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A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR THE SEASON

                                        A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR ALL SEASONS        When my ex-husband and I were first married in 1984, we had one TV - with rabbit ears-  and one VCR, in a cozy, but adequate two bedroom apartment. By the time we divorced twenty years later, we had three TVs, all hooked up to an antenna AND cable, five working VCRs, and hundreds of VHS tapes of programs that had been recorded but never watched, purportedly stockpiled for "retirement," which I sold for $150 on my way out of the three bedroom condo. The last five years also brought a computer that could access the Internet, in addition to an older one which was basically a word processor.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS HOSTS New Year Eve's BENEFIT GALA; FOR FAMILIES, SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS HOSTS New Year Eve's BENEFIT GALA; FOR FAMILIES, SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will host A New Year’s Eve State of Mind Benefit Gala on Tues., Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Springfield at 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, Va. The family-fun gala will provide entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are $120 per adult for ages 21 years old and older; $79 for youths, 13 years old to 20 years old; $49 for children, 6 years old to 12 years old; and 5 years old and younger are free. Cost includes cabaret performances, live band, pre-dinner reception, holiday buffet, silent auction, dessert buffet, New Year’s Eve toast, party favors and all beverages.

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia recently opened its doors; an inspiration born from two Northern Virginia sisters, Elizabeth Colon and Christa Huntley of Alexandria, Va. Both new moms of infant daughters, they joined their passions for education and children. Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia serves most of Fairfax County, providing an in-home tutoring service for kindergarteners through 12th graders, including a free skills assessment. The program uses a customized approach with an in-home professional tutor, diagnostic evaluation, specialized teaching curriculum and a guarantee for results. For more information on Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia, call 571.620.0245 or visit www.AGLNOVA.com.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS – BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO on Dec. 8

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS – BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO  on Dec. 8

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Lorton, Va. will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 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

ThFrosty Follies’ 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 jazz performance from Metropolitan School of the Arts’ dancers, interactive song and dance workshop for the kids, special goody bags and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS TO PERFORM FREE FROSTY FOLLIES in DC-AREA

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS TO PERFORM  FREE FROSTY FOLLIES in DC-AREA

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Lorton, Va. will be performing their free, Frosty Follies shows from Fri., Nov. 29 through Sun., Dec. 22 throughout the Washington, D.C. area. The family-fun, holiday performance is complete with a live jazz performance from Metropolitan School of the Arts dancers, interactive song and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls. For information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org or call 703.339.0444.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Frosty Follies will perform at:

Fri., Nov. 29 - Reston Town Center Ice Rink at 5 p.m., 11529 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston., Va.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sun., Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. and
5 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus in Annandale, Va. Ticket prices range from $18 to $27 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Other ways to help to support Metropolitan School of the Arts:

OUT OF WHACK

 

 

                                             Out of Whack 
     Finances out of whack, with a projected 140 million dollar shortfall,
Fairfax County, Virginia's School Board wants to bypass the Supervisors and tax residents itself,
     The only current alternative proposal: furlough days, larger class sizes...
Relegating "pet" programs and select, "superfluous" staff to the shelf!