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Dumfries Summer Youth Employment Program Deadline Nears


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


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

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


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


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?


Van Doren Jewelers Mothers Day Event


Van Doren Jewelers is located at 4216 Merchant Plaza in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Piccadilly Circus Coming to Dumfries


Piccadilly Circus brings Big Top fun to town, to the Dumfries Shopping Center on U.S. 1 April 18-22.

This edition of Piccadilly Circus is called “Blast” for good reason. The Producers who also produce the world famous Ice Capades promise non-stop fun, comedy and nuclear thrills. Racing camels, the largest herd of performing camels in the world is one of the animal features of the show.

Oka, a 9,000 pound Asian elephant stands atop a 3-foot round ball and rolls across the circus ring, showing the amazing balance of these giant behemoths. Oka is joined by a herd of African and Asian elephants and dancing zebras.


The Romanian Olympic High Bar Team performs feats that prove why these athletes deserved all their medals. The giant catapult sends acrobatic daredevils flying high in the air while others dive from the very heights of the Big Top; a Big Top that soars 80 feet in the air.

Motorcycles defy gravity, showgirls on stilts tower above the audience and giant wheels of death rotate at breathtaking speeds. It’s all designed to keep you on the edge of your seats and gasping in awe.

Comedy reigns with the world’s funniest circus comedian! If your sides don’t split and your belly doesn’t ache and your jaws aren’t sore — you just don’t have a funny bone. And wait till you see the smallest bike on the planet. It’s comedy for the whole family.

Piccadilly Circus has German wheels, Russian swings, African and Asian elephants, Romanian Olympians, U.S. Motorcycle extreme air-daredevils, Cossack riders, and … well you better bring your passport.

Two hours of surprises with sound, lights, music and special effects that’ll blow you away. Piccadilly Circus is presented in a brand new European Big Top that soars over 80 feet into the air. Every seat is theatre style. The Big Top is climate controlled and the feeling is up close and filled with fun, and excitement.

Come early with the family and enjoy the Circus Fun Zone with elephant, camel and pony rides, and a free petting zoo. Tickets and show times are available online at thefuncircus.com or by phone at 877-373-0477. All seats are general admission. Advance deals include free kids and two-for-one adult tickets.


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