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Happy Thanksgiving from Potomac Local

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is “how much does it cost to subscribe to your online newspaper?”

Most of those who ask this question are residents of our community, and business owners who are learning about Potomac Local for the first time. My reply is always the same.

“Absolutely nothing,” I say.

And it’s usually followed with this comment:

“More than a newspaper, we like to consider ourselves an online community news resource published daily.”

For the past four and a half years, I, along with so many others, have worked to grow Potomac Local into what it is today – a widely read, community-focused news and features publication that has laid the groundwork for independent local news in our community.

We couldn’t have done it without you, and this time of year we like to say thanks. Thanks for coming to us daily to find out what is happening in your neighborhood. Thanks for trusting us to bring you stories about your local government, your children’s schools, and what is being done to fix your traffic-clogged commute.

And, thank you for supporting the advertisers who support Potomac Local. Those advertisers help put food on my family’s dinner table and ensure the lights, and our website, stay on.

Potomac Local will continue to be free for the foreseeable future. All of us in the news business are looking for ways to sustain and grow our business models, but few have found success in charging readers for access to news content.

As we enter the bustling holiday season, we’ll continue to work to provide you relevant news and information about where we live. This area has been my home nearly all of my life, and it will always be a privilege to work for you and cover my hometown.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kids Pics Wanted for SERVE Charity Calendar

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Pack N Ship owner printing charity calendars to benefit SERVE 

When he bought Pack N Ship Store, the first thing he wanted to do was give back.

Liam Hainsworth came to the U.S. and purchased the packaging store inside the Aquia Park shopping center on Route 1. A native of England, Hainsworth was told a story about a local family that went without fresh water or electricity inside their home for three months.

Then he learned about SERVE, of Stafford, a non-profit agency that runs a food pantry, provides financial assistance to families in need, and also provides cut firewood for those who need it, from his assistant Regina Dick. SERVE provided assistance to the needy family. 

Then Hainsworth came up with the idea: Print a calendar with photos drawn by local children, featuring SERVE’s contact information on all of its pages, to benefit the non profit.

“As Christmas is around the corner, it’s sometimes easy to forget that families within Stafford will struggle to bring food to the table, and this is something we aim to address in our charity calendar campaign,” said Hainsworth.

Now through Sunday, Nov. 30, Pack N Ship store is now accepting hand-drawn pictures to be judged for submission into the 2015 calendar. The pictures should be drawn on 11 and a half inch paper, have the child’s name, age, and address printed on the back. A total of 12 photos will be chosen for the calendar.

“When people see calendar people see us all the time, we need awareness all the time,” said Marilyn Stevens, who runs the SERVE program. “We’re going to be seen 365 days per year on the calendar, and you can’t get any better than this.”

Stevens said she jumped at the chance to participate in the charity calendar project. When they’re printed, SERVE will distribute them to area Rotary and Lions clubs as well as Boys and Girls Scout troops.

Pack N Ship Store is located at 2796 Jefferson Davis Highway, #111 in Stafford.

Hainsworth purchased the Pack N Ship store on Oct. 1. 

Nyea’s Party Store a Sign of Life for Featherstone Square

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New homes being constructed at Featherstone Square

A new store owner hopes a party will once again happen inside Woodbridge’s Featherstone Square.

Ania Jaffa is the managing director, chief proprietor, and just about any other official-sounding title you can come up with for Nyea’s Party store. The independent business owner opened the store this fall after retiring from working in the account management department at AT&T, not a job one would associate with parties.

Nyea’s caters to everyone but has found a niche market with the Hispanic market in Woodbridge. In addition to baby shower party goods, the store has been selling a lot of party favors like plates, napkins, and cups designed by Uzuri Kid Kidz. It’s an Ohio-based artist that draws the characters with the familiar Disney look and feel, but feature Hispanics and African-American children to “mirror their lifestyle and will help fill the void in the current market.”

After Jaffa, of Manassas, retired, she looked around the area for a location for a party store.

“Then I came to Woodbridge and said “you know what, there is a niche here that I think I can fill,” said the New York City native.

The independent party store opened in a place many would consider to be an unlikely spot. For years, Featherstone Square has seen its share of small tenants come and go. The shopping center is anchored by a Food Lion and a large furniture rental store.

The surrounding neighborhood along Route 1 is noted more for its “brown” spots in need of redevelopment, and for its congested traffic.

Much of that is changing. Ryan Homes has opened a new sales office inside the center as construction is now underway for new condos and 30 townhomes on nearly 9 acres of land of Featherstone Road, just across from the shopping center.

The owner of the shopping center is also petitioned the county to build the new homes.

The new construction will bring more people to the neighborhood, and more people to the shopping center, Jaffa hopes.

“I’m used to transitional neighborhoods, you see a lot of that in New York, It’s a cyclical thing,” said Jaffa.

 

Prince William’s ‘Emergency Kit Rap’ Video a Hit

Video produced by Prince William County communications staff in Woodbridge

 

Prince William County just entered the rap game.

A new video produced by county’s communications staff features Prince William County Communications Director Jason Grant rapping a list of items you’ll need in your emergency preparedness kit. The video was produced in October in honor of National Preparedness Month.

The video was shot in front of a green screen in the format of a mock newscast. Grant wrote the rap and then recorded it for the video.

“There’s tons of videos out there with people walking you through want to have in an emergency preparedness kit,” said Grant. “We wanted to create something memorable, something that someone would watch again.”

The video also features Nicole Brown, who works with Grant inside the county’s communications office. Grant said the video has been well received in the halls of county government at the McCoart Building in Woodbridge, and that it has been shown in several staff meetings.

When not rapping, Grant oversees the production of the county’s website, newsletters, as well as other media the county uses to get out their message. He also takes questions from reporters on a regular basis.

Grant minored in theater and does improvisational comedy in his spare time, he said. He’s also available for holiday parties, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs.

Catholic High School Race Supports Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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This Saturday, Nov. 22, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School near Dumfries will host their 4th annual JP5K Run/Walk for Options. The race, which will take place on the school campus and the surrounding neighborhood, is being hosted to raise funds for the school’s Options program, which provides educational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.

“[This race] supports our Options program, which currently serves about six students with intellectual impairments,” said Jennifer Cole, Director of Admissions and Marketing for Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. 

Last year the race had about 600 participants, and they’re hoping for a similar turnout this year. In last year’s run, the school raised several thousands to help fund the Options program.

“It’s really important to us that families know that there is a Catholic school that has a program that can meet the needs of students with these disabilities, because it’s not something that has traditionally been very available,” said Cole of the importance of such a program in the community, noting that children from all faith backgrounds are accepted.

The goal of this program is to give students a place where they can contribute to the educational community, spending part of their time with an individualized curriculum, and another part of their day spent with other students in the classroom.

“We have a program where they spend part of their day in the classroom – it’s a very individualized program and they’re learning at the level that is appropriate for each one of them. And the other part of the day, our Options students are in our mainstream classrooms with ‘buddies’…these are students that are like mentors,” said Cole.

Runners for the race can register on the race website, or the day of at the race, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The address for the campus is 17700 Dominican Drive in Dumfries.

Stafford Teen Trains with Chuck Norris

Byrne (center) met with Chuck Norris at his karate championship in Vegas.

Byrne (center) met with Aaron Norris (right) and Chuck Norris at his karate championship in Las Vegas.

Teen competed for Chuck Norris Cup

 

Byrne's kick form earned her praise during the competition from Norris.

Byrne’s kick form earned her praise during the competition from Norris.

Vanessa Byrne has had a unique opportunity to combine her passion for karate and a brush with fame.

The senior at North Stafford High School met and trained with Chuck Norris in Chun Kuk Do. Byrne began her training in Chun Kuk Do when she was just seven years old at Champion Martial Arts in Stafford, which is owned by Norris.

“I started training in Chun Kuk Do, when I was seven years old, because I didn’t like dance or swimming, or anything my mom put me in,” Byrne said.

She did well, earning her first black belt in 5th grade, and her second in 6th grade. All of this training paid off for Byrne, when she began attending Norris’ karate championship in Las Vegas each year.

“He does a world championship karate tournament and conference every year in July. And we attended one back in 2009, that’s when she first had her picture taken with him and trained with him a little bit and got to know him, and we’ve been going ever since,” said Bill Byrne, Vanessa’s father.

Byrne receiving an award at Norris' competition.

Byrne receiving an award at Norris’ competition.

Byrne did well in this year’s competition, where she actually got to train with Norris himself. “I got into the championship – I got into Grands – and I got to compete for the Norris cup,” said Byrne.

“It was a great honor, especially now that I have become friends with his daughter. He lives up to the expectations of what you see on TV – he’s actually as nice as he seems. He’s very personable,” Byrne said of her experience meeting Norris.

While Byrne had intended for Chun Kuk Do to be a hobby, she plans to incorporate it into her life for many years to come, with hopes of becoming an instructor.

“Especially after the competition this year, because I did very well…I plan on continuing it more than ever. I was planning on taking a break during college, but now I’m picking my college around places that teach Chun Kuk Do,” said Byrne, who is planning to attend West Virginia University.

American Festival Pops Orchestra to Play Holiday Songs in Manassas

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The American Festival Pops Orchestra will be playing holiday tunes December 12 and 13 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center and the George Mason University Center for the Arts.

More information from a Hylton Center press release:

Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra makes the season merry and bright when it presents “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season,” a festive musical array filled with Christmas cheer. The ensemble appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. and at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Center and Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts (sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts).

This sparkling musical extravaganza features beloved classics from Irving Berlin, Leroy Anderson and John Williams, including “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” and “Winter Wonderland.”

In keeping with tradition, American Festival Pops Orchestra is excited to welcome back Hylton Center Executive Director Rick Davis, in a captivating narrative set to music in “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” and young and old alike will enjoy the ever-popular audience sing-along. Under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Anthony Maiello, American Festival Pops Orchestra gathers some of the most extraordinary musical talent the greater D.C. area has to offer, including members of Mason’s School of Music faculty, U.S. military ensembles and regional symphonies.

Maestro Maiello is an associate director and university professor in Mason’s School of Music, and has made professional appearances throughout the United States and abroad, conducting music festivals; adjudicating ensembles; and presenting lectures, clinics and workshops. For more information about the American Festival Pops Orchestra and Maestro Anthony Maiello, please visit afpo.gmu.edu.

 

More information on how to purchase tickets, from a Hylton Center press release:

TICKETS FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA’S “HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON” concert are $50, $43 and $30. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.

TICKETS FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA’S “HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON” concert are $50, $43 and $30. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children.Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.

Health Insurance Enrollment Begins at Evergreen Clinic in Manassas

The Evergreen Clinic in Manassas, Virginia employs counselors to help enroll residents in the federal Healcare Insurance Marketplace.

Enrollment in the federal Healthcare Marketplace, commonly known as Obamacare, began Saturday.

The Greater Prince William Health Center Evergreen Clinic in Manassas welcomed Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to a health insurance enrollment party held by the clinic Saturday.

This is the second enrollment period for the federal healthcare program created by the Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010.

“We want to be the center of Marketplace enrollment in prince William County. We’ve been the recipient of federal grants under the Affordable Healthcare Act, so it’s really important to do this service for the community,” said heath center director Frank Principi.

Principi said Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made more resources available to his federally qualified health center to promote the open enrollment period now through Feb. 15, 2015. More money was also provided to the clinic to double the number of enrollment counselors this year to six.

When visitors to the clinic came in Saturday, many had the option of working one-on-one with a counselor to sign up or renew their healthcare options. Translators assisted those who spoke Spanish.

About 15 computers were set up in a conference room for users who didn’t require one-on-one assistance.

“We’ve been told to prepare for various situations, like for someone who might come in with little insurance, and for someone that may have been insured for a long time and not know what to expect when enrolling in a new program,” said Emily Riley Roller, with the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.

Sylvia Burwell succeeded Kathleen Sibelius as Health and Human Services Secretary earlier this year following Sibelius’ resignation.  

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Autumn on the Potomac River

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A view of the Potomac River from Potomac Shores near Dumfries, Virginia. [Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local]

Some of the final shades of fall color to grace the trees this season could be seen along the Potomac River.

From the banks of the developing Potomac Shores neighborhood, a motorboat and a sailboat could be seen the large blue surface that is the mighty Potomac.

Overhead, a black helicopter could be seen using the river to navigate south before landing at nearby Leesylvania State Park. The helicopter was airborne once more just 10 minutes after landing, and it continued its trip south toward Quantico.

The photo was taken from an overlook at Potomac Shores. A Virginia Railway Express station will be built nearby on the bluff overlooking the river.

A new marketplace complete with retail shops, restaurants, and offices is also expected to be built in the area.

‘Marketplace Party’ Offers Free Insurance Enrollment, Flu Shots

: Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center’s Evergreen office in Manassas, announcing that   Virginia is one of four states to have been awarded a $9.3 million federal grant to help people get insured during the open enrollment period for Health Insurance Marketplace, Nov. 15-Feb. 15.

Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center’s Evergreen office in Manassas.

The Greater Prince William Community Health Center will kick off its second annual “Marketplace Party” with Affordable Care Act open enrollment walk-in services on Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The all-day enrollment services are free and open to the public, held at the new Evergreen Health Center located at 9705 Liberia Avenue, Suite 201, Manassas, Virginia.

Certified Application Counselors (CAC) will be available to help individuals and families understand insurance eligibility requirements and to enroll in the plan of their choice. CACs can also explain IRS tax penalties for not enrolling and monthly insurance plan premiums. Bilingual (Spanish) CACs will also enroll and renew eligible individuals and families in Medicaid.

The day-long event will also feature education sessions, flu shots, Center tours and free lunch for the whole family. Free flu shots will be given to all individuals who complete the enrollment process. “We are working with our community partners across the state so that more residents realize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, helping them to secure the peace of mind that comes with health care coverage for their families,” said Frank J. Principi, Executive Director of the Center. “We want more of our working families to have affordable access to quality care, keeping children in school and their parents at work.”

In addition to the Marketplace Party, the Health Center, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Woodridge and Manassas, will offer enrollment assistance by appointment throughout the open enrollment period, which runs Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. Last year, the Center assisted more than 7,000 individuals with health coverage during the first annual open enrollment period. The Center’s staff speaks English and Spanish.

More information about the Greater Prince William Community Health Center is available at gpwhealthCenter.org or info@gpwhealthcenter.org. Marketplace Party updates are posted at Facebook.com/GPWHealthCenter. To schedule a medical or dental appointment with one of the Center’s doctors, call 703-680-7950.

“Cuisine de Commerce” Stirs Manassas Lunch Rush

Zandra’s Taqueria  makes gourmet tacos for thier customers in Manassas, Virginia.

Who says there’s not anything good to eat around here?

More than 10 area restaurants that put out their best eats Thursday at the Continental Event Center in Manassas for “Cuisine de Commerce.” And, more than 100 people came to the taste of the town event.

Offered to event goers was samples of everything from barbecue to sushi to great desserts. Some of the samples were generously portioned, and that made for some pretty full plates at lunch.

Crab cakes, bowtie pasta and Sausage Rustica were just some of the offerings at the table for Travinia Italian Kitchen, a restaurant located at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge.

“We make everything fresh from scratch using American-inspired Italian ingredients,” said Liana Bilicich, who manages Travinia’s catering operation in Woodbridge.

Zandra’s Taqueria is a newcomer to the area restaurant scene. Just opened in Downtown Manassas, the eatery does not define itself as a Tex-Mex or Mexican-style restaurant.

“This is gourmet tacos,” said Nick Cowalewski. “We do everything from duck tacos, to Mahi Mahi, to beer battered, to barbecued pork; it’s made to order.”

Keeping with that made-to-order theme was Café Rio, a Mexican restaurant in Sudley Manor Plaza in Manassas, offered chicken enchiladas with cilantro lime rice. The restaurant’s motto: Fast, friendly, with flair. 

“When you walk into the restaurant, you create your own masterpiece. People are able to pick and choose what they would like in their food and we’ll walk you down the line, and that when you leave you are happy with your meal,” said Brittany Boudfuehrer.

Thursday’s “Cuisine de Commerce” is one of the several events held by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

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Veterans Day Eve Dinner Scheduled Nov. 10

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The Prince William County Republican Women’s Club will host a Veterans Day Eve Dinner on Nov. 10 for local veterans and active military members, and their families, to honor their service to our nation and community.

This barbeque dinner is part of the Prince William County Republican Committee’s 2014 focus on community service.

In addition, Republicans are collecting donations to support Serve Our Willing Warriors, a local charity which has established the Bull Run Warrior Retreat in Haymarket serving wounded, ill and disabled warriors and their families. Ideas for donations can be found on their registry with Bed, Bath & Beyond. Donations and/or financial support contributions will be received at the Prince William County Republican Committee headquarters at 4431 Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge until Nov. 10 or at the Veterans Day Eve Dinner.

The Veteran’s Day Eve Dinner will take place on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Christian Academy at 12368 Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge. A legislative update on veterans and military policy for the upcoming 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly will be provided by Delegate Rich Anderson (R-Prince William).

There is no cost to veterans, active duty military, and their families. To attend, RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 9 by emailing msg.apsrs@gmail.com or calling 703-680-7388.

 

Woodbridge Rotary Sells Chips for Charity Tickets

Chips for Charity for various cuases in our area and is held in Woodbridge, Virgina. [Photo: Greater Prince William Community Health Center]

This year’s Chips for Charity fundraiser will take place at the Harbor View Event Center in Woodbridge.

The annual event is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Woodbridge, the Greater Prince William Health Center, and the Prince William F.U.N. Project, the gathering helps to raise funds for several area causes:

Greater Prince William Community Health Center — The Health Center provides access to affordable primary, OB-GYN, dental, and behavioral care for all residents of the Greater Prince William Area, regardless of income or insurance.

Rotary Clubs of Woodbridge Rotary support:

ACTS (Action in Community Through Service)

Good Shepherd Housing

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Project Mend-A-House

Red Cross of the National Capital Region, Prince William Chapter

Salvation Army of Prince William County

The ARC of Greater Prince William

The Chesapeake Bay Conference

The Vocational/College Scholarships Program

Wounded Warriors

The Courage FUN Project Foundation — This foundation provides resources so that children and families in our community who need it the most have opportunities to play organized soccer.

“Chips for Charity” features several table games, prizes, musical entertainment, food and drinks. Tickets to the event are $90 each and include $10,000 in gaming money to be used during the event, two tickets for prize drawings, as well as food, music, and dancing.

Potomac Local Pets

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Julia

The best lap cat in the SPCA! Julia is such a mellow girl. If you are looking for the perfect companion cat, she is the one. Julia is friendly, playful and enjoys the company of other cats.

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Harmony

Harmony is a beautiful, 4-year-old tuxedo female. This little gal absolutely loves people. She likes to sit at your side and keep you company wherever you may be.

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

Stafford Mural Depicts Blacks’ Struggles, Triumph

A mural showing the history of African Americans in Stafford County was unveiled at the Rowser Building.

Mural hangs at Rowser Building

 

A mural depicting the 350-year history of African Americans in Stafford County was unveiled Saturday.

The event held at the Rowser Building was the last in a series of day-long events commemorating the Trail to Freedom. Many slaves pass through Stafford County seeking freedom in the northern U.S. before and during the Civil War.

Delegate Micheal Futrell views a new mural showing the history of African Americans in Stafford County.

Delegate Micheal Futrell views a new mural showing the history of African Americans in Stafford County.

Creators of the 40-foot mural wanted to showcase the struggles and triumphs of black citizens in Stafford County. The mural hangs inside the Rowser Building at 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford which traces its roots back to 1939, when the land for the building was purchased by African Americans who would later build the Stafford Training School for the Colored.

“I would be hard pressed to find a time in my life where I am more proud, more touched, and more energized than I am today,” said Mike Lovitt, who hosted Saturday’s unveiling event and served on the Blue Ribbon Committee for Stafford’s 350th anniversary celebrated this year. “Who would have every dreamed that African Americans would have purchased this land some 75 years ago to build a school for young black youth to see it renamed [H.H. Poole School] for our first African American school principal [in Stafford County] and then later the Rowser Building.”

The National Anthem is sung at a ceremony to unveil a new mural dedicated to African Amercians in Stafford County.

The National Anthem is sung at a ceremony to unveil a new mural dedicated to African Amercians in Stafford County.

The Stafford County NAACP as well as local churches also participated in the event that began with the singing of the National Anthem. Then the first verse of the Black National Anthem, followed by performances by young dancers and a clarinet player.

Throughout the day, buses were used to shuttle event goers to multiple Trail to Freedom events on Saturday. Attendees were able to see six historically black churches in Stafford County each more than 100 years old, as well as the area that is now Aquia Landing Park where many slaves crossed the Potomac River on their route to freedom.

Dancers perform at the unveiling ceremony.

Dancers perform at the unveiling ceremony.

“It’s been an exciting day to celebrate the passage of 10,000 slaves through Aquia Landing, the building of an African American Community through its churches, and now the dedication of a mural,” said Harry Crisp, a former Stafford County Supervisor and Blue Ribbon Committee member.

Stafford County has celebrated its 350th birthday all year long starting with a block party with ice skating at Stafford Marketplace in January. It has also included other events such as a Founders Day Parade in May and the dedication of the outdoor Celebration Stage at Pratt Park in June.

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‘Colin’ Ballet Tells Story of Loss of Manassas Son, Marine

Amy Wolfe, director of the Manassas Ballet, was profiled today on CBS Sunday Morning.

Wolfe created a ballet to tell the story of her son Colin Wolfe, a U.S. Marine who was killed when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in 2006.

Three performances of “Colin” are scheduled for November. The first and second is Friday and Saturday Nov. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., third is Sunday Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.  at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.

Tickets for the show start at $15 and can be purchased on the Hylton Center website.

Wolfe’s husband, Mark, sits on the Manassas City Council.

Do You Like our Wednesday Rainbow Shot? We Don’t

 

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Our cell phone camera didn’t do it justice, but to be fair it wasn’t that bright in the sky.

A rainbow appeared briefly Wednesday night in the skies over North Stafford, following an afternoon of cloudy, rainy weather.

The color streaks appeared about 6 p.m. as the clouds and rain were exiting the area.

The photo shows the area of Route 610 in North Stafford in the direction of Interstate 95. If there was a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, judging by our vantage point, it would have been somewhere in the Potomac River.

Russian Dancers Guest Stars in ‘Nutcracker’ at the Hylton

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"Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky, Stars of American Ballet Theatre.

“Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky, Stars of American Ballet Theatre.

The Northern Virginia Youth Ballet (NVYB) and its affiliate school, The Academy of Russian Ballet (ARB) are pleased to announce that International Ballet Super Stars Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky will guest in their eight annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Nov. 29  at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky are former Principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) where they performed nearly all leading roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire. Trained at the Kiev State Choreographic Institute in the USSR, they were Principal dancers with the Kiev State Ballet in Ukraine. Ms. Dvorovenko has received many awards and prizes from prestigious international competitions in Moscow, Japan, Jackson, Ukraine including “Anna Pavlova Prize” at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 1992.

After immigrating to the U.S., they immediately joined ABT where they became famed for their dramatic artistry and technical purity on stage. They are spokesmodels and fashion designers for Bloch Dancewear USA and have modeled for Vogue Magazine among others. Most recently, Ms. Dvorovenko was a guest judge on the hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance?”. She will also be featured in the upcoming Starz Channel series, “Flesh and Bone”.

NVYB’s production of “The Nutcracker” is family friendly and adheres to tradition. Sets and backgrounds were produced in Russian theatres and costumes are either custom made in Russia and Europe or by an in-house design team. The 65 local performers joining Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky onstage are students of ARB and range in age from three to eighteen. Dimtri Vistoropskiy and Ruslan Amrayev, Russian dancers trained at the A.V. Seleznev Choreographic Institute in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will also appear in the production as The Nutcracker and Snow King respectively.

NVYB and ARB provides talented area students with professional performing experience, original choreographic pieces, and community arts collaboration. Members of NVYB and students of ARB have placed top-12 at Youth America Grand Prix, been voted “Best Performing Arts Group in Prince William County”, have been accepted to acclaimed summer intensives around the country, received traineeship offers with professional companies, and received college scholarships. Two members have been invited to study full time at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. In April 2013, three members of NVYB/ARB competed at the 2013 Dance Triumph Festival and Competition in Germany.

Tickets are $35.00 for adults, $25.00 for children, seniors, and military. Tickets may be purchased at www.hyltoncenter.org. For more information, visit www.AcademyofRussianBalletVA.com .

Secret Garden Cafe Donating to Charities in Nov.

Starting in November, Occoquan’s Secret Garden Cafe is beginning a donation program where 10% of sales on a particular evening go to a deserving nonprofit organization in the community.  

On Friday, November 7, the Secret Garden Cafe will donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to Rolling Thunder’s Wounded Warrior Program.  Then, on Friday, January 2 and Friday, February 6, 10% of sales will go to the Occoquan Historical Society.

The Secret Garden Cafe is located at 404 Mill Street in Occoquan and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The restaurant’s website posted this to describe their menu:

When asked to describe our menu, after many attempts to describe it, we are left simply saying, “well, its food we like.” From the far east of the globe to the far west, we are not afraid to be adventurous.

Cuisine de Commerce Encourages Professionals to Dine Local

Cuisine de Commerce is an event from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. [Photo: Potomac Local]

15 restaurants to participate in Cuisine de Commerce

 

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is preparing for one of its most popular events, the Cuisine de Commerce, sponsored by Internet Ad Management, Inc. Taking place at the Continental Event Center, 9705 Liberia Avenue in Manassas, 11:30 a.m. on November 6, this “taste of the town” will feature samples from 15 area restaurants and caterers.

A toy drive will also take place, with donations accepted at the event and at Burke & Herbert Bank locations throughout greater Prince William.

 “We encourage everybody in the community to come out, discover new restaurant favorites and bring something for the toy drive,” said Chamber President and CEO Debbie Jones. “This event is all about our community: highlighting and supporting local businesses. With all that Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park have to offer, we want members and guests to see that there is plenty of reason to stay close to home when going out to eat.” Jones encourages employers to consider recognizing their staff or clients by inviting them to join you for this luncheon, where a table of ten is just $375 for members or non-members.

“Burke & Herbert Bank is proud to be the Toy Drive Sponsor of the Cuisine de Commerce. As a local community bank and the oldest bank in Virginia we believe it is important to support the communities in which we do business,” said Burke & Herbert Bank Senior Vice President Terry Cole. “We are excited about working with the Prince William Chamber to help bring holiday joy to less fortunate children in our neighborhoods and pleased to have our branches serve as locations for the collection of toy donations.

“I’m proud that so many of our members are glad to give back to the community that supports their business,” said Bruce Moore of Internet Ad Management, Inc., the Main Event Sponsor and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. This is the third year that his company has sponsored the luncheon. Over the last two years, the event has featured a food drive where members brought in close to 500 pounds of food. This year everyone is asked to bring a toy, which the Continental Event Center, in partnership with local churches, will distribute to local families in need of help this holiday season.

According to Jones, this luncheon is a great way to treat office staff, clients or friends to a special lunch. Attendees will have the chance to sample foods and treats prepared by:

Zandra’s Taqueria

P.F. Chang’s

Bahama Breeze

Travinia Italian Kitchen

A La Carte Catering and Event Design

The Piedmont Club

UNO Chicago Grill

Dyvine BBQ in Motion

Café Rio Mexican Grill

Cakes by Happy Eatery

Not Your Average Joe’s

‘The Bone’ Holding Ribbon Cutting on Monday

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Join us in celebrating our successful opening of The Bone in Historic Old Town Manassas.  The ribbon cutting will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday at The Bone, 9420 Battle Street. 

Representatives of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and Historic Manassas Inc. will be on hand to assist with the ribbon cutting, as well as Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish.

Before and after the official cutting of the ribbon there will be social time with complimentary BBQ sliders and drink specials and all attendees will enjoy 10% off dine-in and take-out orders from 4 to 6 p.m. 

While you’re here, grab a 6-pack of craft brew to kick off the after-party. Those who purchase two six packs get a free t-shirt.

RSVP’s are not necessary, just show up for the party. For more information, please contact Chase Hover at 703-330-3820 or email at chase@thebonebbq.com.

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