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The Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the Springfield Golf and Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Lions Clubs are comprised of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. Visiting Lions and prospective members are welcome to attend. For more information, e-mail, cad123@verizon.net

Preceptor Gamma Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is recruiting new members. Beta Sigma Phi International is a non-academic sorority with 200,000 members in chapters around the world. The sorority has more than 16 chapters in the Northern Virginia area ranging in age from late teens to women in their 80s. Beta Sigma Phi was founded for the social, cultural and civic enrichment of its members. The Greek letters of its name represent ‘Life, Learning and Friendship,’ which is the organization’s motto.

The chapter will be conducting several food drives at local grocery stores during November and December to help stock some of the local food banks. In addition, the sorority has an ongoing service project with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater D.C. and Northern Virginia. For more information on Preceptor Gamma Phi, e-mail preceptorgammaphi@yahoo.com, or visit the international Web site at www.betasigmaphi.org.

Toastmasters International Clubs are celebrating the organization’s 85th anniversary with special meetings. Locally, Virginia Advanced Speakers Toastmasters, which meets on the first and third Mondays of each month, from 7-9 p.m., at Kena Shrine Building, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, will offer special presentations. The general public is invited to visit a meeting and learn more about what Toastmasters has to offer. Contact Vivian at evo2006@cox.net for more information.

Novamommies.com, a free local online group in the Northern Virginia area includes message board, support groups, local area groups, recipe database, chats and photo gallery. Events include mom's night out, play dates, family events, picnics, community service, weekly coffee, park outings, book clubs, zoo trips and more. www.novamommies.com.

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 fontanella4@verizon.net.

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 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.

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.

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 billiejoblair@yahoo.com for more information or locations.

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is dedicated to offering programs, activities and services that emphasize Jewish culture and values. Among its varied programs, the JCCNV offers care for infants and toddlers, a preschool, day camps, before and after school care, special needs programs, dance academy, sports, fitness, aquatics, social functions, cultural arts events, community service projects, adults and active retiree programs and more. Visit www.jccnv.org or call 703- 323-0880.

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.

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.

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.

Bennie Bough Toastmasters Club meets every first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in room 27 of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Guests welcome. Bennieboughtoastmasters.org or 703-409-3852.

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.

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 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.

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.