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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.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce's Virginia legislative breakfast, Monday, Dec. 4, 8-10 a.m., Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, conference rooms A and B. Learn about key issues that will be considered during the 2007 legislative session. Members of LoudounÕs General Assembly delegation have been invited. $15 chamber members, in advance; $20 members at door; $25 nonmembers. Visit www.loudounchamber.org.

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.

Atlantic Skyline recently completed construction and installation of a new exhibit displaying the upcoming new airport train system. Working with Redhead Companies of Ellicott City, Md., to develop a design aimed at promoting the new train system linking the main terminal with the concourses, Atlantic Skyline produced two 22-inch displays promoting the airport expansion. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the new rail system will deliver passengers from the airline gates in the concourses to the main terminal, eventually replacing the current "people movers" mode of transport.

The security checkpoint lanes at Washington Dulles International Airport have been moved to the west end of the main terminal's ticketing area. Passengers should follow the new signage highlighting Washington Dulles' newly located screening area.

Five Below, which sell merchandise to the teen and preteen market for $1 to $5, opened two new stores, including Sterling, with grand opening celebration Nov. 3.

AH&T Insurance, based in Leesburg, announces the hiring of S. Lynne Sorrentino, CPA, as its chief financial officer. Sorrentino joined the agency Oct. 2 and her responsibilities will encompass accounting and reporting, strategic planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit and employee benefits programs.

Bowman Consulting has been named to "The Zweig LetterÕs" 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.

In recognition of its leadership in the Washington area, Sprint Nextel was honored at the fifth annual National Capital Philanthropy Day Friday, Nov. 3.

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area nominated Sprint Nextel to be awarded, in celebration of the event's "Honor Your Own" program, for its program.

Gallery 222 has launched a second gallery, Gallery two @222. Gallery two will be open on the First Friday of each month and subsequent Saturdays, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration.

To be considered, artists should submit a short bio, samples of work and pricing to Gallery 222, 222 South King St., Leesburg, 20175, or e-mail same to gale@loudounacademy.org or dana@loudounacademy.org.

Lake Center Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, 46090 Lake Center Plaza, Potomac Falls, has opened. Dr. Amear Tadros received his doctor of dental medicine degree in 1998 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also completed a general practice residency at Coler Memorial Hospital in New York. He is an accredited member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Northern Virginia Dental Society.

A new Business Networking International Chapter is forming, the Virginia Business Alliance. All are invited to That's Amore in Sterling, Wednesdays, at noon. Call Craig Sablosky at 703-624-2471.

AH&T Insurance, with offices in Leesburg, was named to Insurance JournalÕs third annual Top 100 Property Casualty Independent Agencies List. Rankings were based on 2005 property and casualty premium volume and data was collected by Insurance Journal, a widely-read national property and casualty publication for independent insurance agents and brokers.

The small businesses in Loudoun County were honored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce at the 2006 Small Business Awards.

The winners are: Great Country Farms, Agricultural and Equine Business of the Year; On the Go 4 U, Home-based Business of the Year; Endless Summer Harvest, Product of the Year; Total Basket Cases, Retail Business of the Year; Amenity Day Spa, Service Business of the Year; ATI Solutions, Technology Business of the Year; Station Auto Wash, Entrepreneur of the Year; and Charron Consulting, Small Business of the Year.

Pat McCluskey and Jeff Galkin have opened CafŽ Panache in the Broadlands Village shopping center in Ashburn.

General manager McCluskey has more than 15 years of leadership and customer service experience in hotel management and restaurant service. Executive chef Galkin holds a degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University.

The National Conference Center in Lansdowne has received the Gold Key Award for 2006 from Meetings & Conventions magazine. Celebrating its 29th year, the annual award recognizes the worldÕs finest meeting properties.

Butler Consulting Group Inc., which specializes in accounting and tax needs of small businesses, has relocated to the Lansdowne Executive Center, 19440 Golf Vista Plaza, in Leesburg.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Monday, Dec. 18, 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 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.