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stories by starlightMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for May 2019

McLean, Va.— The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in May. 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
Intro to Djembe Drumming and Drum Circle
Friday, May 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
$12/$8 MCC district residents, includes admission and drum rental
Back by popular demand! Join The Alden for a creative (and de-stressing) Friday evening master class for families. Participants will learn the elements of Djembe Drumming from artist Kofi Dennis and then use those skills in a group drum circle.

Old Firehouse 5th and 6th Grader Parties
Luau Party
Friday, May 3, 7-9 p.m.
$35/$25 MCC district residents; preregistration is highly recommended.
These popular parties are themed, and the Old Firehouse is decorated accordingly. Participants will enjoy free catered food and beverages, an open dance floor with music played by a popular DJ and a variety of party attractions.

New Family Event
Stories by Starlight
Featuring Author Christina Graham
Friday, May 3, 7-8 p.m.
$20 per family; price includes the purchase of a book from the author.
For ages 3-8. This new story time program features local children’s authors and storytellers. Authors will read stories to your children as they follow along in their own books. After the reading, they will answer any questions you may have about their characters, storyline or anything else you find interesting. Christina Graham will read her book, “Bunnies Are a Lot Like You and Me.” This is a cozy, relaxed event for young children and their parents. Wear your PJs!

Read more: MCC May 2019 Calendar of Events

Twist SarahCaldwellSmith webNew York’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring “I’ve Got A Little Twist” to The Alden May 4

McLean, Va.— The Alden in McLean presents New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in “I’ve Got a Little Twist,” for one performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Tickets are $40, $30 for McLean Community Center district residents, and $35 for students and seniors. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free parking is available onsite.

Victorian-era dramatist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan jointly created 14 comic operas, including the well-known “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado.” New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players have been giving vitality to the living legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan since 1974 and are known as one of the premier interpreters of the repertoire.

“I’ve Got a Little Twist” is a cabaret evening that reveals the timelessness of Gilbert and Sullivan, juxtaposing G&S with more modern musical theater offerings, such as “Cabaret,” “Spamalot,” “Brigadoon” and “Company,” to name a few.

According to Alden Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, the value of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work is evident in that many of their tunes continue to be used today. “I think G&S has become part of the cultural vernacular, and people don’t even know it. Are you a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fan? Then you’ve heard G&S underscoring Larry’s shenanigans” she said. “Ever broken into “Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here” at a party or pub? You’re singing G&S!”

Read more: "I've Got a Little Twist" at The Alden 

springfest 4x6McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for April 2019

McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in April. 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.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Shazam Day
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
$55/$45 MCC district residents
On this trip, teens can bounce as high as they can, enjoy a lunch fit for heroes and unwind during a cinematic adventure. Prior to catching DC Comics’ newest film, “Shazam,” participants will visit Launch Indoor Trampoline Park. Admission to all activities and lunch are included in the fee.

Spring Garage Sale & Kids’ Corner
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
1420 Beverly Rd. (Intersection of Ingleside Ave. and Beverly Rd.)
Free admission
Shoppers can find a huge selection of gently used household items, furniture, sporting goods and electronics at McLean’s biggest and best garage sale of the season! There are hidden treasures at The Kids’ Corner, an area set up for children and teens to sell their toys, clothes, games and other items.

Read more: MCC April 2019 Calendar of Events

sachs wallace kohlenberger 2 webMcLean Community Center Recognizes Former Board Chair Laurelie Wallace as 2018 Outstanding Volunteer

McLean, Va. — The McLean Community Center (MCC) has awarded its top honor for volunteers, the H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for 2018, to former MCC Governing Board Chair Laurelie Wallace. The award was presented at the Center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, March 24. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Wallace served two terms (six years) on the MCC Governing Board, where she provided leadership and support to Center programs and services by working on and chairing several board committees. During the two years she served as chair (2016-2018), the center began the renovation project that required staff to vacate the facility and relocate programs and services in the community for a period of 22 months. According to MCC Executive Director George Sachs, “Laurelie led our board through this difficult and turbulent time by conducting and attending countless meetings—keeping everyone informed along the way. Her support of the staff and our efforts to continue to serve our residents in community-based facilities was greatly appreciated by all involved.”

Read more: Wallace Named Outstanding Volunteer

Eleven Dranesville District residents qualify to run for seats on the McLean Community Center Governing Board
Three Adult, Two Teen Positions Available

McLean, Va. — McLean Community Center (MCC) has certified 11 Dranesville Small District 1A residents, five adults and six teens, to run for seats on the McLean Community Center 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. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

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 18, at the McLean Day 2019 festival at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Residents also may vote by absentee ballot from Monday, March 18, through Wednesday, May 15.

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 Candidates' Personal Statements

Read more: Board Election Candidates' Statements

pooh and piglet webMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for March 2019

McLean, Va.— The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in March. 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.

The McLean Traveler Day Trip
2019 Philadelphia Flower Show
Thursday, March 7, 6:45 a.m.-8 p.m.
$138/$133 MCC district residents
The theme of the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show is “Flower Power.” The show promises to be both breathtaking and inspiring. Here’s an opportunity to explore the world’s greatest flower show with the best, most celebrated growers and designers.

The Old Firehouse Friday Night Trip
Captain Marvel Night
Friday, March 8, 4-11 p.m.
$45/$35 OFC Members
The Old Firehouse will take teens to view the newest blockbuster Marvel hit film, “Captain Marvel,” in a luxury movie theater. Prior to catching the film, the group will enjoy a unique dining experience at a hibachi restaurant. Movie tickets and dinner are included in the fee.

Read more: MCC March 2019 Calendar of Events

District Residents Asked to Submit Their Ideas on How to Improve Programs & Services at the McLean Community Center 
Public Hearing on Programs is Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

McLean, VA—Having recently completed the renovation and expansion of its Ingleside Ave. facility, the McLean Community Center (MCC) is now asking residents what kinds of programs and services they would like to see offered there. MCC’s Public Hearing on FY 2021 Programs will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. All meetings of the board are open to the public. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The MCC Governing Board wants to hear from residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville, who pay a real estate surcharge to support the center. The hearing is the first step in planning for the FY 2021 budget cycle, which begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021. The center’s divisions include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and The Old Firehouse Center.

Read more: FY 2021 Public Hearing on Programs

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