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Business Notes Jan. 29-Feb. 4

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Windows Catering Company of Alexandria provided gourmet catering for the Virginia Inaugural Black Tie and Blue Dominion Ball held Monday, Jan. 19, at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Decorated in an aeronautical theme, blue and silver linens adorned the tables with floral pieces and center replicas of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument, said Debbie Smith, senior event planner with Windows Catering.

Windows prepared two different menus. For the VIPs' seated buffet dinner, guests feasted on beef short ribs, Virginia Chicken Roulade, pear and onion tart, green salad with apples, bacon and manchego cheese. For the general audience, there was sliced London broil with a variety of horseradish and béarnaise sauces, porcini ravioli, haystack potatoes and antipasta platters.

Ten Thousand Villages is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The 15th of each month will hold different specials, snacks and more. Visit www.tenthousandvillages.com or www.villagesofalexandria.com for more information.

This past December, the entire sales team at Weichert, Realtors’ Alexandria/Old Town office led the Weichert region in resale dollar volume

The Giving Circle of HOPE is awarding $55,000 to 11 nonprofit organizations in Northern Virginia that help people in need. Two of the recipients are Computer Core and Guest House, both in Alexandria.

Curves of Mt. Vernon in Alexandria is trimming 50 percent off the service fee and offering the first 30 days free to help new members save more and weigh less. Curves of Mt. Vernon is located at 8794 Sacramento Drive, Suite I, Alexandria. 703-360-9102.

Volunteer Alexandria is changing its address to 123 N. Alfred St., 3rd Floor, Alexandria, Va., 22314. Visit www.volunteeralexandria.org or 703-836-2176 for more.

MacNair Travel Management/American Express added Kim Peele as Director of the Personal Travel Division. A local Alexandrian, Peele has been active in the Alexandria business and volunteer community for many years. She has been involved in Rotary Club of Alexandria, is a former board member of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and is a current member of Washington Executive Women in Travel.