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More Playing Soccer at Prince William Boys and Girls Clubs

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Coach Marlon Ortega is back for another season of soccer.

Not only is soccer popular around the world but it is also growing in popularity at the Boys and Girls Clubs. Although soccer is still fairly new, the number of children playing soccer at the Clubs has nearly doubled and shows no signs of slowing down.

Two-years-ago Marlon was just a parent of a BGC member who wanted to get more involved. After finding out that the Clubs had never had a soccer program, Marlon took it upon himself to share his knowledge of the game and become the lead instructor of the first ever “BGC Soccer Academy.”

The first season brought in close to 15 children and practiced once a week. Marlon decided to stick with his passion and attempt to grow the program into something bigger and better.

The program now trains over 30 children twice a week and has goals of creating a competitive team to join local leagues. The BGC Soccer Academy meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

 

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Youth Basketball Clinics Begin at Dumfries

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The General Heiser Boys & Girls Club in Dumfries is enjoying being back in “Fully Operational Mode.” Through the month of September we have been planning, planning, and planning, but now in October the fall sports season has begun at this club for the first time in three years.

With plans of starting a full fledge basketball league the spring 2013, the Fall Basketball Clinic began Oct 3. The sessions are divided into two age groups, ages 5-9-years-old and ages 10-14-years-old.

The clinic covers the basic fundamentals of basketball, teaches children how to display good sportsmanship, and how to be a good teammate. If your child is ready to get started with their basketball career or get back on the court, this clinic is where you need to be.

The 5-9-year-old age group sessions are Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm and Saturdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. The 10-14-year-old age group sessions are Thursdays 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 to 12:30 p.m.

For more information visit our website at bgcprincewilliam.org/heiser , or call Wes Cherry at 703-441-0611.

 

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Manassas Park 10 Miler Track Includes Golf Course, City Streets

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MANASSAS PARK, Va. – The City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to join us as at our Annual Manassas Park 10 Miler on Saturday, October 6th. The race will start at Anytime Fitness, located at 9133 Andrew Drive in ManassasPark, at 8:30 a.m 7:30 a.m.

The Manassas Park 10 mile is open to running skill levels, from novices to self-proclaimed experts. This course will take you down Manassas Drive, through Blooms Crossing neighborhoods onto the winding, turning, steep hills of General’s Ridge Golf Course cart paths, and back through. This 10-mile run has been proclaimed as “one of the hardest races I’ve ever done”.

Registration is required for just $40 per participant. Registration includes a race t-shirt and water bottle. Awards will be given out based on age group.

For additional information about the Manassas Park 10 Mile Run, please ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or contact Carl Blake at 703.335.8872 or via email at c.blake@manassasparkva.gov

Lake Ridge Florist Discounting Pink Plants for Charity

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LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Join Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center and Sentara Healthcare as we kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about breast health from the experts at Sentara, enjoy giveaways and prizes, and take in the nursery’s vast array of pink plants, including mums, pansies, and other fall bedding plants.

Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, 3705 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge. 703-590-0178.

Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center is offering a 20 percent discount on all pink plants during the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to a local cancer foundation.

For additional information: sentara.com/northernvirginia or call 1-800-SENTARA.

Sentara Lake Ridge Plans Drug Take Back

A rending shows Sentara Lake Ridge medical center, which will open next month and will offer 24-hour emergency medical services to residents in the Potomac Communities. (Submitted)

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LAKE RIDGE, Va. — On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Prince William County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Prince William County Police will be located at Sentara Lake Ridge at 12825 Minnieville Road, under the Sentara Healthcare tent. Participants should mark through any personal identifiers. This service is free and anonymous (no questions asked) for the disposal of bottled medication only (liquid and pill forms); we cannot accept any syringes.

Last April, more than 600 pounds of expired or unused prescription medications were collected in Prince William County on Saturday, April 28, 2012, besting the previous collection by about 200 pounds, according to a news release from Prince William County Police.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Prince William County Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

For more information visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Classic Car Show to Benefit Cancer Research

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JTC, Inc. is proud to sponsor Carz Cruiz-In to Cure Cancer, a charity classic car and unique vehicle show in Potomac Falls held September 16 , from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds of the event will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

JTC has donated all web-related work to help promote the show. The company has also donated Redskins tickets to be raffled off.

This is a great event organized by Doug Megill and the staff of McLean Insurance. Sponsorship opportunities and booths are still available.

 

Sentara will Get Pink in Lake Ridge

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Join Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center and Sentara Healthcare as we kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about breast health from the experts at Sentara, enjoy giveaways and prizes, and take in the nursery’s vast array of pink plants, including mums, pansies, and other fall bedding plants.

Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, 3705 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge. 703-590-0178.

Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center is offering a 20% discount on all pink plants during the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to a local cancer foundation.

For additional information: sentara.com/northernvirginia or call 1-800-SENTARA.

Breast Center Recognized for Excellence

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Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center includes three locations: Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Sentara Lake Ridge and the Sentara Mobile Mammography Van. Services provided include digital mammography with computer-aided detection, high-resolution breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast MRI.

“We are very proud to receive this distinction from the American College of Radiology,” says Dr. Tina Banson, a radiologist and dedicated mammographer at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. “We’ve worked very hard to make sure we are providing the best breast imaging services possible to the women in our community.”

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that the Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Screening mammograms or other breast imaging services can be scheduled by calling (703) 523-1560 or online at sentara.com/mammogram. A physician’s referral is not required for an annual screening mammogram.

JTC Takes Cloud Computing to the SKY

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When your business loses its data it can be hard to get in touch with those charged with keeping it.

That’s why JTC, Inc. in Manassas developed SKY Hosting technology. It’s a brand new, unique service designed for small to mid-sized businesses that don’t want to invest thousands of dollars of capital funds into a dedicated server. SKY Hosting is a local cloud-based server option that provides business-level server hosting, Exchange, data back-up, all necessary software and licensing, support and monitoring, at a fraction of the cost of a full server.

“We’re making this a cost-effective solution for many businesses, because often times it’s not cost-effective to have your own dedicated server. We provide the service, which is in the cloud, as well as support seven days a week, 24 hours hours a day, 365 days a year,” said JTC spokeswoman Kristen Maxey.

A June 29 derecho storm that knocked out power for many in the region is one of the reasons why the SKY technology is perfect for small businesses.

“The SKY solution is local in a secure data center, so in the event of a major catastrophe causing Internet outages, many users who have their data stored with places like Google simply can’t call Google for help. Because the infrastructure and data is local we can still get them their data to keep their business functioning,” said Maxey.

It takes less than a week for the technology to be implemented at a new business.

GTeam Sports Plans Basketball Camps

 

Coach George Logan and the youth athletes of GTeam Sports, Inc.

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Coach George Logan lives by one motto: “You play how you practice; if you practice hard, you will play hard.”

Logan is President of GTeam Sports, Inc. where he coaches student athletes, helping them to strive for excellence in every aspect of their respective sport.

Logan is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he was actively involved for four years. Since his retirement, he wanted to get involved in an occupation that he was not only passionate about but also one where he could give back to his community, and share a love of sports with the youth who live there.

GTeam Sports, Inc. became the business catalyst to facilitate that vision.

Currently, 14 youths between nine and 14-years-old privately train with Logan. Of the youth he’s trained, seven are in college or are college-bound.

“It’s very important for them to remember the value of giving and not just receiving; giving back to the community who helped to give to you,” said Logan. “Many people I know have afforded me the opportunity to have GTeam Sports grow and flourish, and I want to teach that concept to young people and demonstrate the same behavior.”

GTeam Sports specializes in working with young people on the fundamentals of their athletic sport while giving them the tools necessary to enhance their play and become elite. Whether training current or future athletes, Logan is often called “Coach Logan” by the ladies he coaches at Potomac Senior High School for the Varsity Girls’ Basketball program. As an assistant coach at the Woodbridge school, he helps to instill the values of hard work and educational focus.

In keeping with his mission of giving back to his community, and teaching the youth he mentors the same, Logan also volunteers at youth-serving organizations like the Prince William /Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs, and their signature fundraiser events Breakfast with Santa and the Steak ‘N Stake Charity Dinner.

To find out more about GTeam Sports, Inc., adult recreation leagues and personal training availability, visit gteamsports.com or contact Logan at 703-980-2782.

 

 

Belly Dancers Find New Muscles in Beginning Classes

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Come to a class at Magnificent Belly Dance this week to use muscles you didn’t know you have, laugh along with other ladies new to belly dance, and learn something new.

After greetings and registration, wander over to the table to choose a hip scarf for class. Will you choose your favorite color? Will you color coordinate with your outfit? Or will you choose basic black?

The five minute “beginner speech” includes how our classes may be different from other belly dance classes. Students at Magnificent Belly Dance work toward learning dances. Every beginner class, practicing the same basic moves, gets you closer to the day you can dance a fast drum solo with chest and hip articulations, or dance to that slow sensual instrumental with undulations, graceful arms and slow figure eights.

While beginner classes aren’t intended to be aerobic, you will sweat from using newfound muscles. Find a spot in front of the mirrors and we begin.

It’s OK to look around and note that you are older than some in the class, but younger than others. You may even be younger than the instructor who explains each move in terms you can understand. At each beginner class we practice the same basic moves building strength in our legs, finding the gracefulness in our arms, while strengthening and increasing flexibility in our core.

For example, Maria, B’Atris, and Danielle all have an interest in learning belly dance. Maria has great range of motion in her hips but is very stiff in her upper back- she sits at a computer all day. B’Atris can’t figure out how to isolate her hips but has the hand and arm movements of an experienced dancer. Danielle can’t seem to isolate any of her muscles and wonders aloud how she ever learned to walk.

Each beginner starts at a different place and progresses at her own pace. Each week Maria, B’Atris, and Danielle find the moves easier. Their flexibility has increased, their muscles remember, and they are stronger.

Once you are proficient in the basic moves, you move on to Routines 1, learning new moves and begin choreographed dances.Maria stays in the beginner class for six weeks before moving on to the next level, continuing to work on upper back flexibility and undulations while learning new dance moves.

B’Atris leaves the beginner class after eight weeks knowing her body has the same grace and fluidity as her arms.

Danielle moves on with her still not happy with some of her moves. Next month she’ll attend two classes each week- a beginner class to reinforce the basics and Routines 1.

PRTC Helps Thousands Travel in Northern Virginia

Welcome to Northern Virginia. Expect delays. Residents here know there is no shortage of cars and that congestion on local roads and highways can be a way of life.

That’s why thousands of people each day rely on the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission to help ease their ride, whether it be to work, school, or play.

OmniRide

One of the most popular commuter bus services in the region, PRTC OmniRide allows commuters a one-seat ride from areas in Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to their jobs in Washington, D.C., Arlington, and other stops in the close-in suburbs of Northern Virginia.

See OmniRide bus routes and schedules.  See OmniRide fares.

Whether riders catch the bus from a park-and-ride commuter lot or they walk to an OmniRide bus stop in their neighborhood, commuters have come to rely on this safe, quiet, and reliable ride. OmniRide buses use High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstates 95, 395, and 66 to get where they’re going, breezing by other cars that often slow down or get stuck in traffic in regular travel lanes.

“Northern Virginia has infamous traffic congestion, and by offering commuter bus services, we hope to take people out of their cars and allow them a quicker and stress-free ride in the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes,” said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

PRTC Customer Service Agent Kenyetta Whitford takes a call from a customer. Whitford helps customers get where they need to go.

Tysons Express

OmniRide buses also take passengers to Tysons Corner, a job center full of financial, contracting, and technology firms as well as world-class shopping. Tysons Corner has become an overall economic juggernaut in the region, and it’s also where new highway construction as part of the I-495 Express Lanes Project and construction of the new Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project collide.

Tysons Express riders don’t need to worry about lane closures or finding parking.

See Tysons Express AM bus and PM bus schedules and fares.

Each weekday, Tysons Express buses pick up passengers at two commuter lots in Woodbridge, travel on the HOV express lanes on I-95, and then use a portion of the Capital Beltway to access Tysons Corner, all while passengers relax and enjoy amenities like free wireless internet access.

“Instead of just sitting behind the wheel stuck in traffic, listening to the radio, you can be online, be on your smart phone, be paying bills, you can be reading, you can nap.It’s time that gets put back into your schedule to do things that you need to get done every day,” said Rodrigo.

Many riders begin and end their commutes, or transfer to other PRTC buses at the agency’s Transit Center in Woodbridge.

Metro Direct

PRTC offers three options for those who need to travel to and from the nearby Metro stations. Those who live in eastern Prince William County have weekday connections with the Franconia-Springfield Metro, while those in the Manassas area have weekday connections with the West Falls Church Metro. And Gainesville area residents have rush-hour connections with the West Falls Church Metro.

See Metro Direct bus routes, schedules, and fares:

Linton Hall Metro Direct AM

Linton Hall Metro Direct PM

Manassas Metro Direct AM

Manassas Metro Direct PM 

Prince William Metro Direct AM

Prince William Metro Direct PM 

“The Metro station parking lots fill up early in the morning, but those who ride a Metro Direct bus don’t have to worry about parking because the bus drops passengers off near the Metro entrance,” said Rodrigo.

Many of the OmniLink local bus routes that serve eastern Prince William County stop at the PRTC Transit Center in Woodbridge.

OmniLink local bus service

Now we know how to get to and from Prince William, but what if you want to get around locally? From sun up to sun down OmniLink is your link around town.

From humble beginnings in 1995, OmniLink has grown to serve major transportation corridors in our area, including U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, Dale Boulevard in Dale City and Sudley Road in Manassas, taking passengers to popular destinations like Potomac Mills mall, government buildings, employment centers, schools, and colleges.

See OmniLink local bus routes and schedules. See OmniLink local bus service fares.

“We recognize that people are in one-car households but have two people working, or there’s a teenager who has a driver’s license but the family, for whatever reason, doesn’t want to have another vehicle…and then you have people just out of economic necessity or medical reasons who cannot have a driver’s license or a vehicle. Local bus service helps all of these people get around and do all of the things we do every day,” said Rodrigo.

PRTC training supervisor Delwyn Harvey, on left, goes over a safety check for one of the buses with prospective operators.

Cross County Connector

Those who need to travel between eastern Prince William and the Manassas area can rely on the Cross County Connector. The bus operates weekdays and connects Potomac Mills Mall and Manassas Mall with stops along Prince William County Parkway and Old Town Manassas.

See Cross County Connector bus routes, schedules, and fares:

Eastbound (Manassas to Woodbridge)

Westbound (Woodbridge to Manassas)

Dozens of OmniRide busses are lined up ready to go out on the afternoon runs at PRTC in Woodbridge.

OmniMatch

Sometimes the bus doesn’t suit a person’s work schedule or destination. That’s why PRTC created the OmniMatch ridesharing service. Simply answer a few questions about your work hours, origination point and destination, and you’ll be entered into a regional database of commuters who are looking for carpools and vanpools. The service is fast, free and couldn’t be easier!

OmniSmartCommute

Employers looking for a recruiting and retention tool are turning to this free program! The OmniSmartCommute staff helps employers to create, implement and expand commuter strategies to save their staff members money and hassles. Some popular options are providing preferential parking for carpoolers, installing bike racks and showers for bicyclists, and offering flextime, compressed work weeks and telework.

On-The-Go Travel Training

Some people want to use public transportation but don’t ride because they are not familiar with the services and how they operate. PRTC’s new grant-funded travel training program is designed to help potential riders get over the hurdle of the unfamiliar and become confident users of public transportation. This free program provides one-on-one or group training sessions.

Easy to ride and pay with SmarTrip

No matter where you’re going, and no matter if you take a PRTC bus or Metro train, bring your SmarTrip card for an easy way to pay for your ride. SmarTrip is a rechargeable fare card used on multiple transportation systems in the Washington, D.C. region. One card makes it easy to connect with other services and makes travel outside our local community easier.

It also takes away the need to have exact change or proper fare, and riders can easily add more fare to their cards.

With so many options to choose from, PRTC has the Ride that’s Right for You!

PRTC’s offices and Transit Center are located at 14700 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge.

 

JTC’s New Ops Center Keeps Customers up and Running

 

A new network operations center took six months to build at JTC, Inc. in Manassas.

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Several improvements now make it easier for a local technology firm to better serve their customers.

In its early days, Jewell Technical Consulting, Inc. (JTC) was a break-fix shop, meaning customers would bring in their broken computers and then pick them up whenever the virus, malware, or any other host of other computer ailments was fixed.

But now the company is a fully managed IT provider complete with Tier 3 engineers ready to assist remotely when issues arise.

“Many companies will make their customers start with Tier 1 technical support. As the customer’s frustration grows due to the Tier 1 tech being unable to solve the issue, they will then escalate to a higher level tech support,” said company spokeswoman Kristen Maxey.

With the addition of a new network operations center at a cost of about $100,000, JTC is now able to send customers directly to a higher tier level to resolve the problem as quickly and efficiently. The company said this has resulted in more satisfied customers.

The new operations center allows JTC to proactively manage the client’s server and systems, as well as monitor for any downtime or interruption in their business. The center is also used to manage the company’s fleet of vehicles and gives them the ability to dispatch a technician that is closest to their customer’s place of business.

“This is benefiting the customer in the long-run. They are better able to budget their IT needs and not worry about their equipment costing them valuable time while it isn’t working properly” said Maxey.

The build-out and setup of the network operations center was planned about a year ago and took six months to complete.

 

Heart Event to Offer Free Health Screenings

 

Delyana Keller Watkins

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The Town of Dumfries through a partnership with Big Sis & Company will hold a special this Saturday that will feature free screenings and wellness information aimed at helping residents live a heart healthier lifestyle.

“Getting to the Heart of the Matter: A Symposium to Better Heart Health” will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dumfries Community Center 17755 Main Street. The event is free to attend and will feature a panel of great speakers.

Panel of Speakers

Delayna Keller-Watkins
Author

Delayna Keller-Watkins is a global and award-winning Registered Nurse and Certified Wellness Coach in the areas of self-care and personal wellness. For over twp decades Keller-Watins has been serving wellness seeking women and young girls through her seminars, products and programs.

She is an author, motivational speaker, and founder of Delayna Keller Watkins, Inc. and Healthy Soul, LLC a lifestyle company designed to help women achieve optimal health and wellness through the integration of mind, body and spirit.

Since pursuing her passion, she has been featured in the Women’s Journal Magazine and appeared as a Women’s Self-Care expert on several Internet Radio Shows and Local Public Television.

Keller-Watkins has provided seminars or presentations for companies such as Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI), Dimensions Healthcare, Sisters4Sisters, Inc., Prince Georges County Public Schools, Kennedy Foundation, Inc., Sisters Network, Akoma Project, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Georgetown University, and others.

Carrie Lee
Manassas Clinical Research

Manassas Clinical Research center is a private practice of internal medicine and clinical research. The organization serves Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area, and is a subsidiary of Burke Internal Medicine.Dr. Andrawis and his wife, Dr. Gabra, who are primary care physicians.

One out of every six people in this country never see the doctor for a regular check up since they do not have medical insurance. As a result many diseases with no symptoms like hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol go undetected.

These diseases are silent killers since they can cause heart attack, stroke or even sudden death if untreated. It’s important to detect and treat these silent killer diseases in people with no medical insurance who never see a doctor because of the cost of medical care.

 

Dumfries Summer Youth Employment Program Deadline Nears

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DUMFIRES, Va. — The Dumfries Summer Youth Employment Program will provide an opportunity for our area students to get an in-depth, hands-on experience on the internal workings of Town Hall, provide insight to the daily operations of local government and develop leadership skills through service based learning.

The students will be exposed to all aspects of Town Hall operations by working in some of the Town’s various departments to include, Community Services, Economic and Community Development, Public Works, and the Police Department. In addition, program participants will have the unique opportunity to be mentored by Town Council, during the length of the program.

Participants will be paid an hourly wage of $8 an hour for a 15-hour work week. The workplace schedule will be: two days a week, Monday-Thursday at Town Hall – for a total of ten hours, and each Friday at Weems-Botts Museum, for a total of five hours. Work hours will be between the hours of 9am-3pm. (Exact hours at Town Hall, will be determined after selection of program participants).

The Summer Youth Employment Program offers gainful summer employment for six weeks, in a positive, engaging atmosphere.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who are 15 -18 years of age, who are residents of the incorporated Town of Dumfries, are eligible for employment without regard to social, economic, racial, or ethnic backgrounds. Students must have no history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others; have or be able to obtain a work permit as required under the laws of Virginia; have a Social Security number or have completed an application to secure one; must not be a relative to any Town of Dumfries employee, or Council member; be willing and able to work scheduled duty hours and participate in all assigned tasks.

How to Apply

To apply, students meeting these qualifications should complete the Summer Youth Employment Program application form, submit the 500-word essay along with two reference forms and return it by Wednesday June 13 at noon. Applications must be mailed to:

Town of Dumfries
Summer Youth Employment Program
Attn: Ms. Cydny A. Neville, MAEd
17755 Main Street
Dumfries, Virginia 22026

Win a Diamond at Monday’s Steak ‘N’ Stake

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Have you ever wondered if there could be a diamond at the bottom of your champagne glass?

At 6 p.m. Monday, at the 23rd annual Steak ‘N’ Stake Charity Dinner at the Boys and Girls Club in Manassas, you just might find one.

Jewelry by Design along with Justice Title and Escrow will present a chance to win a $1,500 diamond during the charity event. Fifty glasses will be filled with non-alcoholic champagne, at $50 each, and one lucky sipper will find a diamond at the bottom of their glass. All of proceeds will benefit the Prince William / Manassas Boys and Girls Clubs “Send a Kid to Camp” program, said Regional Director Glenn Vickers.

In addition to this contest, the evening will feature a silent auction, and fine dining with area leaders and business owners. Live coverage and video of the event will be carried on PotomacLocal.com and U Stream.

Those who cannot attend the event are encouraged to visit Steak ‘N’ Stake’s webpage where charitable donations can be made online.

The Boys and Girls Club’s mission is “to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.”

Prince William County / Manassas Boys and Girls Clubs would like to recognize the following $1,000 event table sponsors:

Ronald & Carol Shingler
BAE Systems of Manassas
BB&T Bank
Compton & Duling LC
Executive Moving Systems
Justice Title
Betty Covington/Branscome Paving
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Woodbridge Alumni Chapter
Manassas Kiwanis Club
Manassas Men’s Club
Montclair Lions Club
MTCI

NOVEC
Steve’s Auto Repair
Supervisor Maureen Caddigan
Supervisor John Jenkins
Supervisor Marty Nohe
Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich & Walsh PC
Woodbridge Plumbing
Woodbridge Rotary
Welburn Management
Darden Restaurants
M&T Bank

   

Free Festival Celebrates Art in Prince William

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MANASSAS, Va – The Prince William County Arts Council and Hylton Performing Arts Center will present Arts Alive! 2012 from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Hylton Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas. Arts Alive will include performances, exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations by local artists and arts organizations.

Inside and outside the Hylton Center, Arts Alive will feature 18 performances on three stages; visual art on display and for sale; local authors reading their work and telling stories; and food for purchase from local vendors. Performances by Arts Council members will range from ballet to belly dancing, from orchestra to a drum and bugle corps, from children’s theater to choral music:

Arts Alive will be more than just a place to view art: there will be many opportunities for families to actively participate. Children and adults will enjoy art projects, classes and demonstrations throughout the festival. Admission to this family-friendly event is free and plenty of free parking is available at the Hylton Center.

The festival will also include presentation of the 2012 Kathleen K. Seefeldt Awards for Arts Excellence. Bob Madigan of WTOP and Tracee Wilkins of NBC4 will emcee the award ceremony, which recognizes outstanding efforts by artists, arts organizations, advocates and business supporters of the local arts. The awards presentation will take place at 2:30 p.m.

Sponsors of Arts Alive 2012 include United Bank, the Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Burt & Peacock PLC, the Ferde Grofé Foundation, Inc., Northside Auto Sales and Bentz Communications LLC.

The event will be held rain or shine, although some outdoor activities may be canceled in case of rain. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably given the range of locations and activities. For more information and a full schedule of the day’s performances and activities, visit PWCArtsCouncil.org or email the Arts Council.

Hylton Happenings – April 2012 from Elizabeth Lockard on Vimeo.

Belly Dance Fun, Healthy for Every Woman

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By LISA CLARK
Owner, Magnificent Belly Dance

Belly dance, oriental dance, Raks Sharki, the names are different but the dance is essentially the same: graceful feminine moves intertwined with muscular articulation punctuating the beat of the music.

Why would you, the everyday woman, want to belly dance with the ladies at Magnificent Belly Dance?

At Magnificent Belly Dance, you have the opportunity to be feminine, to be outrageous, to be graceful, to be yourself and to do something just for you in the company of other everyday women. Background, size, skill level and age are unimportant. Where else can a 16-year-old woman and a 50-year-old woman feel equal and be friends?

All of this gloriously fun dancing comes with health benefits for the body in addition to the newfound freedom of the spirit and feminine energy. We use your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes to hold us steady as we dance.

The fact that we are on our feet and moving, makes belly dance a weight-bearing exercise, strengthening bones. Throw in some hip pops or hip lifts and the glutes are increasingly engaged. The movement of hip drops, hip circles, figure eights, and shimmies puts the lower back and hips through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion increasing the flow of fluids to the joints.

Just think about our slow graceful arm movements — snake arms, caresses, hand undulations, hand circles — all building strength and flexibility of the shoulders, neck and upper back. In belly dance we use our torsos in rib circles, rib slides, chest lifts, snake arms, rib figure eights, undulations, and belly rolls. We are exercising our back and abdominal muscles evenly, promoting good posture and balance. Our beautiful feminine dance accomplishes all of this and is low impact.

Whether you are the extrovert who will likely be out there dancing with the Suburban Gypsies Dance Troupe or the introvert who will be content and comfortable keeping belly dance private, the question becomes, why wouldn’t you want to belly dance?

 

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