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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.

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Holidays in Leesburg!

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Holidays in Leesburg!

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy "the most wonderful time of the year" and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. 

On Saturday, December 11, 2010, the holiday spirit will be in full swing as Leesburg hosts the annual holiday parade. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and usher Santa and his friends down King Street, through the heart of historic Leesburg. The parade will begin at Ida Lee Drive and end at Fairfax Street. Parade participation is open to the public, including businesses, civic groups, teams, organizations, and community groups. In preparation for the parade, King Street will be closed to vehicular traffic at 9:30 a.m. from Ida Lee Drive to Catoctin Circle.

Holiday Tours at Morven Park

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.

8th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K Cross Country Race and 1-Mile Fun Run Scheduled for Saturday, No

Race will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park