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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 or e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

Sonak Family Chiropractic, 46859 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling, and the U.S. Marine Corps join forces Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m.-noon. Santa Claus will be at Sonak Family Chiropractic for pictures, just bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Includes food, fun and free photos with Santa. Call 703-406-0200.

Foster's Grille will be holding a fund-raiser for the Sean Taylor Memorial Fund. Foster's will donated 10 percent of all proceeds from sales generated Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., to the fund, which will benefit the Redskin player's daughter. The fund-raiser takes place at both Foster's locations, 43670 Greenway Corporate Drive, Ashburn and 5007 E. Westone Plaza Drive, Chantilly. Visit www.fostersgrille.com.

Lola’s Place, an infant/toddler Montessori environment is scheduled to open in January. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lola’s Place is being developed in conjunction with The Boyd School Corporation and is locally owned and operated. Call 703-953-3490, e-mail info@lolas-place.com or visit www.lolas-place.com.

Local area vendors are invited to the 2007 Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions. The next session is Friday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The informal session is open to all vendors to discuss the county's processes, upcoming contracts and any vendor questions or concerns. To reserve a seat, call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to Jacqueline Miles-Veney at jacqueline.miles.veney@loudoun.gov.

Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Mark Riddell as director of marketing for Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg.

The winners of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce unveiled the winners in the 2007 Small Business Awards, which were held Nov. 7, were Dulles Golf & Sports Park, Small Business of the Year; Lighthouse Concepts Inc., Home Based Business of the Year; Fox Chase Farm, Agri/Equine Business of the Year; Let's Dish, Product of the Year; Flintstone Marble & Granite, Retail Business of the Year; TAH-DA! Inc., Service Business of the Year; Invisible Towers, Technology Business of the Year and Catherine Thomas/Kinetix Technology, Entrepreneur Business of the Year.

LodgeWorks L.P. announces the launch of Hotel Sierra, a newly-refreshed hotel brand, formerly Sierra Suites. The Wichita, Kansas-based hospitality development and management firm kicks off the new brand with the opening of the Hotel Sierra Washington Dulles in Sterling, just two miles north of Dulles Airport.

The Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (LCVA) announces that it is now collecting information for the 2008 edition of the publication, "The Fairs and Festivals Guide to Loudoun County, Virginia." Comprehensive guidelines can be found in the Printed Publications section on the LCVA Web site http://www.visitloudoun.org/lcva/marketing/publication/ under the section "Fairs & Festivals - Event Requirements." Detailed event information must be submitted to the LCVA for consideration. To submit an event, go to www.VisitLoudoun.org/lcva/marketing/publication and download the PDF form "Fairs & Festivals Event Submission Form." To have the form faxed, contact Jeremy Harvey at 703-771-2170, Ext. 18 or via e-mail at harvey@VisitLoudoun.org.

Winchester Homes was awarded six Monument Awards, including for The Spencer, Brambleton, for outstanding new home design features, land planning and single-family home models by the Maryland and Virginia Building Industry Associations. The Monument Awards are one the regions finest building industry awards. The winners were chosen from 240 entries submitted this year.

Best Western had a special "four-wheeled" guest come visit its newest hotel in the area, the Best Western Dulles Airport. An official NASCAR promotion street car greeted staff and VIP guests. The Best Western Inn Dulles, just minutes north on Route 28 from Washington Dulles International Airport, opened its doors last month.

Vein Clinics of America (VCA) has opened its 28th center in Sterling. The new clinic is located at 14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 260. For more than 25 years, VCA has specialized in all aspects of vein disease, from spider veins, to large ropelike varicose veins, to leg ulcers.

Vapiano has opened at the Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, adding a third restaurant to its roster in North America.