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Metropolitan School of the Arts to Present Alice In Wonderland, June 25-26

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Present Alice In Wonderland, June 25-26

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. students will perform Alice in Wonderland, an original musical, on Sat., June 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sun., June 26 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria, Va. Tickets range from $20 to $23 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to purchase.

The show will feature almost 1,000 MSA students in dance, music, and theater and bring to life the incredible adventures of Alice in Wonderland.

Everyone age three or older must have a ticket and a seat (age two and younger are permitted to sit on parent’s lap at no charge, but must not use a seat without purchasing a corresponding ticket). The shows do sell out, so we recommend purchasing tickets early. Tickets are for assigned seats and include free parking in the nearby garage.

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CO-FOUNDER of BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN to SPEAK ABOUT FIRST SCHOOL in TYSONS CORNER, TUES., JUNE 14

CO-FOUNDER of BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN to  SPEAK ABOUT FIRST SCHOOL in TYSONS CORNER, TUES., JUNE 14

In preparation of the opening of BASIS Independent McLean, (which is Tysons Corner’s first prek-12th grade school), BASIS.ed’s co-founder Michael Block will speak at an information session on Tues., June 14 at the Westin Tysons hotel at 7 p.m., located at 7801 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, Va. U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings report has listed three BASIS.ed schools in the nation’s top rankings – at second, third and sixth place and two BASIS.ed schools as top STEM Schools at fourth and sixth place. Now that private school model is coming to McLean, Va. To register, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

LEARNINGRx’s HOSTS 23rd ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER of COMMERCE STARS EVENT

LEARNINGRx’s HOSTS  23rd ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER of COMMERCE STARS EVENT

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 23rd Annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Stars event with 42 students attending from 22 Fairfax County schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

More than 150 attendees joined the event, including Dr. Steven Lockard, deputy superintendent of Fairfax County Schools. Each year, the Tysons Regional Chamber partners with area schools to celebrate and honor selected students who deserve recognition for positive potential or significant improvements. The Chamber Stars event celebrates the accomplishment of students who have persevered despite significant obstacles or personal struggles.

Smithsonian Debuts “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab” May 28 & May 29 in DC;Reopens Arts & Industries Bldg

Smithsonian Debuts “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab” May 28 & May 29 in DC;Reopens Arts & Industries Bldg

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will debut “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality” at the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and May 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Featuring the works of more than 40 artists, scholars and performers, “CrossLines” will host an array of art installations, live performances and interactive maker spaces. Go to http://smithsonianapa.org/crosslines/.


This two-day event over the Memorial Day weekend marks the first time the Arts and Industries building has been open to the public since 2004. The building will host occasional pop-up exhibits and special programs for the public throughout the year. Beginning June 29, Arts and Industries will serve as the marketplace for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers; Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers;  Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean is grateful for all its new teachers this Teacher Appreciation Month. Veteran Fairfax County math teacher of 40 years, Vern S. Williams, is joining BASIS Independent McLean faculty in Aug. 2016, teaching middle school students. Renowned by parents, students and colleagues for his mastery as a math teacher, most recently at H.W. Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Va.; Williams passion and dedication to engage, teach and challenge students in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving has earned him nationwide recognition in his field. Williams is just one of many exceptional teachers joining BASIS Independent McLean, including Lisa Bliss of McLean, Va.

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, was recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today. Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers spend six months of the year in Tuscany, where they host their worldwide guests on cooking tours in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guide guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. For more information, go to www.cookintuscany.com.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

More than 20,000 Legos were donated to the Autism Society of Northern Virginia by local LearningRx brain training centers in Leesburg, Fairfax, Reston and Vienna, Va., and LearningRx directors committed to trekking a 10-foot “LEGO® Walk of Fire” in bare feet upon meeting their 20K Lego goal. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

“We’re grateful to the community to help us support autism awareness and surpassed our Lego goal,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston and Vienna, Va. “Our Lego Walk of Fire was everything you’d expect…it was painful, but fun…the key is to walk quickly,” said Loftus.

ASNV provides LEGO®- based activities at various campaigns, but currently have to rent LEGO®s for these events. With enough LEGO®s, ASNV could have their own set of LEGO®s to be used for all of their autism outreach programs.