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Greenspring Residents Donate 600 Books To Local Elementary School

Greenspring Residents Donate 600 Books To Local Elementary School

(Springfield, Va.) – About 400 residents at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. identify themselves as Catholics.  Over the past year, the Catholic residents have been raising money to provide books to students at a nearby elementary school.  The residents have worked in partnership with Scholastic to ensure that the students at Crestwood Elementary School will be able to have appropriate grade-level books that they can call their own.  On March 1, Read Across America Day, the residents donated 600 books and also read various Dr. Suess books to the kindergarten and first grade classes at Crestwood.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS TO DEBUT DANCE CLASSES IN OLD TOWN ALEX - Mon., Mar.4,

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS TO DEBUT DANCE CLASSES IN OLD TOWN ALEX - Mon., Mar.4,

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will be offering dance classes on Mon., Mar. 4 at its third location, The Athenaeum at 201 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Va. The Athenaeum dance classes are only offered on Mondays and Tuesdays. Schedules and fees can be viewed at www.metrofinearts.com.

MFAC of Old Town Alexandria will teach ballet, hip-hop and jazz for adults and children, as well as MetroBarre, the mind/body program, combining the best of Pilates, yoga and ballet barre training.

“We are thrilled to offer our classes to the Old Town Alexandria community...we know that Old Town will be a perfect fit for our programs,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Old Town Alexandria is known for its cultural and artistic events, an ideal setting for our MFAC classes,” said Dobbs.

Stars Shine at D.C. BET Honors Awards

Stars Shine at D.C. BET Honors Awards

The annual BET Honors with the stunning host Actress Gabrielle Union again celebrated and showcased the achievements of African Americans with their version of what can be likened to the Kennedy Center Honors.

The lineup at the Warner Theatre: Honorees Halle Berry (Service), Chaka Khan (Musical Arts), T.D. Jakes (Education), music exec Clarence Avant (Entrepreneur) and basketball player Lisa Leslie (Athletics).

Celebrate National Sangria Day by Making Your Own

Celebrate National Sangria Day by Making Your Own

December 20th is considered to be National Sangria Day. It’s a day set aside to honor the great beverage that originated in Spain, yet appeals to people around the world. Sangria not only tastes great and pleases a crowd, but is easier to make than one may think. It’s also quite affordable!

“Many people in America are familiar with the concept of a spiked punch,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge. “Sangria is like that, only better. It takes punch to a whole new, better level that people love.”

 

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.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS STUDENTS DANCE in KENNEDY CENTER TAP SHOW

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS STUDENTS DANCE in KENNEDY CENTER TAP SHOW

Roxanne King and Kyra Smith, both 15, of Alexandria, Va., were selected from more than 100 dancers to be part of the Kennedy Center’s highly-revered tap performance, JUBA! Masters of American Tap! at the Eisenhower Theater on Fri., Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Both are students of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. Tickets can be purchased at the Kennedy Center box office or www.kennedy-center.org/tickets.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER; DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER;  DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. All tickets can be purchased online, with $1 of every ticket going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of MFAC’s former dance student, Emma Jordan, who lost her battle with cancer.  Nutcracker tickets can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

The dance studio will also offer free Frosty Follies performances at:
            Sat., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. - Reston Town Center,  Reston Va.

            Sat., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. – Kingstowne Towne Center,  Alexandria, Va.