General Interest Items – December 12, 2012

Posted on Dec 8 2012 in General by admin

2.1 Ballet: The Nutcracker - Washington, D.C. – Begins December 12
2.2 Christmas Traditions in the Colonies – Smithfield – December 15
2.3 Sully Historic Site Events - Chantilly – Begin December 15
2.4 Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships – Deadline Is December 20
2.5 WormWatcher Logo Contest – Deadline Is December 30
2.6 Nominate the Longest Married Couple – Nationwide – Deadline Is January 10, 2013
2.7 Yeast Bread Recipe Contest – Deadline Is January 31, 2013
2.8 Compass USA Exchange Programs – Ongoing

 

2.1 Ballet: The Nutcracker - Washington, D.C. – Begins December 12

Warner Theatre
513 13th Street
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday through Friday, December 12 to 14, 2012, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 16, at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, December 18 to 20, at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 23, at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Cost: Tickets begin at $34, but vary by date, time, and availability; please see the website.

Septime Webre’s critically acclaimed The Nutcracker transports us back in time to historic Washington, D.C. and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker. Full of swirling snowflakes, magnificent sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the curtain rises and the stage bursts with waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums, and other adaptations that have made Webre’s Nutcracker a hit.

See the website for more information, or contact the Washington Ballet at 202-362-3606, ext. 605. or info@washingtonballet.org.

www.washingtonballet.org/season-performances/the-nutcracker-2

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2.2 Christmas Traditions in the Colonies – Smithfield – December 15

Isle of Wight County Museum
103 Main Street
Smithfield, VA

Saturday, December 15, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free and open to children age seven and up. Reservations are not required, although groups of 10 or more are asked to contact the museum prior to the event.

Guests can celebrate the holidays while learning about Christmas in Colonial Virginia.

Lecturer Winette S. Jeffery, from Educational Outreach at Colonial Williamsburg, will share the traditional recipes and stories of the holiday season. Additionally, she will tell the story of America’s first documented English Christmas through Captain John Smith’s journal of 1608.

See the website for more information, or contact the Isle of Wight County Museum at 757-356-1223.

www.historicisleofwight.com

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2.3 Sully Historic Site Events - Chantilly – Begin December 15

Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA

Candlelight Tours

Saturday, December 15, 2012, every 15 minutes from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. (last tour at 7 p.m.); Sunday, December 16, every 15 minutes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 4 p.m.). Cost: $10/adult; $7/senior and child. Prepaid reservations required.

In the glow of natural candlelight, tour the 1794 home of northern Virginia’s first congressman, Richard Bland Lee. Hear seasonal music, make an ornament, and sample sugar cakes. Discover a different living history experience at each candlelight tour!

Saturday, December 15 – Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook Christmas dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns.

Sunday, December 16 - Christmas on the home front shows a glimpse into holiday festivities during World War II with American GIs, Christmas treats made with rationed goods, and familiar music.

Holiday Concerts
Thursday, December 27, at 1 p.m. (code 381 486 9901) or 2 p.m. (code 381 486 9902). Cost: $12/person (age five and up); tour of the house included, with refreshments. Limited seating.

One of the world’s top rated pan-Celtic groups, IONA treats its audience to high-energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion, and vocals.

Register for programs that have a 10-digit code on-line at the website or at 703-222-4664; alternately, send your registration form and fee to FCPA/Parktakes, P.O. Box 4606, Fairfax, VA 22038-4606. For more information about non-coded programs, call Sully at 703-437-1794. Prices reflect the Fairfax County resident discount; others may pay a higher cost (please call or e-mail). To register an entire group, call the site or the central registration line at 703-222-4664.

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully

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2.4 Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships – Deadline Is December 20

Postmark deadline is December 20, 2012. Open to graduating high school seniors in U.S. areas with a participating Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) chapter (see the website). Students may apply for one of the four scholarships.

RMHC offers scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement.

See the website for more information (especially the FAQs) or contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., via e-mail at RMHC@applyists.com using the subject “RMHC,” or call toll free at 855-670-4787. To search the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the program and the application process, see the website for a link to a downloadable PDF file. Or apply now at: https://aim.applyists.net/RMHC.

For more details about the four types of scholarships available, see the website.

www.rmhc.org/what-we-do/rmhc-u-s-scholarships

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2.5 WormWatcher Logo Contest – Deadline Is December 30

Deadline is December 30, 2012. Open to anyone four years old and up; one entry per family. No cost to enter. The winner gets a DIY Worm Farm Plus Composter!

E-mail Ms. Bundy for a template for their logo outline, then add lots of color and enhancements such as leaves, a sun, or an Earth–you decide! To enter, scan and e-mail the colored design to Wormwatcher.

See the website for more information, or contact Gina Bundy at 757-256-3489 or regina@wormwatcher.com with questions.

www.wormwatcher.com

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2.6 Nominate the Longest Married Couple – Nationwide – Deadline Is January 10, 2013

Nomination must be received by January 10, 2013. The Longest Married Couple Project seeks nominations with the couple’s name, wedding date, where they reside, and a phone number or e-mail address by which they can be contacted. Send a nomination by e-mail to dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net; or by postal mail to Dick and Diane Baumbach, 8934 Puerto Del Rio Drive, Suite 204, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920; or phone 321-613-5180.

See the article for more information.

www.christiannewswire.com/news/9091170942.html

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2.7 Yeast Bread Recipe Contest – Deadline Is January 31, 2013

Deadline is January 31, 2013. Open to amateur bakers, adults (ages 18 and up) and youth (ages 12 through 17). Eight adult finalists will receive a $500 cash award and an expenses-paid trip to Kansas, to compete in June for additional cash prizes. One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from the four Category Winners. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $2,000 cash plus a trip to attend a baking class of their choice at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Vermont. Three special awards of $500 cash may be given, depending on entries received, for recipes with “White Whole Wheat” flour, cranberries, or raisins.

One Youth Grand Prize Winner will receive a $500 cash award and will attend the National Festival of Breads with one adult parent or guardian to demonstrate his or her winning recipe in June.

See the website for instructions on submitting your recipe online.

www.americasbreadbasket.com/nfob?spMailingID=4945824&spUserID=MTEwMDMyODgzMzIS1&spJobID=297855372&spReportId=Mjk3ODU1MzcyS0

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2.8 Compass USA Exchange Programs – Ongoing

See the Compass website to learn how your family can host a student or how your student can travel overseas to stay with a host family; take part in a language camp with travel, study, and service; or go to a U.S. camp (includes younger students). Now is the time to apply, plan, and save.

www.compass-usa.net/index.html

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