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<lst>The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce July schedule is as follows:

Every Tuesday, a lunch and lead tip group allows members to meet and network, share leads and mingle, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt DoubleTree Hotel at Tysons, 7801 Leesburg Pike. R.S.V.P. to Harvey Silverman, 703-319-8806.

Every Friday, a business-to-business tip group meets, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula's Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike, in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Jodi Scholes, 703-255-1500.

"Retirement Plans for Small Businesses." On July 31, from 5-6 p.m., this educational seminar will address the different employer-sponsored retirement plans available for small businesses. Presented by Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc., 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 100, McLean. There is no charge, but registration is required. Contact Jerry Booth at 703-761-7686 or jrbooth@leggmason.com.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Wanda Patt, CPA, for the discussion “Maximizing Your Benefits from the 2003 Tax Relief Act” at its monthly dinner meeting on Aug. 5, 6:30–9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost is $25. For more information and reservations, call Elyse Galik at 703-471-4604.

Tiny Heirlooms dollhouse and miniatures store will celebrate its second anniversary on Aug. 1. Tammy Katz, the 26-year-old owner, is one of the youngest retail store owners in McLean. Tiny Heirlooms is located at 1401 Chain Bridge Road, across from Langley Shopping Center. Call 703-288-3544 or visit www.tinyheirlooms.com for anniversary events.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce upcoming meetings are as follows:

Aug. 7, joint mixer with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Opus 88 Club in the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. There will be a scotch and bourbon tasting. Admission is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

Aug. 12, marketing committee meeting, 4 p.m., at the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 6832 Old Dominion Drive. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

Aug. 12, technology committee mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at J. Gilbert’s Restaurant, 6930 Old Dominion Drive. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

Aug. 14, programs and special events committee meeting, 6 p.m. at the chamber office.

Aug. 27, Education Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m. at Sunrise Assisted Living of McLean, 8315 Turning Leaf Lane. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

Aug. 27, joint mixer with the Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Tysons Westpark Hotel, 8401 Westpark Drive. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

Aug. 28, membership committee meeting, 11:30 a.m., in the Community Room at the Governmental Center. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce will be having a joint mixer with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Opus 88 Club in the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. There will be a Scotch and Bourbon tasting. Admission is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

Hair Cuttery is celebrating its Fifth Annual Share-A-Haircut campaign to help underprivileged children all around the country. The program provides children served by local social service agencies with a new haircut for the start of the new school year. For every haircut purchased for children up to age 18 at any Hair Cuttery salon between Aug. 1 and 15, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut to children from partner social service agencies in Washington, D.C. Some 8,000 complimentary back-to-school haircuts will be donated to the children served by Neediest Kids.

Toastmasters International District 27 invites area businesses, service organizations, churches, schools and government agencies to take advantage of its Speakers Bureau, a free public service that helps to take the risk out of hiring a speaker. Speakers can present speeches on topics including motivational and inspirational topics, self-esteem, government issues, women’s issues, technology, marketing, real estate and international relations. With enough notice, some members can also give a custom presentation.

The initial contact through the Bureau is free. If the organization decides to call the speaker back after the speaker has performed at its function, it then coordinates call-backs with the speaker directly. For a complete list of topics and speakers, visit www.geocities.com/D27bureau, or call Kerri Kannan at 703-609-9738.

Linens 'n’ Things has secured a lease a 55,000 square foot site at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 123 from JGBR Rosenfeld Retail, a shopping-center leasing, management and development company located in Bethesda. Buildout of the new Linens 'n’ Things location will take approximately six months. The grand opening is currently slated for the fall.

PRA International Inc., a global clinical research organization, has promoted Sebastian Pacios to the position of vice president of operations, countries group. He will relocate from Spain to the company's McLean headquarters. The countries group will now include European clinical monitoring operations. Pacios will also manage PRA's international partners relations.

Charles B. Gibson Jr. of Bankers Insurance in Fairfax was installed to the board of directors of the Virginia Financial Services Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia (IIAV) for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Gibson has served on the board of the IIAV and on many of the committees throughout his career.

Charles F. Bullington of McLean/Academy Commercial Insurance of McLean was installed as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Bullington began his career in insurance in 1966 in life sales, then moved to property and casualty in 1970 with INA/CIGNA. He became an agent in 1980 and joined the McLean Agency in 1988.

River Bend Golf and Country Club president Jim Rafferty and the board of directors have announced the appointment and contract ratification of Allan R. Irwin as general manager of the club. In his new position Irwin becomes the chief operating officer of the club and will be responsible for the overall financial and operational performance of the club and the implementation of the policies and procedures established by the board of directors.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, a business law firm, will now offer its CoverGard Business Insurance Review Program, an effort to simplify the task of analyzing and amending property and casualty coverage for businesses. The service allows Womble Carlyle attorneys to help clients understand their existing property and casualty insurance coverage and plan accordingly to change policies to maximize coverage benefits.

PRA International of McLean has been experiencing continued success in its ability to conduct oncology clinical trials for its clients worldwide. Oncology trials currently represent PRA’s largest therapeutic area. At this time, PRA is conducting trials at approximately 3,000 sites with 14,000 patients on six continents.

The EcoStewards Alliance and the Yorktowne Square Homeowners Association recently installed a "green roof," a common European construction of small plants grown in soil on a roof to capture and filter rainwater while providing natural insulation for the building, on a 35-year-old building at the Yorktowne Square Condominium in the Merrifield area of Falls Church. The green roof is part of a large-scale storm-water-management project designed by Jeanette Stewart, president of the condominium and director of education and bayscaping for EcoStewards alliance. Growing a green roof on a building from the 1960s demonstrates the potential for the widespread installation of green roofs retrofitted on older structures.

Out of Asia, a new restaurant serving Japanese and Thai cuisine, is now open at Vienna Shopping Center. Located between Bread & Kabob and Ultima for Hair, Out of Asia is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 5-9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Vienna Shopping Center is located at Maple Avenue and Courthouse Road in Vienna.

The Craftmark Group was ranked 48 out of 100 on the list of the largest privately held companies in the Washington metropolitan area. The annual revenue for 2002 totaled $247 million. The McLean-based home builder, consisting of Craftstar and Craftmark Homes, was the top residential home builder to be featured on the list. The list of largest private companies is published annually by the Washington Business Journal and focuses solely on businesses in the Washington metropolitan area.