Giveaway: Waterworks Dale City

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Published: 06/15/2016
It's that time of year again!! Our friends at Waterworks want to celebrate the end of the school year with you by giving your family a 4 pack of tickets to enjoy the park! With slides, obstacle courses, a tot area, and more, Waterworks is a great place to kick off your summer vacation!!

Bonus- they do parties and swim lessons, too!
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Disclaimer: Waterworks is the sponsor and provider of this prize.  PwcMoms is not liable for your experience or safety should you choose to visit the park.  As with all of our giveaways, this one follows our complete giveaway rules, which you agree to by entering to win.

Castaways Presents: Oliver Twist

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Published: 06/13/2016
Oliver Twist
adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel

See the show!
Murderers. Pickpockets. Beggars. Schemers. Loners. We are still fascinated with the criminal element nearly 180 years after this story was published. This faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens' second novel is an exciting melodrama about the adventures of an orphan born into a life of poverty and misfortune but redeemed by an act of unselfish courage from an unexpected source. Filled with an atmosphere of mystery, its major characters are from the delectably dark underworld: Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger.

Performance DatesJune 17 @ 7:30pm
June 18 @ 2:00pm
June 24 @ 7:30pm
June 25 @ 2:00pm

General Admission available at the door before each show:  $12.00 each; Children 12 and under: $8; Ages 3 and under are free.
Advance prices and online sales are available here: Advance sale prices end June 16.

The Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia.

More information about Castaways Youth Theatre can be found at:

Partial funding has been provided to Castaways Repertory Theatre by Prince William County.

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 Memberships at Freedom

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Published: 06/07/2016
We love Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Manassas Campus of George Mason University. My husband works out daily, and I love the track and Zumba classes for days I can't run outside.  My oldest does swim team there, and we've had a lot of fun playing adult volleyball for date nights.  I know that for some people a school year membership doesn't make sense- but over the summer it totally can! The indoor pool is great (whether you're sun-challenged like me or whether you don't want to weather the weather #homophones), and the fitness classes are super fun! 

If a summer plan makes the most sense for you, Freedom offers two options.  You can customize a family plan, or you can take advantage of a student/teacher discount.  Details on both programs are below! 

See you at Zumba! 

Dream it, Plan it, Do it, Own it at Camp SheEO

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Published: 05/28/2016
Is your daughter a boss? Has she organized her Barbies into a corporate hierarchy? Does she win cookie sales every year? Do her lemonade stands rival someone on Shark Tank? If so, you should definitely check out Camp SheEO!
With four camps in Prince William County (Manassas and Woodbridge NOVA Campuses) and additional locations all over the region, Camp SheEO exists to empower the CEO inside every girl and to encourage girls to take steps toward business and community leadership.
Each week of camp, trained Success Coaches will help girls at Camp SheEO enrich their ideas about what it means to be a business owner and leader.  They will also host a guest speaker from the local business community.  There are two levels of the camp, First Steps and Next Steps, both of which run for one week from 9am-4pm and are $290. 

Both First Steps and Next Steps are intimate enrichment experiences, which means that space is LIMITED.  If you know that this would be a perfect opportunity for your daughter to explore her passion and interests, then sign up today! Owner DeShawn Robinson-Chew explains the program like this- “We really want to introduce and encourage entrepreneurship in girls and show how they can have a leadership role in their community.  We are hyper-focused on business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.  This is the only program doing this” 

Camp Dates in Prince William County Are:
Week of 7/18/16 First Steps
Woodbridge NOVA CC

Week of 7/25/16 Next Steps
Woodbridge NOVA CC

Week of 7/11 First Steps
Northern VA CC Manassas

Week of 7/25 Next Steps
Northern VA CC Manassas

Find out more information about Be a SheEO or register for one of their amazing camps today by visiting them at:

Giveaway: Peter and the Wolf and Laquita

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Published: 05/10/2016

NVYB is pleased to present its production of the Sergei Prokofiev classic, Peter and the Wolf. Featuring Australian guest soloist Victor Leo Smith as Peter, our version is augmented by beautiful scenery, and exquisite costuming. The talented and award winning members of NVYB round out the cast of characters.

Paquita, one of Marius Petipa's Imperial masterpieces, features Colorado Ballet dancer Melissa Zoebisch and Alexandru Glusacov in the principal roles.

Tickets are $30.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors and military, and $15.00 for children. Don't miss out on this wonderful performance! NVYB is the only local performing company dedicated to staging and producing professional level productions for talented and aspiring young dancers.

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Summer Programs at the Academy of Russian Ballet 2016

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Published: 05/03/2016

Early Language at PWA

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Published: 04/27/2016

At Prince William Academy we believe that in the global world in which our children are growing up, it is crucial to provide them with the skills that they will need to take an active and responsible role in the world.

By living and going to school in a region rich with cultural opportunities, our students have the chance to access vibrant cosmopolitan cities in which visitors from many countries interact, share their cultures and participate in discussion and policy development.

By offering children early exposure to a diverse array of cultural experiences and instruction in other languages, our goal is that PWA students will broaden their horizons, gain stronger commitments to their own cultural heritages, and be ready to play an active role in a global future.

At PWA we believe that it is crucial for all children to have the opportunity to gain fluency in more than one language and culture. Not only does language learning support academic achievement and provide cognitive benefits to students, it affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and provides entry to other cultures.  Beginning at age two, our students study Spanish each day in addition to a world language selected by their parents.  This year we are offering Mandarin, Arabic, and French.  Our goal will be to introduce Farsi and Urdu in the future as our school community needs dictate.

There is a large body of research demonstrating that language learning provides students with academic advantages.[1]  The American Council of Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL) has compiled an extensive body of research on the benefits of dual-language instruction programs. The research, grounded in historical context and current literature, notes that students who learn a second language have increased student achievement results compared to peers, improved cognitive skills, and overall positive attitudes for other cultures.

Counter-intuitively perhaps, it is clear that time spent learning a second language bolsters the learning of the first language too, as students, especially young children, develop cognitive tools that allow them to apply lessons from one language directly to the second.  To achieve bi-literacy and ensure competence in cross-cultural communication, Prince William Academy aims to instruct students in the two languages beginning at age two, making the most of the innate ability of young children to learn language, and contributing to their increased cognitive skills and higher achievement in other academic areas.[2]  Our effort from preschool through eighth grade promotes bi-literacy, grade-level academic achievement, and positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors in all students.[3]

A growing body of research indicates that language instruction provides multiple advantages to students, including:

·      Students achieve well above grade level, even years after their participation.
·      Students become proficient in another language and develop deeper cultural awareness.
·      Non-native English speakers and native English speakers in instruction programs perform as well as or better than their peers educated in other types of programs.  For example, both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers in instruction programs perform better than their peers both on English standardized achievement tests and Spanish standardized achievement tests.

There is also evidence that early language learning improves cognitive abilities and that bilingualism correlates with increased cognitive development and abilities.[4]There is also a correlation between bilingualism and attentional control on cognitive tasks. Furthermore, a correlation between bilingualism and intelligence and between bilingualism and meta-linguistic skills, memory skills, problem solving ability and improved verbal and spatial abilities exists.[5]

Culture is an integral part of language learning, as the language provides a window into that culture and offers students the opportunity to engage actively with it. Research demonstrates that learning a target language helps young children develop positive attitudes to that language and the people who speak it.[6]  At Prince William Academy, students view second language learning and the insights gained into another culture as a normal part of their schooling. 

At Prince William Academy, language acquisition is not just about learning a new language or being able to communicate with another person in a different language.  Cultural understanding and an ability to compete globally is what drives our intensive language studies and compliment our robust curriculum.

Learn more about our friends at Prince William Academy here.  PWA is an advertiser on

Armstrong, P. W., & Rogers, J. D. (1997). Basic skills revisited: The effects of foreign language instruction on reading, math, and language arts. Learning Languages, 2(3), 20-31
Johnson, C. E., Flores, J. S., & Eillson, F. P. (1963). The effect of foreign language instruction on basic learning in elementary schools: A second report. The Modern Language Journal, 47(1), 8-11.
Turnbull, M., Hart, D., & Lapkin, S. (2003). Grade 6 French instruction students’ performance on large-sclar reading, writing, and mathematics tests: Building explanations.  AlbertaJournal of Educational Research, 49(1), 6-23. From PsychINFO database.
[2]Stewart, J.H., Foreign Language Study in Elementary Schools: Benefits and Implications for Achievement in Early Childhood, Education Journal, 2005, 33(1), pp. 11-16.
[3] Dual Language Education of New Mexico, available at
[4] Foster, K. M., & Reeves, C. K. (1989). Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) improves cognitive skills. FLES News, 2(3), 4.
[5]Bamford, K. W., & Mizokawa, D. T. (1991). Additive-bilingual (instruction) education: Cognitive and language development. Language Learning, 41(3), 413-429. From ERIC database.
[6]Bamford, K. W., & Mizokawa, D. T. (1989). Cognitive and attitudinal outcomes of an additive-bilingual program. U.S.; Washington:  ED305826
[6] Morgan, C. (1993) ‘Attitude change and foreign language culture learning’ in Language Teaching, 26 (2), pp. 63-75.

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.

In Summmmmmerrrrrrrrr

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Published: 04/18/2016
We are excited about Summer....and all things warm and hot.....and laying on the beach.

Just like Olaf.

And speaking of Olaf, well, that reminds us of our super fun Frozen Dance Camps that we've hosted for you guys at Showcase Dance Studio.  And they've got fun summer camps, too! Check it out!

Check out Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at CCA

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Published: 04/08/2016
Update: We were able to attend the show last night (April 15th) and it was just a ton of fun.  On Facebook I said that it was a lot like having your friends put on a show and including a bunch of their favorite inside jokes- except that in this case your friends were quite talented and their jokes were all actually funny.  The narrator is incredibly talented (this play is ENTIRELY song- there's not dialogue at all) and so are her assistants.  What my kids liked most, however, was the humor.  They've already decided they would be a fantastic 3-person camel for Halloween, and I thought my boys were going to fall out of their seats laughing when some of the brothers started beat boxing and singing "Bad Boys, Bad Boys" from Cops.  
The students definitely took a few liberties with historical accuracy, but we really enjoyed the fun, easy-going atmosphere of the play and the extent to which the characters interacted with the audience, whether they were playing up a joke or running laps around the audience.  Also popular with my kids were Pharaoh Elvis and the fact that Jacob was in a wheelchair, which they thought added a lot of credibility to him being old.  Unfortunately, Jacob was also in an air cast, so I think this was more necessity than creative costume decision, but the kids liked it anyway.  

The set was beautifully done and very well used, and overall we thought the show was great! We had a lot of fun.  If there was a downside, I would say it was some microphone issues, but the crew was displaying the lyrics to each song on large screens that flank the stage, so even if you couldn't hear perfectly, you could still follow the whole story.  We went opening night, though, so I'd imagine they'll have those kinks worked out tonight!! This was definitely the most fun high school performance I've ever been to, and I loved how they utilized the whole school in some way- from the Elementary schoolers up through high school.  Just a heads up, they did open with a prayer and end with an altar call (just so you know it's coming).  It's a story based on the Bible, though, so I don't think that was a shocker for most of the crowd.  

On April 15th and 16th , Christ Chapel Academy’s (CCA) Performing Fine Arts Department will put on their rendition of a famous biblical story:  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  The student led play will begin at 7pm each night. 

The biblical story of Joseph is a familiar one to many.  Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musicalize the Biblical story of the young man whose brothers are jealous of their father's favoritism toward him and the beautiful coat he receives as a gift. They sell him into slavery in Egypt, telling their father he has been murdered, but he ultimately becomes important to the Pharaoh through his ability to interpret dreams. This bible story is put to 24 catchy songs complete with choreographed dance and song.

The play is produced and directed by CCA Performing Fine Arts Instructor, Harmony Barbour and student directed by CCA Students Michael Carpenter and Bria Alston. 

Tickets are on sale in the main school office and will be sold at the door.  Prices are as follows:

$3 Children |  $5 Adults  | $15 Family (3 students or more)

About Christ Chapel Academy

Christ Chapel Academy is dedicated to unleashing the leadership potential within each student.  Academically rigorous programs, a vibrant christ-centered community, and a unique multicultural learning environment make CCA a great option for parents who want a smaller school but don’t want to sacrifice big opportunities for their student(s). 

To learn more about Christ Chapel Academy, visit

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

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.

Take a Second Look: Prince William Academy

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Published: 03/29/2016
Prince William Academy, a private, non-sectarian school in Lake Ridge, VA is making some top-down changes to its NAYEC and VISA accredited programs. The changes start with new Head of School, Dr. Jason Lody whose background in international education and school reform make him uniquely postured to turn PWA into the premier educational option in Prince William County.

Dr. Lody was drawn to the 27,000 square foot facility with an international focus because of the difference in what's offered by the curriculum.  The school offers Spanish language instruction and one additional language (Arabic, French, or Mandarin) at all grade levels, as well as full art, technology and music.   While the class sizes at this International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school never exceed 15 students, that doesn't prevent them from also offering ballet, karate, art, sports, music lessons, and student clubs after school.

While what's great about the school is staying the same, many things will be changing under Dr. Lody's direction, including a focus on offering a full middle-school program as an alternative to public or parochial middle school options that currently exist in PWC.  

Prince William Academy invites you out to take a first, or second, look at their 3 acre campus, with a full size gym and rock climbing wall, 
commercial kitchen with nutritious lunches prepared by a CIA trained chef, and 10% tuition reduction for military, law enforcement, educators, and nurses.  If you've written off private education in Prince William County, Dr. Lody would like to personally invite you in to change your mind.  

To find out more about Prince William Academy, visit them online, or on Facebook to learn more about the exciting things happening and changing at this International School. To schedule a tour, call  703-491-1444, and ask for Dr. Lody directly.  He'd love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have personally. 

Free Composting Event April 30, 2016

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Published: 03/15/2016
Get the Dirt on Compost—the Soil and Water Connection

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’

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Silver Sparkles Family Fun Day 2016

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Published: 02/29/2016
Join us for an awesome day of family fun with all the funds we raise after expenses going to support Brain Cancer Research.  (Can you still get your business at this event? Yup! Email me.) 

A special thanks to our sparkle sponsor, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute

Throughout the day we'll have free classes in the community room, lots to do in the gym, and even a few outdoor activities, weather permitting.  There will be food and raffle tickets for sale, so bring cash (we will take credit cards for raffle tickets, too).  Every vendor table has a fun thing for your kids to do, so you can check out local businesses and kid-friendly venues while your kids have a great time playing!
Why should you come? Well, come to have fun, come to meet local businesses and find places to plug your kids in.  Come to support local Mom-run businesses.  Come to support me because I run this insane website.  Come because cancer sucks.  I don't care, really, all that much about your motivation, just come!! 

TICKETS ARE PER FAMILY- you will need one ticket for everyone that lives in your home as part of your family.  If you bring grammy and grandpa and they don't live with you, they'll need their own ticket.  I really want this event to be accessible for families, so please be honest about your ticket purchases so that I don't have to start charging per person! Remember, too, we donate ALL the profit we make at this event, so it's all for a good cause!

Here's what's on tap so far:
Classroom Space:
Ballet Class with Academy of Russian Ballet
Mincraft Class with Animated Child
Special Storytime with Prince William Libraries
**Please note, admission to these is NOT guaranteed because we have space limitations**

Thanks to Just Between Friends for sponsoring our DJ!

Main Event Space:
We're updating this list as vendors sign up! Keep checking back for more fun! 
GMS Gymnastics- Flexed arm hang challenge
Jessica Salazar Photography- Family Fun Photo Booth
Bach to Rock- Musical Performer and instrument play
Chick Fil A Bristow and Chick Fil A Sudley Manor (and the cow!) Will be selling their Original Chick-fil-A Sandwiches -- all profit will go to brain cancer/brain tumor research. And the Chick-fil-A Cow will be there =) PLEASE BUY SOME CHICK FIL A :) this is a really big deal for our fundraiser!
Animated Child- Hosting our minecraft class, their table will be awesome, too! 
Soccer Shots- Score a goal challenge
Academy of Russian Ballet- hosting our ballet class, and their table will be awesome, too! 
Athlete's Addiction-  Agility Ladder
Game Truck- Full game truck play will be available outside during our event! 
Michael Chamberlin, Magician from 2:15-4:45pm
Kingdom of Azuria (Princess!) 
Brunos Bounce House- indoor bounce
DPGolf Academy- Putt Putt Golf
Pampered Chef with Doina Heinz- Food Fun
Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry- PlayDoh Dentist
JustJump Outdoor bounce
Megan Keys Photography- Temporary Tattoos
Kids Chemistry with Des & Desi
Drama Mama Cupcakes
Smoothie King of Woodbridge/Colby's Ride
DoTerra with Leah Zapata 
Stella and Dot with Melisa
MOMS Club of PWC

Raffle Items- We'll have awesome Swag Bags from Katherine Breyfogle and Got Posh for the first 200 people who purchase $10 or more of raffle tickets! (Cash or credit  cards will be accepted!) 

Raffle items include: 
We're updating this list as vendors sign up! Keep checking back for more exciting prizes! 
4 classes at The Little Gym
A one year membership at The Little Gym
Swim Kids gift baskets
Scentsy warmers
DC United Tickets courtesy of Soccer Shots
Barbie DVDs from Universal Home Entertainment
Summer Camp from Edgemoor Art Studio
Gift Certificate to Abrakadoodle
Gift Baskets from Waterworks Water Park
Gift Basket from the Primrose School of Bristow
Birthday Party with AviationEd
Free PeeWee Golf Registration from DPGolf Academy
$105 Gift Card to DPGolf Summer Camp

Easter Egg Hunts 2016

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Published: 02/27/2016
Looking for fun springtime or Easter events in Manassas, Woodbridge, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Bristow or Montclair? (Or maybe you're one of the brave folks who will drive all over Prince William County!) Here's what we've got! You can email us to add your event to this list for free, but please be kind to us and submit it in the same format you see all of these listings!!

Now, let's hop to it!

Event: Hippity Hoppity Pool Hunt
When: March 5th from 1-2pm
What:Egg Hunt and Open Swim event. Children will collect floating eggs in the pool and trade them for a “goodie bag”. Find the special egg and receive a special prize!  Children will be grouped by age for the Egg Hunt from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Age Groups: 6 yrs and under (parents may help): 1:00pm - 1:20pm 7 to 9 yrs: 1:20pm – 1:40pm 10 to 12yrs: 1:40pm - 2pm  
Fee: $14/family of 4, $5/child, FREE to SBDCRC Passholders

Event: Breakfast with the Bunny at Matchbox (Potomac Mills)
When: March 12th from 8:30-10am
Where: Matchbox Potomac Mills
What: Potomac Mills will also be offering a chance to have Breakfast with the Bunny on
March 12th from 8:30 am to 10 am at Matchbox. The event is free, but seating is limited.  RSVP online.

Event: Bunny Frame Craft Class
When: March 12th from 10am-12pm
Where: Michaels Stores
What: They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.
Fee: $2

Event: Eggstravaganza (Pool Egg Hunt) 
When: March 18th from 5-7pm or 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
What: Lots of fun and an egg hunt in the pool! REGISTER ONLINE.
Fee: $14/child, parents free

Event: Easter Egg Hunt (includes adaptive option)
When: March 19th from 10am-12pm
Where: Costello Park, Manassas Park
What: Ages 0-7 can enjoy an egg hunt! Adaptive egg hunt available at 12pm.  Use the codes by age group to register online. 
Fee: $5

Event: Flashlight Egg Hunt
When: March 19th from 7-8pm
Where: Costello Park, Manassas Park
What: Ages 8-11 can enjoy a flashlight egg hunt.  Use activity number 7313 to register. 
Fee: $5

Event: Tissue Paper Eggs Craft Class
When: March 19th from 10am-12pm
Where: Michaels Stores
What: They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.
Fee: $2

Event: Egg-cellent Easter Extravaganza
When: March 19th from 10am-12pm
Where: Chinn Park Aquatic and Fitness
What: Come join us for an Egg-cellent egg hunt, face painting, family games, crafts and bounce house fun.  Egg hunt is for children ages 2 - 12.  Must Register by March 10. 
Fee: $5.00 per child, free to children ages 2 and younger

Event: Monkey Joe's Easter Eggstravaganza (Sterling)
When: March 23rd from 2pm-close
Where: Monkey Joe's 
What: On Wednesday March 23, the location will be hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza with $7 admission from 2pm to close. “Easter Bunny Joe” will be available to take photos with children all day. He will also be handing out Easter eggs to each child.
Fee: $7

Event: Egg Hunt at Camp William B. Snyder
When: March 26th at 9am SHARP
Where: Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket
What: Be here at 9am sharp! This event moves fast.  Children will be separated by age to hunt for filled plastic eggs. Keep an eye out for the prize winning golden eggs and make sure you bring a basket and your camera! The Easter Bunny will be there for photo ops and fun.
Fee: $5/child by March 23, $8 day of registration

Event: General's Ridge Egg Hunt
When: March 26, 2016 10am-12:30pm
Where: General's Ridge Golf Course
What: Join us for our First Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 4 & Under 10:00 am - 10:20 am, Ages 5-8 10:30 am -10:50 am, Ages 9-12 11:00 am - 11:20 am. Egg Hunt on our driving range. Must be accompanied by a parent. Crafts on our patio 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Event: National Community Church Gainesville Egg Hunt
When: March 26, 2016 2pm-4pm
Where: Buckland Mills Elementary School
What: Featuring carnival games, moon bounce, petting zoo, face painting, picture with a live Easter Bunny, local Fire Truck onsite, lots of free prizes, everyone wins, free raffle prizes including movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, Spark Scooter give-a-way and more. And of course a massive Easter egg hunt!

Event: Egg Hunts
When: When: March 12/13, 19/20, 26/27 and April 2/3 at 11am and 2pm
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
What: Egg hunts and farm fun.  The Easter Bunny will make appearances, too! 
Fee: $14.95 all day admission (open 10am-5pm) 
Event: Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest
When: April 2/3 from 11am-1:30pm
Where: Great Country Farms (Bluemont)
What:  Your family won’t want to miss the first “crop” of the spring– Marshmallow Picking!! Do marshmallow peeps really grow on trees? Your children will be amazed to harvest a few marshmallows to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs, and we need you to help us find them! There will be multiple egg hunts each day this year, with over 18,000 eggs filled with treats to enchant your children.
Fee: $10

Easter Bunny Pictures at Potomac Mills Mall will run March 3-March 26th.  Times vary, but can be found online here

Easter Bunny Pictures at Manassas Mall will run March 9th-March 26th

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!


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

Introducing 100 WWC Gainesville Area Chapter

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Published: 01/25/2016
100 Women Who Care is trying to open a Gainesville Area Chapter.  Read more about this organization and learn how you can get involved below. 

It’s a very simple concept: We gather 100 women who care to make a $100 donation during a 1 hour meeting.  

The impact: $10,000 to a local charity, four times a year!  

Formation of a Gainesville chapter of 100 WWC is in the works. Please join us for our first meeting, held in partnership with the NOVA chapter of 100 WWC, on February 4th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, located at 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, 20121). A good turnout from our area means all future meetings will be held in Gainesville! For more information, check out our Facebook page at, or contact Julie Beal at or Hasna Ridwan at

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 today!

Winter S.T.E.A.M. Camps 2015/2016

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Published: 12/17/2015
The Animated Child invites you to their Winter STEAM Camp!

Winter S.T.E.A.M. CAMP Dec 21-23 & Dec 28-31
Have your kiddo join us for Winter Break! 
Weekly and Daily Camps available!
Winter is our favorite season to learn! Dress for the weather because we are taking the science lab to the park!

Camps are 8am-3:45pm, before and after care are also available as add-ons. 

Mini Camps for Winter 2015 at Engineering for Kids

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Published: 11/18/2015
Come join Engineering For Kids for fun and educational Classes, Clubs and Mini Camps!

  Register before December 15th and save $10

Use code: WINTER15 at checkout

Our winter mini camps will be held from 8:30am-5:30pm on the following dates at our Lake Ridge Center.
*Lunch is NOT provided. Children are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and snacks. 
(Please NO peanut products)

Winter Mini Camp Schedule:
Ages: 5-14  Cost: $60 per mini camp

December 21st: MinecraftEDU - Traveling into the Future
December 22nd- Robotics 101
December 23rd- Frosty Framework
December 28th: MinecraftEDU - Traveling into the Future
December 29th: Electronic Game Design: Bug Invasion Games
December 30th: Electrical Engineering - Electrified

December Club Schedule:

Junior Engineering Clubs (Ages 4-6) $60 monthly per club
Jr. Discovery Engineering- December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th (5pm-5:45pm)
Jr. Tinkerlab- December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th (9:30am-10:15am)

Apprentice/Master Engineering Clubs (ages 7-14) $75 monthly per club
Robotics Club: Robo Battles- December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th (6pm-7:30pm)
Coding Club:Hardware Engineering-Makey Makey- December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th 
Girls Only Coding Club: Robotics 101- December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th (9am-10:30am) 

Mini Camp Descriptions:

MinecraftEDU- Traveling into the Future
Join us in an apocalyptic future, one where the earth has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters. Each day, students rely on the engineering design process to solve a series of challenges such as building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest and even building a rocket to land on the moon! Through the application of engineering principles, students solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.

During Robotics 101 program, students will learn the basics of designing, programming, and controlling a fully functional robot. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, mathematical concepts, and engineering principles students will brainstorm, plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions to accomplish a given task. Students will also learn the sequence of communication between the robot, and the programmer by collecting and analyzing data using the robot's sensors.

Frosty Framework- 
Students will construct a gingerbread house in order to gain an understanding of structural properties in architecture, as well as the properties of different materials used in building construction.

Electronic Game Design: Bug Invasion Games 
Eek! The bugs are after our birthday cake!! In Electronic Game Design: Bug Invasion, we will create our own version of an invader defense game that is set in a home where we have to defend our birthday cake from an infestation of ravenous bugs! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to outline the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Electrical Engineering- Electrified
During the Electrical Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine basic electronics and circuits. Students experiment with Snap Circuits® to discover the capabilities of major electronic components. In addition, students build their own flashlights and explore the world of magnetic energy by building their own Magnetic Levitation vehicle.

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

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+.

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 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 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 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 for details.

Northern Virginia Youth Ballet's 2014 Nutcracker

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

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
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