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.
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
Staunton 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
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.
Join the fun!
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.
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
McLean 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.
McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for September 2019
The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in September. 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.
Labor Day Holiday
Monday, Sept. 2
McLean Community Center and The Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The centers will reopen at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively, on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Questions? Call the center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.
Old Firehouse Family Movie Night
“Frozen” (2013) (PG)
Friday, Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m.
$3 per person. Preregistration recommended.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
For all ages. Gather the whole family and bring your blankets, pillows and camp chairs for our indoor, picnic style family movie night. Enjoy unlimited popcorn while you watch the movie on the Old Firehouse’s huge projection screen and enter to win a door prize! Preregistration is recommended.
Governing Board Seeks District Residents’ Input and Suggestions
on the McLean Community Center’s FY2021 Budget Proposal
FY2021 Budget Public Hearing is Set for Wednesday, Sept. 25
The McLean Community Center (MCC) Governing Board invites residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville to attend two meetings and to submit comments and/or suggestions on the Center’s fiscal year 2021 budget. The first meeting, the Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. A second meeting, the Public Hearing on the FY 2021 Budget, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. All meetings of the Governing Board are open to the public.
The FY 2021 budget year begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021. Finance Committee Chair Raj Mehra will chair the Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole on Sept. 10, when the full board will work on the FY 2021 budget. The departmental and consolidated budget proposals will include a review of FY 2019 year-end actuals, the current year’s budget (FY 2020) and new proposals for FY 2021. The preliminary consolidated budget will be posted on the Center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org, and available at the Center’s reception desk a week prior to the public hearing.
Register Now for a Cool, New Harvest of Fall Classes and Activities at the McLean Community Center
Registration is now open for McLean Community Center’s (MCC) fall session classes and activities. MCC provides a convenient and affordable continuing education resource for area residents, from infants through senior adults. Special Events, day trips and tours, as well as programs and day trips for area teens sponsored by the center’s Old Firehouse are some of the many fall activities the Center offers. Tax district residents receive a discount on fees, as do seniors age 60 or older for classes that are more than $50. An agency of Fairfax County Government, MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave..
A wide range of culinary arts classes for adults, including Cuban Cuisine, Fall Seafood, Fall Vegetarian, Ramen, Stocks and Sauces and The Art of the Sandwich are being offered. Other classes of interest include Dog Training, Giant Foods’ Six Weeks to Wellness, Zumba for Early Risers, Time to Unwind with Yoga, First Aid with CPR and Writing: Getting Started. The Senior Moments Adult Learning Program offers workshops of interest to seniors age 50 and older. The popular Technology Tutoring Workshops, which assists seniors in using their Apple devices, returns in September. Other senior workshops include How to Stay Safe in the Hospital, Estate Planning 101 and Financial Planning in the New Tax Reality.
MCC Executive Director George Sachs named 2019 “Friend in Deed”
At its annual meeting, The Friends of the McLean Community Center (FMCC) awarded its 2019 “Friend in Deed” Award to McLean Community Center Executive Director George Sachs. Sachs is the 28th person to receive the award “with gratitude for outstanding leadership and support of the McLean Community Center.” FMCC President W. Glenn Yarborough, Jr. presented the award on Monday, June 10, at the center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
Yarborough recognized Sachs for working to conceptualize, redesign, successfully fund and see to completion the $8 million renovation of the center’s Ingleside Avenue facility. “No one has had a more profound influence on McLean and the McLean Community Center than George,” said Yarborough. “George brought home the refurbishment of the MCC and has given all of us a center of McLean for all, young and old.”
The 24-month renovation and expansion project increased the center’s footprint by an additional 7,256 square feet and added three new meeting and activity rooms. A new stairway to the second floor of the building, where The Alden Theatre’s balcony and the McLean Project for the Arts are located, was added as was a new, glass-enclosed courtyard at the center of the building.