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The Vienna -Tysons Chamber of Commerce 57th Annual Halloween Pre-Parade Mixer will take place Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 5-7 p.m., at the SunTrust Bank at 515 Maple Ave. E., co-sponsored by the Vienna Inn. Call 703-281-1333 to R.S.V.P.

"Retirement Plans for Small Businesses," an educational seminar that addresses the different employer-sponsored retirement plans available for small businesses, will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc., 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 100, McLean. No charge, but registration is required. Contact Jerry Booth at 703-761-7686 or jrbooth@leggmason.com.

Suburban Nights, a new networking option for young professionals living and working in or near Northern Virginia, will host its kickoff event on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m., at eCitie Bar in Tysons Corner. Northern Virginia professionals can come out for networking, refreshments and door prizes. To receive event updates, free membership benefits and to learn more, visit www.suburbannights.com. Suburban Nights is also looking for events sponsors and young entrepreneurs to highlight at chosen events. If interested, e-mail stacy@suburbannights.com.

The second annual Evening of Shopping at Crate and Barrel benefiting Life with Cancer will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m., at Crate and Barrel, 1800 International Drive, McLean. Life with Cancer's mission is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing education, information and support.

Private shopping, hors d'oeuvres and door prizes will be available with a $25 donation. Crate and Barrel will donate 10 percent of all purchases made during the evening to Life with Cancer. In addition, Crate and Barrel will also donate 10 percent of Life with Cancer purchases made through a special link to crateandbarrel.com from Nov. 1-7. To participate in this online portion of the event, go to www.crateandbarrel.com/lifewithcancer.

More than a dozen local restaurants are donating their food and services to the event. Featured restaurants include Amphora Restaurant, Cafe Deluxe, Capital Grille, Caribou Coffee, Chicken Out, Clyde's of Tysons Corner, Daily Grill, J.R.'s Stockyards Inn, Legal Seafood, Maggiano's Little Italy, PF Chang's China Bistro, Portofino and Potowmack Landing.

Business and Professional Women will host Katha Kissman, author of "Through My Eyes: Life in the Arabian Gulf," at its monthly dinner meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost is $25. For information and reservations, call Elyse Galik at 703-471-4604.

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 Raquet & 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 Golf 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.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 — Member benefits committee meeting. R.S.V.P. to Jodi Scholes, 703-255-1500.

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.

Women's "Accelerated Networking" luncheon event. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., this event will provide the opportunity to make new contacts, discover new alliances and gain new insights, ideas and strategies. Guest speaker Arzu Calis, a certified leadership coach, will address the topic “Five Steps to Lead Yourself to Health, Wealth and Happiness.” She defines leadership as our capacity to lead ourselves to health, happiness and prosperity. Calis works with women business owners, entrepreneurs and sales people in growing their business exponentially. Before launching her own executive coaching and leadership development company, Calis worked with Fortune 100 companies in the high-tech industry for over a decade. Doors open and informal networking begins at 11 a.m. at 8000 Crescent Towers, Suite 1700, Tysons Corner. Cost for nonmembers is $48 and includes lunch. Cost for eWomen’s Network members is $35. Beginning Nov. 3, all registrations are $55 if still available. Register online at www.eWomenNetwork.com.

"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.

America's largest bipartisan women's business organization, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), opened a Washington, D.C., office at 1615 L St. N.W. Ann Sullivan of McLean brings extensive Capitol Hill lobbying and business ownership experience to lead the new WIPP Washington office. WIPP is headquartered in Oklahoma City, where it was founded and in two years has rapidly grown to 460,000 women in business nationwide.

Sullivan became associated with WIPP two years ago as federal legislative consultant and will continue in this capacity as well as head the WIPP Washington office.

Sullivan is president of Madison Services Group, a woman-owned company in McLean, which provides government relations services to corporate and nonprofit clients. She knows Capitol Hill both as a lobbyist and a senior adviser in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Sullivan was involved at the forefront of government deregulation of the energy industry. Her legislative expertise includes government procurement, health care, tax, environmental and energy policies.

Women Impacting Public Policy is a national, bipartisan group comprising over 460,000 diverse businesswomen and women business owners. WIPP strengthens members' sphere of influence in the legislative process of our nation, creates economic opportunities for members and builds alliances with other small business organizations. Visit www.wipp.org.

The McLean Massage Therapy Center has opened at 1447 Dolley Madison Blvd., Suite G-2, McLean. The center’s expertise is massage therapy techniques that result in pain relief and stress reduction. The center provides not only traditional massage therapy but also cutting-edge methods such as Muscle Release Technique (MRT). MRT helps individuals with neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and more.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry has presented Derrick Crandall of McLean, president and CEO of the American Recreation Coalition in Washington, D.C., with its 2003 National Legislative Award. This award recognized individuals who have distinguished themselves in legislative matters pertaining to the recreation vehicle (RV) industry.

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.

Cardinal Bank opened its ninth location in Northern Virginia and second in the Tysons area at 8270 Greensboro Drive, near Tysons II Galleria. The new office provides a 24-hour ATM. A 10th office in Leesburg will open in October.

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 that 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, an manufacturer of snow sleds, recently introduced the Dasher model, 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 poly vinyl 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.

Craftmark Homes was awarded a design and planning award at the Builder’s Choice Awards on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Washington, D.C. Builder Magazine recognizes design excellence through the Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards, the housing industry's oldest, largest and most prestigious design awards program.

Craftmark's Pinecroft with Loft at Evans Farm received an Award of Merit in the Attached and Multifamily Homes Category for condominiums for sale.

Awards were given to those builders who designed product with a special focus on functional plan layout, quality and convenience features, overall design and value.