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G&C Express Auto Services, a Chantilly-based company that provides auto repair services, is offering to donate a free oil change service to any person that brings in a toy for the Marines' Toys for Tots program. Starting Nov. 1 and continuing until Dec. 30.

The oil changes will be freely given to anyone with a toy for the Marines program, no strings attached. The donations will be accepted at G&C Express Auto Service located at 14008 Willard Road, Chantilly.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Sharon Rainey, founder of Neighbors Network in Great Falls, McLean, Vienna, and Reston, speaking on "The Power of Connecting" at its monthly dinner meeting on Monday Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Elyse Galik at 703-652-8364.

Potomac Bank of Virginia will officially open its fourth branch in Northern Virginia on Monday, Nov. 14. The branch office is located at 14231 Willard Road, Suite 100, Chantilly, and will be managed by Mary Beth Shaver. The Chantilly branch hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon. Call 703-319-9505.

Devotion To Children will hold its third annual Red, Heart & Soul Fall Gala Benefit on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at The Waterford at Fair Oaks. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. About 200 guests and local business leaders will be invited to enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, live band, dancing and raffle prize contests. Attire will be red, business, or black tie optional. Funds raised at this year’s Gala will be for the benefit of hurricane victims with children under age 6, who need childcare services while rebuilding their lives. The Gala will be held at The Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. Admission is $75 pre-event, $85 at door. Sponsorships begin at $500. Visit www.devotiontochildren.org.

New/Prospective Member Orientation (Chamber 101) Wednesday, Nov. 16, from noon-1:30 p.m., at ITT Technical Institute, 14420 Albemarle Point Place, Suite 100, Chantilly. This monthly seminar teaches how to use Chamber of Commerce’s events and programs most effectively. It includes a free lunch and networking with 30-40 other businesses (bring business cards). Free, but pre-register with Membership Director Ellen Kaminsky at 571-323-5302 or e-mail membership@HerndonDullesChamber.org.

Mixer Featuring Nonprofit Showcase. Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Embassy Suites, 13341 Woodland Park Drive, Herndon. This business networking opportunity can help business maximize their resolution to connect with the community. Learn about local nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life of all. Learn how your company can rally to assist one of these organizations through volunteering or fund-raising. Mixer fee includes food and beverages. $10 for Chamber members; $15 nonmembers. Register online www.HerndonDullesChamber.org call 571-323-5300 or e-mail info@herndondulleschamber.org.

The Fairfax County Public Library now allows customers to use Visa or MasterCard credit and debit cards to pay for overdue or lost books.

Credit card payments are accepted at all library branches, including the Access Services branch in the Fairfax County Government Center.

The new GravitySystem now available at Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly gives customers a chance to experience group strength training, Pilates and personal training on the innovative GTS equipment. Cub Run is one of the few facilities on the East Coast offering the new gravity-based training system by EFI Sports Medicine. This system is designed to deliver quick, efficient and effective workouts while expanding program variety and member access.

Contact 703-817-9407.

William Earl Whaley, regional manager of Omnisec International Investigations Inc., was named in the "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals" by the National Register.

Whaley worked in the FBI for more than 25 years before moving to MSM Security Services Inc. and ManTech MSM Security Services in 1991. He began with Omnisec in 2004.

Centreville Chiropractic Center is pleased to announce that $478 was raised on Sept. 21 and 28. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina. They would like to thank everyone for their help.

Hair Studio 54 Salon and Spa has a new addition to the family — Toni Maurice. She has been a massage therapist for over 10 years, and obtained her nationally certified Massage Therapy License. She is also an active member of the American Massage Therapist Association. She specializes in Prenatal, Hot Stone, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Sport and Chair Massage. Her hours are Thursday, 1-8 p.m., Friday from 1-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT), a Virginia based nonprofit land trust that has been a leader in land conservation for 11 years will host: The Fifth Annual Conservation Breakfast, on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Marriott Fairview Park, Falls Church. David S. Broder, Pulitzer Prize winner and a national political correspondent reporting the political scene for The Washington Post will be the guest speaker. He is author or co-author of seven books, including: Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money (Harcourt, 2000).Tickets are $50. Contact Alison Mize at 703-354-5093 or at amize@ncvt.org.

OMNIPLEX World Services Corp. of Chantilly, a leader and innovator in delivering intelligence, investigative and security services to corporations and government agencies located throughout the world, announces that Jon Peterson, CFO, has been recognized for a second year in a row as a Super CPA by the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) and Virginia Business Magazine.

Super CPAs is a distinct, peer-nominated honor. The VSCPA sends out ballots to its 8,000 members who then write in their nominees in 10 categories. Peterson was awarded the Super CPA in the Financial Managers, CFOs and Controllers category.

Douglas E. Yon, P.E. has accepted a position with Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) as Project Manager in the Condition Assessment and Facility Management group in Fairfax. Mr. Yon comes to FEA from VFA, Inc. in Boston, Mass. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and Florida. Mr. Yon brings over 25 years of facilities, construction and energy management experience to FEA. As a facilities assessment consultant, project manager and assistant project director, Mr. Yon’s past responsibilities included analyzing and resolving building mechanical and electrical system problems, performing infrastructure and facility assessments, performing and managing facility Capital Planning and Management Solutions (CPMS) projects, and combining innovative business and technology practices for better return on capital investment for building property portfolios.

Chantilly resident Daniel L. Moore, AIA, an architect specializing in healthcare facilities design with PSA-Dewberry, has been elected to the board of directors of Special Love Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides programs for children with cancer and their families.

Moore has been active with Special Love for many years, and PSA-Dewberry is an annual sponsor of the organization’s Camp Fantastic Golf Tournament fund-raiser, which supports Special Love’s week-long camp in Front Royal.

His work has included the design of cancer treatment facilities at several leading hospitals in the region, including Georgetown University Medical Center, the University of Virginia Health System, Washington Hospital Center and Culpeper Regional Hospital.

Commerce Bank is searching for 200 community service-oriented high school seniors for the Commerce Bank American Dream Scholarship program, which awards $200,000 annually to graduating seniors who achieve both academic excellence and serve the community.

Student applications will be evaluated for accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Scholarship winners will be selected based on six criteria: academic achievement, goals and aspirations, demonstrated leadership, participation in community service activities, work experience and personal recommendations.

Applicants must:

* Be graduating high school seniors, residing in a county served by Commerce Bank

* Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States

* Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent

* Demonstrate involvement in community service, volunteerism, school activities and/or employment responsibilities

Candidates can submit applications from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2005. Applications are now available at all Commerce Bank locations. To find a Commerce store, visit www.commerceonline.com. Call 507-931-1682.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce is providing a way to meet representatives of local nonprofit organizations face to face on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at a mixer at Embassy Suites hotel, 13341 Woodland Park Drive, Herndon.

For a small fee, a visitor to the event will get food, beverages, and meet individuals who are displaying information about their nonprofit organization, as well as many local business people in a relaxed, after-business-hours mode. Representatives of organizations like Special Olympics Virginia, American Red Cross, Herndon Free Clinic, Express Care and several more will be on hand to explain how their projects improve the quality of life of so many people.

Advance registration is requested. All are welcome and have the option to register at the door. To register in advance go to the Events page of www.HerndonDullesChamber.org

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.

The Virginia Land Title Association (VLTA) held its annual Fall Seminar Oct. 14 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. The seminar offered six hours of continuing education for Licensed Title Insurance Agents. VLTA operates for the benefit of persons associated with the land title industry. The VLTA mission includes actively promoting standards and regulations that increase the effectiveness of the industry through legislative initiatives and through educational programs. Visit www.vlta.org.