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Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler, 10, of Arlington, Va. was awarded third place in LearningRx’s annual Presidents Day contest, by reciting the U.S. Presidents in order while playing Hannon on the piano. The U.S. President recitation is a memory-enhancement exercise that helps LearningRx students increase their short-term and long-term memory. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

The contest is designed to encourage kids across the country to create videos that demonstrate the memory and focus skills they improved with LearningRx brain training.

VALENTINE CHOCOLATE FACIALS in FEB.; GET FREE DERMALOGICA TRAVEL KIT; STRAWBERRIES

VALENTINE CHOCOLATE FACIALS in FEB.; GET FREE DERMALOGICA TRAVEL KIT; STRAWBERRIES

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. is featuring chocolate facials the entire month of February, complemented with free strawberries and beverage. Customers who request a chocolate facial, will receive a free Dermalogica travel kit as well, valued at more than $30, which includes a facial cleanser, facial toner, an exfoliant and eye cream. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

“We love Valentine’s Day and chocolate facials are a sweet way to pamper yourself or your loved one,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. “The antioxidants and moisturizer naturally found in chocolate, provide soothing and refreshing effects on your skins,” said Berrios.

CARMELLO’s 28th ANNIVERSARY: GET 28 PERCENT OFF DINNER FEB. 2 to FEB. 8

CARMELLO’s 28th ANNIVERSARY: GET 28 PERCENT OFF DINNER FEB. 2 to FEB. 8

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is celebrating its 28th anniversary on Feb. 6th. In gratitude to their customers, they’re offering 28 percent off dinner from Mon., Feb. 2 through Sun., Feb. 8, featuring their new winter menu. Menu prices vary.  For more information and reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

“We are so thankful to our community and our patrons; 28 years is a long time and we appreciate all of their support,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

BELLEZZA SPA DONATES CANNED GOODS to NO. VA. FAMILY SERVICES

BELLEZZA SPA DONATES CANNED GOODS to  NO. VA. FAMILY SERVICES

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. has collected more than 75 non-perishable food items for Northern Virginia Family Services, while offering a 10 percent discount for any customer who donated five or more canned goods. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

“We appreciate the support from our customers who helped us contribute to Northern Virginia Family Services food pantry,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS in “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” in DC; STUDENTS MAKE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS in “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” in DC; STUDENTS MAKE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will debut their first, student-directed, produced performance on Fri., Jan., 16 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Atlas Performing Arts Theatre at 1333 H Street., NE, in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

The Last Five Years is a live production of Jason Robert Brown's masterpiece, which was recently rated one of the top five musicals of this decade. It premiered at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was then produced Off-Broadway in March 2002. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress.

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE's DINNER at CARMELLOS

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE's DINNER at CARMELLOS

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is offering a Christmas Eve a la carte dinner on Tues, Dec. 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Menu prices vary. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

Appetizer selections include: Brick-oven Oysters Rockefeller, Spitada de Camarao, Mini-Beef Wellingtons, Risotto Fritters and Calamari Fritti, as well as two soups, Lobster Bisque and Roasted Butternut Squash.

Autumn Mesclun Salad, Caesar Salad and Chopped House Salad will be offered along with several entrees, including Lobster Mascarpone Ravioli, Deconstructed Veal Agnolotti Lasagna, Pan-seared Filet Mignon with Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Pan-roasted Fish of the Day, Slow-braised Beef Short Ribs, Portuguese Paella Valenciana and Red-Wine Braised Duroc Pork Shank.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.