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County of Fairfax, Virginia
The McLean Community Center
Administrative Offices: 6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean Va. 22101
www.mcleancenter.org
Media Contact:
Sabrina Anwah, Director of Communications
703-790-0123, TTY: 711
sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Dec. 18, 2018
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McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for January 2018
McLean, Va.— The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in January. Residents of the Center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The Center’s Ingleside Ave. facility is closed for renovation; the locations and addresses for these activities are included in the descriptions.

 

 

Closing Notice
New Year’s Day
Monday, Jan. 1

The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday. The centers will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

 


Sponsored by The Alden
Barter Players presents “Aesop’s Fables”
by Catherine Bush with music by Ben Mackel
Saturday, Jan. 6, 11 a.m.
Churchill Road Elementary School, 7100 Churchill Rd.
$15/$10 MCC district residents

 

Aesop is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, able to weave fantastic tales with timeless lessons of truth. Audience members can join Aesop and his friends in this exciting musical adventure and experience fables such as “Androcles and the Lion,” “The Oak and the Reed,” “The Fox Without a Tail,” “The Beast in Love,” “The Tortoise and The Hare” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” brought to life as only the Barter Players can. This production is suitable for children ages 4 and older.

 


Sponsored by The Alden
Barter Players presents “The Call of the Wild”
Adapted from Jack London by Catherine Bush
Saturday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m.
Churchill Road Elementary School, 7100 Churchill Rd.
$15/$10 MCC district residents

 

In the gripping tale, “The Call of the Wild,” a heroic dog named Buck is kidnapped from his master’s home and forced to serve as a sled dog in the Alaskan Gold Rush. In his struggle to survive, he quickly learns the “law of club and fang” while giving his unswerving loyalty to the man who saves his life. In the end, Buck must choose between living in a man’s world and answering the call of the wild. This show is one of the most acclaimed productions in Barter Player history and is suitable for children ages 12 or older.

 


McLean Traveler Day Trip
National Gallery of Art - Washington, D.C.
“Johannes Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting”
Thursday, Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Pick-up/Drop-off location: McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Rd.
$55/$50 MCC district residents

 

This is a unique opportunity to see and experience the works of Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675. This special exhibit combines 65 works of art by Vermeer and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Background will be given on Vermeer, his life and style of painting in 17th Century Dutch society. Despite not having any formal training in the art world, his attention to detail and color has made him one of the great masters in the art world.

 


The Old Firehouse 5th and 6th Grader Party
The Snow Ball
Friday, Jan. 12, 7-9 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$35 per person/$25 MCC district residents. Preregistration is highly recommended.

 

These popular parties are themed and the Old Firehouse is decorated accordingly. Patrons will enjoy free catered food and beverages, music played by a professional disc jockey, dancing on an open dance floor and other attractions, such as a photo booth, temporary tattoos and board games. Register online or by phone at 703-448-TEEN (8336).

 


Sponsored by The Alden
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
William Rhoden: “Activist Athletes”
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$20/$10 MCC tax district residents

 

From John Carlos and Tommie Smith to Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James, brave black athletes have used their fame as a platform for social activism. Rhoden, a former New York Times sports journalist and author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete,” will discuss how those in the sports world fight for social justice.

 


Closing Notice
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, Jan. 15

 

The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The centers will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

 


Sponsored by The Alden
The Unruly Theatre
Friday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Herndon ArtSpace, 750 Center St. Herndon, Va. 20170
Free admission

 

The area’s hottest professional teen improv troupe brings you a hilarious night of comedy. Come help them spread some joy while being wildly entertained.


MCC Governing Board Election
Petition forms available
Monday, Jan. 22

 

Residents of the center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, who want to run for a seat on the Governing Board can pick up petition forms beginning on Monday, Jan. 22. 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).


MCC Governing Board
Regular Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
MCC Administrative Offices, 6631 Old Dominion Dr.

 

All meetings of the Governing Board are open to the public. Tax district residents (Dranesville District-1A) who wish to speak during the “Citizen Comment” portion of the meeting, should call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, to be placed on the agenda.


Sponsored by The Alden
The Unruly Theatre
Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.
MPA@ChainBridge, 1446 Chain Bridge Rd.
Free admission

 

The area’s hottest professional teen improv troupe will bring you a hilarious night of comedy. Come help them spread some joy while being wildly entertained.

 


The Old Firehouse Teacher Workday Trip
Splitsville & Paragon Village
Friday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$65/$55 MCC district residents

 

Teens can experience glow-in-the-dark bowling with big screen video walls and a booming surround sound system that plays their favorite songs. It’s a non-stop, high-fiving, unforgettable good time. Following bowling, the group will unwind with a cinematic adventure. Fee includes bowling, shoes, lunch and movie tickets. Bring additional money for movie concessions as desired.

 


Sponsored by The Alden
Grown-Up Quote-Along Movie: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (PG-13)
Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Admission and popcorn are free. Prop bags are $5 each.

 

This 2004 comedy film starring Will Ferrell is a tongue-in-cheek take on the culture of the 1970s, particularly the new “action news” format. Join The Alden staff to quote along with the dialogue, recreating the hilarious scenes with the help of props and onscreen subtitles and cues.

 


Sponsored by The Alden
“Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened”
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Free admission

 

“Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” tells the story of “Merrily We Roll Along,” the Stephen Sondheim/Hal Prince musical that opened to enormous fanfare and closed after just 16 performances. Directed by one of the musical’s original cast members, it features interviews with the creators and original cast of the now-classic show as well as rare and never before seen footage from the rehearsal process.

 


The Old Firehouse Teacher Workday Trip
Skiing & Snowboarding
Monday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$140/$120 MCC district residents

 

Let’s hit the slopes! Ski/snowboard rental, lift ticket and charter bus transportation are included in the fee. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, including warm coat, gloves, hat, pants and waterproof clothing. Goggles highly recommended. Helmets are available upon request.

 


Open Auditions for The Alden Spring Production
“The Snow White Variety Show”
Script by Brian D. Taylor. Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
Mon. & Tue., Jan. 29 & 30, 7-9 p.m.
Call Backs: Wed., Jan. 31, 7-9 p.m.
MCC Class Programs Office, 6645 Old Dominion Dr.

 

Students between the ages of 10-16 who live in the MCC tax district may audition for this production. Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., from early February through mid-March. Performances will be on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, and 17-18, at 2 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Center. To schedule an audition time, please contact Alden Youth Theatre Programs Director Danielle Van Hook at danielle.vanhook@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

 


For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit the website, www.mcleancenter.org. For Old Firehouse activities, call 703-448-8336. For The Alden Box Office, call 571-296-8385.
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The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.

To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.