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Send announcements to The Herndon Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to herndon@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

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The 45 Safeway stores throughout Northern Virginia will be accepting donations for the tsunami relief effort. Customers can tell the cashier to add the donation amount to their grocery bill. The funds will be forwarded to the Red Cross and UNICEF. In addition to the in store find-raising, the Safeway Foundation will make a cash contribution to relief agencies and will match the contributions of Safeway employees.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation is seeking top Hispanic high-school seniors in 12 regions, including the Washington, D.C. region, in an effort to identify and promote the next generation of role models. Students can apply online at www.HispanicHeritageAwards.org. In addition, applications are available at participating Subway restaurants. Applications are due Feb. 11.

Students can win gold or silver medallions, along with educational grants and possible other prizes, in the categories of academic excellence, community service, engineering and mathematics, health care, journalism and sports.

To qualify for the awards, each applicant must demonstrate an interest in the category to which they apply, in addition to excellence in academics and a commitment to community service. The candidates must also write an essay about the influence of their Hispanic heritage in their lives. Local selection committees are established in the 12 regions to choose the award recipients and, subsequently, special events are coordinated in every city in celebration of the Regional Youth Recipientsâ achievements. Visit www.HispanicHeritageAwards.org.

Volunteer Fairfax is seeking nominations for its annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. This communitywide event honors individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout Fairfax County who give time and service to our community.

This year's breakfast ceremony will celebrate Volunteer Fairfax's 30th anniversary with the theme "30 Years of Strengthening our Community through Volunteerism." The awards breakfast will take place Thursday, April 21, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, from 8-9:30 a.m.

Nominations are now being accepted for several categories. To download a nomination form, visit the "Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards" page under the "Individual" page on the Web site at www.volunteerfairfax.org. To receive one by mail, contact Erin Whyte at 703-246-3460 or serviceawards@volunteerfairfax.org.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18.