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Ashby Ponds Donates Over $11,000 from “Treasures” in 2012

Ashby Ponds Donates Over $11,000 from “Treasures” in 2012

(Ashburn, Va.) - Shortly after Ashby Ponds retirement community opened its doors in the September 2008, the new residents began to organize the Treasure Chest, an on-site thrift shop that accepts donations from residents at the community and in turn sells the items for a good cause.   All of the proceeds collected at the Treasure Chest go directly to the Scholars Fund and the Benevolent Care Fund at Ashby Ponds.  During 2012, $11,655.01 was donated to these two causes from Treasure Chest proceeds.

“We all feel it is a worthwhile endeavor,” said Ashby Ponds resident and Treasure Chest committee co-chair Joanne Harney. 

“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

In honor of National Heart Month, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. is featuring their “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign, offering unlimited adult dance and mind/body classes throughout February for a special price of $110. And MFAC will donate 10 percent of all “Dance Your Heart Out class fees to the American Heart Association. Schedules can be viewed at www.metrofinearts.com. Classes are available at Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. locations.

MFAC’s “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign includes all adult dance, yoga and MetroBarre classes. A regular adult class fee is 10 classes for $130. The February “Dance Your Heart Out” program provides unlimited adult class access at a significantly discounted set fee of $110 with 10 percent donated to the American Heart Association.

BARRE CLASSES NOW OFFERED at METRO FINE ARTS-FIRST CLASS IS FREE

BARRE CLASSES NOW OFFERED at METRO FINE ARTS-FIRST CLASS IS FREE

Mind/body fitness programs are popular workouts, and now Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) is teaching the ground-breaking program of Metro Barre, combining the best of ballet barre, yoga and Pilates into a comprehensive workout of isometric exercises to build leaner muscles. MFAC offers the first class for free. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com for class schedules.

“Metro Barre is the perfect mix of core and strength training, blended with the barre training that until now, was only used in dance instruction,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Celebrities, athletes, men and women, young and old are trading in their Pilates and yoga routines for barre fitness classes--it’s a transformational workout that delivers fast, effective and long lasting results,” said Dobbs.

HELPING HAITIAN ANGELS SECURES 40 ACRES TO BUILD ORPHANAGE in HAITI

HELPING HAITIAN ANGELS SECURES 40 ACRES TO BUILD ORPHANAGE in HAITI

In 2010, Haymarket, Va. residents, Bill and Debbie Harvey, founders of Helping Haitian Angels, began the slow process of acquiring 40 acres in Haiti with plans to build orphan homes, a church, a school and a medical clinic for Haiti’s orphans of Limonade, Haiti. After two years, Helping Haitian Angels finally realized their dream with the help of donors, friends and family who helped raise the $60,000 to acquire the land. For details, go to www.helpinghaitianangels.org or call 703-298-3183.

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Transition for most people is hard, even if it’s a positive change. Stepping out of your comfort zone takes courage whether it’s for your business or in your personal life.  There are some people who are willing to continue to operate like they have for years. But our landscape is changing at a rapid pace and change is inevitable. Instead of resisting change, embrace it because what you resist persists. Push yourself by taking a baby step; you’ll be amazed at what you or your business can do!

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.