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VideoNEXT of Chantilly will be hosting its first Technology Day on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 9:30-6:30 p.m. The event features indoor and outdoor interactive demonstrations of innovative technologies from a number of the security industry’s leading companies. To be held at the videoNEXT Demo Center 3852 Dulles South Court, Suite I, Chantilly. Free. Register online at http://www.videonext.com/index.php?page=events

The Chantilly office of AMEC Earth & Environmental and OfficeMax joined forces to donate 50 school backpacks to needy students studying at Westfield High School in the 2008-9 school year. Administrative Assistant Joyce Mitchell volunteered the AMEC Chantilly office to sponsor a School Backpack Program organized by the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. The program supplies backpacks for the free- and reduced-lunch students in the 24 local schools each fall, and the demand is increasing. Westfield requested 50 backpacks for the coming school year. Joyce asked AMEC corporate vendor OfficeMax if they would like to participate in the sponsorship. With the help of Coordinator of Administrative Programs Josie Castillo making the call and Carol Russell of OfficeMax, 50 backpacks are being donated to Westfield by AMEC and OfficeMax. Delivery of the backpacks will be in mid-August.

Chevy Chase Bank’s Centreville branch will hold its Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Since the announcement of the Bank’s decision to close 54 branches located inside Giant Food stores, Chevy Chase Bank has put in place an initiative to assist customers transitioning from their closing Giant Food locations to the nearest Chevy Chase Bank location. The Chevy Chase Bank is located at 5902 Old Centreville Road, Centreville.

Coffee, Tea, You and Me! will hold the seminar "Developing Your Personal Networking VisionQuest," on Friday, Aug. 22 from 3-5 p.m. at Panera Bread, 5762 Union Mill Rd., Clifton. The host is Marvin Powell. Call 703-201-4267.

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly has added Thomas George, PE, as Senior Program Manager, charged with furthering the program’s development. In addition, Mr. George will assist in the growth of Bowman Consulting’s Richmond office. Mr. George brings over 20 years of project management and leadership experience as a Civil Engineer Corps officer in the U.S. Navy and is a licensed professional engineer. In his most recent assignment prior to joining Bowman Consulting, Mr. George was a Deputy Director for the Navy’s BRAC Program.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce joins the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce as co-hosts for the Annual Global Networking Mixer — A Salute to Asia. Attendees will enjoy an Asian-inspired night with 150-plus business people from two of the area's largest chambers of commerce. The Annual Global Networking Mixer will take place on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston. The cost for members is $20 and $30 for non-members. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available for interested vendors. Exhibitors are provided with a 6-foot table, signage, promotion and two free mixer passes. The exhibitor package price is $150. Contact Molly Hobcroft, Marketing Coordinator at 571-323-5314.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly Power Networking Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 28. The breakfast’s fast-paced format brings business to the table, as participants network, exchange business cards, develop prospects and introduce their company to over 50 other attendees. The event also includes a hot breakfast buffet and plenty of networking. Those who register by Tuesday, Aug. 26 have their contact information provided to all attendees at registration. The breakfast takes place at the Holiday Inn Select — Dulles Expo Center, 4335 Chantilly Shopping Center. Cost for members is $25; non-members is $30. Contact the Chamber at 571-323-5304; or to register online, visit www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events.

Westfields Marriott has announced that it has been presented with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for the 11th consecutive year. The Four Diamond Award indicates an exceptional level of personal service and hospitality, while providing first-class amenities and impressive surroundings.

The Junior League of Northern Virginia, a women's volunteer organization that empowers women to be a driving force to improve the Northern Virginia community and help prepare children for success, welcomes 70 local women to its new member class. In the past two years, the JLNV has increased its new member classes by nearly 25 percent, bringing its total membership to 493.

Membership is now open to all women aged 21 years and over residing in Northern Virginia and its surrounding areas for the JLNV's fall new member class. Several informational events are planned throughout the area for prospective members to meet active JLNV members and learn more about the organization. Events will be held at the following locations:

* Coffee & Conversation Get Togethers, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, 10 a.m.-noon at La Madeleine, 1915-C Chain Bridge Road, McLean

* Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon at Panera Bread, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

* Information Sessions — Monday, Aug. 4 from 7-9 p.m. at The Dandelion Patch, 11923 Market St., Reston.

* Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, 7-9 p.m. at The Dandelion Patch, 111 Church St. NW, Vienna.

Applications for the fall new member class are due by Sept. 15. E-mail join@jlnv.org to register for an event or for more information about membership.

Michael and Laura Pierce, providers of non-medical in-home care services to local families, were recently honored by CK Franchising Inc. for their performance as a Comfort Keepers franchise owner. The Pierces were recognized during the Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony during the Comfort Keepers Annual Conference held in Tucson, May 31.

Meet local business owners and build your business network through the BNI Business Owner's Roundtable. Meetings are Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Eggspectation, 5009 Weston Plaza Dr., Chantilly. Cost is $8 for Continental breakfast or $12 for hot breakfast. Email Lauren Kirby at lkirby@turnaroundllc.com.

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 Clifton Business Connection chapter of BNI invites area business professionals to visit its weekly networking meeting held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Heart in Hand Restaurant in Clifton. Visit www.bninova.com.