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County of Fairfax, Virginia
The McLean Community Center
Administrative Offices: 6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean Va. 22101
www.mcleancenter.org


Media Contact:
Sabrina Anwah, Director of Communications
703-790-0123, TTY: 711
sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
018-012

 

McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for December 2017


McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in December. Residents of the Center’s tax district, Small District One A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The Center’s Ingleside Ave. facility is closed for renovation; the locations and addresses for these activities are included in the descriptions.

 


The Old Firehouse Family Events
The Unruly Theatre Project
Friday, Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Free admission

 

The area’s hottest professional teen improv troupe will perform hilarious comedy routines that are suitable for the whole family.

 

McLean Traveler Day Trip  Celebrating the Holidays Lewes—Delaware
Saturday, Dec. 2, 6:45 a.m.-8 p.m.
$153/$148 MCC district residents


For Christmas 2017, the 44th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes, sponsored by the Lewes Historical Society, will be a self-guided tour of both public and private homes. The people of Lewes pride themselves on tradition and historic preservation and it truly shows in their decorating skills. Some houses date back to the early 18th century. Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Contact the registrar at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, for registration options.

 


The Alden
“Home Alone” (PG) Quote-Along Movie
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Admission and popcorn are free. Prop bags are $5 each.

Eight-year-old troublemaker, Kevin, must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. The antidote to “sit-still-and-be-quiet,” The Alden’s Quote-Along Movies are audience-participation adventures, complete with props, subtitles and onscreen cues. The best part? Even if you’ve never seen the movie, you’ll have a blast!

 

Old Firehouse Family Movie Night
“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” (PG)
Friday, Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$3 per person. Preregistration is recommended.

Gather the whole family and bring your blankets, pillows and camp chairs for our indoor, picnic-style family movie night. Participants will enjoy unlimited free popcorn with the movie, which will be shown on a large projection screen.

 


MCC Governing Board
Monthly Meeting for December
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
MCC Administrative Offices, 6631 Old Dominion Dr.

The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13. All Governing Board meetings are open to the public. Tax district residents (Small District One A-Dranesville) who wish to speak during the “Citizen Comment” portion of the meeting are asked to call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711 to be placed on the agenda. For board meeting agendas and minutes, or for more information, visit: www.mcleancenter.org.

 


Old Firehouse Teen Center
Winter Break Trips
Monday, Dec. 18-Friday, Dec. 29

 

“Star Wars” & Hibachi
Monday, Dec. 18, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8301.217
$50/$40 MCC district residents

Watch the latest space battles and character adventures set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Geek out over the latest “Star Wars” franchise: “The Last Jedi.” Afterwards, enjoy lunch prepared in front of you at a nearby hibachi restaurant. Movie tickets and lunch are included in the fee.


Indoor Go Karting
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8302.217
$75/$65 MCC district residents

Start your engines and race to register for go karting! Races and lunch are included in the fee.

 


Timeline Arcade & Turkey Hill Experience
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 8 a.m-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8303.217
$55/$45 MCC district residents

Go back in time to the start of video games at Timeline Arcade. Timeline Arcade is the largest retro arcade in the U.S., hosting games such as; Galaga, Killer Instinct, TMNT, Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat and more! End the day with a sweet treat at the Turkey Hill ice cream taste lab, where you can invent your own flavor.

 


Bowling & Movie
Thursday, Dec. 21, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8304.217
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Roll as many strikes as you can at Uptown Alley! Lunch will be provided at the bowling alley. Afterwards, the group will relax at the cinema watching a newly released film. Games, bowling shoes, lunch and movie tickets are included in the fee.

 

 

Dave & Buster’s
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8305.217
$70/$60 MCC district residents

Win tickets and win prizes! Rack up as many tickets as you can at Dave and Buster’s arcade. Lunch and a $25 game card with unlimited arcade game play are included.

 

 

Tubing/Ice Skating
Thursday, Dec. 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8306.217
$55/$45 MCC district residents

Chill out racing down hills on the tubes or gliding on skates. During the day, we’ll warm up inside by having an amazing pizza party! Admission for tubing or ice skating and lunch are included in the fee.

 


Double Feature
Friday, Dec. 29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8307.217
$55/$45 MCC district residents
Enjoy a day at the movies with the Old Firehouse as we head to AMC for two movies. Movie tickets and lunch are included in the fee.

 


For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit the website, www.mcleancenter.org. For Old Firehouse activities, call 703-448-8336. For The Alden Box Office, call 571-296-8385.
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The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.

 

County of Fairfax, Virginia
The McLean Community Center
Administrative Offices: 6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean Va. 22101
www.mcleancenter.org


Media Contact:
Sabrina Anwah, Director of Communications
703-790-0123, TTY: 711
sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 
018-013

 

McLean Community Center’s Winter-Spring Session Class & Activity Registration Is Open for District Residents

 

McLean, VA—McLean Community Center (MCC) tax district residents (Small District 1A-Dranesville) can register now for the Center’s winter and spring session classes and activities. All others can register starting on Monday, Dec. 18. Winter session classes will begin the week of Jan. 21.

 

While the center’s Ingleside Avenue facility is being renovated, classes are being offered at three locations: the MCC Class Programs Office, 6645 Old Dominion Dr.; The Old Firehouse Teen Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.; and the MCC Dance Program Studio, 1374 Chain Bridge Rd.

 

MCC provides a convenient and affordable continuing education resource for area residents, from infants through senior adults. Tax district residents receive a discount on fees, as do seniors age 60 or older for classes that are more than $50.

 

SPARK Business Academy, an organization dedicated to promoting children’s financial literacy and entrepreneurship, is offering a new series of classes at MCC this winter and spring, including Young Diplomats, Bulls & Bears Stock Market Club, My First Lemonade Stand and The Business of Sports. Other children’s classes being offered include: Fairytale Ballet, Musical Theatre Jazz I & II, Funfit Tots, Babysitting Lessons and Safety Training, Mad Science: Funky Forces, Intro to STEM with LEGO, Japanese Paper-Cutting Collages and Drawing Fundamentals, among others.
Classes for teenagers include Still Life Painting and Composition, Hip-Hop III, Intro to Djembe Drumming and First Aid with CPR.

 

Supervised Bridge, Core Conditioning, Zumba, History of Flamenco, Sketching on Site, Watercolor Studio, and Writing: Fine Tuning, are just a few of the wide variety of class options available to adults. The Senior Moments Adult Learning Program, for adults age 55 or older, offers classes that address the special concerns of senior adults, such as Fighting Elder Fraud Together, Settling an Estate, Social Security: Know Your Options and How to Keep Your Brain Sharp, among others.

 

In addition to classes, registration is also open for other activities, such as special events and day trips. The McLean Traveler Program is running trips to the National Gallery’s exhibit “Johannes Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting,” the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show and Albemarle County Va., to the homes of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Other activities include Family Fun Bingo, Spring Fest, 5th and 6th Grader Parties, Family Movie Night and the Spring Community Garage Sale.

 

District residents should receive the Winter-Spring Program Guide in the mail; the guide also is available at the center and online at www.mcleancenter.org.

 

The Center offers 24-hour online registration. To view detailed descriptions of classes or to register, visit the Center’s Website, www.mcleancenter.org. Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options. For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. 

 

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The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.

 

To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.

 

County of Fairfax, Virginia
The McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101
www.mcleancenter.org

 

Media Contact:
Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
703-790-0123, TTY: 711
sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
018-018

 

Community Service Minded Residents Encouraged to Run for Seats on the McLean Community Center’s 2018-2019 Governing Board

Nominating Petitions Will Be Available Monday, Jan. 22

 

McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center (MCC) is seeking candidates to run for seats on its 2018-2019 Governing Board. The board provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre (The Alden) and The Old Firehouse Center. The center is an agency of Fairfax County Government. MCC’s Ingleside Ave. facility is closed for renovation; the temporary administrative office is located at 6631 Old Dominion Dr.

 

To run for a seat on the 11-member board, a candidate must reside in the Center’s tax district (Small District 1A-Dranesville). To have their names placed on election ballots, candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 McLean tax district residents in their respective categories (either adult or youth).

 

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The three adult candidates who receive the three highest vote counts will serve three-year terms. Youth members will serve one-year terms. Adult candidates must be at least 18 years of age as of McLean Day (Saturday, May 19). Youth candidates must be 15-17 years of age as of McLean Day. One youth member will be elected from the McLean High School boundary area and one will be elected from the Langley High School boundary area. Youth candidates are not required to attend either school, but they must reside in the boundary areas served by one of the schools as defined by Fairfax County Public Schools.

 

Key Election Dates:
• Monday, Jan. 22: Petition Packets are available.
• Friday, March 16: Completed Petition Packets are due at MCC by 5 p.m.
• Monday, March 19: Candidates’ Orientation, 7 p.m., The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
• Monday, April 9: Absentee Voting begins at the MCC Administrative Office, 6631 Old Dominion Dr., and The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
• Sunday, May 6: Candidates Meet and Greet, 2-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of MCC, at the Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
• Wednesday, May 16: Absentee Voting ends at the MCC Administrative Office and the Old Firehouse Center at 5 p.m.
• Saturday, May 19: Elections at McLean Day from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

For more information on the MCC Governing Board Elections, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit the Center’s website: http://bit.ly/2ix7qc1
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The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center seven working days in advance of the event.

 

To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.

County of Fairfax, Virginia
The Robert Ames Alden Theatre
at the McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101
www.aldentheatre.org

 

Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
703-790-0123/TTY: 711
sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
018-014

 

Former New York Times Columnist William Rhoden Speaks on “Activist Athletes” at McLean’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

 

McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center’s 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will feature award-winning sports columnist William Rhoden, who will speak on the timely subject of “Activist Athletes.” The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at The Old Firehouse, which is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. Tickets are $20, $10 for MCC tax district residents.


 
From John Carlos and Tommie Smith to Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James, brave black athletes have used their fame as a platform for social activism. Rhoden, a former New York Times sports journalist and author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete,” will discuss how those in the sports world fight for social justice.

 

Rhoden was a frequent guest on ESPN’s long-running Sunday morning show “The Sports Reporters.” In 1996, he won a Peabody Award for Broadcasting for his role as a writer of the HBO documentary “The Journey of the African-American Athlete.” He also wrote the HBO documentary “Breaking the Huddle” about the integration of college football, which won a 2009 Emmy® for Outstanding Documentary Film. Rhoden wrote the critically acclaimed “Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback.” A graduate of Morgan State University, prior to joining The New York Times, Rhoden worked for Ebony Magazine and The Baltimore Sun. He retired from the Times in 2016 and currently hosts the podcast “Bill Rhoden On Sports” and serves as a writer-at-large for blog, “The Undefeated.”

 


Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For ADA seating, please contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 571-296-8385.

 

Media Availability: Mr. Rhoden has limited available for telephone interviews. Please contact Sarah Schallern at sarah.schallern@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-744-9343, to make arrangements.


About The Alden
Established in 1975, the Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.


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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.

County of Fairfax, Virginia
The Robert Ames Alden Theatre
at the McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101
www.aldentheatre.org


Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
703-790-0123/TTY: 711
sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
018-016


The Alden in McLean Takes Its “Show on the Road” to Offer Patrons Access to Performing Arts Insiders and Events in the DC Metro Area


McLean, Va.—Beginning in February, The Alden in McLean is offering an exciting new series of “VIP Performing Arts Experiences,” one-of-a-kind, theatre-going events with transportation and exclusive access to industry insiders. Trip dates and destinations are: Saturday, Feb. 10 (“Light Years” at Signature Theatre); Sunday, Feb. 25 (“Familiar” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre); Sunday, March 4 (“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” at Weinberg Center); Saturday, April 7 (“The Wiz” at Ford’s Theatre) and Saturday, April 28 (Washington National Opera’s “The Barber of Seville” at The Kennedy Center). Ticket prices vary and advance registration is required. The trips will depart from and return to Dolley Madison Library, at 1244 Oak Ridge Ave.


Members of The Alden’s professional staff will host these deluxe excursions, accompanying the tour group on their adventures while sharing insights into the selected productions. Limited to only 20 patrons, the tour group will meet in McLean, then board a motor coach that will whisk it off to a noted restaurant for a delicious pre-performance meal. A special guest, such as the playwright, a member of the creative team or an industry expert, will join the group for a discussion. Afterwards, the group will be transported to the venue to see the performance. Finally, during the trip back to McLean, the Alden staff will lead a post-performance discussion with patrons.


Signature Theatre
World Premiere of “Light Years” by Robbie Schaefer
Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
$310/$240 MCC tax district residents*


Eddie From Ohio’s Robbie Schaefer crafts a touching and funny world premiere musical portrait featuring award-winning actor Bobby Smith. Enriched with beautiful folk-rock music, inventive lyrics and Robbie’s disarming humor, “Light Years” is a deeply personal tale of his father’s escape from Nazi Germany and how his history affected the father-son relationship. Before the show, the group will enjoy an Italian dinner at Osteria da Nino with a Signature Theatre VIP (to be announced). Schaefer will join the group after the performance for an exclusive tour and private talkback.
*The fee includes private, round-trip transportation from McLean, dinner at Osteria da Nino (excluding alcoholic beverages), a ticket to “Light Years,” exclusive time with a Signature Theatre staff member and a talkback with composer and star Robbie Schaefer. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 10.

 

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
“Familiar” by Danai Gurira
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
$215/$165 MCC tax district residents*


Danai Gurira isn’t just a formidable force as Michonne on “The Walking Dead”—she’s also a Tony-nominated playwright. Her latest play has been called “fiercely funny” by The New York Times, and Woolly Mammoth has perfected the art of producing her work, having staged all of Gurira’s rowdy and affectionate shows. The group will be joined by two artists from the “Familiar” creative team for a delicious pre-performance brunch at Dirty Habit. A member of Woolly Mammoth’s staff will facilitate the discussion, allowing patrons to dig deeper into the theatrical experience.


*The fee includes round-trip transportation from McLean, brunch at Dirty Habit (excluding alcoholic beverages) with members of the “Familiar” creative team and a ticket to “Familiar.”
Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 24.

 

The Weinberg Center for the Arts
Walnut Street Theatre presents “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” by Ken Ludwig
Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m.
$215/$165 MCC tax district residents*


Laughter is elementary, my dear Watson! The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one and Sherlock Holmes—along with Dr. Watson—must crack the case. Witness five talented actors playing 40 quirky characters, and venture deep into a world filled with disguises, silly accents and murderous deceit. Upon arriving in beautiful Frederick, Md., you’ll join a very special surprise VIP guest for brunch at Volt and get some free time in old town before attending the hilarious whodunit. Before returning to McLean, our group will have a private tour of the historic Weinberg Center, built in 1926 as an opulent silent-movie cinema.

*The fee includes round-trip transportation to Frederick from McLean, brunch at Volt (excluding alcoholic beverages) with a special surprise VIP guest, a ticket to “Baskerville,” and a private tour of the historic Weinberg Center for the Arts. Registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 1.

 

Ford’s Theatre
“The Wiz”
Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m.
$270/$205 MCC tax district residents*

Ease on down the road to Ford’s Theatre to catch the Motown version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Patrons will enjoy a scrumptious brunch at Cedar and be joined a musical-theatre expert who will talk about the history of “The Wiz,” its evolution from an all-white musical to an all-black classic and its role in African American theatre and culture. This musical is family friendly and recommended for audiences ages 9 and older. As part of the VIP experience, The Alden staff will give an overview of audience etiquette and prepare our younger participants for a theatrical experience.


*Includes private round-trip transportation from McLean, a ticket to “The Wiz,” brunch and non-alcoholic beverages at Cedar, and exclusive time with a guest from the arts industry. Registration deadline is Monday, March 5.

 

Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center
Opening night of “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.
$435/$335 MCC tax district residents*


Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! Rossini’s effervescent comedy sweeps onto the Kennedy Center stage with some of the hottest talent around. Your Alden staff hosts for the evening have opera experience both onstage and off. We’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at The Roof Terrace (alcoholic beverages not included) with special guest artists from the Washington National Opera. Please note that while formal attire is not required, because this performance is opening night, guests are welcome to wear their finest or most creative clothing.


*Includes private round-trip transportation from McLean, a ticket to “The Barber of Seville” in the orchestra section of the Kennedy Center Opera House, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and an intimate conversation with members of the Washington National Opera musical staff.  Registration deadline is Thursday, March 22.

 

Tickets are on sale now! For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For dietary restrictions or ADA accommodations, please contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 571-296-8385.

 

About The Alden
Established in 1975, the Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.

 

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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.

 

 

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