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Sharing Music and Sending Text Messages Combine to Create More Beats

Sharing Music and Sending Text Messages Combine to Create More Beats

It’s estimated that people take around 100 million selfies per day. They also love to share music and realize it helps create memories. Now, with the advent of Beatshare, they can do both in a simple manner, all from their iPhone, using iMessage or in a stand-alone version.  The new Beatshare app gives people the opportunity to send a song they love or a 10 second clip of a song to someone to share their thoughts, feelings or emotions through the power of music. You can even integrate it with pictures, video, and your special message. This is a simple and quick way to convey thoughts and feelings, as well as to have a little fun with the song and message.

BASIS Independent McLean Students Enjoy Senegal for Spring Break

BASIS Independent McLean Students Enjoy Senegal for Spring Break

Many area students enjoyed a break from school over spring vacation, but BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) French students decided to take their break in Senegal, far from their classroom, but still deeply immersed in an enriching, educational experience of a lifetime. World travel is an optional opportunity for BIM students looking to take their education outside their textbooks and familiar settings. Senegal not only gave French students an immersive environment in the French language, but also provided them a new cultural and societal viewpoint of life outside of McLean, Va. For more information on the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Poaching: Alcatraz East Temporary Exhibit Opening Soon

The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Poaching: Alcatraz East Temporary Exhibit Opening Soon

New Pigeon Forge attraction will host a special temporary exhibit on the wildlife trafficking trade

When a Minnesota-based dentist paid $54,000 to trophy hunt in Zimbabwe in 2015 with a professional guide, he unknowingly was about to kill the beloved and iconic lion- Cecil. The images from that hunt went viral and although the dentist’s actions were not deemed illegal, the event sparked a worldwide outcry and raised awareness about the plight of wildlife, including lions, tigers, and elephants. Since that incident, the public is increasingly committed to protect wildlife and to put a stop to the trade of illegal wildlife poaching.

How EOD Warrior Foundation Helps Military Children

How EOD Warrior Foundation Helps Military Children

April is the Month of the Military Child. From our neighbors to celebrities who grew up in military families, such as Jessica Alba, Priscilla Presley, and Bruce Willis, many have their own stories of struggles and heroism they can share. In fact, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, there are 1.76 million children and youth in military families in the country. Almost 80% of them are age 11 or younger. What’s more, they report that military children have higher rates of mental health problems, including psychological stress, depression, and academic problems.

“Military families, especially children in military families, need extra love and care from their community and from civilian families across the nation,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “Their experiences often leave them needing some additional assistance, and we are a group that is honored to be able to provide for them.

Metropolitan School Of The Arts’ Tap Ensemble Presents Preview Show, Mar. 12

Metropolitan School Of The Arts’ Tap Ensemble Presents Preview Show, Mar. 12

Metropolitan School of the Arts Youth Tap Ensemble is performing a preview to its 10-year anniversary show, scheduled in May, called 2x2, at MSA’s Black Box Theatre at 5775 Barclay Drive in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $5 per child, $10 per adult. Tap students perform duets that are choreographed and performed by more than 20 tap artists. For more tickets, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

 “We invite the public to celebrate 10 years with our Youth Tab Ensemble and enjoy an engaging and energizing, community tap show,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of every 5 school age children is obese, which is a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s. In fact, the CDC refers to childhood obesity today as a serious problem. It’s one that many parents are not sure how to take on and beat. The good news is that although babies may not be born with a handbook on how to care for them, one doctor who is on a mission to combat childhood obesity has written a book on how to feed children so they are healthy and happy.

Red Carpet Ready Beauty Secrets

Red Carpet Ready Beauty Secrets

Millions of people enjoy tuning into the many award shows that take place throughout the year on television. They love to see the celebrities make their way down the red carpet, stopping to pose for the cameras and crowds. From the Grammys to the Globes, and now with the anticipation of the Oscars, we’re letting people know the secrets behind being red carpet ready. When it comes down to it, a lot of it all is about being prepared.

“I’m the type of person who is always prepared for any type of red carpet event,” said Gretchen Rossi, “Real Housewives of OC” alum and Creative Director of The Gretchen Christine Collection. “I keep a stash of goodies in my car and in my clutch, so I’m always prepared when doing media events. Savvy Travelers beauty wipes save me time and time again.”

Here are some red carpet beauty secrets that everyone can use: