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Metropolitan School of the Arts – Breakfast with Santa at Hotel Monaco

Metropolitan School of the Arts – Breakfast with Santa at Hotel Monaco

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m. and 12 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.

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 performance from Metropolitan School of the Arts’ dancers and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls.

“Breakfast with Santa combines the magic of Christmas with festive dance performances and favorite holiday characters, perfect for the whole family to enjoy,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director and founder of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

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Haymarket Couple’s ‘Cook in Tuscany’ Winner of Travel Weekly’s 2016 Magellan Award

Haymarket Couple’s ‘Cook in Tuscany’ Winner of Travel Weekly’s 2016 Magellan Award

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour was named winner of the 2016 Magellan Award for Best in Europe for Culture and Arts by Travel Weekly, a premiere travel magazine. Haymarket, Va.-based owners George and Linda Meyers host their worldwide guests on cooking tours in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guide guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. For more information, go to www.cookintuscany.com.

The Magellan Awards is the premier award for the travel industry, which honors the best in travel and is judged by a 14-member panel.  The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honor the best in travel.   

Coin Up App Helps Holiday Shoppers Forget the Guilt, Donate Change to Charity

Coin Up App Helps Holiday Shoppers Forget the Guilt, Donate Change to Charity

The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it a frenzy of gift shopping for family and friends starting Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, during the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend, there were 151 million people who shopped either in stores or online. Their spending averaged $299.60 each. What’s more, the federation estimates that holiday sales this year will reach $655.8 billion. While the focus of holiday shopping tends to be buying gifts for those who already have so much, this year many consumers can do something to feel better about their spending by rounding up the change from each transaction and donating it to those who are in need. 

How to Have Celebrity Skin this Holiday Season

How to Have Celebrity Skin this Holiday Season

If there is one thing that stands out when looking at images of celebrities, it is that they usually have flawless skin. A youthful glow, perfect complexion, and healthy-looking skin tends to be the norm on celebrities. The good news is that everyone can have that beautiful celebrity skin, even with the holiday season upon us.

“During the holiday season, people tend to slip on their healthy eating, get stressed out, and take the focus off of taking care of their largest organ – their skin,” explains Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist and owner of the Stript Wax Bar. “No matter what time of year it is, there are things you should do in order to care for your skin. But it is especially important to take steps to care for your skin during the holiday season, and it’s easier than you may think.”

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Ebrahim Rasool, Former Ambassador to the U.S. from South Africa to Speak at BASIS Independent McLean

Ebrahim Rasool, Former Ambassador to the U.S. from South Africa to Speak at BASIS Independent McLean

Ebrahim Rasool, former Ambassador to the U.S. from South Africa, will be speaking at BASIS Independent McLean about “Nelson Mandela’s Lessons for Thought Leadership for the Next Generation” on Wed., Nov. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8000 Jones Branch Road in McLean, Va. Entrance is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at www.mclean.basisindependent.com/ambassador

“We’re honored to have former Ambassador Rasool share his knowledge and experience with us,” said Sean Aiken, head of school for BASIS Independent McLean, McLean, Va. “BASIS.ed is committed to global education and to preparing students for the complexities of the 21st century political and economic landscape,” said Aiken.

5 Reasons to Seek Out & Support Veteran Owned Businesses

5 Reasons to Seek Out & Support Veteran Owned Businesses

Most people don’t give much thought to who owns a lot of the businesses in their area. They go about their day, picking up things here and there, and not giving much thought to the entrepreneur behind the business name. Some of the businesses that people pass by each day may be owned by the country’s veterans. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 18.8 million veterans in the country, and around 405,000 of them are entrepreneurs.

“Veterans make for a special kind of entrepreneur,” explains Will Post, who is a veteran and is the founder and CEO of Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “They come into the business world with experiences and stories that at times makes them feel they are more fit for owning their business than anything else. They tend to have a high success rate because they are not afraid of the hard work, discipline, and dedication that it takes to be a business owner.”

Carmello’s Earns The Spectrum Award by City Beat News

Carmello’s Earns The Spectrum Award by City Beat News

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was awarded City Beat New’s Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service.  For more information, go to www.carmellos.com.

“We’re honored to be noted for our customer service, we’ve been around for 30 years because of our wonderful patrons” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.