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The MD Twisters, based in Glen Burnie, Md., will be merging with the three teams comprising the cheer portion of Rhythm & Cheer of Springfield. The Springfield cheerleading squads will now be known as the VA Twisters. Staff from the MD United Cheer and Tumble Gym, where the MD Twisters train, will commute to Virginia to assist with the tumbling and choreography at the Alban Road facility. Try-outs for the cheerleading programs are ongoing. Call Sheryl at 703-627-9569 for more information or to set up an appointment for tryouts. Ages 4 and up, all skill levels, are welcome.

The Northern Virginia Family Service CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award recognizes business operating in Northern Virginia that are leaders in promoting a positive work-like balance for employees through company policies and benefits.

Applications for the 2002 CARE Awards are available now and must be submitted for consideration to Northern Virginia Family Service by July 12. Call 703-533-2595 or email www.nvgs.org/care.htm.

Applicants are evaluated against other businesses of like size and resources by a committee comprised of human resource professionals, previous CARE Award winners and Northern Virginia Family Service staff. CARE Award winners will be recognized at an awards breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.

For those who are new to the area or who are just ready for something new, the New Neighbors League Club, a nonprofit social club, offers more than 30 activities including luncheons, cards, crafts, books, outings, wine tastings and more. For more information and to join, call Robbye Thomas at 703-278-8873.

The Virginia Advanced Speakers Toastmasters (VAST) is starting its 2001-02 membership drive. VAST is a Toastmaster club that addresses the needs of the experienced speaker. VAST meetings are forums for the exchange of methods, skills and techniques of the craft of public speaking. Every meeting of VAST includes a presentation by a professional speaker, who shares his knowledge and experience. VAST welcomes anyone who speaks for a living, is involved in making presentations, speaks on behalf of a public service or charitable organization, or is an active Toastmaster. VAST meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Washington Gas Light Co., 6801 Industrial Drive, Springfield. For more information, contact Cal Sandt at 703-924-6354.

Boys 7-20 (first grade and up) and girls 14-20 who are interested in joining a local Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturing unit may contact Rick Hillenbrand at 703-913-7126 or rick_hillenbrand@alum.mit.edu to find out how.

Cub Scouts play all kinds of sports and build things like race cars and bird houses. Learn secret codes and information about wild animals. Boys in first through fifth grades (ages 7-10) are welcome.

Boy Scouts camp, hike and fish in the great outdoors. They get together in troops and try out new experiences. Boy Scouting is available to boys 11-17 or those who have earned the Arrow of Light Award, or have completed the fifth grade.

Venturing offers a program that is fun and full of challenges and adventure for young men and women 14-20 who have completed the eighth grade. Learn more about high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, youth ministries and Sea Scouting crews. Local co-ed, male-only and female-only Venturing units are available, as well as a brand new Sea Scout unit.