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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jonathon Larson’ RENT on Fri., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   


Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

4 wanted in Ashburn housebreaking


ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Four males are wanted in connection with a home invasion and robbery that happened at a home in Ashburn on Monday afternoon, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

The home invasion happened at the home located in the 21300 block of Sawyer Square around 3:40 p.m., according to officials. Four men entered the home and confronted the teenager inside of the house.

One of the suspects pulled out a knife and demanded money. The suspects took the money from the victim and also stole a video game system and the victim' cell phone, officials said.

Another resident returned home while the robbery was ongoing and was confronted by the suspects. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

All four suspects are being described as black males. One suspect was wearing a black shirt with cargo shorts and had tattoos on his neck.

Bear spotted on George Washington Virginia campus


ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- A bear has been spotted on several roads on the George Washington University Virginia Thursday, according to George Washington University staff.

Staff members sent picture to WUSA9 showing the bear on roads located behind Discovery Hall and on George Washington Boulevard.

Athlete bikes cross-country for Ashburn man


ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- A local endurance athlete has just bicycled 2,600 miles in 11 days to raise money for a young man from Ashburn.

Ryan Diviney suffered a devastating brain injury in a beating at college. Ryan was 20 years old, a sophomore in pre-law at West Virginia University, when two young men nearly killed him.

"It was late at night, Ryan was back pedaling trying to get out of the way, the next you know, one kid sucker punched him in the head," which sent him falling, explained Sue Diviney. "Another walked up and kicked him in the head. They said it was like punting a football," Sue said. The two thugs fled, leaving Ryan on the ground bleeding from his ears.

Jonathon May served seven months in prison, Austin Vantrease, served four years.

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

Carmello’s is hosting a Roots Run Deep Wine Dinner on Thurs., July 2 at 6:30 p.m. for $85 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Educated Guess and Hypothesis wines. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The menu includes: Educated Guess Chardonnay 2012, Spitada de Camarao with Jumbo Shrimp, Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing; Educated Guess Pinot Noir 2012 with Brick-Oven Roasted Rabbit Salad, Slow Cooked, White Wine, Onions, Fresh Herbs And Garlic; Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Costélas Do Cordeiro, a Grilled Rack of Lamb, Fresh Mint, Garlic, Olive Oil, Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus and Madeira Demi-Glaze; and Sip Moscato 2013With Mixed Berry Shortcake, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blackberries and  Raspberries.

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.