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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.

Police reports: 04-16-14

**UPDATES** Residential Burglary *ARRESTS – On April 9th, detectives from the Property Crimes Unit identified the suspects involved in the burglary which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 4800 block of Kempair Dr in Woodbridge on April 4th. Officers were able to identify the juveniles following a separate, unrelated investigation. During that investigation, property reported missing from the burglary was recovered.

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Musicians return to Haymarket for one-night show

Times File Photo - Guitarist and songwriter Alex Williams, pictured in 2012 as a Battlefield student, returns home from college on April 19 with an entire band.
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.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Williams and Duncan are both Battlefield High School graduates who played together in school and have now gone their separate ways. Williams' band, AW &The Headliners, is “a unique Boston-based collective out to take music to another level,” said Williams.

Duncan, who is living in Gainesville, is a full-time Christian musician who plays piano at The Rock Christian Center and in in the Christian band, Bearwitness.

“I also work in the music ministry at my church,” said Duncan who also produces for a several local artists.

Williams is in Boston majoring in music business and performance at Berklee College of Music. When he returns home, he can often be spotted onstage playing guitar beside his father at Park Valley Church in Haymarket.

Duncan and Williams played together since their sophomore year of high school, when their band, Emotions, won Battlefield High School's annual Battle of the Bands in 2010.

Last month, Williams returned to Battlefield with some members of AW & The Headliners to perform as special guest for this year's Battle of the Bands.

Founded by Williams, AW & The Headliners is a diverse group of musicians from Berklee College of Music.

When they performed last month at the Battle of the Bands, Williams and his crew “rocked the house and had everyone on their feet,” said Pamela Gillin, president of the school PTO. “We could not have asked for a more perfect ending to an incredible night of nonstop talent!”

Using duo guitars, violin, bass, drums, and piano, AW& The Headliners often surprise their audience by reshaping Top 40 tunes in addition to playing familiar classics.

New fans of the Berkleee crew can catch them in action again this month at Contemporary Music’s Haymarket venue, 4410. The group takes the stage for a one-night performance.
“Being a part of this group of musicians pushes my musical potential, it has encouraged me to be more creative and has also pushed musical boundaries as far as incorporating many different styles and genres into my playing,” said Williams, who is an accomplished guitarist, bassist, saxophonist, drummer and songwriter.

In addition to Duncan and Williams, the band will also include Francesca Simone on guitar, Josh Walker on drums, Jscott Martin on bass and Alan Price on violin.

“AW band is full of a lot of great musicians, it should be fun,” said Duncan who is sitting in for the night.

The Headliners, comprised of multi-instrumentalists, play pop songs with instrumental arrangements spanning multiple styles of music such as rock, jazz, R&B, blues, and gospel.

"I have watched Alex Williams grow from a kid with fast fingers into a relevant young musician,” said Menzi Pittman, owner of Contemporary Music. “Alex is not only becoming an impacting guitarist; he is blooming into a dynamic performer and an effective clinician as well."

For more information about the concert or to buy tickets, visit www.contemporarymusiccenter.com.
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