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The Manassas Park Community Center gears up for another great year of their Youth Basketball League

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Right now, it is hot outside with temperatures reaching into the high 90s. But in a few months, these hot temperatures will be just a memory as we begin gearing up for the fall and winter seasons. At the Manassas Park Community Center, winter is synonymous with the Community Center’s Youth Basketball League, formerly called Biddy Ball league!

What separates this league from others in our area? Mike Arrington, Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation League Director and Athletics Recreation Specialist says it is a combination of the electric atmosphere, intense games, and the passion of everyone involved to create a memorable experience.

“When I tell the kids to have fun, I really mean it,” Mr. Arrington said while smiling. “We are very hands on. Practices are weekly and games are on Saturdays, and either I or a member of my team, is there each Saturday watching the games, checking out the referees, and keeping everyone happy,” he added.

Keeping everyone happy begins the minute participants sign up for the league. Mr. Arrington pointed out that this league is, by far, the best value in the area. If families have a Community Center All-Access Passport membership, the price is only $45. Residents pay $80 and non-residents pay $90. This price includes an officially licensed, replica NBA jerseys which participants keep after the season has ended.

“We have people coming back year after year because they like the way the league is organized, and that tells me we are doing our job! Our league is developmental; we are providing a fun place where kids really learn how to play the game of basketball, and they have fun,” Arrington added.

Participants and their parent must attend an assessment night. It is during this time that coaches and staff look at each participant to determine their skill levels.  “The kids usually fall into one of three categories and are placed accordingly,” Mr. Arrington explained, “From there, we have a draft. Every effort is made to keep the draft fair and the teams as balanced as possible. It doesn’t benefit the players or the league if the teams are not balanced.”

There are no more than 10 kids on a team which means that every child plays. “We don’t have any king or queen benchwarmers in our program,” emphasized Arrington, “Each coach is on an honor system and usually has an assistant coach or a team mom or dad monitor the playing time of each player on the team.”

“We also bring back the same referees each year because they are consistent. They will stop and explain their calls to our youngest or to our newest players so that the players learn from their mistakes.” Arrington finds this level of interaction from coaches, parents, and referees encouraging and representative of the values he believes the program embodies. Good sportsmanship is a quality that can never be overemphasized.

Coaches are required to attend a mandatory meeting outlining all the rules and regulations. Coaches provide the framework for the league. All coaches are encouraged to let the kids play while learning the fundamentals and the game of basketball. “Just like in the professional NBA, all teams are not winning teams,” Arrington pointed out, “The kids learn how to handle losing as well as learning what it means to win. Learning from mistakes and not always winning certainly are life skills our kids will always use.”

Parents and coaches must sign a Code of Conduct where they agree not to interfere with the learning process. “Our parents are super-involved, and during the games, the gym is rocking,” said Arrington.
“Unfortunately, sometimes a bad call can bring out another side of the parents,” he added. “We understand how emotionally vested our parents are, and, as a last resort, have escorted a parent out of the building,” he admitted, “But that behavior is not the norm.”  

Parents and fans get so involved in the games because they see their kids’ teams progress and get better each week. A great way to reward participants who are noticeably progressing is with an All-Star game, which is also part of this league. Coaches poll their parents to determine the best two players on each team and those players play in the All-Star game. “The MVP of the All-Star game is usually the most well-rounded player,” said Arrington, “We’re looking for the player who is passing, assisting, making defense moves, and encouraging his/her teammates,” he added.

After the regular season ends, each team participates in the playoffs. It is a single elimination playoff where if your team wins, you stay and play another game. If you lose, you go home. The champion team for all the age groups is posted on Facebook and all the kids on the first and second place teams will receive a trophy. The exception is the participants in the 4-5 age group who will receive a certificate of completion.

Participants of all age groups receive a certificate of completion, but Mr. Arrington knows they receive much more than that. They learn teamwork, persistence, and get great exercise too.

“I’m a guy who grew up playing sports – basketball and football to be specific. My dad was hard on us, but my mother honestly was worse! I know what that is like and I am working with my staff to provide a place for kids to have fun and to learn about a game I truly love,” summed up Mr. Arrington.

He isn’t the only one who loves the league at the Manassas Park Community Center. The hundreds of kids who participate and the coaches who teach and guide them come back to play year after year. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Do what you love and have fun too!

Registration for The Manassas Park Youth Basketball League opens August 15th. You can reach Mike Arrington at M.Arrington@manassasparkva.gov for more information.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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Prince William County Office of Elections needs volunteers for Nov. 8 Presidential Election

·         Good morning Prince William – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP  has an urgent need for volunteers age 55+ to drive veterans to their doctors’ appointments. It’s so easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day.  Benefits also include additional insurance, a mileage stipend, recognition events but most importantly helping us with a growing community need as we try to branch out to help dialysis patients.   Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more. 

·         Prince William Area Free Clinic needs lots of volunteers for both administrative and medical duties. Eligibility volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday afternoon and all day Thursday.  Data entry volunteers are needed early evenings on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are also a number of medical volunteers needed including a Pharmacist or Pharmacy Resident on Tuesdayafternoon or helping with medication pick-ups on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday mornings.  The clinic continues to need RN’s and LPN’s as well as local partners to assist with Physical Therapy and Podiatry patients.  Come be part of the awesome team.  Please email Caitlin at:Caitlin.denney@pwafc.org for more info.

·         Prince William County Office of Elections needs Election Officers for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election On November 8th.  This is a stipend service day. You need to report by 5am and work until to closing to assure voters a positive experience.  You must be a registered voter and attend two training sessions.  Please apply online at: pwcgov.org/workatpolls. Sounds like a fun day and receive $125 mad money just in time for your holiday shopping.

·         Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge and Dale City.  These classes are held MondayThursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week.  Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language.  Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

·         Habitat for Humanity has lots of volunteer opportunities. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org.  They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers.  It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

·         StreetLight Ministries in Woodbridge offers a number of services to homebound seniors and other fragile clients.  Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other simple chores. Please email Rev. Powers rpowers@streetlightcom.org to learn the many ways you can help another in the greater Woodbridge community.

·         The PW Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help with the E.coli study of Quantico Creek. Veronica tells me it’s not rocket science but fun science just the same!  Please email her at: waterquality@pwswcd.org to learn more.

·         The PW Conservation Alliance is sprucing-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on:  August 6th from9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

·         Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

·         Mark your calendar for Saturday September 16th for the 19th Annual Evening under the Stars to benefit CASA’s advocacy for over 500 abused children.  It’s the place to be with all your friends and for a great cause. Please visit their website at: casacis.org for more info and tickets.

·         Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring.  This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

·         If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William.  Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like.  Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3.  Please visit our newly re-vamped website atwww.volunteerprincewilliam.org.  Thanks so much for all you do in our community. 

Lessening growing pains in the government contracting world

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When President Jack C. Pines and CEO Robert M. Hemingway founded Analytical Consulting Group, LLC in 2003, they wanted more than just a means to support themselves.  Growing pains were soon realized as they tried to get a foothold in the contracting world.  Hemingway shared that one of the biggest challenges they faced was finding a contracting vehicle.

“If you’re a new company, no matter how experienced you are, if you don’t have a vehicle, you’re dead in the water,” said Hemingway.  In order to become a pre-approved vendor to the Federal Government, companies must have three years of contracting business history. This often equates to working with a larger company because they are already approved. Hemingway asserted there is a lot of competition and the possibility to lose the rights to your work to another company.

The belief that the federal government should leverage the agility and innovation potential of small business by protecting them from large business competition dates back to the Great Depression. In the decades since, it’s become enshrined in policy that small businesses should have “maximum practicable opportunities” to compete for prime contracts and subcontract awards. Translating that into practice for your particular industry is no mean feat and growing your business within the realities of the federal market is its own challenge.  However, if your offering is unique and you’re a small business, the deck is stacked in your favor, shared Steve Charles, co-­founder and executive vice president of immixGroup. 

Along with challenges have come triumphs.  One of those triumphs came when the company was signed as a prime contractor for the U.S. Army, not sub-contracting for a larger company. Hemingway is also proud of the fact that, right after the economy crashed, they were able to still hire people and give them the opportunity to maintain a steady work record. They attribute their success to client satisfaction and providing the highest degree of expertise and industry capability.

“We’re not in this business for the sole purpose of making money,” Hemingway said. “We’re former intelligence analysts. We see it as not just a market, but providing a service. We’re proud that most of our employees are veterans. We’re not limited to that, but we’re proud of it.  We don’t approach this as a market to be exploited.” 

What’s Hemingway’s advice for people going into the contracting business? “Know the basic tenets of federal acquisition regulation. They offer that through the Virginia PTAP,” he said.  The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) educates participants on what they can and can’t do in government contracting. The program is administered by George Mason University.

Analytical Consulting Group provides a wide range of services for their clients, including national defense, geospatial intelligence, information technology services, information assurance, cyber security, program management and language services.  More information on Analytical Consulting Group can be found at analyticalcg.com.

This promoted post is written by Potomac Local under an agreement with Prince William County Department of Economic Development to showcase business in the region.

 

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Soil & Water Conservation District seeks volunteers for E.coli study of Quantico Creek

A list of volunteer opportunities in our community

Good morning Prince William – Embrace Treatment Foster Care has an urgent need for new foster families. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact on a child with your loving home. Come hear how to make this huge difference in a child’s life at their next information session on Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30 pm at the Chinn Park Library. Tons of training and support given to all families. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· The 9th Annual ADA Celebration is Saturday, July 23rd at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas. The event runs 10am-2pm with lots of fun, activities, food, and live music to celebrate!

· Chapel of His Glory provides legal, social services, financial management workshops and fun family gatherings to families in the Manassas community. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 23rd at 10 am with their Immigration Assistance Clinic. Come and join their team in Georgetown South Community! Please email Mr. Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge, and Dale City. These classes are held Monday-Thursday, but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided, and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has lots of volunteer opportunities. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 16th for the 19th Annual Evening under the Stars to benefit CASA’s advocacy for over 500 abused children. It’s the place to be with all your friends and for a great cause. Please visit their website at: casacis.org for more info and tickets.

· StreetLight Ministries in Woodbridge offers some services to homebound seniors and other fragile clients. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and other simple chores. Please email Rev. Powers rpowers@streetlightcom.org to learn the many ways you can help another in the greater Woodbridge community.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP welcomes Jan Hawkins as our new program director. She can be reached at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org or rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org. She has lots of new and fun volunteer opportunities in the community. Cheers to senior power!

· The American Red Cross needs volunteers on Saturday, July 23rd from 8am-12noon for their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. This event educates the community on fire safety and installs smoke alarms where needed. Registration is at 8 am, training at 8:30 am and out the door in teams in the Irongate community from 9am-12 noon. The event starts at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Manassas. Please register online at: volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form_5867 or call Erwin at (571) 293-1771 to join the fun.

· The PW Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help with the E.coli study of Quantico Creek. Veronica tells me it’s not rocket science but fun science just the same! Please email her at: waterquality@pwswcd.org to learn more.

· The PW Conservation Alliance is sprucing-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on: August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6 pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and ciders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their website for details on walking and volunteering! www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

City of Manassas is outperforming school systems with similar demographics and serving a single high school

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Northern Virginia is home to some of the best public schools systems in the state, and nation. 

For a relatively small community like the City of Manassas, ‘keeping up with the Jones’’ might seem like a daunting task.  But just as Manassas is experiencing a revitalization, so too is the public school system.

In the four years since Superintendent Catherine Magouryrk took the helm, Manassas City schools have undergone significant transformation.  The challenges have been considerable, but she continues to face them head on.  She and the staff have been working harder than ever before. 

And they are getting results, great results.

–Osbourn High School (OHS), the City’s only high school, was recently named a Silver Medal School, ranking it in the top 16% of high schools in Virginia by US News and World Report.

–85% of OHS graduates go on to college.

–George C. Round Elementary School has earned the Virginia Department of Education’s 2016 Board of Education ‘Distinguished Achievement Award’ for advancing student learning and achievement.

–The City’s K-12 STEM curriculum, which includes coding, robotics and maker spaces, has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education and its students are winning competitions across the state.

When compared to school systems with similar demographics and serving a single high school, the City of Manassas is outperforming; specifically in the areas of math and science?

Manassas City Public School system is proud of its accomplishments to-date and thanks to the significiant efforts of Dr. Magouryrk and staff, and is on a path towards greater success over the next few years.  If you have questions about, or are just curious to see first-hand, the significant progress being made in our schools please visit the City Schools website to schedule a tour or visit with Dr. Magouryrk.

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This post is sponsored by City of Manassas Economic Development.

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Homebound seniors need transportation to doctors appointments

· Good morning Prince William – StreetLight Ministries in Woodbridge offers a number of services to homebound seniors and other fragile clients. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other simple chores. Please email Rev. Powers rpowers@streetlightcom.org to learn the many ways you can help another in the greater Woodbridge community.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP welcomes Jan Hawkins as our new program director. She can be reached at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org or rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org. She has lots of new and fun volunteer opportunities in the community. Cheers to senior power!

· Embrace Treatment Foster Care has an urgent need for new foster families. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact on a child with your loving home. Training and support given to all families. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· The American Red Cross needs volunteers on Saturday July 23rd from 8am-12noon for their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. This event educates the community on fire safety and installs smoke alarms where needed. Registration is at 8am, training at 8:30am and out the door in teams in the Irongate community from 9am-12 noon. The event starts at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Manassas. Please register online at: volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form_5867 or call Erwin at (571) 293-1771 to join the fun.

· The PW Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help with the E.coli study of Quantico Creek. Veronica tells me it’s not rocket science but fun science just the same! Please email her at: waterquality@pwswcd.org to learn more.

· The PW Conservation Alliance will also conduct a spruce-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on the following days: July 17 from 2pm-4pm; August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Lake Ridge Fellowship House senior living needs a volunteer who speaks Korean to help interpret for one gentleman in particular but they also have several other residents with limited English skills. This gentleman needs help with a hearing test soon. Come share your special gift. Please call Kathleen at (703) 494-4455 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic needs 1-2 registered nurse volunteers to work a few mornings a month at their clinic. Specific duties include case management and running the clinic. Another fabulous opportunity to share your expertise with those most vulnerable. Please email Caitlin at: Caitlin.denney@pwafc.org for more info.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Chapel of His Glory provides legal, social services, financial management workshops and fun family gatherings to families in the Manassas community. They are looking for volunteers with legal skills, translators to a host of languages, admin support, events and children minders. Come join their team in Georgetown South Community! Please email Mr. Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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Prince William Area Free Clinic needs 1-2 registered nurse volunteers

· Good morning Prince William – You hear it in the news almost every day, Identity Theft! Don’t become a victim; join Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) on Wednesday, July 13 from 7 to 9 pm at the Sudley North Government Center’s Jean McCoy Conference Room and learn how to protect yourself. Call 703-792-6287 or email SmartMoney@pwcgov.org to register.

· Mark your calendars for the next Community Forum on Wednesday July 6th – 7pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse titled: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction? This event is sponsored by The PW Conservation Alliance. All are Welcome. You can call (703) 490-5200 for additional info.

· The PW Conservation Alliance will also conduct a spruce-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on the following days: July 9 from 10am-12pm; July 17 from 2pm-4pm; August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Independence Empowerment Center looks forward to its 9th ADA Celebration at the Harris Pavilion from 10am-2pm on July 23rd. Please plan to join them for live music, food, and children’s’ games. They will announce the winner of the 2016 design contest for this year’s t-shirt.

· Lake Ridge Fellowship House senior living needs a volunteer who speaks Korean to help interpret for one gentleman in particular but they also have several other residents with limited English skills. This gentleman needs help with a hearing test soon. Come share your special gift. Please call Kathleen at (703) 494-4455 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic needs 1-2 registered nurse volunteers to work a few mornings a month at their clinic. Specific duties include case management and running the clinic. Another fabulous opportunity to share your expertise with those most vulnerable. Please email Caitlin at: Caitlin.denney@pwafc.org for more info.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Chapel of His Glory provides legal, social services, financial management workshops and fun family gatherings to families in the Manassas community. They are looking for volunteers with legal skills, translators to a host of languages, admin support, events and children minders. Come join their team in Georgetown South Community! Please email Mr. Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· Brain Injury Services is looking for a Frank Sinatra fan to visit with a wonderful young woman with a brain injury. She lives in Centreville and would like a visitor once or twice a month for six months. She has a keen interest in Frank Sinatra! Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3.

Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Standing Out: Why Parents Choose Preschool at the Manassas Park Community Center

Preschool Teacher, Ms. Brandy, admires the work of one of her preschool students.

When parents of preschool age kids are considering where to send their kids to preschool, the big question is: what separates one preschool program from another?

The staff at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC), knows it’s a combination of their experience, knowledge, and love of children that makes their program stand out from all the rest in the area.

“Between Ms. Sue – the Preschool Director, and myself, we have over 18 years’ experience teaching at the preschool level,” said Arely Angel, Lead Preschool Teacher for the MPCC Preschool Program. “As a matter of fact, the first class Ms. Sue taught will be graduating from high school in two years,” she added.

“When our preschool students enter kindergarten, they will be ready,” said Ms. Angel. “We have been told from many kindergarten teachers, being ready for kindergarten means much more than knowing their letters and numbers. Our students have been taught the importance of making good decisions,” she added. “Our focus is to help the students become independent learners, which helps provide the foundation for positive learning,” added Ms. Sue.

By providing an in-house curriculum that references the Virginia Foundation Blocks, as well as emphasizing recreation with creative programs and materials that encourage and invite participation; the students at MPCC preschool are taught how to choose, participate, and to adapt to a variety of settings.

The MPCC preschool program is licensed by the State of Virginia, Department of Social Services. In addition, the preschool program has also received a 3 out of 5-star rating from the Virginia Quality Initiative (VQI) Program. The VQI program recognizes preschool providers for the quality of care provided. “When the staff from VQI observed our programs, they were impressed by the positive learning environment we provide here,” added Ms. Sue.

The preschool program is divided into two separate programs; Seniors (4 and 5 years old) and Juniors (3 years old).

“Communication and relationships with our parents and families is essential to make our programs effective,” said Ms. Angel, “We understand that for a child to be successful in school and life it takes collaboration from all those within the child’s community.”
There is an emphasis on a variety of themes throughout the year, that also includes family activities such as a shared harvest meal at Thanksgiving time, a Holiday Party, and a graduation ceremony for our Seniors at the end of the school year.

“We know our kids are already exposed to gadgets and all sorts of technology,” pointed out Ms. Angel, “So we take a back-to-basics approach where the kids are encouraged to play—just play.” She added, “Providing a block of time for kids to play while supervised allows them to make choices, develop social skills, and improve their small and large motor skills.”

Ask any of the preschoolers what their favorite activities are and you will most likely hear it is the play-dough, blocks, dress-up, and making friends.

To say Ms. Sue and Ms. Angel find being preschool teachers rewarding is an understatement. Being a part of the children’s lives on a daily basis is truly a fulfilling experience. When asked what her most rewarding experience was as a preschool teacher, “It was walking into my very first graduation ceremony. I was all prepared with my speech, my slideshow, everything. I felt completely prepared,” Ms. Angel reminisced. “It wasn’t until I was walking into the room when I realized the children were moving onto their next step in their lives and I wouldn’t get to see them every week anymore. It was a big step – I had such a hard time giving the speech that first time. Ms. Sue had to help me.”

Watching the children return to the Community Center year after year even after graduating the preschool program fills Ms. Sue with a sense of joy and accomplishment.

“The kids will come up to me even as teenagers and ask how I’ve been and we share stories of what’s been going on in our lives,” Ms. Sue expressed, “It really emphasizes that we are a family and a community. Even though we’re not related we’re so tight knit that they remember us. To me, that’s truly symbolic of what our program represents.”

Curious to learn more? We recently interviewed Ms. Angel as part of our “Meet Our Staff” series on our blog. Find out more about Ms. Angel and what brought her to the preschool program here.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

Manassas has the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia. Believe it.

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Celebrate America this Independence Day in historic downtown Manassas.

Family-fun surrounds the train depot, Manassas Museum, and Harris Pavilion with great views of the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia! Bring out blankets and lawn chairs to claim your spot and enjoy all of the entertainment and fun going on. The fireworks show will start at 9:15 pm but there will be plenty of activities and contests before.

Unique bikes parade

The fun starts at 3 p.m. with kid’s rides in the water tower parking lot – Lot B – as well as a bicycle decorating contest in the Harris Pavilion. Children will ride in a parade around the pavilion showing off their unique bikes and prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most patriotic, and best overall bikes.

Apple pie contest

Next up is the apple pie baking contest at 4 p.m. Residents, visitors, and more are encouraged to show off their baking skill with delicious homemade apple pies. The pies will be judged by a group of city staff and residents looking for the City’s best apple pie.

Watermelon eating contest

Last in line for contests is the watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion. What better way to cool down in the summer than a fresh piece of watermelon? The contest will be broken up into two age groups – 17 & under and 18 & older – as contestants show off how fast they can eat their watermelon. The children’s age group will have to finish a quarter of a watermelon while the adult group will have to eat an entire half.

Applications for all three contests can be found on www.visitmanassas.org and are due back no later than Friday, July 1.

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Lake Ridge Fellowship House senior living needs a volunteer who speaks Korean

Good morning Prince William – Lake Ridge Fellowship House senior living needs a volunteer who speaks Korean to help interpret for one gentleman in particular but they also have several other residents with limited English skills. This gentleman needs help with a hearing test soon. Come share your special gift. Please call Kathleen at (703) 494-4455 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic needs 1-2 registered nurse volunteers to work a few mornings a month at their clinic. Specific duties include case management and running the clinic. Another fabulous opportunity to share your expertise with those most vulnerable. Please email Caitlin at: Caitlin.denney@pwafc.org for more info.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Chapel of His Glory provides legal, social services, financial management workshops and fun family gatherings to families in the Manassas community. They are looking for volunteers with legal skills, translators to a host of languages, admin support, events and children minders. Come join their team in Georgetown South Community! Please email Mr. Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· Brain Injury Services is looking for a Frank Sinatra fan to visit with a wonderful young woman with a brain injury. She lives in Centreville and would like a visitor once or twice a month for six months. She has a keen interest in Frank Sinatra! Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Mark your calendars for the next Community Forum on Wednesday July 6th – 7pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse titled: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction? This event is sponsored by The PW Conservation Alliance. All are Welcome. You can call (703) 490-5200 for additional info.

· The PW Conservation Alliance will also conduct a spruce-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on the following days: July 9 from 10am-12pm; July 17 from 2pm-4pm; August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Independence Empowerment Center looks forward to its 9th ADA Celebration at the Harris Pavilion from 10am-2pm on July 23rd. Please plan to join them for live music, food, and children’s’ games. They will announce the winner of the 2016 design contest for this year’s t-shirt.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3.

Please visit our newly re-vamped website at volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Weddings and celebrations are perfect for the Manassas Park Community Center

Weddings and celebrations at the Manassas Park Community Center

If you’re planning a big function like a wedding celebration outside, you’ll worry about the possibility of rain.

And if you are planning during the summer months, it will be hot and humid. Everyone will be sweaty, and maybe even a little cranky because of, you know, the whole hot and sweaty thing. It sure doesn’t seem like the ideal setting for a wedding – or any celebration.

However, the beautifully appointed banquet room at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) would be the ideal setting for your celebration. The banquet room at the MPCC offers the kind of versatility that makes it possible for you and for your guests to have a successful and memorable occasion.

And you won’t have to worry about the weather! Or the heat, or the humidity!

There are two wedding packages at the MPCC.

Deluxe Package

The first package, called the Deluxe Package includes the full banquet hall for 8 hours, with seating up to 200 guests, the catering kitchen, a pre-function area where guests can have a happy hour, a 12’ x 12’ dance floor for $2,373 for residents and $3,045 for non-residents. Childcare is available for $250 for 30 children.

“This includes a $500 fully refundable deposit for the full banquet hall or a $250 deposit for the half banquet hall,” said Amelia Powell, Customer Service Supervisor. “Our indoor spaces are on a first come, first serve basis, “she said, “Our only rule is that you need to have the event paid in full 30 days prior to the event date.” She added people can pay monthly, weekly, or pay in a lump sum.

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Gold Package

The second package is called the Gold Package which includes half the banquet hall for 7 hours, seating for 115 guests, and the catering kitchen for $1,554 for residents and $2,036 for non-residents.

The catering kitchen is available for use with the Banquet hall facilities. The roomy 1,082 square foot kitchen includes a six burner gas range, convection ovens, warming ovens, ice machines, and lots of stainless steel tables for prepping the food. “There is also a loading dock outside the kitchen for loading and unloading. It really makes it easier to unload all the food items right into the kitchen,” added Ms. Powell.

“We have a Preferred Vendor List, so if there is a service you need, we can provide a contact for you,” Powell said. She pointed out that the facility also provides ample parking with a private entrance for you and your guests.

More intimate gatherings

Yes, the big events can be celebrated at the MPCC, but what about other occasions that also need celebrating—like a sweet sixteen party or the celebration of the end of a sports season?

The MPCC also has multi-purpose rooms which are 1,082 feet of air conditioned space and provides seating for 35 people. This is the perfect size for a more intimate gathering and also includes a shared kitchenette space.

Whether you’re having a large wedding or a small intimate affair, you can host it at the MPCC. Give Amelia Powell a call at 703-335-8872. She will be happy to help you plan that one-of-a-kind wedding at the MPCC.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. Rental space is also availability for your event. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com, or call at 703-335.-8872.

Equality Prince William wants LGBT Pride Month

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Potomac Local was copied in this email to Prince William County Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe: 
Prince William County Supervisor Nohe:
 
What do the President of the United States, the Honorable Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Cities of Alexandria and Fairfax, the Town of Herndon, and the Counties of Arlington and Fairfax all have in common?  All have declared June 2016 to be LGBT Pride Month.  These declarations were also made in 2014 (https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/lgbt-pride-month/) and 2015 (https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-pride-month/).
 
This is a conversation that our Equality Prince William President started two years ago and one he has been trying to continue, most recently with a request more than 5 weeks ago for an appointment with you.  He has recently spoke with Kelsey Clark who assured me that she had made you aware of this request.
 
Equality Prince William has more than 300 members on our Facebook page and those individuals are members, friends, relatives, allies, and supporters of the Prince William LGBT community.  They reside in all 7 Magisterial Districts of Prince William County as well as the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
 
June is already half gone, but given the tragedy in Orlando, Florida recently and the outpouring of support for the LGBT Community worldwide as a result, I can’t stress enough what the gesture of the Prince William Board of Supervisors declaring June to be Pride Month for this year and in the years to come would mean for your constituents.
 
Thank you for your consideration and have a great evening.  Jim O’Connor (Equality Prince William President) and I are willing to meet with you in person to discuss this.
 
David Dooley, Vice President
Equality Prince William
P.O. Box 6983
Woodbridge, VA   22195 

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Frank Sinatra fan to visit with young woman with a brain injury

Good morning – Brain Injury Services is looking for a Frank Sinatra fan to visit with a wonderful young woman with a brain injury. She lives in Centreville and would like a visitor once or twice a month for six months. She has a keen interest in Frank Sinatra! Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.

· The Virginia Cooperative Extension is sponsoring To Your Credit! Understanding your credit Report on Tuesday, June 28th at the Sudley North government Center. You will learn how to read your credit report, how to build and repair your credit history, guard against identity theft, and how to correct errors on your credit report, among other topics. To register, please call (703) 792-6287 or email them at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.

· The Prince William Area Free Clinic is seeking 1-2 registered nurses to volunteer as their INR Clinic coordinators. PWAFC runs an INR clinic four times a month for a few hours in the morning. Currently, they need volunteer RNs who would be interested in running the clinic and case management some or all of the days. Contact Caitlin at: Caitlin.Denny@pwafc.org.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· SERVE needs volunteer groups to provide weekday activities with the shelter kids when school is out. Come play games, do crafts, read stories and other fun stuff. Teens must be at least 16yrs old. Sounds like super fun way to offer safe fun to neat kids. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Mark your calendars for the next Community Forum on Wednesday July 6th – 7pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse titled: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction? This event is sponsored by The PW Conservation Alliance. All are Welcome. You can call (703) 490-5200 for additional info.

· The PW Conservation Alliance will also conduct a spruce-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on the following days: July 9 from 10am-12pm; July 17 from 2pm-4pm; August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Independence Empowerment Center looks forward to its 9th ADA Celebration at the Harris Pavilion from 10am-2pm on July 23rd. Please plan to join them for live music, food, and childrens’ games. They will announce the winner of the 2016 design contest for this year’s t-shirt.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.
· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Celebrate dad at the 12th Annual Manassas Wine & Jazz Fest

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The 12th Annual Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival is back on Sunday, June 19 from 12-7  p.m. on the Manassas Museum Lawn.

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day at this day-long event with plenty for all to enjoy. Featuring Virginia farm wineries and two local breweries, the event is a great kickoff to summer as people plan their weekend getaways.

Manassas’ Wine & Jazz Festival has annually been held on Father’s Day and has expanded from the Harris Pavilion to the Museum Lawn. It’s a great event for everyone! Families can come to enjoy the day with great live jazz performances and high-end novelty crafters. The entertainment stage will host the Robert Jospe Express, the Dave Wilson Quartet and back again this year is headline jazz performer Marcus Johnson.

“Marcus Johnson has become a staple in this festival. Year after year people come strictly to see him perform and then get to experience all that the festival has to offer,” said HMI’s Executive Director Debbie Haight.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and find a spot on the front of the museum lawn at the stage to relax and enjoy the jazz music. After you’ve finished tasting all of the wines, attendees can purchase their favorite bottle and enjoy it at the festival or have it collected to pick up at the end of the day.

This year, the VIP ticket option has been upgraded significantly with a limited number of available tickets. Not only will VIP ticket holders get to enter an hour early at 11am, they will also receive a $10 gift card to the shops and restaurants in historic downtown Manassas, and complimentary water. Attendees who purchase a VIP ticket will receive 6 exclusive wine and food pairings on each hour in a secluded VIP tent. They will receive a description from each winery along with the restaurant or food vendor who is pairing with their wines. The VIP experience is sure to add additional excitement to an already fun-filled day.

Tickets for the festival are on sale via MissionTix and can be found at www.visitmanassas.org. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event but prices will go up. For more information on all of the events going on in historic downtown Manassas, go to www.visitmanassas.org

Meet our personal trainers at Manassas Park Community Center

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Summer is here, and you know what that means, it’s time to get your body into summer shape so you look absolutely fabulous in your summer clothes!

Did you know the Manassas Park Community Center has a staff of excellent, qualified and hard-working fitness trainers? Below we’re featuring bios of two of our trainers who can help you obtain and maintain your best summer body ever!

Christina Gallagher is a Personal Fitness Trainer at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC). “I can honestly say all of my work out experience, combined with my love of being healthy, is the key to helping area patrons not only work out correctly but to change their habits and to eat healthy, so they can attain their fitness and health goals.”

“I guess you could say my workout motto is: Do what you like then you will do it–no excuses! Together we will devise a workout plan, and usually, I am right next to you performing the exact same exercises. If you want to work with a small group, that is fine too. I love to work out with my clients because I can constantly monitor their form — no bad habits here!”

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MORE: Two main reasons to workout with a trainer at Manassas Park Community Center

Alan Harshaw, is also a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor at the Community Center.

“What can you expect with me as your trainer? After you complete the initial assessment, I will sit down with you to review the big three: strength training, nutrition, and cardio. We will devise a plan where you will incorporate these three things into your daily routine. It won’t take long for you to see results. Those results are important, but it is equally important that you continue to use what we discuss so that you will always maintain a healthy body and a healthy attitude.”

“As a personal trainer, my job will be to train the entire body. After that, we will focus on your problem areas. It is my job to motivate you – and it is your job to perform the work. Remember, anyone can be ordinary, but I will help you become extraordinary. You can reach any goal you desire, and I will be there to motivate you!”

Come see Alan and Christina as well as all of our Personal Trainers at the MPCC, and in no time, you will be singing their praises—and looking good too!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This promoted post is written by Manassas Park Community Center.

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Call to Action: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction?

 Good morning – Historic Manassas needs volunteers for the 12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival on June 19th.  This super fun event offers all kinds of volunteer positions throughout the day including- early shift of 11am-3pm or the second shift of 3pm-7pm.  Locations throughout the event at the VIP Tent, will call/wine pick-up, hand out glasses or ID check.  It promises to be a warm sunny day.  Please email Erin at erin@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

  • Brain Injury Services needs a bi-lingual Spanish speaker to visit a huge soccer fan in Falls Church.  These very special “Pals” offer a huge impact to an individual with a brain injury.  Come be that special person. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.
  • Mark your calendars for the next Community Forum on Wednesday July 6th – 7pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse titled: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction?  This event is sponsored by The PW Conservation Alliance.  All are Welcome.  You can call (703) 490-5200 for additional info.
  • The Virginia Cooperative Extension is having their next Homeownership Seminar on Saturday June 18th, 9am-4pm in Woodbridge.  Come learn about all the aspects of buying a home.  To register, please call (703) 792-6287 or email them at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.
  • Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas.  These classes are held Monday-Thursday which gives you lots of flexibility to what class works for your schedule.  Training provided and you do not need to know any other language.  Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.
  • SERVE needs volunteer groups to provide weekday activities with the shelter kids when school is out.  Come play games, do crafts, read stories and other fun stuff.  Teens must be at least 16yrs old.  Sounds like super fun way to offer safe fun to neat kids.  Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org for more info.
  • The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon.  Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs.  Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health.  Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.
  • Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive.  Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home.  Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: habitatpwc.org for all the specifics.  They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers.  It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.
  • Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30.  Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.
  • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is:rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org
  • If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William.  Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like.  Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3.  Please visit our newly re-vamped website atwww.volunteerprincewilliam.org.  Thanks so much for all you do in our community. 
Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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We are all grateful to the law enforcement officers who protect us. When wounded on the job, we should know who they are.

I saw the name of a Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputy, who was shot four times the line of duty earlier this week identified today in the media only through court records.

Thankfully, the deputy is on his way to recovery after a successful surgery.

We all respect those in law enforcement who protect and serve us. We, as a community join and rally around them to make a full recovery. We are saddened when they, god forbid, pay the ultimate price.

In this case, a reporter searching through court case records is the only reason we know the name of this brave deputy who is deserving our thanks, admiration, and goodwill.

“Initially, the deputy’s family requested that the injured deputy’s name be withheld. The Sheriff’s office complied with their wishes,” stated Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman M.C. Moncure.

When three Prince William County police officers were shot in February, one of them fatally, we (the public at large and members of the media) knew the names of the officers within hours of the incident.

The Prince William County Police Department Public Information Office not only released the names to the media on the night of the shootings, but they also posted names and photos of the officers on the department’s social media accounts.

Officer Ashely Guindon paid the ultimate price on her first day on the job. Officers David McKeown and Jessie Hempen recovered, and were celebrated when they returned to the department for roll call — a triumphant moment that Prince William police shared on its social media pages.

In hours after Prince William police told us the names of the brave officers who were shot in the line of duty during a domestic situation, that information was used by citizens to create a rallying cry around fallen officers, and to show support for a police department that serves its citizens.

Within days, 1,000 people gathered at the county’s government center for a candlelight vigil to remember Officer Guindon, and pull together for the speedy recovery of the then hospitalized officers McKeown and Hempen. It was one of the biggest display’s of community support I had seen, and it made me proud to be from Prince William.

In regards to the Prince William department’s decision to tell us the names of its wounded officers, spokesman Jonathan Perok had this to say, “There isn’t a policy in that regard. It was a mutual decision that the department and families came to at the time. We saw a need in releasing the names and the families were consulted and agreed.”

Wouldn’t the Stafford Sheriff’s Office agree the actions of the Prince William County Police Department set a good precedent in this cases like these in the name of transparency, as well as a way to solicit support from its residents?

In my nearly 20 years experience in local media, the Prince William County Police Department is not alone when it comes to providing its residents the names of its wounded police officers.

We are all grateful to the service given by the men and women of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office, and all law enforcement agencies that work to keep us safe. The ability to identify its members and support them in trying times like these should not be limited to those “in the know” or by those who are forced to search court case records.

What’s the secret to Bottle Stop Wine Bar’s success in Occoquan?

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My kids have always been entrepreneurs-in-training.

Case in point: one sunny spring day in 2007, my daughters decided to set up a lemonade stand in the front yard. Well, after about an hour, my youngest daughter, Olivia, came running into the house screaming at the top of her lungs in that ridiculously high pitch that only a 6-year-old can make.

“Daddy! Daddy! Daaaaaaddy!” she yelled. “I NEED COFFEE NOW!!!!” For a brief moment I became concerned that my daughter was taking this work-thing a bit too seriously and already had the coffee-break jitters.

Then I noticed the dollar bill in her hand.

“What’s that?” I asked.

Nearly breathless, Olivia explained, “This man came by and ordered coffee and paid me a dollar.”

“Olivia, you have a lemonade stand,” I reasoned (big mistake – never try to reason with a six year old).

Olivia put her hands on her hips and rolled her eyes at her slow-to-catch-on dad, “But DADDY, coffee is what he WANTED!”

We hurriedly made the nice man a cup of coffee, and my daughters sold a few glasses of lemonade that day.

The following Saturday morning my kids decided to ditch the lemonade and set up a coffee and donut stand instead. It worked! They made roughly $150 which they donated to a local homeless shelter.

Olivia learned a valuable business lesson – listen and learn from your customers if you want to grow.

Emil and Kim Wigode, owners of Bottle Stop Wine Bar in Occoquan

Kim and Emil Wigode, owners of Bottle Stop Wine Bar in Occoquan have taken this same approach to listening and learning to their customers over the past five years. It has been amazing to watch them make incremental improvements to their business fueled by input from their customer base.

Originally called Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe, the Wigodes sold wine made in Virginia from a small storefront. Business was good, but their growing customer base asked them to expand their selection to include non-Virginia wines.

They did, and business continued to grow so much that they needed to move into a larger space… and they haven’t stopped listening and learning from their customers since then.

The larger space allowed them to build a small commercial kitchen and offer wines by the glass. The Wine Bar concept led to demand from customers for more on-site seating, and additional food options to pair with their wine had them looking to grow further.

They expanded a second time while reducing their retail area to allow guests to enjoy creative small-plate dishes to pair with their wine (their Devilish Duo deviled eggs are amazing).

The wine by the glass program was such a hit that they expanded to offer craft beer, craft whiskey, and scotch as well.

Their newest addition is in answer to customers who would love a glass of a higher-end wine without having to purchase the whole bottle. Their state-of-the-art Wine Preservation System allows bottled wine to be kept fresh so customers may enjoy an even larger selection of wines by-the-glass.

From great business owners like Kim and Emil to budding entrepreneurs like my daughter Olivia, listening and learning to what customers want is a vital key to success for no matter what your business size.

Know a local business that does a great job listening and learning from their customers? Introduce us and I’d love to feature a story about them!

“Business Beat” is a sponsored column written by One Degree Capital CEO and President Rod Loges. His column examines ideas and best practices that help local businesses succeed.

Celebrate the 4th of July with the City of Manassas Park

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There are few things that go together better than celebrating July 4th and watching the fireworks display at the Signal Hill Park.

The City of Manassas Park truly offers one of the best fireworks displays in the area.

You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm and in this case, the early bird gets the best seat for viewing the amazing fireworks show! So plan to arrive early, and take the shuttle so you don’t have to worry about parking.

Handicapped only parking will be available on-site at the Signal Bay Water Park for just $5.00 per spot. The handicapped only parking lot will be open after 5 p.m. There is also limited general parking across the street from the entrance to Signal Hill Park. It only costs $5 per spot, and will be available after 5 p.m.

Once the parking area across the street is full, there will be free shuttle buses from City Hall and from VRE directly to Signal Bay Water Park. Those shuttles will begin at 6 p.m.

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To ensure that this popular event is safe for the whole the family, MPCC staff will be conducting bag checks as you arrive. Alcohol, glass containers, and outside fireworks (including sparklers) are not permitted inside the park – so please leave those items at home!

The fireworks display begins as soon as it gets dark, so that the dark sky can be the backdrop to the stunning, colorful and sometimes loud, fireworks display. Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and prepare to view the best July 4th fireworks celebration at the Signal Hill Park!

Signal Hill Park is located at 9300 Signal View Drive in Manassas Park, VA. Maintained by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation the park features one softball field, four multi-use fields, Signal Hill Pavilion, a playground, a tennis court, basketball courts, walking paths, and pond area.

Signal Hill Park is also home to Signal Bay Water Park a 27,000 sqft aquatic facility featuring a zero depth entry leisure pool with water cannons, slides, and lazy river. For more information regarding  Signal Hill Park or Signal Bay Water Park please visit ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This promoted post was written by Maria Bosack for the Manassas Park Community Center. 

Talented workforce helps IFAS expand in Prince William

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Never let a door close behind you. Never be afraid to call on an old co-worker or boss. And never underestimate the power of a relationship.

“If a person is not the right person you’re looking for, that person might just be the one to help you make the connection to the right person,” said Tabatha Turman, president and CEO of Integrated Finance & Accounting Solutions, LLC (IFAS) in Prince William County.

More than just sound networking advice, that is how Turman grew a one-woman consulting business that began in her home into a firm of more than 80 employees, serving as the Prime Contractor for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in project management, program development, budget execution and cost analysis.

As a subcontractor, today IFAS provides financial improvement and audit readiness assistance services for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and IFAS serves as Prime Contractor to the Financial Management Division (FMD) Accounting Branch.

IFAS is located in Class-A office space along Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.
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Tabatha Turman grew a one-woman consulting business that began in her home into a firm of more than 80 employees.

As Turman transitioned out of active duty service in the Army nine years ago, she relied on relationships she had built there. Now, as her company prepares for its 10-year anniversary, the Army remains its oldest client.

“We get to know our clients on a personal and professional level,” said Turman. “When we have someone assigned to a customer, we get to know their families, and who they are…it’s not only about business.”

Turman’s first office was a small space at Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge, something the Federal Government told her she needed if she wanted to obtain the necessary security clearances to win contracting work. Today she’s located in Class-A office space along Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

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The company recently expanded its offices to include more conference room space for client meetings and team-building sessions, and more workspaces for project managers. Turman kept her business in Prince William despite other business owners who told her she wouldn’t be able to find a quality workforce there.

“I have very talented people who have been with me for eight of the nine years I’ve been in business. They drive from Bristow, Gainesville, from other parts of the surrounding area,” said Turman. “Their job is part of their quality of life. My employees enjoy the fact that they can go to work for a firm making the same, or more money and not have to sit three or four hours in commuter traffic every day.”

Last year, IFAS received an award from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Chief Information Officer for their support in financial and administrative areas. In 2014, Turman was selected as a Brava! winner for SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program. The Brava! Awards celebrated the distinguished achievements of 32 of Greater Washington’s top women business leaders. The class collectively generated more than $254.6 million in annual revenue and employed over 1,111 individuals.

But Turman’s business success was not without challenges. Like many small businesses, Turman faced problems accessing the capital necessary to grow. They resolved their financial woes by developing relationships with bankers who understood the industry. “I heard your three biggest friends in business are your banker, accountant and attorney,” Turman said. Bankers are willing to work with IFAS because “They’ve been with me on the ride,” Turman said.

Turman in the early days remained focused on her vision to grow her company and then relied on her network of relationships to make it happen. She recounted that someone once told her, “Slow down to go fast…align your team around a common purpose. Create the vision so everyone moves in the right direction no matter what their role is in the organization.”

In addition to the power of relationships, Turman attributes some of her success to staying focused and time management skills. She has fine-tuned “trying to master a healthy balance between professional, personal and family life.”

IFAS continues to support contracts in areas outside the Washington, D.C. region, to include Colorado, San Diego, and Tampa, Fla. She aims to grow her company by winning work in more areas in the U.S.

For more information on IFAS-LLC, visit www.ifas-llc.com.

This promoted post is written by Potomac Local under an agreement with Prince William County Department of Economic Development to showcase business in the region.

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Call to Action: Volunteers for 12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival

 Good morning  – As we approach Flag Day on June 14th the local district Boy Scouts invite you to retire your worn or tattered flag properly with honor at their two Flag Collection Centers.

The scouts man these two centers the second and fourth Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The collection centers are located at both the PWC Landfill and Balls Ford Compost Facility. Huge Cheers to our scouts!

· The Manassas City Police Association invites you to their Free VIN Etching event on Saturday June 11th, 10am-2pm at the Manassas Train Depot. This is a simple process of having the VIN engraved onto the window using a chemical solution which is very effective in deterring auto theft. They will also have Thin Line BBQ for sale as well.

· The Virginia Cooperative Extension is having their next Homeownership Seminar on Saturday June 11th, 9am-4pm. Come learn about all the aspects of buying a home. To register, please call (703) 792-6287 or email them at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday which gives you lots of flexibility to what class works for your schedule. Training provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Historic Manassas needs volunteers for the 12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival on June 19th. This super fun event offers all kinds of volunteer positions throughout the day including- early shift of 11am-3pm or the second shift of 3pm-7pm. Locations throughout the event at the VIP Tent, will call/wine pick-up, hand out glasses or ID check. It promises to be a warm sunny day. Please email Erin at erin@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

· PW Soil & Water Conservation District is having their next volunteer certification training for stream monitors in northern Virginia. It’s June 11th at Manassas National Battlefield Park Hdqtr. From 9am-3:30pm. This training is free but you must register with Veronica at: (571) 379-7514. Very cool!

· SERVE needs volunteer groups to provide weekday activities with the shelter kids when school is out. Come play games, do crafts, read stories and other fun stuff. Teens must be at least 16yrs old. Sounds like super fun way to offer safe fun to neat kids. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.
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