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<cal2>Toastmasters International, McLean Chapter, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dolley Madison Library. Join them to work on improving your communication skills, to become more effective in meetings and to convey your message more concisely. Contact Melissa Adkins, vice president of membership, at work at 703-262-5373 or at home at 703-815-4304, or e-mail her at

The Vienna Toastmasters meet twice a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. Participants will have the opportunity to improve communication skills. For more information, call Valerie Hall at 703-426-8073.

Toastmasters Saturday Morning. Too busy during the week for Toastmasters? Join this club, which meets Saturday at 10 a.m. twice a month in Vienna Presbyterian Church, Room 376. Improve communication and presentation skills in a supportive environment. Contact Viki Kinsman, 703-476-1736, or

The Great Falls Women's Club offers bridge lessons, a knitters and crocheters group, a tennis group and a book discussion group. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend. Membership is open to all Fairfax County residents. Call Patty Staas, 703-356-5845.

The Newcomers Club of Vienna and Friends is a women's social club open to everyone in Northern Virginia. The club has three non-smoking bridge events each month: a social bridge club held on the first Tuesday of the month and a duplicate bridge club on the third and fourth Wednesday of every month. All the events are at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna and include a buffet lunch. For reservations, call 703-560-4437 or 703-938-3505.

The Fairfax Jubil-Aires, members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, meet Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax. Visitors are always welcome. For information on membership, call 703-968-4292. For information on performance, call Mike Huddleston at 703-228-3250 or at 703-968-0263 or visit

Club Phoenix Teen Center at the Vienna Community Center features a big screen TV, jukebox and CD player, Dreamcast, pool and pingpong tables and more for Vienna-area middle-school students. Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m., Friday from 3-10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Access Services, the Library Branch that serves individuals with disabilities, sponsors a support group for seniors and people with low vision, at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. The VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Vienna Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-0405.

Colvin Run General Store. Visit this restored building with fixtures from 100 years ago, and browse through the old-fashioned merchandise. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., every day except Tuesday. Call 703-759-3403.

The Women's Center hosts the Job Hunters Forum the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m. The forum offers support for women and men who are actively searching for jobs. Cost is $10 members, $25 nonmembers each session.

Open Mike Showcase at The Old Brogue, the first and third Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.; sign-up, 8:30 p.m. 760 Walker Road. 12 artists per evening.

New Beginnings, a nonprofit support group for separated and divorced individuals, has six meetings a month in the area on different nights in various locations in members' homes. Call 301-924-4101 or visit

Mothers & More of Northern Virginia is a support organization for mothers who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:30 p.m. Call toll-free at 866-716-7766 for more information.

JAM! Jazz McLean, a teen jazz band directed by Rob Holmes, meets every Monday, 6-8 p.m., at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean. Bring an instrument. For more information, call 703-893-0910 or visit

T'ai Chi Practice every Saturday, 8-9 a.m., at McLean Central Park, located behind Dolley Madison Library, McLean. Open to all people and all skill levels, this free ongoing practice provides a chance to experience the benefits of the ancient art of slow, smooth, gentle motion for fun, health and relaxation. No special equipment or clothing needed. Sponsored by the T'ai Chi Study Center. Visit or call 703-759-9141 for more information.

Swing Dancing will take place every Wednesday night at the Potomac Swing Dancing Club Room, 146 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, across from Whole Foods. Beginning jitterbug/Lindy Hop lessons are at 7:30 p.m., and dancing continues 8:30-11 p.m. Club members pay $10 for the lesson and dance, $6 for dance alone. Nonmembers pay $12 for lesson and dance, $8 for dance alone. For more information, call Donna Barker at 703-978-0375 or visit

McLean Newcomers Club, a social organization made up of newcomers and some not-so-newcomers from McLean and its environs. Create new friendships and socialize with the community. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at a private home. Potluck luncheons, a book group, bridge groups, play groups, local tours and more. Call 703 237-3138 or 703 734-1840 or visit

Ranger Talks. 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. during the weekends; see the daily program schedule for weekday times. Join a ranger at Overlook 2 to learn more about Great Falls Park and the Potomac River at Great Falls Park. Check daily program schedule for times during the weekdays. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Free.

Bird Watching. Rain or shine on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. Join an informal group of bird watchers to catch a glimpse of resident and migratory birds in Great Falls Park. Meet in the Visitor Center courtyard dressed for the weather. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.

Friends of the Great Falls Library. A group of book-lovers and library users who support special programs for children and adults at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. The board meets monthly, September through June. For information on becoming a library "friend," call 703-757-8560.

The Vienna Woman's Club is holding its 43rd Annual Harvest Bazaar on Nov. 8 at the Vienna Community Center and is calling for more crafters/vendors. The Club will use the proceeds for scholarships for high-school seniors graduating in 2004. Call 703-938-7716 for information and an application.

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets every second Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Beverly Hills Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd. For more information, call 301-439-FLAG or visit

The McLean Photo Club meets every second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. is followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. Contact Bill Prosser, president, at or 703-821-2670.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm's Holiday Sale opened Saturday, Nov. 1, and runs through Friday, Dec. 19, offering the merchandise sold at the 18th Century Market Fairs and holiday items selected especially for this sale.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or improve skills. Call for an appointment. Adults. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or improve skills. Call for an appointment. Adults. Through Nov. 30, at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Open Mike with host Steve Key will take place every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8,

Mothers First is 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 Great Falls group meets the first and third Wednesdays at the Great Falls Library. November meetings are Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Great Falls Library. The Vienna/McLean group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Patrick Henry Library from 10:15 a.m.-noon. Call 703-827-5922 or visit for more information.

The Auxiliary to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department is now accepting applications for its annual fall bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the fire hall. The cost of a space is $30. For more information or an application, call 703-818-0555.

"Banjo Man." The Banjo Man, also known as Frank Cassel, will perform a musical children's show at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. The show runs every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for 45 minutes. A suggested donation of $5 per child is recommended. 703-255-1566 or

"Oy!" by Richard Orloff. The season opener for the Center Company, the professional theater of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Reserve early and use a JCCNV room for a pre- or post-show gathering. Performances run through Nov. 23, with the final performance on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Reservations require prepayment. Tickets are not refundable. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Call the box office at 703-323-7965.

"Mind-Body Sampler Series." Mondays, Nov. 3-17, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Vienna. Participants will learn about the Alexander Technique, NIA (neuromuscular integrative action) and the Feldenkrais Method. $24 for Town of Vienna residents; $30 for nonresidents. For more information, call Cheryl Harlan at 703-255-7801.

"Why People Believe Weird Things." Co-sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department and the Lifelong Learning Center, join a discussion of why so many people believe in ghosts, extraterrestrials, psychics and other phenomena. The course in free; registration required. Classes are each Thursday, Nov. 6-20, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. Call 703-255-6360.