Art and Frame of Falls Church has hired Robin Clark as an intern at the local custom frame and local art studio.
Clark will be learning the trade and overseeing the new Falls Church Youth Arts Initiative which has been designed to help students understand “the business” of art. Through the program, high school students will learn the basic elements of marketing art and promoting their talents. For more information call 703-534-4202.
Curves in Falls Church held an international craft fair that benefited disadvantaged people throughout the world on Sat., Nov. 14. The event raised almost $7,500. Participating organizations including Amani, Partners for Just Trade, Handcrafting Justice, 10,000 Villages, Tanzania calendars, South African Jewelry, Light and Power, and Mothers2Mothers. The proceeds will help promote entrepreneurship and education in the various countries. For more information visit 703-536-0140.
The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce has created a Holiday Shopping Guide to help shoppers find great gifts while supporting the Falls Church community this holiday season. The Guide includes discounts and free offers from Art and Frame of Falls Church, Creative Cauldron, Curves of Falls Church, Geeks on Call, K+M Law Group, Long & Foster Real Estate Agent Tori McKinney, Sacred Well Yoga and The Plumbing Dr. The Guide can be downloaded from www.fallschurchchamber.org.
Silverwood Cos. and a group of local investors have acquired 305 subsidized apartments in Falls Church with plans to fully renovate the property. The acquisition and renovation of The Fields of Westover will cost $35 million. The name of the complex which includes 60 two-story buildings at 2913 Peyton Randolph Road will change to East Falls Apartments. While the renovation will include a community building with fitness, activity and business center, an overhaul of the buildings’ kitchens, baths, flooring and entryways, and new energy efficient heating systems, the unites will continue to be affordable for families making 60 percent or less of the area median income. The Virginia Housing Development Authority paid $27 million in new tax-exempt bond financing for the acquisition and the developers assumed a $3.2 million taxable VHDA loan.
Divot Charities and Ireland’s Four Provinces collected, sorted and shipped 150 Holiday Care Packages to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The care packages, which included personal care items, nonperishable food items, and other items requested by the troops themselves, were donated by restaurant staff and patrons. For more information about this effort, visit www.divotcharities.com.
Sunrise of Falls Church and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce are both hosting Chamber events on Tuesday, December 15. The Chamber is hosting its Annual Members meeting and networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Italian Café located at 7161 Lee Highway. Chamber Chairman Dr. Ralph Perrino will provide an overview of the Chamber’s initiatives and accomplishments over the past year. Tickets for the Luncheon are $27 for Chamber members and $32 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required – a $5 charge will apply to those without reservations. Sunrise of Falls Church is then hosting the Chamber’s Annual Holiday Party and Networking Mixer from 5:30-7:00 pm in their facility at 330 N. Washington Street. The event is free and will include refreshments and live entertainment by local students. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Call 703-532-1050 or email [email protected] for reservations or for more information.
The Falls Church News-Press is hosting its 20th Annual Holiday Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 21 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Refreshments and live entertainment by students will be provided at this event which is free and open to the general public. ArtSpace Falls Church, the new performing and visual arts space in Falls Church, is located in the Pearson Square Building at 400 S. Maple Avenue. For more information, email [email protected].
The Business News & Notes section is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be e-mailed at [email protected].