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Discover Western Prince William October
Your Business
in Action
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Project Mend-A-House Hosts 17th Annual Taste of the Town Dinner:
Love Begins at Home
In celebration of 34 years of helping low-income senior, disabled, and veteran neighbors
remain safely and independently in their homes across Prince William County, the public
is invited to attend the Project Mend-A-House 17th Annual Taste of the Town dinner on
October 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 1503 (14631 Minnieville
Road, Dale City).
The festivities will include
recognition of Supervisor
John Jenkins, this year's
Lily Blackwell Lifetime
Community Service Award
recipient and of course,
fabulous food from more
than 30 local restaurants.
In addition, you can submit
an entry for PMAH's "Build-
A-House" contest. Keeping
the "Love Begins at Home"
theme, build a house,
cabin, garage, barn, etc. out of popsicle sticks--complete entry kits are available at
Project Mend-A-House. Entries must be returned by October 20 or brought to the
dinner, where winners will be selected.
Tickets to the event are $35 and can be purchased online at
tasteofthetown.html or by emailing
NOVA Nighthawk Immortalized in Wood at Manassas Campus
Since late August, the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College
(NOVA) has bragging rights to a unique piece of art, thanks to chainsaw artist
Andrew Mallon of AM Sculptures. As part of the back-to-school events sponsored
by Student Life, Andrew carved a realistic likeness of NOVA's mascot, Ace the
NOVA Nighthawk, into a block of poplar.
Wielding two large chainsaws and other
power tools, Andrew began by creating an
outline of Ace in the wood, and over the next
hour added details to his face along with the
words "NOVA" and "Nighthawks." Various
areas were highlighted by burning the wood
and using spray paint.
The chainsaw show was streamed live
on NOVA's Facebook page and has been
viewed more than a thousand times. To
watch the video, visit
Nationally Known Knit & Crochet Designer Hosts Local Workshops
Melissa Leapman, renowned freelance knit and crochet
designer and author, is conducting three workshops in
Western Prince William County late this month.
October 28 from 9:00 a.m.­4:00 p.m., her crochet
workshop, focusing on Mosaic and Aran crochet, will be
hosted by the Crochet Guild of Prince William County (14700
Gap Way, Gainesville). The cost is $100 for guild members
and $125 for non-members. To register, call
(703) 791-1449
or send an email to
October 29, Needles in the Haymarket (15125
Washington Street, #108) will host two knitting workshops
led by Melissa. The first, "Crazy Cool Cables," runs from
9:00 a.m.­12:30 p.m., and the
second, "Ha! Fooled You!" runs from
1:30­4:30 p.m. Each workshop is $60. To register,
visit or call the shop at (703) 659-1062.
Prince William County and City of Manassas to Celebrate
America Recycles Day
Prince William County residents know that recycling matters, which just happens to be
the theme of this year's Prince William Recycles Day, to be held at the Prince William
County Landfill on
October 14 from 10:00 a.m.­2:00 p.m. For more than a decade,
Prince William County Solid Waste Division has been hosting Prince William Recycles
Day in conjunction with America Recycles Day. The event attracts over 1,000 residents
who come to learn about the county's recycling program, enjoy entertainment, play
recycling-themed games, tour the landfill, and more.
Did you know that the
landfill also produces
clean, renewable energy
for county residents by
capturing the methane
gas that is produced
from organic waste and
converting it to usable
electricity? As landfill
waste decomposes, gas is
produced, which includes
around 50% methane.
About 100 underground
extraction wells across the
landfill capture the gas, which is cleaned and compressed, and then used as fuel in
engines to produce power, which is sold to Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative's
electricity grid. This program is just one of many things that amaze and interest Prince
William Recycles Day attendees! For more information, visit
In addition, the City of Manassas will celebrate America Recycles Day during its Fall
RecycleFest on
November 4 from 8:00 a.m.­noon at the Manassas Transfer Station
(8305 Quarry Road). During this time, City residents can drop off household hazardous
waste, electronic waste, and shred their paper documents for free. To learn more, visit
Urban Art Displays (Literally) the City of Manassas
Wisconsin native and recent Manassas transplant Christine Grubbs was browsing
Facebook one day and discovered a unique kind of art: printings pulled from manhole
covers in Paris and Berlin. She thought it was a cool idea, so she scoured the streets
of Old Town Manassas and finally found a single manhole cover that said "City of
Manassas." She returned to the site early one morning with some T-shirts, permanent
ink, and a paint roller, creating fun wearable art that displayed a mirror image of the
manhole cover!
Owner of Redfox Creations, which features her beautiful landscape photos, Christine
already had some of her photos on sale
at Calico Jacks (9413 Battle Street,
Manassas), and she thought they might
be interested in the T-shirts too. Not
only are they now on sale at the shop,
but Christine demonstrated the actual
making of the T-shirts on October 6.
To see them for yourself, visit Calico
Jacks. You can view more of Christine's
work by visiting her Redfox Creations
page on Facebook.
Second Annual Music Fest to Benefit
Sweet Julia Grace Foundation
Support an amazing cause while having a great time at the
Second Annual Music Fest on
October 14 beginning at
1:00 p.m. at The Farm Brewery at Broad Run (16015 John
Marshall Highway). Enjoy local food trucks (Café Havana,
The Frenchman Food Truck, Snowie Bus), Farm Brewery
beer and wine, face painting, balloon artists, corn hole, a fire
pit and s'mores, a popcorn bar, and lots more--fun for the
whole family! And of course, music from live local bands,
including Livin' The Dream, Delta Spur, Lee Odell and The Heat, and Devin Thistle.
Tickets are $20/adults, $10/kids 6­18, and free for kids 5 and younger. Tickets are tax-
deductible, and all proceeds benefit the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation, which grants
wishes and meets non-medical needs of children who are seriously ill, have special
needs, or are in the midst of a medical crisis. Guests can purchase tickets at the gate,
or in advance by visiting