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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.

Harvest Happenings ScarecrowMcLean 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.

Closing Notice
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.

Read more: MCC September 2019 Calendar of Events

Budget on stringsGoverning 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.

Read more: Board Holds Meetings on FY2021 Budget

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.

Read more: Fall Class & Activity Registration is Open 

Glenn Yarborough and George SachsMCC 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.

Read more: Sachs Named FMCC 2019 Friend of Deed

2019 Macdonald Scholarship Winners The Alden Awards 11 Young Performing Artists 2019 Macdonald Scholarships

McLean, Va.—The Alden in McLean has awarded scholarships to 11 local high school students through the 2019 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition began with a preliminary audition in February and culminated with final competitions on stage at The Alden on Wednesday, March 27 and Wednesday, May 15. A division of the McLean Community Center, The Alden Theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean district (Small Tax District 1A, Dranesville). Scholarship prizes of $1,200 are awarded to students placing first in each of four categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre and Vocal Music. Second-place winners are awarded $800 and third-place winners win $400.

2019 Macdonald Scholarship Dance WinnersThis year’s winners are:

First Place: Isabela Swigart, McLean High School
Second Place: Lindsay Muangman, Langley High School


Instrumental Music
First Place: Simon Jian Mostaghim, The Potomac School

Read more: Macdonald Scholarships Award Winners 

Independence Day partrons in patriotic outfits
Fireworks, Food and Fun at a Familiar Location—McLean Community Center’s Independence Day Celebration Returns to Langley High School

McLean, Va.—McLean Community Center’s (MCC) annual 4th of July Fireworks and Independence Day Celebration will bring an evening of family fun to a familiar location. After three years at other locations, the celebration returns to Langley High School this year. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4; the fireworks show begins at sunset, approximately 9:15 p.m. In case of inclement weather, only the fireworks show will be presented on Friday, July 5, at 8 p.m. The school is located at 6520 Georgetown Pike. Admission is free.

Prior to the fireworks display, provided by Innovative Pyrotechnics Concepts, Inc., there will be musical entertainment by local disc jockey LA Express DJs,  Kathy and Sam Fanelli and food trucks selling a variety of entrees and snacks, including KOVI Asian Street Food Kitchen, The Big Cheese, Dogs on the Curb, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Tiki Treats DC, and Westray’s Finest Ice Cream.

A limited amount of parking is available at the school. Beginning at 6:25 p.m., free shuttle buses will run to and from three satellite parking sites:

• McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue
• St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike
• St. Luke Catholic Church and School, 7001 Georgetown Pike

Handicap-accessible buses will be available at all three sites.


Please note: smoking, pets, fireworks, glass containers, weapons, sparklers, vaping and alcohol are not allowed on school grounds. Water only is allowed on the artificial turf field.

For more information, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

The Alden in McLean Announces 2019-2020 Professional Artists Performance SeriesBPP Group NewWeb2

McLean, Va.— The Alden Theatre in McLean announces its 2019-2020 intergenerational, cross-genre presenting season. The season is filled with global talent that one rarely sees in such an intimate setting. With just 383 seats, The Alden offers a unique audience experience and a personal, community feel. Season highlights include a special Saint Patrick’s celebration from Celtic band Danú, stars of the Great White Way in “Broadway Princess Party” and Australian theatrical visionaries Slingsby. Tickets for all performances go on sale at www.aldentheatre.org on Monday, July 1. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Continuing its commitment to serve audiences of all ages, The Alden uses the following rating system: All Ages (AA): appropriate for audiences of every ages; Family Friendly (FF): programmed specifically for families with elementary-school-age children and younger; 13+: presentation contains subject matter and language that is best suited for teens and adults.


“Broadway Princess Party" (All Ages)
Sunday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m.
Limited VIP tickets with an exclusive meet-and-greet with the princesses, premium seating and autographed posters: $85/$60 MCC tax district residents/$80 students and seniors
$50/$35 MCC tax district residents/$45 students and seniors
“Broadway Princess Party” features Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Broadway’s original Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and voice of Meg in the movie “Hercules”) and Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (original Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway) and Christy Altomare (Anastasia in "Anastasia" on Broadway) singing every princess song in the book. Running time: 90 minutes.

Read more: The Alden Announces 2019-2020 Season

AlphabetRockers 2Latin, brass, jazz, Americana and rock all take the stage @ The Alden’s Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park

McLean, Va.—The Alden at the McLean Community Center is again sponsoring free summer concerts in the gazebo of McLean Central Park on Sunday afternoons in June and July. A mix of musical genres give this year’s concerts an international flair, with New Orleans jazz, classic rock and Latin American melodies all on the bill. Concerts begin at 5 p.m. The park is located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.

(Subject to change)

Alphabet Rockers
Sunday, June 16, 5 p.m.
Get moving to music that moves you! The Alphabet Rockers trio uses positive messages and modern, hip-hop beats to help children love who they are and celebrate differences. “Alphabet Rockers breaks new ground in socially-conscious kids’ music—& the album is a lyrical & artistic triumph!” – Sagan Thacker, Ashville RadioActive Kids

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
Sunday, June 23, 5 p.m.
The spirit of Mardi Gras is sure to take over the gazebo with Jazzy Ash’s original mix of family friendly, New Orleans-style jazz and favorite jazz standards. Bring your own beads! “Our favorite musical discovery has got to be Jazzy Ash.” – SiriusXM Kids Place Live

Read more: Summer Concerts @ McLean Central Park

McLeanDay 2018 logoMore than 100 years of happiness—a McLean Day history

McLean, Va.—The rides, the amusements and all the many activities at McLean Day make for a happy experience for the whole family. That happiness has been a part of the history of McLean for 104 years now. When this year’s festival takes place, it will create new memories and more history for the community and the individuals who attend. McLean Day 2019 will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Lewinsville Park. The park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), the event is free and open to the public.

McLean Day was established in 1915 and was the first festival of its kind in Fairfax County. It was created by the McLean School and Civic League and the McLean Volunteer Fire Department as a fundraiser for Franklin Sherman School. Originally, it was a week-long festival, and for years it was held on the Saturday preceding the Democratic Primary in August. In ensuing years, the festival took on a variety of forms and acquired several sponsoring organizations. In 1973, MCC cosponsored McLean Day with SHARE of McLean and eventually became its sole producer.

For more information, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. The Center’s telephone will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the festival.