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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 22 and 23 in ANNANDALE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 22 and 23 in ANNANDALE

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sun., Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. and
5 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus in Annandale, Va. Ticket prices range from $21 to $27 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

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LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Woman struck, killed by car


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was struck and killed while crossing the street near Falls Church on Thursday night, police said.

Irma Taracena, 61, of Falls Church was crossing Leesburg Pike near Row street when she was hit by a Toyota Camry, police said.

The area of the road was not well lit, police said.

"The driver of the Camry did not initially stop at the scene but was quickly located by nearby officers at Patrick Henry Drive, as he was in the process of driving back to the crash scene. The driver, Sukhwinder Singh Jhuj, 67, of Manassas Park was charged with failure to render aid," police said in a news release.

The accident happened at around 9:45 p.m., police said. The incident is still under investigation.


Va. elementary principal sued for discrimination


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Three former teachers and administrators at Fairfax County's biggest elementary school allege they faced racial discrimination and anti-pregnancy bias during their time there.

The lawsuit, filed last month in federal court in Alexandria, alleges that Bailey's Elementary Principal Marie Lemmon told her assistants to only hire pretty, young blondes.

An assistant principal, Rachel Charlton, who now works at another Fairfax County school, said Lemmon began treating her with hostility once she got pregnant, and told her that she shouldn't start a family until she became a principal.

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DEVIL’s BACKBONE FALL BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th.,Nov. 6

DEVIL’s BACKBONE FALL BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th.,Nov. 6

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a four-course Devil’s Backbone Brewery fall beer dinner, featuring beers like Vienna Lager, Kilt Flasher, Gold Leaf Lager and 4-point Pale Ale on Thurs., Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for $65 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

The four-course menu includes: Vienna Lager with Meat and Cheese Platter; Kilt Flasher with Kilt Flasher Beer Cheddar Soup with potatoes, bacon, chives; Gold Leaf Lager served with Pan-Roasted Wild Rockfish and artichoke, tomato fennell ragout, herb fingerling potatoes, grapefruit buerre blanc; 4-Point Pale Ale with All-Natural Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs, maple vanilla, sweet potato puree, caramelized bacon brussels sprouts, and crispy onions; and Danzig Porter Bittersweet Chocolate Cake Morello with cherry mousse, caramel popcorn and mint.

MANASSAS CITY HOSTS ANNUAL PUBLIC UTILITIES DAY; FREE FAMILY EVENT and DIGGER DEMO

MANASSAS CITY HOSTS ANNUAL PUBLIC UTILITIES DAY; FREE FAMILY EVENT and DIGGER DEMO

On Sat., Oct. 11, the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works department is hosting their annual Public Utilities Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their facility at 8500 Public Works Drive in Manassas, Va. The event features free tours of the facility, various utility displays, electric city, water shed, sewer shed and digger derrick demonstrations, kids’ activities, raffle prizes, a barbecue lunch by Virginia Barbecue, ice cream by Nathan’s and Miss Lyn balloonist. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org, or contact Ana Davis 703-257-8276.

Accused molester Michael Gardner arrested again for child sex abuse


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Virginia man accused of molesting two young girls in 2011 was arrested again for aggravated sexual battery of a child.

Michael Gardner, whose conviction for allegedly molesting two girls at a sleepover was overturned two months ago, is now accused of assaulting a family member who was under 13 at the time of the assault, officials said.

"On September 29, 2014, the Arlington Circuit Court Grand Jury returned two indictments charging Gardner with Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Child, with offense dates spanning 2009," according to police.

The two 2009 incidents happened two years before Gardner would be accused of molesting three girls, ages 9 and 10 in 2011. But this latest allegation only came to light after the Virginia Supreme Court overturned that prior sex assault conviction because a character witness was not allowed to testify that Gardner was a good caretaker of children.