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Clubs & Organizations

Acacia Lodge

The Acacia Masonic Lodge 16 meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Temple on Main Street in Clifton. Call David Morris at 703-978-4441 or 301-568-5005.

Alzheimer’s Association

National Capital Area Chapter. 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402, Fairfax, 22030. Call 703-359-4440 or 1-866-259-0042. Helpline: 1-800- 272-3900. Visit www.alz-nca.org.

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. 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22152. Contact Jim Kirkpatrick at 703-866-0020 or check www.astronautical.org or aas@astronautical.org.

American Association of University Women, Fairfax City Branch

The association has 12 branches in Northern Virginia. Meets in various locations in the Fairfax City Area from September through May. The group also has afternoon and evening literature groups, salon discussion group, bridge group, music group, etc., that meet once a month in members‚ homes. AAUW promotes equity for women, education and self-development over the life span, and positive societal change. For more information, contact Dottie Joslin, membership vice president at 703-591-9035 or j.joslin3@verizon.net; co-presidents Dianne Blais, 703-830-1998 or dianneblais@aol.com; and Nina McGarry, NmcGarry@marymount.edu Helpline: 1-800-326-AAUW. Visit www.aauwofva.org.

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.

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 executive director. Office located at 9221 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23235. Call 804-267-1900 or1-800-586-4872 or visit www.lungusa.org/virginia.

American Red Cross

The 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 Fairfax/Falls Church, office located at 8550 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031, 703-584-8700; and Fort Belvoir office located at 9716 Middleton Rd, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060, 703-805-2057. Training also provided. CPR and first aid offered with a fee. Go to www.redcrossfairfax.org for information.

The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia

4022 Hummer Road in Annandale. 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 conservation 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.asnv.org or call 703-256-6895.

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 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.

Boy Scout Troop 859. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, rock climbing and canoeing. Summer camp opportunities including high-adventure backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and canoeing and backpacking in the Maine Wilderness. Troop 859 meets every Tuesday at Saratoga Elementary School, 8111 Northumberland Road, Springfield. Troop 859 scoutmaster is Jan Ithier at 571-278-3987.

Burke Centre Lions Club

Meets the first and third Monday of every month at Red, Hot and Blue on Chain Bridge Road/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.

Burke Post Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5412

Meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ponds Community Center, 9837 Burke Pond Lane, Burke. Post 5412 is an organization consisting of active duty and honorably discharged veterans who have come together to share common experiences regarding service to this country, and to participate in service to the community Dave Meyers, post commander, 703-209-5925. Call 703-250-0071 or visit www.webspawner.com/users/vfw5412.

Burke Rotary Club

Since June 1984. Meets each Tuesday, at 7:30 a.m., for breakfast. For most of its existence it met at Hopsfrog Restaurant, but for the past three years it has found its home at Brion’s Grille across from George Mason University in the University Mall. As with all Rotary clubs, membership is by invitation, but visitors are always welcome. For more information, contact Travis White at 703-866-0507 or visit http://BurkeRotary.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 Carl Quitmeyer 703-928-4840.

Burke Toastmasters Club

Focusing on improving communication skills, meets at The Oaks Community Center, located at 5708 Oak Leather Drive in Burke, on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Call Clint Conerly at 703-250-9504. Website http://burke.freetoast.org

The Celebration Singers

An all-volunteer, 40-voice, three-part harmony choreographed and costumed women's show chorus, invites women interested in singing to join them. An assistant accompanist is also needed. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays and alternate between Heritage Hunt Club in Gainesville from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Burke United Methodist Church every other Wednesday morning. Call Maureen Cocozza at 703-941-4018.

Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

11166 Fairfax Blvd Suite 407, Fairfax. Call 703-591-2450, visit www.cfcc.org or e-mail info@cfcc.org. President: Melissa Choate.

Chorale Group. The Wakefield Chorale is looking for men and women for their singing season. Rehearsals begin the first Tuesday after Labor Day from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Falls Church High School, 1721 Jaguar Trail. Call Dale at 703-938-8044.

Clifton Chapter of the Red Hat Society

Call Orene Mckenzie Blum at 703-250-7554 if interested in starting a new chapter. The group is part of an organization with over 25,000 chapters worldwide. Members are age 50 and older and meet monthly just to socialize and have fun. They go on outings and day trips, meet for lunch or tea.

The Town of Clifton Beautification Committee

This committee meets at the Clifton Caboose for assignments and asks for volunteers once a year in the spring. Eagle Scout projects are recommended. The committee coordinates the Christmas Candlelight Home Store on the first Saturday in December. For questions, call Jennifer Chesley at 703-830-2129 or Lynne Garvey Wark at 703-322-1811.

Clifton Town Council

The Town Council meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. The Annual car show on Main Street takes place on Labor Day. Clifton Day is the Sunday before Columbus Day in October. Contact Mayor Tom Peterson at 703-CLIFTON or at mayorofcliftonva@aol.com.

Clifton Planning Commission

On the last Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., the town's Planning Commission meets the last Monday of the month in Clifton's Old Town Hall. Call Chairman Kathy Kalinowski or visit www.cliftonva.us.

Clifton Architectural Review Board

An organization that approves structural and cosmetic changes to houses, fences and other out-buildings to maintain the historic flavor of the town. Homeowners must submit an application to the board before a building permit will be issued. Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall. Call Royce Jarrendt at 703-266-0767.

Clifton Betterment Association

The Clifton Betterment Association meets four times a year to maintain the historical integrity of Clifton by sponsoring Clifton Day, the Fourth of July party, Clifton 5K Caboose Run, charity events and by working to preserve the green space around town. It also publishes a directory and quarterly newsletter, The Clifton Clatter. Call editor Lane Johnston, at 703-222-9872 or check out the Web site at www.cliftonva.org. The president of CBA is Michelle Stein, 703-830-4908 or michellestein@cox.net.

Clifton Community Woman's Club

Open to resident of the Clifton community and surrounding areas, this service organization meets first Thursday of the month. The 9 a.m. meetings are at the Fairfax Station Museum and the 7:30 p.m. meetings are at members' homes. Call President Betty Bosanko at 703-250-4608 or Membership Chairman JoAnn Gallo at 703-495-9062 or cliftonwc@cox.net.

Clifton Lions Club

This service club meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum on Fairfax Station Road. This group contributes funds raised by charity events to organizations helping the blind and hearing-impaired. It also holds an annual pancake breakfast and sponsors a fund-raising, vintage-motorcycle show and several other local fund raisers. Clifton Lions Club president Tom Pelrock. Call Gary Reed at 703-815-1042 for joining information.

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 applications for volunteers for independent investigators for 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 e-mail Meloni Hinnant at mhinnant@casafairfax.org. For more information, visit www.casafairfax.org.

Democratic Party

Fairfax County Headquarters. 2815 Hartland Road, Suite 110, Falls Church, VA 22043. Call 703-573-6811. Visit www.fairfaxdemocrats.org or fcdc.blogspot.com, or e-mail info@fairfaxdemocrats.org.

Democratic Women of Clifton

This group has some 270 members and is active in Democratic politics. Co-chairmen are Jane Blechman and Jane Barker. Meetings take place during the school year, Sundays from 2-4 p.m., at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. For more information e-mail info@democraticwomenofclifton.org about this organization, call Jane Barker at 703-830-1355 or e-mail her at cliftonwomendems@aol.com. Also see www.democraticwomenofclifton.org.

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 or send e-mails to info@equalityfairfax.org.

FACETS

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

Fairfax Jugglers Club

The jugglers club teaches and holds practice in juggling. Meetings, which are free and open to the public, are every Thursday, 7:30-10 p.m. Call Pete Walker for seasonal location at 703-250-3281, or e-mail Pwalker800@aol.com.

Friends of Fairfax Station Inc.

An all-volunteer board of directors runs the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Open Sundays between 1-4 p.m. Model train displays are shown every third Sunday of the month except December.

For membership information, call president Joan Rogers at 703-278-8833.

Fairfax Citizens for Responsible Growth, Inc. (FairGrowth)

A nonpartisan, countywide citizens group concerned with development and land-use decisions and their impact on traffic, transportation, schools, the environment, and other infrastructure and public services. Regular meetings take place on a monthly basis; special meetings are organized as needed. For more, visit www.fairgrowth.org or e-mail fairgrowth@fairgrowth.org.

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350, Vienna. Call 703-749-0400 or visit www.fccc.org.

The Fairfax County chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club has its meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every month to introduce new members and to plan for upcoming rides and events. Visit www.scrcfx.com for more information.

Fairfax Ferns Garden Club

Meets the second Monday night of every month at 6:30 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 centerpieces and participating in Fairfax Historic House Tour. Those interested in becoming members may come to meetings. Dues are $25 a year. Contact President Nancy Jones at 703-591-2284 for information.

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.

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 in the City of Fairfax, 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 Owners group and be a Harley Davidson owner. Contact Larry Larson, 703-620-5489. Visit www.fairfaxhog.com.

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 American Legion Post, 3939 Oak St. Fairfax, VA 22030. 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, Joe Giroux, 703-745-7691.

The Fairfax Jubil-Aires, a barbershop harmony chorus, is seeking to expand membership. A cappella singers of all backgrounds are encouraged to join the group. Currently, the organization consists of male singers in their 50s and 60s. Singing four-part a cappella harmony, the group covers songs from the turn of the century to the music of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The group meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., at Old Town Hall in (Old Town) Fairfax City on the corner of University Drive and Main Street. For more visit www.thefairfaxjubilaires.org contact Rob Obermeyer 703-978-7691.

The Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center and Historic Fairfax City, Inc.

10209 Main St. Volunteers who are interested in giving their time to the preservation and promotion of the City of Fairfax's history and properties are needed. 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.

Fairfax Post Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8469

Meets the first Monday of every month at 7:10 p.m., 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 Sandy MacNabb, commander/president. Call 703-281-6941or go to www.vfw8469.com for more information.

Fairfax Small Business Development Center

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.

Frank Stringfellow Camp #822 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans

Group conducts monthly supper/lectures, marches in parades, attends wreath laying ceremonies at Confederate graves and monuments, distributes educational material, and works with the City of Fairfax to honor the dead. Membership is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Affiliate membership is open to all those who cannot prove Confederate ancestry. The Camp meets for its supper/lectures on the second Sunday of every month at the American Legion Post #177 at 3939 Oak St., Fairfax. For reservations, contact Matt Buscher at 703-533-0884 or matthewbuscher822@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.stringfellowcamp.org. To join, contact Mike Goodloe at 703-971-6234 or adjutant@stringfellowcamp.org.

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.

Friends of Pohick Library

Provides funding for the library through used book sales. Meet monthly except July, August, December on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Library. Contact Yolanda Atkins, 703-455-5723. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/friends/po/pofriends.htm.

Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Auxiliary 2990 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042. Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of capacities. The auxiliary helps raise funds for hospital programs and services by staffing the three 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 “Ways to Give.”

Jewish Council for Aging

11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Call the SENIORHELPLINE at 703-425-0999 (Va.), 301-255-4200 (Md.). The Helpline offers free community service and links the caller to thousands of resources for the older adult. Connect-A-Ride: Disseminate information about the cost, availability, and eligibility requirements of transportation services in Montgomery, Arlington, and Fairfax Counties. For more information about Connect-A-Ride call 703-323-6494 (Va.) or 301-738-3252 (Md.).

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Cultivates and manages community resources, provides leadership development and volunteer opportunities, raises funds for programs that help ensure a quality Jewish life around the world, and answers question about the Jewish community. For more information, visit www.ShalomDC.org. The Northern Virginia Regional Office is located at 8900 Little River Turnpike and can be reached at 703-425-0066. The director of community and resource development is Jennifer Scher.

Juggling. Fairfax Jugglers meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of Key Middle School, 6402 Franconia Road, Springfield. Learn how to juggle, practice and meet other jugglers. Free. For more information, call Pete Walker for changes at 703-250-3281.

The Kings Park Concert Band, under the direction of Conductor Rich Bergman is now rehearsing for spring performances and is looking for adults interested in playing in the band. All are welcome and no auditions are required. Membership is open to adults who played in high school or college and want to continue playing. Programs feature typical band music, including light classics, marches, and popular compositions. Rehearsals are every Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at White Oaks Elementary School, 6130 Shiplett Blvd, Burke, VA 22015. Visit www.kingsparkband.org or join the practice.

Kiwanis Club of Fairfax

Meets every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m., 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. The club also sponsors a formal dance in the spring at the Northern VA Training Center. 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.

La Leche League of Fairfax City

The City of Fairfax La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., at Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. for more information. Marianne Vakiener, leader, can be reached at 703-385-0527. Call 703-534-8548 to find phone numbers for leaders in other areas throughout Virginia.

League of Women Voters, Fairfax Chapter

4026 Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22003. 703-658-9150, www.lwv-fairfax.org.

League of Women Voters, Fairfax Station Unit

The League is a non-partisan citizen's group, not just for women despite its name. The group researches governmental issues that members agree need looking into and may agree to a position, through a careful consensus process, which the group then promotes in the community. The unit meets the second Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m., at 7902 Bracksford Court, Fairfax Station. For more information, contact Lois Page at loismpage@cox.net or 703-690-0908. See www.lwv-fairfax.org.

Learning in Retirement Institute

George Mason University, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, 703-503-3384. Visit olli.gmu.edu. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.

Legacy All Stars. 1501 Moran Road, Suite 120, Dulles, VA 20166. Offers competitive cheerleading and dance teams, as well as non-competitive cheer and dance classes. Programs are offered for all ages and all experience levels. Visit www.allstarlegacy.com or call703-444-6002 or info@allstarlegacy.com.

The Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, sponsors a Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons (PFLAG) support group on the third Sunday of each month, from 4:30-6 p.m. Contact Vivien Lohmeyer at vivien.lohmeyer@cox.net or call Little River at 703-978-3060.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)

5881 Leesburg Pike, Suite 500, Falls Church. Mailing address is P.O. Box 4248, Falls Church, VA 22044. Call 703-379-1135 or visit www.maddnova.org. Monthly support group meetings for victims of drunk driving crashes and for family members of victims.

Mothers & More is a support group for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. The group offers playgroups, children's and family activities, guest speakers, book club, mom's night out, movie night, chat group and more. For more information, call 1-866-716-7766 or visit www.novamoms.org. The group meets at the following:

* The third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., in the Braddock Hall at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

* The first Thursday of the month at 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Mother’s First – Burke

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, mom’s night out, etc. The Fairfax group meets on the first, second, and fourth Tuesday of the month at Kings Park Library from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information. Please contact to confirm meeting times.

Mother's First - Fairfax

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, mom’s night out, etc. The Fairfax group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., at Green Acres Elementary School, room 116. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information. Please contact to confirm meeting times.

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 or www.fcmom.org.

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 or 800-950-6264.

National Association of Retired Federal Employees

National Headquarters. 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-838-7760.

New Neighbors League Club of DC Metro. A non-profit organization, is looking for those new to the area or newly retired and looking for new activities and friends. The club offers bridge, bunco, bowling, hiking, quilting, book clubs, an investment club, an antique group, a gourmet group, couples dining, couples bridge and many other activities. Monthly luncheons take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Come meet the members. Visit www.newneighborsviginia.com.

Noon Day Optimist Club in Fairfax.

This community service based organization is looking for new members. Group meets the first and third Thursday of the month. Noon, at PJ Skidoos, 9908 Lee Highway. Call Laura Pierce at 703-361-1782.

OAR Meetings.

OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources), Inc. of Fairfax County hosts a bimonthly Family Support Group for those with a loved one who is incarcerated. Meetings are held at the OAR office, 10640 Page Ave., No. 250, Fairfax. The group meets the first and third Thursday of every month. It is free and open to all. For more information, or directions, call OAR at 703-246-3033.

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. Meets in the evening on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Hall on Oak Street, Fairfax. Call 703-278-8001 for volunteer information.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University.

Serves senior adult communities throughout Fairfax County at learning facilities in Fairfax and Reston. Members enjoy courses year-round in wide range of academic departments, as well as trips, clubs and social events. No exams, no homework. Call 703 503-3384 for information and catalog. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, 4200 Roberts Road, Fairfax. www.olli.gmu.edu. orolli@gmu.edu

Republican Party

Fairfax County Headquarters. 4246 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030. Contact 703-766-4467 or www.fairfaxco-gop.org.

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, and meetings are open to the public. The club meets every Monday at 12:15 p.m., at American Legion Post 177, 3939 Oak St. Fairfax. Visit www.fairfaxrotary.org to complete a prospective member contact form. Contact Irby N. Hollans Jr., 703-503-9788, or ihollans@earthlink.net.

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."

The Springfield Art Guild (SAG).

SAG is open for new membership. SAG promotes an interest in arts and crafts through educational programs, juried shows and classes for adults and children. Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, Sept.-June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Photographers, sculptors, painters, digital artists and the public are encouraged to participate. Membership entitles artist to art show opportunities, classes and Web site gallery location. Call Maureen Wolford at 703-455-8113 or Marni Maree, who is in charge of the Loft Gallery, at 703-569-5731 or visit www.springfieldartguild.com.

The Springfield Acres Garden Club.

The garden club meets every fourth Thursday at 10 a.m. September through May at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. The club has monthly programs, learns about flower arranging and has flower shows and tours. For more, call Linda Guest at 703-569-5826.

Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club.

Since 1954, through annual events and fund-raisers, the club supports sight, hearing, and youth activities at the local, state and international level. Visit www.sfhostlions.org or attend a free dinner meeting by calling John Garilli at 703-960-6739. Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Springfield Golf and Country Club located at 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

Springfield Toastmaster's Club

Helping people improve public speaking and leadership skills for 35 years, meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. For more information, call Helen at 703-560-2187.

Veterans Center

8796 Sacramento Drive, Suites D and E, Alexandria, 22309. Alice Longford, 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.

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. Runs 9-5. The center is located at 10530 Page Ave., Fairfax. Call 703-246-3460 or visit volunteerfairfax.org for an online volunteer guide.

Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)

Seeking volunteers to provide administrative support for the Fairfax County Police Department Must be at least 21 years of age. Selection of volunteers based on application. Contact 703-280-0701 to apply.

Washington Balalaika Society

An organization of people who play Russian instruments and perform in Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan area (conventional winds and percussion are also included.) Rehearsal is Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Rock Spring Congregational Church at the corner of Rock Spring Road and Little Falls Road in Arlington. Visit www.balalaika.org, e-mail wbsorchestra@aol.com, or call Janet Bohm at 703-764-0048.

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 President Sharon Ashley at 703-321-9123.

Woman's Club of Fairfax

The club sponsors an annual $2,500 scholarship for a high school in area, plants trees and foliage at area high schools, 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 Toni Turner at 703-598-5899 or yturner@cox.net.

The Woman's Club of Springfield

Janet Crupper and Susan Edson, co-presidents. Meets the second Tuesday of every month, September through June, at 7:30 p.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield. A business meeting and a short social period follow a brief program covering a subject of general interest to members. All adult females welcome. The Pink Elephant Consignment Shop in the Concord Center on Backlick Road, Springfield, helps raise funds. Barbara Kicker, president, hometown.aol.com/lrmdell/wcos.html.

Working Moms of Burke meets about once a month for an evening of camaraderie. This is a way to get to know other working moms in the area and to offer each other support. For more, please e-mail Dawn at dgrega@cox.net.