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DEVIL’S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

DEVIL’S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

Monza is hosting a Devils Backbone Brewery Beer Dinner on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Devils Backbone beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.

Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Greeter Beer, Vienna Lager with a meat and cheese platter; Pilot Brau Czech Pilsener with calamari fritti, lightly battered squid with spicy marinara; Cranberry Gose, roasted butternut squash, curried pears, candied walnuts, Crème Fraiche, sage; Aged 16 Point Imperial IPA with all natural braised beef ragu and butternut squash gnocchi, arugula, Parmesan, olive oil; and Cocoa Danzig Porter with Cocoa Danzig Porter Ice Cream with chocolate-covered bacon, homemade ice cream, bacon, and chocolate.

CARMELLO’S HOSTS J. LOHR WINE DINNER

CARMELLO’S HOSTS J. LOHR WINE DINNER

Carmello’s is hosting a J. Lohr Winery Wine Dinneron Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $80 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature J. Lohr Winery wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new fall menu. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The wine dinner includes four courses: 2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc with insalata frutti di mare, chilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, lime juice, garlic, onions, bell peppers; 2013 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, quinoa black bean salad, quinoa, black beans, peppers, red onions, cilantro; 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Costeleta De Porco with marinated pork chops, sautéed onions, peppers, house fried potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash; and 2013 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot with chocolate lava cake.

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a family-style Easter Brunch on Sun., Apr. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include a variety of eggs, waffles, paella, salads, meats, seafood, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

Carmello’s Easter Brunch menu includes:  an omelet station, waffle station, pizza station, paella pan, Portuguese salad, bruschetta, cheese and meat platter, risotto fritters, crab fritters, calamari, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortellini crema rosa, penne Italiano, chicken marsala, assorted fruit Pplatter, ham, bacon, sausage, croissants, bagels and assorted desserts.

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. collected 60 coats for the local community shelter, SERVE, during January. For more information, call 703.368-5522 or go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Our winter coat drive was a great success due to the generous support of the Manassas community,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “SERVE does so much for those in need, it’s our honor to help them with their programs,” said Pires.

Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler, 10, of Arlington, Va. was awarded third place in LearningRx’s annual Presidents Day contest, by reciting the U.S. Presidents in order while playing Hannon on the piano. The U.S. President recitation is a memory-enhancement exercise that helps LearningRx students increase their short-term and long-term memory. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

The contest is designed to encourage kids across the country to create videos that demonstrate the memory and focus skills they improved with LearningRx brain training.