McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for February 2023

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in February 2023. Please check the center’s website,, for up-to-date information. Residents of the center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Presented by The Alden
Foreign Language Movie – Black History Month Selection
Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m.
Free admission. Registration recommended.
The Alden’s foreign language movie series is curated by Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, with more than a little help from audience members. A discussion follows the viewing of the movie. Schedule subject to change. Old Firehouse Family Events
Family Fun Bingo
Friday, Feb. 3, 7-9:30 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents. Preregistration is recommended.
Join OFC for an evening of fun and prizes! Participants can enjoy free popcorn and winners will take their pick of prizes. Presented by The Alden
Cahoots NI: “Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries”
Friday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.
$17/$12 MCC district residents/$15 students and seniors
Meet Danny Carmo. All he ever wanted to be was a famous magician. But when he knuckled down to learn all the tricks of the trade, he realized that math was not only essential… it was the SECRET to a whole load of magic. Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by Northern Ireland’s leading children’s theater company, Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing show where math, theater and digital technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance. Old Firehouse Family Event
Snack & Paint Night
Friday, Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m.
$10 per person. Preregistration is recommended.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, love snacks or want to get your hands dirty with some paint, come on down to the Old Firehouse for Snack & Paint Night! Led by a professional art teacher, this activity encourages families to work together to create their own masterpieces while having tons of fun. All materials and snacks are included in the fee. Presented by The Alden
Black History Month Event
Sweet Honey in the Rock®
Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
$45/$30 MCC district residents/$35 students and seniors
For all ages. The Grammy-nominated, iconic, women-led, African American vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock® marks its 50th anniversary with a powerful, three-year celebration that will honor its storied past and set the course for the future of the group. It has been called “one of the most dynamic, versatile and still relevant musical collectives in music today.” The performance will be sign language interpreted. Presented by The Alden
Chamber Music Series
Beau Soir Ensemble
Sunday, Feb 12, 2 p.m.
$10/$5 MCC district residents/$7students and seniors.
The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola and harp trio dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of genres. Founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007, the group regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Strathmore Mansion and Harman Center for the Arts. Presented by The Alden
(the) Unruly Theatre Project and the Herndon High School Improv Group
Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
Arts Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon
Free admission
Come enjoy a night of laughs on us! (the) Unruly Improv is The Alden’s professional teen improv company dedicated to bringing comedic performances to the community. In May 2022, UTP was named 1st place Champions at Improvicon of Northern Virginia! Presented by The Alden in partnership with the Fairfax County Public Library
Perspectives Speaker Series
Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones
“The 1619 Project-A New Origin Story”
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Free. Register for the waitlist on the Fairfax County Public Library website.
Co-creator of the award-winning “The 1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones is an investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She has been honored countless times, including as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People 2021, as the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant, an NAACP Image Award and a Peabody Award. Closing Notice
George Washington Day
Monday, Feb. 20
McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of the George Washington Day holiday. The centers will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 21. MCC Governing Board
February Meeting (In-Person)
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.
All Governing Board meetings are open to the public.
Tax district residents (Small District 1A-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. Presented by The Alden
Performing Arts Movie
Thursday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m.
Free admission. Preregistration recommended.
Learn a little about the performing arts through these one-hour (or so) documentaries. Join Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff for a discussion following the screening. Youth Events
Sweetheart Parent-Child Dance
Friday, Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m.
$20 per participant
For all ages. Children are invited to come to MCC for a fancy “date” with their parent or guardian. Featured activities include a DJ, photo booth, craft projects and light refreshments. Create lasting memories by joining us at MCC’s Sweetheart Dance. Presented by The Alden
Jonathan Rockefeller Productions “Paddington Gets in a Jam”
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$30/$20 MCC district residents/$27 students and seniors. $45/$35 VIP Tickets to 1 p.m. show only. VIP includes priority seating and a meet-and-greet following the performance.
Paddington, our favorite accident-prone bear, makes his stage debut in this fun-filled family comedy. Paddington is making his favorite marmalade jam when he runs out of sugar. He heads next door to borrow some from grumpy Mr. Curry, who is preparing for a visit from his great aunt, who is a stickler for tidiness. Paddington volunteers to help Mr. Curry, but, unfortunately, his good intentions end up leading to chaos.

For more information, call MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit 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.

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