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Business News & Notes: May 14 – 20, 2009


Myra Gourley Robinson, Director of Community Relations for Sunrise of Falls Church, has resigned to accept a position as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor at McLean Health & Racquet Club where she will continue to work with the senior population.

Carla Moore will transfer from Sunrise of Bluemont Park to fill the Falls Church vacancy. For information on Sunrise of Falls Church call 703-534-2700.


Falls Church residents Scott Tucker, Amy Smith, and Jennifer Short raised more than $20,000 for The Fisher House through the 6th Annual Divot Charities’ Golf Tournament held Saturday, May 9 at Reston National Golf Course. Ireland’s Four Provinces hosted the awards dinner and auction which included items donated by local businesses. For information about Divot Charities email Amy Smith at

Clay Café Studios in Falls Church sponsored an all-day business/marketing event for the JEB Stuart High School DECA students Tues, May 5. DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service. Clay Cafe owner, Helene Safford, and staff conducted workplace readiness skills workshops including interviewing skills and visual merchandising displays. The students participated in mock interviews, a seasonal display competition team-building pottery painting activities. Helene Safford teaches business, marketing, and technology at JEB Stuart High School and is the DECA chapter advisor.


The Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections are inviting residents to participate in Bike to Work Day on Fri, May 15. It is a free event and open to all area commuters. Raffle prizes, food, and drink will be available at all of the 26 pit stops throughout the region. Free t-shirts will be provided to the first 7,000 registrants who are in attendance at the pit stop they registered for. Pit stop locations, route assistance, and registration information is available on the WABA web site at

Curves Falls Church is offering free weight management classes to teach its proven method for losing weight and raising metabolism. More studied than any other program, Curves’ classes are based on the groundbreaking new research findings of the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Classes, which cover a variety of topics including grocery shopping, eating out, emotional eating, etc., are free to members and non-members. A book offering menus, recipes, and advice to support the diet can be purchased for a nominal fee. Curves Falls Church will be offering class beginning Tues, May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 229 at Columbia Baptist Church located at 103 W. Columbia Street in Falls Church.  Space is limited, so please call 703-536-0140 to register for the class.

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting networking events on Tues, May 19 and Wed, May 20. The first event, co-hosted by the Greater Merrifield Business Association, is the Annual Richmond Report Networking Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Tues, May 19 at the Italian Café (7161 Lee Highway). It will feature presentations by Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, Del. Bob Hull and Del. Jim Scott. Tickets are $27 for members and $32 for nonmembers. The second event is a speed networking breakfast co-hosted the Vienna Tysons Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast will take place from 7:30-9 a.m. Wed, May 20 at the Vienna Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are required for these events – RSVP to or 703-532-1050.

Sunrise of Falls Church is hosting a reception for business leaders who provide services to seniors from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wed, May 20. Representatives from businesses that work with the senior population are invited to attend this free “Senior Networking Mixer”. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to 703-534-2700. Sunrise is located at 330 N. Washington Street in Falls Church.