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Hooray For Books! Donates To Metropolitan School Of The Arts

Hooray For Books! Donates To Metropolitan School Of The Arts

HOORAY for Books! of Old Town Alexandria, Va. is giving back to Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), an Alexandria, Va. –based performing arts academy, by donating 20 percent of all book proceeds to MSA performing arts education from Tues, Apr. 19 to Thurs., April 21, located at 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va. Purchases and donations can be made via phone or online at 703-548-4092 or www.hooray4books.com.

“We are so grateful for this support and celebrate the importance of bringing together literature and the performing arts to our Alexandria community,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

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The Important Role Pets Play in Human Lives

The Important Role Pets Play in Human Lives

Honoring our furry friends this April 11th, National Pet Day

April 11th is National Pet Day, making it a great time to consider the many reasons why pets play such an important role in our lives. Millions of people around the country have pets, most commonly cats and dogs, and they can feel the benefits, but there are some they may not even be aware of. Pets bring more to our lives than just a few laughs as they do something silly and pose for the camera. They give us a better quality of life and come with a dose of health benefits.

“Many people greatly underestimate just how much having a pet in their life does for their psychological well-being, as well as their overall health,” explains Will Post, founder and CEO, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “Pets play a very important role in enriching our lives in many different ways.”

Here are some of the important roles that pets play in human lives:

Monza Supports Komen Race For Impact, Tues., Apr. 12; 10 Percent of Pizza/Flatbread Sales Donated

Monza Supports Komen Race For Impact, Tues., Apr. 12; 10 Percent of Pizza/Flatbread Sales Donated

Monza is supporting the Komen Race for Impact, to support breast cancer research on
Tues., Apr., 12, with 10 percent of sales of all pizzas, flatbreads, and a special pink beverage. For more information, go to or www.eatmonza.com.

“Breast cancer affects so many, whether it be a friend, mother, sister, daughter, and we’re committed to support any efforts to help eradicate and support breast cancer research,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va.

How Horses are Helping Veterans Heal

How Horses are Helping Veterans Heal

Winston Churchill once noted, “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” This idea – that horses have the power to lift our spirits, make us feel loved, and create a sense of internal peace – is well known to many people across this country. What many people may not realize is that horses can play a critical role in empowering veterans to make the journey all the way home from war, and begin walking a new path – full of passion, purpose and service – here at home. There are remarkable programs all across the country leveraging horses healing abilities, and a range of other animals, to support our nation’s combat veterans.

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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to PERFORM SLEEP BEAUTY BALLET

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to PERFORM SLEEP BEAUTY BALLET

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. youth ballet is performing Sleeping Beauty on Sun., May 1 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The  George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theatre in Alexandria, Va., at  101 Callahan Drive. Tickets are $12 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to purchase.

MSA’s youth ballet, with leads Seemka Ogunfiditimi, MSA 10th grader of Alexandria, Va. and Elpida Voryas, MSA 9th grader of Alexandria, Va., shine in the ballet-rendition of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. Ticket sales helps support MSA’s Black Box Theatre project, a 200-seat performing arts theatre to be built in the heart of Kingstowne in Alexandria, Va., providing local performing arts venue for students and local shows.  Ogunfiditimi will be attending a summer program at the San Francisco Ballet, while Voryas will join the Boston Ballet summer intensive program.

DONATE LEGOS, SUPPORT AUTISM AWARENESS at LEARNINGRX

DONATE LEGOS, SUPPORT AUTISM AWARENESS at LEARNINGRX

Local LearningRx brain training centers are looking for LEGO®s; lots of them for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, where LEGO® building is a regular part of their community events. Northern Virginia LearningRx centers in Leesburg, Fairfax, Reston, and Vienna have a goal to collect 20,000 LEGO®s in total, and upon reaching that goal, center owners commit to trekking a 10-foot “LEGO® Walk of Fire” in bare feet. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

ASNV provides LEGO®- based activities at various campaigns, but currently have to rent LEGO®s for these events. With enough LEGO®s, ASNV could have their own set of LEGO®s to be used for all of their outreach programs.

Ken Falke Makes HillVets 100 List and Boulder Crest Retreat Wins Nonprofit of the Year Aw

Ken Falke Makes HillVets 100 List and Boulder Crest Retreat Wins Nonprofit of the Year Aw

Boulder Crest Retreat announces Founder and Chairman, Ken Falke on the HillVets 100 list for 2016, and the Retreat is recognized as the Nonprofit of the Year Award for innovation in the mental healthcare area. This is the second annual HillVets 100 event.  HillVets chooses from a pool of veterans’ nationwide and 100 people make the distinguished list of those making a significant difference in the lives of our nations' veterans.

“I am personally honored and humbled to make this very prestigious list and more honored by the selection of the Retreat as the best nonprofit of the year,” explains Ken Falke, chairman and founder of the Boulder Crest Retreat. “Our mission is to change the way our country deals with veterans with combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and I know our PATHH program is leading this change.”