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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 Surplus Store next opens Friday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The store is open on the first, second and third Friday of the month. The store will resume opening on the last Saturday of the month Jan. 27.

Items for sale on Jan. 5 will include an Xbox video game system console, Xbox games, PlayStation 2 games, a large Deweze mower, clothes, books and tools. In addition, the store will feature normal office items such as computers, desks, and chairs.

Typical prices at the store range from, $30 to $90 for laptops, $15 or less for computer monitors, $30 or less for central processing units, $3 for keyboards, $10 to $40 for desks, and $2 for chairs.

The store is located at 14 Cardinal Park Drive, Suite 106, in Leesburg. Directions and photographs of merchandise are available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/surplus.

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets will be holding Government/Military Appreciation Days, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 12-14. Government and military employees who show their identification receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book, which offers additional discounts to many of the stores. Free gift bags will be given each day to the first 25 government or military employees who present their ID at the information center located in the food court.

Employees of Home Depot at Cascades Marketplace brought a little holiday cheer to its neighbor, the Senior Center, dropping by to decorate the center and settng up and decorating a 12-foot Christmas tree in the atrium.

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.

Blue Ridge Meats of Sterling donated 2,000 pounds of deer meat to the LINK Thanksgiving Program on Nov. 18, which assisted 375 families. The meat was cut into steaks, roasts, ribs, chops, tenderloins and venison burger. Blue Ridge Meats will again donate 1,500 pounds of venison to support the LINK Christmas Program on Dec. 16 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon. More than 400 families, comprising 2,000 people, are expected to register for this event.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) has accepted five new companies into the Accessing International Markets (AIM) export development program. The program, launched by VEDP in December, 2005, helps Virginia companies pursue international leads in a new market overseas and realize the benefits of exporting. Based on a competitive quarterly application process, 20 companies will be accepted into the AIM program each year. One of the selected companies is Speedtech in Sterling.

Dr. Costanza Rutland has joined Women First OB/GYN, which has offices in Reston and Sterling.

Rutland is a graduate of Howard University where she received a bachelor of science in biological science and chemistry and a doctor of medicine degree from the College of Medicine. She has received several awards including excellence in surgical subspecialties and recognition as a National Medical Fellowship scholar.

Café Panache in Ashburn will hold a recipe of the month competition. Patrons are encouraged to share a favorite family recipe with executive chef Jeff Galkin or general manager Patrick McCluskey. Galkin and McCluskey will review the submissions, prepare each of them and choose the best recipe each month and feature it on the menu. The winning submission will be rewarded with a dinner for four, which can be redeemed within six months of issuance.

Recipe submission can be made by submitting in person at the restaurant, e-mailing Galkin at jeff@cafepanache.net or sending a fax to 703-723-1453. Submission should be made by the 15th of the month and will be showcased during the following month.

The Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (LCVA) has recently won two awards for its newly redesigned Web site, www.VisitLoudoun.org at the MarCom Creative Awards 2006. The Web site’s home page won a Platinum award in the Design/Web site Category and the entire site received an Honorable Mention in the Web site/Overall Site category.

Scotto's Rigatoni Grill, an Italian restaurant, has opened a new location at Brambleton Town Center on Ryan Road.