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Alexandria Woman Magazine “In a way, every painting is a journal entry – a hope, a memory, a portrait – just in different form.” Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of an artist as they work? Learn about accomplished local painter Jennifer Allevato as she discusses her creative process, inspiration, style, and advice for up-andcoming creators. Turn to page 21.

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Partials, Dentures and Dental Implant Solutions for Mature Women Replacement teeth can sometimes be the best option for patients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth. They allow us to eat and chew food properly in the absence of natural teeth. How well our teeth fit together and chew determines how many vitamins we get from the foods we eat. It also impacts how well we are able to nourish our bodies to live stronger, longer and healthier lives. What happens when my teeth don’t fit well? Impact on the bone by continuous wear and “hitting” of a denture or partials against the

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Own Your March Madness With winter giving way to spring, many of us are hitting the trails. Whether you are getting ready to run a spring race, training for a fall marathon or just getting back into summer swimsuit shape, you can benefit from a sports massage. Muscles only do one thing, CONTRACT. If your muscles are already tight and contracted, they will test weak as their ability to contract is diminished. Injury is far more likely to occur with tight muscle as the muscle’s ability to stretch is compromised, and it is more likely that you develop tendinosis or other injury at the attachment site. By getting a sports massage, you bring your muscles into a place of better balance, which then allows them to perform better when you are exercising.

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health&wellness By Seema Kumar, MD, MPP

Varicose Veins – More Than Meets the Eye Nobody likes the look of bulging veins or spidery marks beneath the skin – and yet one in four Americans suffer from varicose or spider veins. Many will avoid treatment, assuming these veins are just a cosmetic issue. However, varicose and spider veins reflect an underlying medical condition called venous insufficiency, also known as vein disease. Left untreated, these veins won’t just look bad – they can feel bad and get worse. Some unexpected symptoms of vein disease include leg swelling, heaviness, cramping, restlessness, pain, itching, and fatigue. Vein disease also can progress to cause skin changes, venous ulcers, or even make you more susceptible to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). March is DVT Awareness month. A DVT is a dangerous blood clot that can form in the leg veins or in other places in the body. According to the American Heart Association, about 600,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year for DVTs. This condition, with its risk of


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8. False: A balanced diet does not guarantee the proper amount of fluoride for the development and maintenance of your child’s teeth. If you do not live in a community with fluoride in the water your child may need additional fluoride. Talk to your dentist about your child’s specific fluoride needs.

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9.By True: Water is Austin so important in fighting tooth decay. Especially fluoridated Dr. Angela tap water. It washes over your teeth and gums along with your saliva, helping to combat the acid and buildup of bacteria.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Their Teen’s Oral Health

10. False: Can you believe it? You simply need to select items that have sugar in them wisely. A food with sugar is safer for teeth if it is eaten with a meal, not as a snack. Cavities form when there are multiple “sugar attacks”. So the fewer times the teeth are exposed to sugar, the better. Hence, if your adolescent health. a look, As adoes pediatric dentist, I am it’s best to child eat sugary substances, do it onlyoral once a day, Take or only at read along withwhich your helps child or teen, mealtimes. Chewingto during a meal helps produce saliva wash fortunate enough be able away sugary and starchy foods. Warning: sticky foods, like fruit snacks, raisins and enjoy. to treat a wide age range and other dried fruit and washed away from your child’s Dental Cavities of patients during the candy most are not easily teeth by saliva, water milk, so they have more cavity-causing potential. Talk Dental cavities rank number formative times of or their lives. to your dentist about serving foods your it child’s dental health. By one when comes to problems in I see patients from the age of that protect all means, after those sugar attacks!adolescent oral health. They are one all thebrush way up through 21. This

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than hay fever! When your child child approaches their teenage approaches their teenage years, years, there are times where, as inPediatric their mouths DR. saying ANGELA is apearly Board whites Certified parents, we feel stuck theAUSTINthe are She usually their permanent same old thing: “Brush those teeth! Dentist in Alexandria, VA. specializes in treating teeth. cavities in permanent Floss! Put that soda down!”aged And 1-21. SheObviously, patients is also specially trained to treat teeth are a huge deal, those at times, we feel asspecial though we are needs patients as well as patients with since high dental teeth are there forever! If we can talking to a brick wall. But all hope anxiety. She is the owner of Alexandria Children’s Dentistry prevent this from happening, your is not lost! Here are some of the located at 6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 345, Alexandria, child can potentially lead a most important factors I face as a VA 22312. | 703-942-8404 cavity-free life, and how great pediatric dentist when it comes to



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would it be to be able to say, “I’ve never had a cavity!”? First, let’s focus on the risk factors. These include inadequate access to fluoride, poor oral hygiene, frequent access to sugars and acids, previous cavity experience, reduced saliva flow, orthodontic appliances, and infrequent professional dental care. Luckily, there are ways to help prevent detail cavities occurrences, like regular routine dental visits that provide preventive strategies such as dental sealants, topical fluoride, plaque removal, and restorative treatment if needed. It’s also important to promote a healthy diet with limited snacking and limit sugars and acidic foods and liquids, drink fluoridated water, brush with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day, as well as floss and use anti-cavity mouth rinse nightly. Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease Young children typically aren’t affected by gum disease, but starting at about age 10, we see gingivitis on the rise. Hormonal changes as our children reach puberty are a big culprit, however external factors are usually the main reason for gum disease. Factors including poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, oral piercings, pregnancy, and eating disorders are a few risk factors for gum disease in adolescence. Many of the prevention techniques for gum disease overlap the prevention techniques for dental cavities, but in addition to those, an antibacterial mouthwash can help for children age 12 and up (i.e. Listerine). Tobacco/Marijuana Use Social influence and risk-taking increases during the teenage years, and this leads to dangerous habits that can affect way more than teeth. Tobacco and marijuana have harmful effects on the oral cavity and can lead to tooth staining, halitosis, plaque build-up, and in rare cases oral cancer.

Oral Piercings Infections, blood-borne diseases, swelling, prolonged bleeding, fractured teeth, speech difficulties, and an increased risk for gum disease are just a few reasons why oral piercings are a dangerous idea. Don’t get them! Eating Disorders Another common issue with our teens are image concerns, which may lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and/or bulimia. This matter is one that should be brought up to your adolescent’s primary care doctor or dentist. Eating disorders can cause teeth erosion, dental decay, gum disease and teeth sensitivity. Nutrition Finally, I’d like to stress the importance of nutrition. Sodas and energy drinks have tons of sugars in them, and many have the potential to erode teeth due to the acidity of the drinks. Frequent snacking, poor food choices (such as candy and simple carbs) can also lead to dental decay. Healthy snacks such as fruits and cheeses are ideal, and of course you can’t go wrong with good old water. Let’s set our teens up for great oral health and a lifetime worth of smiles!

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Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist in Alexandria, Virginia. She specializes in treating patients aged 1-21. She is also specially trained to treat special needs patients as well as patients with high dental anxiety. She is the owner of Alexandria Children’s Dentistry with two locations: 6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 345, Alexandria, VA 22312 and 609 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. For more information, contact or call 703-942-8404.

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The Women’s Center Announces New CEO and Executive Director Rachna Krishnan has been named the new CEO and Executive Director of The Women’s Center, succeeding Shirley Clark, who has been in this position for six years. Rachna brings her passion for women’s issues to her new role at The Center. Even back in her college days, she volunteered at Women Organized Against Rape in Philadelphia, answering the organization’s hotline and providing moral support, information, clothing, and supplies to rape victims being treated at

local hospitals. Rachna has 25 years of healthcare experience, most recently with Inova Health System, but has worked extensively in management consulting and makes time for volunteering with non-profit organizations. Rachna joins The Women’s Center just as it’s preparing for its 34th Annual Leadership Conference, “Ready, Reach, Rise” on March 14 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a networking happy hour. This year’s conference will be an energizing day of thought leadership, interactive panel discussions, and informational break-out sessions designed to help you be ready for the next challenge, reach for bigger goals, and rise above fear – whether at work, home, or in the community at large. Main-Stage Leadership Award Recipients, Keynote Speakers, and Leadership Panels Morning Keynote Speaker: Michelle Howard, 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations Morning Panelists: Kathy Albarado, President and CEO, Helios HR Kristen Meizner, Renowned Podcast Host and Author Rose Previte, Owner, Compass Rose and Maydan Restaurants Afternoon Speakers: Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans Lori Creasy, CFO, Washington Nationals Bec Heinrich, Washington DC Greenhouse Leader, Deloitte Margery Kraus, Founder and Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide


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About The Women’s Center: For 45 years, since its founding in 1974, The Women’s Center has provided mental health counseling, support, and education to the metropolitan area to help people live healthy, stable, and productive lives. The Women’s Center has grown to include service to women, men, families, young adults, and children. It now serves more than 5,000 people annually at its two locations in Virginia and Washington, DC, and in partner locations. Functioning as a teaching institution for mental health professionals, it provides one of the largest, most prestigious, and competitive training programs in the region.


Discover What Makes

The European Academy of Arts the Best Local Music and Art School


elcome to the Academy, a premiere school in Northern Virginia created using the finest traditions of music and art education. Whether you are a beginner who makes the first venture into the world of arts, or an accomplished student who wishes to study with a true master, The European Academy of Arts will fulfill your personal goals and expectations. The European Academy of Arts provides superior education for toddlers, children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Begin your journey today with a school that values quality instruction and a compassionate attitude. March/A pri l 2020 | FA IR FA X WOMA N .C OM


“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”


This inspiring quote by Henry Adams summarizes the preeminent mission of The European Academy of Arts’ faculty. Our outstanding teachers are accomplished, world-class musicians with college, graduate and postgraduate degrees from leading American and European music schools. Winners of international competitions, performing artists, teachers, and mentors, these incredible individuals guide every student with the utmost care and attention. They play a significant role in the mental, spiritual and emotional development of students. We are proud of our exceptional faculty!

The European Academy of Arts is led by Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas and Natalia Nelson. They both received comprehensive music education in their native European countries and have over 15 years of excellence in teaching and artistic performance.

Quality of education should not be compromised for any reason

Choosing the right school for your talented child or your own enjoyment is no simple task. It could mean the difference between years of fruitless lessons and excelling at a rapid pace. Studying with unprofessional teachers might seem like a bargain, but the lack of results after years of lessons proves that the student’s precious time, potential, and family budget are wasted. Some people who would like to study music and art do not realize the difference between true education and its wasteful, even harmful imitations. In the last few years, our team visited many local music and art schools in the Northern Virginia area. To our surprise, we found their curriculum, facilities, teachers, and most importantly, care for the students sorely lacking. Lessons often took place in churches and spaces neither suitable, nor built and equipped for proper education. Instead of actual pianos, students practiced on plastic keyboards in cramped and uncomfortable classrooms. The teachers of such “schools” had neither a music degree, nor performing and teaching experience. In these poor conditions quality education is just not possible.

RENT OUR WONDERFUL MULTIPURPOSE MUSIC AND ART THEATER We welcome musicians and art admirers to our beautiful venue featuring our magnificent grand piano. It’s an ideal space to rent for different events, from recitals and concerts to lectures and business meetings. We are also able to make high-quality sound and video recordings per your request. The theater has plenty of room for guests, comfortable seating and a separate area for reception. The humble rent price for this wonderful multipurpose venue will pleasantly surprise you. Please call 571-248-1474 or visit for more information.


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Make every day of your life an artistic masterpiece together with The European Academy of Arts.

A PRECIOUS GIFT FROM THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF ARTS TO EVERY MUSIC LOVER Mention Woman Magazine and receive a FREE 30-MINUTE LESSON on the instrument of your choice with one of our outstanding teachers. Visit for more information.

Teaching is an art of thought and reflection

At The European Academy of Arts, we offer a custom-tailored study path, which matches the students’ needs perfectly. Every lesson, conducted by our superior teachers, is a true masterclass! They inspire, motivate and ignite students’ interest in learning. At the Academy, students and teachers form a great team and enjoy an amazing journey to artistic success together. Every student is treated uniquely, and receives mentoring, understanding and encouragement. The professionalism of our devoted teachers makes the studies of music and art an irreplaceable and joyful part of students’ daily lives. Every student gains confidence and feels proud of their own artistic achievements. Our students practice with cheers, not tears!

How to Assess a Music and Art School’s Professionalism In order to assess the professionalism of a given school, one only needs to visit the famous online platform for job seekers, Indeed. You will discover that many of the local music and art schools offer teaching positions to candidates who are neither experienced nor properly educated. Make sure to stay away from dishonest scam schools’ ads that say, “some experience is preferred,” “training is available upon teacher’s request,” and “the candidate must demonstrate basic understanding of music concepts.” Do not trust your education in the hands of a charlatan who may waste your time, money and destroy your dream of becoming an accomplished artist.

If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education. - American Cellist, Yo-Yo-Ma

Overcoming fear and inspiring new purpose

Witnessing a student who lost inspiration and joy for learning is always a sad moment. Quite often, such a lack of enthusiasm is caused by a teacher’s lack of competence. Unfortunately, we see unhappy students who received unprofessional instruction on a daily basis.


A couple of months ago, an eight-year-old boy came to the Academy for a guitar lesson. His mother explained that her son took guitar lessons for two-and-a-half years at one of the local music shops. According to her, the child learned no skill, lost interest, and worst of all, hurt his wrist in the process. The boy was afraid to go to the class, fearing that the pain may come back. Fortunately, our teacher was able to not only overcome the student’s fear, but also inspire him to resume playing guitar. A couple of lessons later, the boy was able to play several songs, improved his technique and began to write music! His father also enjoys studies of guitar together with his son. It is quite a story to learn from! The damage created by negligent teachers was colossal, but it can be prevented or reversed by our dedicated and experienced faculty. Do not make the same mistake — choose the best school and learn from true experts.

Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas is a renowned artist, concert pianist, composer and master teacher. He graduated from two of the best music conservatories in the world – the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) (Artist Diploma) and The Juilliard School (DMA, MM) in New York.

for learning. For our student’s artistic growth, we built a wonderful music and art theater, an ideal venue for regular performances. In order to inspire our students’ interest in music and fine art, we create plentiful performing opportunities, such as recitals, concerts, workshops, seminars, competitions, and masterclasses with famous artists. Our students feel inspired and admired, performing on the “home stage!” An individual teacher cannot provide a great venue and many performing opportunities for the students. Typically, a music teacher is limited to organizing two yearly recitals. Students are unable to develop confidence, overcome stage fright and gain valuable performing experience. Some parents choose teachers who come to their homes for convenience. Usually, they are poorly educated, and constantly race the busy traffic. No teachers of superior qualifications travel to students’ homes. Beware!

Instrument quality is vital

It’s important to realize that the quality of instrument carries extreme significance for a student of any age or level. If you would like to paint a nice picture, you will need a fine brush. If you would like to learn the art of piano playing, you will need a fine piano.

Remember: the geniuses of classical music, such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz, and others studied with great teachers in superior schools. Be selective in choosing the best music and art school for your family. Make every day of your life an artistic masterpiece together with The European Academy of Arts!

Unfortunately, most music schools do not care for students’ needs. In order to save money, they feature cheap plastic keyboards. Students develop bad habits, wrong body and hand posture, undermining playing ability. Students who have plastic keyboards at home suffer the most. They have no chance to experience the benefits of playing a real piano, thus making their goal to become an accomplished pianist unattainable. The Academy proudly presents the highest-quality grand pianos for each student. Even our youngest pianists play on quality instruments, developing a delicate connection with the instrument. Students feel like true artists — an experience, lasting a lifetime!

The irreplaceable benefits of studying at The European Academy of Arts

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MAKE YOUR TALENT SHINE THIS SUMMER WITH THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF ARTS SUMMER CAMP Summer is an ideal time to begin your artistic journey. The Academy welcomes students aged 4-17 for all levels of instruments, voice and fine art. All courses are taught by professional musicians and artists. Performing opportunities await for every student. Visit for more information and call 571-248-1474 to schedule your complimentary lesson on the instrument of your choice.

THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF ARTS – A SPECIAL PLACE WHERE EVERY STUDENT FEELS AT HOME We invite every reader to visit our beautiful Academy and to experience superb education in every aspect. Each studio is designed with outmost care and warmth and is dedicated to a famous composer. We create an ideal atmosphere for learning. The European Academy of Arts is not only an outstanding school, but a special place where students are able to spread the wings of their imagination! For your convenience, we have free parking with plenty of spaces. For your safety, the Academy is equipped with motiondetection security cameras. For your comfort, we provide complimentary Wi-Fi and other amenities. 4080 Lafayette Center Drive, Suite 170B Chantilly, VA, 20151 571-248-1474

THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF ARTS IS WELCOMING STUDENTS OF ANY AGE AND LEVEL It is never too late to learn and to enjoy music and fine art For several years, the Academy’s team of professional musicians and teachers worked tirelessly preparing the finest exclusive programs to meet the specific needs of every student and enable them to realize their full potential. The Academy proudly offers the largest and most professional choice of courses of any school in our area. You will learn beyond your expectations! The school also offers amazing summer camps, lectures, competitions and other events for every music and art lover.

Come and Benefit From Professional Lessons in:

Piano | Voice | Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass | Guitar | Ukulele | Oboe | Flute | Clarinet | Saxophone | Trumpet | Tuba Chinese, Korean and Indian music studies | Superior courses in composition, music theory, and jazz studies

Group Classes for Toddlers

Fun and enriching sing-along, move-along, workshop classes designed for toddlers with one or both parents involved. What a joyful program for the entire family!

Individual Lessons (ages 4 and older)

Professional weekly lesson with the principal teacher. Such studies are ideal for students who desire to enjoy music for a lifetime.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Ideal program for students who wish to study in greater depth and wish to track their progress through the ABRSM level system.

The “Aspiring Artist”

A specially designed rigorous program for students who wish to become professionals, prizewinners of famous competitions and performing artists.

Singing Lessons (ages 4 and older)

Discover your singing talent! Enjoy your favorite music from classical opera to Broadway musicals and modern pop songs.

Fine Art Classes

Discover your talent in painting! During classes, students learn a variety of techniques from crayons and colorful pencils to pastel, watercolors, acrylic, and oil paint. Visit for more information.


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How do you describe your work? I create colorful post-impressionist inspired paintings that have a focus on color, line, and texture over realism. I love being able to see the layers and process of creation within my work. What is the creative process behind your work? I tend to work in collections or series of work, which means creating a body of work, usually 10 – 30 pieces at a time, all similar in subject matter and style. Starting from a photograph as a base, the composition and colors are developed over time as the mark-making happens. I really let the process and gradual layering

of color dictate where the piece goes, which is why I love being able to see my process within the finished work. Where do you find your inspiration? I find inspiration in so many places: nature, interior design, fashion and fabrics, and even walking through shops and seeing pretty displays or interesting textures. Do you have a favorite painter/artist who has inspired your work? Hands down, the post-impressionists like Matisse and Bonnard, but I feel especially drawn to Van Gogh. We share a birth date, so I feel a deep connection to him and

his work, and I am so intrigued by the way he saw the world and was able to capture it on a canvas. How has your art changed over the years?

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My work definitely continues to evolve and change as I experience life and grow as a person and an artist. As my inspirations change, you’ll see that influence my work as I (hopefully) continue to be better at my craft and discover new mediums, tools, and ways of working. What piece of your work embodies your true style and reflects your artistic tendencies? I find the biggest breakthroughs and moments of clarity while working on my large mixed media pieces. Working large isn’t always practical, but it feels so freeing! Having a background in theatre and costume design, I often layer commercial clothing pattern paper in my paintings; it’s like putting a bit of my own history in each piece, and the textures created are always a fun surprise. There’s so much in art that we can’t actually control, from the way paint dries and reacts with other elements on the canvas to the way our work is perceived by our audience. I’m always discovering something new about myself that comes across on the canvas.


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Was there a particular moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist? After working in theatre professionally, I really missed being able to express myself through my own work and started creating small mixed media and watercolor pieces on the side just for fun. I eventually worked up the nerve to start selling my work, and after just a few months I knew that my true passion was in painting. There’s no direct path to a career in art like there is in other professions and college majors, so I always felt as if I had to manage the conflict between my passions with the realities of life. Eventually I found a way to reconcile the two.

“There’s so much in art that we can’t actually control, from the way paint dries and reacts with other elements on the canvas to the way our work is perceived by our audience. I’m always discovering something new about myself that comes across on the canvas.” If you were not an artist, what might have you become? I really don’t think I had any choice but to become an artist. Every time I tried to veer my path away from art, I found myself coming back. I’ve worked in law firms, in retail management, in restaurants and bookshops, in libraries, and in theatre and design. It was just meant to be. What advice would you give to a young artist hoping to make a career out of being an artist? Take business classes! I always say this, but it took me years to fully grasp that selling my art meant that I was a small business owner. You can’t actually have a career in art if you don’t know how to sell your art and run a business. What is your greatest pleasure in life? Is it weird if I say coffee? Where were you born and raised? Where did you go to school and what did you study? I grew up in central Ohio and my family moved to Charleston, West Virginia when

I was in high school. I attended West Virginia Wesleyan College for undergrad and received a degree in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology (and briefly considered a career in Art Therapy). I ended up going to grad school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and got my Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design, thinking it would have a more stable career path than fine art. I moved to Alexandria right after graduation; I have always loved the DC area ever since I was a kid, and it was my dream to live here. I love the change of seasons, the mild-ish winters, the history, and the mix of culture and nature. What are a few of your favorite spots in Alexandria? The Torpedo Factory, of course, and just being along the waterfront is always kind of exciting. I grew up in a very land-locked area, so it’s still a novelty to me to be able to see boats passing by, and when I need to feel refreshed, I love driving along and walking along the Mount Vernon Trail. My husband and I really enjoy Captain Gregory’s for special drinks, Momo for sushi, and Del Ray Café for brunch. March/A pri l 2020 | FA IR FA X WOMA N .C OM


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Could Mediation Save Your Marriage? Family mediators get a lot of phone calls from people figuring out how to handle separation or divorce. Often, I wish they had called us three years earlier, when one of them first realized that their relationship was in serious trouble. Then, they could have taken part in marriage mediation, discussing ways to rewrite the rules of their marriage so that they would be glad to stay together. Now, it is too late for that. Sadly, many people do not know that marriage mediation exists. It does. Marriage mediation is not the same as marriage counseling. The goal is to plan how to modify some behaviors, not to make deep psychological changes. As mediators, we do not diagnose mental health problems or help people heal from traumatic

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We help clients listen to each other better and express their thoughts more clearly. Clients in divorce mediation sometimes tell us, “If we had just known how to talk like this before, we would not be getting a divorce.” We can also teach conflict management and conflict resolution skills for future use. And, of course, we get down to issues. We help couples address areas of friction in their relationships and develop their own personalized guidelines for handling recurring challenges. Common areas of conflict are finances, child-rearing, household chores, and sex.

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I learned a little about how good mediation could be when I was getting divorced in the 1990s. I learned much more when I volunteered to mediate for a friend who had been in a custody battle for more than a year and a half. His ex-wife decided to give the process a chance even though she could reasonably have expected me to be biased in his favor. The process in that case was long, hard, stressful, and exhausting, but also successful. My friend came to an agreement with his ex on a custody and visitation schedule they could both live with. Their kids no longer had to live in an emotional war zone. Despite the parents’ history of hostility and frequent court hearings, they never went back to court.


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Think for a minute about how much time, energy and money a person can spend on lawn care – mowing, leaf blowing, pesticides; the hours and dollars add up fast. Cut down on lawn acreage by expanding garden beds, planting native shade trees, or consider a no-mow zone that you can sprinkle with native wildflower seeds. If you must mow or remove leaves, go electric. Running a leaf blower or lawn mower motor for one hour releases more pollution than an 8-hour car ride. And definitely skip the pesticides and herbicides, even with those weeds between the cracks of the driveway. Vinegar and a spray bottle will do the trick for those spots!

REDUCE AND REUSE In the old “reduce, reuse, recycle” adage, we tend to take for granted the first two. Meanwhile, the river of disposable items that flow through our lives piles up (literally) in our household waste. Opting for things like reusable cloth napkins and towels instead of paper, or tempered glass food containers instead of throwaway plastic containers, can seriously reduce your landfill footprint and will save money in the long run. For food and yard waste, try composting at home or asking your HOA, condo association or apartment management to institute community composting. This reduces landfill impact and allows nutrients to cycle back into healthy soil.

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music&arts By Melinda Kernc

A Casual Chamber Concert and Fantastic Season Finale The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) concludes its 20192020 this spring with diverse programming, a world premiere and a casual chamber orchestra concert. Music Director James Ross will complete his second season with the ASO, introducing new works and innovative concert formats, and rediscovering and reintroducing forgotten and underrepresented composers. The ASO will present Brandenburgers & Brew, a casual experience for concert attendees including a post-concert reception. The program is on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Old Town Alexandria. As a follow up to last year’s performance, the ASO will perform Bach’s Brandenburg

Concertos No. 3 and No. 6 with principals from the orchestra. The form is concerto grosso combining solo instruments with accompanying players called the ripieno. Concerto No. 3 features all members of the group while Concerto No. 6 features two violas. Bach dedicated the six concertos in 1721 to Christian Ludwig-



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Margrave of Brandenburg, and they are still regarded as some of the finest orchestral compositions from the Baroque era. “Last year’s concert sold out prior to the performance,” says Maestro Ross. “People were attracted to the program— who doesn’t love Bach? — the wonderful acoustics at St. Paul’s, and the beer. Great music in a great venue with some surprises is what ASO does best.” Also on the program are selections from masterpieces by Händel. Concerto in Alexander’s Feast is derived from the larger vocal work, celebrating Alexander the Great. “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” is an excerpt from the oratorio Solomon, and has been used in popular culture, including the 2012 Olympic Games. The season finale on Sat., May 16, 2020 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. features the premiere of an original work by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal percussionist Brian Prechtl. Commissioned by Classical Movements Eric Helms New Music Program, Prechtl has created Tribute, a composition integrating members of the orchestra and students from Sympatico, ASO’s award-winning music education program. Prechtl was inspired by Beethoven and the Sympatico students themselves while composing the commission. “When Maestro Ross approached me, he asked that the piece commemorate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and I drew much of the thematic material from his third and fifth symphonies,” says Prechtl. “The students were engaged and dynamic partners throughout the process. They wrote all the text for the vocal parts and contributed melodic ideas. I am grateful to

share this process and excited about seeing the pieces come together for the premiere.” The program also includes Three Latin-American Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank, which Frank drew from Bernstein as well as her own South American heritage and explores her many influences. The finale concludes with RimskyKorsakov’s Scheherazade, relating four exploits from One Thousand and One Nights. Although the composer was fiercely Russian, the narrative is among the most famous of Middle Eastern tales. The familiar violin melody symbolizes Scheherazade herself, which will feature ASO Concertmaster, Claudia Chudacoff.

The Alexandria Symphony is a fully professional orchestra drawing from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region’s wealth of musical talent. The ASO performs Saturday evenings at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and Sunday matinees at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Adult tickets start at $20, and the ASO offers discounts for seniors, students and military personnel and veterans. All youth (18 and under) tickets are $5. For tickets and more information, visit or call 703-548-0885.

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There are many reasons women decide to stop coloring their hair. It could be due to health concerns, time, financial limitations, or just a desire to make a statement and embrace your natural beauty. However, making a smooth transition from a regular coloring regimen to naturally gray hair can be difficult. Here are the tips I use with my clients to make the transition not only smooth but to deliver beautiful results throughout the process. The first step is to discuss the transition with your stylist, of course. Your graying pattern will determine if you are a good candidate for a smooth transition. If you have a lot of gray hair in front, you are a great candidate for transitioning because your light hair will frame your face as it grows out. The quickest way to transition is to move to a shorter hairstyle. This will get rid of much of your color-treated hair in favor of the natural color growing in at the roots. Also, very long gray hair is aging, while a shorter modern cut is youthful. I then like to strategically dye the roots using a lighter color or a balayage technique to soften the line of demarcation. This produces a sun-kissed look. We also use semi-permanent color, which blends into the gray for a blended color. As your hair continues to grow out, we will lighten the color of the roots each time and maybe add some highlights for dimension until you are completely free of hair dye. We also want to choose the right products during this transition with a focus on keeping your hair moisturized. Your wardrobe needs to be It is important to be ready for the difference embracing fashionable and true to self. your gray or white hair will make in your life. Most women Baggy and unfashionable are afraid to go natural because they feel they will look much clothes will create a frumpy older, but a modern haircut and some fashion tips can make look. Try wearing shades of the transition seamless. blue and transitioning to silver jewelry. Your hair will be pale, and your face will become To schedule an appointment with prominent. Depending on your complexion, you may Mona Harb of Lofty Salon, call look a little washed out, so 703-242-0609 or visit use makeup to brighten up your face. You can add color and interest with jewelry and accessories as well. If you have a short hairstyle, think about big, bold earrings. Of course, you can also use these tips to transition to your natural hair color even if it’s not now gray. Lofty Boutique Salon & Spa 354 Maple Ave W • Vienna, VA 22180 • (703) 242.0609

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Personalized Skin Treatments Every woman wants to look her best 24/7. Sadly, that is neither practical nor possible. Some are blessed with perfect skin, but most work HARD to achieve just acceptable results. Fortunately, thanks to great advances in techniques and products, there’s a myriad of options. In the face of these options, I believe in educating my patients on what is best for them and their skin type so that they make the informed choice. Below are the three main options for treating common skin issues. PICO Genesis (PG): This laser treatment improves the

appearance of unwanted freckles, sunspots and age spots. PG uses laser light to selectively shatter unwanted pigmentation and remodel the upper layer of the skin to return balance and radiance after a few treatments. After your initial series, further treatments to maintain your results are required. The best part? There is no downtime associated with PG! Laser genesis and micro-needling: Both options work in a similar fashion as they stimulate natural processes such as collagen building to promote healthy-looking skin. You can have

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By Patricia Faulstick, Master Esthetician at Alya Salon & Spa

Are Combo Treatments for Me? As aestheticians, it is our job to support our client’s decision with the best possible facial care. Clients will often ask if combining microdermabrasion with other facial treatments is a good idea. The short answer is: Yes! Here are some tried and true combination treatments to achieve the best results:

With microdermabrasion, each treatment removes roughly 30- 60 percent of the stratum corneum, the rough outer layer of the skin. This process stimulates new cell growth, allowing the skin 100 percent product penetration. Another great combo option is an enzyme treatment. Enzymes aid in proteomics, allowing proteins

to dissolve. If we mechanically exfoliate the skin from the outside with microdermabrasion to create cell turnover, followed with an enzyme to dissolve the dead surface skin, and then add a chemical peel, we can give our client the ultimate exfoliation treatment, leaving their skin glowing and refreshed. We can even take this exfoliation facial up a notch by simple adding in LED or even high frequency. LED light therapy converts electrical energy into light energy. Choosing which form of LED will depend on what you are trying to accomplish within your peel facial. Red, amber and infrared lights target healing and anti- aging. They will specifically help build proteins and other growth factors within the skin. These also help reduce inflammation and increase circulation. Blue lights are helpful

in destroying acne bacteria. Highfrequency light has proven to be effective on almost any skin lesion from acne and burns, to waxing procedures and cold sores. Highfrequency facials are a safe, gentle and therapeutic approach to skin rejuvenation, quickly healing and restoring your skin’s health.

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