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USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, was recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today. Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers spend six months of the year in Tuscany, where they host their worldwide guests on cooking tours in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guide guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. For more information, go to www.cookintuscany.com.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

More than 20,000 Legos were donated to the Autism Society of Northern Virginia by local LearningRx brain training centers in Leesburg, Fairfax, Reston and Vienna, Va., and LearningRx directors committed to trekking a 10-foot “LEGO® Walk of Fire” in bare feet upon meeting their 20K Lego goal. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

“We’re grateful to the community to help us support autism awareness and surpassed our Lego goal,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston and Vienna, Va. “Our Lego Walk of Fire was everything you’d expect…it was painful, but fun…the key is to walk quickly,” said Loftus.

ASNV provides LEGO®- based activities at various campaigns, but currently have to rent LEGO®s for these events. With enough LEGO®s, ASNV could have their own set of LEGO®s to be used for all of their autism outreach programs.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va. recently performed for the Black History Month Celebration by Music at NOVA at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.  Other entertainment included:  poetry, Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpts, NOVA Jazz Ensemble, NOVA Community Chorus and more. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.   

“We were honored and thrilled to be part of NOVA’s Black History Month celebration – tap has rich roots in black history, and some of our greatest tap legends were African-American,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria and Lorton, Va.

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with  VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES  and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

Carmello’s is hosting a Cakebread Cellar Wine Dinner, Thurs., Feb. 11. at 7 p.m. for $110 inclusive, per person at Carmello’s on Center Street in Manassas, Va. The four-course dinner will feature Cakebread Cellar wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new winter menu.  A special Valentine’s Day dinner is also being served from Fri., Feb. 12 through Sun., Feb. 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., to include a rose. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The Cakebread Cellar wine dinner menu includes:  1st Course Sauvignon Blanc 2014

DONATE COATS/TOYS for SERVE and CASA at MONZA/CARMELLOS; In Exchange for $10 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT

DONATE COATS/TOYS for SERVE and CASA at MONZA/CARMELLOS;  In Exchange for $10 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE in exchange for a $10 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Sat.,Dec. 5 during the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Coat donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va., as well as throughout December to support SERVE of Manassas, Va. They’ll also be accepting new toys for children of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Manassas, Va.) in exchange for a $10 Monza/Carmello’s gift card during December. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

One gift card will be given per coat and/or per new toy.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jason Robert Brown’s ‘SONGS for a NEW WORLD’

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jason Robert Brown’s ‘SONGS for a NEW WORLD’

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World” on Fri., Nov. 6 at 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the W-3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   

This production is completely student run and performed by Metropolitan School of the Arts high school students studying to have careers in theatre. Chad Vann of Alexandria, Va. is the director, while Sam Cornbrooks of Springfield, Va. is the producer. James Woods of Northern Virginia is the music director.

CULTURETRIP.COM Names Carmello’s Top 10 Best Restaurants

CULTURETRIP.COM Names Carmello’s Top 10 Best Restaurants

Carmello’s was named one of the 10 best restaurants in Historic Manassas, Va. by culturetrip.com, a global website that highlights cultural art, food and travel around the world and in the U.S.  Go to www.carmellos.com.

Culturetrip.com is a global platform for local culture. The site’s audience has grown to nearly 2,000,000 monthly readers in two years, with a large following of about 500,000 people across social media channels. Hailing from all corners of the globe, readers browse the wealth of local and global cultural recommendations and knowledge on offer. Culturetrip.com was the winner of the United Kingdom Website of the Year Award for Arts and Culture and named one of 25 United Kingdom Tech Companies to Watch as well as named a Top Travel and Arts Site by The Guardian/The Times in 2012.