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Metropolitan School of the Arts – Breakfast with Santa at Hotel Monaco

Metropolitan School of the Arts – Breakfast with Santa at Hotel Monaco

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 480 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Tickets range in price from $35 to $45 per person. All tickets can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Performers will join Santa for the annual Breakfast with Santa. The family-event offers Sunday brunch at the Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, complete with a live performance from Metropolitan School of the Arts’ dancers and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls.

“Breakfast with Santa combines the magic of Christmas with festive dance performances and favorite holiday characters, perfect for the whole family to enjoy,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director and founder of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

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Haymarket Couple’s ‘Cook in Tuscany’ Winner of Travel Weekly’s 2016 Magellan Award

Haymarket Couple’s ‘Cook in Tuscany’ Winner of Travel Weekly’s 2016 Magellan Award

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour was named winner of the 2016 Magellan Award for Best in Europe for Culture and Arts by Travel Weekly, a premiere travel magazine. Haymarket, Va.-based owners George and Linda Meyers host their worldwide guests on cooking tours in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guide guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. For more information, go to www.cookintuscany.com.

The Magellan Awards is the premier award for the travel industry, which honors the best in travel and is judged by a 14-member panel.  The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honor the best in travel.   

Ebrahim Rasool, Former Ambassador to the U.S. from South Africa to Speak at BASIS Independent McLean

Ebrahim Rasool, Former Ambassador to the U.S. from South Africa to Speak at BASIS Independent McLean

Ebrahim Rasool, former Ambassador to the U.S. from South Africa, will be speaking at BASIS Independent McLean about “Nelson Mandela’s Lessons for Thought Leadership for the Next Generation” on Wed., Nov. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8000 Jones Branch Road in McLean, Va. Entrance is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at www.mclean.basisindependent.com/ambassador

“We’re honored to have former Ambassador Rasool share his knowledge and experience with us,” said Sean Aiken, head of school for BASIS Independent McLean, McLean, Va. “BASIS.ed is committed to global education and to preparing students for the complexities of the 21st century political and economic landscape,” said Aiken.

Carmello’s Earns The Spectrum Award by City Beat News

Carmello’s Earns The Spectrum Award by City Beat News

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was awarded City Beat New’s Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service.  For more information, go to www.carmellos.com.

“We’re honored to be noted for our customer service, we’ve been around for 30 years because of our wonderful patrons” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

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Metropolitan School of the Arts Features the Nutcracker

Metropolitan School of the Arts Features the Nutcracker

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Fri., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 3 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus at 8333 Little River Turnpike. Ticket prices range from $26.50 to $30 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Audiences will join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. The performance features a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

 ‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, Va. donated an all-expenses paid Tuscan culinary tour for the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Hope Bash held in Washington, D.C. at the Fairmont Hotel. The live and silent auctions offered several trips and luxury packages. For more information about the tour, go to www.cookintuscany.com.  

The winner will be able treat themselves in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun. The tour provides daily cooking lessons from local “Nonnas”, first class accommodations in the medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico, visits to regional wineries and cheese makers, tours of local and historic sites and many recreational activities.

BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va., starting its inaugural year, is using the opportunity to vote on its first mascot as a chance to teach the students about the election process, in wake of the upcoming, much talked about presidential election. The process, led by head of school, Sean Aiken, will introduce ideas such delegate system and popular vote to discuss what mascot would best represent the school’s values. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com/.