-9p, he'll exhibit his work at the second floor loft at Shamrock Music Shoppe in Old Town Purcellville.

The evening's music will be provided by Ellen James on the Celtic Harp and Jeremy Bass on classic guitar, and Notaviva Winery will sponsor a wine tasting.

Three Loudoun County Authors Join Forces to Support Local Non-Profit AART (All Ages Read Together)

On Friday, December 3rd from 6-8 p.m., three local authors will come together to support a local organization, All Ages Read Together (AART).

AART is a non-profit program dedicated to providing low and moderate income preschool age children with a free one-on-one reading experience with older members of the community.  AART believes that targeted personal contact of seniors with preschool children can have a positive and lasting impact on both kids and seniors.

Dec. 11 Jingle Jam Tickets Now On Sale

Popular Rock n’ Roll Holiday Concert returns to downtown Leesburg on Saturday, December 11, 2010

From the Town of Leesburg – Tickets for the second annual Jingle Jam, Leesburg’s Rock n’ Roll Holiday Concert, are now on sale.  Show times are 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the Tally Ho Theatre in downtown Leesburg.  Tickets are $15.00 each and can be purchased at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (in-person sales only).  Last year, both concerts sold out.

This family-friendly event features holiday songs and Christmas carols served up “Rock n’ Roll Style” by renowned local and regional artists.  This year’s line-up includes Todd Wright, Jon Carroll, Gary Smallwood, Michael Sheppard (8pm concert only), Cal Everett, Prescott Engle, Stilson Greene, Mark Williams, Nate Brown and Cassidy Ford.

Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department Hosts 5th Annual Charity Dance and Food Drive on Friday, Nove


From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Steps Ballroom and Interfaith Relief to offer its 5th annual charity dance and food drive at Ida Lee Recreation Center on November 12, 2010, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

This is a free event.  Donations of non-perishable food and goods will be collected in lieu of admission to be distributed through Interfaith Relief.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.

“Especially this year as the holidays approach, we wanted to offer a way for people to reach out to those who are in need of assistance,” explained Rich Williams, Director of Leesburg’s Parks & Recreation Department.  “We encourage everyone to come enjoy a night of dancing and do a world of good.”