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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT  to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA) student, Ben Cook, 17, of Lorton, Va. will perform in the Tony Award®-winning production of Disney’s NEWSIES at National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from June 9 to June 21. Cook is an alumnus of Lorton Station Elementary School in Lorton, Va., where his family still resides. At age 7, Cook began theatre and dance training at Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va., and began to regularly audition for professional theatre at 9 years old. For more information on MSA, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.
 

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LEARNINGRx HOSTS 21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

LEARNINGRx HOSTS  21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER  STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 21st Annual Tysons Reginoal Chamber of Commerce Stars event which honored 35 students from 18 local schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Loftus serves as the chair of the youth and education committee for the Tyson’s Chamber of Commerce, and along with Dr. Karen Garza, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, awarded each student their certificate.

“Each of the students here chose to work hard to overcome their own obstacles, rather than quitting,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va. “It’s their perseverance and hard work that will empower these students to be shining stars for years to come,” said Loftus.

Va. man exposes himself during kids's birthday party


STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 49-year-old man exposed himself in his backyard while a neighbor was having a children's birthday party next door in Sterling, Va., officials said.

The incident happened in the 21800 block of Railway Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

William J. Campbell, 49, of Sterling was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

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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., Apr. 30 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Devils Backbone beers that complement new spring menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.

Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Vienna Lager with meat and cheese platter; Striped Bass Pale Ale with gourmet fish tacos, cabbage, jalapenos, scallions, avocado, pico de gallo, Sriracha aioli and a corn tortilla; Apricot Weiss served with  insalata del palmera with hearts of palm, roasted peppers, fresh basil, balsamic vinaigrette; wood-aged Kilt Flasher 2014, comes with Kilt Flasher drunken NY strip with sautéed peppers, onions, potatoes, and beer molasses steak sauce; and for dessert, Schwartz Beer is served with homemade chocolate mousse cake with layers of homemade chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.

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More protests of alleged abuse at VA Calvary Temple


STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- A few dozen people protested Calvary Temple Ministries in Virginia Friday claiming the church is a cult that abuses and brainwashes its members.

Many members left the church, claiming verbal and sexual abuse. Members also claim brainwashing.

Protesters say church members are not allowed to question the church's teaching or its leaders.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that they have recently reopened the case of alleged sexual abuse at Calvary Temple Ministries, a decade after they closed a case involving similar accusations.

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Community protests alleged sexual abuse at VA Calvary Temple


STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- Nearly 100 demonstrators peacefully protested outside of a Pentecostal church in Sterling claiming sexual abuse and brainwashing.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office confirms they have recently reopened the case of alleged sexual abuse at Calvary Temple Ministries, a decade after they closed a case involving similar accusations.

Former church members and residents nearby are using the hashtag: #ExposeCalvaryTemple to spread their message and standing outside of the church to protest.

They claim the church is a cult. They say members need to be rescued, which includes their loved ones.

Shelley Shultz hasn't been back to the church for more than a decade, until Sunday. She joined dozens of other protesters wanting Calvary Temple Church closed because of alleged abuse and what she claims happened to her.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS BALLET to PERFORM LA FILLE MAL GARDÈE; Sat. Apr. 25

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS BALLET to PERFORM LA FILLE MAL GARDÈE; Sat. Apr. 25

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA), pre-professional ballet company of Lorton, Va. will perform the comedic, family-friendly spring ballet, La Fille Mal Gardée at two shows, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Sat., Apr. 25 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater at 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $7 for ages 9 and younger and $10 for ages 10 and older. For tickets, go to www.metropolitanarts.org/tickets.

MSA’s La Fille Mal Gardée is full of surprises with chickens and roosters, and spirited clog dances.  The Widow Simone is determined to marry her daughter Lise to Alain, a rich vintner’s son. But Lise is in love with Colas, a lowly farm hand, while Alain only has eyes for his own red umbrella.