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

Robeks, a smoothies and healthy food store, located in the Broadlands Village center, 43145 Broadlands Center, Ashburn, will have a grand opening celebration Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes food and smoothies sampling, strolling entertainment, interactive children's disc jockey, and free giveaways while they last. To RSVP or for more information, call Johnson Promotions and Events, 703-777-8577.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will host a countywide job fair Monday, May 16, at Dulles Marriott, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The fair will feature more than 20 employers including Loudoun County Public Schools, Wal-Mart, United Airlines, Independence Air, AFLAC, Inova Loudoun Healthcare, Metropolitan Airports authority, TQ3 Navigant, Wegmans, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Harris Teeter, Mass Mutual, Axiom staffing, Reston Hospital, Dominion Hospital, Northern Virginia Community Hospital, Allstate Insurance, Telos, Middleburg Bank, JK Moving & Storage, the Engineering Group, New World Tours, Reston Limousine, Moore Cadillac Hummer and Goddard School.

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 sfields@loudoun.gov.

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 www.greenvest.com.

Loudoun County's Clean Waste Program offers local businesses and organizations a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to dispose of small quantities of hazardous wastes, including photographic chemicals; X-ray developer, acids/bases; ink sludges; oil-based paints and inks; pesticides; reactives; solvents; oxidizers; fuels; wood-preserving agents; and flammable wastes.

Preregistration is mandatory for participation in this program and there are costs associated with participation. However, the cost to a typical Clean Waste participant is approximately one-quarter the cost of paying for disposal through a hazardous-waste management firm because participants share transportation and labor costs.

The next collection event is scheduled for Friday, May 20, at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility, 20939 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. For more information and preregistration forms, visit the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/oswm/clean.htm or call the

Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187.

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.

The BNI Loudoun Business Alliance, formerly the Leesburg Lunch Bunch, has selected a new leadership team for the next six months, Deb Wilks, president; Lydia Best, vice president; Kathy Renton, secretary-treasurer; Ray Whitbey, membership; Hawley Van Wyck, membership; Dan Morton, membership and David Kamminga, membership. The alliance is a local chapter of the Business network International, which meets at noon, Thursdays, at the river Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. Reservations required, lunch $10, Contact Wilks, 540-338-0079 or e-mail essencecoach@aol.com.

Former Washington Redskin Darrell Green, has added a new title to his resume, youth athletic trainer. The Darrell Green Speed Enhancement for Youth Huddle, held at Velocity Sports Performance in Ashburn, is designed to enhance the running technique and speed of any child regardless of their size or sport. Known for his work with youth, the former fastest player in the NFL and two-time Super Bowl champion is now teaching the techniques, concepts and skills he used during his 20-year career in small group training sessions. The Darrell Green Speed Enhancement for Youth Huddle is a private session that provides one-on-one training as well as demonstrations of every concept, technique, and skill utilized by Darrell Green. The Youth Huddles also equip participating youth athletes with the confidence and mental edge it takes to consistently perform at their best level. Each class is limited to 10 children, ages 10 and over. Individual sessions are available by request. Preregistration by a parent or guardian is required and available on darrellgreen.com.

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.