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PAL volunteer Nancy Murray and her dog Cameo participated in the session.Therapy Dogs Lift Hearts and Bring Happiness to the Old Firehouse

People Animals Love (PAL) is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit whose mission is “to utilize the human-animal bond to brighten the lives of the lonely, ease the pain of the sick, and enrich the world of at-risk children.”

PAL volunteers now visit the Old Firehouse Center (OFC) once a month to provide a pet therapy session for OFC members and other guests. 

At the most recent visit in February, volunteers brought four dogs to the center. Longtime volunteer Nancy Murray brought her dog Cameo, a Collie/Husky mix; Sari Clark brought her King Charles Spaniel named Max; John Herold brought his dog Samantha (“Sammy” for short) a golden retriever; and Dave Gelman brought his border collie mix, Destiny.

Gelman, who owns three pet therapy dogs, said a dog must have the right personality to become a therapy dog. The PAL volunteers also have offered their services at the Paws to Read programs at Falls Church and Arlington libraries, McLean High School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Sunrise Assisted Living facilities in the area.

“The teens love the dogs and come every month. It is special to see them make an emotional connection,” said Teen Center Manager Ashlyn Thompson. Longfellow Middle School student Maddie Ernst agrees. She spent some time with Destiny during the session. “I like it. It’s fun and my friends from school are here.”Longfellow Middle School students Benjamin Price and Nicholas Pudleiner with Destiny.


For more information, contact the Old Firehouse at 703‑448‑8336 or oldfirehouse@mcleancenter.org.

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
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
018-023

 

MCC’s Spring Fest Welcomes Spring with a Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt

 

02/27/18, McLean, VA—McLean Community Center will hold Spring Fest, a spring-themed event for young children, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. Tickets are $5 per person; free for children under 36 months old. Advance registration is required; walk-ins will not be admitted. The event will be held at St. Luke’s School, 7005 Georgetown Pike. 

 

Designed for children ages three to 8 years old, Spring Fest is a special event that includes a variety of activities. Children can participate in carnival games and arts and crafts projects by Abrakadoodle. There will be soccer demonstrations by Golden Boot Soccer, and roaming duck, bunny and squirrel characters by Joy of Dance. The Amazing Kevin will perform interactive magic tricks and children will have the opportunity to have a professional photo made with a costumed Easter bunny. A parent and child Easter Egg Hunt will also be featured.

 

To register, visit the Center’s Website, www.mcleancenter.org, and use Activity No. 4501.318. 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
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, March 16, 2018
018-026


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

McLean Spring Community Garage Sale Coming April 14
A Limited Number of Selling Spaces Are Available

 

McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center will hold its annual Spring Community Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 14, in the parking garage located at 1420 Beverly Rd. Admission is free.

 

The sale offers shoppers of all ages the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of household items, toys, electronics, glassware, clothing, baby items, collectibles and other items at bargain prices.

 

A limited number of selling spaces remain and can be purchased. Adults can purchase selling spaces for $45/$35 MCC district residents; children (up to 15 years old) can purchase selling spaces in the Kids’ Corner portion of the sale for $25/$15 MCC district residents. Individuals selling personal items as well as some commercial vendors may participate.

 

For more information, or to reserve a selling space, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.mcleancenter.org/special-events and register online. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 11, or until sold out.

 

This event has been made possible with the generous support of General Assets, Inc., Giant Food and McLean Properties.


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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 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

 


Photo courtesy of McLean Community Center


sanders-smith-george-sachs: McLean Community Center’s 2017 H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recipient Melanie Sanders-Smith with MCC Executive Director George Sachs.
Sachs-Sanders-Smith-Wallace-Kohlenberger: MCC Executive Director George Sachs with 2017 H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recipient Melanie Sanders-Smith with MCC Governing Board Chair Laurelie Wallace and Vice-Chair Paul Kohlenberger.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 2, 2018
018-024

 

McLean Community Center Names Melanie Sanders-Smith Its 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award Winner


McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center (MCC) has awarded its top honor for volunteers, the 2017 H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, to Melanie Sanders-Smith. The award was presented at the Center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Seasons 52 Restaurant at Tysons Corner Center. MCC’s Ingleside Avenue facility, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., is under renovation. Temporary administrative offices are located at 6631 Old Dominion Dr.

 

A McLean tax district resident, Sanders-Smith works as an independent consultant in international development. She was nominated for the award by MCC Special Events Manager Catherine Nesbitt. According to Nesbitt, over the last two years Sanders-Smith has volunteered for the Center and has provided more than 20 volunteers at a time for various MCC events from among the missionaries serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in McLean, Va. These volunteers have helped at many of the events the Center produces, including the McLean Holiday Crafts Show, the Spring and Fall Community Garage Sales, McLean Day and the Independence Day Celebration.

 

“Melanie and her LDS youth group have worked all day in the blaring heat and in the cold rain improving the quality of our events and making our events better-staffed” said Nesbitt. “She has worked with her LDS youth group, passing on valuable knowledge and training to ensure the positions they fill are performed at their highest capacity, displaying stellar volunteerism and, in turn, enhancing MCC programs and initiatives.”

 

In presenting the award, MCC Executive Director George Sachs thanked all the Center’s volunteers for their continued support. Of Sanders-Smith he said, “Melanie’s volunteer efforts have made MCC programs better, which ultimately makes our community a better place to live.”

 

For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit www.mcleancenter.org. 
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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
Temporary Office Address: 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


Editors: Kimya Shirazi’s photo is not available.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
018-028

 

McLean Community Center Has Deemed Nine District Residents Qualified to Run for Seats on Its 2018-2019 Governing Board
Three Adult, Two Teen Positions Available

 

McLean, VA –McLean Community Center (MCC) has certified nine Dranesville Small District 1A residents, four adults and five teens, to run for seats on the MCC 2018–2019 Governing Board. The board sets policy and provides general oversight for all facilities and programs of the Center, including the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Teen Center. MCC’s Ingleside Ave. facility is currently under renovation. Administrative Offices are temporarily located at 6631 Old Dominion Dr.

 

Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A are eligible to vote during the election.  Voting for Governing Board members will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the McLean Day 2018 festival at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Residents also may vote by absentee ballot from Monday, April 9, through Wednesday, May 16.

 

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The adult candidates who receive the three-highest vote counts will serve three-year (3) terms. Youth candidates, one from the McLean High School boundary area and one from the Langley High School boundary area, will serve one-year (1) terms. Youth candidates do not have to attend these schools to serve on the board.

 

Adult Candidate Personal Statements:

 

Maria Foderaro-Guertin
I’m excited to run as a candidate for the board of the McLean Community Center. My husband and I have lived in McLean for 14 years. We’re grateful to be raising our twins in such a wonderful community. I have been a foreign language and history teacher for 20 years. I have broad experience working with companies and nonprofits facing budget challenges. I’ve been pleased to work with many organizations advancing core values my parents instilled in me: volunteerism and hard work. With your vote, I will continue that work with our board to expand offerings for our vibrant community.


Carole Herrick
McLean Community Center opened in 1975; thus, it has served residents of Small District 1A for 43 years. It is the community’s jewel. Among its many features, the center provides community information, classes, lectures, meeting space, a kitchen, the Susan B. DuVal Art Studio, the MPA gallery, the Alden Theatre and a teen center. Years ago, I served three terms on the Governing Board, followed by Friends of MCC. Soon a more modern center will open. I hope to be the connection with the vision of those who created the original center and those providing a vision for its future.


Terri Markwart
As a member of the McLean Community Center Board, I will support the mission of the Center by promoting a sense of community through its programs and renovated facilities while respecting the tax dollars of the residents of Small District 1A. I am an 18-year resident of McLean with three children in our public schools. As Langley High School’s past PTSA President, former GMU adjunct professor, member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, TEDxTysons, Tysons Interfaith, Safe Community Coalition and McLean Youth/Langley athletics volunteer, my experience will work for the residents of Greater McLean. Thank you for your vote.


Raj Mehra
I am running for a seat on the McLean Community Center board because I care deeply about the community. My family has been residents of McLean since 2003 and my wife and daughters grew up in McLean. We are supporters of the McLean Project for the Arts, I have served for the last five years on the board of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and when my children were younger, I was a coach for McLean Youth Soccer and McLean Basketball. The charm of McLean is what I treasure most, and I want to help preserve this.


Youth Candidate Personal Statements:

 

Langley High School Boundary Area Candidates

 

Brian Kim
Hello, my name is Brian and I am a student at Langley High School. I am running for a position on the Governing Board to become an active member of my community. I have had previous experiences as a campaign organizer at the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, an intern at Sejong Geriatric Hospital and a volunteer at Sibley Memorial Hospital. At Langley, I am a member of the Debate Team and Varsity Golf Team. Overall, I am not only interested in working with professionals and other students, but also eager to participate in the administration of McLean.

Megan Markwart
A lifelong McLean resident and sophomore at Langley, I’ve been attending MCC programs since I was born—tagging along with my siblings to Music Together class. Redeemer Lutheran Church and my family taught me the importance of giving back and sports taught me the value of working together as a team.  I work at McLean Hardware, play Langley Field Hockey, JV Soccer Captain and elected Class of 2020 SGA representative. I am also interested in being part of the discussion about how to increase youth programming at the Old Firehouse and the newly renovated MCC. Thank you for your vote.


McLean High School Boundary Area Candidates

Serena Aurora
I believe that student governors have a special role and should always try to assess issues and decisions from the point of view of other students. Being student governor is about making sure that all perspectives are considered. I want to become a youth governor to learn more about how the community is run and to support the people in it. I have gained many experiences ranging from leading and participating in various committees to holding leadership roles. In all, I want to have a better understanding of the main concerns and policies that affect the children in our community.

 

Lauren Herzberg
I am a second-generation McLean resident; I love this town and the people that make it up. McLean High School has fostered my love for field hockey, where I was JV captain and Varsity player, developed my interest in business through DECA and spurred by fascination with the Spanish language. My true passion lies in serving others. I volunteer for Jill’s House, where I provide care for children with disabilities. I pledge to implement my love for service into the McLean Community Center and promote leadership programs to prepare McLean’s youth for the future.


Kimya Shirazi
The identity of a community is characterized by the degree to which its members are engaged with one another. As a member of the McLean community for 16 years, I’ve always felt the unique sense of inclusion that its people, events and resources offer. I’m currently a junior at McLean High School who is running for the McLean student position on the McLean Community Center Board. My primary intention for wanting this position is because I aim to play an influential role in heightening McLean’s collective involvement, the same quality which I admire about the community in the first place.


Write-in Candidates are allowed. Write-in candidates must receive at least 10 votes from 10 residents of the Center’s tax district in order to have their votes counted. For youth write-in candidates, the 10 votes must come from teens who live within the same high school boundary area as the candidate.

 

Absentee ballots will be available beginning Monday, April 9. A resident may request an absentee ballot package by phone (703-744-9348, TTY: 711) or email (elections@mcleancenter.org), or may pick one up at three of MCC’s sites: Administrative Offices, at 6631 Old Dominion Dr.; Class Program/Registration Office, at 6645 Old Dominion Dr.; or The Old Firehouse Teen Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. Completed absentee voting affidavits and ballots must be received at one of the three sites by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

 

For more information on the MCC Governing Board Elections, call the Center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 711 or visit: https://bit.ly/2pMtWDC.

 

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