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We Are Searching For Prince William County Community Bloggers!

Dear Prince William County community,

We are looking for community contributors for our Prince William County website!  Community producers contribute blog posts and photos to our WUSA 9 "Where You Live" Prince William County site. 

What topics are appropriate?  Write or take photos of happenings in your community, fun happy hours or new restaurant openings, different events going on, festivals, or fairs.  Really, anything you care about in your neighborhood is what we are looking for. You can do pre-event promotional stories, or you can actually attend events and write reviews as well.  Anything that is an important issue or community news topic in Prince William County is welcomed----no story is too small!  

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.

Briar Patch Donates Rooms for Veteran's Day

Reprinted with permission from Ashburn Patch -- Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in scenic Middleburg plans to offer free rooms to veterans as part of a nationwide promotion this week to honor those who have served our country.

B&Bs and inns across the country are providing free rooms on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor servicemen and women now serving or who have previously served time with one of the country's military forces.

Two B&B owners started the program in 2009. Both were members of the West Virginia B&B Association and this year the veteran program has expanded to include 49 states, 8 international locations and more than 850 Inns.

Local Business, AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Reads to Students on National Young Readers Day

The following was sent to us by Seamus Hogg of Sage Communications:

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive Ends November 12

From manassascity.org:

"Can you Imagine? - No food to place on your table for Thanksgiving? - A child going to bed hungry? - A local community food pantry with not enough food for those in need?"

"NOW, can you imagine a Thanksgiving Food Drive that could provide 5,000 canned food items to the Manassas SERVE/NVFS food pantry."

Prince William Hospital is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive (November 1 - 12, 2010) in partnership with Fire and Rescue Departments from the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and the County of Prince William, and Manassas Volunteer Fire Company. Donated items will be provided to SERVE/NVFS food pantry.

Please help by donating canned food during this holiday season to support the needs of the community.

Keytone Park Pride Day

From the Official Site of Prince William County:

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.