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Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance raised $5,000 at their first Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their new Alliance Theatre in Alexandria, Va. MFAC is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance Benefit Concert.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building the Alliance Theater,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The girl, who was attacked by at least one or more dogs has been stabilized, after being taken to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday evening in Charles County, Md., officials said Thursday morning. 

The incident took place at a home in the 8600 block of Billingsley Road in Bennsville, MD.  The child, who was said to be in critical condition, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC.

The girl was supposed to be under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend at the time of the attack.  The boyfriend lost sight of her and later found her laying face down in the backyard where she had already been attacked, according to officials. 

Charles County Animal Control has taken three dogs into custody.  A pit bull, a bulldog, and a cane corso are the breeds suspected to be involved in the attack. 

WUSA 9 Partners With Call For Action

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- We are always on the lookout for consumer news, recalls and alerts that are important to you.

But, we aim to more than that, so we've formed an exciting new partnership that is all about helping you.

And, if you've got consumer problems, contact our WUSA 9 Call For Action team.

You can file a complaint online 24 hours a day on our website, wusa9.com, just click on the Call For Action link.

Or you can call our hotline at 301-652-HELP (4357).

National Cherry Blossom Ceremony Kicks Off

WASHINGTON, D.C., (WUSA9) -- The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off the 101st celebration at the Warner Theater.

WUSA 9 anchor, Jessica Doyle, hosted the festivities featuring both Japanese and U.S. artists, Saturday, March 23, 2013.

American platinum-recording artist, Andy Grammer, appeared on stage along with Japanese artists such as Junko Yagami, Senri Oe.

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two children were found wandering in a neighborhood in Manassas on Friday morning, Prince William County Police said in a news release. 

The mother, Esmeralda Carolina Acosta Montoya, 28, of Manassas, was arrested about 45 minutes after police were notified that the kids were missing, police said. 

It happened at around 10:28 a.m., when a person called police, informing them that the caller had found the two children wandering, police said. 

"The caller located two children, a 3 year old girl and 5 year old boy, walking the area above unsupervised. The caller took the children to nearby Westgate Elementary School where police were notified. The investigation revealed that the accused had left the children in a locked room of the residence while she was gone for about for two hours," police said. 

Charged with two counts of felony child endangerment and she has been released on a $4,500 bond. 

Chef Prepares Delicious BBQ Dishes To Skins' Mark Moseley

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- If you're craving Barbeque, you're in luck! On Thursday, Hill Country Barbecue Market executive chef Elizabeth Karmel joined JC Hayward to prepare two delicious dishes including Beer-Can Chicken, and Texas Caviar.

Just in time for Texas Independence Day, Hill Country will be celebrating the holiday on Saturday, March 2nd at the restaurant located on seventh street in Northwest, DC.

Washington Redskins place-kicker, Mark Moseley, joined JC Hayward and Chef Elizabeth Karmel to taste the delicious BBQ dishes as he is from Texas and accustomed to great BBQ. Moseley was apart of Super Bowl XVII where the Skins' beat the Dolphins.

See Chef Karmel's Recipe for Beer-Can Chicken with Lockhart Rub below:

Serves 4

Grilling/Smoking Method:

Indirect/Medium Heat

1. Whole roasting chicken, 4 to 5 pounds, preferably Amish or organic Olive oil

3 tablespoons Lockhart Dry Rub

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes


Swank Designs' owners are inspired by world travels to create beautiful window treatments, accent pillows and children's bedding

After searching for decorative panels and accents and finding the available designs were just more of the same, Tabitha Mahaffey and Patricia Ulliman decided to combine their expertise and form Swank Designs, offering custom lines of pillows, panels and children's bedding. Together, they share a passion for using and incorporating fabrics in unexpected ways.