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Members of the New Neighbors League Club play Mah Jong. They are Charla Chaudhry, Tina Wolf, Jeanette Brent and Anne Wish.

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Members of the garden group of the New Neighbors League Club make a lawn ornament out of a bowling ball. They are Judy Jagielski, Kathy Manzo, Carie Cole and Brenda Harshe.

New Neighbors League Club.

Open to all women who are seeking new friends and activities, the New Neighbors League Club (NNLC) is a not for profit social organization that allows newcomers to meet others who are also new to an area. Every month, the club hosts a free coffee and on the third Wednesday ofthe month. A monthly women’s night takes place to try different restaurants and form friendships. To learn more, visit at www.newneighborsvirginia.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.

The OGM Notes

Local square dancing club which meets every Friday in Fairfax. Call 703-754-7676 for more information and locations.

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.

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. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call 703 503-3384 for information and catalog. 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, 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.

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, 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.

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

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.

Working Moms of Burke

The group 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.

The Yellow Rose Cloggers

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