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USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, was recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today. Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers spend six months of the year in Tuscany, where they 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.

Local Native American Group Announces Grant Match to Build Indian Village in Loudoun County, VA

Local Native American Group Announces Grant Match to Build Indian Village in Loudoun County, VA

Community leaders Ken and Julia Falke came forward this week providing a local Native American Indian organization $7,500 as a match to state and local grants. This grant is for a new artist residency-/-preK-12 school program called Art in Nature™ facilitated by the not-for-profit group Sanctuary on the Trail™, and involves a host of artists and volunteers teaching children to raise an Indian village in Bluemont, Virginia. The group is working in partnership with the Village Montessori School (VMS) at Bluemont, the Bluemont Citizens Association, and the Bluemont Fair Committee.

“Children in our community are very important to us and we look forward to seeing the results of this effort. Our family’s philanthropy is dedicated to military and veteran wellness and the children in our local community,” said Julia Falke. Mrs. Falke is the co-founder of Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Va.

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.

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.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va. recently performed for the Black History Month Celebration by Music at NOVA at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.  Other entertainment included:  poetry, Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpts, NOVA Jazz Ensemble, NOVA Community Chorus and more. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.   

“We were honored and thrilled to be part of NOVA’s Black History Month celebration – tap has rich roots in black history, and some of our greatest tap legends were African-American,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria and Lorton, Va.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS to DAZZLE with NUTCRACKER, BREAKFAST w/SANTA and NUTCRACKER in Nutshell

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS to DAZZLE with NUTCRACKER, BREAKFAST w/SANTA and NUTCRACKER in Nutshell

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present three, festive holiday performances in December, including:

The Nutcracker on Thurs., Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., as well as Sat., Dec. 5 at
1 p.m. and 7 p.m., held at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, Va. Tickets are $27 per adult and $21 for seniors/students at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Breakfast with Santa will be featured on Sun., Dec. 6 at the Hotel Monaco at 480 King St. in Alexandria, Va. with two seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $45 per adult and $35 for ages 9 and younger. Tickets at www.metropolitanarts.org.

NATURE VISIONS PHOTO EXPO COMES to HYLTON ARTS CENTER, NOV. 14, 15:

NATURE VISIONS PHOTO EXPO COMES to HYLTON ARTS CENTER, NOV. 14, 15:

Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE) will showcase nature photography at its best at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va. Sat., Nov. 14 and Sun., Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.