9/11 Motorcycles Ride Through Leesburg

America’s 9/11 Foundation annual commemorative motorcycle ride will come through downtown Leesburg on Friday, August 16, 2019.  The ride, which will begin in Somerset, PA, and stop at the Pentagon before ending at the World Trade Center site, honors the memory of the heroes, volunteers and victims who lost their lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The parade of motorcycles is expected to enter Leesburg heading south on Business Route 15 around 1:15 p.m. and will travel down King Street through the historic downtown The motorcycles will proceed from South King Street to the Route 7/15 Bypass and onto the Dulles Greenway. 

The time the riders will enter Leesburg is approximate, based on traffic, road construction, and weather. King Street will be closed to traffic as the motorcycles pass through town. All King Street intersections will be closed to east-west pedestrian and vehicular cross traffic. The road closures are expected to last 30 to 45 minutes until the motorcycles are clear of town.

Where to Park:

Anyone wishing to come downtown, watch, and cheer on the riders as they pass through Leesburg are encouraged to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. Parking will be available in several areas around downtown, including the Town Hall Parking Garage, the Church Street Parking Lot, and the Liberty Street Parking Lot. Spectators are asked not to hand anything to the motorcycle riders or passengers, for safety reasons.   

For more information, visit www.americas911ride.org.

 

 

August 2-4, 2019 is Virginia Tax Free Weekend

Skip the tax on qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, and more!

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.

What is eligible?

To get a complete list of what is, and is not, eligible check the Virginia Dept of Taxation website.
School supplies, clothing and footwear
  • qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
  • qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item
Hurricane and emergency preparedness products
  • Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
  • Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
  • Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
  • Other specified hurricane preparedness items – $60 or less per item
Energy Star and WaterSense products
  • Qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use – $2,500 or less per item

 

Free Summer Music Venues

Where to find the best free concerts in Loudoun County, Virginia

 

If you’re a lover of live music, then you live in the right place. Loudoun County if full of places to catch the notes, indoors and outdoors. Here are just some of the places you will find a free concert:

Lansdowne Town Center Village Green

Main performances start at 7pm, Pre-show presented by Bach2Rock student bands start at 6:30. Bring picnic blankets or low lawn chairs. This is family friendly.

Performances subject to change. In the event of inclement weather, please visit the website

Acoustics on the Green in Leesburg

Acoustic on the Green is held every year on the Leesburg Town Hall Green.

Saturdays June 8th – August 3rd, 2019, 7pm. Bring your Lawn chairs and blankets. Pack a picnic or pick up something from one of downtown Leesburg’s restaurants.

No smoking or alcohol will be permitted and no pets, please. in case of inclement weather, the show will be moved inside the Town Hall Building.

Dulles Town Center Concerts on the Plaza

Concerts are every Saturday in June and July outside on the Plaza at the Dulles Town Center mall (near PF Chang’s and The Cheesecake Factory). Bring chairs! There will also be games and giveaways from 7-9pm. See the calendar for concert lineup.

Dulles Town Center hosts kid-friendly Playdate Thursdays with a free concert at 10am on various days throughout the year. Check their site for dates and performers.

Leesburg First Friday

Leesburg First Friday, downtown Leesburg, each first Friday of the month 6-9pm. There are many opportunities to listen to tunes of all kids throughout the town. Check the website or Facebook for venues or just wander around. You’re sure to find something that you enjoy.

One Loudoun

Every Monday from 11am-noon, Rocknoceros will rock the plaza at One Loudoun. Runs June 3rd-August 26th.

Broadlands Live!

This free concert series at Hillside Park in Broadlands is held on the second Friday of May-August from 6-9:30pm. Family-friendly, bring your own food and drink (bring your ID if you want to BYOB) Food is also sold on-site for those who want to pack light. No pets. See calendar for more dates.

Brambleton Summer Concert Series

This free event is held in Legacy Park. Bring your blankets and chairs. Bring a picnic or grab dinner from one of the food trucks. Bring a photo ID to enjoy adult beverages. 

Gates open at 6. Kid-friendly opening acts from 6:30-7:15pm. Headliners from 7:30-9:30pm.

*Shows are intended for only Brambleton residents and their guests. More info here

Village at Leesburg

VAL’s Pals at Village at Leesburg is a weekly program for children every Wednesday at 10am from June  12th through August 14th, 2019. Occasionally, performers include kid-friendly musical acts: Rocknoceros, Tony M., Rainbow Rock Band, and 123 Andres.

Hillsboro Music in the Gap

Join the Town of Hillsboro this summer for great music on most Fridays from June 8th-August 23rd. Admission is FREE is doors opening at 6pm. Music starts at 7pm. 

Lovettsville Summer on the Green

Music starting at 7pm June 15th and July 27th. more info.

More Music

Loudoun wineries often have free, live music.

Looking for FREE tunes for listening at home or while on a summer road trip. Yup, you can get that, too. Freegal is offered through Loudoun County Public Library and gives you three FREE download each week that are yours to keep. There is a pretty decent selection, too. The library also has free, live music for all ages. Check their event listings to see who, what, when and where.

Free Summer Movies

Where to find free movies this summer in Loudoun County

 

Lansdowne Town Center Village Green

Movie start at 7pm, Starting at 6:30 there will be face painting and a moon bounce. Bring picnic blankets or low lawn chairs. This is family friendly. 

Performances subject to change. In the event of inclement weather, please visit the website

Cobb Theatres


Cobb Theatres is hosting FREE movies Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June 11-August 1, 2019. See their website for show listings or visit the Village of Leesburg event page for a list of the summer’s movies. 

Leesburg Movies Under the Stars

Bring a blanket and a snack to the Loudoun County Courthouse Grounds for movie nights in Leesburg.  blanket and a snack. Coolers are welcome. Glass containers and alcohol are not permitted. No pets please. Hosted by the Town of Leesburg.

June 21, Kid Night: Trolls

July 19, Date Night: Grease

August 16, Family Night: Instant Family

Lovettsville Summer on the Green

Movies start at dusk on June 22, June 29, July 13, July 20, August 3, and August 17th. More info.

Lucketts Family Movie Night Under the Stars

Lucketts Community Center is hosting one outdoor movie this summer on August 16 from 7pm-9:30pm. The movie is “FROZEN” sing along. Bring blankets and chairs. Come early to picnic. There will be popcorn provided. No alcohol.

10 Reasons to Love the Loudoun County Public Library

Today I brought the kids to the library for a class; a totally free, educational, age-appropriate class. There were only a few kids in the class, perfect for my daughter who does best in small groups. They had a story read to them, discussed the theme, and then worked on a project.

The library, in my opinion, is one of the least utilized resources in Loudoun County. In addition to books, libraries have lots to borrow, free programs for adults and children, and access to online databases that you’d otherwise have to pay for.

Why the Library is Great

Borrow instead of buy.

The library loans out books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, video games, magazines, video players for children, and even eBooks and eAudiobooks. If you do want to buy books, check out some of the great sales in our area.

Get it & keep it free.

  • Did you know that you can download free MP3s with your library card? The download service is Freegal and limits you to 5 downloads per week.
  • The library has free Wifi. You can sit there all day if you want without paying for internet or feeling like you need to keep buying lattes and muffins as you would at some Wifi hot spots.

Access to lots of databases.

I counted over 50 different databases when I wrote this. The database section is worth perusing when you have time. While some might seem geared toward students, there is lots more, too. Many of the sites would cost you money to use, but you can use them for free with your library card. Sites include: Value Line Research Center for investment guides, Small Business Resource Center, Mango Languages (there is actually a pirate language class,) Legal Forms, Consumer Checkbook, Chilton Library for DIY car repair.

Maker Spaces.

Four of Loudoun’s libraries have maker spaces outfitted with equipment such as sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines. There are electronics to tinker with like Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Create hard to find pieces yourself using Tynkercad and bringing the file to print on one of their 3D printers (pay by weight – and it really is totally affordable.)

Classes for Children.

Kids can pick up social skills while learning, and it doesn’t cost you a penny. From drop-in story times for babies to classes for older elementary students, theres lots to choose from. Pick up a copy of PAGES at your local branch or check their online calendar.

Programs for adults.

There are fewer of these, but there is usually something each week geared towards teen and adults. Subjects range from book clubs, historical lectures series, to computer classes and writing workshops. Pick up a copy of PAGES at your local branch or check their online calendar.

Teen Centers.

A couple libraries in Loudoun County feature teen centers. These are safe gathering places for teens where they can just hang out, play games, be creative, study, and even sign up for volunteer hours in other parts of the library. Pick up a copy of PAGES at your local branch or check their online calendar.

Free Shows.

This is especially true in the summer. Libraries around Loudoun County have hosted live shows including: Reptiles Alive, The Great Zucchini, Wildlife Ambassadors, Rocknoceros Band, Wizard of Oz by the Hamstead Stage Company, Life in Space by the Franklin Institute of Science. Pick up a copy of PAGES at your local branch or check their online calendar.

Volunteer Opportunities.

Loudoun County Public Libraries provide opportunities for volunteering for teens as young as 12. The variety of tasks and flexibility in scheduling means there is something for most ability levels and interests.

Librarians.

 

Well, really, they are the ones that make it all happen, They are a great resource. Hats off to the librarians!

 

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3 Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Patches, 1 Great Deal

  • Historic Oatlands, Little Oatlands Lane, Leesburg
  • Wegmeyer Homestead, 38299 Hugesville Rd., Hamilton
  • Gilbert’s Corner, Intersection of Route 15 & Route 50, Aldie
  • Ask your cashier for the Loudoun Mom Discount Deals price, get 25% off!

Wegmeyer Farms Strawberry Picking


Family Picking – 25% Off for Our Readers!

Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals has teamed up with Wegmeyer Farms again this year to offer you a 25% discount on pick-your-own (PYO) strawberries this spring. Every weekday (Monday-Friday) at Wegmeyer Farms will be Family Picking Day for our readers. You must tell the cashier that you are using the Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals 25% off discount. This great deal is good through the end of the season.

No strawberries taste better, or fresher, than the ones you pick yourself. Picking your own berries has several benefits. 

  • Fresh berries have better flavor.
  • Fresh berries retain more nutrients.
  • You control the quality of what you buy when you PYO
  • PYO supports local farms.
  • You will feel more connected to the Earth. This is a great activity to do with kids, while teaching them where food really comes from.

It’s always good to check field conditions before you leave. The best way to do that is to either check their Facebook Page, or web page.  

Where to Pick

Wegmeyer Homestead, 38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, VA

If you’ve done picking at Wegmeyer in past years, you know that their field is located next their house in Lincoln (between Leesburg and Purcellville) off a long, gravel road. This site provides the most scenic view of Loudoun’s rolling, rural hills. With this backdrop, you can bring along a picnic lunch or enjoy some of the refreshments that are offered for sale. Children are invited to play on the John Deere tractor slide and playground.

Historic Oatlands, Little Oatlands Lane, Leesburg, VA

The strawberry field at Oatlands, along with era-themed attire and historic mansion for a back drop will whisk you back to the 1800’s. Parking is right next to the field off of scenic route 15. While visiting the patch is free, you may choose to make a day of it by driving slightly north on route 15 and entering Oatland’s main entrance and purchasing passes for the historical garden and/or mansion tour.

Gilbert’s Corner, Intersection of Route 15 and Route 50, Aldie, VA

Strawberry picking at Gilbert’s Corner is for those not looking for anything more than the PYO experience. This no-fuss location is perfect for a simple outing. Parking is available right at the site. On weekends, looks for fresh donuts as well as other vendors on the corner selling such things as BBQ and produce.

 

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Getting Books at Deep Discounts

As a mother of young children, I think that it is important to give them lots of exposure to reading. The local library is great place to get started. But you might want to own books, rather than always borrowing them. I have filled the shelves of my home with children’s books. Of the the hundreds of books that we have, only a handful were purchased at full price. Most were purchased at discount sales. And, here’s the good part, those sales almost always have fiction, non-fiction, and media for adults also.

Library Book Sales

These are sales put on by the advisory boards of libraries across the county. Each sale is different and not every library has one. They are selling donated books to benefit their library. Note: these sales are usually not selling discarded library books. Here are the 2018 sales in Loudoun County. Unless noted, they are held within the library.

 

BRANCH DONATION GUIDELINES MAJOR BOOK SALE
Ashburn Donations of books (all formats), CDs, and DVDs will be collected Jan. 4-23 during regular library hours. Pre-sale ($15 admission) Thursday, Jan. 24:
6-8:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Brambleton Donations are not currently accepted but will be at some future date when the Friends of Brambleton Library have formalized plans.  Pre-sale ($10 admission) Thursday, May 2: 6-8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 3: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5: 1-4 p.m.
Cascades Donations accepted through May 2.  TBD
Gum Spring
Donations accepted late winter thru March 13, 2019
Friday, March 15: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Lovettsville Donations are no longer accepted. They will resume summer 2019. Oktoberfest in September
Middleburg Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  
Purcellville Donations of books, CDs and DVDs accepted beginning May 3. No magazines, outdated textbooks, encyclopedias or videos. Pre-sale ($15 admission) Friday, May 3: 5:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5: 1-3 p.m.
Rust Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and video games  will be accepted in November. Dates TBD. TBD
Sterling Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  

In addition to the sales put on by individual libraries, there is one mega sale held every summer by The Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. The 2019 sale, held June 23rd will be their 30th annual event. The 2012 sale brought in over $40,000 with an estimated 3,100 shoppers!

 

Surplus

Once a month there is an online auction for surplus items and often there are entire pallets of books being sold for just a few dollars. I like books, but not enough to dig through all kinds of random books that I have to bring home in the back of my pick-up truck.

Thrift Stores

Books are cheep at thrift stores. Most books sell at about 5-10% of their new cover price. There’s lots of thrift stores in Loudoun and some are better than others for finding a good selection of books. For a list of stores, click here.

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, which runs the Twice is Nice Thrift Shop, holds an annual rummage sale at Morven Park in October. There is an entire barn dedicated to used books of all kinds. This rummage sale is so great. It has been named the BEST CHARITY EVENT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA for three years in a row by Virginia Living Magazine.

Book Swaps

Ok. This one won’t really increase your collection. But, as your kids grow, so do their interests in books. Why not find someone who’s also bored with their books to do a swap. I usually do this at least once a year with my mother’s group and end up bringing home a few good books that I didn’t have before.  If you have a group of adult friends with similar interests, you may want to do this sometime. If you’re the coordinator, you can offer to collect any unwanted books (how sad) at the end of the swap and donate them.

Flower & Garden Festival in downtown Leesburg on April 27 and 28, 2019

The 29th annual Flower & Garden Festival will take place Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 in historic downtown Leesburg. More than 150 vendors will fill the streets with seasonal blooms, herbs, gardening supplies, outdoor furniture, and more.

In addition to the exhibits, festival goers can enjoy live music, which will kick off Saturday with local performer Gary Smallwood, at 10 a.m. The beer garden, located on the Town Green, will feature eight of the region’s best brews while a children’s area on Cornwall Street will provide live entertainment and crafts for the kids.

Guests will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite landscape display in the People’s Choice Landscape Competition. Ballots can be picked up at the entrance booths or at the Gazebo. Completed ballots should be placed in the birdhouse at the Gazebo by noon on Sunday so that the winner can be announced that afternoon.   

Portions of King, Market, and Cornwall streets will be closed for the event, however parking will be available in the Town parking garage using the Loudoun Street entrance. Additional parking will be available throughout the downtown and a free shuttle service, from Ida Lee Park, will run continuously throughout the day. Please note, visitors are asked to leave pets at home during the festival.

The Flower & Garden Festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. A $3 donation, per person, is suggested at the festival entrance booths. For more information, call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit www.flowerandgarden.org.

There will also be a community forum offered at Douglass from 9 to 10 a.m. featuring a dialogue between youth and elders.

Tax Day Deals

Tax Day Deals

Paying taxes stinks, but at least you can get a few good deals on Tax Day. Here are some really good FREEbies and deals that you can get on April 15, 2019. There are a lot of other lists out there, but you’ll have to sort out the businesses that aren’t in northern Virginia. I’ve done that for you. The FREEbies on this list are LOCAL DEALS or can be accessed online from home. I will update as I find more.

Boston Market

Get a Half Chicken Individual Meal & drink for just $10.40.  Join the e-CLUB and get $3 off when you spend $10 or more.

California Tortilla

Say “1040” when ordering and get a FREE chips and queso on April 15th only. Also, get a regular sized burrito and spin the Burrito Wheel to reveal your tasty prize, after 5pm.

Coal Fire Pizza

Kids eat FREE with purchase of an adult meal.

Dunkin’ Donuts

DD Perks members can get a $1 Medium Hot or Iced Coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Firehouse Subs (Regal Shopping Center in Sterling, One Loudoun in Ashburn)

April 14-17, get a FREE medium sub with purchase of a medium or large sub, chips, and drink with printable coupon.

Noodles and Company (Leesburg)

Join Noodles Rewards [enter code HEATHERCH3936] to earn freebies and exclusive offers. Members of the Noodles Rewards Program will get $4 off online and mobile orders over $10 from April 10-15. You must sign up for the reward program by April 9 to get this offer.