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GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

Is Sourwood, Red Maple or Green Ash under your Christmas tree this year? City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works has a gift idea that keeps on giving for years to come----trees. More than 40 tree species have been selected as part of the national Tree Power Program to help beautify the Manassas community, increase home value and improve air quality. Ten dollars will be credited to customers’ utility accounts for each tree that is planted and approved by the Manassas City Horticulturist. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

The National Tree Power Program is part of a nationwide public power program to help improve the environment and reduce energy costs. Trees help improve air quality, provide shade in the summer and help break the wind in winter. The program is offered all year. Customers can pick up a Tree Power brochure with a validation card attached and a full list of approved trees.

GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

Is Sourwood, Red Maple or Green Ash under your Christmas tree this year? City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works has a gift idea that keeps on giving for years to come----trees. More than 40 tree species have been selected as part of the national Tree Power Program to help beautify the Manassas community, increase home value and improve air quality. Ten dollars will be credited to customers’ utility accounts for each tree that is planted and approved by the Manassas City Horticulturist. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

The National Tree Power Program is part of a nationwide public power program to help improve the environment and reduce energy costs. Trees help improve air quality, provide shade in the summer and help break the wind in winter. The program is offered all year. Customers can pick up a Tree Power brochure with a validation card attached and a full list of approved trees.

METRO FINE ARTS FROSTY FOLLIES CHOSEN TO DANCE AT NAT'L CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAM, SUN., DEC. 23

METRO FINE ARTS FROSTY FOLLIES CHOSEN TO DANCE AT NAT'L CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAM, SUN., DEC. 23

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) Frosty Follies jazz ensemble was selected to perform at the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. on Sun., Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. This is their eighth year performing at the National Christmas Tree, with more than 40 dancers from MFAC showcasing their live tap dance. For more information, go to www.metrofinearts.com.

Musical groups interested in performing in National Christmas Tree Music Programs apply on the National Park Service website.

“We are honored to be a part of the National Christmas Tree festivities,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Our Frosty Follies performances were designed to offer free, holiday entertainment to our local communities,” said Dobbs.

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy struck the coast at the end of October it did damage that hit the news channels around the globe. The 80 mile per hour winds took lives, did billions of dollars in damage, and left thousands of people homeless. Many people are aware of the human impact of this tragedy, but few know about how the animals were in impacted in the area. As it turns out, many pets were lost, displaced, injured, and separated from their families.

“There is an element of tragedy here that many people have not even heard about and it is all the animals that have been impacted,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “What we try to do is help raise awareness and to help as many animals as we can, but we really need the support of others in order to be more successful at our mission.”

MAKE GINGERBREAD HOUSES/COOKIES at OCCASIONALLY CAKE, SAT., DEC. 8

MAKE GINGERBREAD HOUSES/COOKIES at OCCASIONALLY CAKE, SAT., DEC. 8

Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria is hosting a FREE gingerbread house/gingerbread man cookie - decorating demonstration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 8 at 207 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. No appointments are necessary. Demonstration is free, but participants must purchase decorating kits.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

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.

METRO FINE ARTS HOSTS BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO, SUN., DEC. 16

METRO FINE ARTS HOSTS BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO, SUN., DEC. 16

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 480 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Tickets range in price from $35 to $45 per person. All tickets can be purchased online at www.metrofinearts.com.

Frosty Follies’ performers will join Santa for the annual Breakfast with Santa. The family-event offers Sunday brunch at the Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, complete with a live jazz performance from Metropolitan Fine Arts Center dancers, interactive song and dance workshop for the kids, special goody bags and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls.

DONATE A TOY for FIREFIGHTER TOY DRIVE at OCCASIONALLY CAKE; GET FREE GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIE

DONATE A TOY for FIREFIGHTER TOY DRIVE at OCCASIONALLY CAKE; GET FREE GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIE

Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va. is giving away a FREE gingerbread man cookie for each person that drops off a new, unwrapped toy at their cake shops to support the Firefighters and Friends Holiday Toy Drive, from now until Dec. 14, 2012.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

Occasionally Cake will give out one free gingerbread man cookie per person for those that donate a toy. The Firefighters and Friends toy drive was founded in 1995 by Capt. Willie Bailey of Alexandria Fire Department, as a way to help families in need. They hope to help more than 4000 children in Northern Virginia this year.  Go to www.ffandfriends2therescue.org.