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2nd Flight Productions was offically accepted as a member of the Washington Area Theater Community Honors (WATCH) on Sunday, Oct. 15. Judges will attend 2nd Flight's productions through out their show season and will be ajudicating them along with over 100 other shows through out Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Local Safeway Stores will conduct flu clinics between now and Nov. 12. This year's clinics will offer customers (ages 11 and above) a choice of flu or pneumonia vaccinations. With supplies of flu vaccines expected to be plentiful this season, Safeway will administer shots to any customer requesting the vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis without respect to age. As in previous years, there is no cost for Medicare Part B beneficiaries who present their card at the flu clinic and complete a roster billing form. Non-Medicare participants will be charged $25 for flu shots and $40 for the pneumonia vaccine. The local clinics are scheduled for these stores:

* Fairfax, 1200 W. Ox Road, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Magical Mystery Tour — Monday, Nov. 6, 4-9 p.m. The Women's Leadership Circle of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Reston Limousine promise the ladies another fun networking outing. All that is needed to do is register in advance, show up at Worldgate Centre in Herndon (in front of the theater) at 4 p.m., jump on the bus, relax and let the surprises begin. There will be a fun dinner followed by more surprises. Special beverages will be served. Fee $50. Limited spaces; registration required via Events page of www.DullesRegionalChamber.org.

Technology Showcase - Disaster Recovery In A Digital World — Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Microsoft, 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft present a half-day technology showcase with information sessions focusing on new technologies to help businesses plan for surviving a disaster. It includes a keynote presentation by U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th). Experts will address computer security, the latest products and successful telework strategies. Microsoft will present Atlas, a new tool to address Web 2.0 technologies. Fee to attend $10. Register in advance at Events page of www.DullesRegionalChamber.org or call 571-323-5300 or e-mail info@DullesRegionalChamber.org.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, Maj. Gen. (Ret.), director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Veterans Administration, speaking on “Life After the Military” at its monthly dinner meeting on Monday, Nov. 13 from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost of the meeting is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Sandy Amato at 703-405-2631.

Better Business Luncheon - Building Your Business Plan for Success in 2007 — On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11:45 a.m.-1:30, p.m. the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce offers its monthly business luncheon at the Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr. Enjoy a delicious hot buffet after Mark Slattery (Everest Consulting) gives an informational seminar about building your business plan for success in 2007. Register in advance at www.DullesRegionalChamber.org or call 571-323-5300 or e-mail info@DullesRegionalChamber.org. Fees: $25 member in advance, $30 at the door. Nonmembers $35.

New/Prospective Member Orientation (Chamber 101) — Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon to 1:30 p.m., at ITT Technical Institute, 14420 Albemarle Point Place, Suite 100, Chantilly. Hosting close to 300 events annually makes the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce the most powerful business tool in the greater Dulles area.This monthly seminar teaches how to effectively use Chamber events and programs. Lunch. Free, but pre-register with Membership Director Ellen Kaminsky 571-323-5302 or by e-mail: membership@DullesRegionalChamber.org.

Chamber Mixer — Relax at the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Centreville Road in Herndon (near the intersection with the Dulles Toll Road). $10 Chamber members; $15 nonmembers. Food and beverages included. Advance registration available via Events page of DullesRegionalChamber.org.

This year, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce joins other leading businesses around the country as a Sponsor of the Marines Toys for Tots Program. Toys For Tots is a non-profit organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to needy children during the winter holiday season.

From now until Dec. 17 you may support the Chamber's efforts by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at the Chamber headquarters, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350 or by making out a financial contribution to the Toys for Tots Foundation and mailing it to the Chamber’s office. All toys and monetary donations will be provided to children in our local region. Visit the Web site at www.fccc.org or contact Jason Flanary at jflanary@fccc.org.

To inaugurate its new service at Dulles Airport, Southwest Airlines held its own “LUV Party” to rally Dulles customers to “Vote Southwest!” Southwest's Dulles service will have 12 daily nonstop departures to the following cities: Chicago Midway (seven daily), Las Vegas (one daily), Orlando (two daily), and Tampa Bay (two daily). The airline will offer direct or connecting service to 35 other destinations such as Denver, Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Los Angeles.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announces a new location of the security checkpoint lanes at Washington Dulles International Airport. All lanes previously located at the east end of the Main Terminal have shifted to the west end of the Main Terminal. Passengers should follow the signage to the new security screening area. The move is necessary to continue construction on the Main Terminal station for AeroTrain.

Leadership Fairfax Inc. announces the members of the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) Class of 2007. The ELI Class of 2007 will be the fifth class to complete the nine-month program. This year's ELI program will focus on strategic planning, networking and business etiquette, negotiation and working effectively with others, presentation skills and community stewardship. The class will work on the following community service projects: Brain Injury Services, ADAPT Clubhouse Renovation; Alternative House, Thrift Store Feasibility Project; Reston Interfaith, Embry Rucker Community Shelter Life Skills Program; CrisisLink, Community Outreach & Awareness Building and New Hope Housing, Elementary School Education Pilot Project.

The class members along with their business affiliations and hometowns include:

* Sally Angle, Online Resources Corporation, Centreville.

* Cameron Ballantyne, American Red Cross of the NCA, Chantilly.

* Daniel Figueroa, The Peterson Companies, Fairfax.

* William Garrett, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, Centreville.

AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to electronically complete and file 2006 federal and state income tax forms. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome but ability to use a computer is a must. Evening and Saturday shifts are available. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. Call Patty Callahan at 703-207-0056 or via email at pcallahan@cox.net or call toll-free 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit the Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

The Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter, the metropolitan Washington region’s premier source for Alzheimer’s disease information and support, has received an in-kind donation of six new computers valued at $4,000 from PC Recycler of Chantilly.

Each computer consists of an Intel Celeron D processor 325, keyboard, 15 inch flat panel monitor, and Windows XP Home Edition. The new equipment will allow the Chapter to expand its technology capabilities to improve and increase its programs and services for individuals and families in Northern Virginia, Suburban and Southern Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Construction of the county’s new Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (PSTOC) began recently, with an anticipated completion in the spring/summer of 2008. The center is part of the West Ox complex located at the corner of West Ox Road and the Fairfax County Parkway. The preliminary schedule calls for completion of foundation work this fall with construction of the building beginning in spring 2007.

Manhattan Construction Company of Fairfax has been awarded the construction contract, approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors in June.

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.

Lydia Jane Failing, Senior Field Human Resources Manager for HMSHost at Washington Dulles, Reagan National and BWI Airports and Leesburg Premium Factory Outlets, has been selected as the first chairperson of the Dulles Area Transportation Association's Employer Council.