Weekly Summer Library Calendars 2016

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Published: 06/10/2016
I absolutely adore this organization of the Summer Reading events for summer 2016 from Prince William Public Libraries.

I'll share these each week, as well, but as many of you know THESE EVENTS WILL FILL UP QUICKLY!! If there is something you absolutely want to take your children to, I suggest giving yourself a calendar reminder for the day that tickets become available.  Also, if you can, be open to the idea of going to another branch.  Maybe Chinn is full, but Nokesville is offering the same event on a different date- you probably have a better shot of getting tickets at a smaller library.

For events with online registration available, visit HERE. 

And now, on to the good stuff!









Summer Reading 2016

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Published: 05/25/2016
Prince William Libraries has revamped Summer Reading again.  You may remember last year's program included various options for points that you logged online, but that system is totally gone, and this year there's a passport program.

The 2016 Summer Reading theme is "Stay Local, Read Global" and includes programs for children through adults.  There is a paper reading log available per parent requests to have something to turn into the schools, but it is not a program requirement. Starting June 1 you'll be able to sign up online for the program.

YOUNGER CHILDREN
Younger children will receive a paper passport, but you will still need to register them online. You will have to pick up the passport in the library you register with.  Every week, parents will be able to set a goal for their children, and then once a week the child can come in and tell the volunteers at the library how they met their goal and get a stamp.  Any child who collects five stamps on their passport will be able to choose a book to take home to keep.  There are no weekly coupons for everyone, but there will be chances to complete weekly challenges to possibly win a coupon or prize.  You might want to ask your child's teacher for input on realistic goals for how to divide up summer reading for your child.
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL
Older children will also be able to come in for weekly check-in entries.  At the end of the summer, those entries will win a special prize valued at $100 or more.  There will be two prizes per branch awarded. Students can receive extra entries by writing book reviews for use on the library website and Good Reads.
ADULTS
Adults can enter to win a $15 Target gift card per branch per week.



Summer Bowling Options

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Published: 04/27/2016

The popular website "Kids Bowl Free" offers free games of bowling all summer long for your registered children.  There aren't any bowling centers near us that participate, but if you know the kids are going to be spending some time at Grammy's house or with the cousins, you can check to see if the bowling center near them is participating.


The AMF Summer Games program isn't completely free, but for just $4.95, kids ages 15 and under can bowl three games per day all summer long.  Add an adult summer games pass for $14.95 and you can bowl with your kids, too.  

For either program, make sure that you sign up online before summer begins and passes run out.

Fun Community Event at Pattie Elementary 2016

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Published: 04/04/2016
We are excited to announce the NEW event Heroes, Helpers & Hotdogs and it's open to the entire community.

The event will showcase many Heroes and Helpers with a "touch a truck" area, live demonstrations, and many interactive booths and activities. In addition, there will be hotdog lunches for sale, as well as concessions and snow cones. There is a $5 suggested donation upon entry.

"Touch a Truck Vehicles"
Prince William County SWAT Truck and Motorcycle
Prince William County Sheriff Cruiser
New Virginia Tractor
Leesylvania Ranger Force Vehicle
Dumfries Police Department
DB's Plumbing and Drain Truck
Waggy's Towing Tow Trucks

Activities
Obstacle Course – Make your way through a military style obstacle course

Prestige Martial Arts -See if you can break a board!

Photo Booth – Take a picture with or as your favorite hero!

Wounded Warriors Service Project – Draw a picture or write a letter to Wounded Warriors at Fort Belvoir

National Museum of the Marine Corp Teaching Trunk – Try on uniforms from the Colonial Era


Interactive Information Booths
Semper K9 - Find out how these dogs are helping our Heroes!

FEMA - Learn about the power of water and floods with the FEMA watertable

Prince William Public Health Department - Help keep up us Healthy

Potomac Pediatric Dentistry - Dentists help keep our teeth clean and healthy

Montclair Community Library - Information on our New Community Library

Montclair Lion's Club - Audio and Vision tests will be available

Leesylvania State Park - Learn about the park and talk with a ranger

Prince William Forest - Speak with a Park Ranger and learn about this local National Park

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Information on NetSmartz, 411 and Child KidSmartz

Animated Child - check out these childcare helpers and teachers

US Coast Guard - learn how the Coast Guard protects our ports

NextCare Urgent Care - Doctors and Nurses are Helpers when we get hurt or sick.

Check back here or the website site often for information on confirmed vehicles and organizations and the latest schedule of events.

http://www.pattieptco.org/heroes-helpers-and-hot-dogs/

Free Composting Event April 30, 2016

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Published: 03/15/2016
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Free Compost Awareness Event on April 30

Prince William, VA, March 9, 2016  The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will host its fourth annual Compost Awareness Day Event for area residents on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prince William County Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility, located at 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA.  

Event highlights include:

·      Presentations by Lisa Ziegler, Gardener’s Workshop Farm, “From the Ground Up, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
·      Container gardening demo by Virginia Cooperative Extension Prince William Master Gardener, Amanda Caswell 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
·      Composting exhibits and environmental information
·      Compost and Compost bin sales
·      Plant sales-local schools
·      Door prizes

The event promotes backyard composting, which is recycling of leaves, grass and garden waste instead of sending this organic material to the County landfill for disposal. In addition to learning how to compost, residents can also find out how compost helps build healthy soil and enrich degraded soil in yards and gardens. As well as discover the positive effects it has on the environment. For example, it reduces or eliminates the need for fertilizers, which can be harmful to ground water and composting also saves landfill space. Yard waste is more than 13% of the waste stream in Prince William County, so composting is an important component of the County’s waste management strategy.

Event attendees can also save money.  Coupons good for $5 off the cost of a pick-up load of compost or mulch will be available. Compost bins will also be available for sale for $25/each (limit three per household while supplies last).
Prince William Compost Awareness Day supports International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry.  ICAW supports composting efforts in the back yard or at large scale commercial composting facilities, like the County’s Balls Ford Road site. This year’s theme is Compost—the Soil and Water Connection. ICAW is held annually the first full week of May. The International Compost Awareness Committee chose this year’s theme to bring attention to the role of compost in healthy soil to address growing drought and food insecurity issues across the world.
The basic goals of Compost Awareness Week:
·      To increase the diversion of organics from the main waste stream through increasing
awareness of, and participation in organics diversion initiatives (centralized composting, home composting, community composting) and;
·      To increase awareness of, and advocate the proper use of, ‘soil-improving composts’


Visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling for more information.

Frozen Dance Party 2015

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Published: 12/10/2015
You guys are going to be soooo excited!! Our December meet up is a repeat of our most popular kids meet up we've EVER held.......

Our friends at Showcase Dance Studio will again host their SUPER POPULAR dance party inspired by the movie Frozen.  You son/daughter will have an Arctic Blast dancing to their favorite songs! Do you want to build a snowman? No problem- we'll be doing an arts and crafts project, too! Channel your inner Prince or Princess and Let it Go at Showcase Dance Studio!!

Ages 4-6 will enjoy dance, crafts, games, and tons of fun.  Children can come dressed as their favorite character as long as their outfit allows them to move freely.


When: December 19th, 2pm-3:30pm
Where: Showcase Dance Studio
            Bull Run Plaza
            11750 Sudley Manor Dr
            Manassas, VA 20109
Contact Info: 703-368-0555
                      showcasedancestudioinfo@gmail.com
                      www.showcasedancestudio.net

Want to come? Visit our page at www.facebook.com/PwcMoms, find the image that you see on this page, and like/comment/share to win.  I'll start letting winners know on Monday, and, as with all of our meet ups, if you are a no-show, we will not select you again for the next 3 meet ups out of respect for the time of the companies that host these amazing experiences! 

Christmas/Winter Fun 2015

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Published: 11/10/2015
So, I know that it's November.  And you know that I like letting Thanksgiving do its own thing.  However, I also know you guys get cranky with me around mid-December if you think I let you miss all the tree lightings, Santa arrivals, and other fun Christmas/Winter stuff that happens around PWC!

So without further ado, here's what I know about so far.  If I'm missing your event, please send it to me via email.  (AND YES, PLEASE SEND YOUR HANNUKAH, FESTIVUS, WHATEVER YOU CELEBRATE TOO)

Events you have to pay for are in Green. Freebies are in Red.

Volunteer/Charity Opportunities
Operation Christmas Child Box Collection at Manassas St. Thomas UMC Nov. 16 – Nov. 23
Bring toys, toiletries, and plastic or cardboard shoe boxes to send to children who won't otherwise 
enjoy a Christmas gift. 

Operation Christmas Child Box Packing Party/Loading Trucks at Manassas St Thomas UMC November 20th 6-8pm
Help pack boxes for children in need


NOVEMBER
Frozen Dance Party for Kids at MyBodyMovez Woodbridge, November 14th, 11am-11:45am
Do you wanna build a snowman? Kids ages 2-5 dance, play games and enjoy crafts. Dress up, bring your friends and let's have some Frozen fun! $5/child

Virginia Gateway Fireworks Spectacular, November 14th, 5-8pm
Visit with Santa, fireworks at 7pm, Holiday Performances, Carriage Rides, WMZQ's Michael J, giveaways and more. Free.

Stonebridge PTC Holiday Tree Lighting, November 27th, 6-8:30pm
Funny Little People, Carolers, Carriage Rides, Balloon Art, Face Painters

Workhouse Winter Wonderland Saturday, November 28, 3-7pm 
This free, family-friendly event will feature holiday activities, fine art, Art of Movement demonstrations, entertainment, raffle prizes, food and music.Bring a canned good for the LCAC food drive and receive a 20% off coupon towards art purchases during the holiday weekend. 10% off on Art of Movement classes for new students only.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", November 28th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", November 29th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

DECEMBER
Merry Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting, December 4th, 5:30-8:30pm
The fun begins at 5:30 with holiday music, Santa arrives by VRE at 6pm, and the tree lighting is at 6:30 at the Manassas Museum.  Free hayrides, skating at Harris Pavilion, talk to Santa.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 4th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Breakfast with Santa at Old Country Buffet, December 5th, 8:30am-10am
Have Breakfast With Santa!  Each child will receive a FREE treat from Santa.  No reservations, first come, first served. Under 2 FREE 2 - 3yrs.$2.49 including beverage, plus tax 4 - 7yrs.$4.49 including beverage, plus tax 8 - 11yrs. $5.99 including beverage, plus tax Adults $10.37 including tax and beverage Seniors 60 & up $9.87 including tax and beverage.

Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, December 5th, 10am
Visit the website for route information.  Free parking is available in the parking garage on Prince William and Main.  Handicapped parking in the BB&T lot on Center Street.

Town of Dumfries Christmas Parade, December 5th, 12pm
Free parade begins at Town Hall, features Santa

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 5th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Town of Dumfries Christmas Tree Lighting, December 5th, 5pm
Town Hall, featuring Dumfries Elementary School Chorus

Manassas Chorale Presents "The Spirit of Christmas", December 5th, 5pm
Ticket prices vary, held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Family Advent Night at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 5th, 6-8pm
See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Holidays at Liberia, December 5th, 6-8pm
Experience an 1860 holiday.  Parking at 8700 Centerville Road.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 703-368-1873.  $15/person, $7.50/12 and younger.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 5th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Carriage Rides in Old Town Manassas, December 6th, 1pm-4pm
Leaves from 9341 West Street.  $10/carriage (not per person).

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 6th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 11th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 11th, 7:30-9pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 12th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 12th, 2pm-4:30pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Drive Thru Nativity at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 12th, 5:30-8:30pm
See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 12th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Carriage Rides in Old Town Manassas, December 13th, 1pm-4pm
Leaves from 9341 West Street.  $10/carriage (not per person).

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 13th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 16th, 5-8pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 17th, 5-8pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 18th, 5-8pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 18th, 7:30-9pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 19th, 10am-5pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 19th, 2pm-4:30pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Canticles in Candlelight Cantata at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 19th, 7pm-8pm
See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 20th, 10am-5pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

Christmas Dinner at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 25th, 11am-2pm
Please consider joining us on December 25th for this FREE meal served on Christmas Day.  Bring your families, friends and neighbors.  Enjoy a special time with scrumptious food, creating new memories, meeting new people and sharing in the celebration of Jesus’ birthday.


CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES (Thursday Dec 24th Unless Noted)
Manassas St Thomas UMC
7pm, 9pm, 11pm, all are welcome. See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Northern Virginia Youth Ballet's 2014 Nutcracker

NUTCRACKERS
November 28th NoVa Youth Ballet, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Tickets are $25 or $25
December 17-20 Manassas Ballet Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Tickets are $25-$65

Giveaway: Moms Morning Out!! at Stage Door Dance

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Published: 11/04/2015
Um, seriously...this is probably the best thing someone could offer you guys.

"Parents do you need to get some afternoon errands done without your helpers? Go shop or have a meal for yourself while your child enjoys two hours of a variety of dance! The kids will be learning different skills in ballet hip hop poms and tumbling ages 3 to 10 (in two different groups) from 10am to 12pm on November 10th."

Yes, please!! 

Stage Door Dance Studio is located at:
7222 new market court
Manassas va 20155


And they offer dance classes for a variety of ages and styles! Check them out here for more information on their classes, instructors, etc.! 

To ENTER- please visit our Facebook page and leave a note with how many munchkins you would need to bring under the picture with "I <3 3pm.="" 6th="" about="" event="" for="" go="" live="" ll="" my="" nbsp="" november="" on="" pull="" random="" span="" starting="" studio="" this="" which="" will="" winners="">


All our giveaway rules apply! As this is a drop off event and physical activity, please note that PwcMoms is not responsible for the program itself, and that you are participating at your own risk. 

Manassas Fall Jubilee

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Published: 10/01/2015
The Manassas Fall Jubilee is a ton of fun, and it's my pick for this weekend!! 


Along with the 100+ crafter and community booths that will be lining the streets of Historic Downtown Manassas on Saturday October 3, we will also have…:
Cornhole Tournament: registration & tournament will take place on Manassas Museum Lawn
o  Registration – 10:00am – 12:30pm
§  $10 a person or $20 a team (cash only) [maximum of 32 teams]
o  Tournament begins at 1:00pm
o  Prizes will be paid out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams (amount dependent on # of participants)

Beer & Wine Garden: located on the museum lawn; will have to purchase tickets to taste
Pumpkin Pie Baking Contest: Main Stage on Prince William Street
·      There will be a pumpkin pie baking contest on the main stage from 12:15 – 1:00pm. Contestants are encouraged to come show their special twist on pumpkin pie! Applications can be found on our website.
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest: Main Stage on Prince William Street
·      The contest will take place from 1:15 – 2:00pm. There will be 2 waves of contestants:
o  Ages 5-17 will be required to eat half of a pumpkin pie – no hands.
o  Ages 18 & up will be required to eat a whole pumpkin pie – no hands.
§  The adult wave will have a $5 entrance fee.
o  Applications for both waves will be up on our website

Pumpkin Patch
·      Pumpkins will be available to purchase and decorate
Musical Performances on the Main Stage: located on Prince William Street
·      10:00am – 11:45am: DarcyDawn & Company
·      2:30pm – 4:14pm: Kitty & The Fat Cats

Community Stage Performances: located at the Harris Pavilion
·      10:00am – 10:45am: PWC Elite Dance Company at Ben Lomond
·      11:00am – 11:45am: Manassas Belly Dance
·      12:00pm – 12:45pm: Happy Feet Cloggers
·      1:00pm – 1:45pm: Heritage Hunt High Steppers
·      2:00pm – 2:45pm: Manassas Ballet
·      3:00pm – 3:45pm: Jessica’s Music Studio

·      4:00pm – 4:45pm: K-Force Academy

Fire and Rescue Preparedness Fair 2016

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Published: 09/23/2015
Manassas Park Fire and Rescue will host their 2016 Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 26th from 10am-2pm.  Free event. 

FREE PHYSICALS 2015

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Published: 06/11/2015

A Health Screening & Health Fair will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson High School. The Health Screening & Health Fair will include free K–5 school-entry physicals for uninsured children, vision and hearing screenings, concussion training for middle and high school parents and their student athlete, and enrollment assistance for Medicaid & FAMIS programs.

There will also be health and wellness information, fitness demonstrations, and free giveaways. Tentative plans also include blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose testing; and the mammogram mobile van.

The fair is a collaborative effort between Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids, Novant Health, the PWCS Offices of Student Services and Student Learning.

For information and appointments, contact Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids at 703.967.3772.

Meet Dr. Hau Le with Potomac Pediatric Dentistry!

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Published: 06/09/2015
We want to take a moment to introduce you to our newest PwcMoms advertiser, Potomac Pediatric Dentistry! They've got a fun open house coming up on June 20th: 
But before that, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to their newest doctor, Dr. Hau Le! She took a few minutes to answer some important questions I know we're all looking for in a pediatric dentist- like what's your favorite Disney movie- and she sounds like such a sweet, fun person, I can definitely see her taking the stress out of visiting the dentist!! 
PwcMoms- Tell me a little about what made you want to go into pediatric dentistry? 
Dr. Hau Le- I grew up in Vietnam where dental care was a privilege. I had many incidences of dental pain when I was a child, and was extremely fearful of the dentist. In fact, dental visits were always a threat. I got lucky enough to be sent to study aboard in the US to pursue my education. I chose dentistry, and pediatric dentistry has been always something I hold dear to my heart due to my childhood experiences. After dental school, I worked for a community health center that served underprivileged children in Maryland, and it truly confirmed my commitment to pediatric dentistry.


PwcMoms- Wow! Having that childhood experience must make you a great advocate for your little patients!! What's your favorite part about working with kids?
Dr. Hau Le- They are so honest, unique and fun to work with. My most rewarding part is helping a child to conquer their fear of the dentist.  The best part is I get to be myself around kids, being a kid at heart myself :)

PwcMoms- Nice! So, what's your advice for parents with kids who are nervous about the dentist?
Dr. Hau Le- Preparation is the key. I understand parents sometimes have dental anxiety themselves, but try to limit transferring that fear to your children. Parents should always refer to dental appointments as a positive and not as a threat (the dentist is going to drill your teeth out if you don't brush!) and let our team guide their child's dental experiences when they come to the office. We also welcome "happy visits" for our littlest patients, or childre with special needs  who would benefit from a visit to the office without any work done for them to familiarize them with the doctors and staff. 

PwcMoms- I love that- I know some of my friends with kids on the Autism Spectrum sometimes need their child to have a little extra time to acclimate.  Speaking of your office, how does it differ from a regular dentist? 
Dr. Hau Le- Our staff and doctors are well-trained and experienced in working with children. We use kid friendly behavior guidance that is uniquely tailored for each child coming to our office. We've also definitely got a fun and inviting space- check it out and come visit us on June 20th! 
A few fun facts- 
Dr. Hau Le's favorite Disney movie is "Frozen"
Her favorite scrubs have Princess Ana on them
And when she was growing up, she wanted to be an Astronaut! 


Potomac Pediatric Dentistry is located at 16708 Jefferson Davis Highway #115 in Dumfries.
You can call them at 703-221-4040 or visit www.ppdsmile.com

Stonebridge Kids Series 2015

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Published: 05/25/2015

Stonebridge Potomac Town Center

14900 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, VA 22191

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

MARCH 24, 2015
Wednesday Morning at 10 am for Free Children’s entertainment under the big screen from June 3rd through September 23rd Schedule:
June 3rd            Mr. Knick Knack
June 10th           Tony M
June 17th            Kid Singer Jim
June 24th          Rocknoceros
July 1st                Mr. Knick Knack
July 8th              The Bubbas
July 15th              Kid Singer Jim
July 22nd            Rocknoceros
July 29th            Tony M
August 5th          Mr. Knick Knack
August 12th        Tony M
August 19th        Kid Singer Jim
August 26th        Rocknoceros
September 2nd   Mr. Knick Knack
September 9th    Tony M
September 16th  Kid Singer Jim
September 23rd  Rocknoceros

Stonebridge Summer Movies 2015

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Published: 05/19/2015
Potomac Town Center-  14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191.  Bring a chair or something to sit on and enjoy a movie on the Jumbotron starting at 7pm.  
May 23- Rocky
May 30- Hook
June 6- Sleeping Beauty
June 13- Space Jam
June 20- Dolphin Tale 2
June 27- Maleficent
July 4- Independence Day
July 11- American Tail
July 18- Million Dollar Arm
July 25- Happy Feet
August 1- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
August 8- Annie (1982) and Annie (2014)
August 22- Big Hero 6
August 29- When the Game Stands Tall
September 5- Captain America The Winter Soldier

Homeschoolers: Free Social Skills Intro Session at In Step

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Published: 05/07/2015
Homeschoolers: Free Social Skills Intro Session at In Step

In Step is now offering Stepping Stones™ Social Skills training groups for our homeschool families…during the day! Work with like-minded families at a time that is convenient to your schedule, and without the stress of rush hour.

We know you have questions and so we’re holding a free information session and introductory group for kids and parents on May 16th at 11:30am in our Fairfax office.

Cathi Cohen LCSW, CGP, director of In Step and author of Raise Your Child’s Social IQ, will talk with the parents about the types of kids we see, the structure and treatment approaches employed in the group, and the kinds of results you can expect with practice and participation.

While the parents are in their group, the children will also be in a group with Carrie Field, LCSW, RPT and CC White LPC, two of our experienced, licensed child leaders introducing them to the basics of joining in. Just like Stepping Stones, both parents and kids meet at the same time, in separate groups.At the end of the session, our child leaders will come into the parent group to offer feedback and give parents some practical tools to work on at home.

This session is free and space is limited. Please click here to sign up.


Leesylvania State Park 2015 Event Calendar

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Published: 05/03/2015
Leesylvania State Park always has a series of fun events for summer!! Join them outside for some great fun in the sun! Whether it's Naitonal Kids to Park Day or Music at the Marina, it'll be a fun (and low-cost!) time! 


21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival 2015

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Published: 05/01/2015

June 6, 2015

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MANASSAS

COST:

Free to attend


Experience Manassas at its best this June and come out to the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. This family celebration of rich railroad history features train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances.
Country and Blue Grass music will transport you, as you watch miniature trains come to life. These elaborate train displays are created by a number of local model train groups. Located under the Harris Pavilion, these displays are a must see.
Take your love of trains to a new level by boarding one of our four train excursions to Clifton and back. Times include: 10AM/11AM/12PM/1PM Tickets will be on sale starting May 1st. Visit HERE for additional info and pricing!! 

2015 Leesylvania State Park Kids Fishing Tournaments

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Published: 04/30/2015
Leesylvania State Park hosts monthly fishing tournaments! Join them for some fun for ages 2-15.  The program is free, but there is a fee to park.

Virginia Gateway Little Tots 2015

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Published: 04/28/2015
Virginia Gateway offers a FREE family series all summer long! See our previous review here
Join us for fun and lively family entertainment every other Wednesday at 10:30 am all summer long on the Plaza at Atlas Walk (located across from Starbucks, between Famous Dave's BBQ and Grafton Street Restaurant). Be sure to check back for more updates!

May 6: Rocknoceros
June 3: Eric Energy
June 17: Shazam Magic
July 1: Kidsinger Jim
July 15: Reptiles Alive!
July 29: Peter McCory
August 26: Under The Sea 
Bring your Little Tot's swimsuit for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event (splash fountain located at Promenade at Virginia Gateway, just across Wellington Road).

Manassas Airshow 2015

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Published: 04/27/2015

Manassas Airshow

May 2, 2015

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Many of the finest local aerobatic performers are coming to the Annual Air Show and Open House at Manassas Regional Airport in 2015. You’ll see some of the top aerobatic pilots and teams! Everyone with the Manassas Airshow is passionate about aviation and airshow entertainment. Our goal is to inspire you and the future aviators of tomorrow with safe, top quality, family friendly entertainment. The Manassas Airshow and Open House will present a wide variety of Displays and Attractions for the entire family to enjoy including the Freedom Museum based at the airport!
The thrust of the exhibit is the 20th Century – the American century. What you will see is a time line on which the stories of our local heroes are told. Many of the exhibits are artifacts and source documents donated by our local citizens. You will see the Norton Bomb Sight, military art, and the story of combat as told by the participants. Don’t miss the Local Heroes Memorial recognizing all of the men and women from Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County who died in all of the wars from WW I to present. You will come away with a new feeling of profound respect and admiration, for the sacrifice of families in our community.
Aircraft Displays
American Aviation
American Helicopters
Virginia Airborne Search and Rescue Squad
Aviation Adventures
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Flying Circus Airplanes
L-39 Gurardi
Commemorative Air Force
Dulles Aviation
B-25 Ponchito
WWII Tanks and Jeeps
EAA Chapter 186 – Aircraft Display
As part of the airshow, EAA Chapter 186 will be displaying a variety of member-owned aircraft. These aircraft will consist of Certified airplanes (such as Cessna, Piper, Beech) as well as homebuilt airplanes. Some of the homebuilt airplanes were built by their owners and some were purchased from the builder. One owner will be bringing his partially completed RV12 kit built aircraft. Kit-built or Experimental aircraft are similar to plastic model airplanes you built when you were young. Only when you are done with these kits, you can fly in them!
People unfamiliar with amateur-built aircraft are sometimes put off by the term “experimental”, as it can conjure up an image of something less than a “real” aircraft, or something that’s unproven. But that is not the case– “experimental” merely mean that the aircraft isn’t mass-produced in a factory. In addition, all experimental aircraft must be registered with the FAA and pass a stringent airworthiness inspection conducted either by the FAA. The plane MUST pass this inspection before it can be issued an airworthiness certificate and legally fly.
All aircraft owners will be around their airplanes and able to answer questions about them as well as letting you sit in them and see how the flight controls work. Come see the wide variety of aircraft that your neighbors own.
Military Re-enacters and Displays
Re-enactor volunteers representing different times of war will be attending show. Many authentic items will be on display including: Vehicles, Uniforms, Machine Guns, Mortars, Anti Aircraft, weapons of all kind, camps with supplies and various gear of war.
On display will be U.S., British, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Canadian. You will be able to touch a real MG, climb into a vintage tent and talk with subject expert Re-enactors.

VBS in Prince William County 2015

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Published: 04/16/2015
Didn't get me your info in time? No worries- just email me and use the format you see below.  I'm happy to add to this list! 

ONGOING:

Name of camp/VBS:  Camp Kilimanjaro-An Epic Expedition Through Proverbs
Dates/times: June 15th- August 14th, option to choose which days or weeks you want. Before care starting at 6am and extended care until 6:30pm are available! 
City: Woodbridge, Va

Cost: Varies- choose weekly or daily options! Days (9am-3:30pm) start at $45, or one week for $170.  One week of camp with before/after care (6:30am-6:30pm) is $210.  Various options are available. 
Ages: Preschool to Grade 8 (Open to the community)
Website: 
http://christchapelacademy.org/my-cca/summer-camp/ 
Two sentence description: Christ Chapel Academy’s Camp Kilimanjaro is a summer long adventure with exciting field trips, engaging enrichment activities, and epic Bible adventures.  Contact Becky Davis at bdavis@christchapel.org or 703-670-3822 for more information.  


JUNE

Name of VBS: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Dates/times: June 22-26th, 9am-3p
City: Haymarket
Cost: 
Ages: 6-10
Website: http://www.comeandbe.org/wp/christian-education/
Two sentence description: Each summer we offer a week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer Day Camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for children ages 6 to 10. We do so in partnership with Mar-Lu-Ridge Lutheran Camp, which furnishes the curriculum and counselors that guide the program.

Name of camp/VBS:  FBC Woodbridge - Kingdom Rock
Dates/times: June 22– 26, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
City: Woodbridge, Va
Cost: Free! 
Ages: Open to all children Grades: K – 6th (completed), open to the community
Website:  http://www.fbcwoodbridge.org/ministry/children/special-event-zone
Two sentence description: Join us for a VBS like you’ve never seen before as we travel back in time to a land of Lords and Ladies, Knights and Princesses, to uncover the armor needed to stand strong for God no matter what may come against us (even fire-breathing dragons!).


Name of VBS:Everest @ Grace Life Community Church
Dates/times: Monday, June 22nd- Friday, June 26th   9:30am -12:15pm
City: Bristow, VA
Cost: We have a $9 per child registration donation which will go toward your child's "Everest" T-shirt, craft items, and much more! You may make your donation at the “Pay Now” tab when you register on-line or at the registration table the first day of VBS.
Ages:  4 YEAR OLDS THROUGH THOSE RISING INTO 5TH GRADE.
Website: http://www.gracelifecc.org/#/kids/vbs-everest

Description: Welcome to Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power!  WE ARE OFFERING BOTH A PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY PROGRAM.

Name of VBS: Nokesville Church of the Bretheren
Dates/times: Week of June 22nd (no additional details at this time)
City:
Cost: 
Ages:
Website: http://www.nokesvillecob.org/vbs.asp
Two sentence description: 


JULY

Name of VBS: Lighthouse Drama Camp
Dates/times: July 6-17, 1pm-4pm
City: Dale City
Cost: $120
Ages: 5-12
Website: http://www.fupcdc.org
Description: First United Presbyterian of Dale City under the direction of Cathlene Albrecht, music director Rebecca Anderson, daily devotion, prayer, drama, dance, music and art, culminating in performing 101 Dalmantions on July 17th!


Name of camp/VBS:  Thailand Trek!!!   @ Living Hope EPC Dates/times: July 13, 2015 - July 16, 2015  9:00am - 11:45am
City: Haymarket, Va

Cost:  The cost of the camp is a suggested donation of $20/child or $30/family to help cover the cost of supplies and snacks.
Ages: 3 years old to Rising 5th Graders (4thand 5th Graders will be Junior Helpers)
Website: 
http://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/cc/LivingHopeVBS  or http://www.livinghopeepc.org/

Two sentence description: Get ready for a trip across the globe…without even leaving town! Register your child today for VBS at Living Hope so they can experience daily life in Thailand as part of our Thailand Trek team!​​  14600 John Marshall, Haymarket, VA  For more information contact Janelle at janellehitt@gmail.com.

Name of VBS: Church of the Word Jungle Safari
Dates/times: July 13-17th
City: Gainesville
Cost: 
Ages:
Website: http://www.churchoftheword.net

Name of Camp/VBS: St. Thomas – Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power
Dates/times: July 13-17, 8:45 AM – 12:15 PM
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: FREE
Ages: K – 5th
Website:
 http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/vbs-2015.html
Two sentence description: St. Thomas UMC will be offering a FREE Vacation Bible School to the community using Group’s theme: Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Registration opens online on June 1st so mark your calendars!!

Name of VBS: Grace Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Journey off The Map
Dates/times: July 20-24 9:00am-12:15p daily
City: Woodbridge VA 22193
Cost: $0
Ages: Pre-K (age 5 by 9/30/15) through 5th Grade (completed)
Website: http://www.gracehome.org/vacation-bible-school
Link to Register (Participants or Volunteers)
https://kideventpro.lifeway.com/myChurch/?id=27656

Name of Camp/VBS: St. Thomas Summer Music Camp
Dates/times: July 27 - 31, 9 AM - 12:30PM
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: $75 registration fee
Ages: Rising 1st – 6th graders
Website: http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/mc-2015.html
Two sentence description: This year’s music camp theme is “Back to the Cross,” where Camp Kids will have a fabulous time travel “Blast” as they relive the best of the totally tubular ‘80s, the roaring ‘20s, the groovy ‘60s and even the Wild West! Kids buckle up as you’ll also travel to the fantastic future! May 19 & 26 are the audition dates for leading roles only - no audition required for all other travelers.  


Name of VBS:  Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps

Dates/times:  July 13-31, 9:30 am-3 pm
City: Manassas, VA
Cost:  $175-$235

Ages:  Rising K-12th Grade
Website: http://www.spotlightsummercamps.com/
Two sentence description: 
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps was founded in 2004 to meet the need of many Catholic families in Northern Virginia who seek excellent training in Theatre and Art for their children within an environment they can trust. Only hosted within Catholic Churches, Spotlight exclusively employs highly-qualified instructors who are both Catholic and artistically accomplished.


AUGUST

Name of VBS: GSUMC "Everest"
Dates/times: August 3-7, 9am-12pm
City: Dale City
Cost: 
Ages: Preschool-5th Grade
Website: http://www.gsumc.net/vacation-bible-school
Two sentence description: Embark on an icy expedition where kids overcome obstacles with God's awesome power. Anchor kids in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life's challenges.

Name of camp/VBS:  Everest at Trinity Lutheran ChurchDates/times: 3-7 August, 9:00 am - 11:30 am
City: Woodbridge, Va
Cost: Free! 
Ages: Open to all children & the community - Completed Grades: K – 5th (Only space for 25 children!)
Website:  https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/TLCVBS2015/gpgs/home.aspx 
Two sentence description: This VBS promises to be mountains of fun! Your child will learn about the love of God found in Jesus who says, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).


Out of County (But they asked nicely)
Sydenstricker United Methodist Church-Everest
August 3-7, 2015 9am-12pm
Springfield, VA
Now through June 30: $20 per child, $40 max per family.
CD and t-shirt (available on first day of VBS) included in registration fee. Forms must be postmarked and/or received in the church office by June 30 to receive discount. After June 30: $25 per child, $50 max per family. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NO LATER THAN JULY 19, 2015
4 years (as of Sep. 30, 2015) to 6th grade
http://sydenstrickerumc.org/vbs

Live Well Festival- April 18, 2015

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Published: 04/13/2015

In honor of Earth Day, Historic Downtown Manassas announces the 8th Annual Live Well Festival (formerly Spring Cleaning Day) to be held on Saturday, April 18th.
Start your morning with a 5K Run (the Soaring Eagle 5K) and then head on over to the Harris Pavilion for free health screenings, fitness classes, kid activities, entertainment, and more. The historic downtown merchants will also be hosting their biannual sidewalk sale!
Recycle those gently used household items or clothes to a worthy cause, visit with the recycling and environmental exhibitors, and help the kids make earth friendly art projects. The day includes exhibitors from non-profit and civic organizations providing recycling and environmental information.
Historic Manassas, Inc. will once again partner with the City of Manassas in a Community Shred. The Shredding Truck will be located on West Street (between Center and Church Street). Attendees are asked to park in the back of the BB&T parking lot and form a line along West Street to drop off their documents to be shredded.

Saturday in the Garden 2015

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Published: 04/07/2015


Saturday in the Garden 2015

Taught by VCE - Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow,  20136. All programs are free and run from 9 a.m. - Noon. Free but registration is requested, please call 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org 
 
Save the Dates!
April 11 - Companion Planting - Discover which plants, grown side by side, benefit each other and result in healthier plants and better garden yield.  Join the Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners for planting potatoes and turning cover crops.

May 9 - Good Guys and Bad Guys – When you see an insect on your plant do you immediately squish it? You may be targeting an ally instead of your enemy!  Learn about the many insects that help us in the garden. Tips and Tricks in the organic vegetable garden. Secrets from Cooks’ Garden volunteers.  MGPW Plant Sale – find some new plants for your garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden

June 13 - A Walk Through the Native Bed with bed leaders, Jannell and Karen. Want to save water and have a garden that survives our dry summers?  Join Master Gardener Volunteers, Linda and Sally for tips and tricks used in the Drought Tolerant bed. 

July 11 - Composting - Learn how to make “black gold” by turning  grass, leaves and clippings into dark brown, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner.  Compost also holds moisture and nutrients for the garden so flowers and vegetables are more beautiful and abundant. Join Joe and the Master Gardener Compost team for the full story on compost.  Starting Fall Vegetable Garden – Now is the time to plan to have fall salad greens and sweet root crops growing for weeks beyond the first frost. Get tips from Cooks’ Garden Master Gardener Volunteers to help you extend your vegetable season long beyond the heat of summer.

August 8 - What’s that Weed?  Get help for identifying those troublesome weeds in your lawn and garden.  Sniff your way through the Fragrance garden with wise, Ruth Johnston as she shares wisdom and  experiences with plant selection and care in this beautiful garden bed. 

September 12 - Fall chores in the garden – Join Master Gardener Volunteers as they prepare for fall and winter in the garden.  Topics for discussion include clean up, plant division, soil preparation.  Fall Cover Crops in the Cooks Garden –  Cover crops protect soil from erosion and enhance soil productivity and health, yielding better vegetables.  Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners show you how.  MGPW Plant Sale – Add some new plants to your fall garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden
 
October 10 - Living Soil - Healthy soil is a web, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates, building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plants, and decomposing toxic compounds. Learn about the necessary elements of a healthy soil web.  Join the Cooks’ Garden team and learn seed saving tips. 

Kid Ornament Ideas

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Published: 12/09/2014
Remember that time that my husband didn't set up the Christmas tree correctly and it fell over and all my ornaments broke?

(Yes that really happened)

(Okay, fine, and yes, I'm just sharing that story because so many of you agreed that they're just towels....but it happened!)

Ever since that incident, homemade Christmas ornaments are some of my favorite things to get! Luckily PwcGrammy is amazing and frequently when the kiddos hang out with her they come home with presents for me! These ideas are all very simple and would be great for your house, or as presents to send to family and friends!

 Rudolph and Frosty here are super simple.  They're just made from 1.5 inch terra cotta pots that you can buy at Michael's! You'll need ribbon, white paint, brown paint, sharpie markers (black, orange, and pink), ribbon, brown pipe cleaners, goggly eyes, and pompoms.  You can use regular glue and let it set up, or if you have older kids, you can use the hot glue gun while they supervise- but you might still burn yourself....or maybe that's just me.

Paint your pot brown for Rudolph or white for Frosty.  Then, just let your child decorate! We added antlers and a red nose for our reindeer and ear muffs for frosty.  Use ribbon to make a loop to hang your ornament. If you're using regular glue or craft glue, be sure to allow enough time to fully dry before hanging.  Hot glue will basically dry instantly.
 Okay, so this guy is not so cute when you're looking at him like this....but....
HE HAS A LIGHT UP NOSE!! These are just tea lights wrapped with a ribbon scarf and decorated with sharpies.  I found the tiny tiny top hats on Amazon.  They're actually totally cute :) You could draw circles for coal or even regular facial features.  Be sure that when you buy your tea lights they already have the batteries in them.  You can find REALLY cheap packages of them, but then you have to buy and install all the tiny batteries, so just save yourself the hassle and buy them with batteries inside :)

Enjoy!

Holiday Ice Show at PW Ice Center!

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Published: 12/07/2014
Looking for a fun Holiday activity? Got a kid who's interested in ice skating? Check out this fun event from PW Ice Center! Be sure to bring a canned food item for ACTS as admission! 


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