Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

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Dulles AARP Chapter No. 4681 will explore space, specifically sites related to the early U.S. space program, at its March 28 meeting. Harry A. Butowsky, National Park Service historian, will discuss the selection process and show slides of sites the NPS survey identified as historic landmarks. The meeting, originally scheduled for February, is at 7 p.m., North County Governmental Building, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. For directions or membership information, call the membership chairman at 703-758-1517.

Dulles Chapter 1241 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, NARFE, will hold a lunch meeting Monday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m., at the Amphora Deluxe Diner, 1151 Elden St., Herndon. Lt. Ricky Frye, Loudoun County Sheriff's Department and Debra Bressler, program coordinator for Loudoun County Retired and Senior Volunteers, will discuss TRIAD, a joint effort by AARP and the International Association of Chiefs of Police and National Sheriffs Association to prevent crimes against senior citizens. They will be recruiting members for a newly forming council, SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) to help realize these objectives. Meeting open to NARFE members and anyone interested in NARFE. Lunch is $13.50. Make reservations by Thursday, March 24 with Sue Righter, 703-966-1122.

Assistance League of Northern Virginia, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, will host its spring benefit, “Great Escapes,” featuring wine tasting, Northern Italian cuisine and a silent auction, to raise funds for Operation School Bell and Operation Hugs. Great Escapes will be held at Dante’s Ristorante, 1148 Walker Road, Great Falls, Sunday, April 10, from 4-7 p.m. Wine tasting will be presented by The Wine Seller located in Herndon.

Tickets are $75 per person. For reservations, call 703-860-0412 or 703-914-2882 by April 5.

AARP Dulles Area Chapter Wine and Cheese Reception. To be held Sunday, April 3, 4-6 p.m., in the Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne. Information on local and national AARP activities will be available and board members will answer questions about chapter meetings, social events and community service projects. To be eligible for local chapter membership, one must be age 50 or over and a member of AARP national or join at the same time.

Mothers First Herndon/Reston is dedicated to supporting women that have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out and lectures. April's meetings are April 6 and 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Call 703-827-5922 or visit

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors groups for injured victims and for relatives and friends of those who have been killed in drunk driving crashes. Call 703-978-3025.

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, toll free, 866-716-7766.

Mothers First-Herndon/Reston is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out, and lectures. Meetings are from 10 a.m.-noon, at the Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Call 703-827-5922 or visit

MOMS Club of Reston offers play groups, outings, community service projects, and much more. Meetings held the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. Children welcome. Call or e-mail for location. 1-800-520-0818, Ext. 1524, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8. The Reston chapter is open to residents of zip codes 20190, 20191 and 20194.

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 476-6426 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

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 Visit

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 703-435-6577 or e-mail

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. 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

Overeaters Anonymous has meetings every day throughout Northern Virginia. Call 703-823-NOVA (6682) or visit

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

Bookends, the Reston Community Center's senior book group, meets every fourth Thursday, from 12:30-2 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 Information Desk of the Reston Regional Library. This free activity is intended for adults age 55 or older. Call 703-476-4500.

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

New Social Networking Group. Join other Northern Virginia young professionals for "Suburban Nights" at eCitie in Tysons Corner. Visit

Greater Reston Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Group welcomes newcomers and long-time residents to attend events from September-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-June. The organization offers speakers, demonstrations, workshops, area trips and community beautification projects. The group also has an annual fund-raising activity in order to be able to donate money for nature camp scholarships and wildflower plantings in Reston. Call Terry Carter at 703-620-9392 or Ann DiGiannantonio at 703-437-7644.

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. Call Jennifer 703-708-9866, Karen 703-435-1429, or Amaarah 703-435-3044.

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 speakers that deal with women's issues. Interest groups include book discussions (fourth 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 Judy Helmich 703-758-0361 or Suzanne Cook 703-860-4303 or visit the Web site

Reston Philosophy Club. Read and discuss works of philosophy. Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. Call Mitchell Kato at 703-471-4157 or e-mail

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Lake Anne Village Center, Reston. Free. Call 301-439-3524 or visit for more information.

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 Call Angela Williams at 703-430-6404.

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. Contact Bob Gifford, chairman, at 703-827-6558 or 703-863-9640.

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 Road, McLean. Share experiences as litigants in the courts of Virginia. Call 703-421-6203 or 703-748-0072.

League of Reston Artists. Open to all Washington, D.C.- area artists, photographers and individuals interested in the arts. Workshops, classes, speakers, demonstrations, exhibitions and critiques. Write to P.O. Box 2513, Reston, VA 20195-2513, call 703-481-7898 or visit

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.

Bookcrossing Meetup, meet other local Northern Virginia BookCrossers monthly to discuss good books and the best places to leave and find books "in the wild." Visit