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NASA Federal Credit Union has purchased the Whitner Jackson Building at 1130 W. Broad Street. NASA Federal Credit Union offers membership opportunities to the employees of NASA as well as employees of our many approved select employee groups and members of approved Associations.

Joining one of these Associations makes you instantly eligible to join NASA Federal Credit Union. The Credit Union will occupy the entire building and expects to open in mid-January. For information visit www.nasafcu.com/l2.aspx?ci=98.

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Falls Church City‘s bond rating of “AA+” and the rating outlook is Stable. “AA+” is the second highest rating for municipalities. The city currently has $39 million of general obligations bonds and no major issuance of debt in the next year. According to Fitch Ratings, the City’s debt is moderate and manageable. The “AA+” rating and Stable outlook reflects the City’s solid general reserve levels, including strong financial management and sound economic indicators such as low unemployment rates. While the City is not intending any major bond issues in the coming year, maintaining a high credit rating by the rating agencies ensures that interest rates on future debt will remain relatively low. City officials expect the other major credit rating agencies, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, to include the City in their annual surveillance reports in the coming months.

Openings

Uncle George’s has finally opened for business at in the West End Plaza at 1079 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Uncle George’s provides fresh, homemade and healthy Lebanese food for dine-in or carry out. Restaurant hours are Mon – Sat from 10:30am -10:00pm and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information visit unclegeorgegrill.com.

Holiday Offerings

Design Frames is offering free White House Ornaments with every custom framing order of $150 or more. Design Frames, owned and operated by Master Framer Mark Klostemeyer, is located at 101 Rowell Court, Suite 100, Falls Church. For more information about Design Frames visit www.designframes.com.

Ireland’s Four Provinces and Divot Charities are collecting items for care packages to be sent to troops oversees during the holidays. Personal care items and nonperishable food items can be dropped off at 105 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For information email [email protected].

Events

Argia’s is hosting a wine tasting fundraiser for Choralis from 3 – 5 pm, Sunday, November 16. A delightful selection of wines paired with specially selected hors d’oeuvres will be presented with sommelier tasting notes. A live auction will include wines and gift items. Proceeds will benefit Choralis performance and youth education activities. Tickets ($30 per person; $55 per couple) are available from www.choralis.org. Argia’s is located at 124 E. Washington St. in Falls Church.

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce‘s November luncheon presentation, Redistricting in Virginia: What’s at Stake, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Italian Café. When the next Census in completed in 2010, the Virginia General Assembly will once again have to redraw the lines that will determine the shape of General Assembly districts and Congressional Districts for the next decade. Now a broad-based coalition that includes the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Virginia, is supporting a new approach to this politically charged process. Sara Fitzgerald, state action chairman for the Falls Church League of Women Voters and a member of the Redistricting Study Committee of the Virginia League, will discuss the issues involved and why business groups are supporting reform. Tickets are $27 for members, $32 for nonmembers. Please RSVP to 703-532-1050 or [email protected]. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins should space be available.

CommuniKids is hosting open house events on Tues, Nov 18 from 4 – 7 p.m., Tues, Dec 2, from 4 – 7 p.m., and Wed, Dec 10 from 10 a.m. – noon. These are great opportunities to learn more about CommuniKids’ language courses for children, including their soon to be launched Spanish immersion class. Call Maria Biggers Walker at 703-534-2221 or visit www.communikids.com.

Boone & Sons Jewelers will host the Annual Meeting of Members and Holiday Party for the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. Boone & Sons Jewelers is located at 1320 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA. Chamber members are invited for cocktails, festive catering and to vote on the slate for the incoming 2009 Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Officers. All attending members will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. 2009 Board Slate Announcement and free event registration available at www.mcleanchamber.org. For information, please contact Katharine Ryan, Events Director, at 703-356-5424, email [email protected].