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Baskets & Boughs Shop is officially closing after 22 years operating in Clifton. The shop will be conducting a "quitting business" sale until all merchandise is sold. Owner Jennifer Heilmann wants the closing to be a celebration for the shop's many years in Clifton. A prize contest as well as reduced prices are offered. The shop is located at 12704 Chapel Road in Clifton. Go to www.basketsandboughs.com.

* Friday Night Live! Friday, May 4 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Herndon Chamber of Commerce brings to the community a free, live, outdoor rock concert in historic downtown Herndon (behind Municipal Center, Lynn St.) every Friday evening, weather permitting, from May through August. Hear Monster Band and The Plunge. Presented by the Chamber's Friday Night Live Committee, Title Sponsor Cox Business Services, as well as many other sponsors and volunteers. Visit www.HerndonRocks.com.

BNI Northern Virginia is hosting a "Coffee, Tea, You & Me" networking session on Friday, May 4, from 3-5 p.m. at the IHOP in Centreville. Learn to make your 45-second presentations really sing. Use one-on-ones for real business growth opportunities. The Centreville IHOP is at 13810 Braddock Road, Centreville. Call 703-201-4267.

As part of its battle against childhood obesity, My Gym Children's Fitness Centers in Chantilly will once again challenge America's youth to discover the benefits, fun and excitement of a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.

Dubbed the "Kids For Fitness Challenge," the 30-minute workout routine challenges kids with age-appropriate exercise routines designed to develop strength, balance, coordination, fine and gross motor proficiency, agility, flexibility and social skills, along with cardiovascular and strength training.

Kids and parents are invited to visit My Gym of Chantilly where they can pick up information on proper nutrition and exercise, and sign up for the second annual "Kids For Fitness Challenge," scheduled for Friday, May 4. Visit www.my-gym.com and click on the Kids For Fitness Challenge, or contact Joe Gilley at 703-378-3100.

Rickard’s Complete Renovations will be holding an open house on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 14100 Parke-Long Court, Suite R, Chantilly, for clients and members of the community. For every guest who attends the open house, the company will donate $10 per household represented to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. Contact Scot Small at scot@revbuilders.com or call 703-547-4740.

Lauren Kirby, president of TurnAround, LLC, is hosting a one-hour workshop called "De-Mystifying Risk and Control," on Tuesday, May 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department. The seminar is geared to business owners, executives and managers. Additional dates are: June 12, July 10, and Aug. 14. Registration required to info@turnaroundlc.com. Call 703-216-2085.

The Fair Lakes MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery at East Market will have its Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 9 p.m. The day’s festivities will include appearances by Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff, Miss Hampton Holly Days 2007, and members of the Washington Glory professional women’s fast pitch softball team, as well as Miss Maggie Moo herself with fun activities for kids of all ages.

In conjunction with the Grand Opening event, the treatery partnered with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital to raise funds for children’s projects around the hospital campus, including a new playground at the childcare center.  MaggieMoo’s will donate 20 percent of the day’s sales to the hospital, which has also been selling MaggieMoo’s Dream Cakes through the childcare center to raise funds.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation are seeking applicants for the Business and Technology Scholarship. This scholarship was established to provide business and technology merit scholarships to strengthen the area's workforce readiness supply. Students can obtain applications at these schools:

* Centreville High School, 703-802-5400;

* Chantilly Academy, 703-222-7460;

* Chantilly High School, 703-222-8100;

* Mountain View School, 703-227-2316;

* Westfield High School, 703-488-6300.

The application forms are available now and are due back by May 21. E-mail to ecurtis@dullesregionalchamber.org.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Dr. Jenny Masur, manager of the National Underground Railroad Program for the National Park Service. The first Women’s Rights Convention organizers were all abolitionists and connected to the Underground Railroad. Dr. Masur will talk more about these inspiring women, their connection to the Underground Railroad, and their important role in our nation’s history. The monthly dinner meeting will be on Monday, May 14 from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost of the meeting is $28 for members and $33 for non-members. Call Sandy Amato at 703-405-2631.

News from the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

* Create Raving Fans! Friday, May 11, noon-1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce Brown Bag Lunch. At Dulles Regional Chamber, 3901 Centerview Drive, Suite R, Chantilly. Learn how to build a relationship with your customers. Overcome perceived indifference by discovering what they want, selling them what they need, providing good customer service, making it easy for them to buy. RSVP online, www.dullesregionalchamber.org, by email: info@dullesregionalchamber.org, or by phone: 571-323-5304. Bring your own lunch. Brown Bag Luncheons are held monthly on second Fridays and sponsored by Chronicle Newspapers.