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Hylton Performing Arts Center presents 2nd annual Hylton Family Day

Hylton Performing Arts Center presents 2nd annual Hylton Family Day

The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas will present Family Day at the Hylton on Sunday, May 1, at its facility on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus. The event will take place from 1 until 5 p.m. and will feature performances by student ensembles from schools in Prince William County and Manassas. Family Day at the Hylton is sponsored by United Bank, and the performances are open to the public free of charge.

“Family Day will highlight music and dance ensembles from our area public schools and give the students an opportunity to perform on a world-class stage as part of the learning experience,” said Jean Kellogg, the Hylton Center’s executive director. “It’s also a way of saying ‘thank you’ to our partners who made the Hylton Center possible.” The Hylton Center is a partnership of Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the private sector.

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

We live in a fast-paced world and, at one time or another, we have all found ourselves face to face with a vending machine, looking for a snack or beverage. The problem, up until now, has been that vending machine food was always synonymous with junk food or unhealthy options. But a new company has set out to change the way people see vending machines, and the nutrition that they get from them.

“Maybe it wasn’t easy to find healthy, tasty food from vending machines before, but we have made it our mission to change that,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Now, people can get a nutritious snack or beverage, whether they are playing, working, or at school. We are on the move and hopefully coming to an area near you soon.”

Annual Arbor Day Celebration in Old Town Manassas Features George Carr Round

The 27th annual Arbor Day Celebration, presented by the City of Manassas Beautification Committee, will be held on Fri., Apr. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Old Courthouse lawn in Old Town Manassas, featuring guest speaker, George Carr Round, a Union Army Signal Corps veteran, played by Doug Nelson of Prince William County, Va.  Round was significant in creating the town of Manassas and organized the 1911 Peace Jubilee. Round will also be at the National Peace Jubilee event on Thurs., July 21 at the Old Courthouse lawn. The Arbor Day Celebration is sponsored by the City of Manassas Utilities Department and is FREE to the public. For more information, call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

Just as the temperature begins to show signs of heating up, and my flower beds begin to show signs of life beyond winter, I found the most gorgeous collection of silk photo albums that are simply too elegant to forget. And in fact, I was invited to a fabulous black tie event last weekend at my friend, Lynda's home (yes, her home!) and I so wish that I had come across these works of art before I settled on something lovely as a hostess gift-- but not nearly as special.

Speedy Green Car Wash Gives Away Tree Seedlings on Earth Day

Speedy Green Car Wash in Manassas Park, Va. is honoring Earth Day, Fri., April 22, by giving away 100 tree seedlings to the first 100 customers who would like to have a tree. Committed to recycling 100 percent of their car wash water, Speedy Green Car Wash is dedicated to being environmentally conscious and encourages their customers to find ways to give back to the environment. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view www.speedygreencarwash.com.

 

Confident Kid: Build Him Up

Confident Kid: Build Him Up

Most parents want to provide the right encouragement to their children to help them succeed in all of their goals in life. Many of us don’t realize, however, just how much of an impact our words can have on our children’s self-confidence and odds of achieving their dreams. As parents, we are the biggest influence on how our children develop self-image and their outlook on life. What we say matters, and so does how and when we say it.

The Right Kind of Praise
Recent research that sent the entire parenting world into a state of disbelief has turned many of our ideas about how praise works upside down. As it turns out, simply telling a child they are smart and praising their intelligence isn’t enough to develop confidence; in fact, it has the opposite effect. So should we not praise our kids? Absolutely, we should, but the research has proven that there is a more effective method of using praise to develop self-confidence.

Day Trippin'; Where to Go, What to Do around Metro DC

Day Trippin'; Where to Go, What to Do around Metro DC

What is your idea of a perfect spring day? Sipping vino on the Potomac? Sightseeing with map in hand at historic landmarks? Riding adrenaline-pulsing roller coasters? All of these are available here in the mid-Atlantic region within an hour (or two) from home. Decide what mood you're in, fill 'er up and hit the road with a friend, alone or with the whole family in tow.

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