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Local Family Starts Tornado Relief Effort: NOVA for BAMA

Local Family Starts Tornado Relief Effort: NOVA for BAMA


Catherine Haynes was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When she received word of the tornados hitting her hometown and surrounding areas, she decided to take action locally.

Soon after hearing about the great losses in her family’s neighborhood, Catherine Haynes was talking to her husband and said, “I feel helpless and I don’t feel like I can help my parents. I feel like we ought to get together and try to help the community as a whole, since I am not there to actually help them get the tree off the house, or get the yard straight."

The couple decided to put the relief effort online and see how many people they could get behind them. The Facebook fan page has grown to over 160 “likes” and is a place where you can find the various drop-off locations, as well as a list of supplies needed. Home goods have become a particular identified need by the aid centers.

Join us for the 24th annual Bark Ball !

Join us for the 24th annual Bark Ball !

On Saturday, June 4, 2011, the Washington Humane Society will host its 24th annual Bark Ball at the Washington Hilton. As DC’s only black-tie gala for the four-on-the-floor crowd, the Bark Ball draws many of the area’s most illustrious residents and their canine companions. The guest list always includes leading figures from the political, media, entertainment, sports, and business worlds.

Charles Houston Recreation Presents the ACPS Secondary Schools Jazz Extravaganza

From Alexandria eNews:

The future of Jazz is presented at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., on Friday, June 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Under the direction of Mr. Vaughn Ambrose, musician, teacher, and band director at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, enjoy a show stomping night of music and dance from budding young artists from the T. C. Williams High School, Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center, George Washington Middle School and Francis C. Hammond Middle School Jazz Ensembles.  This concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission.

In addition, the Extravaganza features the Alexandria City Community Theatre (ACCT) and Deonna Ball, a national hand and swing dance champion. ACCT performers will enchant the audience with jazz dance routines aligning with the musical threads of the evening’s concert.

ONR to Award More Than $175,000 in Scholarships

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Make Your Home Safe: Get Tips from Building Inspectors May 7-8

From Fairfax County:


In honor of International Building Safety Month, residents can get free advice from building inspectors and engineers on how to make their homes safe.

On May 7-8, building safety experts from Fairfax County and six other Northern Virginia governments will be at these four Home Depot stores from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

SALON DANIEL RAISES MORE THAN $2000 for Washington Humane Society

SALON DANIEL RAISES MORE THAN $2000 for Washington Humane Society

for Washington Humane Society’s FASHION for PAWS



Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. raised more than $2000 for Fashion for Paws, benefiting the Washington Humane Society. The salon had donated 100 percent of all sales to the Washington Humane Society during a day-long promotion.

 The Fashion for Paws® (F4P) Runway Show infuses the nation's capital with cutting edge high fashion, drawing an extraordinary crowd of VIP's, fashion and animals lovers alike to raise funds for the Washington Humane Society. 

Get a role in a local film!

Get a role in a local film!

When I returned to the D.C. area following film school, I auditioned for a number of film projects in order to work on my acting chops and get connected to local filmmakers. One of my first roles was in “The Carry-Out,” which told the story of a restaurant robbery that goes terribly wrong. The writer and director of that film was Alexandria native Chris Kiros.