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Things to Do in NoVA: April 1-7

A handful of things to do in NoVA that should be on your calendar.

11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge
April 2
Sample international fare from some of the best chefs in the world as more than 20 chefs cook authentic fare. There will be entertainment and cocktails, plus awards. Must be 21+ years old. All you can eat, too. // Washington, DC

Annandale Carnival
April 4-14
It’s carnival time in Annandale. Happening in the KMart parking lot on John Marr Drive. If you can’t make it you can also check out a carnival at Dulles Town Center ending April 7, or one at Potomac Mills April 11-22. // Annandale

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg
April 5-7
The Bard is on stage as Middleburg gives over to his famous works with a weekend full of performances and a champagne brunch. // Middleburg

Art Blooms at Mosaic
April 6-7
Don’t want to head to D.C. for the cherry blossoms? This weekend Mosaic puts the focus on the beautiful plumes with artworks, workshops, music, entertainment, a farmers market and beer garden. // Merrifield

Kokedama Workshop
April 7
Learn to make your own beautiful kokedama, or moss ball, that will bring unique life to your space. // Falls Church

What you didn’t know your printer could do for you: A talk with Allegra Printing of Fairfax

Every business, non-profit, PTA and religious center needs paper and promotional products. Oanh Henry, owner of Allegra Print Mail Services of Fairfax, explores how printed collateral helps businesses, large and small, get the word out and make a lasting impression. From church programs to huge conference packages, she has you covered from pens and bags to bound booklets and banners.

When Megan Merkosky and her partner Tiffany started Peppi Gel (a nail color company based in Manassas) they sought out Oanh’s help to brand and market their product. Oanh walks us through the evolution of their brand.

Lastly, Oanh is a believer in Givers Gain and explores why giving back to the community is so important.

What You Didn’t Know Your Printer Could Do For You

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 25-Mar. 3

A handful of things to do in NoVA that should be on your calendar.

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
Opens Feb. 26
Three women are tasked with restoring a Rembrandt painting that has been damaged, though their environment is something else: they are trapped in a museum during a hundred year war. The women: an art restorer, a nurse and their captor. // Signature Theatre, Shirlington

Sister Hazel
March 2
You’re teen/college-year musicians are back. Leesburg’s Tally Ho hosts Sister Hazel for a night. // Leesburg

Prune Like a Pro
March 2
It’s time to get those shrubs in shape for the spring. Experts at Merrifield Garden Center will bring your through tips and tricks so you can make sure you are manicuring correctly. // Merrifield

D.C. Annual Flea Market
March 2-3
Find those one-of-a-kind items that bring life into your home design at this year’s D.C. Annual Flea at the Dulles Expo Center. // Chantilly

Fairfax City Restaurant Week
March 3-9
Almost every meal of the day will have a deal on it in at the 20+ participating restaurants for Fairfax City Restaurant Week that kicks off this Sunday. Participate through the even app and you can win bonuses and prizes. // Fairfax City

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 18-24

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week.

Aaron Carter
Feb. 20
After a 15-year pause Aaron Carter is back on stage at Jammin Java this week to play his new album. // Vienna

Preacher Lawson
Feb. 21
We met him on America’s Got Talent now the comedian Preacher Lawson is taking the local stage at George Mason Center for the Arts to get the laughs with his clean, goofy and high-energy routine. // Fairfax

The Wolves
Through Feb. 24
A bold, dramatic comedy, The Wolves is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about the lives of suburban high school girls and the obstacles of life they face. // Herndon

Capital Remodel and Garden Show
Feb. 22-24
The weekend of home DIY is back as the Capital Remodel and Garden Show takes over the Dulles Expo Center this weekend with guest Clint Harp of HGTV’s Fixer Upper on the main stage Friday and Saturday. // Chantilly

Grand Opening of BusyBees
Feb. 23
The newest play spot for those under 48-inches is holding its grand opening BusyBees in Fairfax Corner is the spot for little ones to expend their energy at this indoor playground where they can run, jump, spin and fly. // Fairfax

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Things to Do in NoVA: Feb. 11-17

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week.

Celebrating Black History and love at Angelika Film Center
Throughout February
And in honor of Black History Month, multiple bog screen hits will be shown throughout the month, like Do the Right Thing, Poetic Justice and The Color Purple. And for Valentine’s Day there will be a showing of Casablanca. // Merrifield

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Through March 10
This Tony Award-winning musical is on stage at Signature Theatre and features all the classics of Thomas “Fats” Waller and brings the audience back to Harlem of the 1920s and ’30s. // Shirlington

Kick the Kegs at Ornery Beer Company
Tuesday, Feb. 12
The sudden loss of Fair Winds Brewing’s owner Casey Jones has the local beer community coming together to raise funds for his children. Eighteen breweries are headed to Ornery Beer Company with one keg each; first keg to kick wins. Proceeds go to the Jones family. // Fairfax

Corks and Cupcakes
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17
Pair your wine with cupcakes, Georgetown Cupcakes, as Bluemont Vineyard takes you through four pairings of their wine and the popular confectionary delights. // Bluemont

Planning 101 Workshop at Erin Condren
Sunday, Feb. 17
Now that we’ve all Kondoed our homes it is time to get our planners in order. The Erin Condren store in Mosaic is hosting a workshop to get your goals and planners on track and looking great. // Merrifield

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 4-10

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week

Arlo Guthrie
Feb. 8-9
The Birchmere hosts Arlo Guthrie, who follows in his father’s (Woody Guthrie) footsteps of folk music with a focus on tackling social injustices. // Birchmere, Alexandria

Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Feb. 8-17
Paradise Springs Winery goes sweet with their special event that pairs decadent chocolates made by local artisans with a full tasting of their wines and Swagger, a port-style wine. And if you are there on Feb. 9, stay for their Valentine’s Wine Dinner. // Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton

Defining your outdoor space
Feb. 9, 10 a.m.
Experts at Merrifield Garden Center will take you through the steps of planning out your outdoor oasis as they talk about mixing plants, hardscapes and outdoor furniture to create a peaceful respite. // Merrifield Garden Center, Merrifield

Heart-Shaped Floral Wreath Workshop
Feb. 10, 10 a.m.
The floral masterminds at Botanologica are hosting a workshop where you will create a beautiful fresh wreath with the holiday of love in mind. Not only will you walk away with a piece of art, but you will also learn the history behind the sentiment of giving flowers. // Botanologica, Falls Church

Valentine’s Day Card Making Workshop
Feb. 10
Pop into Park Story on Sunday and make a card from the heart as Calligraphette and Co. showcases a workshop where those of all levels will create and walk away with a brush pen, four Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes, a calligraphy alphabet, guidelines and marbling supplies. // Park Story, Mosaic District

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Things to Do in NoVA: Jan. 14-21

Events to get on your calendar this week.

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Through Jan 20
D.C. restaurants offer up great deals to get you in the door on these snow evenings but if you are willing to brave the cold and ice you are treated to renowned fare at discounted prices: $22 brunches and lunches, $35 dinners at over 100 restaurants in NoVA, D.C. and Maryland.

The Hip Hop Museum Pop-Up
Jan. 18-19 opening
The Source magazine founder and creator, Dave Mays, has set this pop-up museum in motion where patrons attending the kick-off show will be treated to a concert by The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of “Rapper’s Delight”.
The museum, housed at Culturehouse, will be open until Feb. 18. 

Heather McDonald at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Jan. 18-19
Known for her podcast and comedy shows, Juicy Scoop, White Chicks and I Don’t Mean to Brag, Heather McDonald is making her debut at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse this weekend and will surely put a smile on your face and some guttural laughter in your belly as she takes on relationships, pop culture and more, though she stays clear of politics.

Home + Remodeling Show
Jan. 18-20
Get design inspiration and advice all in one spot this weekend as the Dulles Expo Center is turned over to home designers and contractors plus workshops, talks and appearances by HGTV’s Design Star personality Tyler Wisler and John Gidding of TLC’s Trading Spaces.

Opens Jan. 18, runs through Feb. 24
Kenneth Lin, he of House of Cards, takes on Russia in a fictional manner with his theatrical show spotlighting the U.S.-Russia “relationship” and one man’s, Vladimir Putin’s, rise to power.

Alexandria’s Maker’s Mile
Jan. 18-21
Old Town Alexandria is putting the focus on its local makers this weekend with an event that will not only inspire you to buy from area artisans but also to get you using your hands by making your own items. Store that are participating include AR Workshop, fibre space, Penny Post, Red Barn Mercantile and Stitch Sew Shop.

Chefscape Opening
Jan. 19-20
A new food hall is hitting the NoVA scene, this time in Leesburg as Chefscape holds its grand opening this weekend. Find four concepts from Rooted and Bloomed, Muggerz BBQ, Sultry Soul Food and Sandwich Bistro.

Baby Gifts: The Nest Egg Fairfax Corner

The arrival of a new baby is always an exciting even to celebrate. Finding the perfect gift for the new baby, the granddaughter or grandson, niece or nephew, or what ever your relation, is a simple if you know where to look. Well, here is where to look, The Nest Egg at Fairfax Corner. Located across from Ann Taylor Loft, you will get lost in all they have to offer. 

The Nest Egg’s owner, Ann, gives Tracey Barrett of FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate a tour of this wonderful corner of her shop. Please also visit the gallery below. 

Baby Gifts: The Nest Egg Fairfax Corner

Junior Achievement Financial Park: A Tour

I recently had a fantastic experience volunteering to be the “Automotive Maintenance” stop and station at the Junior Achievement Financial Park in Fairfax, VA. My 8th grader’s school sends all the 8th graders here each year to get an introduction to personal household budgeting. 

The student experience starts with planned curriculum in their class rooms and moves into the culmination “at JA Finance Park®, where these young people have the opportunity to put their newly-learned skills to the test in this digital, 21st century, innovative learning environment. The “mini-city” houses a variety of storefronts and kiosks, correlating to the personal budget lines each student must manage during their JA Finance Park® visit.

“The Finance Park website describes the experience “as these young people enter the doors of Finance Park, they leave behind their lives as middle school students and take on a life scenario: an avatar with a career, salary, credit score, debt, a family, and financial obligations. On tablet computers, students make their way through various phases of the day:”

Source: JA Fiance Park Website –

The students I helped through this process had avatars that ranged from 1) a single parent with 1 child making $39,000 annually with a credit score of 650, to 2) a gentleman making $84,000 annually, married with a child, to 3) a woman making $79,000 annually married to a gentleman making $12,000 annually, 1 child, 780 credit score, and $27,000 in student loan debt. From these base data the students performed the tasks above and had to make some hard choices at times. 

This was a wonderful practical application of real world numbers and monthly dilemmas households face each month. It is an incredible resource and I’m so grateful that our area has the JA Finance Park® as a resource. 

You can learn more by visiting the JA Finance Park® website here

Junior Achievement Financial Park: A Tour

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Things to Do in NoVA: Dec. 17-23

A host of festive activities to get you right up to Christmas.

Terrarium Class with Succulents
Dec. 17
Those trending little plants aren’t going anywhere. No matter the time of year they bring a great focal point to any room. // The Lemon Collective, Washington , D.C.

Holiday Candle Centerpiece
Dec. 18
Make sure your table sings with a beautiful centerpiece with central pillar candle. Materials and provided for you to make a masterpiece. // Metro Flower Market, Chantilly

16th Annual Santa Clauster-f@%! Christmas Spectacular
Dec. 22-23
Listen to a mix of tunes from polka and folk to rock and heavy metal as almost 60 musicians take the stage and perform holiday songs. // Jammin Java, Vienna

Downtown Holiday Market
Through Dec. 23
More than 150 regional artists showcasing gifts, jewelry, pottery, paintings, textiles and more. There will also be seasonal entertainment and festive treats. // Washington, D.C.

The Washington Chorus Family Christmas
Dec. 23
The Washington Chorus performs holiday music and patrons will get a visit from Santa. // George Mason Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax

Madeline’s Christmas
Through Dec. 23
Children get a laugh with this musical adaptation of the popular stories of Madeline as she creates a magical, memorable Christmas. // Creative Cauldron, Falls Church

Christmas at Oatlands
Through Dec.
The historic home is decked out in lighted glory and open for walk through tours. // Historic Oatlands, Leesburg

Christmas at Mount Vernon
Through Dec.
Throughout the season Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with a nod to the past by hosting tours by candlelight and hosting a Howlidays photo station. // Mount Vernon, Alexandria

The Nutcracker
Through Dec. 28
The Washington Ballet performs the holiday classic set in 1882 to Tachaikovsky’s score. // Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.

ZooLights at the National Zoo
Through Dec. 31
Lights take the focus at the zoo, at least during the night, during the annual ZooLights event that includes performances, live music and winter treats, plus holiday shopping. // National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

LightUP Fest
Through Jan. 2, 2019
One Loudoun celebrates the season with a night that lights up the town center with 77 displays shown during this eight-week exhibition based on four different themes: Tour of Fantasy; Freedom America; Mysterious East and Magical World. Accompanying the light displays will be acrobatics, arts and crafts and cultural fare from China. // One Loudoun, Ashburn

Billy Elliot
Through Jan. 6, 2019
Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner puts his spin on the popular musical about an 11-year-old English boy who finds his love of ballet. // Signature Theatre, Shirlington

Bull Run Festival of Lights
Through Jan. 6, 2019
The Bull Run Festival of Lights is a night filled with 2.5 miles of illumination ending with a holiday carnival complete with rides, games, snacks and refreshments. // Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

Meadowlark Botanical Garden Winter Walk of Lights
Through Jan. 6, 2019
Meadowlark Botanical Garden hosts hundreds to walk its illuminated paths that hold more than three to four million lights. Concessions are on site.  // Meadowlark Botanical Garden, Vienna

Gifts from the HeART Holiday Shopping
Through Jan. 7, 2019
Artwork is on exhibit and for sale at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit Cornerstones. Find artwork in the form of watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and more. Dec. 1 is the big Holiday Gift Shopping event where Lake Anne turns into a marketplace with food and more.