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Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host a program about the benefits of yoga on mind and body at its monthly dinner meeting on Monday Jan. 10, 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost is $25. For information and reservations, call Elyse Galik at 703-471-4604.

PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.'s grand opening of its newly remodeled Tysons Corner store, located at 1929 Old Gallows Road, takes place Jan. 7-9. The three-day event features pet adoptions, contests, and a variety of animal-related activities to celebrate PETCO's new "Pisces" look with the community.

Advocats and the Greyhound Welfare League will be on hand to find homes for orphaned animals. PETCO further encourages adoptions by offering new pet parents special Adoption Gift Booklets with up to $130 in discounts on PETCO products and services.

The grand opening features free professional pet photography for the first 30 customers each day and owners can learn more about premium pet food and PETCO's Canine Education program. Other evens include the Best Pet Trick Contest, the Biggest Dog/Smallest Dog contest and Best Pet Photo contest. Hamster races take place Saturday and Sunday.

Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit www.petco.com.

Freddie Mac and KPMG LLP were recognized in the Large Size Company division of Northern Virginia Family Service's 12th annual CARE (Companies are Responsive Employers) award ceremony.

Large company winners Freddie Mac and KPMG share the honor in 2004.

Freddie Mac is a stockholder-owned corporation chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Freddie Mac purchases single-family and multifamily residential mortgages and mortgage-related securities, which it finances primarily by issuing mortgage pass through securities and debt instruments in the capital markets. By doing so, it ultimately helps homeowners and renters get lower housing costs and better access to home financing. Dedication to work/life balance is illustrated by the various benefits and programs, including a near-site day care, a lactation program for new or expecting mothers and a LifeWorks referral service to assist individuals with finding various services.

For more than a century, companies have relied on KPMG to provide sound and valuable business advice and help manage their business risks. KPMG member firms are some of the leading providers of Audit, Tax and Advisory services. With a global approach to service delivery, KPMG responds to clients' complex business challenges with consistent methodologies and common tools across industry sectors and national boundaries. KPMG's spectrum of support for work/life effectiveness includes workplace flexibility, health and welfare benefits for same sex and heterosexual partners, caring for dependents and more.

Since 1992, the CARE Awards have identified the best places to work in Northern Virginia. The program was established to recognize companies that are leaders in providing family-friendly benefits for employees and that are committed to helping employees maintain a healthy work and life balance.

Christopher F. Tate has joined the law firm Cochran & Owen LLC. Tate has a trusts and estates practice with a primary focus on estate and gift tax matters and estate planning. Prior to joining Cochran & Owen, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

He is a member of the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Tate received a JD from George Mason University School of Law in 1997, where he was editor-in-chief of the George Mason Law Review. He also holds an MA in International Transactions from George Mason and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Wilmorite Properties, Inc., co-owner and manager of Tysons Corner Center, signed 12 tenants, including Barnes & Noble, for the mall's expansion, which is slated to open in the fall of 2005. The nation's largest bookseller will build a two-level, 33,000-square-foot store at Tysons, occupying the second-largest space in the mall's new wing. The Tysons location will mark Barnes & Noble's first tenancy in an enclosed shopping center in the Washington, D.C. market.

The shopping center's expansion will also feature a 16-screen AMC movie complex with stadium seating, five full-service restaurants, a 10-unit food court, a children's play area and 30 retailers.Ê

The first restaurant signed for Tysons' expansion is a new concept from Masaharu Morimoto, better known as the Japanese "Iron Chef" on the Food Network's popular Iron Chef cooking show.ÊMorimoto has paired with Adaji Restaurant Ventures of Greenwich, Conn., to open Pauli Moto's Asian Bistro, which will feature Pan-Asian cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. In addition, Tysons announced signed leases with several other expansion tenants, including first-to-market retailers Z Gallerie and Oakley, as well as leading-edge merchants Urban Outfitters, Arhaus Furniture and Guess. Other merchants include Old Navy, Modern Day Spa and three food court tenants, Desert Moon, Famous Famiglia and Taka Grille.

Tysons has signed leases for 60 percent of the space available in the expansion wing, with an additional 35 percent committed.

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) received reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, non-profit, child- and family-service accrediting organization.

NVFS is one of only four organizations in Northern Virginia, and one of only 22 in Virginia, that is accredited by COA. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are 3,405 social welfare non-profit organizations in Virginia.

Based on rigorous and internationally recognized standards of excellence, COA accreditation is widely recognized by state and national organizations as an accrediting body with the capacity, scope and ability to contribute significantly to the improvement of the behavioral health, child welfare and other human service fields.

NVFS was the first organization in Northern Virginia to receive accreditation, which took place in the late 1970's. Since that time, NVFS completes a comprehensive site visit and self-study every four years.

Michael Barrett, a cosmetology apprentice employed by Salon Bleu of McLean, was among five apprentices who received recognition from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and the Virginia Apprenticeship Council for 2004. The Council, in association with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, sponsors the awards program, which honors outstanding apprentices each year who have completed their training programs and are nominated by their sponsoring organizations. Nominated apprentices are judged in many areas, including craftsmanship, accuracy, cooperation, leadership, decision-making and consideration.