Keegan Allen stars as Toby Cavanaugh in the ABC Family hit television series, Pretty Little Liars. While the plot of the show is dark, mysterious and complicated, Allen is not. He's a typical twenty-something with a budding career and a world of opportunity awaiting him. A believer in hard work and gratitude, Allen open up and shares his thoughts on acting, life and his commitment to his craft.
How serious is acting to you?
I always carry a camera with me everywhere I go. I just did a film with James Franco and saw how he directed it and it was interesting.
What about the Pretty Little Liars casting call caught your attention?
When I first got on the show I knew that there was a series of books to it, like Harry Potter, Gossip Girl and Twilight. I knew people would see it because it already had such a huge following, but we've made the storyline more addicting. And now, we're shooting season 4.
What's it like to be a sensation among teenage girls?
I'm really happy that people responded positively to my character. In the book series, he dies in the second book. He's written into such a pivotal role as the antagonist of the series with more twists, which we've never seen in other characters.
I'm happy that people have responded positively to my choices. [My fans] are very important to me and to the show.
What's a typical day like on the set?
I show up early and have this weird thing where I'm scared of being late ever. They instilled that in me in college. I learned that if you're early, you're on time; if you're on time, you're late; and if you're late, you're fired.
So I check all my materials to see if there were changes, go to hair and makeup, talk to the girls and shoot the show. Then I stuff my face with chocolate croissants and go home.
Are you close with your fellow cast members?
I'm close with everyone. It happens to be a very interesting set. The friendships are deep and amazing. I have friends who have been on successful TV shows and they say that this does not happen. You don't get along with everyone, but we do. I've made my best friends on this show. It's a pleasure to hang out with all of them.
Are you anything like your character, Toby?
I exhibit some of the stuff that Toby has gone through, but I'm a 360 of that character. He's very troubled and I'm none of that. Actually, I based [my acting of ] him off of someone I knew growing up. That's my little secret because I still see him from time to time.
What twists can we expect rom the show?
This show is geared towards twists and turns and we can expect more of that. That's the addiction. It builds up. So many revelations happen each season that revolve around 'A' and who killed Allison. We find that out and more. This is going to be a very interesting season.
Who is 'A'?
We found out that Toby was 'A' and then we found out that it's a hierarchy. It's very much a team of people. But I really don't know.
How important are good relationships to your success?
Having solid friendships is related to you being a good person — a nice person. If you're genuine, you'll have great friendships. There is still humanity to our business. Where there are good friendships, there is teamwork. It adds to the process of making what we do so special.
What were your challenges as a teen? What advice do you have for our teens?
I had a really tough time in high school. But I followed my passion. If you're interested in something you just do it. Don't let anyone swerve you. High school is really just a nostalgic blur in the end. Bullies get the short end of the stick and it all subsides when you get older. Your passions will pay off, just believe in yourself, trust yourself and keep real friends around.
What advice do you have for young people who want to pursue acting?
If you decided to pursue acting, make sure it's something you really want to do. There is the perception about Hollywood that if you come out here you'll get discovered. It's a lot of hard work. Troi [Bellisario] and me, we're still in school. I still go to college. I still go to workshops. It's all about the amount of work you put in to it. You can't say you want to be rich and famous. It's an art. You have to put your heart, mind, body and soul into the trenches. It's hard work. If you can do that, then follow your passion. It will pay off.
What is a rainbow? Why do the stars twinkle? Why is the sky blue, and the sunset red? How can optical illusions simply trick our brains into seeing things which may or may not be real? You rely on optics, the science of light everyday - your digital camera, wireless mouse, and even your Blu-ray disc of your favorite movie are all technologies enabled by the science of optics. The special properties of light can be used to explore the universe, monitor the environment, and even solve crimes.
You can start your exploration of the science of light by attending these hands-on activities, play with animations, or just stare at the colorful pictures - you are guaranteed to find something that will make you go hmmmm.
9am-noon class for 4th and 5th graders. $20 per student. Limit of 18 students.
Join us November 3, 2012 as we partner with Captain McFinn and Friends to host the first ever Be The Best You Can Be Identity Mall Tour with Special Guest Stedman Graham. The day long event will consist of an exciting series of events and programs to help you and your loved ones Be The Best You Can Be.
Stedman Graham, New York Times bestselling author, will deliver an inspirational presentation for educators, parents, community leaders and teens about identity development for our Be the Best You Can Be Identity Mall Tour. The first 200 people to attend will receive a FREE copy of one of Mr. Graham's books (Identity - Your Passport to Success or Teens Can Make It Happen) and will have the opportunity to meet the author and have their copy signed after the program. Stedman Graham's keynote address is a FREE event, however tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be available in advance at Spotsylvania Towne Centre's Customer Service Center beginning October 15. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.
Sign the Captain McFinn and Friends Anti-Bullying pledge and receive a FREE "I'm a Buddy" sticker badge.
Show what a great friend you can be by striking a pose with Captain McFinn and have your FREE photo taken with the best Buddy on Sand Dusty Reef.
Learn the important lessons of being good to each other and find out how McFinn transformed from being a Bully to the best Buddy on Sand Dusty Reef. Stop by the Soft Seating Area located in the Sears Court to be engaged with a reading from The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends.
Visit our Food Bank and Goodwill Collection Center, located near the main entrance. Donations of clothing and non-perishable food are greatly appreciated. Give it to Goodwill don't send it to the landfill.
Visit the interactive app center to experience the new Captain McFinn and Friends FREE app. Use finger swiping, tapping and dragging to make the Undersea Friends swim and dance around, bring sunken treasures to life or even make the bullies let out an evil laugh. Check it out on the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch®, Android™ Tablet, Amazon Kindle® or NOOK Tablet™ by Barnes and Noble.
Children of all ages may visit multiple craft stations throughout the mall to explore their creative talents. Find your inner beat at our DJ station for kids. Other stations include kids' crafts, pottery, floral design, and more!
Show us your personal style by participating in face painting, hair sparkles, Glam and nail polish fun.
Learn the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Visit our kids' gym, marvel at the Tae Kwon Do demonstration and learn how to save a life by participating in our CPR clinic.
Children ages 4-8 get the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, by performing their own shows with Captain McFinn and Friends puppets.
Many of the materials featured during the Mall Tour are available for purchase at the Be The Best You Can Be kiosk, or online at www.captainmcfinn.com.
It's hard to believe, but the 16th Annual B101.5 Kids Convention is right around the corner. Over the next few weeks leading up to Kids Convention, well be announcing the different activities happening during the event. So keep listening and checking back for the most up-to-date information regarding the event. Click here for sponsorship and booth opportunities at Kids Convention.
Meet Zendaya Coleman, Rocky, from Shake It Up at Kids Convention! Zendaya will be meeting fans and signing autographs from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring an item to have autographed; one autograph per person. A photographer will be on hand taking pictures. No outside photography will be allowed. Photos will be made available for FREE download post-event at www.b1015.com. The line will be cut-off at 12:30pm; but every attempt will be made to get through as many people as time permits. Waiting in line is at your own discretion and does not guarantee you will meet Zendaya Coleman. (Celebrity and times are subject to change).
Fredericksburg Parent and Family is hosting "KIDtoberfest: An Interactive Journey through Germany" in conjunction with Capital Ale's Oktoberfest on September 29th from 10 am to 2 pm. Area families are invited to join Fredericksburg Museum and Cultural Center, B101.5, Foode, Doctor Yum, LOK Fashion Academy, Fredericksburg Park and Recreation, Girl Scout Troop 720 and others for delicious German food, healthy German recipes, root beer making demonstrations, German sewing crafts, information on local German settlers and more. Plus, local recording artist Gaye Adegbalola will have a special kids performance and FredParent will host a huge Polka Dot Polka lesson. It all takes place in historic Market Square and it's all FREE!!!
The day's celebration is a fun and educational arm of a traditional Oktoberfest, with delectable German food from Foode and free activities, entertainment and crafts, all the while learning a bit about Germany and the influence their settlers had on our area.
Visit the FredParent table in Market Square and grab your free passport. Visit the stations through Market Square and then go on to select retailers in Downtown Fredericksburg. There's a map on the passport to help you find your way!
At each stop on your journey, you'll find the answer to one of the questions in the passport.
Once you've completed your passport, you'll know all kinds of cool facts about Germany AND have the chance to win fantastic prizes**. Just stop by our table at the intersection of George and Caroline Streets. Here you will find Kinderplatz, Capital Ale's kid-friendly tribute to Germany and Oktoberfest!
• Two Packages of gourmet chocolate from TASTE
• A gift from The Toy Store
• Six Buy 12 get 12 free custom holiday cards from Simple Joy Designs
• Ten gift packs from Park & Rec
• Five 50% off one session with Sensory Baby
• A $25 Visa Gift Card from PNC Bank
• Custom headbands from PNC Bank
• Four American Girl books from PNC Bank
• Two craft packs from FPI Cooperative Pre-school
• Five 4-packs of cupcakes from Colonial Cupcakes
Kids can pick up their FREE Passport to Germany at Market Square and set out to visit locations throughout downtown and learn fun facts about Germany. Once their tour is complete and their Passport is stamped, kids can return to Market Square and enter to win one of many fantastic prizes. Stops on the Downtown Passport to Germany tour include Colonial Cupcake, Jabberwocky Books, the Fredericksburg Museum and Cultural Center gift shop, Taste Oil Vinegar Spice, FPI Cooperative Preschool and more.
Capital Ale house will also have a Kinderplatz area, complete with:
Live entertainment from:
Where will YOUR Flat Freddie appear?
Take your very own Flat Freddie around town or wherever your summer travels may take you.
Snap a pic of Flat Freddie visiting the sites and upload it to the Fredericksburg Parent Facebook Page!
Don’t forget to TAG yourself, too!
Don't have a FACEBOOK?
Come find the FredParent booth at the following events and make your own Freddie. Coming soon: supplies list for creating your own at home.
To create your own Flat Freddie, start with a popsicle stick!
Decorate Freddie with yarn for hair, felt for clothes, or other crafts that will make your Freddie represent your own personal style!
Lastly, make sure your Flat Freddie is wearing his FredParent attire! Attach this FredParent Logo to Freddie's outfit for a complete look! (Just right click on the logo and click save as. Save it to your computer and print it out.)
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12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring an item to have autographed; one autograph per person. A photographer will be on hand taking pictures. No outside photography will be allowed. Photos will be made available for FREE download post-event at www.FredericksburgParent.NET or www.b1015.com. The line will be cut off at 12:30pm, but every attempt will be made to get through as many people as time permits. Waiting in line is at your own discretion and does not guarantee you will meet Alex Meraz. (Celebrity and times are subject to change)
1:30pm at the Food Court Stage
When it comes to parenting advice, who knows best? Come watch our resident DadVice expert (Chris from Chris & Dee in the Morning) face-off with the voice of FredParent's MomStops Tip of the Day (Kristin Nash). They'll be answering parenting questions sent in on the FredParent Facebook Page ~ send one in yourself! We'll even be pulling Moms and Dads from the audience to be their life-line posse.
(Various Show Times)
Come and meet some of Busch Gardens' Animal Ambassadors- a fun cast of critters, like Adana the red-ruffed Lemur or Bob the Boa Constrictor, who travel all over the country, sharing messages of conservation.
(Animals are subject to change)
Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m. Derby starts at 9:00 a.m.
Who is the fastest crawling baby in Fredericksburg? The fastest crawler wins $500.00! Registration is open to parents with a baby no older than 14 months. Only the first 200 entries will be accepted.
Come Read For A Reason
Help Turn Bullies into Buddies And Make World Record History
This Holiday, put an end to school bullying once and for all. Take a stand and come read The Legend of Captain McFinn, a black tip reef shark and a former bully. Take the Bully pledge and be a part of making Spotsylvania World Record History.
What can be more satisfying, or educationally important, than reading to young children? Spotsylvania Towne Centre, B101.5, and FredParent will honor that wonderful activity by inviting parents from all over northern Virginia to participate in Read For A Reason. This special family event will take place on Saturday, December 17, at 10:00am at Muvico at The Village at Towne Centre. Registration takes place from 8am to 10am at Books-A–Million! (You can pre-register below to help us speed up the process on Saturday morning.)
Characters from the Captain McFinn & Friends Kids Club will be on hand to greet the children. To add to the fun, we’re shooting for a world record! A representative from the Guinness World Records organization will be on hand to certify it as “The most parents reading to their children in a single location.”
Readers must bring proof of guardianship, (Birth Certificate or Adoption papers) PLUS a valid Photo ID.
Help Set a World Record!
Join Our Attempt To Put Spotsylvania On The World Records Map
To add to the fun, we’re shooting for a world record! An official representative from the Guinness World Records organization will be on hand to certify it as “The most parents reading to their children in a single location.”
Your reading "team" will consist of only one parent and one child, but you are welcome to bring all your children along. To help us set the world record, the more PARENTS we have, the better, so bring your husbands and wives, and tell your neighbors to come and read, too! You'll find the reading selection in the center of the December issue of FredParent. (The child can be any age up to age 16 to qualify as a "child" for the purposes of the world record.)
B101.5 will be broadcasting LIVE from Muvico that morning! Come be a part of history!
This is what you'll need that morning at the check-in table:
Each parent reading to each child needs to have all of this. So if you have 2 parents and 3 kids that morning, you'll need birth certificates/paperwork for 2 kids plus photo ID's for both parents.
Join us for a Girls' Night Out on December 7 at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre
This event has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date!
Meet nationally acclaimed author of Practical Genius, Gina Rudan, at Tulip Aveda Salon at 7PM.
The evening starts with a 20 minute motivational seminar, followed by Q&A and book signing. Books are $25 (cash only). Come early for the best seats!
Afterward we'll meet at the Park Lane Tavern for cocktails and enjoy special promotions from our favorite stores!
PLUS! Mark your calendar for MOMS WELLNESS NIGHT at Aveda Dec 17
Exclusive Arhaus Furniture Gift Bags that include:
Free Hanging decorative organizer
Coffee and drink specials
Featured books on cooking, decorating, and wine.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
Starting at 6pm
$5 Martini Night, featuring the Concert in Lights Martini
$2.95 Bar Bites
Bruschetta with Mushroom & Boursin
Crispy Shrimp Napoli
Artichoke & Spinach Formaggio
Meatball Sliders & Fries
Cheese Ravioli Al Forno
Balsamic Onion, Portobello, & Gorgonzola, Flatbread
Chicken, Bacon, & Spinach Flatbread
Mention Girls Night Out, Cache will give you $25 off a purchase of $125 or $50 off a purchase of $200. Signup to receive emails that give you tons of savings and they'll take 5% off your total purchase.
Scarves are the most versatile accessories around, but do you know the 10 different ways to tie a scarf? Visit Charming Charlie to learn how. Plus, enjoy delicious refreshments!
½ priced salads
½ priced Featured Chocolate Brownie Shake
Register-to-Win a Cheeburger Gift Card
Something special is happening at Coldwater Creek. Elvis is in the building Michael Hoover, Meet Greet and be entertained from 6pm – 8pm. Discover the influence of nature in every piece of clothing at their in-store fashion show at 7pm. Shop and save with exclusive discount. Arrive early and enjoy cake sampling with Cakes by Z.
Featured Wine and Treat
Every Wednesday night select Village Retailers we will feature wine from Potomac Point Winery and tasty treats from local confectionaries.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Bar & Cocktail area only
$5 Select Wine
$5 Concert in Lights Martini
$5 Signature Drinks
Starting at 3pm
1/2 priced Chef Select Appetizers
Smoked Chicken Wings
BBQ Beef Sliders
Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
Listen to Kristen Nash weekdays between 10am and 2pm, you 5 of your closest gal pals could win an exclusive Girls Night Out with Kristen at Greene Turtle! We invite you to eat until your heels fall off. **Alcohol and Gratuity not included**
Specials for Dec. 7:
$5 Concerts in Lights Martini
1/2 priced appetizers
MasterCuts, inside the mall near Chick-fil-A
FREE styling tips and hair care advice.
Muvico Village 12 & Splitsville
FREE bowling and shoe rental if you mention “Girls Night Out”
$5 Chef Choice Sushi
$5 Concert in Lights Martini
Park Lane Tavern
Park Lane Tavern, Coach and Sephora have teamed up to give you the ultimate register-to-win. Every Wednesday for Girls Night Out visit Park Lane Tavern and enter drawings for a chance to steal a Coach bag and makeovers from Sephora!
Steal of a Deal Wednesdays!
Steal the glass starting at 5pm, buy the featured beer and you get to keep the glass!
Glasses are limited so get here early.
$5 Glasses of Wine and 1/2 Price Bottles
$5 Concert in Lights Martini
$4 Featured Mini Apps
Live DJ 7-10pm
Enter drawings for a chance to steal a Coach bag and makeovers from Sephora!
Residence Inn by Marriott
Register-to-Win a Girls Night Out Package! 3 register to win boxes will rotate between retails in the Village, can you find the secrete box? New locations every Wednesday!!
Calling all ladies addicted to Vera Bradley, for one night only a Vera Bradley Rep will be at Saxon Shoes. Hear about new patterns, enjoy exclusive discounts and prizes. Saxon will even have a harpist to set the shopping mood. Enjoy wine sampling with Potomac Point Winery.
VIP back-room savings, 25% - 75% off
Live Jazz Music
Dessert sampling on select Wednesdays
Wine sampling on select Wednesdays
Register-to-Win, makeover consolation with artist must be present at 8:00pm to win
Featured Brands from your favorite makeup professionals
Makeup Tips: Classic Holiday, Gold Flush, Party Eyes!
Catering every Wednesday courtesy of Park Lane Tavern.
Swim 'n Sport
Spend $75 get a free gift
Let us help you find some great family time with these EXCLUISVE FredParent reader daily special parties.
Take a break and bring the kiddos to these exclusive FredParent reader parties from 12 - 4:
Dec 27 – Ugly Holiday Sweater Party ~ Wear your ugly sweater and receive FREE shoe rental
Dec 28 – Fuzzy Feet – Wear your slippers and get FREE shoe rental
Dec 29 - Recycle! Make the craziest hat or costume out of left over wrapping paper and bows and receive FREE shoe rental
Dec 30 – Kids New Years Eve Party! Bowling, crafts, and a Shirley temple toast (toast at 3PM)
Present the KEYWORD SAVVY MOM and get $5 One Topping Pizzas or FREE kids meal with each adult meal purchase.
After you bowl stay for a show! $5 Matinees Mon- Thurs before 4pm