Send notes to the Connection at email@example.com or call 703-917-6459. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.
A new Jewish Boy Scout Troop has been formed to serve boys from 11 to 17 years old. Troop 1818 will be affiliated with Cub Scout Pack 1818, although prior Cub Scout experience is not necessary. Troop 1818 will observe Shabbat, Jewish holidays and Jewish dietary laws, and meet weekly at Congregation Olam Tikvah, 3800 Glenbrook Road in the Mantua area of Fairfax. Upcoming activities include camping, hiking, first aid and emergency preparedness. For Troop 1818, call Robert Book at 703-766-0187 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For Pack 1818, call Steve Lamar at 703-846-0373 or email email@example.com.
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 703-998-8811 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Raj Manda at 703-426-8784 or Clint Conerly at 703-250-9504.
Wakefield Chorale auditions for new members Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the choral room of Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Costs are $5 for dues and the price of sheet music. For more information call 703-938-8044.
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.
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.
Boy Scout Troop 859 has outdoor activities that 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 Grant Thornton at 703-569-1314.
Kings Park Boy Scout Troop 1121 is recruiting new members, including parents and volunteers for outdoor activities. Boys who have had a break in their Scouting career are encouraged to re-start their path toward Eagle. The troop meets Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Kings Park Elementary School, 5400 Harrow Way, Springfield. Scoutmaster is David Super, Rosie Bombaugh is assistant Scoutmaster. For more call Super at 703-239-1370 or Bombaugh at 571-235-4216.
Cub Scout Pack 1330 is recruiting new members. Upcoming meetings are Oct. 30 and Nov. 27 from 7-8 p.m. at Kings Park Elementary School, 5400 Harrow Way, Springfield. Cubmaster is Randy Salm, committee chair is Amy Henry. Call Salm at 703-865-6875 or e-mail email@example.com; call Henry at 703-323-5960 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Advanced Speakers Toastmasters (VAST) is a club catering to the needs of experienced speakers. VAST offers extensive evaluations plus an educational interlude with and experienced speaker. VAST meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month, in the Oasis Room of the Kena Shrine Building, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax.
The Wakefield Chorale seeks men and women for 2008 spring singing season. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm, in the choral room of Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. No audition required. Call Dale at 703-938-8044.
Mothers First of Fairfax and Burke is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings, field trips, moms' nights out and lectures. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
* Burke meetings are Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road.
* Fairfax meetings are Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Green Acres Elementary School, Room 116, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax.
The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) is a dynamic, multi-faceted, nonpartisan organization of civic-minded women and men which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Activities include developing studies on area issues, lobbying and more. For more, see www.lwv-fairfax.org or call 703-689-9150.
Springfield Acres Garden Club was established in 1955. The club meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. from September-May in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Presbyterian Church on Bath Street in Springfield. Contact membership chair Esther Wade at 703-451-5619.
The Wakefield Chorale is looking for men and women for its 24th singing season. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 8-10 p.m. at Falls Church High School, 1721 Jaguar Trail. For more information, call 703-938-8044.
The City of Fairfax Democratic Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax. See www.fairfaxcitydemocrats.com.
Legacy All Stars 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 call 571-283-1001.
Burke Rotary Club has been part of the Burke area since June 1984. Meets each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast 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.
A gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and advocacy group, Equality Fairfax offers a wide variety of regular social activities and volunteer opportunities 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. Call 703-255-1552 or visit www.EqualityFairfax.org.
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 email@example.com or call Little River at 703-978-3060.
Enthusiastic and energetic women who love to sing are invited to join the Celebration Singers, a non-profit volunteer 40-member costumed and choreographed show chorus that performs at many community, social and religious events. Rehearsals for a new show are every Wednesday during the day alternating between Springfield United Methodist Church and Heritage Hunt in Gainesville. No membership fee required. Call Maureen Cocozza at 703-941-4018 or Nora Steiger at 703-971-2124.
The Springfield Art Guild (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. Call Marni Maree at 703-569-5731 or visit www.springfieldartguild.com.
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 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center.
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 at 703-250-3281.
New Neighbors League Club of DC Metro is 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. Call Judy Schulenberg at 703-476-9322.
Venture Crew 4031, chartered by First Baptist Springfield, is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are ages 14, and have completed eighth grade, through 20. Crew 4031 focuses on high-adventure activities, travel, social, and community service opportunities that allow young people to build character, develop leadership and citizenship, and foster personal fitness in a safe, co-ed environment. $11 annual membership. Call 703-451-4680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drinking Liberally in Lorton, a network of left-leaning progressives, meets the first Wednesday of the month for liberal fellowship at 7 p.m. at Glory Days Grill, 9459 Lorton Market St., Lorton. RSVP requested to Lorton@drinkingliberally.org.
Noon Day Optimist Club in Fairfax, a 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.
Vienna-Falls, an award-winning a cappella chorus, rehearses every Tuesday night at the Kena Anek on Route 50, Fairfax. For more information, contact 703-424-SING or www.viennafalls.org.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Springfield Post 7327 meets the third Monday of each month at 8 p.m. at the Post’s temporary location, 8350-F Terminal Road, Lorton. Members welcome to attend. To join the VFW, call 703-541-3139 or see www.VFWPost7327.org.
Springfield Stamp Club meetings are Wednesday nights during the school year 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Lynbrook Elementary School, 5801 Backlick Road, Springfield. The club also hosts youth meetings, business meetings, trading sessions and auctions on the last Wednesday of the month. For a meeting schedule, see the Schedule of Events page at www.springfieldstampclub.org.
The Happy Feet Cloggers, a local clogging club, meets every Tuesday in Fairfax. Call 703-263-7934 for more information and locations.
Acacia Lodge No. 16, at 7135 Main St., Clifton, has its monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month. Area residents may visit 6:30-7:25 p.m. to socialize with members and enjoy a free home-cooked meal, or to learn about Freemasonry. Visit www.Acacia16.org.
La Leche League of Fairfax meets Wednesday May 14 at 10 a.m. at Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. Free. Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children welcome. Call Kaila 703-251-0488 or Vanessa 703-323-6683, or see www.fairfaxcitylll.org or www.llli.org.
The Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Springfield Post 7327 and its Ladies Auxiliary meet the third Monday of each month at the Post's temporary location at 8350-F Terminal Road, Lorton. The Post meeting begins at 8 p.m. and the Ladies Auxiliary meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. All current members are welcome to attend these meetings. To join call 703-541-3139 or e-mail www.VFWPost7327.org.
The OGM Notes, a local square dancing club, meets every Friday in Fairfax. Call 703-754-7676 for more information and locations.
The Yellow Rose Cloggers, a local clogging club, meets every Saturday in Fairfax. E-mail email@example.com for more information or locations.