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Networking Breakfast in Chantilly Sponsored by Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce, Millennium Bank and The Connection Newspapers. This event takes place Thursday, July 28, from 8-9:30 a.m., at Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly. This month’s business networking breakfast will feature a presentation by Gerald Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax Economic Development Authority, on the state of economic development in the county, one of the largest office space markets in the nation. He will review the current activities of the FCEDA to promote the county, helping to drive economic growth and improve the outstanding quality of life this area enjoys. Gordon was instrumental in creating the Emerging Business Forum and bringing to the county the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology.

Also on the program is a "Power Networking" exercise, a regular feature. Bring 40 business cards. Register online or call 571-323-5300, or info@herndondulleschamber.org. Rates: $20 members who prepay by 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 26; otherwise $25 at the door. $30 for nonmembers. All are welcome.

Hair Cuttery is celebrating the 7th anniversary of its Share A Haircut campaign, which helps tens of thousands of children served by social service agencies. For every child's haircut, up to age 18, purchased at any Hair Cuttery salon between Aug. 1-15, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut to an underprivileged child. Washington, D.C.-metropoltian area Hair Cuttery salons will donate up to 8,000 free haircuts valued at $80,000 to area children in need. Nationwide, Hair Cuttery expects to donate more than 50,000 haircuts, totaling $500,000.

The FCPS Adult Education and VA DOLI announced the top plumbing apprentices at the recent Plumbing Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet. Two of the four top apprentices are part of the My Plumber organization. They are Eric A. Sami, first-year apprentice and fourth-year graduate apprentice, Kenneth W. Miller. Other top plumbing apprentices are second-year Mark D. Herold and third-year Pablo D. Perez Chusin.

Of the 33 graduating apprentice plumbers, two are My Plumber employees. They are David W. Bellovich and Kenneth W. Miller. It takes 60 hours of class work with passing grades and 1,400 hours of on-the-job training to reach this point.

The Foster and Respite Care Programs of Northern Virginia Family Service are seeking gift basket donations from Northern Virginia residents and businesses. Gift baskets will be presented for distribution at the upcoming annual Foster Care Appreciation Luncheon. Items can include seasonal items such as new gardening tools, barbecue items, outdoor games for families, or home improvement items.

Those wishing to donate new items can call Maggie at 703-219-2126. For more information on becoming an NVFS foster or respite care provider, call Ginny Snaider, 703-219-2184.

Happy Tails Dog Spa i s s e e k i n g d o n a t e d s u p p l i e s t o a s s i s t d o g s t h a t a r e s u p p o r t i n g t h e U . S . m i l i t a r y e f f o r t i n I r a q .

T h e m i l i t a r y d o g s n e e d l i p b a l m f o r t h e i r n o s e s , a s w e l l a s f l y i n g d i s c s a n d c h e w t o y s w i t h o u t s m a l l d e t a c h a b l e p i e c e s . T h e d o g s a l s o w o u l d l o v e b i s c u i t s and large, knotted ropes to play with. Also the dog handlers assigned to the K-9 unit would like sunflower seeds, sugarless gum, energy drinks, Goldfish crackers, Slim Jims and beef jerky. A donation box is available in the front lobby of the dog spa, inviting patrons to donate. A sign will be placed next to the box, listing Master Sgt. Burgess' wish list. Donations can also be mailed to Happy Tails Dog Spa, 8528-F Tyco Road, Tysons Corner. Visit w w w . d o g f r a n c h i s e . c o m .

With a gift from the Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance (AWCA), Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) Special Foster Care program will be able to assist families with foster children whose needs require resources outside the realm of normal funding. NVFS’ Special Foster Care program received a $2,350 check from the alliance at its June meeting in Washington, D.C. These funds will help a foster child who needs cochlear implants and provide sign language education for both the family and child.

For more information on foster care or to become an NVFS Special Foster Care and Therapeutic Respite Care provider, call Ginny Snaider at 703-219-2184.

Verizon customers can experience high-speed Internet access as the company expands its Verizon Fios Internet Service to portions of Herndon, Reston and surrounding Fairfax County areas. The company is offering three tiers of service with downstream (download) speeds of up to 5, 15 and 30 megabits per second.

Verizon is beginning to make Fios Internet Service available to customers in the Herndon and Reston areas. Each Fios service is available either as part of a bundle of local and long-distance calling services from Verizon, or as a stand-alone Internet access service.

Fairfax County Federal Credit Union is a sponsor of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s summer day-camp scholarship program for homeless children. The credit union became a bronze benefactor by donating $1,140 to fund a child for one full summer of camp and activities.

Each year, Parks And Community Together (PACT), provide summer camp for homeless children, ages 6-17 years old, whom reside in Fairfax County shelters such as Falls Church’s Shelter House, Reston’s Embry Rucker, Alexandria’s Mondloch House, foster care services and other Fairfax County facilities.

Founded in 1958, Fairfax County Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by and operated for our members, by members. Membership is available to individuals who live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer in Fairfax County.

On July 9, more than 100 volunteers gave four hours of their time to help clean up Runnymede and Stanton Parks. More than 3.72 tons of invasive flora and debris were removed to protect the area, in addition to 15-20 bags of trash. The project was organized by Boost Mobile RockCorps, Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, Volunteer Fairfax, and DC101's Elliott in the Morning. Volunteers were given Coldplay tickets for the upcoming Nissan Pavilion concert in September.

For more information on volunteering with the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department at 703-435-6800 or Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8586.