This Week

September 5 – 11, 2006

Acacia Federal Savings Bank has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the Greater Falls Church Business Expo which will take place at the Falls Church Community Center on Saturday, November 4, 2006 from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm. Business Partners of the event include the Falls Church News-Press, First Horizon, and The Young Group while Supporters include Clay Café Studios, Nova-Habitat, Point of View Eyewear, and Venable LLP. Business exhibits will be open to the general public from 11:30 – 2:00 and 4:30 to 8:00, while seminars will be provided for free from 2:00 – 4:30. Book signings and Congressman Jim Moran’s Community Health Challenge weigh-in will cap off the day during the closing reception from 5:45 – 8:00 pm. For more information about the Business Expo go to or call 703-532-1050.


Art and Frame of Falls Church and Perfect Endings are selling raffle tickets for a handcrafted dollhouse valued at $8,000 to benefit Falls Church-based Homestretch. The dollhouse was donated by Gary LaPorta who recently closed Miniatures from the Attic retail operation to focus on custom work ( Tickets are available for $10.00 or you can purchase 10 for $50.00. Art and Frame of Falls Church is now located at 111 Park Avenue while Perfect Endings is located at 131 S. Washington Street – both are in the City of Falls Church. For more information about Homestretch, visit, a new one-stop compliance Web site for businesses will host the U.S. Small Business Administration‘s October Web chat on "How Can Help You Stay in Compliance with Federal Regulations" from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 12, 2006.  The site helps businesses easily access compliance information, federal forms and compliance contacts from multiple government agencies. The live, interactive Web chat will engage business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in a national dialogue on how businesses can utilize to help them save time and money when searching for federal compliance information.  Interested businesses can join the live Web chat by going online to, and clicking "Your Small Business Voice Online Chat." Web chat participants may post a question before the October 12 chat by visiting  


Don Beyer Volvo in Falls Church is kicking of this year’s 2nd Annual Read and Ride Series with acclaimed novelist and historian David Robbins and a discussion of his latest book, The Assassins Gallery.  The event will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 12, 2006. Previous works by Robbins include War of the Rats, the powerful story of the Battle of Stalingrad, which was the basis for the movie Enemy at the Gates, End of War, which recounts the moving history of the US and Russian race for Berlin in the spring of 1945, and Citadel which takes the reader to the Battle of Kurtz, the turning point in the Eastern Front of WWII, the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany. The author’s appearance at the Falls Church Volvo showroom marks the fifth such literary event, following Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones, Antarctic swimmer Lynne Cox, featured on 60 Minutes II, National Magazine Award winner Andre Dubus III, and thriller writer Joe Finder. This year, as part of the kick off to the season, the dealership will be giving away a free book, or recorded book as a gift with every new Volvo sold. The evening is open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged, at or to Sandy at 703-768-2932.


Falls Church’s Sweetwater Tavern claimed three medals at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival Competition, the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. Competition was held in 69 beer-style categories – winners were announced at the 25th Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony in Denver, CO. Sweetwater Tavern was recognized in the Schwartzbier beer-style category for its Iron Horse Lager, the Kellerbier beer-style category for its Wild West Fest, and in the Belgian White Beer category for its Wit’s End Ale. For more information go to


University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in collaboration with the Tayloe Murphy Center of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration will offer the following course at the Northern Virginia Center: Financial Management for Senior Management of Smaller Enterprises. Ideal for CEO’s and other senior officers of small companies, this course will provide participants with experience in the analysis and resolution of financial issues in the context of the smaller enterprise that has limited or no access to the public capital markets. The course will take place from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday October 13th and 14th – Tuition is $750 which includes materials, refreshments and lunch. Registration is limited. For more program and registration information, contact Russell Lentner at (703) 536-1127 or or visit


Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr. announced the selection of Chief Master Sergeant Manuel Sarmina, U.S. Air Force as senior enlisted advisor for Health Affairs. Sarmina will provide the Health Affairs and TRICARE Management Activity leadership with valuable insights on the day to day operations of TRICARE, the Defense Department agency that administers the health care plan for the uniformed services, retirees and their families. Fore more information go to