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<lst>The Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Town of Vienna and Vienna Rotary are sponsoring a blood drive, Friday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center game room at 120 Cherry St., S.E. For appointments, call 1-866-256-6372.

Feeding Your Spirit. On Nov. 15, at 6 p.m., join other women and Diet by Design, a nutritional consultation company based in McLean, to learn about "women of spirit" from various global cultures and explore common ties. Spiritual ethnographic discussions, chanting, dancing and good food will be part of the workshop. Call 202-497-8780 for details.

Giant and Super G customers will be able to buy "You Can Help" hunger boxes through Nov. 16 at area Giant stores. The boxes include 11 different nonperishable food items needed by local food banks and will sell for $7.99. As customers purchase a hunger box, it will be placed in a collection cart in the store and distributed to area food banks. The boxes were packed by volunteer groups in support of the effort.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce November events are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 12 — Rise 'n' shine networking breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., at Cafe Oggi, 6671 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

Wednesday, Nov. 19 — Business mixer. 5:30-7:30 p.m., McLean Racquet & Health Club and The McLean Times, 1472 Chain Bridge Road.

Friday, Nov. 21 — Brown bag lunch with the executive director. Special guests, the nonprofits of McLean. 12-1 p.m., in the Community Room of the Governmental Center.

The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce calendar of upcoming events is as follows:

Every Tuesday and Thursday — Lunch and Lead tip group, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Harry Silverman, 703-319-8806. Dutch.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 — Evening mixer at Sunrise Assisted Living at Hunter Mill, 2863 Hunter Mill Road. Meet more area business owners and fellow chamber members. $5. R.S.V.P. to 703-281-1333.

Wednesday, Nov. 19 — Lunch and Learn, 12-1:15 p.m., at HQ Global Workplace, 8300 Boone Blvd., #500. Whole Foods lunch provided by speakers. R.S.V.P. to 703-281-1333. Space limited to 20 people.

Jerry Snyder has been elected vice president of United Bank and appointed wealth management consultant in the bank's Wealth Management Group. Snyder brings expertise in working with high net-worth clients to develop successful tax, investment and estate planning strategies. His background includes both management and sales positions with Fidelity Investments and ITT Hartford Life and Annuity Insurance Co. He is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in marketing/finance. He lives in Vienna with his wife and two children.

"Retirement Planning: 401(k) Rollover Options," an educational seminar that addresses rollover and distribution options from employer-sponsored retirement plans, will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, 6–7 p.m., Legg Mason Mason Wood Walker Inc., McLean Branch, 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 100, McLean. No charge, but registration is required. Contact Jerry Booth at 703-761-7686 or jrbooth@leggmason.com.

Tiny Heirlooms, a store offering fine miniatures and dollhouse items, is now accepting reservations for craft parties of up to 12 guests. Call 703-288-3544 for details. Receive a free mini Tiny Heirlooms shopping bag for one’s dollhouse with any purchase of $10 or more. One per customer. Offer good while supplies last. Tiny Heirlooms is located at 1401 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 100, McLean, across from Langley Shopping Center. Tiny Heirlooms can be reached via e-mail at customerservice@tinyheirlooms.com.

At its annual dinner The Brain Tumor Society presented the Roche Family Award to financial planner Barry Glassman, C.F.P., C.F.S., senior vice president of Cassaday & Co. Inc., McLean. This year, Glassman was recognized for his outstanding service on behalf of the national, nonprofit organization, which has since 1990 provided funds for research, educational resources and patient family support to victims of brain tumors.

Since losing a close friend to a brain tumor at 17, Glassman has been actively involved in fund-raising for this cause. As a college student, he helped form a group called Campuses against Cancer. Later he concentrated his efforts on the Brain Tumor Society in hopes of promoting and facilitating their work, which includes research grants and patient resources. In his acceptance speech, Glassman has been instrumental in organizing an annual fund-raising event in Washington, D.C., which has raised significant dollars and increased the level of public awareness. For six years now, the Cassidy & Pinkard 5K Run/Walk has attracted thousands of participants, including survivors, to the spring event. In chairing or co-chairing the event, Glassman brings to the task the energy, creativity, organizational skills and enthusiasm that have helped raise over $1 million for the Brain Tumor Society.

The pilot program of Abrakadoodle Inc. — the series of art classes now being offered at the McLean Community Center, day-care centers and private schools for “Mini-doodlers,” children 2 1/2 to kindergarten, and “Doodlers,” grades one through six — has expanded to multiple classes at the McLean Community Center due to parent demand. This fall it is anticipated that more than 600 children will participate in Abrakadoodle classes at more than 25 sites. Teachers are trained to identify artistic skill levels in each child in order to offer age-appropriate and skill-enhancing classes. Techniques used by old masters and contemporary artists alike.

Mary C. Rogers of McLean began offering classes with Rosemarie Hartnett of Great Falls this year. Both are former executives of Computertots.

Abrakadoodle Inc. was accepted this year into the Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Program. Rogers plans to franchise Abrakadoodle nationally next year.

Hal Berens, franchisee of The UPS Store located at 1350 Beverly Road, McLean, recently received international recognition by earning the Field Award for Distribution Management from SOLE - The International Society of Logistics. The award was presented at the organization’s annual convention in Huntsville, Ala. As The UPS Store of McLean franchisee, Berens is responsible for managing the distribution of all types of parcels and freight from a diverse customer base. He recently moved a federal government office of 840 employees from one building to another in Philadelphia as the prime contractor, while at the same time in the process of shipping several million dollars’ worth of equipment from Atlanta, Ga., back to McLean for a large corporate account and storing these items in a secure local warehouse. While performing these duties, his store continued to ship their customers’ parcels and freight.

SOLE is a nonprofit international professional society composed of individuals organized to enhance the art and science of logistics technology, education and management. SOLE was founded in 1966 as the Society of Logistics Engineers "to engage in educational, scientific, and literary endeavors to advance the art of logistics technology and management." There are over 90 SOLE chapters in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Chapters conduct technical meetings, symposia and workshops, all designed to provide the SOLE member with opportunities for professional advancement. Chapters and districts also sponsor regional technical meetings.

Bath & Body Works has launched a new design concept, which made its debut on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Bath & Body Works store in Tysons Corner Center in McLean. The flagship store concept features a complete renovation of the store and the introduction of new product lines for beauty, body care and the home.

The new design includes sleek white walls, modernized lighting systems, and three distinct performance rooms: beauty, body care and home fragrance, with new product lines.

Sam & Harry's of Washington, D.C., is offering a new option in its line of dining options: corporate and social catering services throughout the national capital area. Sam & Harry's Catering is operating from the Sam & Harry's Tysons Corner location, at 8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Because this location is normally closed during lunch, the Catering Division can now offer on-premise private dining in any of five different rooms, at lunch during the week, for daytime events on Saturday and all day on Sunday.

Reindeer Sleds of Vienna, a manufacturer of snow sleds, recently introduced the Dasher model, with a steerable plastic runner. The Dasher model offers new design features, including the twisted-pipe runner structure and pivot-rope steering system, in addition to the modern plastic seat and footrest. The Dasher model utilizes flexible plastic runners for steering in lieu of the traditional metal runners. By bending a straight polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe into the shape of the runners, this pipe is transformed into the foundation of the Dasher model. Due to its round cross-sectional area, these runners are structurally sound by themselves without the need for additional framing typical of a traditional runner sled.

Acumen Solutions Inc., a management and technology consulting firm, has been named to The Washingtonian’s list of 50 Great Places to Work in the Washington area. Acumen Solutions was recognized for its strong core values, tight-knit culture and innovative programs that illustrate the importance of its employees while reinforcing the company’s focus on social responsibility.