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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.

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.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS HOSTS New Year Eve's BENEFIT GALA; FOR FAMILIES, SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS HOSTS New Year Eve's BENEFIT GALA; FOR FAMILIES, SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will host A New Year’s Eve State of Mind Benefit Gala on Tues., Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Springfield at 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, Va. The family-fun gala will provide entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are $120 per adult for ages 21 years old and older; $79 for youths, 13 years old to 20 years old; $49 for children, 6 years old to 12 years old; and 5 years old and younger are free. Cost includes cabaret performances, live band, pre-dinner reception, holiday buffet, silent auction, dessert buffet, New Year’s Eve toast, party favors and all beverages.

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia recently opened its doors; an inspiration born from two Northern Virginia sisters, Elizabeth Colon and Christa Huntley of Alexandria, Va. Both new moms of infant daughters, they joined their passions for education and children. Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia serves most of Fairfax County, providing an in-home tutoring service for kindergarteners through 12th graders, including a free skills assessment. The program uses a customized approach with an in-home professional tutor, diagnostic evaluation, specialized teaching curriculum and a guarantee for results. For more information on Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia, call 571.620.0245 or visit www.AGLNOVA.com.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS – BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO on Dec. 8

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS – BREAKFAST with SANTA at HOTEL MONACO  on Dec. 8

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Lorton, Va. will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 8 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.metropolitanarts.org

ThFrosty 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 School of the Arts’ 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.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS TO PERFORM FREE FROSTY FOLLIES in DC-AREA

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS TO PERFORM  FREE FROSTY FOLLIES in DC-AREA

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Lorton, Va. will be performing their free, Frosty Follies shows from Fri., Nov. 29 through Sun., Dec. 22 throughout the Washington, D.C. area. The family-fun, holiday performance is complete with a live jazz performance from Metropolitan School of the Arts dancers, interactive song and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls. For information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org or call 703.339.0444.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Frosty Follies will perform at:

Fri., Nov. 29 - Reston Town Center Ice Rink at 5 p.m., 11529 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston., Va.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sun., Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. and
5 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus in Annandale, Va. Ticket prices range from $18 to $27 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

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