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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

DEVIL’S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

DEVIL’S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

Monza is hosting a Devils Backbone Brewery Beer Dinner on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Devils Backbone beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.

Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Greeter Beer, Vienna Lager with a meat and cheese platter; Pilot Brau Czech Pilsener with calamari fritti, lightly battered squid with spicy marinara; Cranberry Gose, roasted butternut squash, curried pears, candied walnuts, Crème Fraiche, sage; Aged 16 Point Imperial IPA with all natural braised beef ragu and butternut squash gnocchi, arugula, Parmesan, olive oil; and Cocoa Danzig Porter with Cocoa Danzig Porter Ice Cream with chocolate-covered bacon, homemade ice cream, bacon, and chocolate.

CARMELLO’S HOSTS J. LOHR WINE DINNER

CARMELLO’S HOSTS J. LOHR WINE DINNER

Carmello’s is hosting a J. Lohr Winery Wine Dinneron Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $80 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature J. Lohr Winery wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new fall menu. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The wine dinner includes four courses: 2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc with insalata frutti di mare, chilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, lime juice, garlic, onions, bell peppers; 2013 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, quinoa black bean salad, quinoa, black beans, peppers, red onions, cilantro; 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Costeleta De Porco with marinated pork chops, sautéed onions, peppers, house fried potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash; and 2013 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot with chocolate lava cake.

WDBJ7 TV: Adam Ward was a 'fine photojournalist'


MONETA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The general manager at the Virginia TV station who lost two employees in a shooting, said the victims were "just doing their job" when they were killed. 

MOREPolice search for gunman who killed Va. TV reporter & photographer during interview

Adam Ward, 27, started at WDBJ7 in the production department and moved up to be a photojournalist.

"He was the kind of guy who was on his way home from work and heard about something breaking, he would just turn around and go do it,” WDBJ’s General Manager Jeffrey Marks said.

Crews respond to accidental shed fire in Vienna


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Vienna house shed fire was started by an electrical system failure within a law mower, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

The fire happened Sunday at around 3:20 p.m. at the home located at 10004 Woodrow Street.

There was smoke and fire coming from the back of the home when firefighters got to the scene. Crews were able to quickly put the fire out in a shed located underneath the deck. Nobody was at home when the fire started.

Nobody had to be displaced and nobody was injured. Damages are estimated at $2,500.

The fire was caused by an electrical system failure within a lawn mower that was placed too close to the shed.

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Lanes closed on I-66 Eastbound until Wednesday morning


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Drivers can expect delays on the eastbound lanes of I-66 during Wednesday's morning rush hour, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The right shoulder 'X' lane between Nutley Street and I-495 will be closed for repairs. In addition, VDOT says the right regular lane of eastbound I-66 between Nutley Street and I-495 will be closed at 10 p.m. The regular lane will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday. The 'X' lane could remain closed through Wednesday morning's rush hour.

The repairs are scheduled to be completed this fall.

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Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.