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What’s Trending in Brambleton – July Edition
July 12, 2016 | by brambleton
Brambleton’s Rescheduled Inaugural Healthy Living Expo is only days away!
We’re only 12 days away from Brambleton’s first-ever Healthy Living Expo. Vendors will be on hand to promote the many dimensions of well-being. Learn about Brambleton’s partnership with StoneSprings Hospital to bring you MyBramHealth and our first community-wide challenge, get a free chair massage, attend a BodyCombat fitness class by Sport&Health, let the kids compete in fun obstacle courses, jump around on a Fit Fun Bus, and enter to win raffles and door prizes!
Grow Younger With Your Free MyBramHealth Account – MyBramHealth is a new website designed exclusively for Brambleton residents that provides personalized health tips, the latest health news, challenges, and programs. Registration is FREE for the first 1,000 participants, so sign up today. Text mybramhealth to 313131 to receive your Registration Code, then visit www.mybramhealth.com to complete your unique user profile. When you’re ready, you may opt to participate in a personal or community challenge. Our first Brambleton challenge will be announced on July 24th at the Healthy Living Expo. Be a part of #mybramhealth and help us make Brambleton the healthiest community in America!
First ever Meet the Merchants at the Brambleton Town Center – July 13th
Special discounts, giveaways and demos are waiting for you at the Brambleton Town Center! For this one-day-only event, spin the prize wheel at Sport&Health and Little Smiles, see dance & karate demonstrations from Bella Ballerina and Dragon Yong-In, sample free food from Froots, California Tortilla and Scotto’s, have a froyo with SweetFrog’s mascots, and take 20% off the latest fashions from Misguided Angels.
See the Brambleton Town Center Facebook Events page for the complete list of participating retailers and their special offers. Take photos as you shop and post to social media using #BramLife!
Loudoun County Library Update
Construction in and around the Town Center continues to bring improvements to our community. On the drawing board are plans for the next Loudoun County Library. HGA Architects, Brambleton representatives, and Loudoun County Library staff are meeting regularly to finalize the interior and exterior plans for the new library. Residents interested in becoming a Friend of Brambleton’s library, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each library in Loudoun has a “friends” group that helps provide support and advice to the Branch Manager and the Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees. They also advocate for community interests, help rally support for funding special projects and programs, and have a genuine interest in books and reading.
Blast off at Red, White and Bram
Red, White & BRAM is our annual Independence Day festival that serves as an early kickoff to the Fourth of July festivities in Loudoun. On June 25 approximately 4,000 festival goers headed to the Brambleton Town Center to enjoy live music, backyard games, sand sculptures, food trucks, beer and wine, and of course, one of the best fireworks displays in Loudoun County. If you missed the event, check out all the fun here!
The B_Fit Trail Challenge Raises $1,300 for Team Mathias
It was a beautiful morning for the 2nd annual B_Fit Trail Challenge. Competitors of all ages and abilities came out for the fun of running 2.5 miles and making their way through various fitness stations along Brambleton’s trail system. Presented by Fitness Image Results and Families In Training/Brambleton Kids Run the Nation, the event benefited the childhood cancer cause. As a result, $1300 was raised for Team Mathias in honor of Mathias’ heavenly 15th birthday.
Sponsors included: Brambleton Town Center, Bloo Dental, Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Joe Doman, Remax Gateway, JS Realty @Samson Properties, Kelly Insurance Agency, and Northstar Settlements. Award winners earned prizes including massages from Massage Hope, a free month of Fitness Image Results boot camp, Lace Up for Learning registrations, and more! Check out the 2016 winners.
Humans of Brambleton: Stacey Rusch
Everyone’s Newest Neighbor Makes Friends Fast by Sonya Farrell, Brambleton Community Association’s Communications Coordinator
By now, you’ve likely seen a couple new videos highlighting our events in Brambleton. The Brew Fest video alone has been viewed more than 18,000 times, so chances are that you and most of your neighbors saw it. And people are wondering: “Who is that?” That’s new Brambleton resident, Stacey Rusch! And in case she looks familiar to some of you home shoppers, it’s likely because you’ve seen her on QVC. Yes, THE QVC. I recently had the chance to chat with Stacey about her background, how and why she ended up in Brambleton, and what she’s looking forward to. View Stacey’s story on our blog!
Meet Brambleton’s Spotlight Realtor: Dawn Squires
Do you have a question about buying a home in Brambleton? Our Spotlight Realtor of the Month is ready to help you! Dawn Squires from Remax Allegiance offers 21 years of realtor experience, she has been a resident in Northern Virginia for 43+ years and a resident in Ashburn for 11 years. Experience is the key to finding the right home and negotiating the best deal for YOU! Dawn has that experience and looks forward to helping you make Brambleton your hometown – contact her today.
Brambleton Town Center’s Spotlight Tenant is our very popular tenant, SweetFrog at Brambleton! The #1 froyo store in the country and by far the winner here at the Brambleton Town Center for everyone. What makes this store even sweeter is that it is locally owned by Brambletonian, Arash Yazdi! Stop by the Brambleton Welcome Center and enter their drawing for a chance to win this sweet gift! For their latest news, go to their facebook page here.
Regal Summer Movie Express has begun! Brambleton’s Regal Fox Cinemas is excited to host the popular 9-week Summer Movie Express family movie series again this year! Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1, and you can also grab popcorn for just $2. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10 AM Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Summer, Sun, and Shades! Don’t get stuck with the sun in your eyes this summer. Stop by Insight Eye Optique, where we have sunglasses for every personality and every occasion. Check out our summer collection, including Oliver Peoples, Revo, Rudy Project, Ray-Ban and more. Visit Insight Eye Optiquefor more details.
Bicycle Outfitters’ Neighborhood Rides – SUNDAYS: Join Bicycle Outfitters’ staff this Sunday morning (weather permitting) for our weekly “Family Shop Ride.” Meet in Legacy Park at the Farmers’ Market. The first ride starts at 9:15 AM. The second loop starts at 10:00 AM. This is a “no-drop” family oriented ride; we’ll keep a moderate pace so everyone can stay together. If you are looking for a slightly longer ride, we encourage you to join us for both loops. A helmet is required, and all participants ride at their own risk. For questions about the ride, please call 703-327-3222.
The Jackson Clinics, Physical Therapy is NOW OPEN! Founded in 2005 by Richard and Anna Jackson, this will be our 15th location in No. VA with the same mission: To improve human lives: Those of our patients, each other, and our greater community. Stop by and check out our newest location above Sport & Health at the Brambleton Town Center. We look forward to meeting you!
Did you know the Brambleton Town Center is EXPANDING?
Brambleton Sport & Health, Northern Virginia Orthodontics, A&A Music, Little Smiles & Costa Family Dentistry have recently expanded. Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy IS NOW OPEN above Sport & Health! Loudoun County Public Library anticipated to open January 2018 The Brambleton Town Center is currently at 100% occupancy. Interested in renting future space, please contact KLNB.
Nearly 5,100 homes have been sold in Brambleton since the community opened for sales in 2001. Among our five builders (Camberley, Knutson, Miller& Smith, Van Metre and Winchester) there are 165 homes remaining in inventory in the current phase of development. For a current list of all the builders’ products and pricing, as well as quick delivery homes, check out the Find Your New Home section on our website.
Now Debuting: Knutson Homes! Come check out the largest rooftop terraces in all of Loudoun County! Visit Knutson Homes’ all-new Sales Gallery in the heart of downtown Brambleton, located at 22895 Brambleton Plaza, Suite 104.
Coming Soon! – Birchwood at Brambleton, our boomer neighborhood – “Life refreshes at 55, are you old enough?”
The average base price of single-families in Brambleton = $680,820,* which is unchanged from last month, and a 2.5% increase over the past year (since July ’15).
Our two builders (Winchester & Van Metre) have only 8 single-families in remaining inventory.
The average base price of all townhomes in Brambleton = $537,201*
This represents a slight 0.75% increase from last month, and a 13.4% increase over this same time last year (July ’15).
Knutson Homes increased the base prices of their Astra & Luna plans by $10k, and increased their largest plan, the Sol, by $40k. On average, this represents a 3% increase for their products over last month.
Our builders currently have a total of 157 townhomes in inventory.
Advertising with BCA – If you are a business owner in or near Brambleton and would like to grow your business by getting your name in front of more than 4,500 subscribers, please contact Sonya Farrell to inquire about ad space availability in our monthly newsletter and New Resident Handbook.
Brambleton home certified as Wildlife Sanctuary Site
Many thanks to Ann Garvey and Anne Owen of Loudoun Wildlife’s Audubon at Home program, Brambletonian Karla Etten was honored and very excited to find out that they found her garden suitable for certification as a Sanctuary Site in Northern Virginia. Karla hopes soon to become an ambassador for the program and help certify homes in the Brambleton community.
Karla was also recently featured in a LoudounNow article – “Karla Etten fell in love with bluebirds when they began making visits to her backyard garden in Brambleton. That love affair has ramped up significantly in her role as the Loudoun County bluebird coordinator for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, and for the Virginia Bluebird Society.” Read more here.
Brought to you by BCA and in partnership with the Rock Ridge Drama Department. Comedian Ricky Kalmon has made numerous special guest appearances on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, Fox, FX, TV Guide and Comedy Central, and now he’s bringing his show to Brambleton! Now through July 20th, use promo code BramLife to get $5 off the regular ticket price!
What are the benefits of living in Brambleton?
One benefit of living in Brambleton is that there are so many opportunities to get involved. In this new segment, resident Stacey Rusch explores the #BramBus series.
Allegory: An Examination of Self
Rock Ridge High School art students talk about the process of creating an allegorical self-portrait and their journey to self-discovery.
The sophomore and junior students in Heather Mill’s Rock Ridge High School art class spent the past school year learning to express themselves through art. The task of creating an allegorical self- portrait was a year-long process, as students had to first understand the meaning of the word “allegory,” then research allegory in art and present their discoveries to their classmates, and finally do some soul-searching to uncover the process of painting their own allegory! Examples of the hidden messages in their final masterpieces include global warming, personalities, peace, happiness, modern beauty standards, and stewardship.
Stop by the Welcome Center for the display of these talented students’ artwork, and learn more about their journey to self-discovery in this on- line video.
SAVE THE DATE
13th – Meet the Merchants, Town Center 11am-5pm
15th – Teen Late Night Swim*, Beacon Crest 8-11pm
15th – Float ‘n Flicks*, Corner Clubhouse Dusk-11pm
21st – Sizzlin’ Summer Concert, Town Center 7-9:30pm
22nd – BramBus to National Harbor/Bob Mckays, Town Center 6pm-1am
24th – Inaugural Brambleton Healthy Living Expo, Town Center 9am-1pm
4th – Sizzlin’ Summer Concert, Town Center 7-9:30pm
5th – Teen Late Night Swim*, Beacon Crest 8-11pm
12th – Float ‘n Flicks*, Corner Clubhouse Dusk-11pm
18th – Sizzlin’ Summer Concert, Town Center 7-9:30pm
27th – Wine 101 Series* – Community Center 7pm
Chesterbrook Academy Preschool of Brambleton – Now Enrolling!
A new daycare facility is currently being built near the intersection of Northstar Blvd and Shreveport Drive. The Chesterbrook Academy Preschool of Brambleton plans to open this August to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children learn, grow and thrive. While this new preschool is under construction, their sister school located at 22695 Cotton Grass Way in Ashburn, VA will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have about their programs and facilities. The new school will be located at 23651 Strickland Drive and is currently accepting enrollments, so call today to save your spot: 877-959-3746. An Open House is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th from 10 am to 1 pm.
Silver Line Phase 2 Construction Ramps Up
Steady progress continues on Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project with the design nearly complete and ample elements to capture curious eyes. As construction continues to ramp up through 2016, commuters will see work along the entire 11.4 – mile stretch of Phase 2, which extends from the existing Wiehle-Reston East Station westward to Dulles International Airport and beyond to Ashburn in Loudoun County.
“This is the biggest year so far for construction all along the Phase 2 alignment from Reston west to Ashburn,” said Charles Stark, the executive director for the project. “there is a lot of work to be done.” Currently, the project’s design is 99.3 percent complete and construction is around 17 percent complete. Read more here.
Silver Line Metro to arrive in Loudoun in 2020
The county continues to prepare for the arrival of rail service and the opening of two Loudoun County Metro stations, Loudoun Gateway (formerly known as Route 606) and Ashburn (formerly known as Route 772). Service to the Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn Stations is expected to begin in 2020. To keep up to date on the project, visit: www.loudoun.gov/dullesrail. Learn more about the Silver Line: www.dullesmetro.com