The League of Women Voters. Group meets during the second week of most months at two locations in Reston for review and discussion of a wide range of public issues at all governmental levels. The evening group meets on the second Wednesday at the Reston Museum at Lake Anne Plaza, beginning at 7:30 p.m.; and the day group meets at various locations in Reston (call 860-0112 or 471-6364) on the second Thursday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are free, guests are welcome and no registration is required. The League is a nonpartisan organization that encourages citizens to play an informed and active role in government. Call 703-658-9150 or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org for further information.
Divorced Men and Women. A support group in the Herndon/Reston area is seeking members. Regular meetings starting in late January/early February in the local area. Group provides mutual support for people that have experienced divorce. For more information, call Norman Fisher at 703 464 1899 on weekday evenings from 7.30-9.30 p.m.
Reston Sketch Group meets Thursday nights at Reston Regional Library, from 6:45-8:45 p.m., with a draped model. There is a model fee. Call Joan at 703-715-2692.
The Reston NAMI Support Group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 7-9 p.m., at the YMCA at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, in Reston. This is a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) support group for family and friends of people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. Call Rhonda at 703-716-0674, or Barb at 703-715-2485, for more information.
The Junior Chamber International is an organization of young professionals focused on providing individual development while contributing meaningful help to its communities. Contact Chad W. Davis at 703-850-8886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon meets Tuesdays at the Tortilla Factory, 648 Elden St., Herndon, at 7:30 p.m. Sixty percent of membership is performers. Smoke-free environment where members support each other and promote folk music. Open mics three meetings of the month; performances on the fourth. Call Sue Schier at 703-435-2402.
The Herndon Woman's Club, affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs, is a volunteer organization which meets regularly in support of such charities as Operation Smile, Canine Companions, the county Women's Abuse Shelter, and local school libraries. For more information, visit www.gfwc.org. Call Mary Quinn at 703-796-0119.
The local AARP Chapter meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the North Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive in Reston. The group enjoys social events and speakers. For more information, call 703-860-3966.
Reston VIP. A support group for adults with vision loss meets at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, at 2 p.m. Call 703-689-2700.
Senior Trips. Reston Association's Senior Advisory Committee schedules a variety of trips throughout the year to places of interest such as the Kennedy Center and D.C. museums. Call for details and to be placed on a mailing list at 703-435-6577. Email Ashleigh@reston.org.
The Birth Mother's Support Group meets weekly in Northern Virginia. It is for any woman who has ever placed a child in adoption and would like to meet with others who have done the same. The group is led by a licensed clinical social worker and a national certified counselor. For more information, call Pat Cunningham or Stephanie Hayden at Catholic Charities at 703-425-0100. There is a modest fee based upon income.
An Alzheimer's Association Care-giver Support Group is facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. Support groups allow families to meet other care-givers and to share experiences and care-giving tips while developing coping skills. Care-givers and family members are invited to visit. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden St., Herndon. Call the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area before attending for verification of times and locations. Call toll-free at 1-866-259-0042.
Depression and Manic Depression Support Group. Reston/Sterling Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA). A self-help group for those suffering from depression or other related disorders. For meeting times, location and more information, contact either Jan at 703-431-0045 or Traci at 703-433-1448.
Amputee Support Group Of Northern Virginia is a support group for amputees, their families and friends. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, from 7:30-9 p.m., at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Physician's Conference Center, Room 1D, First Floor, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. There is no cost to participants and parking is provided free in the garage for cars displaying handicapped placards or license plates. Contact Irvin Axelrod at 703-222-7120 or email email@example.com for more information.
Orphan Foundation of America is a Reston-based organization that provides scholarships and offers mentors to parentless teens leaving foster care. Passionate individuals are needed to work on tasks including reviewing student and mentor applications, contacting applicants by mail, phone or e-mail, making files, etc. Volunteers are also needed to help with development by researching foundations and organizations, preparing solicitation packets and other tasks. Call 571-203-0270 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Girl Scout Council needs volunteers to serve as troop leaders, help with cookie sales, plan special events, translate and conduct training for outdoor and other activities. Call 1-800-523-7898 or visit www.gscnc.org/gscnc/vol.htm.
Dulles Masters Toastmasters meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the AT&T Building in Herndon, from noon-1 p.m. The club is open to everyone. For more information, call 703-444-2655 or e-mail email@example.com.
The French Club meets the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month at Reston Community Center at Hunter Woods at 6 p.m., and on the second and fourth Wednesdays at La Madeleine French Café and Bakery. Call Marei at 703-620-0645 or Joan at 703-715-2692.
Sierra Club, Great Falls group, meets at the Lake Anne Community Center in Reston monthly. Call 703-241-2510 for more information, or visit www.virginia.sierraclub.org/greatfalls.