Our network

Community Spirit

Carmello’s/Monza Collects Cans for SERVE in Nov.; in Exchange for 10 Percent Off Next Meal

Carmello’s/Monza Collects Cans for SERVE in Nov.; in Exchange for 10 Percent Off Next Meal

Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va. are asking the public to drop off non-perishable foods at their restaurants to support SERVE of Manassas, Va., a local homeless shelter, now through Nov. 30. Each person that brings in at least five cans, will get one voucher for 10 percent off their next individual meal at Carmello’s or Monza, good through Dec. 31, 2018. Voucher is only valid for food, beverages excluded. For information, go to www.carmellos.com or www.eatmonza.com.

“Thanksgiving for us, is a time to give back,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va. “We appreciate the public helping us make Thanksgiving that much more abundant for those in need,” said Pires.  

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.

LearningRx’s Reston Earns Lifetime Impact Award; LearningRx Vienna Earns Community Impact Award

LearningRx’s Reston Earns Lifetime Impact Award; LearningRx Vienna Earns Community Impact Award

Maureen Loftus, owner and executive director of LearningRx Reston and LearningRx Vienna, took home a top awards from LearningRx’s national convention held in Colorado Springs, Col: the 2017 Life Impact Award and the 2017 Community Impact Award. The Life Impact Award is given to LearningRx Reston for fulfilling the brain training needs of a client through multiple stages of life. The Community Impact Award is given to LearningRx Tysons for the top seven centers in the nation that have the most significant impact on the people in their respective community.For more information, go to www.learningrx.com/reston

BASIS Independent McLean Debuts New Mascot; Students Help Design Mascot Image

BASIS Independent McLean Debuts New Mascot; Students Help Design Mascot Image

BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) debuted its new mascot as the Red-Tailed Hawk. Staff and students voted on five mascot candidates and the winning selection was the Red-Tailed Hawks. Two BIM students helped create the draft design for the Red-Tailed Hawks for their communication journal: Kelley Wang, an 11th grader representing upper school, and Grace Araya, a 4th grader representing the lower school. For more information on the school go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New School Administrators

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New School Administrators

BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) started its second year with a new administrative team, including BIM’s Associate Head of School, Ron Kim, formerly of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Director of Student Affairs for Upper School, and Tiffany Conroy, coming from St. Anne’s School in Annapolis, Md. The private school has more than doubled its enrollment since its inaugural year in 2016. Go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com for more information or call 703.854.1253.

Carmello’s Wins Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence

Carmello’s Wins Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. recently earned Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence for the eighth consecutive year, noted for its vast Portuguese wine selections. For more information, call 703-368-5522 or go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s offers more than 100 Portuguese wines from Portuguese regions, such as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura and Vinho Verde, and presents one of the largest Portuguese wine lists in the United States.

“We’re always excited to be selected by Wine Spectator magazine; we have a passion for good wine, and we like to share that passion with our customers,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.