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.

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, May 19, 2 p.m.

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

* Thursday, July 21, 2 p.m.

* Monday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m.

* Thursday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

* Friday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.

* Thursday, Dec. 22, 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

Harris Teeter, which is opening a new store May 11 in Ashburn, is the title sponsor of the YMCA Loudoun County's 17th annual Leesburg 10K/20K race, Sunday, Aug. 14. The company will provide all of the food and drinks for the race as well as make a sizable cash contribution to the YMCA Loudoun County's Building Bridges Campaign, which provides financial assistance to needy families who want to participant in YMCA programs.

Brendan Richardson announces the establishment of a new cleaning company is Sterling, Emerald Maids Cleaning Services, specializing in providing a customized cleaning service for residential and commercial customers.

The Jazzercise Fitness Center, 412 S. Sterling Blvd., Sterling, is sponsoring a shopping day Monday, May 16, to help raise money for the American Cancer Society, Vendors will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Society for the upcoming Relay for Life, June 4, at Potomac Falls High School. Vendors include Discovery Toys, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Scrapbooks by me for You, Southern living home, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware and Usborne Books. Open to the public. Hours are 8-11 a.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Greenvest LC, through its partnership with Good Shepherd Alliance, will close its offices Thursday, May 19, to carry out a special community outreach project, which includes the entire staff of Greenvest participating in renovations, rejuvenations and upgrades to include construction of a tot lot and bus stop for the women and childrenÕs center. The Greenvest team extends an invitation to all business partners, contractors and their employees to donate money and materials to this event. Visit

Leadership Loudoun will have a welcome booth and recruiting event at Loudoun County Day, May 22, at Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, from 1-5 p.m. Nonprofits welcome to have informational booths set up for free. Event will include information about how to become a community leader, as well as information about the plantation, the county's nonprofit services and other nonprofit organizations. Admission free. Call 703-777-4427.

BMW's Ninth Annual Ultimate Drive Program for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation will make a stop at BMW of Sterling, 21826 Pacific Blvd., Sterling, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, May 28. The general public is invited to drive the fleet of BMWs at participating retail centers, for each mile driven in one of the Ultimate Drive vehicles, which are painted a titanium silver with a pink ribbon, $1 is donated to the Koman Foundation to support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. To arrange a drive, call 1-877-4A-DRIVE.

Michael Hughes and Nellie Truitt announce the opening of their new establishment, Sterling Park's 19th Hole, located at the Sterling Park Golf and Swim Club, 333 S. Sterling Blvd. The restaurant will be open to club members, as well as the general public, with a menu that ranges from sandwiches to full dinners and bar service. The restaurant also features indoor and outdoor accommodations, horseshoe pits, fireplace, dart boards, pool table and televisions. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

The Habibzai family announces the grand opening of the Kabob Cafe in the Regal Plaza, 46005 Regal Plaza, Suite 140, Sterling, featuring fresh made Afghan food.

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce announces the annual "Fantastic Fifty" list of 50 of the fastest-growing companies in the state. The companies were saluted at an awards banquet April 28. Locally, Milestone Construction Services Inc. of Sterling placed 26 and AeroAstro Inc. of Ashburn was 28.

To be eligible, companies are required to be privately held, with headquarters in Virginia and to show sales between $200,000 and $100 million. They are judged on a four-year sales revenue history.

Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a seminar on "Starting a Family Child Care Business" to provide caregivers with the tools to develop a successful home-based child-care service. Topics include getting started, zoning, advertising, contracts, arranging space, activity planning and preparing nutritious foods. Requirements for both business and state licensing will be discussed, as well as voluntary registration and how to enroll in the USDA Food Program for reimbursement of the meals and snacks. Thursday, June 9, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Loudoun Extension Office, 30 B Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg. Registration fee $10 to cover the resource manual provided to participants. Contact Beverly Samuel, 703-777-0373.

Lisa Kilgour has been named Middleburg Bank's senior vice president of operations, a promotion from her prior vice president position. Kilgour will supervise and coordinate banking operations, including image and data processing, deposit operations, electronic banking and loan operations.

Kilgour joined Middleburg Bank in 1995. She is an ACH Accredited Professional and a graduate of the BAI School of Bank Operations and Technology. She also attended Virginia Tech and received her B.A. in Business from National Lewis University in Evanston, Ill. Kilgour is a native of Loudoun County and is an active member of the community. She is involved in the Purcellville Rotary Golf Tournament, which benefits western Loudoun charities and has served on the Loudoun Hospital Golf Classic committee.