Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to 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. This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Relocation System, a Dulles-based moving and storage company, will donate 2 percent of the company's local move revenue generated in March to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund.

The Virginia Institute of Music opened its doors March 1, at 6 Pidgeon Hill Drive Suite 130, Sterling, with the primary goal to provide music education to all levels and ages. The instructors at the institute will include concert musicians with credentials from musical institutions such as The Juilliard School, The Peabody Conservatory of Music and The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Besides private lessons, the institute will also be offering master classes given by world-class musicians, theory classes, recitals and summer workshops.

The institute is headed by pianist Jessica Choe, who received her master of music degree from The Juilliard School, her bachelor of music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at The Peabody Conservatory. In the 2003-2004 season, she gave a solo recital at The Carnegie Hall, made her European debut at Fondation Bemberg in Toulouse, France, performed with Peabody Orchestra among others. She was named The Presser Scholar and received a grant from The Presser Foundation to further her career in piano performance. Choe has also performed at The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. She taught music as a guest instructor in New York's inner city public schools as part of her Concert Fellowship given by The Juilliard School.

The Virginia Institute of Music is accepting applications for music instruction. For those who apply before March 15, the application and processing fees will be waived.

Food market chain Harris Teeter Inc. donated $4,465 for two programs administered by the Youth Services Division of Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Of the total funds donated, $2,100 sponsored 35 elementary-school-age children in the countyÕs Fall Into Camp program held Nov. 1-2, 2004. The remaining $2,365 is designated for three special events for participants in the countyÕs Girls Inc. program for teens. The goal of the program is to alleviate juvenile delinquency in young women through building skills in resiliency and increasing self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as to offer and encourage support.

Hubert Construction LLC has completed construction of the new 11,000-square-foot Willow Montessori School at 20854 Stubble Road in Ashburn. Owner/developer Vesta Properties LLC awarded Hubert a $1.9 million contract last year. This Montessori school, situated on a 2.7 acre site with a 16,000-square-foot playground, provides child day care as well as before- and after-school care for school-age children.

The husband and wife team, Ron and Ester Spiegel of Sterling, have developed a product line called 2FLARE, consisting of spiced instant Chai and coffee with creamer already included, in their home kitchen. 2FLARE is currently being sold at Sawdust Specialties and More, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, and on 2FLARE's online store at

Local area vendors are invited to the 2005 Loudoun County

Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange sessions. The purpose of these informal sessions is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. The next round of sessions are as follows:

* Thursday, March 24, 2 p.m.

* Wednesday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.

* Thursday, May 19, 2 p.m.

* Wednesday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.

* Thursday, July 21, 2 p.m.

The sessions will be held in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to