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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jonathon Larson’ RENT on Fri., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   


Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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Man charged with robbing bank inside Woodbridge Giant


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was charged Tuesday with robbing a PNC Bank inside a Giant Grocery Store in Woodbridge, Va.

According to Prince William County police, James Scotto robbed the bank on July 2 at around 12:08 p.m. An anonymous tip led police to identify Scotto as a suspect.

Scotto, 26, approached the bank area, displayed a handgun and demanded money, police say. He then took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot towards the rear of the grocery store.

Scotto was charged with robbery, entering a bank with intent to commit a larceny and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was already in police custody after being arrested July 17 on an unrelated matter.

Car arson leads to two arrests


TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two people have been arrested after police found evidence connecting them with a car arson.

Robert Paul Basista and Timothy Wilburn have been charged with two counts of arson after allegedly burning a BMW alongside Possum Point Road. The vehicle, which was found by crews supported by blocks, burned to shreds as a result of the fire.

Police were able to identify several pieces of evidence before the fire was extinguished and an initial investigation along with help from the public confirmed the fire was intentionally set as well as the suspect's identities.


Man wanted for robbing PNC Bank inside Va. Giant


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William police are looking for a man caught on video robbing a PNC Bank inside a Giant Grocery Store in Woodbridge.

Police say that at around 12:08 p.m. Thursday, the man approached the bank area, displayed a handgun and demanded money from an employee. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot towards the rear of the grocery store.

The suspect is described as a male between the ages of 20 and 30 with a slender build. His height is between 5-feet 3-inches and 5-feet 4-inches. Police do not know his race.

Police say the suspect was last seen wearing a gray and black North Face hooded jacket, dark colored sunglasses, blue jeans and a black scarf covering his face.

No injuries were reported during he robbery.

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ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

ROOTS RUN DEEP WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s, July 2nd

Carmello’s is hosting a Roots Run Deep Wine Dinner on Thurs., July 2 at 6:30 p.m. for $85 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Educated Guess and Hypothesis wines. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The menu includes: Educated Guess Chardonnay 2012, Spitada de Camarao with Jumbo Shrimp, Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing; Educated Guess Pinot Noir 2012 with Brick-Oven Roasted Rabbit Salad, Slow Cooked, White Wine, Onions, Fresh Herbs And Garlic; Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Costélas Do Cordeiro, a Grilled Rack of Lamb, Fresh Mint, Garlic, Olive Oil, Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus and Madeira Demi-Glaze; and Sip Moscato 2013With Mixed Berry Shortcake, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blackberries and  Raspberries.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

FATHERS’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., JUNE 21; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

FATHERS’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., JUNE 21; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a barbecue-style Father’s Day Brunch on Sun., June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include St. Louis ribs, corn-on-the-cob, macaroni and cheese, a variety of eggs, waffles, salads, meats, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.