The following Girl Scouts from the Reston/Herndon area have earned the Gold Award: Catie Canavan of Oak Hill, Sarah Delia of Herndon, Puja Deverakonda of Herndon, Sana Khaliq of Herndon, Sara Murphy of Oak Hill, Nicole Nieves of Herndon, Corianne Tatariw of Herndon, Kathryn White of Herndon, and Casey White of Reston. The Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, is earned by only one percent of the nation's Senior Girl Scouts each year. The award goes to Scouts who have completed a two-year community service project, typically requiring at least 50 hours of work.
The 50th anniversary of the United States Pony Clubs in Virginia will be celebrated at the equestrian facility at Frying Pan Park in Herndon on Saturday, June 19, 2 to 7 p.m. The reunion will include sharing of stories and memorabilia, as well as a tour of the cross-country jump course, while current Pony Club members compete in their Show Jumping Rally. For more information, call Carol Noggle at 703-413-4496.
Dulles Chapter 1241 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, NARFE, will meet on Monday, June 28, 11:30 a.m. at the Amphora Deluxe Restaurant, 1151 Elden St., Herndon. Charles Delaplane, NARFE's Virginia Federation of Chapters (VFC) Legislative Committee Chairman will discuss the status of bills
now in Congress that affect Federal employees and annuitants. The
meeting is open to NARFE members and interested persons. Lunch
is $13.50. For information and reservations, please call Sue Righter, at 703-966-1122.
Bookends, the Reston Community Center's Senior book group, meets every fourth Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods to discuss a variety of books. Drinks and cookies are provided at no charge. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Books are on reserve at the Circulation Desk of the Reston Regional Library. The July session will be held at the Reston Community Center, Lake Anne. This summer's titles are: June 24: "Mrs. Bridge" by Evan O'Connell. July 22: "Disgrace," by J.M. Coetzee and "A Ship Made of Paper," by Scot Spencer Aug. 26: "Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before," by Tony Horwitz. This free activity is intended for adults age 55 or older. For more information, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.
Mothers & More. A support group for mothers who have altered their career paths to care for their children at home. General meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome. Call 703-234-3417.
Mothers and the Law, a support/focus group for women with an interest in promoting justice for mothers and children of separation and divorce, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the library of McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean. Share experiences as litigants in the courts of Virginia. For more information, call 703-421-6203 or 703-748-0072.
MOMS Club. The MOMS club of Reston offers play groups, outings, community service projects, and much more. Meetings held at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. The next scheduled meetings are July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. Children welcome at all activities. The Reston chapter is open to residents of zip codes: 20190, 20191 and 20194. For more information, call 1-800-520-0801, ext. 1524, MomsClubofReston@onebox.com.
Mothers First is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to interrupt careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out, and lectures. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information.
La Leche League of Herndon/Reston meets twice per month to offer support to breastfeeding mothers. La Leche League offers a lending library with books on breastfeeding, childbirth, parenting and nutrition, leaders accredited by La Leche League International and 24-hour telephone help. For more information call: Jennifer at 703-708-9866, Karen at 703-435-1429, Amaarah at 703-435-3044, or Nancy at 703-8343831.
Reston Socials, an informal social group for divorced, single parents and singles in their 30s-50s in the Reston and Herndon area, is now being formed. Meetings will be held the first Friday of the month at Ruby Tuesday's in Reston Town Center, in the bar area. Call Shelley Martin at 703-629-1615.
League of Reston Artists. Open to all Washington area artists, photographers and individuals interested in the arts. Workshops, classes, speakers, demonstrations, exhibitions and critiques. For more information, write to P.O. Box 2513, Reston, VA 20195-2513, call 703-481-7898 or visit www.leagueofrestonartists.org.
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.
AARP Local Chapter. Group 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. (no pickup)
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.
Boy Scouts. Reston Boy Scout Troop 1970 is one of several troops in the area. Monthly weekend activities include camping and focuses on a specific activity such as rafting, canoeing, fishing, back packing, hiking, biking, caving and bouldering. A high level of parent participation in the troop is a strong factor in its success. Meetings are weekly on Mondays from 7:30-8:45 p.m., which prospective scouts and their parents are invited to attend after contacting the scoutmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, visit www.troop1970.org.
The French Club. Group meets the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month at Reston Community Center and 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Overeaters Anonymous has meetings every day throughout Northern Virginia. For more information and a list of meetings, call 703-823-NOVA (6682) or visit www.oanova.org.
The Junior Chamber International is an organization of young professionals who focus on providing individual development while contributing meaningful help to the community. Contact Chad W. Davis at 703-850-8886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Girl Scout Council. Group 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.
New Social Networking Group. Join other Northern Virginia young professionals for "Suburban Nights" at eCitie in Tysons Corner. For more information, visit www.suburbannights.com.
Greater Reston Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Group welcomes newcomers and long-time residents to attend events from September through June. Events include Get Acquainted Coffees, general meetings, varied social, gourmet, hobby, athletic activity groups, day trips and special occasion celebrations. Members receive a monthly newsletter with a listing of all activities. The group was founded in 1969 as Newcomers of Reston. Contact membership chair Barbara Kaminsky at 703-620-3236.
The Reston Garden Club. Founded in 1970, the club welcomes Reston area gardeners to join. The club meets monthly from September through June. The organization offers speakers, demonstrations, workshops, area trips and community beautification projects. The group also has an annual fundraising activity in order to be able to donate money for nature camp scholarships and wildflower plantings in Reston. For membership information, call Terry Carter at 703-620-9392 or Ann DiGiannantonio at 703-437-7644.
Electric Football League. Electric football is a classic American board game. Each player in this league selects a college or NFL team to coach for 8 regular season games (plus play-offs). For more information, visit www.geocities.com/EFL3000 or call commissioner Tom Houck at 703-858-2891.
Herndon Woman's Club. Group is affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and 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. To inquire about membership, call Angela Williams at 703-430--6404.
Ladies Golf Club. The Herndon Ladies Golf Club welcomes new golfers to play Wednesday mornings at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course through October. For more information, call Janice at 703-476-4689 or Charlotte at 703-437-7602.
Reston/Herndon Branch of AAUW. The American Association of University Women meets the third Thursday of the month at Lake Anne Community Center at 7 p.m. Programs include local archeology, global health and organization of life and mind. Interest groups include book discussions (4th Thursday of each month); gourmet group (four times a year); and tutor mentoring at Forest Edge Elementary School (Tuesdays at 3:15 p.m.). Call Abbie Edwards at 703-476-0997 or Cindy Decker at 703-471-5462.
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.
Dulles Business Connection. The Dulles Business Connection is a networking group that meets every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Silver Diner restaurant in Reston. Visitors are welcome. For more information on this group and meeting location, contact Bob Gifford, chairman, at 703-827-6558 or 703-863-9640.