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Underground Railroad Quilt Codes on Display at NOVA-Manassas

Underground Railroad Quilt Codes on Display at NOVA-Manassas

Quilts designed and created by master quilter Sharon Tindall will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College Feb. 3 to 28 in honor of Black History Month. The exhibition is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, contact Barbara Lash at blash@nvcc.edu or 703-257-6657.

The exhibition is called “The Underground Railroad Quilt Codes, Fact or Fiction?” Tindall has performed considerable research into how African-American slaves used patterns in quilt blocks to pass along Underground Railroad routes. Her examination of these quilt codes has taken her to such places as Charleston, S.C., and Monrovia, Liberia.

 “The Underground Railroad quilt codes are about the freedom of African-American slaves and their daring escape,” Tindall said.

FEB - DANCE YOUR HEART OUT and Donate to Amer. Heart Assoc. at METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

FEB - DANCE YOUR HEART OUT and Donate to Amer. Heart Assoc. at METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

In honor of National Heart Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of  Lorton and Alexandria, Va. is featuring their “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign, offering unlimited adult dance and mind/body classes throughout February for a special price of $110, including their newest class, Hot Hula. And MSA will donate 10 percent of all “Dance Your Heart Out” class fees to the American Heart Association.  Schedules can be viewed at www.metropolitanarts.org or call 703.339.0444.

Tim Federle, Broadway Performer and Author Visits Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria

Tim Federle, Broadway Performer and Author Visits Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria

Tim Federle is best known for working on the choreography for Broadway’s Billy Elliott, performing in Broadway’s Little Mermaid, and he most recently wrote Amazon’s Best Book of Jan. 2014, Five, Six, Seven, Nate. Federle is coming to Northern Virginia, teaching “Tips and Tricks to Nail a Broadway Dance Audition” at MSA’s Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive on Wed., Feb. 5 for middle and high school students from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Workshops are open for advanced dance, theatre and music students. Cost is $50 per student.  Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to register.

HOLIDAY CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASSES at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

HOLIDAY CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASSES at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

Now through Dec. 31, 2013, Occasionally Cake at 207 King St. in Old Town Alexandria, Va. is hosting cupcake decorating classes on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, as scheduled and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Each class is two hours and instructors teach four different cupcake designs for take-home cupcakes, featuring holiday designs. Class is $60 per person. Students 11 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult. Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for information.

Classes will teach Christmas tree, snowflake, Santa and reindeer cupcake designs. Class space is limited and based on availability. A 50 percent deposit is required upon making a reservation. Cupcake classes will teach piping, chocolate molds, as well as butter cream and fondant techniques.

MONZA of HISTORIC MANASSAS HOSTS NEW YEAR’s EVE EVENT

MONZA of HISTORIC MANASSAS HOSTS NEW YEAR’s EVE EVENT

Kick off New Year’s Eve at Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. on Tues., Dec. 31 at 10:15 p.m. with the James Dean or Wayne Newton New Year’s Eve Package. The James Dean Package is $10 per person made before Dec. 31 and $15 for reservations made on Dec. 31, which includes party favors, midnight toast, music with disc jockey and a closing cup of Monza’ chicken noodle soup. While the Wayne Newton Package is $36 per person (with a four person minimum) and includes a reserved table, party favors, music with disc jockey, some beverages and a closing cup of Monza chicken noodle soup. Monza’s pizza menu will available for dining with both packages. Guests will also have the option of a la carte dining from Monza’s regular menu, available only from noon to 9 p.m. For more information and reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

CARMELLO's NEW YEAR’s EVE FIVE-COURSE DINNER; LIVE BAND

CARMELLO's NEW YEAR’s EVE FIVE-COURSE DINNER; LIVE BAND

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is offering two New Year’s Eve dining options on Tues., Dec. 31. At 9:30 p.m., Carmello’s will feature an All Inclusive Five-Course New Year’s Dinner with live band, party favors, midnight toast and beverages. Cost is $139 inclusive for reservations made up through Dec. 30 and $150 inclusive for those reservations made on Dec. 31; a second option of a la carte dining from Carmello’s new winter menu, will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information and reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER at CARMELLOS; KIDS UNDER 12, EAT FREE

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER at CARMELLOS; KIDS UNDER 12, EAT FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is offering a Christmas Eve dinner on Tues, Dec. 24 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and children, 12 and younger can eat free from Carmello’s children’s menu. A two-pound lobster, stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp and scallops will be offered for $48, and diners can also choose items from the new winter menu, which includes favorites like Wild Boar Ragout, Veal Agnolotti and Mar E Terra.  For more reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

 “Carmello’s is a family-run restaurant, so we appreciate the importance of gathering the family around to enjoy a special Christmas Eve dinner, which is why we like to offer our youngest patrons the opportunity to eat free,” said Miguel Pires, general manager of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.