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The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding an after-hours business mixer, Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7 p.m., Goose Creek Golf Club, 43001 Golf Club Road, Leesburg. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members RSVP crichardson@loudounchamber.org.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Friday, April 21, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, the UPS Store at 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza in the Ashburn Village Shopping Center, is encouraging customers to bring in clean, foam, packing peanuts of all shapes and sizes for reuse and recycling.

The second Let's Dish! store is holding a grand opening event Tuesday, April 25, from 4-7 p.m., at Leesburg's Prosperity Center, 705 E. Market St. Approximately 5,000 people have "dished" at the company's Ashburn store since it opened in August 2005.

Sonak Family Chiropractic, 46859 Harry Byrd Highway, No. 102, Sterling, will celebrate its fourth anniversary Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The celebration includes free chiropractic services, food, chair massage and door prizes.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding the State of Broadband, Tuesday, May 2, 8-10 a.m., River Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. The first in a year-long PolicyMaker series, learn more of the development of Broadband services in Loudoun County. Guest speaker, Scott W. Bashore, manager, Loudoun County Broadband Services. $30 for chamber members, in advance; $35 for chamber members, at door; $40 for nonchamber members. Preregister online at www.loudounchamber.org or call 703-777-2176, Ext. 123 or e-mail crichardson@loudounchamber.org.

The 2006 Northern Virginia Tourism Summit hosted by the Northern Virginia Visitors Consortium, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The event will be held in the auditorium at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and will showcase Northern Virginia's newest attractions and events including a hard-hat tour of Mount Vernon's $95 million expansion/new facilities scheduled to open Oct. 27.

Close to 700 people attended the YMCA Loudoun County's Chocolates Galore and More, Feb. 17. The event raised nearly $37,000 for the Y's Building Bridges Campaign, which provides financial assistance to families that want to participate in YMCA programs. Awards were handed out by judges, as well as people's choice. Judges' awards went to Patowmack Farms, Dinner in the Garden, best dessert presentation; Cilla's Cookies and Confections, best dessert taste; Stratford University, bet hors d'oeuvres presentation; and Lansdowne Resort, best hors d'oeuvres taste. The people's choice awards went to Stratford University, best dessert presentation; Chantell's Cakes and Pastries, best dessert taste; Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, best hors d'oeuvres; and Tuscarora Mill, best hors d'oeuvres taste.

Friberg Financial Group has opened a second location in Lansdowne, in addition to their primary office in Round Hill. Friberg has been providing financial planning services for 10 years.

Beyond Closets, a local company focusing on custom home storage has moved to a larger facility that includes a new showroom and an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art, computerized manufacturing facility. The new showroom and manufacturing facility is located at 109 Executive Drive, No. G, Sterling.

Northrop Grumman will join with the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) as the founding sponsor of a new 750-square-foot USO lounge at Dulles International Airport.

The new USO lounge, expected to open in late fall of 2006, will be located on the arrivals level next to the international arrivals building, convenient to ground transportation and the new walkway to Daily Garage 1. The space has been donated to USO-Metro by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The USO Lounge at Dulles International Airport will be the fourth airport assistance center run by USO-Metro staff and volunteers. Additional facilities include the International Gateway Lounge at Baltimore-Washington International Airport as well as USO lounges at Reagan National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base.

Attorney Barbara S. Williams has opened law offices at 101 Loudoun St., S.W., in historic downtown Leesburg.

Williams was a founding member of Burnett & Williams, where she practiced for 18 years. The law practice of Barbara S. Williams P.C. is limited to personal injury law and wrongful death cases.

In addition to starting her own practice, Williams recently chaired the Virginia Trial Lawyer Association' s 47th Annual Convention titled "Making a Difference" at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. On Sunday, April 2, she was elected as a governor at large for the board of governors of that organization.

Williams is also a founding member of the Loudoun Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She has offices in both Leesburg and Winchester.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Friday, May 19, 10:30 a.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Thursday, June 22, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Monday, July 24, 10:30 a.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies have opened a 151-suite Residence Inn by Marriott at Dulles 28 Centre, and features the brandÕs Innfusion dŽcor with reinvented guest suites. Located at 45250 Monterey Place in Dulles, the hotel will be the first Marriott in northern Virginia to be completely smoke-free.

Whitestone Farm, Aldie, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having one registered Angus cow included in the Association's 2006 Pathfinder Report. Only 2,187 of the more than 34,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year's report.

Lisa Mathey has formed Adoption Educators to offer consulting services to prospective adoptive parents who desire to complete the domestic adoption process. The company provides information on how to contact an adoption agency, attorney, social worker and/or home-study agency when necessary; consulting and supporting the prospective parents; helping the parents meet state requirements; preparing the family's adoption profile and other help need to prepare a final dossier.

Relocation Systems in Dulles has hired an instructor to teach English to its native Spanish-speaking employees. The employees attend class three time a week.

Juan Portillo has opened JP's Deli, formerly Hunter Mill Deli, in the Countryside Shopping Center, 104 Edds Lane, Sterling. JP's is a family restaurant offering dine in, carry out, delivery and catering.

The Nova Medical and Urgent Care Center Inc. has hired three new staff members to the Nova Medical Group.

Elise Schroeder, ND (naturopathic doctor), holds a BS degree in human biology from the University of Albany, and completed her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine at National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore.

Michael Jabalee, Lic. Ac., M.Ac., joins the group most recently from Mancos, Colo. He is a licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist practicing five element acupuncture for more than 14 years. He holds a BS in biology, pre-med from Salisbury State University and a masterÕs degree in acupuncture-herbs-nutrition from the TAI-SOPHIA Institute in Laurel, Md.

Stephanie Dacko, MS, RD, joins Nova having worked in outside medical practices for several years. She holds a bachelorÕs degree in dietetics from James Madison University and a masterÕs degree in exercise, fitness and health promotion from George Mason University. She is a registered dietitian credentialed with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University.

At its April 6 meeting, the Community Services Board recognized Michaels Arts and Crafts general manager, Jeff Green, and members of the River Creek Home and Garden Club for their support of people with mental disabilities.

Green, was recognized for the positive influence he is making in the lives of two clients that work at Michaels through the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Job Link Program, which helps people with mental retardation or serious mental illness get and keep jobs in the community. Green has altered hours, accommodated requests for extra supports, maintained and created positions during slow business periods and most importantly, has shown contagious enthusiasm for the success of his employees with disabilities.

The River Creek Home and Garden Club was recognized for its $1,794 donation to the Healing Garden at Friendship House, Loudoun County's psychosocial rehabilitation program in Leesburg that provides opportunities and support to people with mental illnesses allowing them to develop the work and social skills required to live successful in the community. The Healing Garden is a popular and truly therapeutic activity for many of its members.

Two staff teams were also recognized the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Community Outreach Services staff and the Division of Mental Retardation Potomac Terrace Group Home staff.