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Through Sept. 16, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants and M&S Grill restaurants will give a $20 gift certificate to any guest who shows a receipt for a donation to any charitable organization that is aiding Hurricane Katrina victims. This includes the McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants at Reston Town Center and in Tysons as well as the M&S Grill at Reston Town Center.

A.M. Executive Connections will hold its next roundtable breakfast meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8–9:30 a.m., at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. This monthly networking event is hosted by Reston-based life/career management coach Barbara LaRock. A.M. Executive Connections is held the third Wednesday of each month. Cost is $25 for registration prior to noon, Sept. 19; $30 after noon, Sept. 19; walk-ins are $35. Contact Barbara LaRock at 703-709-8600,, or

The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston is resuming their monthly in-house educational seminars featuring contemporary lectures, slide shows and discussions about the latest cosmetic surgery procedures and techniques. These seminars are free and open to the public.

These lectures provide an opportunity for those interested in cosmetic surgery to get an overview of the possibilities, as well as become more familiar with the center and its surgeons. They run 10 a.m.-noon, at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery. The Sept. 17 session led by George W. Weston, Oct. 15 led by Byron D. Poindexter, Nov. 19 session led by Robert. K. Sigal.

The Medical Aesthetique at The Austin-Weston Center is also hosting free educational seminars on professional skin care Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m. These seminars will introduce attendees to the Obagi Nu-Derm System and the Obagi-C Rx System, which helps to correct surface discoloration, blemishes and stimulate cell renewal to bring back the glow and softness of healthy, younger-looking skin. Complimentary light refreshments will be served during a lively discussion.

Brenda Nemeth, Obagi representative, and Wendy Canzanese, Medical Aesthetician at The Austin-Weston Center, will lead these informative sessions. Discounts on Obagi products and starter kits will be provided.

All seminars will be held at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, 1825 Samuel Morse Drive in Reston. Visit or call 703-896-6168 to register to attend.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is encouraging the public to take a swing at alleviating homelessness as part of a Sept. 7 golf tournament, which will be held at Reston National Golf Course. The event is being offered to offset the cost of building a house in northeast Washington, D.C., as part of an initiative between Coldwell Banker and D.C. Habitat for Humanity.

The tournament involves 18 holes of golf with a $25,000 cash prize for a hole in one. The event will get underway with breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. tee-off. Lunch is provided and golfers can get in on the action with a $150 registration fee.

The New Neighbors League Club will enjoy a fall fashion show presented by Talbot's Sept. 28. Cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. A social hour begins at 11 a.m. with the lunch and fashion show from noon-2 p.m. The Bamboo Club is located in Fair Oaks Mall. For reservations, call 703-453-6116.

Giant Food LLC announced the company has raised $1 million from participation in the 2005 Triple Winner Game, a scratch card promotion held throughout the summer. The money will benefit The Children's Cancer Foundation. This is the first year Giant Food participated in the program, which was started by Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, now integrated with Giant Food, in the 1990s.

The Minerals Management Service and Herndon High School have joined forces to help revitalize the agency’s recycling program at their Elden Street location. The new program will not only increase recycling efforts, but also help provide scholarships to students at the local high school.

Under an agreement between MMS and the student environmental club at HHS, students will pick up recycled white paper, colored paper, newspapers, and cans from MMS. The HHS student environmental club currently collects recyclables from more than 150 local businesses. The student environmental club sells the recycled items and uses the proceeds to provide college scholarships to worthy students.

Over the past 15 years the recycling program run by the student environmental club has resulted in more than $200,000 in scholarships for HHS students.

Boscobel Marketing Communications, Inc., announced Reston's STG, Inc., has hired the PR and branding firm to handle all public and media relations for the performance-based integrator. Boscobel's responsibilities will include: public and media relations, RFP positioning and marketing; and graphic design and tradeshow support.

Boscobel, located in Silver Spring, Md., is the oldest and most experienced public relations firm specializing in government and industry. The firm works in all facets of industry, including mid-tier integrators, niche IT firms and satellite/telecom.

The Vice President of Development and Special Events for the National MS Society, Ellen Harris, recently presented a Plaque of Appreciation to Megan Crabtree, Property Manager for Equity Office at Reston Town Center. Reston Town Center hosted the April 10 MS Walk, which had 4,948 walkers whose combined efforts raised $1,201,063.

The Second Friday Studio Series presented by Dragonfly Asian Antiques & Collectibles and Mayflowers Design Showroom, 11411 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston. Programs will be held Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. Speaker begins at 7 p.m. Programs are free and include light refreshments. No reservations are needed. Call 703-467-8675.

Sept. 9: Does today's bling bling ever become a classic? What are the hottest trends to watch? And where can they be found without breaking the bank? Hear Sarah Shaffer of DC Style magazine talk about what's in store for the fall, how they decide what's fit to print and get a head start on the latest. Also featured will be Land of the Lotus, floral photography by Terre Jones. Jones, who is also President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, will be present to speak about his work.

Oct. 14: Tibet is the focus for October. A slide show from the Children of Tibet Trust Foundation's recent visit to the complex and conflicted region, rich in cultural and spiritual significance, will be presented. In addition, sacred artifacts from the region will be showcased. Special music will be provided by Tenzing Tsewang, a professional Tibetan/Australian musician trained at the Namgyal Tantric College, private monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Also featured will be slides of a recent visit by Children of Tibet Trust Foundation the Tibetan region of Drigung and Mt. Kailas with founder Achi Tsepal speaking.

Nov. 11: Fabric and flowers. Textiles have always been sought after even when commerce was conducted via overland caravans. Today's technology and design capabilities provide us with an unlimited array of fine fabrics and patterns. Washington Interiors fabric reps will show you the latest for your décor with matching boutique flower arrangements from Mayflowers to complete the picture.

Dec. 9: It's a cherished tradition whether called chado, chi, or simply tea. From health benefits to heightened consciousness, tea is steam-rolling its way to the top of our all-time favorite beverage list. Learn from the experts on what is good for anti-oxidants, what can help you relax and how to prepare the perfect cup. Gift suggestions for the season and a chance to take a breather.