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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.

Trail to Freedom to Honor African American History in Stafford

6 century-old churches to be recognized during daylong events

 

STAFFORD, Va. – Stafford County and the 350th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Committee are inviting local residents to an all day “Trail to Freedom” event celebrating African-American history in Stafford County on this Saturday, Nov. 1.

According to organizers, the event will start out as a “motor coach tour” from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. of three separate locations; Jubilee Central, Port of Dreams, and the Crossroads of Virginia and parking will only be available at the Government Center located at 1300 Courthouse Road with the last motor coach leaving from the center at 2:30 pm. 

From 2 to 3 p.m., there will be a special ceremony held at Mount Hope Baptist Church to honor six 100-year-old African-American churches in the Stafford area. Mount Hope Baptist Church, however, will have no parking but shuttles will be available from the Government Center to the church, according organizers.

Later in the evening, a celebration honoring African-American history in Stafford County will take place at the Rowser Building at 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, in Stafford from 5 to 8 p.m. The formal unveiling ceremony will occur at 5 p.m. and parking will be available at the Rowser Building once participants present this invitation, according to officials.

 

Lake Ridge Race Benefits Students, Provides Scholarships

Quincy Foundation race begins 8 a.m. at Lake Ridge Middle School

 

The Quincy Conner Foundation (TQCF) is pleased to announce the third annual ‘5Q’, a 5K run/walk, which will be held at Lake Ridge Middle School in Lake Ridge, Va, on Nov. 1 beginning at 8 a.m.

New this year, a Kids Costume Fun Run for ages 4-12. The ‘5Q’ is a USATF Certified Course.

The ‘5Q’ is one oftwo annual fund-raising events that TQCF has hosted since their inception in 2009. This race intends to bring the Lake Ridge community together to help make “strides in students’ lives.”

TQCF is a 501(C)(3) organization that is devoted to the remembrance of Quincy Conner, a Woodbridge native, devoted son, father, husband, and friend, whose life ended suddenly at the age of 28 from a massive heart attack in December of 2005. The Foundation’s goal is to raise money through various events and award scholarships to high-school students.

“Being a member of the TQCF board is an honor. It’s amazing to be involved with a group of friends to do great work in honor of a friend whose life was cut too short,” said Tracey Watson, 5Q chair. ”We hope to see lots of runners, walkers, and kids in costumes on November 1 to carry on the spirit of our friend, Quincy Conner.” 

The community is invited to join us on Saturday. A childrens costume run will immediately follow the 5K run and walk.

For more information on the ‘5Q’ or the Foundation, visit The Quincy Conner Foundation web site, TheQuincyConnerFoundation.com, where you can register for the race and make donations to help support this charity.

TQCF would like to thank Confections Bakery, VA Runner, the Wall family, Jenni Toole, the Kidder family, Kristin Gartner, Bright Horizons Consulting, LLC, Marigold and Grey, and DJ Jeremy Whitham for supporting this year’s race as the sponsors.

TCQF is a 501(C)(3) charitable foundation that raises education dollars, awarded in the form of college scholarships.  The foundation was established in 2009 to honor the late Quincy Conner, a young father, husband, beloved son and cherished friend. 

-Press release submitted by the Quincy Foundation.

Potomac Local Pets

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Laila

is a adorable 5 month old Terrier mix puppy that looks like a mini Rottweiler. She is housebroken, is up to date on her shots and is ready to meet her new family!

Coco

She is a beautiful tortie female who loves to cuddle! Coco is a very sociable girl with a soft purr and playful attitude. She is very good at entertaining herself OR her people and would make a fantastic addition to any family.

Lost female dog — Stafford County, Va.
Still missing! Bunny was spotted Thursday morning 10/23/14 on Joshua Rd. off of Garrisonville Rd.. LOST 10-21-2014: 7:00p.m. Rock Hill Church Rd./ Lake Arrowhead area Lost German Shepherd, 5 year old female, black and tan. Her name is Bunny, also responds to Bun-Bun. Please call with any info –  540-752-2957

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

Land Owner: No Plans to Demolish Kline’s Freeze

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Demolishing ice cream stand would be loss for community, say residents

 

Word spread like wildfire across social media that a beloved ice cream stand was going to close.

Kline’s Freeze, a family-friendly food and ice cream shop off  Route 28 near Manassas, has been serving their customers since 1965. Rumors began swirling over the weekend that this longtime community staple was going to close their doors because the landowner, the Lindsay Automotive Group, wanted to tear down the place.

It wasn’t long before a savvy web user created the “Save Kline’s Freeze” Facebook page, and it quickly racked up more than 15,000 followers.

But there was a bit of good news in the Kline’s Freeze drama on Monday: the building may not be going anywhere after all.

Michael Lindsay, owner of the Lindsay Automotive Group and the land on which Kline’s sits, told Potomac Local he has no intentions of demolishing the business or requiring the owners to vacate.

“I don’t have specific plans for the property. We don’t know what [Kline’s] long term plans are,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay explained that he and the owners of Kline’s restaurant, James and Lorraine Croushorn, have been in constant communication with him and he hopes to sit down soon and work out the issue amicably.

“They’re a family business, and I’m a family business – so I’m sensitive to their situation. We bought the property with the intention of redeveloping, and we’re considering our options, but first and foremost our priority will be on remodeling the body shop components and buildings to the rear of the site,” Lindsay said.

James and Lorraine Croushorn declined comment for this story.

The restaurant is a simple place where customers walk up to the window and order. There’s no drive through, and the only place to sit and eat here are the metal picnic tables around back. Surrounding the place is a myriad of auto shops, auto parts stores, body shops, and nearby car dealerships. It nearly sits alone on an island of unmistakable tastiness.

Brandon Keener, 28, created the “Save Kline’s Freeze” Facebook page.

“When I was a child, I just remember on summer evenings, going to the Prince William County Fair and my Dad taking me down to Kline’s to get an ice cream cone. It was just what you did,” said Keener continuing, “Kline’s is a piece of history in Manassas, and if they go a piece of Manassas has died…”

Others outside Kline’s Freeze on Monday afternoon reminisced while sipping their milkshakes.

Trey House, 17, and his friends frequently drive to Kline’s after attending classes at Centreville High School in nearby Fairfax County.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid,” said House, who added he was surprised to learn on Facebook that the dairy stand was closing.

His friend, 17-year-old Drew Rice, also of Centreville, remained nostalgic over the popular ice cream shop. “I was kind of in shock when I heard. I mean it’s been here for 50 years. My thought was that it’s going to be weird not being here after such a long time,” said Rice.

And while the outcry to save the business has been louder than ever, there may be no need for customers to panic.

“I’m committed to exploring every alternative for him to continue his business. [The owners’] getting a lot of community support, and I acknowledge that, respect it, and I think that if the community were to give this whole thing some time – and this is going to take months and months – I think that everyone’s going to be pleased with the end product,” Lindsay said.

Before it was Kline’s, the roadside food stand was previously a Tastee Freez in 1955. Another Kline’s location further west on Route 28 near Manassas Regional Airport has since closed.

BadWolf Brewery Expansion: Prince William’s Loss is Manassas’ Gain

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Prince William reviews zoning laws for small breweries

Manassas will help a popular brewery expand while Prince William County will ask why small breweries are not allowed there.

Jeremy Meyers is the owner of BadWolf Brewery on Center Street in Manassas. Open for 18 months, the brewery offers its own distinct hand-crafted beers – and that’s all. Laws in Virginia have changed from when only places that served food could serve alcohol. And when Manassas updated their zoning laws to allow such small-time breweries, BadWolf eagerly set up shop.

Now it’s to time expand and Meyers, who lives with his wife in Prince William County, had his sight set on Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge. There’s an old lakeside restaurant that would have been a perfect setting for a tap room and even more barrels.

He went to speak with county officials about opening up a new small brewery there.

“Basically, it was an unequivocal no. We were told that breweries were only allowed in manufacturing districts, and there are no exceptions unless you are a restaurant, and I don’t serve food, I don’t want to serve food,” said Meyer.

We’re not talking about an operating the size of Anheuser-Busch or Coors. Meyer refers to his operation and others like it in Manassas and neighboring Stafford County, as “coffee shop breweries.”

“It’s a damn shame you can’t have a little coffee shop brewery in Occoquan or in Stonebridge [in Woodbridge],” said Meyers.

Prince William has not updated its zoning laws to permit these types of businesses like Manassas and neighboring Stafford County has already done. Elected leaders said the laws could stand updating.

“This is a fairly small, niche market, as we’ve seen with the wine industry in Northern Virginia. But there is a market for this kind of stuff, and bringing a small brewery here would be away to better promote our market,” said Prince William Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May.

The county’s zoning office will now review the rules on the books that prevent such small breweries from opening in the county. Right now, breweries – big or small – may only open in industrialized areas.

Prince William County Planning Office Director Christopher Price says commercial areas and places zoned for agriculture would be good spots for small breweries to open. Requests to open a small brewery in the county are few, he adds.

Meyer said it could take the county six to eight months to change the laws. His business need to expand now, so he’ll take advantage of some incentives from Manassas City leaders will provide, like paying for some permit fees and the cost of producing architectural drawings.

City leaders were already urging Bad Wolf to expand in the city even while they were in meetings with Prince William County officials.

“When you have one party saying ‘no, it’s not legal, and then you have another saying we’re going to give you $1,500 to stay, it’s kind of a no-brainer,” said Meyers.

Bad Wolf Brewery plans to open its new location in a warehouse across the city from its current spot. There they’ll do hand bottling, canning, and offer a wider assortment of draft beers. The first Bad Wolf Brewery will remain open as a “pilot” brewery where the company will experience with new brews.

Crows Nest Tour Registration Continues

A new parking lot at Crow’s Nest Natural Preserve in Stafford County will accommodate 20 vehicles. (Photo submitted by: Paul Milde)

A field day at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County will be held Nov. 8, starting at 9 a.m. Participants will see various plants and wildlife while on a guided hike through the preserve’s wooded landscape. The guided hikes offer views of the freshwater tidal marsh and open water surrounding the preserve.
 
The field day is free, but reservations are required. Call 804-786-7951 to reserve a spot. The event is limited to 80, and reservations are first-come, first-served. Driving directions will be provided to those who register.
 
Participants should wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk up to 4 miles. The event will take place rain or shine.
 
Crow’s Nest is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. The 2,872-acre preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. It supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain. 
 
Crow’s Nest was designated a natural area preserve in 2009 and is co-owned by Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

DCR manages the property as part of the state’s natural area preserve system, which was established in the 1980s to protect significant natural areas and rare-species habitat. Today, the system comprises 61 preserves totaling 55,352 acres.

AMC Potomac Mills First to Show Mormon Movie

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Documentary film meant to educate community about the faith

 

Meet the Mormons.

On Oct. 10, a documentary film of the same name produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) opened nationwide – including AMC Theaters in Woodbridge.

The movie shares the stories of six devote Latter-day Saints: the coach, the fighter, the humanitarian, the candy bomber and the missionary mom. Each of these stories challenges stereotypes about the Mormon faith while also examining how compassion changes oneself and others.

The LDS Woodbridge congregation worked hard to bring “Meet the Mormons” to our area as the movie was originally scheduled to only open in Fredericksburg and Arlington.

AMC at Potomac Mills generously responded by agreeing to open the show one day early, with showings starting on Thursday, Oct., 9.

“I felt the first showing was fairly historic; it was actually the first public showing of the film in the entire nation,” said Ian Houston, at the Oct 9 showing of the movie.

A steady turn out kept “Meet the Mormons” at the Potomac Mills AMC through Thursday, October 23rd. Though the LDS church sees the movie as an opportunity to tell their story to a national and international audience, the movie is not a meant to be a money-making venture for them. Instead, all net proceeds from the film will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Clark Price, the President of the Woodbridge Virginia Stake, who directs 9 local LDS congregations, explains, the church’s motivation for making the film, “the film clearly shows the great and rich diversity of membership in the church. There are hundreds of languages and cultures in our church membership.” President Price finished, ““We (have) invited all to attend with an open heart and mind to learn more about who Mormons really are.”

“I was surprised in general. That religion is not what I thought it was. It seems to have not only family but it seems to have love,” said Delzoria Hawkins, of Dale City, who was invited to see the movie by her LDS neighbor said,

“It dispels a lot of false assumptions people make about our church.” His wife, Angie Harrison added “the constant you see in the people (in the film) is they are at peace,” said Clark Harrison.

AMC at Potomac Mills sold over 1,200 tickets during the two weeks the movie played in Woodbridge. To date, Meet the Mormons has earned almost $5 million dollars nationally.

After covering distribution costs, the LDS church will donate the remaining net proceeds to further the charitable mission of the American Red Cross. The film is expected to be later released on Netflix.

Editor’s note: This story was written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Woodbridge, Virginia.

American Kidney Fund to Honor Meshia Adams, of Woodbridge

Meshia Adams and her husband and kidney donor, Rodney

Adams has battled kidney disease for 18 years

 

The American Kidney Fund will honor Meshia Adams, of Woodbridge, as the “Hero of Hope” at its sixth annual gala, The Hope Affair, on Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Adams is being recognized for her dedication to raising awareness for kidney disease in her community and across the nation.

“Meshia is a dedicated individual who has used her personal experience with kidney disease to help others who may be at risk,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Meshia has touched so many people through her website, Meshia’s Hope, her volunteer work with dialysis centers in her community, and her advocacy on Capitol Hill. Meshia is a remarkable woman who represents a true ‘Hero of Hope.’”

Adams has lived with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for over 18 years. She was diagnosed with kidney disease when she was 16 years old. At 17, her kidneys failed, and she began dialysis to survive. After four months on dialysis, she received a kidney transplant, which lasted for 15 years.

When the transplant failed in July 2010, Adams resumed dialysis treatment. In July 2012, her husband Rodney donated a kidney to her. During her time on dialysis, she also had two hip replacements due to medication she was required to take with her first transplant to prevent early rejection.

Her experience with kidney disease encouraged her to create Meshia’s Hope, a website dedicated to educating patients and those who may be at risk about kidney disease. She provides resources, commonly used kidney disease terms, and shares other patient’s stories.

In addition to her website, she frequently visits kidney patients at local dialysis centers, makes quilts for patients, and provides other volunteer resources.

Adams has also advocated for kidney disease awareness, education and legislation on Capitol Hill.

“I consider it to be a blessing to receive the 2014 Hero of Hope Award from the American Kidney Fund,” said Adams. “The work that I do helps others and the feeling I get from that is priceless. To be recognized for something I love doing is simply amazing.”

It is estimated that as many as 31 million Americans are living with CKD, the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. In the Washington, D.C. area, the rates of death from kidney disease are above the national average. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but there are other major risk factors including having a family history of the disease, having heart disease, being over age 60, and being of African American, Asian American, Native American or Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.

Meshia and two other inspirational figures will be recognized at The Hope Affair on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The event, themed “Sharing the Journey,” is a celebration of the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease. The event will honor inspiring kidney patients and caregivers. Honorees and guests will enjoy performances by Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue.

 

For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit kidneyfund.org.

Potomac Local Pets

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Lilith

Lilith

Lilith is beautiful, soft gray, little lady and is truly the cat’s meow! She is UTD on all her shots and has been spayed. Lilith is a spry 3 years old who is always up for any game you can toss her way. She is a fun and entertaining kitty to have around and, after she’s done playing, she loves to cuddle up with her favorite people.

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Fantine

Fantine

Fantine is a lovely, petite1 year old little lady. Striking all black kitten with bright gold eyes and sweet disposition. She is very friendly, loves to play and cuddle on your lap.

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

Ebola Prompts Leaders Urge Governor to Ban Travel from Africa

Prince William Medical Center to serve as Ebola treatment center

 

A hospital just outside Manassas will play a critical role in the event someone in our area contracts Ebola.

Designated as an Ebola treatment hub is Prince William Medical Center by the company that owns it and other hospitals in North Carolina, as well as the Haymarket Medical Center here in Virginia: Novant.

“We want to bring additional comfort to our communities who have expressed concern than an isolated room is not as safe as an isolated dedicated unit,” said Tom Zweng, MD, chief medical officer for Novant Health. “Our current protocols are safe and follow CDC recommendations; however, we wanted to take extra caution should the need arise.”

Prince William Medical Center will also accept Ebola patients from other area hospitals that are not equipped to treat the disease. So far, no area resident has contracted the deadly virus.

But Thomas Duncan, a man who passed through Dulles International Airport on his way from Liberia, Africa to Dallas late last month, became the first person in the U.S. to die from Ebola. Since the two other nurses who treated Duncan inside a Dallas hospital have fallen ill from Ebola.

Three Virginia politicians are now urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to urge the Federal Government to place a ban on travel from west African nations to the U.S.

Manassas Delegate Bob Marshall, Frederick County Delegate Mark Berg, and Virginia Senator Dick Black all signed a three-page letter to the governor that outlined their case for a travel ban. The letter states that African countries Senegal and Nigeria banned travel to and from affected Ebola countries, and since then has seen the rate of infection drop.

“The most preventive method is: don’t expose Americans to it,” said Del. Bob Marshall.

But some have opposed banning such travel from the U.S. due to the negative economic impact it could have on already poor west African nations. Marshall says Dulles Airport is the second most used gateway to the U.S. for travel between here and Africa. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International is third.

“Dead people don’t buy anything,” said Marshall on the prospect of negative economic impacts.

The Delegate was clear to point out that medical teams should still be allowed to charter flights to west African nations to send help to treat the virus.

Back at the hospital, this the latest new piece of Ebola-related announcement from the healthcare organization. Officials there are calling this a “centralized” approach that will allow the company to focus its training and resources into a handful of centers rather than having all of their hospitals equally equipped to treat patients who have contracted the virus.

‘Battle of Route 28′ Competition for Brentsville, Patriot High Schools

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Chick-fil-A at Bristow owner Mike Lovitt standing at the drive-through window of his restaurant on Route 28 near Manassas.

 

Brentsville, Patriot high schools have chance to win cash from Chick-fil-A

 

It’s being dubbed the “Battle of Route 28,” as two high schools will have a chance to show which school is the most spirited, and to win some cash.

Chick-fil-A at Bristow has partnered with Brenstville District and Patriot high schools in Prince William County for a spirit competition. According to Chick-fil-A at Bristow owner Mike Lovitt, fliers were distributed to both schools detailing the competition.

Those who dine in at the restaurant on Route 28 near Manassas and drop off the flier will help tally up points for their respective schools. Fliers dropped in a special box will be tallied each night and the school with the most fliers wins

The restaurant will also give 15% of the proceeds based on those who came into the restaurant, said Lovitt. The winning school will also receive matching funds from the restaurant, he added.

The contest begins Monday, Oct. 13 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 18.

The competition is part of “SPARK,” the education foundation and philanthropic arm of the Prince William County Public Schools div

Stonebridge Plans PetOberfest

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Dogs to bark near Wegmans

 

Pets are about to take center stage in Woodbridge near Wegmans grocery store. 

The folks at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center shared this with us: 

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center located at 14900 Potomac Town Place in Woodbridge is pleased to host the PetOberfest Event on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 from noon – 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend and enjoy free family and pet friendly activities. All pets in attendance must be leashed.

The PetOberfest is sponsored by NOVADog Magazine, Prince William SPCA and Unleashed by Petco and will feature activities including: pet rescues and adoptions; pet-related exhibitors, a fashion show, a pet parade, pet contests, children’s entertainment, store discounts, prizes, and much more (full schedule included below).

PetOberfest Main Stage Schedule

Noon: Mutts Gone Nuts
1pm: Learning Safari hosted by Leesburg Animal Park
2pm: Reptiles Alive
3pm: Fashion Show featuring animals available for adoption
4pm: Safari Bingo
4:30pm: Pet Parade & Contests – Must register no later than 4pm at the Information Tent.

PetOberfest Main Street Activities, Noon – 5 p.m.

• Prince William SPCA Pet Photos & Mobile Adoption Van
• Stonebridge merchant displays
• Pet-oriented exhibitors
• Local animal rescues and shelters
• Petting Zoo
• Moon Bounce
• Balloon Art
• Prizes

For complete event information, visit sptcpetoberfest.com.

 

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