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Manassas Chorale presents Carols by Candlelight

Last night my husband and I attended the Manassas Chorale's Christmas concert at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.  Rebecca Verner, the Artistic Director since 1997, led the Chorale and the Chorale Ensemble in fourteen songs in the spirit of Christmas, accompanied by Jonathan Laird on piano,nd a small orchestra.  The evening's program also featured seven numbers by soloist Jean Kellogg, who also happens to be the Executive Director of the Hylton Center since 2008.  We kept expecting her to let loose and blow the roof off the building with her opera-trained voice, but she kept it under amazing control.

Homemade Cookie Contest & Recipe Swap

From Prince William County Public Library:

On Sunday, December 5, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. the Chinn Park Regional Library will hold a Cookie Tasting and Recipe Swap contest. All interested bakers should bring a copy of their favorite cookie recipe and at least 7 dozen bite size cookies, so there will be plenty to taste; one entry per person please. Library patrons are encouraged to sample all the cookies and vote for the one they like the best. The winning baker will receive a gift certificate to Potomac Mills Mall. All bakers must register by Friday, December 3, as space is limited.

For more information or to register for this free program, visit Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, Woodbridge, VA, or call 703-792-4800 (voice); 703-792-4876 (TTY).

First Sunday Dance at the Candy Factory

Join the fabulous dance sessions on the 1st Sunday of each month from 4-6pm at the Center for the Arts in Old Town Manassas. On Sunday, December 5, the dance will be the rumba! Arrive at 3:30pm for a dance lesson with great dance instructors teaching you specific dances, followed by an open dance session where you can practice what you've just learned or refine steps you may already know! Beginners and advanced dancers are all welcome. Come try the gorgeous floors of the Kellar Theater at the Candy Factory. Bring your friends and family! Cost is $15.00 per person for lesson and dance session, $10 Dance only. Pay at the door.

Woodbridge High School Student Wins State Art Contest

From Prince William County Public Schools:

Congratulations to Kevin Martinez, a senior at Woodbridge High School participating in the CFPA Visual Arts Program. As a junior, he entered an acrylic painting depicting patriotism in the "Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest" through the Historical Occoquan Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He placed first at the local level then moved on to take first place in the state level VFW Patriotic Art Contest.

Art for Wounded Marines

The following was sent to us by Nina Foster:

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is pleased to sponsor a project to collect original art for wounded Marines. The Museum will collect children's art work from now until November 30, 2010. The collection of original student works will be displayed in the Wounded Warrior wing of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Children are welcome to draw, color or paint a picture for our Wounded Warriors, along with including a message. The only requirement is that the art fit on an 8 1/2 X 11 inch piece of paper. Be sure that each child puts his or her name, hometown and grade level on the back of the artwork submission.

Christmas Parade Participant Submissions Due Soon

Update: Do you want to be a Christmas Parade participant? Email info@gmchristmasparade.org if you’re interested in participating in the 2010 parade! Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 22nd.

From Historic Manassas, Inc.:

Last Chance to Visit "From Cows to Condos" Exhibit

The Manassas Museum has been hosting “From Cows to Condo” exhibit since October 3 of last year. The exhibit will be ending on September 6, so if you did not get a chance to visit yet you should plan to head there soon! It is an opportunity to learn about Manassas and Prince William County’s 20th Century transformation from an agricultural community to a suburban community.

The Manassas Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and Mondays on Federal Holidays. The hours of visitation are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adults are $5.00, seniors over 60 and children are $4.00, and children under 6 are free.