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4/1/20 COVID-19 Response Update 
Effective Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m., all Fairfax County Government buildings are closed to the public. This closure will remain in effect indefinitely in an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission. Additionally, Fairfax County strongly urges residents to follow the stay-at-home order issued by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday, March 30. The governor’s action remains in effect until June 10. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2yljg5S

A Resource for the McLean Community
Want to help others or need help yourself? The Fairfax County Community Covid Aid Project is a charity started at McLean High School to connect volunteers with those in need in our community during this difficult time. The organization runs a database where McLean residents can access services, like grocery shopping and online tutoring, by requesting help from a group of dedicated volunteers. All volunteers are Fairfax County residents, who have signed up through the website, https://www.fairfaxcountycovidaid.org.

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Fill Us In crayon imageMcLean Community Center asks Dranesville Small District -1A residents to “Fill Us In”
on how to improve program offerings at March 25 Public Hearing

Residents Can Now Participate Remotely with GoToWebinar Access

The McLean Community Center (MCC) is asking residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville, who pay a real estate tax surcharge to support the center, to “Fill Us In” on what kinds of new programs and services they would like to see offered and/or improved upon in the planning for FY2022 fiscal year. MCC is holding a Public Hearing on FY 2022 Programs at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the center. The hearing is the first step in planning for the FY2022 budget cycle, which begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022. MCC’s divisions include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and The Old Firehouse Center. All meetings of the board are open to the public. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

New this year, residents can participate in the meeting remotely using GoToWebinar, an online video conferencing app. Residents can access the meeting on their computer, tablet or smartphone, at tinyurl.com/mcc-programs-2022, then sign in with the webinar ID: 324-478-547.

Read more: Center Holds Public Hearing on Programs 

woman candidate petition webMCC Governing Board Election Candidates Must Submit Nominating Petitions by Friday, March 13

Friday, March 13, at 5 p.m. is the filing deadline for the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 2020 Governing Board elections. Residents of Dranesville Small Tax District 1A who are interested in running for a seat on the board can still enter the race. The all-volunteer Board sets policy and provides general oversight for MCC facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Center.

All residents of the Center’s tax district are eligible to run for a seat on the 11-member board. Candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 (ten) tax district residents in order to have their names placed on the election ballot. Nominating petition forms are available at the Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. Adult board members serve three-year terms. Youth members serve one-year terms. Adult candidates must be at least 18 years old as of McLean Day on Saturday, May 16. Youth candidates must be 15 to 17 years old as of McLean Day. One youth member who lives within the McLean High School boundary area will be elected; one youth member who lives within the Langley High School boundary area will be elected. Youth candidates are not required to attend either school; however, they must reside within the boundary areas served by one of the schools as defined by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Read more: Deadline Near for Petition Submissions

volunteers with signsYou Can Make a Difference in Your Community!
Run for a Seat on the McLean Community Center’s 2020-2021 Governing Board 
Nominating Petitions Will Be Available Tuesday, Jan. 21

Are you a resident of Small District 1-A Dranesville? Are you looking for ways to make a difference in the community? Consider running for a seat on the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 2020-2021 Governing Board. MCC is seeking district residents to run for seats on its 11-member volunteer board, which provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, including the Robert Ames Alden Theatre (“The Alden”) and The Old Firehouse Center (OFC). An agency of Fairfax County Government, MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

To run for a seat on the volunteer board, a candidate must reside in the Center’s tax district (Small District 1A-Dranesville). Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. 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). Candidate petition packets will be available at MCC starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Read more: 2020 Governing Board Elections

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.

Read more: Mario the Maker Magician at The Alden

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.

Read more: "Simon & Garfunkel [Revisited]" at Alden 

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

Read more: ASC Weekend at The Alden is Oct. 26-27