Sep 29

2015 Halloween Decorating Contest

PumpkinDecorate your home to be the spookiest in Broadlands! Judging will take place the evenings of October 26 – 29. Winning entries will be listed in the Broadlands Newsletter and on this website. Categories will be determined during judging with awards generated as appropriate.

Complete the online form below – OR – print, complete and mail/drop off the 2015 Halloween Decorating Contest Form (PDF). Entries must be submitted NO LATER than 5PM on Friday, October 23. See Contest Rules below.  

Broadlands HOA Office
21907 Claiborne Parkway
Broadlands, VA 20148

Contest Rules

  • Contest is free to enter and is open to homes located within Broadlands Association.
  • Contest is limited to what can be seen from the street side of the house at night.
  • People or live animals are not allowed as part of the display.
  • Judging will take place the week of October 26-29. Please have your decorations turned on by 5pm.
  • Winners will be notified on Friday, October 30, 2015.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
Sep 23

Broadlands Community Fall Yard Sale this Saturday, September 26, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

yardsaleRain or Shine…Buy or Sell at private residences throughout the Broadlands neighborhood and The Arbors Apartments. To be included in the online listing of addresses, visit broadlandshoa. org/yardsale-form/ and fill out the yard sale submission form. To see a listing of sellers, what’s for sale and view the community map, visit The HOA will be publicizing the yard sale in Ashburn Today, Leesburg Today, Loudoun Times-Mirror and The Washington

Sep 17

Our Naturalist Needs Your Feedback on Nature Center Programs

From Naturalist Erin…

So what follows are some ideas. I would teach or hire out to teach all of these classes if I saw a wee bit of interest. And by showing interest I mean sending me an email to–my telepathic powers are running low! The grand ideas (mostly stolen from other–less fantastic, yet more established and class offering–nature centers)

For Littles and Middles

  1. Wee Beasties- This is a weekly class for ages 5-10. Each week you bring home a new wee beastie (a hissing cockroach, crickets, snails…) we gather to learn how to care for each of the pets, and to share the stories of their care.
  2. Family events. Kid events. Hidden treasures abound.
  3. Babes in the Woods–hikes with a naturalist for parents who wear babies and are ready to explore some paths. Ages are obviously a tiny and a tall person.
  4. Mythical creatures at the Nature Center–Basilisks, dragons, cyclops, Loch Ness Monster, Saskwatch, centaurs, chimeras, griffins, golems, unicorns, etc. are all descended from other animals we know. Learn the best guess we have of their biological family trees and the legends that surround them.

Two classes. One for littles (5+) and one for middles (10+)

  1. Homeschooling at the nature center. We have a few groups that have said they are interested in doing a consistent science curriculum at our center. If you would like to hear the dates and times being considered please contact me.
  2. Fiery science–an afterschool club where we explode things. And learn why they explode.

Two classes. One fore littles (5+) and one for middles (10+)

  1. Youth Naturalists. This already exists. But just to let you know, you can still join. It is for kids 8-18 (roughly we have a few 6-year olds and two 18+) we  take you if you want to serve our animals and go on a nature adventure once a month.
  2. Campfire Storytelling. With help from our local speech and debate teams from the high schools. All ages
  3. Nature Storytime. Ha! We already have this. It’s the Fort Festival Mondays 9:30-10:15am and Tuesdays 1:30-2:15pm.

 For Mature-ittles (not sure an age, more of just who is interested)

  1. Primitive skills: Tracking, food foraging, bow and arrow creating, rescue shelter constructing- All ages. But offered in evenings or weekends so adults could take part (for safety and for knowledge)
  2. Learning the skills of beekeepers (and taking part in the care of a hive and production of honey and wax when we get to that time)
  3. What is required to become a falconer? How to become an apprentice and meet our master falconer who rehabilitates injured eagles, hawks, and falcons.–All ages, but 12 is the minimum age of becoming a falconer as per Virginia wildlife law.

And then a few clubs that we could generate a local chapter for:

  1. Northern Virginia Astronomical Society
  2. Birding groups
  3. Monthly hiking pack of nature nuts who like sore feet
  4. Reading group (but of course our meetings will be by a campfire and our books will have at least some loose theme to nature. Like Vampires in the Lemon Groveand then we’ll buy a lemon tree for the nature center).

I’m easy to contact. Looking forward to hearing which of these you want at your nature center.

…and see you at the Fall Farm Festival on October 3rd in the Nature Center’s Backyard 10am-12.

Sep 16

10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back

DEA_TakeBackDayThe DEA’s10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26 from 10am to 2pm at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Offices in Chantilly and Sterling.

Take-Back sites will be collecting unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. You do NOT need to bring medication in the original prescription container. Protect your privacy – put them in another container (a plastic bag) or remove the prescription label.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, abuse and accidental poisonings.  Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Nearly 2.5 tons of drugs were collected in the previous nine Take-Back events.

Sep 15

The Modifications Subcommittee is Looking for Volunteers

The Modifications Subcommittee meets to review and approve submissions of residential modifications. The committee meets the first and third Wednesdays from March through October and the third Wednesday only from November through February. Meetings are held at 7:00 pm at the Nature Center. If you are interested in joining this group please email Robin Crews,

Sep 15

Board Volunteer Needed

The Broadlands Association Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill the vacant Board position. This position is for a resident member with a term expiring in early May 2016. Applicant must be an owner in good standing. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact Dawne Holz, Association Secretary, at by Wednesday, September 30.

Sep 08

Modifications – What is a Plat?

A plat is a survey of a piece of land to identify boundaries, easements, flood zones, roadway, and access rights of way.  Most projects require a “Property Plat/Site Plan” to be submitted with an application. To preview plat samples, please click on the appropriate link below.  Each sample shows the configuration of the lot, including the property dimensions, any easements, and building restrictions.  You should have received a legal size document of your plat at the time of your settlement. Please include a copy of the original plat when submitting your modification documentation to the HOA.

What is the purpose of the plat?  All architectural improvements must be drawn on the plat to show the location of your project such as a deck, patio, and screened-in porch, play equipment, etc.  The plat assists the Modifications Subcommittee in understanding the project and its impact on your property and adjoining properties.

If you cannot locate your plat, contact your Settlement Company or a local land surveyor.  In some instances, the Broadlands Homeowners Association office has copies of plats from prior application submissions.

All exterior home improvements require review and approval from the Modifications Subcommittee prior to starting a project.  It is beneficial for you to review the specific guidelines pertaining to the planned modification before getting estimates or meeting with contractors.   This ensures that you are familiar with any restrictions pertaining to the proposed project and can disclose them to the contractor as needed. For more information, please click HERE>> to be redirected to the Modifications/Design Guidelines page.