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Dailey & Vincent Bluegrass Duo Taping Show for PBS at Hylton Performing Arts Center

MANASSAS, Va. – The rising star and Grammy-nominated bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent will be performing at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on September 13 and 14, and will be filming the performance for broadcast on PBS.

The group has performed for the Hylton Center in the past, and this relationship led to the group’s decision to film their performance in Manassas.

“We’ve actually booked them here at the Hylton Center a few times and they’re delightful. And both times they’ve played here, they’ve said publicly, to the audience, ‘Hey we’d sure love to come back here and film a TV show,’ which initially took us by surprise, but then we said ‘Hey you know that’s not a bad idea,” said Rick Davis, the Hylton Center’s Executive Director, recalling how the idea for filming a performance came about.

Both of Dailey & Vincent’s performances at the Hylton Center on the 13 and 14 will be recorded for the PBS program.

“They’re bringing an entire television production crew. The Hylton Center is going to be transformed into the world’s most beautiful concert hall and TV studio. We’re building a set for them…it’s really going to be a huge TV production,” Davis said.

When filming and post-production is complete, which is slated for March of 2015, the program will air on PBS in Nashville, before being broadcast nationally. DVDS of the performance will also become available for sale.

For Davis, this opportunity for the venue is exciting for many reasons.

“The Hylton Center and all of its beauty will be visible to the entire country. It’s kind of a way of putting this region artistically on the map, which I think is what’s most exciting about it. To basically show the world what we’ve built here, what this community and what [George Mason] University built and to join those other great venues that you see on TV,” Davis commented.

To add a local element to the performance, Dailey & Vincent requested that local musical groups be included in the performances and filming.

“In the finale of the show, we’re going to feature the Manassas Chorale, and the George Mason University Singers, and the Mason School of Music. So not only will the world see the beautiful Hylton Center, but they’ll see our own people from the community and the university, and the partnership we look to celebrate,” Davis said.

Tickets are still available for these performances. 

Hospital Rolls Out ‘Community Care Cart’ for Patients

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, Va. – Sentara Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteer group has decided to launch a ‘Community Care Cart’ as a new and innovative way to provide care for patients in their hospital.

The cart aims to provide free items to help provide the patients with some relief and brighten their day. On the cart there are small donated things like lotions, back scratchers and crossword puzzles that patients can have, free of charge.

For Jim Cassidy and his wife, who both volunteer at the hospital as patient reps, the Community Care Cart adds another element to patient care that they feel is valuable.

“You try to put a smile on the patient’s face. You spend time with someone – because some of these patients – if they come from a nursing home, they have no other visitors. You are their visitor. And now with this new program, the Community Care Cart, that’s just an extra feather you’re putting out there to them,” Jim said.

Nan Wehmeyer, another volunteer with the auxiliary, agreed that the cart is a way to connect with Sentara’s patients.

“I do it because I look at the Community Care Cart as a conduit. It gets me in the room with a patient, and it allows me to get to know the patient, and that’s how I bond with them. Yes, the cart is giving things away that are free, and are things that they need, but more importantly it’s me bonding with them,” Wehmeyer said.

The auxiliary that makes the cart possible is a volunteer-based organization with 300 active volunteers comprised of adults and juniors. The junior program component is a way for high school students to get involved and give back to their community, providing them with valuable experiences at the hospital.

“We have the most robust and comprehensive junior program in Northern Virginia. That’s my opinion, and I say that because we have a year-round junior program,” said Phim Gilberry, the hospital’s Volunteer Coordinator.

As a whole, the auxiliary serves many functions at the hospital. “In addition to donating volunteer hours, our auxiliary [volunteer group] also does fundraising through various activities…Money raised benefits the community and the auxiliary has a long history of purchasing and donating much needed medical equipment and other resources,” Gilberry said.

Among the group’s many accomplishments was the recent donation of a mobile health van, which cost $130,000, purchased with funds raised by the auxiliary. The van is frequently out in the community providing much needed services.  To raise funds for their projects and donations to the hospital, the auxiliary hosts sales, fundraisers and events throughout the year.

When working in the hospital, the 300 volunteers assist in administrative functions, running the hospital’s gift shop and serving as patient reps to advocate for patient’s needs.

“The things that we do here [as volunteers] are much different than what I’m told other volunteers do at other hospitals. And when I leave for the day, I feel like I’ve done something of value,” said Edie Lewis, a volunteer in the auxiliary.

Free Clinic Plans Fiesta to Celebrate Opening of New Center in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- It’ll be a fiesta at the Prince William Area Free Clinic.

The clinic will celebrate the opening of its unified health center on Church Hill Drive in Woodbridge by holding a special dinner on Aug. 16.

“We wanted to have a community event where our patients and the community can celebrate,” said Prince William Area Free Clinic Director Linda Franklin.

The idea is the brainchild of several volunteers and patients at the clinic, as many were looking for a way to give back the agency that has helped them.

Diners can expect burrito, enchilada, tostada, rice and beans on each plate followed by a desert, said Franklin. Todos and Americana markets will donate all of the meat and other items to make the celebration possible.

A guitarist will also play music while event goers eat their meals.

Tickets for the dinner are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years old. The clinic is located at 13900 Church Hill Drive in Woodbridge.

Last year, the Prince William Area Free clinic saw patients in more than 15,000 medical visits, 240 dental visits, and more 20,000 hours of volunteer time were donated to the clinic by dedicated volunteers. 

Prince William Chamber Lunch Series Focused on Women

GAINESVILLE, Va. – The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is hosting two luncheons, one in August and one in September, for women in business. The luncheons are part of the Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Series which includes events throughout the year geared toward celebrating and cultivating the success of women in business. Now in its third year, the series is sponsored by QMT Windchimes.

The first event is on Wednesday, August 20 at 11:30 a.m. and features Prince William County Attorney Angela Horan speaking on the topic “Becoming a Women of Influence.” Horan will share her leadership philosophy and the personal and professional experiences that have helped her become a woman able to impact the world around her for the better. The luncheon will be held at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse at the Promenade at Virginia Gateway in Gainesville (13930 Promenade Commons St, Gainesville, VA 20155).

A second luncheon is planned for Tuesday, September 23 at Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar in the Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge (15001 Potomac Town Center, Ste 100, Woodbridge, VA 22191). The September luncheon, sponsored by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, features guest speakers Rebecca Zuurbier, MD and Negar Golesorkhi, MD. Together they will cover “Advances Being Made in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer,” an area in which they specialize.

Continuing the series in November, the Chamber will host the “For the Girls” Networking Night Out and then finish up with the centerpiece of the series: The Prince William Chamber Women’s Leadership Conference, which will be held on February 12, 2015. Details about the Women’s Leadership Series and more offerings by the Chamber can be found at pwchamber.org.

“Today more than ever before, we are seeing a surge of women stepping forward into leadership roles. That is why the Chamber is so pleased to offer this series that supports women in business with learning and leadership development opportunities,” said Debbie Jones, President & CEO of the Chamber. She went on to say, “Not only are these events valuable because of the information they provide, but also because they offer opportunities to socialize with and encourage one another, tapping into that sense of community women really crave. Connectedness can be difficult to find in the Northern Virginia Marketplace, but that is part of a Chamber’s job. It’s a role we are happy to fill.”

Tickets to both the August and September Luncheons are $35/members and $45 for future members. Registration is available online at pwchamber.org or by calling 703-368-6600. Interested parties may also sign up for updates on the Women’s Leadership Series at pwchamber.org.

Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center Transforms Fitness

MANASSAS, Va. – For nearly three years, Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center has brought climbing to the forefront of fitness.

Those who are searching to add to their fitness routine or begin a whole new activity, Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center features a full climbing gym suitable for all levels of experience and families.The center, owned by Ian and Lindsey Colton, is much more advanced than what you would find at an amusement park or local mall.

Vertical Rock focuses on teaching people how to properly rock climb.  Ian Colton said that climbers range from three to 75-years-old, and groups of families, partners, and singles can easily use Vertical Rock’s facility.

Vertical Rock also offers different classes that range from climbing without an instructor to successfully becoming a lead climber, said Colton.

Vertical Rock is completely committed to safety. For example, in order for a climber to climb without staff, all climbers must know the prerequisites as they are tested and certified in climbing and “belaying” in their “Learning the Ropes Intro” course, said Colton. However the class is easy to learn and in as little as the next day, climbers can be prepared to pass certification, said Colton.

Vertical Rock also hosts birthday parties, group events, summer camps, and youth camps that are fun and get people moving. For those who may not be interested in rock climbing, the center has Yoga classes and Krav Maga classes which specializes in self-defense. Colton explained that he chose Manassas to open his business because it could serve a substantial amount of “outdoor-minded people,” especially families.

Colton further said that rock climbing is a great alternative to traditional exercise because it tests both physical and mental strength, and it burns just as many calories than a fast run on the treadmill. Colton’s goal for Vertical Rock is to create a “community of climbers” and promote more active lifestyles.

Vertical Rock is located at 10225 Nokesville Road in Manassas It is open seven days per week. Mondays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.. For more information, visit www.climb-va.com or call 855-822-5462.

Stafford Locals say Brewing is an Everyday Adventure


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – At 150 degrees, the enzymes inside begin to break down and sugars start to separate from the grains. What remains is poured into a boil kettle where the batch begins to boil at 210 degrees. Hops are added for flavor and then removed.

In the end, there will be 85 to 90 gallons of Backpack Wheat – it will be the only batch made this week, and it will last them just as long.

“Everything we do is done here… beer is brewed here… it’s served here,” said Stan Johnson, co-owner of Adventure Brewing Company in Stafford.

“Backpack” is a refreshing beer meant to quench thirsts and is one of at least five brewed here in this warehouse just off U.S. 1, by a group of guys who work by day in technology and are beer craftsmen by nights and weekends.

The beer makers also pride themselves on their IPA, stout, and “Super Power Pale Ale.” Each batch made is like a small science project as the crafters try to get the brew to measure up to the last batch. But science didn’t always come easy.

“I was terrible at chemistry,” said Adventure Brewing Company co-owner Tim Bornholtz. “I’m now going back to take graduate-level courses on chemistry – it’s hard.”

Never planned on opening a brewery

Johnson, Bornholtz, and John Viarella are the brew masters at “Adventure.” Johnson, Bornholtz say they’re from Stafford County, and they all began brewing beer together in the late 1990s for friends at parties and barbeques.

Later, “life happened,” said Bornholtz, and the guys had children and raised families.

“It was purely a hobby, something that we did and then we got a batch beer at the end of end of it. Never did we have plans to open a brew house,” said Bornholtz.

They guys got back together in 2011 and began brewing again and decided to make their dream of a production brewery and tasting room a reality. A new law passed in 2012 allowed Virginia breweries to have a tasting room and that, and a rezoning order passed by Stafford County officials, were the catalysts to spring Adventure Brewing into life.

Bar a sycamore cut down nearby Stafford Courthouse

The guys tele-commnute to their day jobs which allows them to work out of the brewery during the days. At nights and on weekends they open the tasting room so beer enthusiasts can sample some local brew.

There are several beer taps connected to several cold kegs all containing genuine Stafford County brewed beer. The bar is a 186-year-old sycamore tree cut down nearby the Stafford County Courthouse.

And, just like those who go to wineries, brew house customers are discerning.

“People go from brewery to brewery, come in and want to try something they’ve never had before,” said Bornholtz. “If they come in and nothing is new, they’ll say ‘OK, see you next week.”

Plans to expand to restaurants

“Adventure” opened in May and is one of two breweries in Stafford County. A third is in the works.

While they perfect their beer, unlike wineries, don’t look for food to be served here anytime soon. Food trucks park sometimes outside the brewery on weekends and sell food to beer drinkers.

“We’re a production brewery. Getting beer out to people whether in kegs or bottles is what we do. We make beer. Period,” said Bornholtz.  

Drinkers may one day within the next two years see Advenutre’s beers on taps at area restaurants – most likely at a craft beer bar, the kind of place that has at least 30 taps, said Bornholtz.

While customers wanting tastings fill the brewery on Saturdays, Thursday nights are quickly becoming popular for a “geeks who drink” trivia night. If you want to go, it costs $6 for a growler and $12 to fill it. A pint costs $6 and $2.50 for a six-once taster.

The tasting room is open Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. 

Freedom Museum Plans Hangar Dance

The Freedom Museum, a 501 c, (3) organization, is pleased to announce that it will hold its 2nd Annual 1940’s style Hangar Dinner and Dance on October 11, 2014 on the grounds of the Manassas Airport.

The evening start at 6:30 PM and end at 11 p.m. A buffet dinner, swing music (40’s style), dancing, silent auction, and other activities will provide an enjoyable evening.

In keeping with the event’s theme of “A Salute to our Heroes,” the Museum will host some Wounded Warriors and active duty service members, and give a car away to a needy vet. All this and more are all included in the $80 per person price. A cash bar will be available.

Attendees are encouraged to come in period dress, military uniform, or business casual suit. The proceeds from the event will go toward the Museum’s Building Fund.

The dinner dance will be held at the Manassas Regional Airport, 10600 Harry J. Parrish Blvd. in Manassas, Va. The tickets can be bought at the Museum, located in the Terminal Building of the Airport, or using the Museum’s web site at freedommuseum.org. For further information, pleasecall 703-393-0660.

The Five Costly Mistakes of Car Ownership (Promoted Post)


If a modern car is treated with care, it can last for over 100,000 miles without needing major costly repairs. However, neglecting you car’s maintenance needs can leave you with a large bill that could have been avoided. Do you really want to be spending extra money?

Here are five commonly-made mistakes to avoid. Doing so will not just save money, but keep you and your passengers safe as well.



Putting off an Oil Change

While oil technology has improved dramatically over the past couple of decades, it is still important to change your oil as recommended by your car’s manufacturer. Motor oil gradually breaks down as it is circulated through your engine. After a certain number of miles, the oil doesn’t provide adequate lubrication. In modern engines, many manufacturers use some form of variable valve timing or hydraulic pressure from the oil pump to help make the cars more powerful and efficient. Not changing the oil greatly affects these systems. Changing your oil is one of the kindest, simplest things you can do for your vehicle to insure your engine performs like it is supposed to for a very long time. Skipping this simple task can shorten the life of your car.

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Regular oil changes are one of the easiest ways to maintain the life of your vehicle.

Changing Tires without an Alignment

An alignment ensures that the wheels of your car are positioned properly on the road. When a car is out of alignment, the tires wear out prematurely or in places where they’re not supposed to. If you are replacing two or more tires it is important to have this checked to get the most life out of the tires.

Installing Oversized Aftermarket Wheels

While some aftermarket wheels are carefully designed to be compatible with certain vehicles, getting the wrong wheels can harm your vehicle’s suspension and ride comfort. Also, if you buy wheels that are too large for your car, you can damage your fenders and wheel wells. Even though, the wheels and tires may technically fit on the vehicle it puts more force on the wheel bearing and brakes and can make them wear out prematurely although it looks cool, (and I agree) be prepared for some extra repairs.

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A portable jump start device is great to keep with you in your vehicle.

Buying a Cheap Battery

A dead battery is a huge hassle. Often times, it means waiting for a jump start, or having to wait for a ride to get a battery to put in your car. And it’s important to find the exact battery for your car. A less expensive battery generally has fewer cells and less reactive material in it then a higher end battery so therefore the cold cranking amp ability and the longevity will generally be less. Going to a garage with ASE certified technicians with the right battery test equipment can help you avoid an inconvenient break down.

Getting Cheap Body Work

If you have a dent on your car, sometimes you can be approached by a “professional” in a shopping mall parking lot, or a friend might offer to take care of the problem. Beware, because sloppy body repair can cost more to correct than the original damage. Once an amateur has damaged the paint, a dent that could have been repaired by a professional for $100 dollars or (3 egg laying hens, and 5 pounds of bacon) * according to google July 29th, 2014, might now cost five times as much to be fixed.

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Records and Rarities Brings the 80s to Old Town Manassas

MANASSAS, Va. – Still nostalgic over video games and vinyl records from the 1980’s and 1990’s? Records and Rarities in Old Town Manassas is one of the newest businesses in the area offering their customers a wonderfully unique experience. 

Records and Rarities, owned by Ryan “R.M.L.” Lynch, sells everything from vinyl records and vintage video games to clothing and skateboards. Ever wanted to learn how to record and mix music in a professional recording studio?

The record store also has its own recording studio for artists who want to lay down some tracks and they also provide classes to customers looking to become recording engineers. However Records and Rarities caters to everyone no matter what music tastes or professional paths they have. 

Records and Rarities grew out of Lynch’s independent music label, Man Bites Dog Records, which was created in 2009. The record label has since expanded globally. It has enjoyed success with their last release from hip hop artist Roc Marciano’s album, Marci Beaucoup, who was featured in Rolling Stone magazine last year.

At the height of the record label’s success, Lynch opened Royal Crown Studios in Woodbridge in 2012. Once the lease was up, Lynch chose Old Town Manassas for its “character” and “aesthetic”. Records and Rarities is housed in a building built in 1910 and is reminiscent of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhoods in New York City, said Lynch. Seeing the nostalgic video games from their youth is one of the largest draws for customers and it has contributed to the overwhelmingly positive reviews for Records and Rarities.   

Records and Rarities honors and celebrates the 80s and 90s with hopes to make a cultural difference in Manassas. Six months to a year from now, Lynch hopes to open a second store. The most important thing readers should know about Records and Rarities is to come see for themselves and experience it.

The store is closed on Monday, but is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 2  6 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information call 703-490-9028 or go to recordsandrarities.com



Chef Opening The Landing Restaurant at Occoquan Harbour Marina

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A family restaurant will open on the Occoquan River today.

It’s called The Landing Restaurant at Occoquan Harbour Marina and it will seat 80 guests who will dine on everything from seafood to steaks. Taking advantage of its location on the Occoquan River, the restaurant will also have a waterfront bar.

The Landing Restaurant at Occoquan Harbour Marina offers an 80 seat formal dining room, adjacent to a nautical themed bar with flat screen televisions. Our private dining room can accommodate up to 40. Outside, our “Front Porch” is a fully covered outdoor dining experience accommodating up to 40, and our expansive outdoor deck has its own Tiki Bar, seating for 50, with the best view on the Occoquan. 

The location was once called Water’s Edge and served as a late-night hangout. The new incarnation of this building is now being run by a chef who says he focused on the quality of food.

Troy Clayton is the Chef and Owner of Geranio Restaurant, The Landing at Coles Point Marina and The Landing at Occoquan Harbour Marina. His prestigious culinary career began in 1987 and has taken him across Europe and through some of the most well known kitchens in the world. Chef Clayton has cooked with names like Anthony Worrall Thompson, Marco Pierre White, James Martin, Jean Louis Palladin and Guenter Seeger in world-class establishments including 190 Queensgate, Dell’Ugo, Resto Des Amis, The Watergate Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental and Hyatt Hotels. He has received awards from Best Chef America, Academe Culinary de France and American Express “Young Chef of the Year.”

In 1998, Chef Clayton purchased the historic Geranio Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria,  an intimate, 110-seat Italian restaurant that has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine and more. Geranio continues to receive critical acclaim including “Best of Awards” on Open Table, Zagat, Trip Advisor, Yelp and others, rating in the top 10 of more than 600 restaurants in Alexandria.

In May 2013, Chef Clayton opened The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar in collaboration with the owner of Coles Point Marina. His love of the Potomac, the Northern Neck and close association with Mr. Burke make it a perfect partnership. The Landing at Coles Point received accolades from local and regional press, the boating community at large, and local residents in the Northern Neck.

Locally produced artwork will be on display for today’s grand opening and locally elected officials will also be there.

Award-winning chef Troy Clayton will host an invite-only grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for his newest restaurant, The Landing Restaurant at Occoquan Harbour Marina on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Artwork by Kazaan Viveiros will be on display throughout the restaurant and available for sale. Guests are invited to tour the new restaurant while enjoying complimentary heavy appetizers, wine and entertainment.

Local dignitaries, including Elizabeth Quist, Mayor of Occoquan, and Congressman Gerald Connolly will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, area business leaders, partners and clients.

A ribbon cutting will be held at 4 p.m. and the art show begins at 4:30 p.m.

Potomac Local Pets

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Friendly, affectionate, and playful; how’s that for the perfect combination of traits! She is a 9 year old, UTD, spayed, all white female. Snowball loves attention and is very social. Give her a toy and a pal, and she is one contented kitty. Special Price for This Special Girl – Adopt her for only $49.00 during the month of August!


The cutest little girl you ever did see! She is a 4 year old spayed, Tortie female. She has a very relaxed but playful attitude. Callista is affectionate and loves to be with people.This wonderful little lady is 080514 Callista 3-2014(c)yours to take home for only $49.00 during the month of August.


A a 4 year old, spayed female kitty who is even prettier in person with her adorable, little round face and beautiful tabby colors. Daphne can be shy around visitors, but once she gets to know you, she loves to cuddle. This fantastic feline’s adoption fee is only $49.00 during the 080514-Daphne-12-13(1)month of August.

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

City to Celebrate National Night Out 2nd Year

Manassas will celebrate the city’s second annual National Night Out on tonight.

The celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Manassas Museum.

Here’s the latest details from Manassas police:

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on “America’s Night Out Against Crime” at the City’s second annual National Night Out event tomorrow night in Manassas!  Bring the whole family to meet the City staff and volunteers that keep you safe throughout the year, and help send the message to criminals that Manassas will not stand for crime in our community.

National Night Out 2014: “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6pm-9pm

Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St (map)

Parking is available in the City Garage located across from the Museum on Prince William St.

Event Highlights:

            INOVA Blood Drive

           Moon Bounces



            Free musical performance by MCPD retiree Scott Stallard and his band, Scott Stallard and Skyline

            Emergency and antique vehicles

            Demos by first-responders

            Vendors and other community partners

Free Museum admission

The Manassas Park Community Center will also have a National Night Out celebration tonight starting at 5 p.m. The event is billed as a chance to share food and conversation with friends and neighbors and learn more about the city.

The center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park.

*This story has been corrected. 

Boys & Girls Club says ‘Tech Girls Rock’

The Boys & Girls Clubs and CA Technologies will join together to host a Tech Girls Rock workshop at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington branch in Manassas.

The initiative aims to encourage girls to discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused educational opportunities and careers.

CA Technologies employees will give their time to serve as mentors for more than 100 tween and teen girls at the workshop.

Participants are girls from the Boys & Girls Club branches in Manassas, Prince William County, Fairfax and Alexandria. Following opening remarks, participants will break into rotation groups and take part in hands-on activities including computer coding, decoding cryptography problems and a STEM-focused scavenger hunt.

The workshop will begin at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, August 7 and last until 3 p.m. Several sessions will be held discussing topics such as computer coding, breaking codes, and a career panel.

The Boys and Girls Club is located at 9501 Dean Park Lane in Manassas. For more information about this event, call 703- 365-2582.

Potomac Valley Watercolorists Showcasing Artwork at Workhouse

Workhouse Arts Center  in Lorton (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

LORTON, Va. – As part of the Workhouse 2nd Saturday Art Walk, please join the Potomac Valley Watercolorists artists for an exhibit reception.  We’ll honor the founders of PVW, see early paintings from a historic perspective, hear some short stories from past presidents and enjoy refreshments.  Guests will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award at the reception.

The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to host 40 Years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists exhibit September 13 – October 25.  The Potomac Valley Watercolorists (PVW) is a juried society of watercolorists in the DC area. 

A special reception for the exhibit will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. September 17 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

The exhibit includes 100 paintings from PVW members, some of the area’s top watermedia floral and landscape painters. The stunning, original artwork includes landscapes, florals, still life and abstracts created with water-based painting mediums such as watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. 

PVW is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the art and excellence of watercolor painting.  Its members include many watercolor instructors who teach at all levels, and artists who exhibit at prominent galleries, museums and in nationally acclaimed exhibits. Some members serve as jurors; others give demonstrations and programs for art and community groups.  Join us and learn about the history of watercolor and get a better understanding of the media. 

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, PVW has published a beautiful, 188-page book highlighting the artwork of 175 of its members.  The book contains striking images of paintings and descriptions of each artist’s process. PVW’s book will be available for sale at the Workhouse.


Dixie Power Trio to Perform at Center for the Arts


MANASSAS, Va. – The Dixie Power Trio is a four-piece group dedicated to the music and sounds of Louisiana.  Based in Fredericksburg VA, the group has toured extensively throughout the United States in support of their seven independently produced recordings.

 In a typical set the Dixie Power Trio will play a gumbo of different styles including zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, funk, street parade, and rock.  The songs are a mix of Louisiana-flavored originals and covers—all with a unique, happy-go-lucky attitude.  The band’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Thing’s Considered” and on several WB television shows.  Over the past few years the Dixie Power Trio has shared the concert stage with many Louisiana music luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Terrence Simien, Chubby Carrier, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Olympia Brass Band, and Beausoleil.

Presented by the Center for the Arts; a gift from Micron Technology Foundation and the City of Manassas. At the Loy E. Harris Pavilion in Downtown Historic Manassas on Saturday, August 16 at 6:30p.m. Free. Rain or Shine.

Woman Reunites with Late Husband’s Dog 4 Years After it Disappeared on the Day of his Funeral

MANASSAS, Va. – Woodbridge resident Annie Thomas has been reunited with her husband’s dog that disappeared after his death in 2010, thanks to the Manassas Animal Shelter.

Angel, a pug, was positively identified as Thomas’ dog based on an identification chip implanted in the dog, which the shelter was able to scan.

Thomas had originally adopted the dog from a shelter to comfort her husband Nathaniel, a 26 year retired E-9 Sgt. in the Army, who had been diagnosed with a form of dementia that began to deteriorate his brain and body.

073114-thomas“The reason why I got the dog was for my husband in the first place, because his mind was going bad,” Thomas said.

She recalled the positive influence that Angel had on him and the time they spent together.

“My husband would sit on the porch, at the back of my house, and he would always play with the dog because he didn’t really know a lot, because his mind was deteriorating, but he always knew that puppy. He would always sit by the puppy, and the puppy would always sit by him, and he would pet it and talk to it, like the pug knew what he was saying.”

After battling the dementia for over 10 years, Nathaniel passed away in 2010, at the same time the pug disappeared.

“The day my husband’s funeral was, I came back [to the house], and the dog was missing. And for almost five years, the dog was gone,” she said.

Coping with her husband’s death and caring for her two adopted children, she put the dog out of her mind, until she got a random call from the animal shelter in Manassas, claiming that they had a dog that was Thomas’.

“[The dog] came out [of the shelter], looked at me, and sat right down by my feet,” Thomas said. “I was on my way home, and I thought, ‘Lord where did this dog come from,’ because it’s been over four years.”

Not remembering the dog’s original name, Thomas called him Dusty, but after telling others about this incredible experience where she was reunited with the pug, she decided to call him Angel.

“I know there’s got to be a reason why this dog showed up again. Where has he been after all this time? And as I was telling people about the story with the dog, and all of them said that the dog was sent back to me,” said Thomas. “Half of them said my husband sent the dog back to me, and the other half said it was an angel that came back to me.”

Potomac Local Pets

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Harmony: Harmony is a beautiful, 4 year old tuxedo female. She is a little shy at first but warms your heart quickly. Once she knows you she loves to sit on your lap and have her ears rubbed.













FREYA: Amazingly sweet American Pit Bull Terrier who loves attention. She is very eager to follow and be near people. This lovely 5year old, grey and white girl is leash trained, crate trained, spayed and UTD on all her shots. She gets along wonderfully with other dogs and is respectful of cats.

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Found male dog — Woodbridge

Found dog west highland terrier with red collar, male found in Woodbridge Va. in Powells Landing/Port Potomac neighborhood on 24 July 2014. Call Adam 703-216-6901

Artists Undertaking Gallery to Host ‘Angles and Curves’ Exhibit


OCCOQUAN, Va. – During the month of August the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Occoquan will be presenting “Angles and Curves”, an exhibit featuring jewelry by Sherry Chaples, Carved Eggshells by Tina Kannapel, and lotus photographs printed on metal by Gerry Gantt.  The exhibit runs August 2 – September 1.  A Meet-the-Artists reception will be held on Saturday, August 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery is located at 309 Mill Street in historic Occoquan, VA, and is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Earine Porta is the former mayor of Occoquan and writes about happenings in the town.

New Scarlett Johansson Film Lacks Direction


Rated: R

3 stars out of 5

While my wife was out of town, I went to see “Lucy.” It really was science fiction, as I had to imagine that ScarJo needed a brain to get what she wanted.

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson from “Under The Skin”) is an ordinary party girl living in Taiwan and hooking up with the wrong guys. The last one made her drop off a package to some bad people. So bad, they turned her into a drug mule and surgically implanted their new synthetic compound in her abdomen. When the drug pouch ruptures, a massive overdose enters her system and starts an evolutionary chain reaction in her body.

Lucy gets smart, real smart. She starts to use more and more of her brain, tapping into the uncharted capabilities. The contrived character of Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman from “Oblivion”) spends most of the movie making sure we have a scientific basis for what we are seeing. I felt like there was going to be a test at the end of the movie.

Lucy uses her newfound knowledge and skills to take revenge on the criminals that made her this way, instead of using it for math, or science or the arts. Also, as she becomes a super human, she loses her humanity. She becomes emotionless and the fun party girl is gone.

Writer/Director Luc Besson (“The Family”) has put together themes and characters from his two best movies. Lucy is the magical pinnacle of life, much like Leloo from “The Fifth Element,” and she drives like Frank Marin from “The Transporter.” Besson’s writing is generally great, but his direction… not so much. With “Lucy,” he adds editorial images along with the narrative. He can’t just tell the story, he has to tell you what the story is about and what to think about it using cinematic flashcards.

I am willing to accept the kaleidoscope of imagery as style, but at the end of the 83-minute film I felt cheated. I could see all the plot points as if they were up on the professor’s chalkboard, but the humanity of the story was lost. This makes it more of a pure sci-fi flick, even though you were on non-stop roller coaster ride. I enjoyed the ride, and it was thrilling, but I think there is more to life.

I am not a snob about these things, and I did like this movie. It’s a popcorn movie with an old school Star Trek-style plot, and for that I will give it 3 stars out of 5. Somehow they took the sexy out of Scarlett Johansson, and that’s an evolution I am not looking forward to.

Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site:? bashmovies.wordpress.com

Coyote Spotted outside Manassas

MANASSAS, Va. – A coyote was spotted in the Buckhall area of Prince William County, just outside Manassas, the county Health District office reports.

A county resident saw the animal and alerted authorities. Health District says coyotes are commonly found in Virginia, often seen in suburban subdivisions. Some coyotes can carry rabies, though officials say it’s rare.

If seen during daylight hours, the animal is probably searching for food. They are known to make dens under porches and decks, as well as in crawl spaces, according to the Health District.

Here’s more in a press release:

Coyotes typically weigh between 30 and 45 pounds and have long, thick fur that is often blond/reddish-brown or tan/grayish-black with a small white spot on the center of the chest. They have long, bushy, black-tipped tails; pointed ears; and a long slender snout. When running, coyotes carry their tail below the level of their backs.

Coyotes are opportunistic and territorial, and will prey on unattended small dogs and cats. However, because coyotes are known to have an instinctive fear of people, human attacks are very rare. Still, a rabid coyote, or any domestic or wild animal that contracts rabies, may attack humans or pets without warning.

The Prince William Health District recommends the following tips: 

Animals look for places to den and raise their young. To prevent this, close and seal all openings under and into buildings.

Keep brushy areas in your yard cut back to prevent cover for coyotes.

Do not feed coyotes or any other wildlife. If anyone in the neighborhood is feeding wildlife, it can cause trouble for everybody. Feeding wildlife will cause coyotes and other wildlife to lose their natural fear of humans. Follow these tips to limit unintentional food sources:

Keep trash inside until the morning of trash pickup or place trash in an animal-proof container, such as a metal or plastic trash can with a tight-fitting lid.

Do not leave pet food outside; keep pet feeding areas clean.

Remove bird feeders when nuisance species have been seen around them, such as rats, rodents, squirrels and others.

Clear fallen fruit around trees, which could attract insects, rodents and other wildlife, which, in turn, can attract predators, such as coyotes.

Keep small pets inside as much as possible. When they go outside, put them on a leash or install coyote-proof fencing to protect unsupervised pets. Small pets may be viewed by a coyote as prey. Larger dogs are viewed as a threat – particularly from January to June while mating and birthing pups.

If you observe a coyote or any other wildlife or pets in your community exhibiting signs of rabies, such as stumbling, foaming at the mouth or showing aggression, contact the Prince William County Animal Control Division at 703-792-6500.

If the above listed techniques do not keep coyotes away, contact a “critter control” service company for further assistance or contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571-9003. The Prince William County Animal Control Bureau does not routinely respond to nuisance wildlife issues unless there is a concern about a rabid animal. For further information and resources, visit:




For more information on rabies, visit the Virginia Department of Health website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/



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