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Southwest Airline's celebrated its first flight departing from Dulles Thursday, Oct. 5, with a "LUV Party." The first flight took off at 6:25 a.m. Southwest will begin its Dulles service with 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. Southwest will occupy two gates in the B Concourse and employ 40 local employees.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding an after-hours business mixer, Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., at Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont. Come in jeans and enjoy the Autumn Harvest with hay rides, pumpkin picking, coleslaw, baked beans, barbecue, kettle corn and more. Cost $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Call 703-777-2176 or visit www.loudounchamber.org.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Thursday, Oct. 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 Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Loudoun Expo, Oct. 21, at the Dulles Town Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Contact the chamber to reserve a booth to participate, 703-777-2176 or visit www.loudounchamber.org.

The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is having a lunch and learn, Oct. 24, 12 p.m., at The Red Fox Inn, 2 East Washington St., Middleburg. Guest speaker, Tony Howard, president, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Call 703-777-2176 or visit www.loudounchamber.org.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding a WIBA seminar, Oct. 25, 7:30- 9 a.m., Holiday Inn Dulles, 1000 Sully Road, Dulles. Guest presenter, Tim Griswold, Toxic Cleansing Network. Tickets $15 member; $20 nonmember. Call 703-777-2176 or visit www.loudounchamber.org.

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) awarded The Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival, produced by The Town of Leesburg, a bronze for best ad series for events with budgets under $250,000 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Government (MWCOG) has published a "Builders' Guide to Reuse and Recycling (2006)," which provides a directory for construction and demolition materials recycling or reuse outlets in the metropolitan Washington region. The Builders' Guide is available electronically at www.mwcog.org/buildersrecyclingguide and is also available at the Office of Solid Waste Management, call 703-777-0187.

It's Your Time is a new company that provides concierges and personal assistants to help with the busy lifestyles in Northern Virginia. The Dulles-based company's services include personal shopping, making arrangements for home and auto maintenance appointments, and housekeeping to traditional concierge services like dinner reservations and entertainment suggestions.