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METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS GRADUATES MOVE ON TO COLLEGE

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS GRADUATES MOVE ON TO COLLEGE

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria, Va. recently hosted its annual Spring Recital, featuring their senior students with piano and musical theatre performances at the The Artisphere in Arlington, Va. The Center’s high school graduates are moving on to college, including

Hermela Solomo, joining the High Tech Dance Team at Virginia Tech, Rosie Matthews going to Pace University in NYC, studying commercial dance, Gabi Stapula, also to attend Pace University in NYC for musical theatre, Arianna Bhambhani to attend Virginia Tech, Brianna Latrash, heading to University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,  Emily DiMaggio attending University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Alexandra Rosenberg going to The College of William and Mary and Ara Snyder attending Pennsylvania State University. Go to www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

May is Hunger Awareness Month in Loudoun County

May is Hunger Awareness Month in Loudoun County

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has declared May as “Hunger Awareness Month” in Loudoun.

As the Board’s proclamation notes, food pantries in Loudoun County receive generous donations over the holidays and winter months, but as summer approaches donations significantly decrease.

During the summer months, the county’s largest food pantry, operated by Loudoun Interfaith Relief, increases the amount provided to each qualified child by 25 percent to make up for the loss of school-based programs. With a decrease in donations and more area families in need, area food panties are stretched thin. Loudoun Interfaith Relief reports that its food supplies are “dangerously low.” 

Through the Hunger Awareness Month proclamation, the Board is sending a message of support to those in need, raising awareness of the critical issue, and encouraging citizens to donate food items to one of the area’s local food pantries.

Leesburg Farmers Markets Celebrate the 2013 Summer Season with Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Leesburg Farmers Markets Celebrate the 2013 Summer Season with Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

The Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Markets Cooperative (LVHMC) will celebrate the opening of the summer Leesburg Farmers Markets with two ribbon cutting ceremonies.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, the Leesburg Wednesday Farmers Market will hold a ribbon cutting at 3:00pm.  On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the Leesburg Saturday Farmers Market’s ribbon cutting will be at 8:00am.  Both ribbon cuttings will take place at the Virginia Village Shopping Center on Catoctin Circle SE in Leesburg.

MARCHING BOBCATS TO STORM NORMANDY IN 2014

MARCHING BOBCATS TO STORM NORMANDY IN 2014

A nine-time Virginia Honor Band, the Battlefield High School Marching Bobcats have been selected as one of only six U.S. high school marching bands to participate in the first-ever commemorative D-Day parade on its 70th Anniversary in Normandy, France, in June 2014.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from the occupation of Nazi Germany. Seventy years later on June 6, 2014, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village liberated by American paratroopers, will host a historic parade. Military units, marching bands, along with cultural and civic groups will march down the same streets that were lined with American troops in 1941. Dignitaries and military officials from the United States, Canada, and all across Europe will attend. The President of the United States, cabinet members, and officials representing all branches of the Armed Forces will also be present.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER RAISES $5,000 for NEW ALLIANCE THEATRE

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER RAISES $5,000 for NEW ALLIANCE THEATRE

 

Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance raised $5,000 at their first Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their new Alliance Theatre in Alexandria, Va. MFAC is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance Benefit Concert.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building the Alliance Theater,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.

OCCASIONALLY CAKE CELEBRATES NAT’L PECAN MONTH in APRIL

OCCASIONALLY CAKE CELEBRATES NAT’L PECAN MONTH in APRIL

 

From April 20 through April 30, Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon is going nuts over National Pecan Month featuring turtle and pecan praline gourmet cupcakes, and when you buy three pecan cupcakes, you get a FREE fourth cupcake of your choice. Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

“Pecans are a great healthy snack, I love to grab a handful when I’m on the go” said Sabrina Campbell, Occasionally Cake owner. “Our pecan turtle cupcake and pecan praline cupcake give you that nutty flavor of pecans with the blended sweetness of caramel and sugar,” said Campbell.

Both Alexandria cake boutiques offer more than 100 cake and gourmet cupcake flavors. Occasionally Cake is also renowned for their cake truffles. Instead of discarding leftover cake, it became the centerpiece of their cake truffles, and then dipped in Belgian chocolate.