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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 22 and 23 in ANNANDALE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 22 and 23 in ANNANDALE

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sun., Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. and
5 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus in Annandale, Va. Ticket prices range from $21 to $27 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

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LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Who Says Accountants Can't Be Fashion Moguls?

Who Says Accountants Can't Be Fashion Moguls?

Talking to Tamara "Hush" Lee, or Tam for short, is like conversing with a beam of light.  Her energy is contagious. I've known Tam for several years now and I've had the pleasure of watching her blossom into the fashion-centric expert she is today.  This month, Tam’s new blog - HushTalksFashion.com - will be launched and in 2015, she will be introducing her blazer line.  I spoke while she was driving home from her radio interview on WHUR where she talked about all things fashion. 

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Loudoun County inmate does not have Ebola


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- An inmate in Loudoun County who had presented with a low-grade fever has been discharged from the hospital after being monitored for possible Ebola.

The inmate had been traveling from affected areas in Africa in the past 21 days and had a low grade fever officials said.

The inmates symptoms did not meet the criteria for Ebola testing, but she was held overnight for monitoring "out of an abundance of caution" because she was returning to a high population detention facility, officials said.

The inmate was monitored "As a precautionary measure, because the inmate had traveled from a high-risk area known for Ebola outbreaks, the inmate was isolated and monitored at the ADC," officials said.

Inova issued this statement about the incident on Thursday evening:

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DEVIL’s BACKBONE FALL BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th.,Nov. 6

DEVIL’s BACKBONE FALL BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th.,Nov. 6

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a four-course Devil’s Backbone Brewery fall beer dinner, featuring beers like Vienna Lager, Kilt Flasher, Gold Leaf Lager and 4-point Pale Ale on Thurs., Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for $65 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

The four-course menu includes: Vienna Lager with Meat and Cheese Platter; Kilt Flasher with Kilt Flasher Beer Cheddar Soup with potatoes, bacon, chives; Gold Leaf Lager served with Pan-Roasted Wild Rockfish and artichoke, tomato fennell ragout, herb fingerling potatoes, grapefruit buerre blanc; 4-Point Pale Ale with All-Natural Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs, maple vanilla, sweet potato puree, caramelized bacon brussels sprouts, and crispy onions; and Danzig Porter Bittersweet Chocolate Cake Morello with cherry mousse, caramel popcorn and mint.

Parents of Va. boy with cancer seek special license plate


LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Mathias Giordano was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in 2012 and has since endured 29 rounds of chemotherapy, a leg amputation, 14-months of radiation and much more.

The 13-year-old wasn't feeling well enough to interview on camera Monday, but he still cracked a smile talking about what his parents are doing.

Mathias's mother and father, along with his family and close friend, are fighting to get at least 450 license plate applications petitioning for a license plate with a gold ribbon on it. That gold ribbon represents childhood cancer awareness.

Leesburg infant dies after 'suspicious injuries'


LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia police are investigating what caused the death of a 10-month-old girl over the weekend.

The infant, according to Leesburg police, resided in the 100 block of Great Laurel Square, SE, in Leesburg, Va.

Police say they were notified after the infant was brought into INOVA Loudoun Hospital's Cornwall Campus on Friday, Oct. 3. The infant was then transported to Washington D.C.'s Children's National Medical Center for more serious treatment. It was there that police say physicians discovered suspicious injuries on the child and contacted Loudoun County Child Protective Services, which then contacted the Leesburg Police Department.

The infant was taken off life support at around 5:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 5 and died later the same day at around noon.