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Clubs & Organizations

HEALTH

<cal2>American Lung Association. The association aims to prevent lung disease, promote lung health and provide information. Its three main target areas are tobacco prevention, asthma and air quality. Cathy Hamm is president. Office located at 10340 Democracy Lane, Fairfax, 22030. Call 703-591-4131 or visit www.lungusa.org.

American Red Cross provides relief to victims of natural disaster and helps people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. Seeking volunteers. Provides monthly orientation the second Wednesday of every month at the Herndon or Fort Belvoir offices. Training also provided. CPR and first aid offered with a fee. Call 703-964-0004 or go to www.redcrossfairfax.org for information. Office located at 1112 Herndon Parkway, Herndon.

La Leche League (breastfeeding support group). The City of Fairfax La Leche League meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., at Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-471-7762 or 703-280-0986 for more information. The La Leche League of Burke meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the Burke Presbyterian Church on Oak Leather Drive . Call 703-534-8548 to find phone numbers for leaders in other areas throughout Virginia.

SIDS Mid-Atlantic, sudden infant death syndrome support group. 2700 South Quincy St., Suite 220, Arlington, VA 22206, 703-933-9100. Northern Virginia Group meets first Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Provides information, referral, support, education and advocacy to individuals and families affected by serious mental illness. Call the NAMI Virginia Helpline toll-free at 888-486-8264.

<cal1>POLITICAL/PROFESSIONAL

<cal2>Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. 3975 University Drive, No. 350, Fairfax. Call 703-591-2450, visit www.cfcc.org or e-mail info@cfcc.org.

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350, Fairfax. Call 703-749-0400 or visit www.fccc.org.

Democratic Party, county headquarters. 7245 Arlington Blvd., Suite 205, Falls Church. Call 703-573-6811, visit www.fairfaxdemocrats.org or e-mail fcdcweb@erols.com.

League of Women Voters, Fairfax Chapter. 703-658-9150, www.lwv-fairfax.org.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). P.O. Box 1066, Fairfax, VA 22030. Call 703-352-3944 or visit www.maddnova.org.

National Association of Retired Federal Employees, National Headquarters. 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-838-7760.

Republican Party, Fairfax County Headquarters. 4246

Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030. Contact 703-256-0202 or www.fairfaxco-gop.org.

Veterans Center. 8796 Sacramento Drive, Suites D and E, Alexandria, 22309. Jerry Clark, acting team leader, 703-360-8633.

Virginia Federation of Professional and Business Women's Clubs. P.O. Box 4842, McLean, VA 22103-4842, www.bpwva.advocate.net. Contact Toni Fulford Evans via e-mail at TFE322@aol.com, or contact Sheila Barry Oliver by writing to ps_oliver@attglobal.net.

Fairfax Small Business Development Center at the Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax. Offers a variety of services to support small businesses in Fairfax County, whether they have been in business for many years and are seeking growth or are aspiring entrepreneurs looking for direction. The center offers training in all phases and aspect of small business management including marketing, business plans, capital acquisition, financial management and employer-related issues. One-on-one counseling is available at no cost by staff and volunteers from the professional sectors. Visit www.sbdc.org or call 703-277-7700 for additional information. Visit www.masonenterprisecenter.org.

<cal1>SENIOR CITIZENS

<cal2>Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter. 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402, Fairfax. Call 703-359-4440 or 1-866-259-0042. Visit www.alz-nca.org.

Jewish Council for Aging. 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Call 703-425-0999; help line, 301-255-4200; resource center, 301-255-4250.

Learning in Retirement Institute. George Mason University, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, 703-503-3384.

<cal1>SERVICE CLUBS

<lst>InterService Club Council of Fairfax. An Umbrella group for the service clubs in the area. The council sponsors the annual "Volunteers of the Year" celebration that recognizes the volunteer of the year from each participating service organization. For more information, contact Irby N. Hollans Jr. at 703-503-9788 or ihollans@earthlink.net.

American Legion Post 177. 3939 Oak St., Fairfax, 703-273-2250. Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., at the post. For the American Legion Auxiliary, call the same number and ask for Hilda Schaffer.

Auxiliary Police Unit: Seeking volunteers to assist in variety of duties including traffic control, crime prevention and special events for the Fairfax County Police Department. Training provided and mandatory. Volunteers will be a sworn as an Auxiliary Police Officer. Contact 703-280-0576 or go to www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police/Volunteers.htm for more information.

Burke Centre Lions Club. Meets the first and third Monday of every month at Red, Hot and Blue on University Street/Route 123. If there is a special event on a weekend, the meeting for that week will be canceled. Dale Boynton, president, 703-455-8706.

Friends of Fairfax Station. The group helps benefit the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Museum and book shop are open Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Call 703-425-9225 or visit www.fairfax-station.org.

The Woman's Club of Springfield. Janet Crupper and Susan Edson, co-presidents. Meets the first Tuesday of every month, September through June, at 7:30 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield. A brief program covering a subject of general interest to members is followed by a business meeting and a short social period. All adult females welcome. The Pink Elephant Consignment Shop in the Concord Center on Backlick Road, Springfield, helps raise funds.

American Association of University Women. The association promotes education and equity for women and girls and sponsors a yearly book sale to raise money for scholarships for young women. Call Hope Syverson at 703-356-6293 or visit the Web site at www.mcleanaauw.org.

Optimist Club of Central Fairfax. An organization that primarily serves young adults and children. Service projects are performed with Robinson Secondary and other associated elementary schools. Projects and activities include essay contests, rhetorical contests and scholarships. Group of 41 members. Meets in the evening at the fourth Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Hall on Oak Street, Fairfax. Contact President Peter Drake at 703-323-7856 for volunteer information.

FACETS is a non-profit organization that assists homeless and low-income people of Fairfax County. FACETS provides food, shelter, clothing, medical assistance and programs for families in public housing. Seeking volunteers to work on a variety of programs. Training provided. Contact Sheri Blanchette at 703-352-3268 to volunteer. Office located at 10565 Lee Highway, Suite 10, Fairfax, VA 22030. www.facetscares.org.

Fairfax Harley Owners Group, H.O.G. The group of about 700 promotes riding together on motorcycles, safety and giving back to the community. Chapter meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at Patriot Harley-Davidson, starting with refreshments at 7 p.m. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with news and announcements followed by brief presentations by the Chapter officers on activities and programs. Must be member of National Harley's Owners group or be a Harley Davidson owner. Contact Larry Larson, 703-620-5489. Visit www.fairfaxhog.com.

Fairfax Post Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 8469). Meets the first Monday of every month except for December and July at 5703 Vogue Road, Fairfax Station. Located three doors down from St. Mary's Church and directly behind Fairfax Station Square Shopping Center. Post 8469 helps veterans of foreign wars and those on active duty. It also volunteers with citizen groups and younger groups including Boy Scouts. 218 members. Joseph L. Buechel, commander/president. Call 703-250-2517 or go to www.vfw8469.com for more information.

Fairfax Ferns Garden Club. Meets the second Monday night of every month at 7:30 p.m., at a member's home. Non-profit club learns about horticulture, floral design and educates the public about non-native plants. The club also has fund-raisers and activities such as making corsages and center pieces and participating in Fairfax Historic House Tour. Those interested in becoming members may come to meetings. Dues are $25 a year. Contact President Hildie Carney at 703-591-5305 for information.

Fairfax Host Lions Club. The Lions is a service organization with a mission to help neighbors, the community, the less fortunate. It also raises funds to finance its charitable programs. Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Mama's Italian Restaurant, 9715 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Social period starts at 6:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 7 p.m. Dinner meetings also have guest speakers. Membership is open to anyone. The president is Bob Helland. E-mail LionsFFX@msn.com.

Fairfax Jaycees. Meets the third Monday of every month. An organization of young adults between the ages of 21 and 40, whose purpose is to meet new people, assist in the community and learn new personal and professional skills. The mailing address is P.O. Box 85, Fairfax, VA 22030-0085. Contact Doug Spengel at 703-541-6434.

Kiwanis Club of Fairfax. Meets every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m., at China Gourmet on Arlington Boulevard in Fairfax. The club's mission is to "think globally, act locally" to serve the community. It also participates in many activities such as providing scholarships and leadership training for the youth, supporting the Children's Miracle Network and sponsoring six Key Clubs in local high schools. Kiwanis can be found in 187 different countries. Call Jerry Rich, membership chair, at 703-250-2733 or visit www.geocities.com/fairfax_kiwanis. Representative to InterService Club Council: Mariann Gabor, 703-476-0020, or mgabor@earthlink.net.

NoonDay Optimist Club of Fairfax. The club sponsors events that benefit from young children to those in high school. Activities include a Read to Write program, picnics and contests. Membership open to all. Meets every Thursday at noon at PJ Skidoos, located off of Lee Highway, Fairfax. Contact President Florence Marsh at 703-323-0939 or send an e-mail to membership@optimist.org for more information.

Rotary Club of Fairfax. Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders who strive to spread goodwill through service around the world. Membership is by invitation. Visit www.rotary.org to complete a prospective member contact form. Contact Irby N. Hollans Jr., 703-503-9788, or ihollans@earthlink.net.

Salvation Army Auxiliary-Fairfax. Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 12 p.m., at Salvation Army headquarters, 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax. The club helps the Army in a variety of ways and raises money for its special needs. It also organizes Christmas activities, fashion shows and back to school activities. The president is Cecile Fleming. Call the headquarters at 703-385-8700 for more information or send mail to P.O Box 125, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.

Volunteer Fairfax. Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes people and resources to meet regional community needs. It is a central resource for volunteerism and for people to get involved in the community. Features Volunteer for Change, coordinated for busy working adults to volunteer. It also publishes a guide for youth to volunteer, has service awards and organizes VolunteerFest. Volunteer Fairfax works with companies, organizations and corporate communities. The center is located at 10530 Page Ave., Fairfax. Call 703-246-3460 or visit volunteerfairfax.org to volunteer.

Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS). Seeking volunteers to provide administrative support for the Fairfax County Police Dept. Must be at least 21 years of age. Selection of volunteers based on application. Contact 703-280-0701 to apply.

Woman's Club of Fairfax. The club sponsors an annual $2,000 scholarship for a high school in area, contributes books to school libraries and takes care of a family during Thanksgiving and Christmas, among other endeavors. Meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at Fairfax United Methodist Church. Contact Margaret Shallcross 703-591-2758.

Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Auxiliary. Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of capacities. The auxiliary helps raise funds for hospital programs and services by staffing the two Treasure Trove consignment shops. Annual dues to help the auxiliary operate vary with age and are tax deductible. For information on volunteering opportunities, call 703-698-3447 or visit www.inova.org and click on “How Can I Help?”

Mother's First - Fairfax is a support group for women making the transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Join Moms and tots of all ages for meetings, lectures, field trips, moms night out, etc. The Fairfax group meets on the first and third Wednesdays at the John C Wood Complex Room #1 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information.

<cal1>SPECIAL INTERESTS

<cal2>American Astronautical Society. Non-profit membership organization founded in 1954 that works to advance space exploration and space science. Publishes a magazine and professional journal, sponsors meetings and conferences. Located in 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite 102, West Springfield; contact Jim Kirkpatrick at 703-866-0020 or check www.astronautical.org.

Burke Singles. Social club that promotes social interaction and community involvement. Social activities consist of dancing, ski trips and dining. Club has semi-annual meetings and monthly newsletters. Contact Tom Frensinger at 703-323-5831 for more information or to receive a newsletter call 703-764-2894.

Equality Fairfax — Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community & Advocacy. Equality Fairfax offers a wide variety of regular social activities, volunteer opportunities and issues education in Fairfax County. Pick and choose the activities of interest: social, volunteer, civic or issues advocacy. Equality Fairfax, P.O. Box 1223, Vienna, VA 22183. 703-255-1552. Visit www.EqualityFairfax.org.

Fairfax Audubon Society is committed to the Audubon mission, which is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, and their habitats through education advocacy and conversation programs. The club learns about birds and wildlife in Northern Virginia. Nature night meetings on a quarterly basis at various locations. Newsletter with meeting information can be found in any Fairfax County Public library. Visit www.fairfaxaudubon.org or call 703-256-6895 for more information.

The Fairfax Genealogical Society. Meets monthly to serve genealogists throughout the National Capital Area. The society's programs teach genealogical problem-solving methods, research techniques, historical information, record sources and social customs. Programs cover all skill levels from beginner to expert and all geographical areas - local, regional, national and international. For 2003 - 2004, general meetings will be at Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna, 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 25, April 22 and May 27. Saturday classes will be at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department at the corner of Center and Cherry Streets, Vienna, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., on Nov. 22, Jan. 24, Feb. 28 and April 24. Fifteen special interest groups focusing on specific areas meet periodically. More information is available at the society's Web site, www.fxgs.org.

Friends of Pohick Library. Contact Yolanda Atkins, 703-455-5723.

The Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center and Historic Fairfax City, Inc. Individuals who are interested in giving their time to the preservation and promotion of the City of Fairfax's unique history and properties are needed. Volunteer opportunities include Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center docents, Ratcliffe-Allison House docents and for various special events. For general information, call the Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center at 703-385-8414 or 800-545-7950. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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

Northern Virginia Shag Club. Promotes the shag dance. Meets every Wednesday and once a month on Saturdays in the lounge of the Holiday Inn located next to Fair Oaks Mall. The president is Pamela Alfano. Visit www.nvshag.org or call 703-960-4254 for information. Send mail to PO Box 5522 McLean, VA 22103.

Mothers of Multiples. A support group for mothers and guardians of twins or more, Mothers of Multiples meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at the Commons Community Center in Burke, September through June. Call 703-715-MOMS.

Soup and Fish Club, the Virginia chapter of The Wodehouse Society. The club meets on the second Friday evening of each month at various bookstores and libraries around Fairfax County. Take refuge in the gentle writing of the master of farce, P.G. Wodehouse. Call 703-815-9073 or write to plum1881@aol.com, subject line "Wodehouse."

Springfield Acres Garden Club. Oldest garden club in Springfield. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 10 a.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. For more information, contact Linda Guest at 703-569-5826.

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

Laurel Garden Club. The club meets on the third Monday of each month, September through June, at White Oaks Elementary, 6130 Shiplett Blvd., Burke. Visitors are welcome to sit in on meetings. For more information, call 703-671-6166.

Mother's First - Fairfax is a support group for women making the transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Join Moms and tots of all ages for meetings, lectures, field trips, moms night out, etc. The Fairfax group meets on the first and third Wednesdays, from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the John C Wood Complex Room #1. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information.

<cal1>SOCIAL SERVICES

<cal2>Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASA's mission is to provide one-on-one advocacy in juvenile court in protection cases to ensure safety to child victims of abuse and neglect and to protect them from further abuse. CASA is accepting monetary donations and seeking volunteers as officers of the court. Volunteers must be 21 or older. Orientation and training provided. The office is located on 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3526 or send an e-mail to staff@casafairfax.org to volunteer. For more information, visit www.casafairfax.org.