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Send announcements to The Reston Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to

reston@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call Jean Card at 703-917-6437, with questions.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Dragonfly and Mayflowers are continuing the Second Friday Studio Series each month from 6–9 p.m. Gallery talks are at 7 p.m. March 11: Paint Your Passion – colorists describe exciting new colors; April 8: Bulb Mania From Holland – see and hear from the growers; May 13: Living Outdoors – create a whole new room.

Angela’s Happy Stamper offers free Learn at Lunch programs every Tuesday from 12–2 p.m., free make and take opportunities and many new classes. Currently, Happy Stamper customers are creating and donating all kinds of stationery for the charity, Support Our Troops. In Iraq, stationery is in short supply for those wishing to send mail home.

Reston Business Park announces a new tenant at the Design Studios of Reston, located at 11411 and 11409 Sunset Hills Road in Reston. Urban Retreat LLC, a custom furniture warehouse, is now open by appointment. Urban Retreat offers upholstered pieces in fabric and leather, tables, chairs and more, for every room in the home.

Owner Cynthia Schneider started Urban Retreat out of her hobby of “wishful” catalog shopping. When she discovered a way to acquire these pieces at a lower cost, a new business was born. Urban Retreat is open to the public, by appointment, with a relaxed environment and the ease of self-service and no sales pressure. Schneider provides a play area for children, making Urban Retreat a family-friendly shopping experience.

Blooms Florist is proud to announce their selection as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s best wedding florists in the Washington, D.C., region, for the second year in a row. Blooms is listed in the Washingtonian January 2005 Wedding Guide in the article “They Know Weddings." Last November, Blooms celebrated their 11th Anniversary in Reston. Owner Gail Dobberfuhl says the high wedding planning season is now in full swing and brides and planners are already placing orders for September and October weddings. Blooms Florist is located at 11515 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston.

Dunlap & Grubb, P.C., a law firm based in Leesburg, announces the addition of two new partners, Jeffrey W. Weaver and John C. Whitbeck Jr., to form Dunlap, Grubb, Weaver & Whitbeck, P.C. a firm of 12 attorneys with three offices, located in Leesburg, Reston and Winchester.

Weaver earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University. Whitbeck Jr. earned his B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College and his J.D., cum laude from George Mason University.

The top agents of National Realty for the month of January 2005 are: Top Producer Tim Johnson; Top Sales Nan Gilley; Top Lister and Top Buyer Agents, The Bell Team; Top Rental Agent Wade Gilley, Sr. The President's Club honorees are: Tim Johnson, Ivette Reategui, Wade Gilley, Sr., Shimon Hye. The Listing "Go-Getters" are Ozzie Jaymond, Imran Awan, Derek J. Clarke, David Kresslein, Tim Johnson, Wade Gilley, Sr. and The Bell Team. Other National Top Performers are Wade Gilley, Jr. and Susan Holbrook.

The intellectual property law firm of Greenblum & Bernstein, PLC, announced the addition of two professionals. Charles D. Niebylski, PhD., joins the firm as an associate and Azy S. Kokabi will serve as a technical specialist until she graduates from law school in May and becomes an associate.

Nancy Brinker’s tribute to her sister, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, is recognized today as a leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer. Hear how Nancy's personal tragedy has offered hope and inspiration to millions, and learn more about steps to take charge of your health and financial information for women. Join Art Wimble of EdwardJones, March 8 at 11:30 a.m. for a free video presentation for women of all ages. For reservations, call 703-860-4538. 1800 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 120, Reston. www.edwardjones.com