Keep Loudoun Beautiful

“Loudoun’s Beauty is Everyone’s Duty”  is the mantra of Keep Loudoun Beautiful, an all-volunteer organization who’s mission is to maintain the natural beauty and visual quality of Loudoun County.   KLB also encourages and educates citizens to keep Loudoun beautiful, promotes public awareness of environmental challenges, and aims to improve county trash disposal and to eliminate illegal dumping.

With business and individual sponsors from the local community, KLB hosts clean-up events throughout Loudoun including watershed clean-up of waterways.  Spring is the busiest season as individual communities, with the help of KLB, organize clean-up events.  Upcoming events, and information on becoming a KLB member or joining in a clean-up event can be found on the KLB website.   Going strong since 1972, 2012 marks the 40th year of Keeping Loudoun Beautiful!

Tea at Oatlands, Leesburg

Are you looking for a girls day out with a little class?  Spend an afternoon enjoying tea at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens!  The traditional English afternoon teas are hosted every season of the year, with special teas during the winter holidays, Valentines Day, and Mother’s Day.   Tea is served at 1:00pm along with tea sandwiches, sweets and scones.   Check the complete 2012 tea schedule then call to make your reservations and purchase tickets ($26.95+ tax).  The teas are reserved for ages 3 and up.   Proceeds support the Oatlands Historic House & Gardens which is located on Rt. 15, south of Leesburg.

New Years Eve Loudoun: Ringing In Hope

For family-friendly fun on New Years Eve in Loudoun, check out the Ringing in Hope 10K and 5K race or 1K walk along a certified, level, scenic course in Loudoun’s Brambleton!   Ringing in Hope has become an annual New Year’s Eve tradition in Loudoun.   Along with the race and walk, loads of family fun activities are planned including pony rides, moon bounces, train rides and more!

Check the Ringing in Hope site for full details and race registration.   Showers and changing facilities are available for race participants so why not stay to enjoy the shopping, dining and take in a movie at Brambleton’s Town Center too?    Brambleton Town Center is located at 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton (Ashburn), VA 20148

Drive-Thru Living Nativity Leesburg, 2011

An annual Christmas tradition in Leesburg, VA:   “Return to Bethlehem”, a  Living Nativity sponsored by Leesburg Church of the Nazarene,  is this weekend December 10 and 11.    Come see the area’s one-of-a-kind Living Nativity from the comfort of your car from 5:00 to 8:30pm both nights.     Bring hot chocolate and a little patience as the line of cars coming off Route 7 can get a little backed up as people come from all around to see this unique annual display.    The lines get longer later in the evening.   Admission is  Free but monetary donations are welcome.   Located off Route 7, just west of Leesburg at 17667 Roxbury Hall Road, Leesburg, VA 20175

Leesburg’s 9th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K

Come out this Saturday for the 9th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run in Leesburg, VA.   Hosted by the Loudoun County Department of Parks and Recreation and benefiting Loudoun Interfaith Relief, the race provides a fun and challenging tour through the country side of Ida Lee Park, located just north of Leesburg’s Historic District on Rt. 15. Participants are asked to bring 2 cans of food the day of the race.  Last year over 2,000 lbs. of food gathered at the race was donated to Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Pre-registration is open until Wednesday, November 16, $20 for the 5K run and $10 for the 1 mile fun run at PR Events.  Registration the day of the race is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run.  Thanksgiving-themed prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers of the 5K for each age category.  The race will begin at the Gazebo at Ida Lee park at 9:00a.m. Follows signs for parking the morning of the race. Sorry, no strollers, wagons, or dogs allowed on the course. But you might win a Thanksgiving turkey!

Ladies Board Rummage Sale, 2011

Ladies Board Rummage SaleCome the middle of October, the Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital hosts their Annual Rummage Sale at the Morven Park Equestrian and Event Center in Leesburg.   The sale is an event regarded by many as “the biggest treasure hunt and bargain shopping extravaganza in Loudoun County”.   You’ll see why as you browse 40,000 square feet of trinkets, treasures and everything including the kitchen sink, all indoors!   2011 is the the 73nd Annual Rummage Sale, Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15.   Co-chairs Lisa Cromwell & Sue Clewis, along with an army of dedicated volunteers, are gearing up for another successful sale!

There is an Early Bird Hour from 8am to 9am on Friday only.  Tickets are $5.00 and benefit the Polly Clemens Nursery Fund.  Early Bird Tickets are on sale at the Black Shutter Antique Shop, the Twice is Nice thrift shop (both in Leesburg) and the Gift Shop at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne.  Admission is free during the general sale hours of 9 am to 3 pm on Friday and Saturday.  The Sale’s Silent Auction, a one-day event, closes on Friday at 2pm.  Artwork, gift certificates and unique items are offered at the Auction.  Check out the Ladies Board Facebook page for photos of current auction items.

The Ladies Board hosted the first rummage sale in 1938 at the St. James Church in Leesburg. Net sales were approximately $150, and everyone worried that no rummage was left in the County!  For many years the sale was held at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Leesburg until in 2003 when it moved to Morven Park.  All proceeds benefit the Ladies Board which supports nursing scholarships and special projects at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

The sale requires months of planning and hundreds of volunteers. To volunteer or donate items, year-round please call 703-771-2985.

End of July? Must be Loudoun County Fair Time!

Yes, Loudoun, there is a county fair!  Come out to the country for some fresh air (well, as fresh as air around a large number of livestock can be!) and enjoy the  annual Loudoun County Fair at the County Fairgrounds, July 25 through July 30, 2011. The Fair has something for everyone. Check out the packed schedule of things to see and do from a carnival midway, crafts exhibits, livestock exhibits (of course!), agricultural demonstrations, BMX shows, a professional rodeo, to the annual Kiss-a-Pig contest to name a few.   The Kiss-a-Pig contest is a well-loved Loudoun County tradition featuring people from the local business community raising funds for local charities.   Daily pass Fair ticket prices are reasonably priced at $10  for ages 13 & up, $5 for 6-12. Weekly passes also are available for $25.  Come hungry as the local 4-H clubs sponsor country-cooked dinners nightly at 5:00pm in Sykes Hall.  The Loudoun County Fairgrounds are located at 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg.

Run for Independence 8K, Leesburg

Kick off the 2011 July 4 holiday weekend with the 8K Run for Independence in Leesburg!  This 1st annual event will take place Saturday, July 2, at 7:15am and run through the streets of historic Leesburg on a USA T&F certified measured course.  The Run benefits the ARC of Loudoun’s Paxton* Campus in Leesburg “which works with and advocates for children and adults with disabilities.” The event will include post-race activities for the whole family – music, food and more.   Don’t delay – online registration closes at 9am on July 1; $30 per race participant.  Day-of-race registration is also available at an additional fee.  To register and for complete information visit the Run for Independence website.

*For more information about the historic Paxton mansion in NE Leesburg, visit


#75 Chocolates Galore & More, Loudoun YMCA

February is here and many thoughts turn to the universally admired sweet treat:  Chocolate!    If you are a chocolate lover, you are in luck as the YMCA of Loudoun is hosting its 23rd annual fundraiser, Chocolates Galore & More! on Friday, February 18 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg/ Lansdowne, 7:00pm-11:00pm.    Grab some friends and enjoy a night out at one of Loudoun County’s most popular events, which regularly draws crowds in excess of 700 people.   Not only will you enjoy a dessert & hors d’oeuvre competition but also silent & live auctions as well as music, dancing and champagne.   Tickets will be available for purchase online until February 17.   Reserved seating tickets are $70, general admission tickets are $60.   General admission tickets will also be available at the door for $70.  For all the sweet details and to purchase tickets or a table online, go to the Chocolates Galore & More! website.