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Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

Beginning Dec. 1, and continuing throughout the holiday season, five Northern Virginia Moe’s Southwestern Grill locations will serve as drop sites and collection points for Any Soldier Inc., which sends items to military personnel overseas. Individuals wishing to participate can bring loose items into Moe’s where community teams will assemble to create care packages. Moe’s will cover the cost of all supplies plus shipping costs for distribution to service members in war zones. A complete list of rules and recommended items are found online at www.welcome2moes.net.

Diamonds & Rust Enterprises Inc., 39333 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, will offer free jewelry appraisals Thursday evenings, through Dec. 21, from 6-8 p.m. D&R is also collecting women's toiletries and turkeys for the Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter and the Loudoun Transitional Housing Shelter.

The UPS Store, 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, has teamed up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Through Dec. 23, customers will have the opportunity to purchase Toys for Tots donation cards for $1 each, benefiting the campaign in communities where the funds are raised.

Employees of Home Depot at Cascades Marketplace brought a little holiday cheer to its neighbor, the Senior Center, dropping by to decorate the center and settng up and decorating a 12-foot Christmas tree in the atrium.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Friday, Jan. 19, 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, Feb. 26, 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.

Blue Ridge Meats of Sterling donated 2,000 pounds of deer meat to the LINK Thanksgiving Program on Nov. 18, which assisted 375 families. The meat was cut into steaks, roasts, ribs, chops, tenderloins and venison burger. Blue Ridge Meats will again donate 1,500 pounds of venison to support the LINK Christmas Program on Dec. 16 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon. More than 400 families, comprising 2,000 people, are expected to register for this event.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) has accepted five new companies into the Accessing International Markets (AIM) export development program. The program, launched by VEDP in December, 2005, helps Virginia companies pursue international leads in a new market overseas and realize the benefits of exporting. Based on a competitive quarterly application process, 20 companies will be accepted into the AIM program each year. One of the selected companies is Speedtech in Sterling.