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Arlington Notes, 3/13/24 roundup

News of community interest from around Arlington

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECRUITING FOR ‘CENTURY CLUB’: The Arlington Chamber of Commerce continues its efforts recruiting member organizations to become members of its Century Club, marking the business group’s centennial in 2024.

Members are “committed to making a profound impact on our community,” Chamber officials said, and in return members are offered “a unique one-time opportunity to be at the forefront of our programs, events and advocacy work.”

The cost is $1,000 and membership is limited to the first 100 to join. For information, call Chamber membership-engagement director Will Mulligan at (703) 525-2400, ext. 201, or e-mail

DETAILS OF 2024 ‘LEADERSHIP SUMMIT’ ANNOUNCED: The Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Alexandria have announced plans for the 2024 Leadership Summit, to be held May 16 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center in Arlington.

The event will include a program from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring panel discussions, presentations and a keynote address from political analyst Eugene Robinson. A reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. will celebrate the culmination of the Leadership Arlington, Leadership Alexandria and Ignite classes of 2024.

For information, see the Website at

AUTHOR TALK LOOKS AT DESEGREGATION IN COUNTY LIBRARIES: “Desegregation in Northern Virginia Libraries” will be the topic of a forum on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Shirlington branch library.

Chris Barbuschak and Suzanne LePierre will discuss research on the topic that led to publication of their recent book on the topic.

For information and registration, see the Website at

MASTER GARDENERS PUT FOCUS ON ORCHIDS: Arlington-Alexandria Master Gardeners will present an online program – “Orchids 101” – on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m.

“Orchids inspire awe and admiration for their beauty and stately elegance,” organizers said. “They can also be intimidating for new growers, yet many orchids are very-low-maintenance, high-impact plants for spaces where many other common houseplants can’t survive.”

Extension Master Gardener Benton Murphy will share tips and tricks on helping orchids to thrive indoors and out, including tips to manage pests and disease.

The program is free. To register, see the Website at

NATIONAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PREPS CONCERT: The National Chamber Ensemble will present “Diverse Romantic Visions: Florence Price and Brahms” on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South Lang St. in Arlington.

The evening focuses on the works of Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and the first to have her work performed by a major American orchestra.

In addition, the concert will feature Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet featuring acclaimed clarinetist Julian Milkis as guest performer joining violinists Leo Sushansky and Jorge Orozco, violist Beth Walenta and cellist Vasily Popov.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students, and come with the opportunity to stream the concert one week after the concert date. For tickets and information, see the Website at

VIETNAM-VETERANS GROUP OFFERS SPEAKERS: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227 offers a speaker series for community and school groups.

“Let us share our experience with your group and help dispel the many ‘negative’ myths about the Vietnam veteran and understand the personal sacrifice and life-changing experiences of serving in a war,” chapter officials said. “Learn how a war changed the lives of those who served and gain a deep appreciation for those who are currently serving in harm’s way.”

The agenda is flexible and can be tailored to an organization’s interests.

For information, call Tom Stryer at (703) 323-9032 or see the Website at

With more than 400 members and nearly 40 auxiliary members, Chapter 227 currently is the largest Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Virginia and the 17th largest nationally.