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Girls on the Run 5K: As Described by Leesburg 4th Grader, Logan Quinn

Story by Logan Quinn, Fourth Grader at Sycolin Creek Elementary School.

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Today was a really big day for us girls in the Girls on the Run.  We had our 5K race at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, this morning.  Everyone was predicting that it would pour down rain, but I guess Mother Nature changed her mind because the sun was shining in the sky. 

When the race started, it made me want to jump up and down like crazy!  I started running and then since the weather was getting warmer, I was also getting warmer.  I was on my second mile and I thought in my head only one more mile!  Once I finished, I felt AMAZING! 

Tues., May 17: Fashion Group Intl Presents Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Trend Overview with Marylou Luther

Tues., May 17: Fashion Group Intl Presents Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Trend Overview with Marylou Luther

The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC in collaboration with Tysons Galleria and Capitol File Magazine will host the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Trend Overview and keynote presentation with award winning fashion journalist and Creative Director of The Fashion Group International®, Marylou Luther on Tuesday, May 17th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Tysons Galleria.

The presentation will feature a compilation of apparel, accessories, beauty, color and fabric trends from the New York, Milan and Paris Fall/Winter 2011/2012 collections in an engaging and truly inspiring experience for industry professionals and media before the trends reach the consumers. The Fashion Group International® has showcased audio-visual presentations covering the seasonal fashion runway collections in the United States and in Europe since Ready-to-Wear shows began in the 1960's.

A Celebration of Mental Health through Art Tonight

A Celebration of Mental Health through Art Tonight

 

Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign’s 2011 Art Exhibition is opening tonight in Alexandria. The event, Art Uniting People: A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health, will be held at the Lee Center tonight from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This month is National Mental Health month and this exhibit hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Over 100 local individuals (from ages 3-85) whose lives have been affected by mental illness submitted artwork for the exhibit. They were able to use art as a form of expression to engage the community at large.

Chair of the Anti-Stigma Hope Campaign, Marsharia “Shay” Holman, said, “Art is such a powerful way to express yourself.”

“The artists were so excited to have a forum of expression to be able to tell the community their story,” said Carrie Fesperman Redden of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, who has also been involved in the planning and set up for the evening.

Symphony Orchestra of Arlington Inaugural Concert

From Sarah Haley:

 

  WASHINGTON— Symphony Orchestra of Arlington, conducted by Jeff Dokken, will hold their inaugural concert on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

             The concert will feature the works of Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The Washington Mens' Camerata, directed by Frank Albinder, with soloists Laura Wehmeyer - soprano, and Jackson Caesar- tenor are scheduled to participate in the Symphony Orchestra of Arlington debut performance.

This Saturday: Shop for Good at Mystique Jewelers in Old Town

This Saturday: Shop for Good at Mystique Jewelers in Old Town
This Saturday, Mystique Jewelers is donating 10% of profits made on May 14th to Love Live and Peace, plus giving out the organization's bracelets. Mystique Jewelers, along with the 29 other stores of the Old Town Boutique District, are participating in this one-day first-ever Boutique Charity Day.

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.