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Herndon Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Sing-Along. The Herndon Chamber of Commerce stages its annual holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 6 from 5-6 p.m. featuring the lighting of Herndon's Christmas Tree, joined with Herndon High's Band in a carol sing-along . Barbara Harding provides holiday music for the children. Santa Claus comes to Town with presents for the little ones. The event takes place on the lawn of the Old Town Hall Square, 730 Elden Street, Herndon. Sponsored by BB&T Herndon.

Herndon Chamber Holiday Mixer. Join business friends at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to celebrate the holidays with food and drink and collegial networking. For member companies who would like to make this event their own office party, we offer a holiday treat. Members bringing five or more staff can gain a discount of $5 per person! The mixer takes placeThursday, Dec. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2200 Centreville Road, Herndon $15 Members; $20 Non-Members; Member Parties of Five or More: $10 per person. Reservations can be made at www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events

Learn how to go against the odds and thrive in troubled times at the Dulles Regional Chamber Brown Bag Lunch. David MacGillivray, ActionCOACH certified business and executive coach, will review SWOT analysis, strategy selection, goal setting, implementation, and accountability. The Chantilly-Centreville Chamber, part of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, presents these monthly luncheon seminars for small business at the Chamber's office, 3901 Centerview Drive, Suite R, Chantilly. The programs are free but pre-registration is required. One can register online at www.dullesregionalchamber.org or by calling 571-323-5304. Dec. 12 from noon to 1 p.m.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Title Sponsor Access National Bank invite new and prospective members to be their guests for lunch at Chamber 101 on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This orientation is where business representatives learn about the powerful impact of this regional chamber and its many avenues for promoting a business. Online pre-registration is required and limited to the first 40 people. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 16 and have your contact information provided to all attendees at Registration. To RSVP, contact Vickie Walton, Membership Director, 571-323-5308. Chamber 101 will be held at the Dulles Regional Chamber's Chantilly Office, 3901 Centerview Dr., Suite R, Chantilly.

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the holiday season with its "Holiday Pops" concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. The Fairfax Choral Society and the W. T. Woodson High School Select Vocal Ensemble return to join the Symphony for renditions of the season's most beloved tunes. FSO Associate Conductor, Glenn Quader, shares the podium with Dr. Douglas Mears, Music Director of the Choral Society, and Michael Ehrlich, Director of the W.T. Woodson Chorus. Tickets for this performance are $15 for children and students with valid identification, and range from $15 - $45 for adults. Tickets are available in person at the GMU box office (Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6 p.m.), online at Tickets.com, or by phone at 888-945-2468. To arrange a discount for groups of 20 or more students, call the FSO office at 703-563-1990. All seating is reserved.

Anuradha N. Ralapati, MD of Centreville has been named Medical Director for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Northern Virginia. In this role, Dr. Ralapati directs patients' medical care, including pain and wound management protocols; supports interdisciplinary care teams ensuring quality care and assessing hospice-appropriate patients; and educates healthcare providers and the public on the qualities and values of hospice care.

The bi-monthly Business Owners Round Table, sponsored by Citibank-Greenbriar and the Chantilly-Centreville Chamber, takes place on Friday, Dec. 5 from 7:30- 9 a.m. The topic is Effective Communications. The presentation and discussion will be facilitated by Michael Parkinson and Danny Vargas. The Business Owners Round Table is intended for business owners to learn and share best office practices for enhancing one's business practices. Members $20, Non-Members $25. Pre-registration required. Visit www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events or contact us at info@dullesregionalchamber.org. The program takes place at Dulles Regional Chamber's office, 3901 Centerview Dr., Suite R, Chantilly.

The Chantilly-Centreville Chamber stages a Come In From the Cold and Find Our Warm Business Cheer gathering at the Austin Grill. The event takes place Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Austin Grill, is located at 5825 Trinity Parkway in Centreville. Cost for members if $15, non-members $20. Reservations can be made at www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events.

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly announces that Bob Long has joined the executive team of its corporate office. As a Business Development Executive, Bob will promote the firm’s business lines, which include geothermal design/build services.

InstantAmber and My Gym Children's Fitness Center in Chantilly have joined together for a national child safety awareness campaign. My Gym of Chantilly will serve as a resource to further community awareness of InstantAmber (InstantAmber.com), an online data registry that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical data and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. Contact Joe Gilley at 703-378-3100.

Interested in doing business with the Commonwealth of Virginia? For free business counseling on eVA, the State's web-based purchasing system, or SWaM (small, women and minority) business certification contact the Mason Enterprise Center at 703-993-9415 or send an email to jleonard@gmu.edu. This program is provided by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance. Seats are limited.

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.