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I miss date night. I know that may sound petty in a world that has much bigger problems, but date night is a great way to reconnect with the ones we love the most, even when we have been stuck in the house with them since March. Date night can help romantic partners remember how to be romantic. Date night can add giggles to your family when you feel too tired or stressed to giggle.

The Morven Park International Equestrian Center is pleased to announce that Purcellville Southern States will be the Title Sponsor for the 2020 Summer Show Series. The Purcellville Southern States Summer Show Series at Morven Park is scheduled to host seven VHSA/BHSA/TIP-rated Hunter/Jumper shows from June through September.

This year, the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact planned to have 10,412 total student interactions, with 4,527 of those interactions taking place between March 12th and June 10th. As in many homes throughout the county, when schools closed on March 12th, we were confused and uncertain about what might happen next. We contacted the schools we had been scheduled to visit during the next four school days, focused on other projects, and thought we would return to the classroom soon.

Like so many venues, Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, VA, had an eerily quiet spring. Its Spring Horse Trials, scheduled for March 28-29, was canceled — for the first time in 46 years.

We’re glad to hear that the horse trials’ rescheduling request has been approved. The formerly “Spring” but now “Winter” H.T. will take place Nov. 14-15, 2020, and feature Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels.

Apply to Morven Park’s Center for Civic Impact Youth Leadership Retreat and spend three days developing your leadership skills to help create real change in your community.

Who can apply? Current 6th and 7th graders (8th graders may apply for the High School Institute)

When: July 14–16, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

Where: Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia

Cost: Free, but you must apply and pay a $40 refundable security deposit.

Application deadline: Applications must be time stamped by Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

My very first voting experience was a memorable one because I turned 18 on a presidential election day and got to cast my vote on my birthday! I still remember carefully filling in each bubble on the ballot and proudly displaying my “I voted” sticker. I come from a long line of volunteer poll workers, including my father, my aunt and especially my grandmother. She was the daughter of Czechoslovakian immigrants who was born in August of 1920, days before the 19th amendment would be ratified by two thirds of the state legislatures and put into practice. She helped people complete their civic duty in her small town in Pennsylvania, fully understanding how important it was for everyone to use their own voice at each election. I haven’t missed an election since I became eligible, and I think often about the women who fought for this fundamental right.

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