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Reston Business Notes

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The Second Friday Studio Series presented by Dragonfly Asian Antiques & Collectibles and Mayflowers Design Showroom, 11411 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston. Programs will be held 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.

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.

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, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19.

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

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Northern Virginia chapter presents Smart Growth Workshop: The Etiquette Advantage in Business. The event will be Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The aim is to provide a fun look at the opportunities etiquette brings for taking a business to the next level of success. Explore ways to leverage a confident appearance with appropriate dress, business entertaining and wine appreciation. Wine tasting and light appetizers will follow. This session will be conducted by NAWBO NOVA members Antonella Lo Re of the DiLoRe Group and Linda Helmlinger of Vinitude LLC. Cost: member $45; non-members $50. Bechtel Conference Center, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston. To register visit www.nawbonova.org/events/rsvp.asp. Visit www.nawbonova.org or call 703-683-5655.

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.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is enhancing the detection and assessment capabilities of a tactical security system that helps protect U.S. military troops and assets at forward operating bases. The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector a contract to continue developing the Tactical Automated Security System. The enhanced TASS is an advanced open-systems command-and-control platform incorporated with standoff and perimeter-detection technology, immediate visual assessment, command-and-control display equipment and supporting power and communications infrastructures. These elements are enhanced through the integration of a wide array of detection and assessment technologies, including ground-surveillance radars, fiber-optic sensors, thermal imagers and closed-circuit television cameras.

This 21-month, $3.2 million award was made via the Integrated Base Defense Security Systems contract, an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract awarded to Northrop Grumman in August 2003 by the U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. The contract is managed by the Force Protection Systems Squadron and is a multiple-award acquisition vehicle for meeting installation-security requirements worldwide.

OneVoice Communications, Inc., a provider of business and consumer telecommunications services based in Reston, announced the appointment of Christopher Kane as Vice President of Sales. Kane brings to OneVoice an extensive background in telecommunications sales. Most recently, Kane was Vice President, Enterprise Sales, at Broadwing Communications. He was charged with sales of the full suite of Broadwing products to Fortune 1500 companies in the East region of the U.S. as well as managing the largest 100 accounts.

Art education franchiser Abrakadoodle announced a move of its corporate headquarters. The company, which started franchising in 2004, vacated space which is reserved for eligible start-up companies. The new address is: Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education, 1800 Robert Fulton Dr., Suite 205, Reston, VA 20191. Call 703-860-6570, fax 703-860-6574, visit www.abrakadoodle.com or e-mail info@abrakadoodle.com.

The Medical Aesthetique at The Austin-Weston Center is hosting a free educational seminar on professional skin care Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m. It 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. Light refreshments will be served.

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

LATER BUSINESS

The Second Friday Studio Series presented by Dragonfly Asian Antiques & Collectibles and Mayflowers Design Showroom, 11411 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston. Programs will be held 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.

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 d├ęcor 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.