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Monday, Feb. 18: The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Teen Center will be closed today in observance of the George Washington's Day holiday. 

Okee Dokee snowMcLean, Va. (2/4/19) — The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in February. Residents of the Center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

Presented by The Alden
John Eaton in Concert
“Jazz, Blues and Broadway”
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
$30/$20 MCC district residents
John Eaton is a local legend: spectacular jazz pianist, brilliant historian and quite funny to boot! Join The Alden for an afternoon of Great American Songbook tunes. “Pianist John Eaton practices a special kind of alchemy. He takes the familiar and makes it fresh, renders the old new and exciting. It’s no easy trick, but Eaton is a master at it...” —The Washington Post

Presented by The Alden
Movies for Kids and Families
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m.
In the Community Hall
Free admission
Families are invited to come, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the “new Disney Classics” that were made popular during the 1990s.

Read more: MCC February 2019 Calendar of Events

High school student-artists can showcase their skills and compete to win up to $1,200 in the 2019 James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship Competition

Application Deadline is Friday, Jan.25Scholarship

McLean, Va. High school students are invited to showcase their artistic achievements in the 2019 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. Sponsored by The Alden, this competition encourages their artistic development and promotes the study of the arts. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 25.


The competition is open to ninth- through 12th-grade students who reside or attend school in Dranesville Small Tax District 1A. A $1,200 scholarship prize will be given to first-place winners in each of the following categories: Dance, Theater, Vocal Music and Instrumental Music; second-place winners in all four categories will receive $800; third-place winners will each receive $400.

Read more: J. Macdonald Scholarship Competition

McLean Community Center Seeks Qualified Candidates to Run for Seats On Its 2019-2020 Governing Board

Nominating Petitions Will Be Available Tuesday, Jan. 22


McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center (MCC) is seeking candidates to run for seats on its 2019-2020 Governing Board. The board provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre (“The Alden”) and The Old Firehouse Center (OFC). An agency of Fairfax County Government, the Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.


To run for a seat on the 11-member 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 ten McLean tax district residents in their respective categories (either adult or youth). Candidate petition packets will be available starting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Read more: Governing Board Openings 

The musical journey of the civil rights movement highlighted in McLean Community Center’s MLK Day Celebration

Washington, DC-based BFly Entertainment Performs “Liner Notes” at The Alden



McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration features a performance of BFly Entertainment’s “Liner Notes,” a lively chronicle of the music and progression of the civil rights movement. The show is 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, in The Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, Va. 22101. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $15 for MCC tax district residents.


Featuring the Cornerstone Jazz Quintet, Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell and Akua Allrich, this multimedia concert experience takes the audience on a journey to discover “the meaning behind the music” of the civil rights movement. The show explores the actual liner notes included in past and present jazz, soul and R& B albums, as well as recent contributions by hip-hop artists.

Read more: MLK Day Celebration - "Liner Notes" 

The Alden Holds Auditions for Spring Production of “Winnie-the-Pooh” for youth age 10-16


McLean, Va.—The Alden in McLean is holding open auditions for its spring production, “Winnie-the-Pooh,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 15; call backs will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.


The Alden is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits, but it is recommended to schedule an audition in advance by emailing Danielle.VanHook@fairfaxcounty.gov.


The show is dramatized by Kristin Sergel, from the Stories of A.A. Milne and produced with special arrangements with The Dramatic Publishing Company. Only students ages 10 to 16 years old, who live in the Small District 1A-Dranesville are eligible to audition. Selected youth actors will work with The Alden’s team of theater professionals to bring the classic story to life with full sets, costumes and technical elements on The Alden’s stage. Actors who are cast in the show will pay a participation fee of $150.

Read more: Auditions for "Winnie-the-Pooh" 

We’re Showing Off! McLean Community Center holds Community Open House Jan. 5
package with MCC logo
12/14/18, McLean, Va. — Having recently completed an 18-month renovation, the McLean Community Center (MCC) is hosting a free Community Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. In addition to taking self-guided tours using a map and a “passport,” participants can take advantage of a mini health fair in the Center’s Community Hall. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

Center staff will be situated throughout the building, and participants will be able to: get a sneak peek of The Alden Theatre’s 2019 Spring Season; learn what’s happening at The Old Firehouse Center; get information on Camp McLean and other summer camp programs; create art in the McLean Project for the Arts’ Duval Studio; and discover new, upcoming classes, youth events and trips.

The Special Events Division will offer a “Preview of Upcoming Events’ with a free, smaller version of its BeFit McLean Health Fair. Information on health care issues and preventive practices will be available as well as health screenings for vision, blood pressure, sleep health, stress management and nutrition, among others.

Participants who complete the tour and submit a properly completed “passport” may enter a drawing to win prizes.

Read more: MCC Open House is Jan. 5

Antigone - cast The Alden, with Its Highly-Anticipated Return Home in January, Offers A  Full Slate of Intergenerational Performing Arts Options

McLean, Va.— After an 18-month renovation, McLean Community Center’s performing arts venue, The Alden, will happily return home in January. In celebration, the theater is offering a wide range of professional performances designed to appeal to all ages. Tickets for all season performances are on sale now at www.aldentheatre.org.

“We’re looking forward to being back in the community's beloved venue,” said Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern. “The inside of the theater hasn’t been renovated; however, the rest of MCC will have amenities that will make the audience experience so much nicer.” In addition, the Alden’s youth performances have a greater focus on intergenerational shows, according to Director of Youth Theatre Programs Danielle Van Hook. “We’re finding that families are looking for outings that they can enjoy together—with their kids, teenagers, parents, even grandma and grandpa.”

Schedule (Subject to change)

Read more: The Alden Reopens in January

McLean, Va.—The Alden, McLean Community Center’s (MCC) performing arts venue, will present its 2018-2019 Professional Artist Series in untraditional spaces in the community this fall, before returning home to the renovated center that houses The Alden’s 383-seat theater in January 2019. Tickets for all season performances are on sale now at www.aldentheatre.org.
“Although we’ve enjoyed the creative and logistical challenge of programming outside of our home, we’re looking forward to being back in the community's beloved venue,” said Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern. “The inside of the theatre hasn’t been renovated; however, the rest of MCC will have amenities that will make the audience experience so much nicer.”

Read more: The Alden Announces 2018-2019 Season