Congrats to Rebecca and GMS Gymnastics!

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Published: 02/04/2016
We have been loving gymnastics this year.  Savannah started at GMS before they started advertising with PwcMoms (which is my favorite way for this to work- then I already know I love the business before I start telling you guys about them!) and it's been great for her coordination and flexibility.  I don't expect we'll have anything like this happen, but it's such an incredible story that I have to share!

Congratulations to GMS and to Level 10 Gymnast Rebecca Chong, who trains there, on Rebecca signing with Yale!

What?

Her parents have GOT to be freaking out.  I know I would be! Way to go Rebecca!


Music Lessons in Prince William County with Musically Creative

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Published: 01/18/2016
Music consumes our lives.   We get in the car, turn on the radio, come home to music, watch American Idol and jog with our favorite tunes.  Did you ever stop to think that at one time these artists had no experience on their instruments or voices.   What an odd concept!   That’s where we come in…



We train beginners thru intermediate students how to play instruments!   You don’t have to wait until middle school to start!  We offer young guitar (ages 7-10), concert bands (ages 10 – adult), worship guitar (ages 10 – adult) and if there is enough interest, we will offer beginning strings or beginning recorders.   All of our classes are taught by trained and experienced music educators that love working with all ages!   We value music and want to make it affordable to all and therefore we offer classes for around $50 month.  We have multi-family member discounts as well since many siblings or parents like to take with their kids.  For this semester only we are offering a BOGO FREE BAND  (that would be around $25 month each!!) for two band members (must be siblings or parents).  

Classes are in Manassas and Gainesville and start in February, so there isn’t much time left to register.  Some classes will fill up!   For more details, visit www.MusicallyCreative.com today!

Drop and Shop at Rebounderz

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Published: 11/11/2015

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. 

Giveaway: Peter Rabbit Tales at HPAC

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Published: 10/21/2015
This week's giveaway is for a family four pack of tickets to the Hylton Family Series presentation of Peter Rabbit Tales taking place November 1st at 2pm or 4pm.  To enter, find the matching image of Peter Rabbit Tales on our Facebook fan page and leave a message identifying whether you like Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton Tail, or Peter the best :) Good luck! 


Peter Rabbit™ Tales

Based on The Orginial Peter Rabbit Books® by Beatrix Potter

  • November 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • November 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Merchant Hall
The magical and marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive at the Hylton Center when Peter Rabbit and his cousin, Benjamin Bunny, go on one final escapade in Mr. McGregor’s garden. All of Potter’s popular characters are along for the ride, from Squirrel Nutkin to Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and Jemima Puddleduck to Thomasina Tittlemouse. With this delightful performance, Peter Rabbit and friends celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of this beloved British children’s author. The adventures and misadventures of these cherished characters have enchanted young readers for well over a century, when the precocious young rabbit first hopped out of the pages of a storybook and into children’s hearts. The Enchantment Theatre Company brings this captivating performance for children filled with fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery, and original music.

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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

Reader Meetup/Giveaway: Center Street Pilates

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Published: 09/28/2015
I am really excited to invite you for our next reader meet up, which is going to be grown-ups only :) 

Lesley from Center Street Studios is inviting us out to enjoy a few sample workouts and end the evening with snacks, drinks, and some giveaways!! 



I have 16 spots available, so I'll give them out in sets of 2.  (So if you win, you can bring a friend).  If you'd like to come alone, no worries, I'll give the second spot out to people further down the list!! 

You'll be able to enter on Facebook to win a spot- just comment on our post about the event (look for the logo for Center Street Studios).  

Here's the schedule: 
Saturday night October 10th: 6-8pm
6-6:15 Get everyone set up with mat/equipments
6:15-6:45: Sample Barre Class 
6:45-7:15: Sample Pilates Class
7:15-7:45: Sample Yoga Class and Cool-Down
7:45-8: Prize Drawings, Drinks and snacks

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. 

Giveaway: DPGolf Academy

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Published: 09/03/2015
We're super excited about all of the great fall options at DPGolf Academy! They include after-school, family lessons, classes for adults, and even homeschool classes!

This week, DPGolf Academy is offering a super fun giveaway for our readers! Use the Rafflecopter to enter to win! 

One winner will be randomly selected to win either: One (1) Free 30-minute private golf lesson with Terry Collins OR a 50% off Coupon for After School or Home School class registration for your child.

So much fun! Good luck everyone!

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Meet DPGolf Academy!

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Published: 08/27/2015
Today we delve a little bit deeper with DPGolf Academy! They've got a GREAT giveaway coming up next week, so pay attention- you might just learn something that can help you win!! 



PwcMoms: Thanks for chatting with me today! To start off with, can you tell me a little bit about why inspired your business? 
As many of us approaching retirement ponder, in 2008 after servingin several capacities for 25 years with the Prince William County Police Department, I began to think “okay, what’s next?” I had a very rewarding career with the PWC Police Department as an officer, leader and teacher and needed to come up with a plan for my “2nd career.” While with the department, I had a unique opportunity to develop my teaching experience in a wide range of disciplines, gaining extensive experience and earning several certifications as a physical fitness specialist and teaching professional. I designed and coordinated the physical fitness training programs and requirements for new officers as well as the SWAT Team. One of the most rewarding experiences was my time at the police academy – providing a solid foundation for success and helping new recruits reach their individual goals.
I had played high school golf but drifted away from the game for many years. After looking into the Professional Golf Association of America’s certification program, I thought, “wow, what an opportunity to combine my formal teaching experience with my love of the game.” In 2003 I opened the DPGolf Academy in Bristow, VA. It has given me a chance to grow even more as a business owner, professional golf instructor, and mentor to my teaching staff and students.



PwcMoms: What's your favorite aspect of working with children?
While I enjoy working will all age groups and skill levels, teaching juniors is one of the most rewarding. Kids come to the game with much enthusiasm and energy, and an open mind. That means we have a great opportunity to get them started early on the right path to learning the game – they tend to be more open minded and trust what we are trying to teach them. And when they connect the dots – well, seeing that and their smiles is the best part.


PwcMoms: What do children gain from golf? 
I think that some of the most important things children can learn from our programs and working with me and my staff is as teachers and mentors is proper sportsmanship, effective problem solving, good listening and learning skills, and most importantly, building self confidence.

PwcMoms: What all do you offer for families? Are there any programs people can do together?
Yes, we have several options for families:
Our five-part series is designed to bring families together through golf, and provides significant savings. We cover course familiarization, etiquette and rules, and basic fundamentals of the game. Schedule according to your availability.

·      Five – 60 Minute Sessions
·      Cost: $400 per Family



A great lower cost option for couples, friends, or co-workers who want a more tailored instructional program. Semi-private instruction is customized to the group’s experience level and can cover any part of the game – short game, putting, full swing, or any combination. Take single 60 minute lesson or save on 5 lesson series. Schedule when convenient for you.
Lesson Time: 60 Minutes
Number of Students                      Cost              Series of Five
Group of 2                  $50 Per Student          $200 Per Student
Group of 3                   $45 Per Student          $175 Per Student
Group of 4                  $40 Per Student          $150 Per Student

This instructional program is designed to teach you everything needed to play golf in just a few lessons. Our PGA Professionals will show you many ways to play by combining fun, friends and fitness. Each session focuses on the various golf skills you’ll use while playing. In addition to learning the basics, you’ll put your skills into action on the golf course in a casual, friendly setting. Register with a friend and save $20 on your class registration.


PwcMoms: Do you offer any special programs for schools or scouts?
Yes, we have delivered our Pee Wee Golf Class to PWC schools and have also designed a program to help Boy Scouts earn the Golf Merit Badge. We also offer a High School Golf Prep course to help students prepare for the HS golf season and explore collegiate opportunities.

PwcMoms: Where can people find you online? 


Showcase Dance Summer 2015

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Published: 05/27/2015

Remember what a great time the kids had at our Showcase Dance Reader Meetup? Yeah, me too. So, what place could be more perfect for a little summer fun? Nowhere :) Check out the lists above for all the fun summer options at Showcase Dance Studio in Manassas!

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!! 

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.

Sleeping Beauty 2015 at the Hylton Center

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Published: 04/14/2015
The Northern Virginia Youth Ballet & Academy of

 Russian Ballet presents "The Sleeping Beauty" on

 Friday, May 1 at 8pm.

Featuring Colorado Ballet dancer Melissa Zoebisch as Princess Aurora and International Guest Artist Alexandru Glusacov as Prince Desire, the production is sure to delight all ages! Based on the classic Charles Perrault fairy tale, the NYVB/ARB production features sets from Russia, costumes from Russia or designed by the in-house design team, as well as the award winning dancers of NVYB/ARB. Additional guest Russian dancers round out the cast of fairy tale characters. 
Want a discount on tickets? Use code PwcMoms online or in person to get 25% off (NOT valid on phone orders).


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.

Giveaway: Peter Yarrow at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

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Published: 04/01/2015
Next week at the Hylton, don't miss Peter Yarrow!! 



Peter Yarrow
April 12, 2015 at 2 pm
Folk musician, songwriter, and children’s author Peter Yarrow returns to the Hylton Center for a fun and interactive musical performance that combines beloved folk tunes with inspiring lessons for children of all ages. This American music legend and Grammy Award winner is perhaps best known for his career with the beloved folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary; yet he is also a spirited activist who now uses his music to educate children about the effects of bullying. In this family-oriented concert, Yarrow performs “Don’t Laugh at Me” and other songs that encourage children to treat each other with compassion, kindness, and respect, as well as some of iconic folk songs from throughout his career, including “If I Had a Hammer,”  “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”
Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Children



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Kids Reader Meetup- St. Patrick's Day Jump

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Published: 03/15/2015
So this month, our Kid-Friendly Reader Meetup will be a super fun bounce day at Pump it Up of Manassas!

This meetup is for ELEMENTARY AGED CHILDREN (K-5th).  I will not be taking younger siblings as a safety issue (have you seen my 11 year old? He's a giant.  You don't want him knocking into your 2 year old).

Our host will be Pump it Up of Manassas, and we'll be having a blast from 5:30-7pm.  The fun is totally on us if you snag a spot, but if you'd like to save yourself the trouble of dinner, you can get 2 slices of pizza and a drink for $2.95.

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February Kids Reader Meetup!!

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Published: 02/23/2015
Our friends at Showcase Dance Studio will be hosting this month's reader meetup for kids!!

Join PwcMoms and Showcase Dance Studio for a cool 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 3-6 will enjoy dance, crafts, games, and a goody bag to take home.  Children can come dressed as their favorite character as long as their outfit allows them to move freely.


When: Feb 28 1:00pm-2:30pm
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


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Giveaway: Pushcart Players: Alice in Wonderland at the Hylton Center

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Published: 02/18/2015
Next week at the Hylton, don't miss Alice in Wonderland!! 



Pushcart Players: Alice in Wonderland
February 28, 2015 at 11 am and 2 pm
Lewis Carroll’s zany and fantastical tale comes to life when this Emmy-nominated troupe returns to the Hylton Center with Alice in Wonderland. Filled with pure nonsense and madcap characters that everyone knows and loves – from the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts – this intriguing tale about a curious and imaginative young girl has enchanted readers for many generations. Pushcart Players now brings young Alice’s adventure to the stage in this delightful adaptation, complemented by whimsical music, vibrant costumes, and spectacular scenic elements. “A polished and knowing theater company and a felicitous event for children.” (The New York Times)
Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Children



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Review: Peace of Pottery

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Published: 01/19/2015

 I love this kid.  He's awesome.  He's funny and smart and he does hilarious voices and impersonations.  He's the first person to comfort someone who feels left out or scared, and he's just an all around great person.  He's also the middle kid, so that makes getting alone time all the more special to him.  We had some time on Saturday to hang out, just the two of us.  I decided that we'd grab lunch and visit Peace of Pottery- which is located at 9838 Libera Ave in Manassas just across from the car wash.
 If you've never been to a paint your own pottery establishment, this one works pretty much the same way all of them do.  When you come in there are a large variety of plain white pottery pieces for you to choose from.  Little statues of animals, plates, bowls, tea pots, big small, inbetween.  Each piece has a different price, so be sure to set a budget before you go in.  Peace of Pottery also charges a $6 studio fee on top of the price of the pottery (some studios include this fee in the price of the piece, others charge it separately- either way you're paying it).
 There are plenty of tables, you can sit and enjoy a quiet afternoon or you can host a party (scout troop, large family, etc). Logan and I each picked a mug.  Mine had polka dots and Logan opted for a mug with a "mouth" for cookies. The first step is to wash your piece of pottery and then you pick out glaze colors.  To get an even, non-streaky finish, the owner recommended three coats of glaze, which takes a little bit of time, but getting on base colors is pretty mindless work and we had a lot of fun chatting while we worked.
I didn't get a picture of my finished mug, but I thought that Logan's minion mug turned out really cute.  He's planning to make some banana cookies to eat with his tea when we get it back on Saturday (firing turnaround is about a week).

Peace of Pottery is a lovely, inviting space.  It's not a cheap afternoon- we spent $45.92 for two mugs, so it was perfect for a one-on-one day, but isn't something I'd just do on the spur of the moment with all three kids (which would have put me closer to $100 assuming they'd all picked mugs and not something bigger).  Pottery parties, on the other hand, start at $19 per person, so if you have a large group of kids you'd like to take, that could be a great way to keep your costs a little lower.

We definitely had a fun time and enjoyed the laid back, peaceful atmosphere.  I'd definitely recommend Peace of Pottery for a fun afternoon or a great venue for a party if you've got a kid with a little artistic flair!


Disclaimer: We just went to Peace of Pottery.  Nobody invited us or asked for a review.  All opinions are our own.

Resolution Run 2015!

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Published: 12/17/2014

The Resolution Run Fun Run and 5K
Thur. Jan. 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. The Resolution Run – 5K
11:00 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk – click  for more info

Location:

Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
9100 Freedom Center Blvd. Manassas, VA 20110

Race Theme:

“In 2015, I Resolve To…….”
This family friendly event is a fun and festive celebration of New Year’s Day.  We start the race at 10:00 so you can sleep in a little bit.
As with all Fun Run Races, we emphasize the FUN.  You will receive a race bib that says, “In 2015, I Resolve TO…”  the rest of the bib is blank and entirely up to you if you want to write in your New Year’s Resolution.  Have some fun with this!  We will give out multiple Best Resolution awards for: Most Sincere, Funniest, Sappiest, Most Creative, Most Disturbing, Most Likely to Warm the Hearts’ of Your Loved Ones, and many more!
Stay Warm! The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center has graciously opened its facility so participants and spectators can stay ‘warm’ both pre and post race.
A DJ will play music from 9:00-11:30.

Charity and Community Partners:

Fun Run Racing is proud to have raised over $12,400 for local charities and non-profits!
Fun Run Racing is proud to work with our charity partner the Manassas Bull Run Rotary Club.  A portion of all race proceeds support the Rotary and all the numerous local charities they support. Read More.
Fun Run Racing is excited to partner with the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center for our upcoming race series.Read More.

Participant Costs:

Early bird registration: (Through Dec. 1)
5K-$30, 1 Mile-$12.50
Regular registration: (Dec. 2 – Dec. 16)
5K-$35, 1 Mile-$12.50
Procrastinator registration J: (Dec. 17 – Dec. 26)
5K-$40, 1 Mile-$12.50

Packet Pick Up:

Tue. 12/30 10:00-7:00 p.m. & Wed. 12/31 10:00-3:00 p.m. at The Running Store
7343 Atlas Walk Way Gainesville, VA 20155

Awards:

Top 5 men and women receive Running Store Gift Cards – $100/$75/$50/$25/$25
Fun Run Racing’s world famous (yeah right) “Golden Ticket Awards” will be given randomly to race finishers – good luck!
Best Resolution Awards
Age Group Awards: Top 3 male & female in each age group receive awards — Under 12,13-15,16-19,
20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69,70-74,75+

Cool Race Swag:

All 5K participants receive an awesome long sleeve race tee and a custom commemorative race bib.
All 1 mile participants receive a cool cotton/poly race tee and a custom commemorative race bib.

Giveaway: Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters: The Musical @The Hylton Center

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Published: 11/12/2014
Next week at the Hylton, don't miss the Berenstain Bears!!! 



Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters: The Musical
November 22, 2014 at 11 am and 2 pm
Come on down to Bear Country for this enchanting adaptation of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s beloved children’s series. Fresh from its sold-out off-Broadway run this heartwarming musical based on three of the Berenstain Bears most popular books. Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food – but thankfully, they – and we – can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to set things right. Filled with original songs, fun dancing, and important life lessons, this humorous and heartfelt theatrical experience gives parents the opportunity to share these treasured tales they enjoyed as children with their own young cubs! “Like honey for little kids!” (Mommy Poppins)
Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Children



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Review: Malones of Manassas

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Published: 10/21/2014
I feel like I should re-title every review I do "Kristina's Sub-Par iPhone Photography Presents:", but I'm not going to because that's a lot of typing to have to do every time. 

Ain't nobody got time for that. 

But what they do have time for is a nice dinner out at Malones of Manassas.  Located in what used to be a church, Malones has a warm, intimate feel.  It's slightly louder than I would have expected, but I think that's just the voices carrying as they do in church basements- although this former church basement doesn't look like a fellowship hall anymore.  There's lovely stone and a wine wall and a bar complete with flatscreen TVs in case you want to have date night but your husband needs to watch the game.  I think the people actually seated at the bar were most interested in that :) 

 Hello people sitting near us! I'm taking a picture of the ambiance and you're in the way.  I hope you're having a lovely dinner.
So, on to the food! This is a white cranberry martini, which looks like Christmas to me, with tiny ice crystals and red cranberry garnish.  Tasty!  We ordered an appetizer, but it never made it to our table, which was okay because we decided that meant we were destined to order two deserts instead of one. Better!
 This is a "side for sharing" of Macaroni and Cheese.  It has ham, peas, and breadcrumbs and was pretty fantastic.  I thought all the pasta dishes needed salt, but I probably need to be in a 12 step program for sodium addiction, and there was salt on the table, so no big deal.  I love macaroni and cheese, and yes, I ordered a side of Mac and Cheese with my Tortellini.  I don't eat white flour normally and so since this was a review I needed to make that sacrifice in the name of....

Science.  We're going to go with science.
 For dinner, Austin got the Pork and Beans 2.0 which was homemade bangers- which he says were outstanding (I tried a bite and then stole another one and I don't typically do sausage).  The beans were not just Pork and Beans from a can- they were smoky and yummy.  He picked out the pork belly- it's not his thing- but I'm asking him to describe the dish to me right now (at 8:30 am) and he's telling me he'd eat it again right now for breakfast.  I'm pretty sure that means he likes it :)

Behind that is their crazy cobs.  You need to stop what you're doing right now and go get some of this corn.  We weren't sure it'd be great because the corn season isn't really October, but again, this is for science.  I would go back and order 4 servings of corn and just sit there and eat it with everyone staring at the crazy lady.  It was that good.
This is my Eggplant Tortellini, which, as I mentioned, I ate with a side of mac and cheese.  It was really yummy and I appreciate when a restaurant can do vegetarian well.  I was a vegetarian for 2 years and sometimes they just throw whatever junk they've got at you and assume that if you don't like meat you don't like food.  This was not the case here. 
 Dessert!! As I mentioned, not getting an appetizer meant two desserts seemed logical.  This is a "congo bar" which was a blondie with nuts and chocolate chips served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce.  It's really sweet but really delicious!
The creme brûlée (which is my hub's favorite dessert of all time) came with cranberry chutney on it, which neither one of us cared for- although the creme itself was great! 

Our dinner total was $102- so obviously Malones is more of an "occasion dinner" although we certainly could've not gotten 2 deserts and 2 sides if we were being budget-concious.  They do also have a bar menu and a lunch menu and a Sunday Brunch (which includes something called Stuffed Croissant Pudding, and I'm not sure how I've lived my entire life without having that in it).  This would be a great place to take visiting in-laws you need to impress for brunch.  

We really liked Malones.  We'd definitely eat there again for a special night out, or for a lunch or brunch at a great location! 

I'm really enjoying getting to experience Old Town Manassas, it's making the move from Woodbridge a lot easier to find a bunch of cool new things to do and places to go- so thanks to Malones for having us out!


We were provided with a gift card to do our review, but all opinions are my own.  Also, you probably shouldn't really eat 4 servings of corn all at once because I'm not sure what that would do to your stomach, but...that sounds like a science challenge, so if anybody wants to go cob for cob, I'm totally in. 

October Fit Family Fun Events at Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center!

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Published: 10/19/2014

A Play Gym Designed for Parents and Children Aged 10 Months to 4 1/2 Years... PWC Library - Summer Reading Program