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Rain Barrel Workshops Scheduled May 19, 2022

Leesburg Residents can Save $25 on barrel purchase

The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC), will offer a rain barrel workshop in Leesburg on Thursday, May 19.

While the workshops are open to all, Leesburg residents can receive a discount on rain barrel purchases, through a Town of Leesburg program sponsored by the EAC.

The workshop will be held at Tuscarora Creek Park (425 Solitude Court SE) beginning at 6 p.m. Participants will have the choice of making a rain barrel or purchasing one that’s already been pre-made.

Kits to make a rain barrel cost $60 each; the pre-made barrels cost $80 each (prices include tax).  As a bonus, Leesburg residents can receive a $25 discount on the purchase of a rain barrel as an incentive to promote water conservation.  Discounts will be provided to the first 30 people that register.

Participants are reminded to dress appropriately if they will be constructing their own barrels. For more information or to register, visit http://www.loudounsoilandwater.com/programs/rain-barrel-workshops/.

Leesburg Police 2022 Summer Camps

The Leesburg Police Department is excited to announce their 2022 summer camps. Residents of the Town of Leesburg are given first consideration for each camp.

 

Junior Police Camp: June 27 – July 1, 2022 (Application due date: May 27, 2022)

  • This camp (for students who have completed 6th grade but have not yet entered 9th grade) provides youth with law enforcement education for future outstanding citizen, focusing on team building, leadership, conflict resolution, character education and physical fitness.
  • Printable application and additional information: https://www.leesburgva.gov/departments/police/about-the-lpd/junior-police-camp

Camp Independence: July 11 – 15, 2022

  • The purpose of Camp Independence is to include high school students (ages 14-17) who have disabilities in an adapted camp environment where they will be exposed to activities that teach them how to successfully live an independent life.
  • There is no application for Camp Independence. Camp Independence participants are selected by the Leesburg Police Department in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools.

Kidsmart Safety Camp: July 18 – 22, 2022 (Application due date: June 10, 2022)

Virginia Rules Themed Camp: July 25 – 29, 2021 (Application due date: June 10, 2022)

  • This camp is a law-themed summer day-camp experience for youth (ages 14-17) hosted by Virginia law enforcement agencies. LPD’s Virginia Rules themed camp will offer young people a fun, healthy way to spend a summer week, interactive instruction on Virginia law, lessons on personal responsibility and civic duty, and the opportunity to build positive relationships with law enforcement officers that serve their communities.
  • Printable application and additional information: https://www.leesburgva.gov/departments/police/about-the-lpd/virginia-rules-camp

All LPD summer camp applications must be submitted in person at the Leesburg Police Department, 65 Plaza Street NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. We look forward to a summer of safety and camaraderie!

March 5, 2022

9 am – 4 pm

Ida Lee Recreation Center

Admission & parking, FREE!

Town of Leesburg Hosts 25th Annual Spring Bling, Hometown Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday, March 5, 2022

Leesburg’s Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show will be held March 5, 2022 from 9am to 4pm.

The event is indoors at Ida Lee Recreation Center. 

Handcrafted items will be on display from more than 70 local and regional artisans. Shop for one-of-a-kind items from unique art and home décor, bath and body items, jewelry, wood crafts, florals, gourmet foods, and other miscellaneous products.

The crafts show offers a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for upcoming occasions, such as Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and end-of-school teacher appreciation.  Admission to the crafts show and parking is free.

For more information, please contact the Town of Leesburg’s Park and Recreation Department at 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org

 

 

2022 Free Entrance Days at the 

National Park Service (NPS)

Every year, the National Park Service sets aside some days throughout the year in which they do not charge admission to any of their sites. We are fortunate to live next to so many National Parks – many of which don’t charge admission ever (think Lincoln Memorial.) But, for day trips to parks like Great Falls, Harper’s Ferry, and Shenandoah it might be helpful to know about these dates.

2022 Free NPS Admission Days:

 

Also, families of fourth graders can visit most parks free all school-year with the Every Kid in a Park Pass. And, active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes.

National Park Service Logo

Spring 2022 Consignment Sales in Loudoun County, Virginia

Consignment sales are where some of the best deals can be found for children’s clothes, baby gear, toys, and more. You can fill an entire closet for a fraction of the price of purchasing new.

I realize that most my readers will be satisfied with sales in Loudoun County, but I’ve also posted a few that in neighboring counties that might be worth the drive for you. Before you jump in the car, please check out the sales’ websites for detail. Some have admission to the sale, others restrict children, and many have a half price selling period – all good to know.

Consignment sales are also a great way to make some extra money selling your gently used stuff. For example: that baby swing in the basement that none of your kids would sit in for more than a few minutes could bring you in big bucks. This list is also good to get you started if you’re thinking about becoming a consignor. Remember, busier longer sales might give your items more shoppers, but smaller sales give you less competition.

Leesburg Holiday Parade, Saturday, December 11, 2021

Leesburg’s annual holiday parade will start at 6:00 pm on Saturday night. It will move from Ida Lee Drive, along King Street through the heart of downtown and finish at Fairfax Street. 

Traffic on King Street will be closed at 5:30pm. For more details about the Holidays in Leesburg activities, please call 703-777-1368 or visit www.leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg.

 

Leesburg Holiday Tree Ceremony, Friday, December 3, 2021

The Town of Leesburg holiday tree lighting ceremony will be held on First Friday again this year at the Town Hall (25 W Market St.) and all are invited to attend.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a holiday message from Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, followed by the lighting of the tree and Town Green. The band Lost Locals will perform popular holiday songs. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Reindeer will also visit the event.

During the event, W. Market Street will be closed from Wirt to King streets. Traffic exiting the Town Hall parking garage will be allowed to go east on W. Market Street or exit on Loudoun Street.

This event is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcasted live on the Town’s Facebook page. For more information and updates, visit www.leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg.

 

Douglas Hawkins

Photographer

Richard Soto

Support Staff

 

Academies of Loudoun 2021 Holiday Plant Sale

The annual holiday plant sale to support Loudoun students in plant science and biotechnology will be held at a new location this fall. Previously held at Monroe Technology Center, the sale is now at the new Academies of Loudoun school.

As in past sales, shoppers can expect to find part of the school transformed into a make-shift garden center, packed with poinsettias, cyclamen, Christmas cactus, arrangements, and so much more.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER

*Accepts credit cards, cash, and checks

Academies of Loudoun

42075 Loudoun Academy Dr., Leesburg, VA 20175

December 1

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 2

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 3

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Leesburg's 31st Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Dec 4-5, 2021

December 4, 2021, 9am – 4pm

December 5, 2021, 10am – 4pm

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center., Leesburg, Virginia

Admission & parking, FREE!

Face masks required.

Leesburg 31st Annual Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show, December 4-5, 2021

The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present the 31st Annual Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts show at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on December 4 and 5, 2021. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Fine arts and crafts exhibitors will be selling their handcrafted items in the basketball courts, hallway, group fitness room and lower level. Local and regional artisans will be selling hand-made items including candles, glass items, carved wood, jewelry, seasonal décor, table linens, and more.

Admission to the show and parking is free. Face masks are required for entrance. For more information, call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit www.leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg.