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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.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors has re-elected Mame Reiley, chairman; the Honorable H.R. Crawford, vice chairman; and re-elected Gregory Wolfe, secretary.

The Cheesecake Factory will open on Monday, Nov. 20 at Fair Oaks Mall. The new 10,000 square foot restaurant is located between Corner Bakery and Lord & Taylor with a new outdoor entrance. More than 300 new employees have been hired as servers, hosts, chefs and managers. The restaurant offers more than 200 menu selections including appetizers, pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, and a selection of 50 cheesecakes and desserts.

Centreville Chiropractic Center will be holding its annual Old-Fashioned Grocery Round-Up on Wednesday, Nov. 29. New patients will receive an exam and treatments (a $47 to $90 value) by donating a minimum of 10 canned goods or non-perishable items. Call 703-266-0505 to make an appointment.

Leadership Fairfax Inc. announces the members of the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) Class of 2007. This is 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 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.

The Centreville Community Foundation will host a seminar on executive leadership on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Eggspectation Restaurant in Chantilly. Tom Pickett, who has 30 years of experience in the customer support/high-tech industry in both the commercial and federal government arenas, will lead the program. The cost is $150 and includes breakfast, lunch, an assessment tool for each attendee, and a full day of training with Pickett designed to enhance and put into action critical leadership skills. To register, go to www.centrevilleva.org.

Richard Stopa, principal, Bay Business Brokers of Reston, will discuss how to prepare your business for sale during a Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce event on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Reston. The hotel is at 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Cost for members is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The nonmember price is $35. E-mail info@dullesregionalchamber.org or phone 571-323-5300.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the Marines Toys for Tots Program. Toys For Tots is a non-profit organization run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to needy children during the holiday season. From now until Dec. 17, drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the Chamber headquarters, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350. Visit the Web site at www.fccc.org or contact Jason Flanary at jflanary@fccc.org.

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 region’s 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. 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 the area.

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. The Employer Council, comprised of Human Resources Directors from firms throughout the Dulles Corridor and representatives from the Loudoun County and Fairfax County employer/employee outreach programs, will meet quarterly to discuss regional transportation issues as they affect employee productivity and company profitability.

Chantilly resident Bruce Christman, a partner in the Falls Church office of Reed Smith, was recently selected by other attorneys for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2007, The Best Lawyers in the Washington, D.C. Area, as a Super Lawyer in Virginia and as a Super Lawyer in the Washington, D.C. region. Bruce was recognized for his work in commercial real estate development, acquisition, sale, leasing and finance. He represents developers, lenders, and investors and has significant experience in commercial real estate transactions. Bruce lives in the Franklin Farms neighborhood in Chantilly. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Frank D. Spicer Jr. Inc. of Fairfax has been honored as a member of the “Elite” by Erie Insurance. The agency recently received the Homeowner’s Elite Award at the Richmond Branch annual dinner meeting. Erie's Elite awards are agent awards that recognize the efforts of agencies excelling in the area of auto, commercial, home and life insurance sales. Frank D. Spicer Jr. Inc. is one of 10 agencies companywide to win the award.

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly has been named to The Zweig Letter’s Hot Firm 2006 List and is being recognized as one of the fastest-growing design firms nationwide. The Zweig Letter Hot Firm Conference, sponsored by ZweigWhite, recognizes the fastest-growing companies in the areas of architecture, planning, engineering and environmental consulting.