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Metropolitan School of the Arts to Perform Nutcracker Dec. 1, Dec. 2 in Annandale

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Perform Nutcracker Dec. 1, Dec. 2 in Annandale

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. will present their annual MSA Nutcracker on Fri., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 2 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale Campus at 8333 Little River Turnpike. Nutcracker ticket prices range from $26 to $28 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Audiences can join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. The performance features a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

BASIS Independent McLean Summer Camp Focuses on Social Justice

BASIS Independent McLean Summer Camp Focuses on Social Justice

 

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

The Nutrition Journal reports that Americans have shifted toward eating out more and cooking at home less. With busy work and back-to-school schedules, many parents find it difficult to find the time to make home-cooked meals. Yet the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports that the amount of time spent on food preparation and cooking may have implications for ones overall diet quality and health, and that a greater amount of time spent on home food preparation is associated with a higher diet quality. The good news is that parents who are juggling back-to-school hours and work can fit in healthy home-cooked meals that are quick to prepare, nutritious, and delicious.

The Doctor Yum Project Partners with Farmers Markets to Bring Healthy Food Experiences to Young Fami

The Doctor Yum Project Partners with Farmers Markets to Bring Healthy Food Experiences to Young Fami

On a mission to help encourage those area families receiving benefits from the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program to establish healthy eating habits, The Doctor Yum Project, Farmers Markets and the Rappahannock Area Health Department are entering their second summer of offering families with young children access to free fresh produce all summer long. The program, which had a successful start last summer, has been funded for another season through the Virginia Department of Health. WIC participants can pick up their Produce Packs, free sample bags of fresh produce, during scheduled appointments through August 18, 2017 at participating local WIC offices.

 

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.

Metro School of the Arts’ Jacob Anderson on Nat'l Tour of Roald Dahl’s U.S. Tour of Matilda

Metro School of the Arts’ Jacob Anderson on Nat'l Tour of Roald Dahl’s U.S. Tour of Matilda

Jacob Anderson, 11, a student at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va., is making his national tour debut in the U.S. National Tour of Matilda The Musical. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the blockbuster musical named TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, is on tour in select U.S. cities, now through June 25, 2017.  Anderson of Fairfax Station, Va. plays the part of Nigel Hicks in the U.S. National Tour of Matilda the Musical. He’s been studying at MSA since 2014. For more information about the school, go to www.metropolitanarts.org, or view http://us.matildathemusical.com/tour/ for tickets.

“Being part of Matilda the Musical is a dream come true for me, said Jacob Anderson, Metropolitan School of the Arts’ student of Fairfax Station, Va.