Author Archive for Ellyn Wexler

Role Model: Artist Helps ESOL Students Find Their Way

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Through art, Beatriz del Olmo-Fiddleman encourages and empowers immigrant students to share their stories.

This article was originally published by Beatriz del Olmo-Fiddleman sets an example for teenage immigrants struggling to adapt to their new lives and opportunities. Primary among the factors that make this possible is her intimate understanding of their experience;…

Nail-Tastic Opens on Main Street

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Thao Ngo’s Nail-Tastic is a new business on 
Main Street.

It took a surprising six months from the time Thao Ngo signed her lease right behind the Pavilion on the corner of Main Street. At long last, as of April 11, her sparkling new nail salon, Nail-Tastic, is open for…

VF Dance Theater Updates ‘Snow White’ for Arts Barn

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(L to R) Janet Palmer and Amanda Mendez rehearse their roles as narrator-storyteller-rappers in “Hip Hop Snow White,” opening at the Arts Barn May 5.

This article was originally published by Since early childhood, performing has been Veronika Farkas’ way of life. In her native Budapest, Hungary, the preschooler attended strict European-style voice, dance and acting classes. “I was roped into musical theater, but…

Saul Speaks at Kentlands Square Town Hall

B.F. Saul Company has big plans for the Kentlands, but don’t hold your breath until they materialize. The commercial areas on the north side of Kentlands Boulevard are properties owned by the Bethesda-based equity real estate investment trust that plans…

Zen Out at Yoga Bliss

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Alison Friedman offers guided meditation at Yoga Bliss Studio on Main Street.

In distressing times, Alison Friedman is poised to help with de-stressing. The Lakelands resident has a solution for “stressed out, burned out, over-medicated, sleep-deprived people” who may have difficulty coping with the “accelerated speed” of contemporary life. To that end,…