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CraftsShowLogo printMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for December 2019

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in December. 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.

The McLean Holiday Crafts Show
Friday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission is $7 for adults; good for all three days of the show
Founded in 1982, the McLean Holiday Crafts Show is a highly anticipated and much-beloved, three-day, indoor, juried show featuring arts and crafts made by approximately 80 regional artisans. These fine, handcrafted arts and crafts works include both established, high-quality, seasoned artisans as well as new artisans exhibiting innovative concepts. The show includes pottery, glass, jewelry, holiday decorations, mixed media, fashion accessories, wood, fine art, artisanal foods, soaps, skincare and more.

MCC Governing Board Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
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.

McLean Traveler
Holiday House Tour, Richmond, Virginia
Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
$148/$143 MCC district residents
One of the most festive ways to celebrate the Christmas season is to take a holiday house tour. This year, the McLean Traveler’s destination is the West End of Richmond, Va. The West End is comprised of several interesting neighborhoods and includes the campus of the University of Richmond. The tour includes a total of five homes in all shapes and sizes with a mix of redevelopment, additions and newer homes. Includes a buffet lunch at the University of Richmond Center.

Read more: MCC December 2019 Calendar

poster vendorMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for November 2019

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in November. 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
Mario The Maker Magician
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents
It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! As seen on “Sesame Street,” Sprout, and on a live on tour with David Blaine, who called him “the best kids magician in the world,” Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious and a very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths.

Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Indoor Waterpark
Monday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. 22101
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Teens can relive the summer with Old Firehouse staff at an indoor waterpark. It will be a day filled with speedy water slides, lazy river floating and arcade games. Admission and arcade cards are included in the fee.

Read more: MCC November 2019 Calendar of Events 

The Alden’s family performance series continues with Mario the Maker Magician on November 2

McLean, Va.—On Saturday, Nov. 2, The Alden in McLean presents Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese, a New York-based family performer known for his do-it-yourself (DIY) robotic creations, upcycled props and new school slapstick character. Show times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Dranesville Small District-1A residents. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! As seen on “Sesame Street,” Sprout, and on a live on tour with David Blaine, who called him “the best kids magician in the world,” Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious and a very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths.

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

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Simon and Garfunkel’s Iconic Central Park Performance Revisited for one Night at The Alden


Rodgers Lessack Simon Garfunkel revisited1The Alden in McLean welcomes award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers in “Simon & Garfunkel [Revisited]: Live in Central Park.” This concert, which recreates the now-legendary 1981 Central Park reunion of folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Tickets are $40 for the general public, $35 for seniors and students and $30 for MCC tax district residents. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

In September of 1981, after over ten years of separation, Simon and Garfunkel came together for reunion concert in New York’s Central Park to raise funds for the restoration of the park. The concert surpassed all expectations, attracting over 500,000 people and setting the record as the seventh largest concert attendance in history. The live album of the concert went double-platinum and remains a favorite of music lovers of all generations.

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MCC Receives Two Virginia Recreation and Park Society Awards

McLean Community Center (MCC) received two awards at the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s 64th Annual Conference “Growing to New Heights,” which was held in Tysons Corner, Sept. 7-10. More than 500 delegates from around the state gathered to learn, exchange ideas and discuss areas of common interest to recreation and park professionals.

Highlighting each year’s conference is a formal presentation of awards to individuals, departments and organizations throughout the state who have demonstrated excellence during the previous year. One hundred and fifteen applications were received for awards in 14 different categories. Judged by a jury of its peers, MCC received an award in the Best New Renovation/Addition (Bricks and Mortar-population 25,001-50,000) category for the MCC Renovation and Expansion Project and Most Innovative Marketing Piece (population 25,001-50,000) for the MCC 2018 Summer Camp Guide.

At its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the MCC Governing Board recognized MCC Executive Director George Sachs and Facilities Manager Joe McGovern for their work on the center’s renovation project and MCC Graphic Designer and Webmaster David Craig for his design work on the center’s 2018 summer camp guide.

Read more: MCC Receives Two VRPS Awards

The Alden presents GRAMMY-nominated children’s entertainers The Pop Ups

The Alden, a division of the McLean Community Center (MCC) presents GRAMMY-nominated children’s entertainers The Pop Ups in “The Great Pretenders Club” for one performance only at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for MCC district residents. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The Pop Ups is a collaboration between Brooklyn musicians Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein. The three-time GRAMMY nominees have been setting the standard for children’s music since 2010. A celebration of making, building and learning, their album “Appetite for Construction” received a 2014 GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Album, and they have received two other nominations.

“The Great Pretenders Club” takes family audiences on a scavenger hunt for the best imaginative play games their minds can dream up. This high-energy journey includes a whimsical, educational world with dancing robots, a fire-stomping rhino, live drawing, huge balloons, full-scale puppets and even a costume party. Propelled by award-winning music and dance beats, this highly interactive show catapults both young and old out of their seats. “Performances and lyrics any grownup would add to a playlist.”— Parents’ Choice

Read more: The Pop Ups Perform at The Alden 

ASC TopherMadeline MidsummerStaunton comes to McLean when the American Shakespeare Center performs three shows at The Alden

Direct from the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va., American Shakespeare Center (ASC) on Tour is coming to The Alden at the McLean Community Center (MCC) for three performances on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27. Individual show tickets are $40 for the general public, $35 for seniors and $30 for MCC tax district residents. Patrons may purchase tickets to all three plays and an educational lecture, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for $110/$80 MCC tax district residents.


Since 1988, ASC on Tour has entertained audiences by offering three plays performed in repertory by the same troupe of actors and has earned its reputation as one of America’s most respected touring theater groups. ASC on Tour invites audiences to enjoy shows that are produced as Shakespeare’s company performed them—surrounded by audience members who share the same light with the actors, addressing asides to the audience and performing music contemporary to the time before the play and during intermission. This highly interactive style allows ASC on Tour to forge a sense of community between performers and audience rarely found in theater today and enables audiences to understand and enjoy these classic works.


The ASC Weekend at The Alden

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McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for October 2019

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in October. 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.
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Join the fun!
McLean 5k
Saturday, Oct. 5; race begins at 8 a.m.
McLean Square Shopping Center, 6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, Va. 22101
Registration $35 per person
The McLean 5k Run is back! Hosted by MCC with the support of event sponsors Century 21 New Millennium and The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, the race features a USATF certified course through the heart of McLean and is designed to appeal to runners of all abilities. The proceeds from McLean 5k Run will benefit the McLean Community Foundation (MCF) 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


McLean Traveler Day Trip
From the Women of Jamestown to the American Revolution, Jamestown, Virginia
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
$180/$175 MCC district residents
In the year 1607, our country began the first permanent English settlement in North America with the settlement of Jamestown. Spring 2019 marked the completion of a $10.6 million restoration of the Jamestown Settlement Gallery. The day starts with an overall guided tour of exhibits that highlight the beginning of the Jamestown Colony and how it evolved in the 17th Century.

Read more: MCC October 2019 Calendar of Events 

Cast of Broadway Princess Party Three, critically acclaimed stars of “The Great White Way” Bring Their Vocal Excellence to The Alden in McLean in “Broadway Princess Party”

The Alden in McLean begins its 2019-2020 Professional Series with “Broadway Princess Party” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. The show features three, critically acclaimed musical theater stars, who have performed on Broadway and who will reprise their performances and share insider stories about their experiences. Tickets are $50 for the general public, $45 for students and seniors, and $35 for residents of Dranesville District 1-A. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with royalty in this hit concert direct from New York City! Featuring Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Broadway’s original Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” and the voice of Meg in the movie “Hercules”); Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (the original Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway) and Christy Altomare (who played the lead role in “Anastasia” on Broadway). Your every dream will come true as knockout voices sing the petticoats off every princess song in the book, sharing hilarious and heartfelt stories of their royal antics backstage, on stage and beyond! “The quality of each princess’s singing was astounding… Short of the Tony Awards, I know of no other place where you can find such find such an abundance of talent on one stage.”—Twin Cities Arts Reader

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GarageSaleMcLean Fall Community Garage Sale is Saturday, Sept. 14

The McLean Community Center will hold its annual Fall Community Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the parking garage located at 1420 Beverly Rd. With more than 50 adult and youth sellers, it is one of the largest garage sales of the season. Admission to the sale is free.

Shoppers can find bargains galore at one of the area’s first, biggest and best garage sales of the fall season. The sale offers a wide variety of gently used household goods, electronics, furniture, clothes, appliances and other items. The Kids’ Corner is a special area of the sale where children ages three to 15 can use their math and entrepreneurial skills while selling toys, clothes, games and other items.

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

For more information, call the Center at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711.