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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 at 7135 Main St. in Clifton. 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. Call David Morris at 703-978-4441 or 301-568-5005. Visit www.Acacia16.org.

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 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 Road, 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 7:30 p.m., at Saratoga Elementary School, 8111 Northumberland Road, Springfield. Troop 859 scoutmaster is Jan Ithier at 571-278-3987.

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 7:30 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 Tuesday 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 last 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 residents 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. President Deborah Crosier. For information, contact Membership Chairman Jan Wood at 703-988-0030 or jscwood@cox.net. See 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 conducts an annual pancake breakfast and sponsors a fund-raising, vintage-motorcycle show and several other local fund-raisers. Clifton Lions Club president Kevin Carroll Sr. For information, call 703-449-9794 or visit http://www.clcv.clubexpress.com/

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.

Cub Scout Pack 1330

The pack is recruiting new members 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 randysalm1@cox.net; call Henry at 703-323-5960 or e-mail adeckerhenry@yahoo.com.

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 over 400 members and is active in Democratic politics. Chair is Jane Barker. Monthly meetings take place during the school year, usually on Sundays from 3-5 p.m., at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. For more information call Jane Barker at 703-830-1355 or e-mail her at cliftonwomendems@aol.com. Also see www.democraticwomenofclifton.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. for more information, see http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/VA/lorton.

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. in the cafeteria of Key Middle School, 6402 Franconia Road, Springfield. 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. Special event Labor Day weekend 2008. 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

The club has its meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at different locations across Fairfax County 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.

The Fairfax Jubil-Aires

The 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.

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. Dinner at 6:30. 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. 297 members. Sandy MacNabb, commander/president. Call 703-281-6941or go to www.vfw8469.com for more information.

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

Group conducts monthly supper/lectures, marches in local parades, attends wreath laying ceremonies at Confederate graves and monuments, distributes educational material and works with the City of Fairfax to honor Confederate history. Membership is open to male relatives 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 from on the third Sunday of every month, 5-8 p.m., at the American Legion Post #177 at 3939 Oak St., Fairfax. For reservations, contact David Stringfellow at 703-250-8705 or stringfellowbuva@worldnet.att.net. For more information, visit

www.stringfellowcamp.org. To join, contact Michael Shumaker at 703-425-5735 or tuckercsn@verizon.net.

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 quarterly the third Tuesday 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.). For more information, see http://www.accessjca.org/.

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.

The Kings Park Concert Band

Under the direction of Conductor Rich Bergman 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.

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.

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.

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 women’s 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 at 11 a.m. Informal mixer one Saturday night each month. Call Judy Schulenberg at 703-476-9322. Visit www.newneighborsviginia.com.

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 at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Hall on Oak Street, Fairfax. Call President Art Jones 703-425-9170 for volunteer information.

Republican Party

Fairfax County Headquarters. 4246 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030. Contact 703-766-4467, www.fairfaxgop.org, or info@fairfaxgop.org.

Republican Women of Clifton.

The Republican Women of Clifton welcomes all women in Northern Virginia to join them to make a positive impact on the community. The organization helps the community with service projects, support of our troops, legislative affairs, philanthropy and participation in local, state and national election campaigns. The RWC meets the third Monday each month, from 7-9 p.m., at Clifton Elementary School, 7010 Clifton Road, Clifton. Contact Terrie J. Rollins, president, 703-322-0691, rollinsstjm@hotmail.com or www.CliftonGOP.com.

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, September-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.

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.

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 Stamp Club

Meetings are Wednesday nights during the school year at 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 various Wednesdays. For a meeting schedule, see the Schedule of Events page at www.springfieldstampclub.org.

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.

Venture Crew 4031

Chartered by First Baptist Springfield, the crew 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. 703-451-4680, fontanella4@verizon.net.

Veterans Center

6940 South Kings Highway, Alexandria. Counseling services 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Evening services by appointment. Alice Longford, acting team leader, 703-360-8633.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Springfield Post 7327

Meetings are 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.

Virginia Advanced Speakers Toastmasters (VAST)

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 first and third Monday of each month, in the Oasis Room of the Kena Shriners Building, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. For more information, see http://www.vastclub.org/ or email Bennie Bough at bennie@vastclub.org.

Virginia Federation of Professional and Business Women's Clubs

P.O. Box 4842, McLean, VA 22103-4842, www.bpwva.advocate.net. Contact President Nancy Suska at 703-765-2287. For newsletter information, call Barbara Strother at 703-671-2455.

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.

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.

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 Alice Hartman at 703-242-2215.

The Woman's Club of Springfield

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. Laurie Holly, president. hometown.aol.com/lrmdell/wcos.html.

The Yellow Rose Cloggers

A local clogging club, meets every Saturday in Fairfax. E-mail billiejoblair@yahoo.com for more information or locations.