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Clubs and Organizations

HEALTH

La Leche League (breastfeeding support group): 703-534-8548. Meets every Friday, 10:30 a.m., at Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield.

POLITICAL/PROFESSIONAL

National Association of Retired Federal Employees: Organization that works to save the benefits they have earned by working for the federal government by supporting candidates who share their interests. Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Methodist Church, located at 5312 Backlick road in Springfield. Call W.J. Leonard at 703-354-0568.

SERVICE CLUBS

American Legion Springfield Post 176: 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield, VA 22150, 703-440-0336. Meets first Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Contact Commander Lou Libscomb, 703-866-4919.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 176: 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield, VA 22150, 703-440-0336. Meets first Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Contact Jeanine Hazard, 703-960-8014.

Knights of Columbus: Catholic men’s organization. St. John Bosco Council serves St. Ramond of Penafort Parish in the Springfield/Fairfax Station area. P.O. Box 6681 Springfield, VA 22150. Call Tony Hermes at 703-690-2769.

West Springfield Rotary Club: Organization involved with both local and international community service, including blood drives, scholarships to West Springfield High School students, road clean-ups, and supporting two Romanian orphanages. New members must be recommended by another Rotarian. Weekly meetings held every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Springfield Country Club. Contact John Bohm at 703-764-0048.

Springfield Optimists Club: Organization that works with youth, including sponsoring scholarship programs and drug and alcohol awareness. Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield VFW. Dues are $65 a year. Call Jamie Young at 703-329-1357.

Springfield Rotary Club: Organization involved in community service, including an aluminum recycling project, an Adopt-a-Road project, publicizing information on pre-school immunizations, collecting necessities for the Fairfax County Women’s Shelter, supporting ECHO with food and clothing donations, and feeding families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at Greenspring village, 7440 Spring Village Drive in Springfield. New members must be recommended by another Rotarian. Call 703-913-1200.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Springfield Post 7327: 7905 Kincannon Place, Springfield, 703-541-3140 or 703-541-3139. Meets the third Monday of every month at 8 p.m.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Springfield Post 7327: 7905 Kincannon Place, Springfield, 703-541-3140 or 703-541-3139. Meets the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Club of Springfield: Women’s organization which performs various service activities, such as operating the Pink Elephant Consignment Shop, giving scholarships to students at Lee and West Springfield High Schools, and donating to charitable organizations. Dues are $40 a year. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Presbyterian church, located at 7434 Bath Street in Springfield.

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Springfield Cultural Center: P.O Box 482, Springfield, VA 22150, President: Mahvash Keshmiri, 703-750-7758, springfieldculturalcenter.org

Washington Balalaika Society: Organization of people who play Russian instruments and perform in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Call Janet Bohm at 703-764-0048.

Kings Park Four Seasons Garden Club: Meets the first Thursday of the month from Sept. to June at 11 a.m. in member’s homes. $10 a year. Call Anne Mitchell, president, at 703-978-9347.

The Welcome Club of Northern Virginia offers many special interest groups for newcomers to the Northern Virginia area, including book discussion groups, couple’s dinner groups, theater groups, cultural tour groups, and tennis and golf groups. Meetings are open to members and guests b reservation only and are held on the first Thursday of the month, September through May. Call Barbara Nuenighoff at 703-620-3027.

West Springfield Garden Club: Usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month; times vary. Activities include landscaping for local churches and schools and flower arrangements for the dining halls at the Ronald McDonald house. Call president Jeanette Murphy at 703-451-8296.

The Kings Park Concert Band: Open to adults who played in a high school or college band and want to continue playing for the community. Concerts feature light classics, marches, popular music, and folk music from around the world. December performances focus on holiday and winter themes. Some programs also include a soloist or an ensemble.

Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening from 7:30 until 9:45 at Fairfax Villa Elementary School, 10900 Santa Clara Drive, in Fairfax. No auditions. Players of any instrument and at any skill level are welcome, but French horn players and percussionists are especially needed. Call Bob Scherago at 703-690-5779 or email to kpband@cox.net.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Fathers United for Equal Rights and Women's Coalition of VA and DC (separation, divorce, equal rights advocacy, custody support group): Meets 7-10 p.m. every other Thursday at the Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-451-8580 or 703-971-2379.

CHILDREN

Springfield Youth Club Organizes youth basketball, bowling, cheering, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, and volleyball in the Springfield area. 7075 Newington Rd, Lorton. Call 703 339-3796. http://www.sycva.com.