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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.

LEARNINGRx of DC AREA TRADES IN FREE BRAIN TRAINING for ‘POOR’ REPORT CARDS

LEARNINGRx of DC AREA TRADES IN FREE BRAIN TRAINING for ‘POOR’ REPORT CARDS

It’s report-card time for many students and LearningRx brain training centers of Reston, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Vienna, Va., and N. Potomac, Md. are giving hope to kids and teens by offering two free hours of brain training in exchange for less-than-stellar report cards throughout November. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

LearningRx of the DC area is offering anyone 18 and younger two hours of free brain training when they bring in a copy of their report card. The interactive and fun brain training exercises strengthen the cognitive skills that students need to learn effectively (attention, memory, processing speed, problem solving, among others). And that means improved mental performance in the classroom, at home, and even on the sports field.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE; AUG. 6 to AUG. 27

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE; AUG. 6 to AUG. 27

Drop off your back-to-school supplies at your nearest LearningRx brain training center, located in Reston, Va. Vienna, Va., Leesburg, Va., Fairfax, Va. and N. Potomac, Md. , to support needy students at local schools. A five percent discount for brain training is offered to those who donate a backpack and five school supplies. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“Being prepared for school is the first step in helping students have a successful school year,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “We encourage everyone to help our local children get ready for the next school  year, whether it’s some pencils or paper or a backpack, every little bit helps,” said Loftus.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

FATHERS’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., JUNE 21; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

FATHERS’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., JUNE 21; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a barbecue-style Father’s Day Brunch on Sun., June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include St. Louis ribs, corn-on-the-cob, macaroni and cheese, a variety of eggs, waffles, salads, meats, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a family-style Easter Brunch on Sun., Apr. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include a variety of eggs, waffles, paella, salads, meats, seafood, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

Carmello’s Easter Brunch menu includes:  an omelet station, waffle station, pizza station, paella pan, Portuguese salad, bruschetta, cheese and meat platter, risotto fritters, crab fritters, calamari, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortellini crema rosa, penne Italiano, chicken marsala, assorted fruit Pplatter, ham, bacon, sausage, croissants, bagels and assorted desserts.

CITY of MANASSAS HOSTS SPRING RECYCLEFEST; CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

CITY of MANASSAS HOSTS SPRING RECYCLEFEST; CELEBRATES EARTH DAY
In celebration of Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, the City of Manassas Public Works and Utilities is hosting its annual Recyclefest on Sat., Apr.4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Manassas Transfer Station, located at 8305 Quarry Road. Residents can recycle items and shred documents for FREE, check out recycling craft demonstrations, enter an American Disposal raffle contest to win Washington National tickets, and take a look at an American Disposal trash truck. For more information, call 703-257-8252 or go to www.manassascity.org.

Manassas, Va. residents will be able to recycle their household hazardous waste, electronic waste, gently used clothing and even shred paper documents for FREE. Last year more than 400 residents attended Recyclefest, and brought more than 20,000 tons of recycling in just four hours.