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Happy New Year! - Nepali community celebrates

Honoring traditions and celebrating the Nepal New Year, local NepaliAmericans and guests from across the area joined together for a on Sunday to welcome in the New Year at midnight. Culminating in a night of dancing, the evening of music and stage presentations at the Nepali New Year event at Foxchase Manor in Manassas featured movie stars, dancers, and even a Nepali rapper. Emcees Sunita Sanjyal and Dharma Joshi kept the night moving from dusk to the early morning hours.

Musicians return to Haymarket for one-night show

Two local musicians taking different musical paths will take the stage together for a one-night performance on April 19 in Haymarket. Guitarist and songwriter Alex Williams returns home from college on April 19 with an entire band. His longtime friend, local Christian artist and songwriter Darion Duncan, will join them for one night only as AW & The Headliners perform at 4410 Contemporary Music Center in Haymarket. The $10 tickets can be purchased online or in the store. Seating is limited.

Bar Association sponsors middle school essay contest

The Prince William County Bar Association sponsors the Character Counts essay contest in Prince William middle schools each year and have announced this year's winners. Character Counts is a nationally recognized character education organization that focuses on trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Volunteers from the local bar association read all the essays submitted and selected the winners for each category.

COLUMN:Virginia Afield - The ticks were hunting me as I was hunting squirrel

“How far have we walked, Dad?” That’s my diplomat of a son’s way of saying he’s hot, tired and a bit annoyed by gnats. It was the phrase I heard from behind me as we navigated our way through a beautiful patch of hardwood forest near our home last year during spring squirrel season. For this hunt, my 11-year-old and I were dressed from head to toe in mix and match camouflage, and our six-year-old Brittany spaniel was with us. Kate has become quite the squirrel pointer in our yard since she’s so bored not being able to hunt upland birds now.

Occoquan shops hold Peep show.

On April 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 14 Occoquan shops will display dioramas using Easter Peeps. The popular marshmallow candy comes in bunny and chick shapes in a variety of colors in the spring. During other times of the year, Peeps also take the form of teddy bears, hearts, pumpkins, ghosts, cats, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, reindeer and snowmen.

Lifelong harmonica enthusiast wants to pass on love of music

Jack Hopkins did not attend this year's Virginia HarmonicaFest, the annual event for harmonica enthusiasts. The 94-year-old resident of Westminster at Lake Ridge retirement community hasn’t lost his lifelong interest in the instrument though. He attends weekly meetings of the Capitol Harmonica Club in Fairfax County. He and one or two other harmonica players eagerly show up each Tuesday night to jam and discuss their love of the mouth harp.

Police reports: 04-17-14

**ARRESTS** Malicious Wounding – On April 16th at 7:46PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 14200 block of Chesterfield Dr in Woodbridge to investigate an assault. The victim, a 45-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically.

Just in time for Easter

On April 12, children and adults gathered at the Candy Factory in Old Town Manassas to learn the Ukrainian art of pysanka. Pysanka is a centuries-old Slavic tradition of using wax to write or decorate eggs. The class was taught by Abigail Binkey of Woodbridge, but do-it-yourselfers can also find instructions online at www.pysanka.com.

One year after skydiving crash, Woodbridge family celebrates

It was April 6, 2013 -- just about a year ago -- when Austin Glover’s life changed radically. Then 19 years old, the Outback server and student set out on his 76th skydiving jump. After jumping from 13,000 feet, his equipment rigging malfunctioned, sending him into a hard right spin. Austin fought to correct the problem, but by the time he deployed his backup chute, he was too low for the device to deploy fully. He crashed to the ground, fracturing his pelvis, puncturing a lung, and sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

Japanese toys on display at Bull Run Library

For the month of April, Bull Run Regional Library is hosting a display of Japanese folk toys, dolls, wood carvings and a miniature village. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, was put up by Carol Collins of Gainesville. Collins said she acquired the pieces 50 years ago while she was a student at the International Christian Univerity in Tokyo. One of the items, however, was picked up more recently in Manassas.

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EDITORIAL:Happy holidays


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