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BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest

BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in  WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest

BASIS Independent McLean, third-grader, James Fishman won 2nd place in the 2017 WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest out of almost 400 entries for his illustrated story, Cats and Kitties, which is posted on www.weta.org. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

The WETA-TV Writer’s Contest was open to children in kindergarten through third grade who live in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Northern Virginia, with entries submitted by May 1, 2017.

A first, second and third place winner were announced at each grade level. First place winners will have their stories made into a hardcover book. Additionally, the area school that submitted the most entries received a free classroom library of books and a visit from a PBS Kids costume character.

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No. Virginia Couple Debuts COOK in CUBA; Havana Culinary Tour Now Available

No. Virginia Couple Debuts COOK in CUBA; Havana Culinary Tour Now Available

‘Welcome to Cuba!’ is what you’ll hear from George and Linda Meyers, owners of Cook in Tuscany and Cook in Mexico at their latest culinary tour spot--Havana, Cuba . Cook in Cuba is now taking guests to Old Havana, exploring Cuban cuisine, history and culture. Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, just launched its third culinary tour, Cook in Cuba in Havana, Cuba. For more information, go to www.cookincuba.kitchen.

PTSD Most Prevalent Mental Health Challenge, Treatment Available

PTSD Most Prevalent Mental Health Challenge, Treatment Available

June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day, and the perfect time for a discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects millions of people and their families, and they can take comfort in knowing that there are treatments available that do work. The key lies in identifying the symptoms of the disorder and then getting the appropriate treatment.

“PTSD is a serious issue for the EOD family,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “There have been 16 years of war and multiple deployments that have taken a toll on our force and on their family members.”

Metropolitan School Of The Arts To Present Enchanted, The Musical

Metropolitan School Of The Arts To Present Enchanted, The Musical

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. will perform their spring production Enchanted, the Musical on Sat., June 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun., June 25 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in 4915 E. Campus Drive in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $20-$23. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for tickets.

The show will feature hundreds of MSA students in dance, music, and theater and bring to life the incredible adventures of fairytale Princess Giselle in modern day Manhattan. The shows do sell out, so we recommend purchasing your tickets early. Tickets are for assigned seats and include free parking in the neighboring garage. Please order carefully, as there are no refunds and no exchanges.

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6 Must Have Exercises to be Fit and Fabulous this Summer

6 Must Have Exercises to be Fit and Fabulous this Summer

Summer is a time of the year when more people are motivated to get active. The sun is out, the weather is inviting, and people are feeling up to staying active. Yet most people don’t know how much exercise they should be getting or which ones are going to help them look and feel their best. The National Institutes of Health reports that children and youth should get 60 minutes of physical activity per day, while adults should aim to get 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity exercise. For most people, if they can remember to get 30 minutes of exercise five days per week, they will be well ahead of the game.

EOD Warrior Foundation to Hold Warrior 5K and Half Marathon

EOD Warrior Foundation to Hold Warrior 5K and Half Marathon

EOD Warrior Foundation will be holding a run near the nation’s capital to help raise funds to further their mission of helping EOD warriors

Those who would like a way to help the many explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) military members and their families can lace up their running shoes this month. The EOD Warrior Foundation will be the beneficiary of a 5K and Half Marathon on June 25, 2017 in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The race organizers, Bishops Events, have generously offered to make the EOD Warrior Foundation the beneficiary of these great events.  Funds raised from the races will support the mission of helping EOD warriors and their families in need.

“Participating in a fundraising walk or run is a great way to make a positive impact supporting a cause you are passionate about,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “This is going to be a great event, and it’s for a great cause.”

5 Reasons to Send Your Child to a Healthy Cooking Camp this Summer

5 Reasons to Send Your Child to a Healthy Cooking Camp this Summer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children in the country considered obese has more than tripled since the 1970s to one in every five today. When you consider the amount of processed and fast food kids are eating, combined with their lack of exercise, it’s easy to see the root of the problem. Many parents are turning to summer cooking camps to help give their kids a boost in learning about nutrition and how to cook healthy foods. One local doctor, Dr. Yum, is on a mission to help transform kids and their diets, one summer cooking camp at a time.