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Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Fort Myer meets for lunch on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn's Vantage Point Restaurant, 1900 Fort Myer Drive. All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fellowship. Rotary is a community service organization made up of business professionals dedicated to service above self. Contact Chris Zabriskie at 240-346-4237 or czabriskie@ix.netcom.com.

The South Arlington Lead Share Association (SALSA) meets for breakfast Friday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Juke Box Diner, 7039 Columbia Pike, Annandale. The first half hour is for networking. The meeting officially begins at 7:30 a.m. Only one business per profession can be represented. Visit salsanetworking.org or call Pat Cardillo at 571-331-8670.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday at noon at 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1030. The membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Visit to find out how Toastmasters can improve skills in all areas of public speaking and help communicate more effectively. Call Barbara Hicks at 703-558-2266 or visit www.firsteditiontm.org.

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Arlington Holiday Inn, 4610 N. Fairfax Drive. BNI leverages the power of word-of-mouth marketing and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals as they grow their business. Only one person per professional classification or specialty may join a chapter. Contact Greg Brewer at 703-237-2705.

The Northern Virginia Business Referrals group meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Highway. The group facilitates networking by limiting membership to one member per profession and has been in existence since 1996. Call 703-312-7117 or visit www.nvbr.org.

DeVry University recently hosted Young Women in Technology, a day program designed to encourage high school girls to embrace tech careers. Over 160 girls and educators attended.

On Feb. 15, Anil Miglani will open a second Tandoori Nights location, to seat 131, in the Clarendon area, at 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Keeping it in the family, Miglani's wife Shivani, who attended L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md., will lead the kitchen as executive chef. The menu will include signature Indian dishes from Bombay and Goao, as well as vegetarian options from the southern part of the region. The interior of the new Tandoori Nights in Virginia will incorporate a private dining area seating up to 20, as well as a semi-private dining room just off the kitchen which seats up to eight guests. The Opium Den bar, just off the main entrance, will feature small plates, as well as cocktails.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce held its 82nd annual Arlington Business Gala on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City. The Business Gala was the Chamber's first major event of 2006. Almost 300 guests were in attendance. Attendees included Al Eisenberg and Adam Ebbin of the Virginia House of Delegates, Jim Moran of the U.S. House of Representatives, Arlington County Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy and several members of the Arlington County Board: Paul Ferguson, Barbara Favola and Jay Fisette. Following dinner, guests enjoyed music by The Odyssey Band and perused items available in the silent auction. The event raised approximately $20,000 for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

Arlington Cultural Affairs has joined forces with Arlington-based luxury chocolatier Artisan Confections to create a line of hand-dipped chocolates that are screened with images created by six Arlington-based artists. The artists selected for the debut "Artists Series" of chocolates are David Amaroso, Richard Chartier, Laura Jane Hamilton, Justine Light, Monica Stroick and Joel E. Traylor III. Made year-round, the series showcases a different set of Arlington-based artists each year. Proceeds benefit Arlington County arts organizations. Visit www.artisanconfections.com or call 703-239-0616.

Northern Virginia Community College’s (NVCC) new Arlington Center is ready for business and is seeking the community’s assistance to assess area employers’ needs.

When the Center’s build-out is completed later this year, employers and students will be able to leverage the following assets at NVCC’s new Arlington Center: nine traditional classrooms, four computer labs, medical training classrooms and lab, comprehensive electronic library and on-site college counseling and admissions.

An online survey is being offered to area businesses that will help direct the new center’s programs and services. Employers who complete the survey can request high-priority skill development offerings in 16 areas of professional study ranging from accounting to construction trade skills and forecast the types of skilled jobs most in demand.

Any manager or human resource representative with an Arlington employer is invited to complete the online survey, which can be found on NVCC’s Web site at www.nvccarlingtonsurvey.com.

Respondents will be offered immediate access to five free online “Employer Tools for Retention” as soon as they complete the survey.