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Five Things Happening in Leesburg

Enjoy a gardening lecture, zumba party, Leesburg's First Friday, afternoon tea, or horse trials, which are all taking place beginning this Thursday.

1. The Loudoun County Master Gardeners will their monthly lecture on Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at 7 p.m. The event, entitled The Chestnut Story, will explain the Virginia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation's efforts to breed a blight resistant chestnut so that one day soon we will be able to return the American chestnut to its former niche in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem.

2. A zumba dance party will be held at Ida Lee on Friday, Oct. 5 beginning at 7 p.m. Zumba combines high energy music from all over the world with easy to do Latin and international dance steps in an effective workout that not only burns more calories than other fitness classes, but is also tons of fun. The event is suitable for all levels.

3. Leesburg First Friday will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 beginning at 6 p.m. Stroll around historic downtown Leesburg where you'll be able to enjoy numerous live music performances, art exhibits, wine tastings, lectures, a comedy show, charity events and more. Over 45 specialty shops, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants will be open until 9 p.m. or later, many offering free refreshments and/or special sales.

4. The Loudoun Womans Club will host their annual tea on Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public and will take place at Leesburg Community Church, 835 Lee Avenue, Leesburg off of Dry Mill Run Road.

5. Morven Park will host its fall horse trials this Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. The 3-day equestrian event provides the optimum spectator experience, offering opportunities to observe three major disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and cross country riding. This show traditionally attracts the top riders in the country, this time including four members of the U.S. Olympic team. Food will be available for purchase or bring a picnic and enjoy the views.

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