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Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce's Monthly Mixer will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park's Visitor's Center, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. Meet new and familiar business friends while enjoying food and beverages. Get up-to-date information about programs run by the Council for the Arts. Open to all. Fees: Only $10 for Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce members; $15 for nonmembers.

Modern Woodmen of America representative Harry D. Goodman of Chantilly has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counsellor designation. The FIC title is an educational designation that can be earned by career life insurance representatives associated with fraternal insurance societies. Representatives devote more than one year to meet the examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Association.

Virginia Run resident Mary-Rose Woodward is holding her Etcetera's Spring Collection Trunk Show on Feb. 6-13. Clothing sizes in 0 to 16. Etcetera is a casual yet sophisticated collection of clothing designed to dress every aspect of your lifestyle. Located at 6106 Oakengate Way, Centreville. Call or email for an appointment, 703-222-2489. Email: ParadiseFound@cox.net.

The Centreville Rotary Club has moved its meeting location from the I-Hop in Centreville to the EggsSpectations Restaurant in Chantilly. The Rotary Club meets Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30 p.m. for lunch. There is a new guest speaker every week with topics ranging from estate planning to how the Rotary helps during emergencies. Contact Gregg Caldwell at gregg@gandcauto.com.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce has selected finalists in the Chamber's annual Business Award competition. Winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 3, in Herndon at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport on the occasion of the Chamber's Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony. The following are finalists for awards in various business and volunteer categories.

* Small Business:

Richard Stopa, Bay Business Brokers; William Lauer, Tetra Partners; Irene M. DeLeon, Realtor; Cory Laws, Details Home Services; and Naseem Saab, Results Software.

* New Business:

Kris Brinker of TRUE Creative Services; Jackie Krick, ECU Communications, LLC; Richard Sulkovsky, A La Carte Office, LLC; Terry Saeger, BriteMoves Advertising.

* Mid-Size Business:

Kay Marie Spillane of ITT Technical Institute; Kelly Hickenbottom, Metro Offices; and Russ Corser, Telelink Communications.

* Large Business:

Luis Fiallo, China Telecom; and William Gary, NVCC.

* Pioneer:

Freddi Donner, new owner of For Health & Balance; Susan Rohde, MAXjet Airways; and Kiran Gullapalli, Rapid Refill Ink.

* Impact on the Chamber:

Christine Mohr of the YMCA Fairfax County-Reston; and Mary Ann Oliver, Oliver & Oliver, PC.

At the Gala, the Chamber of Commerce will also announce and introduce those who were selected to receive the Community Partner Award and the Public Service Award, as well as Educator of the Year awards — the latter selected by principals of the several high schools with which this Chamber has a relationship.

The Dulles Regional Chamber, formerly Herndon Dulles Chamber, is a 47-year old nonprofit organization that exists to promote and facilitate the success of businesses and the communities they serve through networking, outreach, advocacy and education. It has offices in Herndon and Chantilly. Visit www.DullesRegionalChamber.org or call 571-323-5300.

A High Tea sponsored by Reston Limousine will take place on Monday, Jan. 22 from 2:30-4:40 p.m. at the Westfields Marriott Hotel, Palm Court restaurant, 14750 Conference Center Dr., Chantilly. Initiated by the Women's Leadership Circle of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy conversation in a formal setting accompanied by soothing and refreshing teas and sweets. Cost $30. Register in advance at the Events page of the Web site or call 571-323-5300 or e-mail info@DullesRegionalChamber.org.

A Power Networking Breakfast will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8--:30 am, at Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly Shopping Center Dr., Chantilly. Pack 40 or more business cards and come prepared to describe your company's products and services to potential customers at several "rounds" of organized networking. A hot buffet breakfast is included in your fee of $20 for Dulles Regional Chamber members in advance by Tuesday, Jan. 23; $25 at the door. All are welcome. $30 for nonmembers. Online registration available via the Events page of www.DullesRegionalChamber.org or call 571-323-5300 or e-mail info@DullesRegionalChamber.org.

AARP Tax-Aide, a 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.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Courtney Lynch, co-founder of Lead Star and co-author of Leading From the Front, speaking on her experiences as a Marine officer and the ability to become better leaders. The monthly dinner meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost of the meeting is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Sandy Amato at 703-405-2631.

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.