Manassas seeks public’s input on school budget

Manassas schools will have a hearing on the proposed fiscal 2014 budget at 7 p.m. March 12.

It will be part of the regularly scheduled School Board meeting in Council Chambers, City Hall, 9027 Center St., Manassas.

Submit comments on the budget to the School Board by e-mail to or by mail to Manassas City Public Schools, Attn: Clerk’s Office, 9000 Tudor Lane, Manassas, Va. 20110.

For information, call 571-377-6008.

Manassas collecting plastic bags for Go Green Initiative

Manassas schools are competing in a statewide Earth Day contest to collect plastic bags for a chance to win a grand prize.

The contest ends April 22. It’s part of the Go Green Initiative, an environmental program that teaches earth-friendly behaviors and focuses on environmental impact. Other programs include glue stick recycling, cellphones for soldiers, single-stream recycling, herb and rain gardens and Safe Routes to School.

For information, call 571-377-6043 or visit

Low-cost food available
to those who volunteer

House of Mercy in Manassas is accepting orders for Self Help and Resource Exchange food packages.

For $22, each SHARE package includes about $45 worth of frozen meat, fresh fruit, vegetables and other staples. The packages are available to those who volunteer a minimum of two hours a month in their community.

“There is no income eligibility requirement,” said Kellie Ross, House of Mercy’s executive director. “The network helps all families save money on their groceries by providing low-cost nutritious foods.”

The deadline to place an order for this month is March 11. Orders must be picked up between 9 a.m. and noon March 23 at House of Mercy, 8170 Flannery Ct., Manassas.

For information or to place an order, call 703-659-1636.

Prince William first-grader making his movie debut

Adrian Fucito, a Prince William County first-grader, is making his feature film debut in “Bad Parents,” starring Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Titus and Cheri Oteri.

A screening of the satirical comedy will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the AMC Hoffman Theater in Alexandria.

NVCC official wins award
for Web production

Kathryn O’Sullivan, who leads the theater program at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College, and Paul Awad won best costume design and best cinematography at the fourth annual Indie Soap Awards for their Web series “Thurston.”

The series, a Western drama in the 1880s Kansas Ozarks, also was named an official selection at the 2013 HollyWeb Web Series festival and the 2013 Los Angeles Web Series festival.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane