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GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

Is Sourwood, Red Maple or Green Ash under your Christmas tree this year? City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works has a gift idea that keeps on giving for years to come----trees. More than 40 tree species have been selected as part of the national Tree Power Program to help beautify the Manassas community, increase home value and improve air quality. Ten dollars will be credited to customers’ utility accounts for each tree that is planted and approved by the Manassas City Horticulturist. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

The National Tree Power Program is part of a nationwide public power program to help improve the environment and reduce energy costs. Trees help improve air quality, provide shade in the summer and help break the wind in winter. The program is offered all year. Customers can pick up a Tree Power brochure with a validation card attached and a full list of approved trees.

METRO FINE ARTS FROSTY FOLLIES CHOSEN TO DANCE AT NAT'L CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAM, SUN., DEC. 23

METRO FINE ARTS FROSTY FOLLIES CHOSEN TO DANCE AT NAT'L CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAM, SUN., DEC. 23

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) Frosty Follies jazz ensemble was selected to perform at the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. on Sun., Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. This is their eighth year performing at the National Christmas Tree, with more than 40 dancers from MFAC showcasing their live tap dance. For more information, go to www.metrofinearts.com.

Musical groups interested in performing in National Christmas Tree Music Programs apply on the National Park Service website.

“We are honored to be a part of the National Christmas Tree festivities,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Our Frosty Follies performances were designed to offer free, holiday entertainment to our local communities,” said Dobbs.

MAKE GINGERBREAD HOUSES/COOKIES at OCCASIONALLY CAKE, SAT., DEC. 8

MAKE GINGERBREAD HOUSES/COOKIES at OCCASIONALLY CAKE, SAT., DEC. 8

Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria is hosting a FREE gingerbread house/gingerbread man cookie - decorating demonstration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 8 at 207 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. No appointments are necessary. Demonstration is free, but participants must purchase decorating kits.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

Both Alexandria cake boutiques offer more than 100 cake and gourmet cupcake flavors. Occasionally Cake is also renowned for their cake truffles. Instead of discarding leftover cake, it became the centerpiece of their cake truffles, and then dipped in Belgian chocolate.

METRO FINE ARTS HOSTS BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO, SUN., DEC. 16

METRO FINE ARTS HOSTS BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO, SUN., DEC. 16

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 480 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Tickets range in price from $35 to $45 per person. All tickets can be purchased online at www.metrofinearts.com.

Frosty Follies’ performers will join Santa for the annual Breakfast with Santa. The family-event offers Sunday brunch at the Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, complete with a live jazz performance from Metropolitan Fine Arts Center dancers, interactive song and dance workshop for the kids, special goody bags and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls.

DONATE A TOY for FIREFIGHTER TOY DRIVE at OCCASIONALLY CAKE; GET FREE GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIE

DONATE A TOY for FIREFIGHTER TOY DRIVE at OCCASIONALLY CAKE; GET FREE GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIE

Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va. is giving away a FREE gingerbread man cookie for each person that drops off a new, unwrapped toy at their cake shops to support the Firefighters and Friends Holiday Toy Drive, from now until Dec. 14, 2012.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

Occasionally Cake will give out one free gingerbread man cookie per person for those that donate a toy. The Firefighters and Friends toy drive was founded in 1995 by Capt. Willie Bailey of Alexandria Fire Department, as a way to help families in need. They hope to help more than 4000 children in Northern Virginia this year.  Go to www.ffandfriends2therescue.org.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS STUDENTS DANCE in KENNEDY CENTER TAP SHOW

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS STUDENTS DANCE in KENNEDY CENTER TAP SHOW

Roxanne King and Kyra Smith, both 15, of Alexandria, Va., were selected from more than 100 dancers to be part of the Kennedy Center’s highly-revered tap performance, JUBA! Masters of American Tap! at the Eisenhower Theater on Fri., Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Both are students of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. Tickets can be purchased at the Kennedy Center box office or www.kennedy-center.org/tickets.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER; DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER;  DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. All tickets can be purchased online, with $1 of every ticket going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of MFAC’s former dance student, Emma Jordan, who lost her battle with cancer.  Nutcracker tickets can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

The dance studio will also offer free Frosty Follies performances at:
            Sat., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. - Reston Town Center,  Reston Va.

            Sat., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. – Kingstowne Towne Center,  Alexandria, Va.