Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.
Loudoun Women Business Forum, May 4, noon, at River Creek Country Club, Leesburg. Speaker: Carolina Felipe on small business banking. $13.50, includes lunch. Call 703-728-8900.
Robeks' Fruit Smoothies & Healthy Eats will offer free smoothies Friday, May 5, from 2-6 p.m. at all nine of its area locations, including Ashburn and Sterling.
SuccessLab Learning Centers is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a "family fun day" May 6, 1-4 p.m., at its Old Ashburn Square shopping center location, 20660 Ashburn Road. Features a moon bounce, crafts for children, information for parents on SuccessLab Learning Centers and other local businesses and a drawing for prizes.
Babies "R" Us, 21300 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling, will be holding an expectant parents seminar, May 7, from 7-8 p.m. Features special guest speaker Dr. William Incatasciato of Capital Area Pediatrics, who will discuss all aspects of new parenthood. Includes product demonstrations, educational brochures, question-and-answer session, refreshments. RSVP at the store's baby registry desk or by calling 571-434-8850.
Ellington & Hubert Family Dentistry, 46175 Westlake Drive, Suite 130, Potomac Falls, will hold its third annual "Give Kids a Smile" Day, May 12, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The office will see disadvantaged children who do not have dental insurance. The children are referred by the Loudoun County school nurses in the Sterling/Cascades area. No regular patients will be seen that day.
JK Moving & Storage will be on national television Friday, June 16, from 8-9 p.m., for its role on HomeTeam DC, a nationally-syndicated reality/ÒcauseÓ television show that airs in the Washington, D.C. market on WJLA-TV 7.
Filmed in dozens of markets throughout the nation HomeTeam selects deserving individuals or families to appear on the show, then surprises them with a new home of their own, by providing a cash down payment for the new home; as well as all of the housing costs, aside from utilities, for the entire first year; and significant home improvements and furnishings along with life skills and financial coaching.
As part of the product donations, JK provided the moving services. Sunday morning, April 23, a team of movers packaged and shipped the entire contents of a family's Landover apartment to their new single-family home in District Heights, Md.
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.
My Safe Zone, 43723 Lees Mill Square, Lansdowne, a new company making safety and security realistic for families, opened operations April 14. The company will offer safety and security inspections by highly trained crime prevention and safety specialists, plus seminars, a safety and security kit and more.
My Safe Zone specialists will visit homes to check for 123 different criteria to protect against crime and promote child safety, emergency preparedness, fire prevention, cyber safety and identity theft. Homeowners will receive a comprehensive report, with practical recommendations they can complete themselves in a reasonable time or ask for advice in implementing. To keep the customerÕs interests foremost, the firm is not affiliated with area vendors; however, if the client elects, My Safe Zone can recommend resources to help homeowners make the recommended improvements.
David Harbour, a former Washington Redskin, formed the company with fellow real estate agent and former IT executive Jeff Lubell.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Mason Dixon Funding, a full-service mortgage lender, has been recognized by The Washington Business Journal as one of the regionÕs best places to work. The award recognizes the companyÕs achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.
Mason Dixon is the only mortgage company among the 50 companies from virtually every business sector to be named to the list, which is based on results of a survey administered to each companyÕs employees. In addition to being honored at the awards breakfast May 12, Mason Dixon and the other selected companies will be profiled in a special supplement to the publication published that same day.
Mason Dixon Funding, headquartered in Rockville, Md., with offices in Fairfax, Chantilly, Culpeper and Sterling.