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Planning Ahead - Four Fun-Filled Ways to Help EOD Veterans in 2017

Planning Ahead - Four Fun-Filled Ways to Help EOD Veterans in 2017

A new year brings new opportunities and new challenges. It also marks the 16th year that our nation has been at war. Many of our military remain deployed with their families left behind to hold the fort down. During these extended deployments, emergencies happen and it is important that our nonprofits fill the gaps that our government does not. One small elite branch of our military is the 7,000 members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)/Bomb Disposal community. This profession is literally the most dangerous job in the world and like most elite military communities; the EOD community is supported by a nonprofit organization called the EOD Warrior Foundation. The mission of this foundation is to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing emergency financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support.

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.

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.

‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

 ‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, Va. donated an all-expenses paid Tuscan culinary tour for the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Hope Bash held in Washington, D.C. at the Fairmont Hotel. The live and silent auctions offered several trips and luxury packages. For more information about the tour, go to www.cookintuscany.com.  

The winner will be able treat themselves in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun. The tour provides daily cooking lessons from local “Nonnas”, first class accommodations in the medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico, visits to regional wineries and cheese makers, tours of local and historic sites and many recreational activities.

Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic high school of Fairfax, Va. has a history of a strong culture of inclusion, reflective of the current reigning homecoming queen and king, Shaylyn Smith, 18, of Bristow, Va. and Zach Fowler, 18, of Vienna, Va., who both happen to have an intellectual disability. 

Smith and Fowler were selected through the standard process of selecting a homecoming king and queen with no special circumstances or special efforts to ensure that they were the ones selected. For the first time, Paul VI has voted both homecoming king and queen from Paul VI’s Options Program. For more information on the school, go to www.paulvi.net.

5TH Annual Loudoun 10K Trail Run

5TH Annual Loudoun 10K Trail Run
 “5th ANNUAL LOUDOUN 10K TRAIL RUN”

Trail Race to Benefit Military Veterans

 

WHO:           

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness                        

WHAT:          

5TH Annual Loudoun 10K Trail Run

3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride Scheduled for October 1, 2016

3rd Annual Healing Heroes Ride Scheduled for October 1, 2016

Hundreds of motorcyclists will take to the country roads participating in the third annual “Healing Heroes Ride.” The 100-mile motorcycle ride through the scenic Piedmont and Shenandoah Valleys is a popular “high stakes” poker run, which raises money to support Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Virginia. This year’s ride takes place on October 1, 2016, with a rain date of October 2, 2016.