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Business and Professional Women of Greater Fairfax will host Mary Grate-Pyos, president of Financially Focused Inc., author and columnist, speaking on "Real Women, Real Money, Real Financial Solutions" at its monthly dinner meeting on Monday April 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Elyse Galik at 703-652-8364.

Acacia Federal Savings Bank kicked off its second annual Nice Guys Award at its 21st anniversary open house at 7600 Leesburg Pike, East Building Suite 200. The awards honor individuals, groups and businesses who go "above and beyond" in areas of hard work, high standards and helping others. Nomiations are being accepted through June 6 and winners will be announced Aug. 8. Winners receive $300 for their favorite charity. Call 703 967-8842.

The Center for Excellence in Education, located in Tysons Corner, is the first U.S. non-governmental organization, to be chosen by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host China's top government officials. The center will host a dinner event on April 20 and three breakfast symposia April 21 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in D.C. The event will benefit the Center for Excellence in Education's inaugural education program, the Research Science Institute, in partnership with Fudan University and the Shanghai Educational Press Group for Shanghai's top science and technology students at Fudan University in Summer 2006. Attending the event will be Minister of Information Liu Ping Yuan, Vice Minister of Science and Technology Whang Lian Zheng, Vice Minister of Public Health Peng Yi and Vice Minister of Agriculture Zhang Chong Ming. Symposia guests will include corporate sponsors of the educational project in China. U.S. business and Chinese leaders will discuss doing business in China, proprietary interests, partnerships and equity positions. For information and to purchase tables and tickets, contact Neela Khin at 703-448-9062, ext. 224, or nkhin@cee.org, or Maggie Parker at 703-476-9377 or Maggie@myerspr.com.

McLean-based Freddie Mac, a company established by Congress to support homeownership and rental housing, and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announce a new financial outreach and education initiative to help FOP members in eight cities improve their financial decision-making skills. The 56,000 FOP members in Albuquerque, Chicago, Columbus, the District of Columbia, Miami, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and St. Louis will be encouraged to participate in CreditSmart, Freddie Mac's signature instructor-led financial literacy workshops.