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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

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 Jonathon Larson’ RENT on Fri., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   


Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

Carmello’s is hosting a Roots Run Deep Wine Dinner on Thurs., July 2 at 6:30 p.m. for $85 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Educated Guess and Hypothesis wines. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The menu includes: Educated Guess Chardonnay 2012, Spitada de Camarao with Jumbo Shrimp, Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing; Educated Guess Pinot Noir 2012 with Brick-Oven Roasted Rabbit Salad, Slow Cooked, White Wine, Onions, Fresh Herbs And Garlic; Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Costélas Do Cordeiro, a Grilled Rack of Lamb, Fresh Mint, Garlic, Olive Oil, Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus and Madeira Demi-Glaze; and Sip Moscato 2013With Mixed Berry Shortcake, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blackberries and  Raspberries.

Falls Church bakery damaged in accidental fire


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A bakery in Falls Church has severe damages after an accidental fire Tuesday night, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

The fire happened at Jenin Pastry at 5820 Seminary Road in Falls Church around 9:20 p.m., according to officials.

When crews got to the scene fire was coming from the back of the two-story building. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and were able to put out the fire quickly. The sprinkler system went off, which helped the fire to stay in the kitchen area, Fairfax County officials said.

The smoke alarm was also activated. Nobody was injured in the fire.

Damages are estimated at $50,000, officials said. The fire is still under investigation, however has been deemed as accidental. Officials say the hot stove cook top was too close to the shelf and caught on fire.

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LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

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FATHERS’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., JUNE 21; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

FATHERS’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., JUNE 21; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a barbecue-style Father’s Day Brunch on Sun., June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include St. Louis ribs, corn-on-the-cob, macaroni and cheese, a variety of eggs, waffles, salads, meats, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

Man tries to abduct woman walking home in Falls Church


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 28-year-old man was arrested for grabbing a woman and covering her mouth while she was walking home from the East Falls Church Metro station on Tuesday night, police said.

Elmer Moises Nieto Lara, 28, of Falls Church was arrested and is being charged with abduction with the intent to defile.

The investigation shows that a 28-year-old Falls Church woman was walking home in the 100 block of Jennifer Street when Lara grabbed her and covered her mouth with his hands, police said.

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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT  to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA) student, Ben Cook, 17, of Lorton, Va. will perform in the Tony Award®-winning production of Disney’s NEWSIES at National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from June 9 to June 21. Cook is an alumnus of Lorton Station Elementary School in Lorton, Va., where his family still resides. At age 7, Cook began theatre and dance training at Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va., and began to regularly audition for professional theatre at 9 years old. For more information on MSA, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.