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Leesburg Parks & Recreation Hosts “Spooktacular” Family Events in October

From of Town of Leesburg, VA – Join us at Ida Lee Recreation Center for a month of haunted happenings! We have something for every age group to celebrate the season, including magic, crafts, and a ‘rocktober’ concert with Uncle Pete.  So come in costume and get ready for a month of spooky fun at Ida Lee!

Family Night of Mystery and Magic on October 9, 2010 at 6:30pm

Pink Streaks in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 1-31

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

So Lofty Salon & Wellness Center in Vienna is offering

PINK HIGHLIGHTS

for just $10 each. No appointment necessary.

Two Local Girls Join Forces to Propel Charity

This was sent to us by Michael Gillette:

5-year-old Taylor Love from Ashburn, VA is battling neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer with no cure. 13-year-old musician Abby Miller from Sterling, VA is her friend and has been helping raise money for Taylor since the girls met a few years ago. Abby typically performs on the streets of DC or in front of shopping malls to raise money. On average, she raises a couple hundred dollars each time she goes out.

Abby and Taylor recently set their sights on a bigger prize when they teamed up to help generate votes for the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer charity in the Pepsi Refresh contest. The New York-based charity was in 4th place but needed to move into 1st or 2nd place to win one of the $250,000 grants. (All of these funds would go toward neuroblastoma research which would directly benefit Taylor.)

Free Women's Self-Defense Workshop To Be Held in Ashburn on October 4

The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office will hold their 33rd Women’s Self-Defense Workshop on Monday, October 4, 2010.  

The class is open to all female residents of Loudoun County over the age of fourteen and space is limited to 100 participants. “The workshop is a free session whose purpose is to educate women on sexual assault issues and rape awareness,” said Sheriff Steve Simpson. “The October session is an opportunity for all women to learn to be aware of their surroundings and how to protect themselves from becoming a victim,” Simpson added.  The session will be held from 7:00 PM to 10:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy on Monday, October 4, 2010.

The academy is located at 45299 Research Place in Ashburn, VA.  

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Local Tennis Moms Will Compete at USTA National Championship

Some Northern Virginia tennis players will soon travel to California to compete in the United States Tennis Association League's 2.5 National Adult Championship. The event will take place Oct. 1-3 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

The members of the nine-woman team—which was self-dubbed, "One Hit Wonders"—are clearly anything but. They attended USTA Virginia's District Championship in mid-July and qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Sectional Championship by wild card. There, they went undefeated and picked up their invitation to USTA's National Championship. The team represents Ida Lee Tennis Center and the Town of Leesburg and comprises: captain Ellen Wyly, and players Cristina Sequino, Eve Weber, Jen Culko, Jen Kaine, Jennifer Pearson, Kathy Horne, Nicole Sicre, and Susan Gorman. Moses Gittens and Korey Suk coach the team of superstar-do-it-all-moms.

Va. man gets 12 years in prison for $53M fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia restaurateur has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

Thirty-one-year-old Osama El-Atari of Ashburn also was ordered to pay $53 million in restitution at sentencing Friday. He had pleaded guilty in April to three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

El-Atari owned a small chain of steakhouses in the Washington suburbs under the name Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater. He was known for driving Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

According to court documents, El-Atari presented the banks with fake life insurance policies as collateral to obtain fraudulent loans. The loans allegedly were for business ventures.

He fled the United States in May 2009 and was arrested in Texas in January 2010.