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<lst>Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Nylen of Boy Scout Troop 688 is collecting non-serviceable American flags to retire them during a ceremony the Sunday before Veterans Day. Anyone with a flag that needs to be retired can place it in a box located at the following locations: Hearts in Motion Dance Center (Music And Dance), 8600 Rolling Road in Springfield; Lorton Community Action Center, 9518 Richmond Highway in Lorton; American Legion Post 162, Legion Road in Lorton; and Christ United Methodist Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane in Fairfax Station. The retirement ceremony hosted by Boy Scout Troop 688 in conjunction with American Legion Post 162 is open to the public on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Burke Lake Amphitheater at 4 p.m. Any questions, contact jnylen@cox.net .

The Springfield Chapter 893 of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) meets the second Wednesday each month (except July and August) at 1 p.m., St. John's United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Road in Springfield. At the Nov. 13 meeting, a Sierra Club representative will make a brief presentation about air pollution and sprawl in the metro area, using a new award-winning video entitled "Red Alert." For more information, contact Chapter 893 President, Ann M. Collins at 703-569-5224 or e-mail: NARFE893@aol.com.

Fairfax Area Christian Emergency Transitional Services (FACETS) will hold its third annual Best of America Auction on Nov. 7 at Williams Memorial Hall. Items auctioned will be beach vacations, airline tickets, jewelry and Redskins memorabilia. All proceeds of the auction will benefit FACETS.

Martha Lloyd Community Services Family Association Regional meeting will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be hosted by John and Laura Mattingly at 6320 Karmich St. in Fairfax Station. Phone 703-250-8693 for information and directions. Since 1928, MLCS has been dedicated to the service of persons with developmental disabilities. MLCS, located in Troy, Penn., offers year round residential programs, adult day programs, vocational training, work experience, a Senior Center, and respite care, and many social and recreational activities for its residents.

United Community Ministries is looking for donations for the needy. Items can be given through church or community organizations or dropped off at 7511 Fordson Road between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. UCM can schedule pickups for donations of food by churches or other organizations. Items that are most needed are spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, dry cereal, beans, single-serving cereal for homeless care packages, diapers and paper and plastic grocery bags. Also needed are tuna or canned meats, canned fruit, rice, canned soup, sugar, jelly or jam, canned vegetables, peanut butter, individual juice boxes, canned fruit, individual fruit cups, individual applesauce, individual raisin boxes, individual pudding cups, saltine crackers, baby food, formula (Good Start), bath soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine care products, laundry soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and shampoo. Call Tracy Davis at 703-768-7106 ext. 328.