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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

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DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Wind hampers efforts to extinguish Md. house fire


LA PLATA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fire officials say that strong winds hampered efforts to extinguish a fire quickly at a home in La Plata on Saturday night.

According to the state fire marshal's office, firefighters had difficulty extinguishing the fire at a two-story home in the 8900 block of Bridgette Lane at 5:42 p.m. Saturday due to the wind. The fire took 30 minutes to get under control, according to the fire marshal, and caused significant damage to the home. The fire left behind approximately $300,000 worth of damage.

No one was injured in the fire.

The state fire marshal believes that the fire, which originated in an upstairs bedroom and spread to the attic, was accidental.

The American Red Cross and family and friends are helping the family members who were displaced due to the fire.


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Sheriff's Office: Men stole money from MD church


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Charles County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify two men who they say stole money from a church.

Sometime in the early morning hours of October 13th, two men broke in to the Potomac Heights Baptist Church in Indian Head and stole money from the church's offering, the sheriff's office said.

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.

Officials: Gun shop may have been burglarized before fire


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A gun shop ravaged by fire on Monday morning in Waldorf may have been burglarized before the blaze, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire was reported at Fred's Sports Indoor Shooting Range at 2895 Crain Highway at approximately 4:50 a.m., according to Charles County fire officials.

No one was injured in the fire, but one firefighter was treated and released on the scene for light headedness. The fire was under control in less than half an hour, officials said.

An investigation into the fire reveals that the cause of the fire was incendiary and there is evidence the store was burglarized before a fire was set, according to the fire marshal's office.