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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the Arts EXPANDS ACADEMY; MOVES TO KINGSTOWNE CAMPUS

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the Arts EXPANDS ACADEMY; MOVES TO KINGSTOWNE CAMPUS

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Alexandria, Va. will see a lot of new changes at the newly, expanded MSA Academy headquarters in Kingstowne (Alexandria, Va.). With more than 40 students, the Academy now offers more space with 14,500 square feet, including seven dance studios, four music studios and a new black box theater that will be complete in January, 2017. They’re also building a new Early Childhood dance studio and waiting area for their youngest students and families with small children. For information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

“We’re so excited about this new school year in Kingstowne, for new students and returning students, our new Academy space is twice the size of our original space, with additional space for up and coming Black Box theatre,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria, Va.

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BASIS Independent opens first Tysons Corner, Va. school

BASIS Independent opens first Tysons Corner, Va. school

More than 40 teachers and nearly 300 DC-area students were welcomed by Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va., who opened the doors to Tysons Corner, Va.’s first prek-12 school.  Located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va., the 120,000 square-foot private school designed by Gilbane Perkins Eastman Design has more than 23 classrooms, as well as a gymnasium, chemistry, biology and physics laboratories, demonstration and reading rooms, full-service cafeteria and indoor and outdoor play areas. For more information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

Metropolitan School of the Arts moves academy to Kingstowne; New Board Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts moves academy to Kingstowne; New Board Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va., recently expanded its Alexandria/Kingstowne, Va. campus to include its Academy and studio classes, upon closing its Lorton, Va. campus. Alexandria/Kingstowne MSA headquarters now provides newly renovated space for its Academy, studios and soon-to-be constructed Black Box theatre. It also welcomed four new board members, including: Jeff Lovett of Motley Fool of Alexandria, Va.; Cos Dimaggio of Tauri Group of Fairfax Station,Va.; Kusuma Aralere of Gainesville, Va.;  David Patterson of Tech Enabled Solutions in Leesburg, Va.; Jim Anderson of Fairfax Station, Va. of the Anderson Company; and Peter Van Aartrikj of the Aartrikj Company in Alexandria, Va. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Uncorked Wine Festival debuts Sat. Sept 24 at DC Armory

Uncorked Wine Festival debuts Sat. Sept 24 at DC Armory

For the first time, the nationally renowned Uncorked Wine Festival will be in Washington, D.C. on Sat., Sept. 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the DC Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St., SE, Washington, D.C., featuring more than 75 wineries with 200 grape varieties, gourmet food trucks, champagne bar, international wine market, artisanal food vendors, video DJ and a photo booth. Cost is $65 to $75 per person (for 21-year-olds and older only). Cocktail attire is recommended, but not required. Go to www. http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/uncorked-dc/.

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LearningRx of Reston, Vienna and Fairfax earn National Customer Service Award

LearningRx of Reston, Vienna and Fairfax earn National Customer Service Award

LearningRx Reston, Va., LearningRx Vienna, Va., and LearningRx Fairfax, Va. brain training centers were presented with a top, 2016 Customer Service Award at the company’s national convention held in Colorado Springs, Colo. The award is given to centers that have shown a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“Our Vienna, Fairfax, Reston team has helped countless clients excel by training their brains to be faster and more efficient learners,” says LearningRx vice president of research and development, Tanya Mitchell. “Their personal brain trainers have produced not only life changing results, but also incredibly satisfied customers. The 2016 Customer Service Award honors them for their impeccable customer service and commitment to customer satisfaction, ” said Mitchell.

Carmello’s earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Carmello’s earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was nationally recognized by Trip Advisor with a Certificate of Excellence and winner of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice award. Carmello’s is owned by long-time Historic Manassas resident, Alice Pires. Go to www.carmellos.com.

Their seasonal menus serve a wide variety of American cuisine with Portuguese and Mediterranean influence. Carmello’s sources local ingredients, and uses fresh herbs from their backyard garden.

“We’re a community restaurant, a family restaurant...and our customers are what make us successful, we’re grateful for their continued support,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va.

Soon-to-open BASIS Independent McLean Hosts July Information Sessions in Vienna, McLean and Reston,

Soon-to-open BASIS Independent McLean Hosts July Information Sessions in Vienna, McLean and Reston,

BASIS Independent McLean is hosting several information sessions for potential students’ families to get general information, a curriculum overview, and meet BASIS.ed alumni. Events are available, July 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 29 in various locations in Vienna, Va., McLean, Va., Great Falls, Va. and Reston, Va. For more information or to register, go to http://hubs.ly/H03z_yl0  or call 703.854.1253.

BASIS Independent McLean July events include:
Wed., July 13 at 6:30 PM - SPECIAL EVENT: General Information Session with Director of Admissions and BASIS.ed Alumni: Discover how we create a positive school culture from a BASIS.ed student. Admissions Office , 7925 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 5150, McLean,Va.