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 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

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Sonak Family Chiropractic in Sterling will host a "Pack the Pantry for the Hungry" day. The public is invited to attend between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and take advantage of free health and wellness information, free spinal screenings and chiropractic care. Canned food donations will be collected at the door through Thanksgiving and all donations are welcome whether you want to receive free health services or not. Proceeds from "Pack the Pantry for the Hungry" will benefit LINK. Call Sonak Family Chiropractic at 703-406-0200.

On Nov. 11, from 1-5 p.m., The Medical Spa at Nova is holding a free open house and donating 10 percent of the days sales to the Mary Elizabeth Miller Radiation & Oncology Center at Inova Loudoun Hospital to support the Loudoun Chapter of the "Look Good … Feel Better" program, which is part of the American Cancer Society.

Feature educational sessions on Obagi skin care, chemical peels and cosmetic dermatology, food, discounts on products and services, free 15-minute chair massages and acupuncture demonstrations.

The Medical Spa at Nova is located at 21785 Filigree Court, Ashburn. Visit or call 703-554-1130.

Colleen Scully, Better Homes and Gardens magazine editor and stylist, will present a decorating seminar, "Mix-it-Up," at Belfort Furniture in Dulles, Saturday, Nov. 17, from 1-4 p.m. The general public is invited to attend this free seminar. The format will be an interactive presentation. Belfort is located at 22250 Shaw Road, Dulles;

Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies, will hold a ribbon-cutting Nov. 19th for the opening of Dulles 28 Centre, a new lifestyle retail center at the interchange of Route 28 and Waxpool Road (Route 625) at Pacific Boulevard. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Center Pavilion.

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 or visit

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

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