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Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic high school of Fairfax, Va. has a history of a strong culture of inclusion, reflective of the current reigning homecoming queen and king, Shaylyn Smith, 18, of Bristow, Va. and Zach Fowler, 18, of Vienna, Va., who both happen to have an intellectual disability. 

Smith and Fowler were selected through the standard process of selecting a homecoming king and queen with no special circumstances or special efforts to ensure that they were the ones selected. For the first time, Paul VI has voted both homecoming king and queen from Paul VI’s Options Program. For more information on the school, go to www.paulvi.net.

BASIS Independent McLean Hosts Seminar-Demystifying Global Education Rankings, Mon., Oct. 24

BASIS Independent McLean Hosts Seminar-Demystifying Global Education Rankings, Mon., Oct. 24

BASIS Independent McLean is hosting a seminar called, Demystifying Global Education Rankings, led by distinguished international educators, Peng Yu of Shanghai and Tue Halgreen of Paris, France on Mon., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at 8000 Jones Branch Road in McLean, Va. Entrance is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.basisindependent.com/speaker-series.

The seminar will feature a conversation on the role of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in global benchmarking and their influence on educational excellence across the world.

No. Virginia Couple Debuts “Cook in Mexico”; their Second Culinary Tour

No. Virginia Couple Debuts “Cook in Mexico”; their Second Culinary Tour

Mexico isn’t just known for its beautiful beaches. Cook in Mexico is now taking guests to the heart of Mexico and the heart of Mexican cuisine. Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, just launched its second culinary tour, Cook in Mexico in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende. Cook in Mexico was created by Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers, a Northern Virginia couple that hosts their worldwide guests on cooking tours in Cook in Tuscany in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guides guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. Now guests, can experience the traditional flavors and storytelling from the Mexican cooks, visit historic sites, dance to Mariachi and climb the ruins of Cañada de la Virgin. For more information, go to www.cookinmexico.kitchen or  www.cookintuscany.com.

Carmello's to Host J. Lohr Wine Dinner; Sept. 29

Carmello's to Host J. Lohr Wine Dinner; Sept. 29

Carmello’s is hosting a J. Lohr Winery Wine Dinner on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. for $90 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature J. Lohr Winery wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new fall menu. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

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.

Metro School of the Arts Performs and Directs "Spring Awakening"

Metro School of the Arts Performs and Directs "Spring Awakening"

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. are putting on their fifth student-directed and produced show---the Tony Award-nominated, Spring Awakening. The performance is on Fri., July 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., July 30 and Sun., July 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the 1st Stage Theater at 1524 Spring Hill Rd. in McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

BASIS Independent Mclean Led By Head of School, Sean Aiken

BASIS Independent Mclean Led By Head of School, Sean Aiken

Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va. is blazing the trail for Tysons Corner’s first preK to 12th school. Raised by educators, Aiken’s passion for teaching and education came easily.  Most recently, he headed up two nationally ranked schools.  For more information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

A native of Arizona, Aiken excelled in his science/math magnet program, ranked at the top in the state in academic competitions, was an avid athlete, an accomplished musician, and one of 20 Arizona students hand-picked and awarded a full merit scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and minor in English from the University of Arizona and earned a masters of education in teaching and teacher education from there as well.