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The Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking after hours mixer on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 4:30-6 p.m., at Heatherwood Retirement Community, 9642 Burke Lake Road. There is no cost, but reservations are requested. Call 703-591-2450.

The Chamber hosts its Public Safety Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 26, beginning at 11:15 a.m. The event, sponsored by National Security Inc., takes place at Williams Memorial Hall, 4081 University Drive. Cost is $30 with reservations; $35 at the door. Call 703-591-2450.

The Chamber hosts its Gala Art Exhibition and Auction on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m., at Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax. Attendees may preview items at 6:30 p.m. The fund-raiser includes a door prize, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is $15. Call for ticket information at 703-591-2450. Art may also be purchased at www.marlinfundraising.com. Funds benefit the Chamber.

Cox Communications Northern Virginia announces the opening of a new retail center in Kingstowne. The new facility opens on Monday, March 1 to serve Cox customers in the eastern part of Fairfax County. The retail center is located behind the Safeway in the Kingstowne Town Center off of Kingstowne Village Parkway. At the new location, customers can make payments, upgrade their accounts, exchange converter boxes, and test-drive services like high speed Internet and Cox High Definition Television.

The facility hours are Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. There will be ample parking provided adjacent to the center's corner location.

As a result of the move, Cox's customer service lobby near Lake Accotink in Springfield will close permanently on Friday, March 12. Customers are directed to the new Kingstowne location or Cox's other retail lobby center at 3080 Centreville Road in Herndon.

Fair Oaks Mall has launched a new tool for shoppers, a free, online gift guide which seeks to simplify the gift selection process. The service is accessible at www.ShopFairOaksMall.com. Consumers can click on a price range, type of recipient and type of gift. Each suggestion includes a color picture, brief description, price and store name. Shoppers can search for ideas from every Fair Oaks store or limit their search to a single retailer.

Fairfax Corner 14 is offering a program for new parents and their babies. Baby Pictures offers conveniences such as baby changing stations, extra lighting in the auditorium, lowered movie volume and a Gymboree Play and Music session prior to each show. The cost to attend one of these special showings is $6.50 for adults, $1 for children ages 13 months-3 years and free for babies up to one years old. Fairfax Corner is owned by National Amusements, Inc. and is located at 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax. Visit www.nationalamusements.com.

Interstate Worldwide Relocation presented awards to its 2003 Employees of the Year, recognizing them for "an outstanding year of service to the company." The following individuals received awards:

Joe Dugo, Sales Representative of the Year, two years Top Hat Service; Joe Sayles, Administrative Employee of the Year, five years Top Hat Service; Jeffrey Glanville, Over-the-Road Driver of the Year, 14 years Top Hat Service; Guy Dinsmore, Over-the-Road Driver of the Year, two years Top Hat Service; Ron Hayes, Over-the-Road Driver of the Year, three years Top Hat Service; Sean McCoy, Warehouseman of the Year, three years Top Hat Service; Julian McCoy, Logistics Employee of the Year, 10 years Top Hat Service; Regina Wilkins, Springfield Packer of the Year, seven years Top Hat Service; William Edge, Springfield Mover of the Year, one year Top Hat Service; Mike Edwards, Springfield Driver of the Year, 17 years Top Hat Service; Nelson Cardenas, Ambassador Mover of the Year, three years Top Hat Service; Jim Lynch, Ambassador Driver of the Year, Jim Lynch, nine years Top Hat Service; Rita Simon, Landover Packer of the Year, four years Top Hat Service; Zollie Tabrorn, Landover Mover of the Year, one year Top Hat Service; and Timothy Commedo, Landover Driver of the Year, one year Top Hat Service.

The Circle of Excellence is awarded to those employees who have received Employee of the Year Award more than five times. This year's award was presented to Jim Dupee, interstate driver with 15 years of service; and Maggie Sheppard with 27 years of service.

Harold Ray Whitbey has opened an office in Fairfax City at 10603 Judicial Drive, Suite 320. Whitbey is a certified public accountant providing financial, taxation and consulting services to individuals and small business owners. Whitbey obtained his Virginia license to public accounting in 1988 and is a member of the Virginia Society of Public Accountants. Call 571-276-7677.

Boardman & Penn of Fairfax celebrates its 15th anniversary with crystal. All new contract customers will be given a Tiffany & Co. cut crystal vase or bowl. The company is a woman-owned business offering clients marketing and image management, business development and special events.