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Rosanne Cash to perform at Hylton Center June 26

The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas welcomes a singer-songwriter the Library of Congress called “one of the most compelling figures in popular music” when Grammy Award-winning musician and storyteller Rosanne Cash makes her first appearance on the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall stage on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8 p.m. as a Hylton Center Extra!

In “The River & The Thread In Concert,” Cash performs songs from her recent three Grammy Award-winning album, “The River & The Thread,” a musical travelogue that connects her personal and family history and heritage to the people, places, events and culture of the American South; she will also perform chart-topping hits from throughout her career. Written with her longtime collaborator, producer, guitarist and husband John Leventhal, “The River & The Thread” reflects Cash’s journeys throughout the Southern landscape, with stops to William Faulkner’s house; Dockery Farms, the plantation where Howlin’ Wolf and Charley Patton worked and sang; her father’s boyhood home in Dyess, Ark.; the Sun Records Studio in Memphis; and the Mississippi Delta, with its memories of the birth of the Civil Rights era and the haunting gravesite of the great bluesman Robert Johnson.

“I went back to where I was born, and these songs started arriving in me,” Cash has said of her travels that shaped the album. “All these things happened that made me feel a deeper connection to the South than I ever had. We started finding these great stories, and the melodies that went with those experiences. I feel this record ties past and present together through all those people and places in the South I knew and thought I had left behind.”

“The River & The Thread” won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album and the song “A Feather’s Not a Bird” won the Grammy Awards for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song. USA Today called the album “captivating … haunting … the finest of her career.”

As part of country music’s legendary Cash and Carter families, Cash takes great pride in her lineage, but has spent more than three decades carving out her own place in music history. Her distinctive voice and rich sound that straddles country, folk, rock, blues and American roots music is perfect to tell stories of heartbreak and healing through her poignant and passionate songs. Throughout her career, Cash has released 15 albums and four books, including the best-selling memoir, “Composed.” She has earned four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations,the Americana Honors and Awards’ Album of the Year Award and 21 Top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. For more information about Rosanne Cash, please visit http://rosannecash.com.

Manassas emergency workers used a hearse to respond to calls for help


The exhibit is open May 1 to all residents.
Manassas will honor their public safety history with a museum exhibit.
Residents used to see a hearse arrive at emergency scenes in Manassas.
Manassas Volunteer firemen in 1948
A hand pump used to fight fires.
Firemen from the City of Manassas hard at work.

Starting May 1, the Manassas Museum will debut their newest exhibit on the fire, rescue and police equipment used in the community. 

The museum will be hosting a reception at 6 p.m. and serve refreshments to residents looking to learn more about public safety history in the City of Manassas.

One of the unique highlights of the exhibit is the fact that back in the 1960s, responders in a hearse answered emergency response calls.

Before the first public safety group, the Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad, was created in 1966, it was the Baker Funeral Home that would bring patients for medical treatment and respond to emergency scenes. 

Manassas didn’t see a modernized police and fire department structure until the 1950s, and relied on mainly volunteer services.

This exhibit, which displays the evolution of Manassas and its public safety organizations, coincides with the World Police and Fire Games, which are being hosted in Prince William County this summer.

“Our Fire, Rescue and Police personnel run into a building when others run out,” said Mayor Harry J. Parrish II.  “It is that courage and compassion for others that helps keep this City safe and well protected.”

The Manassas Museum will showcase the exhibit until July 15.

“I hope visitors and residents will come out for this exhibit. Our Police, and Fire and Rescue staff are top in their field and our volunteers are some of the most dedicated people I’ve met,” said City Manager W. Patrick Pate. 

This promoted post is brought to you by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas, Inc.  

Learn, grow, have fun: Be a Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center summer camp counselor

Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center Summer Camp runs for 10 weeks.
The dates of Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center summer camp are June 19 to August 28.

Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center’s Summer Camp runs for 10 weeks

Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center will hire more than 50 new summer camp counselors for its summer camp session.

It’s a summer job that is so much more than a summer job. It’s a job that allows its employees to grow, face new challenges, and to have fun every single day.

The Freedom Center is looking for people who are well organized, who have held leadership positions in high school or college, or someone who can be a leader. They’re also looking for someone who has enthusiasm for making a great summer experience for a child.

“This job is rewarding because you get to learn something new every day. Your peers depend on you. And it’s fun because you can plan and do the same activities you loved as a child – whether it’s kickball, soccer, capture the flag – it’s something new on a daily basis.”
– Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center Manager Amanda Meiklejohn.

The counselors are trained extensively in safety. Counselors take their jobs seriously, especially when it comes to making the correct judgment call when working with others, and asking for help from others when they need it.

Counselors are paired with eight children and are typically paired with two to three counselors to form groups of 16-20.  

“This job will help you develop skills as a leader. And, if you haven’t had the experience yet, we strive to meet with you, train with you to help you reach different goals you have for yourself. Whether it’s communicating more effectively with your peers, speaking in front of groups, organizational skills, time management, we’re here to help.”
–  Amanda Meiklejohn.

Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center’s Summer Camp runs for 10 weeks, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The dates of summer camp are June 19 to August 28.
Contact Amanda Meiklejohn for more information to apply to become a Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center summer camp counselor.

Pets to adopt at Stafford County SPCA

Found in Aquia Harbour


Angel is a 3-year-old female Shepard mix with the disposition of a gentle giant. She would likely do well in a home with other dogs. Angel is spayed, UTD on vaccines, and microchipped. Photo Credit goes to Karen Presecan Photograpy.


Zinc is a 4-year-old male DSH Russian Blue/Tabby mix. He has gorgeous green eyes and his stripe pattern is soft and subdued. He loves ear scratches and treats! Zinc is neutered and UTD on all vaccines.  


This three legged dog was found on Dewey Dr in Aquia Harbour. Please contact the Aquia Harbour Police Dept at 540-659-4600 if you recognize this cutie.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above.

Wildlife federation to host habitat workshop in Nokesville May 1

The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation is hosting a workshop May 1.
The workshop will show landowners how to create wildlife habitats.
A panel of landowners that have done habitat work will be present.
There are still 25 to 30 slots left.

On May 1, the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and the Virginia Quail Recovery Initiative are hosting a workshop in Nokesville, to help residents learn about what they can do to create wildlife habitats in their backyards. 

“Our goal is trying to spread the word about wildlife habitat work that can be done even on a small scale…what we’re trying to do with this workshop is try and give folks some options. For example, converting [their land] into a wildlife meadow for continual bloom and beauty from May to October, while also providing a great habitat for songbirds and pollinators, monarchs as well as other species,” said David Bryan, a private lands wildlife biologist for the USDA-NRCS.

The workshop runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes free food.

“What we’re going to do at the workshop is we’re going to have an outdoor walk and talk, on the farm where we’re hosting it – which has done some habitat work – and talk about the types of things you can consider doing in your backyard,” commented Bryan.

After a walk on the property, participants will be able to engage in a conversation about landowner options and hear from a panel of landowners from surrounding counties about the habitat work they’ve done on their land.

According to Bryan, the program still has room for 25 to 30 people, and registration is required. 

Residents can register by emailing nicoleethier@pwswcd.org.

Woodbridge native Joey Cook eliminated from ‘American Idol’

American Idol contestant Joey Cook was voted off the show last night.

A “#SaveJoey” campaign on Twitter was not enough to save the Woodbridge native from elimination from the nationally televised singing competition. “Somebody to love” by Jefferson Airplane was the last song the 24-year-old singer performed on the show.

Cook took to Twitter following her elimination with a positive attitude.   

Cook also received accolades via Twitter from performer Boy George.   


Cook is a native of Woodbridge and attended Woodbridge Senior High School. She now lives in New Orleans.

3 dogs in ‘horrifying’ condition brought to Prince William animal shelter

The three dogs were found in "horrifying" condition.
Their hair was so matted that they couldn't walk.
They were found by an individual in West Virginia.
Now they are groomed and healthy.
Marley and Rita are available for adoption.
Ziggy is currently in foster care until she is leash trained.

Three Shih Tzu’s – Marley, Rita and Ziggy – were given to the Prince William County Animal Shelter after being found in ‘terrible’ condition in West Virginia. 

“They came in as strays, so we didn’t really have a lot of background information. The person who brought them in – her brother found them in West Virginia somewhere – and she was a resident here and got a hold of the dogs and she brought them to us,” a volunteer at the shelter said.

The dogs’ fur was so badly matted, that they could no longer walk or relieve themselves, according to an animal shelter release.

“They were barely recognizable as dogs due to the long matted and chorded hair that smelled so strongly of urine and feces that it was hard to breath around them. The shelter’s groomer, who has been grooming animals for over twenty years, said these were the worst cases she had ever seen. It was heartbreaking, but the staff sprang into action to help end the distress these dogs were going through,” said an animal shelter release.

According to a volunteer at the shelter, the three dogs are now in good health.

“They were in horrible condition when they first came in. Now they’re all healthy and fine – their skin’s still a little sensitive…other than that they’re perfectly healthy,” a volunteer said.

Marley and Rita are currently up for adoption at the shelter, and Ziggy is in foster care while she is taught how to walk on a leash, the volunteer commented. 

The Prince William County Animal Shelter said they have no way to identify the original owner of the dogs to reunite them, or cite them for animal neglect.

“They came from West Virginia, and we really don’t have any idea of where they came from…they didn’t have microchips or tattoos or anything that would lead them back to anybody,” the volunteer commented.

While these three dogs were one of the worst cases that they’ve seen, the shelter stated that grooming dogs is an essential part of pet care.

“We want to emphasize to people how important grooming is…these were like the absolute worst [cases] but we do get ones in all the time – ones that do not get groomed for probably over a year, and the matting is just terrible. It pulls at their skin – causes infections,” a volunteer said.

The adoption fee at the shelter is $45 per dog, and $140 for any spaying and neutering done by contracted veterinarians through the shelter.

Pets to adopt at Stafford County SPCA

Cinnamon is at the Stafford SPCA
Joker is at the Stafford SPCA
Brando is missing


Cinnamon is 9-month-old, female, and a Jack Russell Terrier/Pomeranian mix. She is a spirited little gal with a spring in her step. She loves to play and has a very inquisitive personality. Cinnamon is spayed, UTD on vaccines, and microchipped. Her adorable brother and sisters are also available for adoption.


Joker is an 8-month-old male DSH cat with a beautiful black and white coat. He’s a very playful, extremely affectionate lap kitty that is loved and adored by the entire staff and all of our volunteers. He is neutered, UTD on vaccines, and microchipped. Joker is included in our April adoption special.                    

Lost cat

LOST – $500 REWARD for Brando, a male Russian Blue cat. He is solid gray, 10 years old, 14lbs, and microchipped. He got out in Stafford County’s Park Ridge subdivison. If you have any information please call Debbie at 336-253-8060.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above.

Kindergarten registration now open in Stafford and Fredericksburg

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Stafford County Public Schools are open for Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year. If you have a child who turns 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2015, the time to sign up for kindergarten is now. 

Kindergarten enrollment will be held from April 13 through May 15. 

On Monday, April 13, all Stafford County Public Schools will hold a special enrollment day with hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to register children. 

Fredericksburg Public Schools will hold its special enrollment day on Wednesday, May 6 with hours from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to register children.

In order to register your child, you must bring a photo ID, an official birth certificate and proof of residence. Proof of residence may be a deed, a lease, a tax bill, utility bills, an insurance policy and such. A list of acceptable proof of residence items is available online.

The first 50 children registered in each school will receive a special gift.

This special kindergarten enrollment day is a collaboration between Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area and the five school divisions. According to its website, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is an early childhood initiative designed to ensure young children are prepared for success in school and success in life. It serves the city of Fredericksburg, as well as Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline counties.

There will also be a kindergarten readiness event at the Children’s Museum of Richmond (Fredericksburg location) on Thursday, May 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission for children and parents.

For more information, visit staffordschools.net or stafford.schoolfusion.us for Stafford County, or cityschools.com for the City of Fredericksburg.

It’s time for Fresh, Locally grown food!

Manassas City officials open the city Farmers Market at Harris Pavilion.
A wide array of produce is sold at the Manassas Farmers Market.
The Manassas Farmers Market City’s Farmer’s Market became a SNAP distributor.
Historic Manassas, Inc. has formed a partnership with INOVA.

On April 9 the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market opened for the season. This is the 24th season the City’s Farmer’s Market has been delivering fresh produce and goods to residents and visitors of the City of Manassas. On Thursdays, the Farmer’s Market is located in the Harris Pavilion and on Saturdays it is located in parking lot B or the water tower lot. Both markets are open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   In June, July and August there is a summer evening market from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion.

About five years ago the City’s Farmer’s Market became a SNAP distributor by applying to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. This opened the door for people that are receiving assistance to purchase fresh fruits and vegetable from the market. In addition, Historic Manassas, Inc. has formed a partnership with INOVA, who supplied matching funds for dollars spent by SNAP recipients. The City of Manassas Farmers Market was one of the very first in this region to be able to offer this service to customers.

Jeff Adams has been selling Walnut Hill Farms poultry, eggs, pork, beef and lamb at the market for about five years. His motto is “from birth to plate, we know what we ate.” Jeff is a former biology teacher and telephone company employee. He bought his farm in 2001 after saying goodbye to corporate America.

Ron Burleson of Skyline Premium Meats has been a part of the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market for seven seasons.   Burleson and his wife, Suzy run a farm in Unionville, Virginia, where they raise calves. Ron and Suzy also maintain a greenhouse, and depending on the season, produce eggs. They raise an array of annuals; from hanging baskets to potted vegetable plants and beautiful handmade Christmas wreaths in the winter season. 

These are just two of the many wonderful vendors at the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market. Visit the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market soon!

What does a Confederate battle flag over I-95 say about Stafford County?

A Confederate battle flag stands tall over Interstate 95 in south Stafford County.

Seen by drivers traveling along the East Coast, it was placed there by “The Virginia Flaggers,” a group that remains proud of its southern heritage.

 The group filed for the permit to fly the flag at a home on Beagle Road, on a property owned by one of the group’s members.

‘Flaggers’ say heritage, not hate

According to group spokesman Barry Isenhour, the group places Confederate flags in locations around the state as a response to people looking to remove the flags.

“The reason we put that [flag] up was to commemorate the Confederate soldiers who actually fought and died in that area, defending the state of Virginia,” Isenhour said.

Throughout the Confederacy between 1861 to 1865, more than three iterations of the flag were used for several different reasons.

The flag placed alongside I-95 was specifically used when Confederate soldiers stepped into battle, known as the battle flag.

The Virginia Flaggers formed 3-years ago, and they pay for all of the flags and flag poles using donations.

“What we’ve seen [are] negative positions on our Confederate ancestors who fought bravely for the state…and they started taking flags off of the Confederate War Memorial Chapel in Richmond. [And our group] said ‘enough is enough’ – these are ancestors of ours, they were honorable men, honorable veterans and there’s no need to start rewriting history in the modern eyes,” commented Isenhour. Keep Reading…

Sen. Kaine leads economic development roundtable


Sen. Tim Kaine speaking at the Stafford Economic Development Authority roundtable April 8. Also present were Stafford County supervisors Jack Cavalier (left) and Laura Sellers (right).  [KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

Sen. Tim Kaine speaking at the Stafford Economic Development Authority roundtable April 8. Also present were Stafford County supervisors Jack Cavalier (left) and Laura Sellers (right).
[KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine paid a visit to Stafford County, where he led a roundtable discussion at the Stafford Economic Development Authority on April 8. More than a dozen business and political leaders were present, including Stafford County supervisors Jack Cavalier (Griffis-Widewater) and Laura Sellers (Garrisonville).

The group touched on many different topics, but the need to fund cyber-security initiatives and the effect of BRAC got much of the attention. 

BRAC stands for base realignment and closure. According to the U.S. Department of Defense website, BRAC is “the congressionally authorized process [the DOD] has used to reorganize its base structure to more efficiently and effectively support [U.S.] forces, increase operational readiness and facilitate new ways of doing business.”

Kaine said: “BRACs are obviously very tough. I mean, nobody wants to contemplate dramatic scale-downs of infrastructure when they’re such significant job creators, economic centers of gravity for communities where a military installation is [located]. At the same time, the defense budget Priority One is not a job creator. Priority One is national defense. And if you spend more on installations than you need to, then you’re spending less on something else [like cyber-security].”

Sen. Tim Kaine speaking at the Stafford Economic Development Authority roundtable April 8. Pictured on the left of Kaine is Stafford County Supervisor Jack Cavalier and Gabe Patricio of Patricio Enterprises.  [KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

Sen. Tim Kaine speaking at the Stafford Economic Development Authority roundtable April 8. Pictured on the left of Kaine is Stafford County Supervisor Jack Cavalier and Gabe Patricio of Patricio Enterprises.
[KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

“I’m not sure the BRAC process is really the best way to come at the rationalization of physical infrastructure,” he added.

Past base closures didn’t save money, they cost money, said Kaine. He told roundtable that the Pentagon claimed BRACs that didn’t save money weren’t done efficiently. And when a BRAC is announced, every community hires attorneys and lobbyists to try and protect what they have, even in communities where the installation is not at risk. It becomes a massive check to the lobbyists and lawyers, said Kaine.

“You’re never out of the woods if you have an installation in your community.”

Sen. Tim Kaine speaking at the Stafford Economic Development Authority roundtable April 8, 2015.  [KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

Sen. Tim Kaine speaking at the Stafford Economic Development Authority roundtable April 8, 2015.
[KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

Also present at the meeting were Stafford EDA Chairman Joel Griffin, Curry Roberts, Howard Owen, George Judd, Patrick J. Gallagher, Ken Fried, Gen. E. Gray Payne, Rich Sackette, Suzanne Milem, Martin Arase, Cristina R. Barnes, Kent Farmer, Mark Kavanaugh, Ken Farquhar, Gabe Patricio, Joshua Kovacs, Jeff Speights, Shannon Howell, Sarah Kirkpatrick, and M.C. Moncure.

Photo contest honors historic local resource

Joy Cox's winning entry in the photo contest.

Joy Cox’s winning entry in the photo contest.

The first ever Government Island photo contest, called “Picturing Government Island,” just concluded. The contest, run by Tour Stafford Virginia via their Facebook page, features five winners.

The photo contest was judged by photographer Buddy Secor of Ninja Pix and historian Jane Conner, who is the author of book about Government Island called “Birthstone of the White House and Capitol.”

Stones from an old quarry that used to be on the small island inside Aquia Harbour in Stafford, Virginia, were used to build the White House and Capitol. Government Island is now a park with hiking trails.

Maria Cannata's winning entry.

Maria Cannata’s winning entry.

Maria Cannata received Honorable Mention in the Nature and Landscape category and will receive a copy of Jane Conner’s book.

Laura Stoffel's winning entry.

Laura Stoffel’s winning entry.

Laura Stoffel received Honorable Mention in the People category and will also receive a copy of Jane Conner’s book.

Joy Cox received Honorable Mention in the Animals category. She, too, will receive a copy of Jane Conner’s book.

An entry by Alyssa Douglas.

An entry by Alyssa Douglas.

The Fan Favorite, with 346 votes, is Alyssa Douglas. She won a $50 gift certificate to Zibibbo 73 Trattoria Italiana & Bar.

The Grand Prize Winner and recipient of a $50 gift certificate to Zibibbo 73 Trattoria Italiana & Bar is Brant Stevenson.

Brant Stevenson's grand prize-winning photo.

Brant Stevenson’s grand prize-winning photo.

CVTV public access network to partner with Dragon Talent

CVTV and CVTV Kids are proud to announce their latest partnership! Dragon Talent & Performance Coaching will bring over twenty years’ experience nurturing young, professional and pre-professional theatrical talent to the Fredericksburg area.

Want to work in theatre and television? How about one of CVTV Kids exciting new shows?

Located at the heart of the new CVTV studios in Fredericksburg VA, Dragon Talent & Performance Coaching is poised to assist with training young, emerging talent entering the commercial and theatrical professions.

Get on the list for Summer Camp and Fall Sessions. Contact Jennifer Gregory before end April 2015.


Manassas Airshow Bringing in the Big Jets

The Manassas Airshow is bringing in Breitling Jet Team
The Manassas Airshow will take place Saturday, May 2.
This is the flattest run in the area, on the runway.
The 3rd Dimension Parachute Team.

On May 2, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Manassas Airshow is bringing in Breitling Jet Team, the largest professional civilian flight jet team. This team demonstrates aerobatics with precision, speed, mastery and style. The Breitling Team coordinates a meticulous ballet in which planes sometimes fly within three meters of each other at speeds of over 700 kilometers  per hour.

They are really a sight to see and the event is free to the public. 

Also performing this year are the 3rd Dimension Parachute Team, the American Helicopters Demonstration Team, Andrew McKenna P-51 and T-6 Aerobatics, the Flying Circus Stearman Flight, Scott Francis MXS Aerobatics, Jack Knutson Extra 300 Aerobatics, Matt Chapman CAP 580 Aerobatics, Randy Devere CJ-6 Aerobatics and there will be an RC Modeler Jet Demonstration. Along with these performers, the Manassas Airshow offers aircraft displays, military re-enactors and much more.

Also at the Manassas Regional Airport on April 26 at 7:30 a.m. runners will be getting ready to race the Manassas Runway 10K/5K presented by the Bull Run and Manassas Rotary Clubs. This is the flattest run in the area, being held on the actual runway.

The Texas Raiders B-17 will be at the Manassas Regional Airport from May 3 to 6 offering rides on their B-17, which is one of only eleven B-17 flying fortresses still flying today. On May 8 from noon to 1 p.m. 15 historically sequenced warbird formations will participate in the World War II Victory Capitol Flyover in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. While several of these majestic warbirds are visiting the Manassas Regional Airport, they will be giving tours, May 9-10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on any of these events, visit manassascity.org/airportevents.

‘Wings Pizza N Things’ opens at George Mason University


Students at George Mason University’s Beacon Hall have a new dining option.

Wings Pizza N Things will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2015. The new restaurant joins a Subway restaurant located on the ground floor of a new residence at the Prince William Campus, or soon to be known as Science and Technology Campus of George Mason University just outside Manassas.

Novant Health also plans to open a Bull Run Medicine inside the ground-level retail area near the new restaurant.

Special discounts will be offered following a ribbon cutting ceremony that will feature locally elected officials, according to a press release. The restaurant is a sports bar and grill that serves up American food, according to the release.

Beacon Hall sits across from the Hylton Performing Arts Center. It’s dubbed a mixed-use development center that has student housing, educational space, as well as spaces for additional retail stores.

In all, the 105,000 square foot facility provides 152 beds for students enrolled in the university’s medical education program, according to the release.

Constructional Beacon Hall was completed in 2012, the release stated.

Arts Alive festival coming to Hylton Center May 2

Arts Alive! 2015, a co-production of the Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, is a free, family-fun arts festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hylton Center.

This highly-anticipated annual community event celebrates the diversity and talent of visual and performing artists and ensembles from Prince William County and the City of Manassas, and also offers hands-on arts-related activities for children and adults, as well as food and craft vendors with items for sale. Admission and parking to the event are FREE. Arts Alive! 2015 Sponsors are United Bank and NOVEC.

This exciting afternoon will feature 32 indoor and outdoor performances occurring on four stages: Merchant Hall, Gregory Family Theater and the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery inside the Hylton Center, and on the Showmobile outside of the building. Local artists and ensembles performing include Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Magnificent Belly Dance, Dumfries Elementary School Chorus, New Dominion Choraliers, scholarship winners from the Woodbridge Music Club, the Church Street Singers, Fools! Improv and much more. There will also be strolling performers from the Bull Run Unitarian Universalists Mime Troupe and Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.

Visual arts groups participating include the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club, Stone House Quilters and the Prince William Art Society. Activities for children include watercolor painting with Edgemoor Art Studio, face painting and a children’s story corner. Local artisans will sell their diverse wares, including jewelry, pottery, quilts and photography. Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, will sell books by local authors.

Arts Alive! 2015 will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. Additional information about Arts Alive! 2015 is available at HyltonCenter.org or pwcartscouncil.org.


Pets to adopt at Stafford County SPCA

Willy went missing from his home.


BC is an 11 month old DSH cat that is UTD on shots and neutered. He has a huge personality and gets along very well with the other cats in his room. He enjoys interacting with volunteers and is a silly, curious boy. He is by far our favorite goofball!


Rose is a 1 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Pomeranian mix that is UTD on shots, spayed, and microchipped. Rose is a bit quieter than her brothers and sisters and is usually the first one in your lap if given a chance to cuddle. If you’re looking for a cuddle bug this is your girl!

Lost dog

Willy – LOST DOG – Last seen 3/26 at 12 PM. Just a year old, blue collar, name tag, rabies tag, county tag and is micro-chipped. If you see him, PLEASE call 703-899-0604.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above.

Easter egg hunt starts Dumfries spring events series

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An annual Easter Egg hunt will take place Saturday in Dumfries.

The Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad purchased Easter Eggs purchased eggs to be hidden at Ginn Memorial Park on Graham Park Road. The event begins at 11 a.m.

Pillar Church in Dumfries will provide a children’s bounce house, as well as volunteers to run family games at the Easter event. The church will also provide an Easter Bunny suit to be worn by Dumfries Parks and Recreation Committee member Matthew Critchley.

Face Odyssey will also be on hand to paint childrens’ faces, according to Dumfries Community Services Director Ryan Gandy.

Easter is the following day, Sunday, April 5.

The following Saturday on April 11, volunteers will gather in Dumfries for the annual Quantico Creek Clean Up. Coffee, bagels, and donuts will be served starting at 8 a.m. at Town Hall while participating volunteers are registered for the event, according to Public Works Director Richard West.

The clean up will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be served after the clean up ends, and volunteers will tally up the amount of garbage collected, said West.

Community Services Director Ryan Gandy is also organizing the town’s Multicultural Festival. It is slated to take place May 9 at 11 a.m. at Merchant Park, next to the Weems-Botts Museum.

Gandy said this year’s event will focus more on celebrating the ethnic heritage of many cultures and less on vendors selling products and services. 

“I am part of the organizing committee, and last year someone came to me and said that [last year’s multicultural festival] wasn’t a multicultural festival,” said Vice Mayor Willie Toney. “We were wondering if we should even continue with that name. The intent was to have a multicultural event to have different people, different food.”

Toney told Gandy he was pleased that this year’s festival will focus more on celebrating diversity in the community.

“I looked back last year on what it became it wasn’t really a multicultural festival,” added Gandy.

Festival goers should expect displays on native and African-African American life as it pertains to the early days of the Town of Dumfries, provided by Historic Dumfries, Inc. Gandy also contacted several food vendors that would “provide cuisine of their native lands,” said Gandy. The details of which food vendors will participate are still being worked out.

The festival is free to attend.


Manassas celebrates Founders’ Day on First Friday, April 3

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When you say the words “Founders’ Day” it brings back images of a kinder, gentler time when people shared stories on front porches. The City of Manassas is celebrating Founders’ Day on First Friday, April 3, with restaurant specials, shops staying open late and, of course, birthday cake.

Stores and restaurants will be focusing on the history of the city and the buildings they inhabit.

This celebration is the brainchild of Councilman Ian Lovejoy. He was curious about the actual date the town was founded and in researching that date, found that the City was recognized as a town on April 2, 1873 by the General Assembly. The area was known as Tudor Hall, prior to that, until William S. Fewell, who owned the land, laid out the first six blocks and began selling lots.

The first official council meeting was held on May 17, 1873. Due to the town’s growth over the years, the town submitted a request to the General Assembly and in 1975 officially became the City of Manassas. From humble beginnings in 1873 as a half mile town concentrated along the railroad tracks, the City of Manassas grew to 10 square miles of homes, schools, shops and restaurants and more than 40,000 residents.

This Founders’ Day, come celebrate with the City of Manassas in Historic Downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. The Manassas Museum will host a City of Manassas trivia contest and a book signing. Love, Charley will offer cake, The Bone will have a beer garden and City Square Café is offering a three course dinner special and encouraging diners to dress in period attire. These are just a few of the offerings for First Friday. For more offerings and information, visit visitmanassas.org.

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