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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Snapshot: Black History Month Celebration

The Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria performed for the Black History Month Celebration by Music at NOVA at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria. Other entertainment included poetry, Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpt readings, NOVA Jazz Ensemble, NOVA Community Chorus and more.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Help Odyssey of the Mind Team

Having succeeded at the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on April 16 at Menchville High School in Newport News, Va., the West Potomac High School team advances to the World Final Odyssey of the Mind Competition from May 25-28 at Iowa State University.

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Cappies Review: A Vivid ‘Starlight Express’

“Starlight Express” was perfectly interpreted in West Potomac High School and vividly created the imaginary stories that happen among trains.

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Mount Vernon: Taking Ownership of Their Health and Fitness

Nine women buy Curves franchise.

Curves, an international health and fitness franchise, has been in Alexandria for more than a decade.

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Mount Vernon: Women’s Club Marks 80 Years

Honors 19 past presidents.

The Belle Haven Country Club was the setting on Thursday, May 5 for a Food and Wine Pairing in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Belle Haven Women's Club.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Spring Plant Sale

The art deco greenhouse at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church is full of garden plants, herbs, flowers, and open for its annual Spring Plant Sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May at 1909 Windmill Lane. A variety of old-fashioned annuals, perennials, herbs, and more than 30 varieties of tomatoes including many heirloom varieties are for sale. Above, ​Mary Barnett, greenhouse manager, displays cuttings from Mt. Vernon Estate that were grown in the greenhouse this year.

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Benefit Concert

Nearly $2,500 was raised on Saturday, April 30, at a benefit concert at Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church on behalf of Alice’s Kids. Local teen musician Charlotte Costantino organized the event and also performed, along with her brother Eric Costantino. Other performers included Anna Katharine Bozard and local teen trumpet prodigy, Geoff Gallante. Ron Fitzsimmons (left), executive director, Alice’s Kids is with Geoff Gallante.

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State of the County Presented Over Breakfast

Leadership Fairfax hosts 25th Annual Board of Supervisors State of the County Breakfast and presents Hanley Award to Bill Bouie for Public Service.

With the number and types of commitments made on their daily schedules, it takes a special occasion to gather the entire roster of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in one place at one time outside the walls of their meeting chambers.

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Mount Vernon: Marking Placement of Final Beam

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital CEO Deborah Addo joined other guests, donors, hospital employees and community members April 19 to sign the final steel beam going into the new Veatch Family Emergency Department.

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Cappies Review: ‘Solid, Time-Tested Piece of Theatre’

Two gamblers, a night club performer with a perpetual cold, and a Christian mission leader longing for the perfect love walk into a … no this isn't the setup for a bad joke. While the plot of Frank Loesser's “Guys and Dolls” may seem a little bizarre at first, the show has remained a treasure of the American theatre since it first opened in 1950. Mount Vernon High School sought to remind us all why this show is so loved, and they were quite successful.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: ‘Dance Around the World’

Fort Hunt Elementary School's annual "Dance Around the World" offered a chance to celebrate and learn about the 65 nations represented by the school’s students. Principal Thomas Fitzpatrick, led the Parade of Nations through the gymnasium and school hall.

Sanderson Honored for 25 Years of Civic Service in the Arts

Douglas J. Sanderson, a principal in the law firm of McCandlish & Lillard, P.C., was honored at the 2016 Fairfax County Federation of Citizens' annual awards banquet with a Citation of Merit recognizing his 25 years of “pro-bono legal service

Mount Vernon Brief: Community Champion Named

Storck honors Fitzsimmons of Alice’s Kids.

District Supervisor Dan Storck (D-Mount Vernon) named Alice’s Kids Executive Director and founder Ron Fitzsimmons his 2016 Community Champion, an honor typically bestowed at the Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. Fitzsimmons couldn’t attend this year’s awards so Storck recognized him in a ceremony at the Mount Vernon District Government Center on April 4.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Military Appreciation Night

YN2 Raymond Attaway (center) directs the Silent Drill Team of the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, while Hayfield varsity lacrosse players look on, at last year’s Military Appreciation Night.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Compassionate

“What would you do with $100?” When asked this question at his Belle View Elementary School, 7-year-old Steve Guch of Alexandria said he would “give all of the money to charity." His father was so impressed by his answer that he gave his son $100 and offered to match the donation. Steve decided to give the money to United Community Ministries (UCM) for families and children in need. Dropping off their donations at UCM on March 4 are (from left) Ian Guch with son Steve, and Herb Lea, UCM director of Business Operations.

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