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METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

FAME, the musical, is coming to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States. Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)’s ensemble cast will present on Aug. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre in Lorton, Va. Tickets are available online for $20 general admission at www.metro-theatre.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the box office at (703) 584-2900.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.

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HERO CENTRAL: Miriam's Kitchen Breaks the Ice with the Homeless

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) --- In one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the District, there is an organization helping people meet their basic needs. Surrounded by the Watergate Hotel and The Kennedy Center is Miriam's Kitchen. The non-profit organization strives to end long-term homelessness with one meal at a time.

"The biggest thing I learned, it built my self-esteem, my confidence, self-image."

James Maphis, 55, took the first step toward improving his life after dining at Miriam's Kitchen. The place serves as a safe haven for the District's homeless by providing them with meals, housing and health support. Maphis entered its doors in Foggy Bottom 17 years ago. He was able to obtain food, an identification card and clean clothes.

"Yes, I would probably be, probably somewhere looking terrible, bummy, smelly, and stuff like that," Maphis admitted.

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9)--- "I get to go home and make something to eat for you know my little ones," said Lamar Edmonds on his first trip to Food for Others. The non-profit organization distributes free food from its warehouse. Edmonds gets bread, a package of food along with milk and eggs. The items are a part of the Emergency Assistance Program.

Northern Virginia has about 90,000 people living in poverty. The number represents about 5 percent of the population in the area, according to the U.S. Census.

Increased Police Presence at Metro on Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- There will be an increased police presence at some Metro stations on Friday during evening rush hour.

Metro notes this is not in response to any specific threat but a chance for Metro Transit Police to work with other agencies in DC. This is called the Blue TIDE program. 

The goal of this is to increase partnership between the various law-enforcement agencies in a joint effort to lessen crime and deter terrorist activity, WMATA said in the news release. 

This means more security sweeps at stations and more officers boarding trains and checking for any suspicious activity. More than 50 officers will be taking part in this, according to WMATA.

Officers also will distribute crime prevention information at the stations, providing tips to riders on how to protect themselves and their property while traveling, WMATA said in a news release. 

 

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Tigerlily Foundation's 2nd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk - Form a Team, Sponsor, Get Involved!

Tigerlily Foundation's 2nd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk - Form a Team, Sponsor, Get Involved!

 

The Tigerlily Foundation is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk, on September 15, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. at  Fairfax Corner. The race will start at the Fairfax Corner Pavilion, 11945 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia. Registration is open, and participants can sign up as individuals or create teams.

Leesburg Commission on Public Art Solicits Artist Submissions for Parking Garage Mural

Leesburg Commission on Public Art Solicits Artist Submissions for Parking Garage Mural

The Leesburg Commission on Public Art has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking an artist or artist team to create a mural on the Loudoun Street face of the Town Hall Parking Garage (picture attached).  Deadline for responses is July 11, 2013.

Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms.