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Many Clubs Thrive In the Community

August 6, 2002

<bt>* Historic Centreville Society

Spencer Marker, president

Phone: 703-754-8638

Address: P.O. Box 1512 Centreville, VA 20122

Founded by Carol Friedman, the Historic Centreville Society was established in 1987 as a non-profit organization to promote and encourage historical research, to preserve and protect buildings and sites of historic interest, and to foster and promote public knowledge of and interest in local history. The group has a quarterly newsletter, and membership is $15 per family. It has four program meetings a year, plus other meetings that are unscheduled. The group meets in the community room of Centreville Fire Station 17 on Old Centreville Road to hear speakers of historical importance. The group sends out notices of upcoming meetings to current members, libraries and occasionally local newspapers.

* Clifton Chapter of the Red Hat Society is part of an organization with 1,100 chapters nationwide. Members are age 50 and older and meet monthly just to socialize and have fun. They go on outings and day trips, meet for lunch and have even been known to tell a dirty joke or two. The group is currently closed to new members. Call 703-250-7554.

* New Mothers Luncheon Group in Northern Virginia is an opportunity for mothers and their infants (up to 8 months old) to get together for lunch, a speaker and fun. The group meets every Tuesday at Seasons Restaurant in Fairfax City, with a different program each week.

Reservations are required for all luncheons. Contact Rochelle Goldberg at 703-961-9179 or at eventbuilders@hotmail.com

* Centreville Toastmasters is the place to improve your communication and leadership skills. The club meets from 7-8:15 p.m. on Mondays at the Centreville Regional Library. Guests are welcome. Prepared speeches, oral evaluations and impromptu speeches (table topics) will be on the agenda. Guests are welcome. Call Mark Burghardt at 703-818-8104.

* A Parkinson's disease support group meets the fourth Saturday of each month in the Sully Senior Center at Centreville Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m.-noon. The program is free. The church is at 5690 Sully Road, in Centreville. Call 703-378-9213.

* Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) is a nonprofit community service organization that focuses on the needs of the local community. Residents and businesses in the Centreville area interact with each other to preserve the community's history, while enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

Donations are welcome and may be sent to Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) P.O. Box 1813 Centreville, VA 20121.

The CCF sponsors the Fourth of July fireworks at Centreville High School and the annual Centreville Day celebration, now held in September. The group meets from 7-9 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Fort Hill Building, James McConnell Meeting Room (5900 Fort Drive Centreville). Call Bryan Hunt at 703-322-9770 or e-mail at bryan@huntcpa.com.

* The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area meets on a designated day during the second week of each month mornings and evenings. Choose the closest meeting near you by calling the League Office at 703-658-9150 or by checking the Web site at www.lwv-fairfax.org. The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area is a nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Any man or woman of voting age is encouraged to become a League member.

* The New Neighbors League Chapter of Washington, D.C., is an organization of 275 members which offers opportunities to have fun on a weekly basis. The group was established in 1988. For a $25 membership fee, the club offers monthly luncheons, coffees, wine-tastings, bridge, crafts, performing arts and day trips. Residents may join at any time. For NNLC membership information, call Brenda Harshe at 703-330-1850 or e-mail her at mharshe@erols.com.

* Northern Virginia Parents Without Partners (NOVA Chapter 960) holds many social, family-oriented events, such as dances, picnics, workshops, moderated discussions and museum trips for never-married, separated, divorced and widowed parents and their children. Membership costs $35 a year, and members receive a membership card along with a newsletter listing the month’s events. Call 703-354-6992. There is also a Fairfax Chapter (715) located in Merrifield. Call 703-866-7896 or 703-406-3750 or visit their Web site at www.pwp715.org

* Centreville Post 1995 was organized in 1994 under the Department of Virginia of the American Legion. It has recently reached an all-time high of 189 members and supports the western Fairfax County communities of Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton and Fairfax Station.

Centreville Post 1995 conducts several programs in the community. It sponsors an American Legion baseball team, hosts a local high-school oratorical contest and works with other area charitable community organizations like Western Fairfax Christian Ministries and Habitat for Humanity. Post members also assist with Centreville Day.

Centreville Post 1995 meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Hill Building in Supervisor Michael R. Frey's (R-Sully) conference room (Suite 205). The Fort Hill Building is located at 5900 Centreville Road just south of the intersection of Routes 28 and 29 in Centreville. Call 703-912-1910 or visit the Post Web site at http://members.aol.com/ vapost1995/ page/ index.htm.

* The Centreville chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing was founded in 1995 and formally chartered in 1996 as the Centreville Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc. (SPEBSQSA). The Sounds of America chorus competes in singing competitions in the Mid-Atlantic District (includes New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, parts of West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania as well as the Outer Banks of North Carolina). Rehearsal is every Wednesday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Centreville Elementary School, room 140 on the main floor near the cafeteria, located at 14330 Green Trails Blvd. in Centreville. The school phone number is 703-502-3500. For chorus details, call 703-938-3001.

* The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USABDA) wants to establish a Chapter especially for "beginner" social or recreational ballroom dancers in the Centreville/Manassas area. If enough interest is expressed, a local steering committee will be formed to guide the project and enroll members. A special welcome will be extended to beginner dancers; and arrangements will be made to make "low-cost" weekly dance lessons available to them. Everyone will learn and dance together. Membership will be open to singles, as well as couples. Beginners of all ages are welcome. If interested in helping for a chapter, call 1-800-447-9047; send an e-mail to USABDACENT@aol.com; or write to: USABDA, P.O. Box 128, New Freedom, PA 17349.

* TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a support group dedicated to sensible weight loss and the maintenance of proper weight. TOPS VA #606, Centreville, meets Thursdays at the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department, Station 17 (upstairs), 5856 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. Weigh-ins are held 6:15 through 7 p.m. with the meetings beginning no later than 7:10 p.m. Call Susan at 703-798-9461 or Tina at 703-830-9569. Information is also available at www.TOPS.org.