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Taps-N-Apps owner on renovated restaurant: ‘We’re not Mackey’s’

MANASSAS — The sign hanging outside the restaurant may still say Mackey’s, but not for long.

The old restaurant that was once a cigar lounge is now “Taps-N-Apps,” with a newly redesigned interior, kitchen, and a menu full of smaller plated options.

Restuarant owner John Csoka and his team took over in November and totally redesigned the place, located on Main Street in Downtown Manassas.

He tells us:

“We’ve actually redone the entire restaurant. Physically, we’ve renovated the upstairs and downstairs, given it a brand new brand new kitchen and a new menu.” The menu style is geared toward as the name implies… appetizers. It’s the apps. So we actually have, rather than a really large stake and a baked potato meal, sort of a one size fits all, it’s more in the design of design of smaller portions that you can pick and choose some of the different styles of food. So it’s ideal that you can get smaller portions and more variety of food and you might find in other restaurants.”

Taps-N-Apps for the next few weeks will be piggybacking of Mackey’s old Virginia ABC liquor license. That’s why the Mackey’s sign still hangs, noting an old hang out that was known as a smoker-friendly spot.

Csoka says:

“I think, at one time, this was the last [restaurant] where smoking was allowed in the city. We’ve actually made it where there’s no smoking when you walk in the door to try to make it a nicer place to be. We’re dedicating outside seating to kind of keep smoking away from most of our restaurant patrons.

When it comes to the atmosphere, Csoka say’s he’s going for sports bar — elevated.

“We’re not Mackey’s,” said Csoka.

He adds:

“What we’re after really is one step up from a regular sports bar. We still have a sports bar feel but, at the same time, it’s a little bit better quality food than you might find. It’s family friendly. It’s made to be, for, like one step up from the regular sports pub or bar.”

Smaller plates, portions, and specialty restaurants are becoming the norm in Manassas.

“In Old Town Manassas, especially, you’ll find that the most successful restaurants now are not your place with a general menu. People specialize in one type of food or one type of theme and really have made success of that whether it be tacos or seafood. The idea of taking one segment of food and specializing in it seems to be what the market ones right now.”

Menu prices range from $7 to $9. The most popular menu items are the Steak Roulade (steak wrapped in bacon with mozzarella cheese) and his the chicken wings, said Csoka

The restaurant has an upstairs room called “The Atlas Club” that can be rented for private parties and events. When not rented, it’s open to restaurant guests on the weekends.

Taps-N-Apps is open daily 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s located at 9412 Main Street in Manassas.

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The Young Center is looking for adult volunteers to be child advocates for immigrant children

Good Morning Prince William – Macy’s Clothing Closet needs your help to organize donated clothing for the residents of both the SERVE Shelter in Manassas and the Hilda Barg Shelter in Woodbridge. It’s a great way for you to give a little piece of mind to shelter residents who arrive with literally the shirt on their back. Call Julie at (571) 748-2674 or visit their website at:nvfs.org to learn more.
· The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City wants to pack 30,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on March 10th. Super fun, family friendly event to help those less fortunate. You can choose either morning or afternoon shift. Please visit: www.whatsupwoodbridge.com for the link to register.

· K9 Serving Vets is looking for a volunteer photographer at their events. Please email cclark@k9sservingvets.org to learn more.

· Project Mend-A-House is now registering participants for their Live Well Workshops. This chronic disease self-management program meets at the Manassas Senior Center on Thursday mornings. Please call Martha at (571) 264-8559 to learn more.

· Prince William Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta invite you to the celebration of the contributions Africa-Americans make to the arts on Saturday February 3rd, 6-8pm at the Candy Factory in Manassas. Come see the wonderful exhibition of photography, painting and mixed media.

· The Young Center is looking for adult volunteers to be child advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children. The next training is March 3rd to give you all the tools needed for the child’s immigration process and their life in general. Please email: tkitchen@theyoungcenter.org to learn more.

· First Tee of Prince William County promises spring is right around the corner so volunteers are needed to teach kids the fundamentals of a good golf swing. Come join the fun of sharing the game of golf with kids while also sharing dealing with life’s issues. Please call Alan at (703) 792-8064 to learn more.

· People Incorporated is looking for volunteer tax preparers willing to be certified as an IRS VITA Income Tax Preparer for the 2018 tax season. This special tax preparer assists low-income individuals and families with tax preparation at Saint James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper Street in Warrenton. Training is required, but you will be helping this vulnerable population navigate through their tax forms and IRS regulations. Volunteer Greeters are also needed to welcome those who visit the site, distribute forms, and create a pleasant atmosphere for the clients. For more information, please call Jeanne at (571) 445-3020 or email jhaley@peopleinc.net.

· Serve Our Willing Warriors will be hosting “A Night in Monte Carlo” February 3, 6:30pm-10:30pm at the Piedmont Club. Volunteers are needed to spread the word about the event, collect auction items, help with sponsorships and assist with various tasks the day of the event. Kimberly at kimberly.gaytan@willingwarriors.org is happy to provide more information on this great fundraiser. The agency also has numerous other volunteer opportunities available. It’s a great way to say Thank You to our veterans for their sacrifices, and also help this wonderful organization spread the word on how they support veterans. Please email volunteer@willingwarriors.org or visit willingwarriors.org for more information.

· The good folks at ACTS are in need of volunteer groups (large and small) who can help with various facilities projects such as grounds work, painting and helping their shelter create more space. Volunteers must be at least 16, and this is family friendly! Please contact Tamika at tmartin2@actspwc.us to learn how you can support this agency’s programs.

· The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach 4th grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· SERVE Shelter is in need of small volunteer groups (6-8) who can prepare and serve a meal to their shelter residents in February. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Meals needed are February 11 Dinner and February 19 (President’s Day) Brunch and Dinner. Groups have the option to prepare food offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Please contact Julie at jrmartinez@nvfs.org for more information on how to provide the homeless with a delicious, home-cooked meal.

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

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

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The list of nominees for the Prince William Chamber Business Awards 2018

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce announced its list of nominees for its annual Business Awards. 

The awards ceremony will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, from 6 to 9.m. 

And the nominees are… 

“Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Arts & Education

° IMPACTO Youth
° Christ Chapel Academy
° Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Health & Human Services

° Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)
° BARN Community Housing
° Comfort Cases
° Gainesville/Haymarket Rotary Club
° Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington-Hogar Immigrant Services
° Semper K9 Assistance Dogs
° Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center
° Shared Parenting Education & Custody Services
° Dale City Track Club
° Serve Our Willing Warriors
° Volunteer Prince William

Excellence in Small Business Award (1-10 Employees)

° New Media Horizons, LLC
° Hepburn & Sons, LLC
° East to West Embroidery & Design, Inc.
° Professionals by Design
° Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center
° Accounting and Tax Services
° American Solutions for Business
° Brock-Norton Insurance
° Baden Contracting
° Kensington Vanguard National Land Services
° SBR Workplace Consultation Services

Business Excellence Award (11+ Employees)

° Able Moving and Storage, Inc.
° DuvallWheeler, CPAs
° Comfort Keepers – Manassas
° Contract Solutions, Inc.
° Insperity
° Loveless Porter Architects, LLC
° My Plumber Heating and Cooling
° MP Copiers, Inc.
° Offix

Emerging Business of the Year

° FirstLight HomeCare of Woodbridge
° Shining Sol Candle Company
° Tortino Mare
° Professionals by Design

Innovative Practice or Partnership of the Year

° CoWork, LLC
° County Commercial Development Committee
° Leadership Prince William & Comcast
° Omega World Travel
° Stafford Hospital
° Prince William County Service Authority & SPARK
° FirstLight HomeCare of Woodbridge

° HyQuest Consulting Solutions, LLC

Community Outreach Award

° Jirani Coffeehouse
° AAA MidAtlantic, Car Care, Insurance, Travel
° Apple Federal Credit Union
° Contract Solutions, Inc.
° MP Copiers, Inc.
° Shared Parenting Education & Custody Services
° Southern Management Corporation
° Stafford Hospital
° HyQuest Consulting Solutions, LLC
° Alchemy Enterprises, LLC
° Wegman’s of Woodbridge
° Storage Strategies, Inc.

Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

° Mariachis Tequileria & Restaurant
° Occoquan Transportation Company, LLC
° Bistro L’Hermitage
° Marriott Residence Inn – Potomac Mills

Excellence in F/I/RE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate)

° Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.
° Thomas Bigoski Insurance Agency, LLC

Tech Company of the Year
° Laser Quest Corporation
° Micron Technology, Inc.
° Transaction Expert

Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award

° William Reeder, George Mason University (Retired)
° Charlie Deane, Prince William County Police Chief (Retired)
° Michael Vanderpool, Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, LLC
° J. Manley Garber, NOVEC (Retired)
° Molly Grove, George Mason University, Science & Technology Campus
° Marty Nohe, Prince William Board of Supervisors and Appliance Connection
° Karen Smith, ARC of Greater Prince William
° John & Shirley Dominick, Serve Our Willing Warriora

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Surovell’s hands-free cell phone bill Senate passes committee

Delegate Scott Surovell (D-36th Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford) tells us his hands-free cell phone bill passed a Senate committee.

From a press release: 

The Senate Committee on Transportation has passed Senator Scott A. Surovell’s legislation that prohibits driving while operating any mobile communications device unless it is being used in “hands-free” mode.

Senator Surovell introduced the same legislation last year when it failed on a 6-7 vote. Virginia prohibited texting while driving in 2009, but it was classified as a secondary offense punishable by a small fine. In 2010, Fairfax County Police reported writing fewer than fifty tickets for texting while driving because of loopholes in the law and the fact that it was a secondary infraction.1 Senator Surovell began working on bills to prohibit texting while driving after an 18 year-old Fairfax County resident, Kyle Rowley, was killed on Route 7 near Herndon after a distracted texting driver stuck his vehicle without breaking at full speed on a highway.

After the driver was acquitted of Reckless Driving due to the existing secondary offense statute, Senator Surovell partnered with with Delegate Ben Cline to make texting while driving a primary driving offense.2 That bill was ultimately passed and became law in July 2013. However, that legislation has continued to elude effective enforcement. Law enforcement has been critical of the legislation because it is often difficult to verify a driver’s activity with their phone or obtain a conviction absent a confession by the driver.

“It should not be legal to play Angry Birds, chase Pokemon, surf the Internet, or order food while driving,” said Senator Surovell, “passing hand’s free legislation will bring us into conformity with our neighbors in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and fourteen other states that have prohibited driving with a phone in hand.”

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Bookmark this page for Prince William County events in February 2018

From a press release: 

Valentine’s Day Celebrations:

2/10 – American Festival Pops Orchestra: Valentine Pops @ Hylton Performing Arts Center (Manassas)

The talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra set an amorous mood for you and your loved one in a performance of romantic standards just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

2/10 – My Heart is for You Cookie Decorating Class at Simply Dessert (Gainesville)

Students will receive instructions and demonstration in how to work with royal icing. Each student will take home 8 decorated cookies and all supplies are included in the class, $35 per person.

2/10 – Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk (Occoquan)

February 10th from 11am – 4pm visitors can enjoy grazing through this historic mill town tasting chocolate goodies. With over 35 shops participating this makes for the perfect pre-Valentine’s day afternoon. Guests can also register for a chance to win a necklace of fresh water dyed Chocolate Pearls.

12/14 – Valentine’s Serenade at Club Eclipse (Gainesville)

The Night & Day quartet is at the awesome new group that will be serenading couples at Club Eclipse for Valentine’s Day, 2018. Join vocalist Katie Hale, along with Michael Suser on keyboards, Robert Vetter on trumpet, and Roger Rosa on upright bass as we weave a romantic mood with lovely swing and jazz music.

African American History Month Events:

The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom at Leesylvania State Park (Woodbridge)

**This event runs every FridaySaturday & Sunday throughout the month of February.

Leesylvania State Park property is associated with the flight of two runaway slaves as well as a slave who escaped in 1848. A band of escaped slaves also informed Union soldiers of Confederate activity at the property’s Freestone Point in September 1861. Learn about aspects of the park’s rich and diverse history as we celebrate Black History Month.

2/17 – Future Kings Fourth Annual Black History Gala (Woodbridge)

Future Kings will be having their Fourth Annual Black History Gala on February 17, 2018 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge. The event is a fundraiser that benefits their scholarship program. This year, they will be honoring Mr. Clarence Miller with their “Founder’s Award”. They will also be presenting the “James Garret Scholarship” award and the “Yvonne Hill Brown Scholarship” award. Yvonne Brown was a life-long member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a strong supporter of the work being done by Future Kings. Get your tickets today!

Other Attraction Events:

2/3 – Open Mic Night at Brew Republic (Woodbridge)

Join Brew Republics team for Open Mic Night every Saturday night. Bring your talent and show them what you’ve got… Music? Poetry? Magic? Comedy? Creatively reading Green Eggs and Ham? They’ve got the stage, you bring the talent.

2/3 – Back to the 90s Night at Uptown Alley (Manassas)

Enjoy the Keeton Band’s live tribute to Incubus, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, & more!

2/4 – Super Bowl 52 Party at Ornery Beer Company (Woodbridge)

Looking for a great place to watch the Super Bowl this year? Ornery Beer Company is the spot to be.  They will be raffling off a 50” TV at the end of the game and visitors can enjoy beer and food specials throughout the game too!

2/4 – Bridal Open House at the Regency at Dominion Valley (Haymarket)

The team at the Regency at Dominion Valley invite you to come out for their Bridal open house to check out their beautiful wedding venue and meet their preferred vendors too!

2/4 – Farm Tour at The Little Goat Farm on the Lake (Nokesville)

Looking for a unique way to spend a Sunday? Come out and spend it with goats, alpacas, llamas, and chickens on the farm. Tours will be open from 12-2 pm. The cost is $10 per participant and include feed for the animals. Please purchase your tour tickets in advance.

2/10 – One Hot Mess at Club Eclipse (Gainesville)

The ONE HOT MESS acoustic band serves up a wide variety of classic rock covers with an emphasis on crisp vocal harmonies. The group consists of seasoned musicians that have been playing the local venues for years with an established and loyal following.

2/10 – Detox to Retox at Brew Republic (Woodbridge)

This beer and yoga class is a basic 60 minute Vinyasa Flow suitable for beginners and experienced students. Participants will enjoy basic and advanced poses, hand on assists and learn breathing techniques so you are ready to be more mindful when it comes to the Beer tasting!

2/17 – AIDA by Northern Virginia Ballet at Hylton Performing Arts Center (Manassas)

Don’t miss the World Premiere Ballet AIDA set to Verdi’s stunning music. The first full-length ballet of AIDA, this heart-wrenching story of two lovers from warring countries who must choose between love or country.

2/18 – Lexi Jackson at Farm Brew LIVE (Manassas)

Spend your afternoon taking in the sultry sounds of Lex Jackson at Farm Brew Live. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Lexi has never left her country roots. She is a singer and guitarist performing all along the East Coast.

2/24 – Mid-Atlantic Chiliheads Pod Cook Off at Tin Cannon (Gainesville)

Join Tin Cannon for the Mid Atlantic Chiliheads (Chili MAC) Pod CCO benefiting Bull Run Warrior Retreat. This will be an outdoor cook so be sure to DRESS WARMLY! The brewery will open to the public at 1 pm. 

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A Retrospective of Black History Month exhibit will be showcased at Candy Factory

From a press release: 

To commemorate Black History Month, the Center for the Arts has scheduled Ayeye: A Retrospective of Black History Month, an exhibit from January 30 – March 2 exploring art works by local and regional African-American artists.

The term ayeye means “celebration” or “ceremony” in Yoruba. For a third year, Prince William Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta (PWCAC DST) will host a Black History Month reception at the Center for the Arts to celebrate the contributions that African-Americans make to the arts. The free opening reception will be on Saturday, February 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and the public is welcomed. Attendees will enjoy live music, refreshments and door prizes, in addition to the opportunity to enjoy artwork and photography.

This eclectic and collaborative exhibition includes photography, painting, and mixed media with subject matter ranging from studies of African culture and history to nature and travel photography.
Ceremonies are considered a core value in Yoruba culture and involve the participation of not only family, but community. Join PWCAC DST to celebrate culture, history, and community.