Manassas Journal Messenger | Its My Town: May 11

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Bowling teams from J.C. Penney stores throughout the greater Washington, D.C. region, including Manassas, competed May 1 in support of Junior Achievement after-school programs during Junior Achievement’s annual Bowl-A-Thon.

Pledges generated by the stores topped $40,000.

Forty-three bowling teams came together at Bowl America Fairfax. Junior Achievement is dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise. It has nearly 34,000 students in this region.

RE/MAX Olympic Realty in Old Town Manassas has been collecting cell phones for the “Salute America’s Heroes.”

More than 3,000 phones have been collected for the charity by RE/MAX Affiliates nationwide. The local firm shipped its first shipment April 29.

The Salute America’s Heroes Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps severely wounded and disabled veterans rebuild their lives. The phones are recycled for cash that is donated to the cause.

Anyone wanting to donate a phone can drop it off at the office at 9214 Center St. Be sure to deactivate it before making the donation. The program ends May 31.

The Manassas Dance Company will perform its final program for the year, “Giselle,” at 7 p.m. May 21 and at 5 p.m. May 22 at Grace E. Metz Middle School, 9700 Fairview Ave., Manassas. It is the oldest ballet in repertoire, first performed in 1841.

Tickets are available through or by calling (703) 218-6500 or 1 (800) 955-5566 or from the company at (703) 257-1811.

Martin Ogle, chief naturalist of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Prince William Wildflower Society at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bethel Lutheran Church, located at the intersection of Plantation Lane and Sudley Road in Manassas.

Ogle’s presentation will be on the natural history of the upper end of the watershed in the Bull Run Regional Park area. For more information, call (703) 791-6175.

… Meetings are free and open to the public.

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