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May is Hunger Awareness Month in Loudoun County

May is Hunger Awareness Month in Loudoun County

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has declared May as “Hunger Awareness Month” in Loudoun.

As the Board’s proclamation notes, food pantries in Loudoun County receive generous donations over the holidays and winter months, but as summer approaches donations significantly decrease.

During the summer months, the county’s largest food pantry, operated by Loudoun Interfaith Relief, increases the amount provided to each qualified child by 25 percent to make up for the loss of school-based programs. With a decrease in donations and more area families in need, area food panties are stretched thin. Loudoun Interfaith Relief reports that its food supplies are “dangerously low.” 

Through the Hunger Awareness Month proclamation, the Board is sending a message of support to those in need, raising awareness of the critical issue, and encouraging citizens to donate food items to one of the area’s local food pantries.

In Downtown Leesburg: 10th Annual Acoustic on the Green Concert Series Begins June 8

In Downtown Leesburg: 10th Annual Acoustic on the Green Concert Series Begins June 8

 

The artist lineup for the 10th annual season of the Acoustic on the Green outdoor summer concert series is now official. 

Concert dates and artists for the 2013 season are:

NOVA schedules seminars to help foreign-educated immigrants

Northern Virginia Community College is hosting two events to help skilled immigrants pursue further education, obtain professional licensing or certification, and find suitable employment in the United States.
 
Foreign-educated immigrants often struggle to find jobs in the U.S. that match the education and experience obtained previously in their home country. An estimated 2.7 million college-educated immigrants in this country are unemployed or underemployed, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

NOVA is teaming up with World Education Services and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education to address this problem with the Pathways to Success® seminar, developed by World Education Services through its Global Talent Bridge initiative.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS’ STUDENTS to PERFORM at DC TAP FESTIVAL

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS’ STUDENTS to PERFORM at DC TAP FESTIVAL

 

 

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) Youth Tap Ensemble will perform at the 5th Annual DC Tap Festival All Star Concert at 8 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 23 at Duke Ellington Theatre, 3500 R Street., NW, Washington, D.C. All tickets can be purchased online at www.dctapfestival.com.

The 5th Annual DC Tap Festival All Star Concert, presented by Chloe and Maud Productions, will showcase Grammy-award winner, Mya and Emmy-award winner Jason Samuels Smith.

Metro Fine Arts Center Donates $5000 To Make-A-Wish Foundation

Metro Fine Arts Center Donates $5000 To Make-A-Wish Foundation

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria, Va. raised $5000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, after pledging $1 of every ticket sold from their Nutcracker performances.

The MFAC Nutcracker was featured one weekend, each show sold-out.  Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com for class schedules.

“We are honored to be able to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has a personal significance to us, as we lost one of our young students a few years ago to cancer,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “We appreciate the support of our community in helping us give back to an organization that inspires and lifts the spirits of those struggling with illness,” said Dobbs.

Occasionally Cake To Judge At Chocolate Lover's Festival

Occasionally Cake To Judge At Chocolate Lover's Festival

 

 

Sabrina Campbell, owner of Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria will be judging chocolate dishes at the annual Old Town Fairfax Chocolate Lover’s Festival, March 2 and March 3, 2013. Occasionally Cake had Best in Show and Best in Taste for the past three years at the Chocolate Lover’s Festival. Campbell will participate in a Q&A session and demo on how to use chocolate transfer sheets. Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

“This is our fifth year to be a part of the Chocolate’s Lover’s Festival it’s one of our favorite ‘foodie’ events for sure,” said Sabrina Campbell, Occasionally Cake owner. “You can’t go wrong with chocolate it’s always fun to compete, but I particularly love to judge and sample so many of the creative creations,” said Campbell.