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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).

Black Friday Midnight Opening at Potomac Mills

From Lauren Horsley of Bitner Goodman:

WOODBRIDGE, VA (November 17, 2010) - Thousands of eager holiday shoppers will benefit from “The MORE Factor” at Potomac Mills this holiday season, by taking advantage of exclusive social media bargains, interactive shopping tips and a midnight opening on Black Friday, November 26 with 22 consecutive hours of shopping. As the largest outlet and value retail destination in Virginia, Potomac Mills will provide shoppers with a marathon jump-start on their holiday gift giving with its premier Holiday Super Sale Weekend, November 26 – 28.

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.

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.

Financial Aid Night Set for December 8 at Gar-Field High School

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The parents/guardians of high school seniors who attend any Prince William County Public School who are planning to enroll in post-secondary education are encouraged to attend a financial aid presentation at Gar-Field High School on December 8 at 7 p.m. Gar-Field High School is located at 14000 Smoketown Road in Woodbridge.

The presentation, “Understanding and Securing Financial Aid,” will be offered by Felice Rollins, director of The College Place in Woodbridge. She can be reached at 703.680.3729.

For additional information, contact Rosemary Bozo, School Counselor, Gar-Field High School, at 703.730.7128.

This Week is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

From the Prince William County Police Department:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week always begins the first Sunday in November, and the Police Department’s Animal Control Bureau staff and volunteers invite you to take a closer look at the valuable role that the Animal Shelter plays in enhancing the quality of life of Prince William County.

“The Prince William County Animal Shelter is proud to serve our community by providing our many services,” said First Sergeant Dawn Harman, manager of the Bureau. “But we can’t do it without the support of our community’s residents and businesses.”