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METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER; DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER;  DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. All tickets can be purchased online, with $1 of every ticket going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of MFAC’s former dance student, Emma Jordan, who lost her battle with cancer.  Nutcracker tickets can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

The dance studio will also offer free Frosty Follies performances at:
            Sat., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. - Reston Town Center,  Reston Va.

            Sat., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. – Kingstowne Towne Center,  Alexandria, Va.

Greenspring Donates 800 Turkeys with Funds Raised from 10th Annual Turkey Trot

Greenspring Donates 800 Turkeys with Funds Raised from 10th Annual Turkey Trot

On Friday, November 16, Greenspring residents and staff participated in the retirement community’s 10th Annual Turkey Trot, raising money to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to area families in need.  Greenspring’s wellness and fitness staff organize the event each year, which continues to grow annually, according to Greenspring’s Wellness Manager, Brad Hibbs. 

“So many of the residents recognize that they are fortunate and are willing to help,” said Hibbs. “They are incredibly generous.”

Four Washington, D.C.-area mission organizations are receiving turkeys from Greenspring this year including SOME (So Others Might Eat)Central Union MissionGospel Rescue Ministries, and Southeast White House.  

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Attendees enjoyed Praline Bakery & Bistro sweets, Black Elk wine and light bites in the beautiful Italian kitchen and bath showroom.

Jessica Waters, assistant professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Society at American University, along with her husband Doug Ward, held a fundraiser for the Children's Law Center (CLC), www.childrenslawcenter.org, at Boffi Georgetownwww.boffigeorgetown.com, 3320 M St. NW in Cady's Alley on Saturday evening, November 3rd.

5 Things A Bully Doesn’t Want You to Know

5 Things A Bully Doesn’t Want You to Know

As the sound of school bells ringing signals that school is back in session for the year, it also means that students and parents will face some common issues. It is estimated, each day in America, that 160,000 students stay home from school in order to avoid being bullied, so it makes a lot of people wonder what goes on in the mind of a bully. Judging by the research regarding who bullies, it would stand to reason that it’s quite a bit.

“We tend to look at the situation of bullying, and not so much at the bully him- or herself,” explains Peter J. Goodman, author of the book “We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats.” “But if we had a chance to peek into the mind of the bully, we might be surprised at some of the things we would learn.”

There are some things that bullies don’t want people to know, including:

FCPD Youth Drinking & Driving Meetings Begin On Oct. 2

FCPD Youth Drinking & Driving Meetings Begin On Oct. 2

In collaboration with the Unified Prevention Coalition, the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) is kicking off a series of five community forums; the first one is at 7:30 p.m. at the West Springfield District Station, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield.

The forums offer residents the opportunity to voice their concerns and learn more about the communitywide issue of drinking and driving involving people between the ages of 15 and 24. More than 1,900 motor vehicle crashes in Fairfax County between 2006 and 2011 involved alcohol impairment by drivers in this age category.

National Children's Museum To Open At National Harbor

National Children's Museum To Open At National Harbor

Kids will soon have a museum dedicated to them!

The National Children's Museum will be opening its doors on Dec. 14 at the National Harbor with over 18,000 sq. ft. of space. It will have two main exhibit areas that serve to inspire children to care and improve the world, which include: 'The 3 & Under gallery,' designed in partnership with Sesame Workshop and 'Our World,' teaches the rewards and responsibility of global and community citizenship.

“Both our local and national communities have been waiting for this day for a long time,” said National Children’s Museum President & CEO Willard Whitson in a press release. “We are so thrilled to finally be opening a museum that is solely dedicated to children and families in the D.C. area and beyond”.

The museum also features a 130-seat theater. 

For more information click here: nationalharbor.com

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center Open House On Sun, Sept. 30

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center Open House On Sun, Sept. 30

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center’s (MFAC) of Alexandria, Va., is hosting their 13th annual family open house on Sun., Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring FREE dance and fitness classes for all ages, seminars and workshops, arts and crafts vendors, performances, a meet and greet with MFAC staff as well as refreshments. Event is located at 6450 Landsdowne Centre in Alexandria, Va. Go to www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

“Our open house is a great opportunity for visitors to get a snapshot of MFAC, from performances, lessons and instructors,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va.