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This Community Post was written by the Washington Balalaika Society, and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.

The Washington Balalaika Society orchestra’s fall concert (Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. at Kenmore Performing Arts Center), FROM BAIKAL TO BRAZIL, will feature MUSALLIANCE with two extraordinary musicians, Peter Omelchenko (domra) and Anna Kusner (guitar). The orchestra, conducted by Svetlana Nikonova, will also feature another stunning performance by Balalaika Concertmaster, Andrei Saveliev.

MUSALLIANCE is an exciting new string duo offering virtuoso interpretations of classical, international, and folk favorites. Both Peter and Anna are exceptionally talented soloists and when they come together their musical brilliance is magnified, and musical magic fills the air! Their latest CD, ‘Fantasy for Two,’ was just released.

Musical selections in “From Baikal to Brazil” span a wide geographical area. “A Tale of Lake Baikal” captures haunting images of Russia’s Lake Baikal and Milhaud’s “Brasileira” reflects the rousing, bustling sound of Brazil.

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Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce!

Join us for our next seminar where local professionals come together to educate people about the divorce process. This seminar offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life.

This seminar’s professionals will include William Miller: Family Law Attorney, Dusty Sparrow Reed: Family Law Attorney, Cecile Hult: Certified Divorce Financial Adviser, John Hurst: High-conflict Mediator and Co-parenting Coordinator.

$10 workshop fee. Light food and beverages provided. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Participants must arrive by 6 p.m. when elevators convert to pass-only usage. Contact [email protected] or 703-875-8780 if you need to register directly with the organizer or have questions about the event.

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(This Community Post was written by Jane Franklin Dance and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.)

Guest companies, world class live music, family-friendly premier and the debut of new work highlights Jane Franklin Dance’s fall concert series at Theatre on the Run. Whether you are looking for fun for the whole family on a Saturday afternoon, or want to find magic on a Saturday night, Theatre on the Run is the place to be.

Matinees feature the family friendly “Splatter,” inspired by the book “The Color Monster” by Anna Llenas. Mixed up emotions are sorted and compared to colors and feelings associated with color. Each show opens with performances by local youth groups: Virginia Ballet Company and Local Motion Project.

The evening “Mix It Up” highlights guests Light Switch Dance Company, Emily Crews and Rachel Luebbert. Jane Franklin’s “For and Against” with live music by Mark Sylvester, arises from the notion that “opposites attract” and a little tension is a good thing. With simple body language, pushing, pulling or refusing to interact, a dialogue propels bodies in confrontation or sets individuals on a singular course. Forty+ performs a new work by Kelsey Rohr, a groovy piece reminding us to have fun and let go.

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This Community Post was written by Synetic Theater and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.

“People are stepping up to support art. People want to do something good for the community, the future. That’s why it’s a blessed country,” Paata Tsikurishvili says of America, his adopted home of 20+ years.

Back home in the Republic of Georgia, the founder and artistic director of Crystal City’s Synetic Theater trained primarily in physical theatre, which would come in handy during the years of Soviet occupation when artists were widely censored. In physical theatre, everything is metaphorical and through this art form, Tsikurishvili found ways to say what he wanted through allegory.

It’s just that spirit — the wordlessness of it — that would help make modern-day Synetic Theater what it is — an “artistic melting pot” as Tsikurishvili describes it, representing Americans and immigrants alike from all over the world. Tsikurishvili insists that Synetic’s international diversity is what makes it distinctly American. Exposure to different cultural influences continues to drive the company’s creative success.

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On Sunday, October 27 at 10 a.m., at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Jennifer Weaver, the founder of Weaver & Associates based in McLean, will discuss the epidemic of anxiety in children and what parents can do.

Anxiety can be a healthy natural function which we need to survive (and remember to do our homework). However, our culture is seeing increasing levels of less useful kinds of anxiety, especially in our children. Jennifer will discuss possible causes, and ways we can support our children in developing and maintaining good mental health in anxious times.

Jennifer Weaver is a psychotherapist and professor who specializes in treating children and adolescents in anxiety disorders. She is the founder of Weaver and Associates, a group psychotherapy practice in McLean, with 14 colleagues, all of whom specialize in child and adolescent therapy. She is also a 16 year faculty member of Catholic University, teaching in their MSW graduate program, and provides regular trainings to schools and institutions in the area.

These parenting and family discussions are sponsored by St. Peter’s as a community service. There is no charge and all are welcome, regardless of creed.

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The 55+ resort-style community is just 90 minutes from the nation’s capital Lake Frederick, Virginia.

Trilogy at Lake Frederick, an exclusive and upscale 55+ community in Northern Virginia just 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., offers classes on haute cuisine cooking skills, a hot trend among aging Americans. Classes are offered on site at Rachel’s Kitchen, named for the widely celebrated environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson. Located in the Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club, the space combines a showcase kitchen with comfortable seating, and a large television which is used for exclusive ClubConnect educational and events programming featuring live simulcasts from throughout Trilogy’s network of communities.

The courses are part of a broader effort by Trilogy owner Shea Homes to meet the changing demands of the active adult home market. One recent proprietary study of potential 55+ homebuyers found that 70 percent said they would like to have a chef-driven food and beverage program in their community.

“Our residents have found these classes to be a great way to make new friends, pick up new skills and stay healthy,” said Jason King, general manager of Shea Homes at Trilogy at Lake Frederick. “There’s nothing like cooking together to help people come together.” Brian Whitson, executive chef of Region’s 117, an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant on site at Trilogy in the Shenandoah Lodge, organizes the cooking demonstrations. Whitson said that residents are learning how to prepare healthy and tasty meals.

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Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce!

Join us for our next seminar where local professionals come together to educate people about the divorce process. This seminar offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life.

This seminar’s professionals will include William Miller: Family Law Attorney, Cecile Hult: Certified Divorce Financial Adviser, John Hurst: High-conflict Mediator and Co-parenting Coordinator.

Light food and beverages provided. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Participants must arrive by 6 p.m. when elevators convert to pass-only usage.

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This Community Post was written by Serena Sela for National Chamber Ensemble and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.

You already know the classics — you can hum the melodies from the Marriage of Figaro and the Four Seasons — but can you remember exploring these works for the first time?

The National Chamber Ensemble’s 2019-2020 season, The Classics Re-Imagined, will showcase the pieces you thought you knew and guide you in rediscovering their charms. NCE’s October 19 performance features acclaimed piano virtuoso Carlos Cesar Rodriguez performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 scored for chamber ensemble. Mr. Rodriguez made his debut with this same piece at the tender age of 10! The Overture to Mozart’s the Marriage of Figaro and his Symphony No. 40 complete the night’s program. 

By taking pieces originally scored for an orchestra, NCE tailors each work to be enjoyed in a chamber music setting. This intimate context is sure to delight not only the classical music newbie, but also concert-going buffs (who may even hear something in a way they’ve never heard before)!

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Many across the Arlington community are either directly involved or aware of the important work the Challenging Racism organization does on behalf of our community — facilitating important conversations designed to disrupt racism wherever it persists.

We want to invite you to the Challenging Racism 2019 Annual Reception, to be on November 1, from 7-9 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute, a beautiful historic facility in Columbia Heights, Washington D.C. We hope you can join us for what will be an amazing evening of great people, music, food and drink!

Learn more and register for the reception at www.crannualreception.org. Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

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This Community Post was written by Educational Theatre Company (ETC) and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.

Did you know Arlington has a vibrant community of teen filmmakers? For the past 10 years, ETC has helped these students bring their creative visions to life!

Students in the ETC-on-Film program write, direct, shoot and edit original short films which are then posted on ETC’s Youtube page.

Summer film camps focus on a variety of disciplines. Intro to Film offers a first look at filmmaking to 3rd-5th graders. Shake the Screen gives teens the opportunity to adapt works from the public domain. Camp Comedy combines students (3rd-12th grade) to create a mix of silent films and original movie musicals.

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(This Community Post was written by and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.)

Our family company found that building a quality art gallery in our community as a pure, lively exhibition space, has been extremely rewarding and brings together all walks of life from our neighborhood and beyond. We urge other developers throughout Arlington to set aside permanent retail space for community events and art exhibition.

We opened the gallery without any experience but with lots of support from the vibrant Arlington art community, including artists, the Arlington Arts Center, Embracing Arlington Arts, multiple Arlington County agencies and many of our local curators who were excited to teach us how to be seasoned gallerists.

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art has activated the Liberty Center streetscape and introduced us to new friends and the deeply talented Arlington art community. The gallery finishes and thoughtful and versatile design by preeminent Arlington architecture firm ASD/Sky are symbols of our long-term commitment to this wonderful experience.

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