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Registration for House Decorators: Aug. 9–Dec. 10
Contest and Voting: Dec. 20–Jan. 2
Activity No. 4707.221

The Light Up McLean Holiday Decorating Competition is your opportunity to show off your home in all its holiday splendor! Think your holiday decorations are the best? Enter the competition and prove it! Your McLean neighbors will vote for the top two winners in the following categories:

Best Overall: Features an exceptionally attractive, unique and complete design that utilizes space and resources well.
Most Creative/Original: Features exceptional use of creative ideas and lots of originality is evident in the design.
Best Holiday Theme: Features eye-catching decorations that clearly communicate a fully conceptualized theme.

Register online by clicking the Activity No. link above or by calling OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).

Friday, Sept. 17, 7–9:30 p.m.

Activity No. 4701.221

$5 per person for 5 Virtual Bingo Cards


Join us for a virtual evening of fun and prizes with your family! Winners will take their pick of prizes! Preregistration is recommended.


Register by clicking on the Activity No. or call OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).


Saturday, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m.
1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101
Free admission

Come out and celebrate the Old Firehouse's 31 years of serving the Greater McLean community!

Activities Include:

  • Entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Games
  • Food
  • Amusements
  • Crafts
  • And more...

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Discussion
Thursday, Sept. 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
Dolley Madison Library
Free; registration is required. Register here. 

Join us for a discussion on The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende as part of our celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month. Perfect for those who want to get a taste for book clubs or Hispanic literature.

This book discussion is cohosted by the Dolley Madison Library and the McLean Community Center.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Free admission. Registration is required.
Activity No. 4503.221 


Celebrate autumn with your family locally! Harvest Happenings is an indoor-outdoor festival with live entertainment, a petting zoo, crafts and games. Visit our pumpkin patch and purchase a pumpkin to decorate at the crafts station. 


Join the McLean Fun Run!
Saturday, Oct. 2
Registration, PPU, Warmup begins at 7 a.m.; Race begins at 8 a.m.

McLean Square Shopping Center, 6631 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va. 22101

The McLean 5K Run is back this fall! Hosted by the McLean Community Center with the support of 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 of the run benefit the McLean Community Foundation. Recruit a team of coworkers, teammates, fellow runners, neighbors, family members and friends and mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 2.

For more information and to register, go to mclean5k.com.


Monday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.
MCC Rear Plaza (across from the library). Outdoor Event -- Masks strongly recommended
Free admission; registration is required. Register here

For ages 6+. Join us for a celebration of the great LGBTQ+ people in our lives and the allies who walk with them! Music will be provided by The Gay Men’s Choir of Washington’s pop group Potomac Fever, plus we will have all the supplies for creating your own LGBTQ+ ally shirt and games. This event is for families to participate in together and support each of our own identities and personal expressions! Free t-shirts for the first 50 people who register.


Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

The Alden. Masks required for all participants

Free admission. Registration is required. Register here. 

For ages 14+. The MCC proudly welcomes local faith leaders to discuss of how the different faith communities walk as an ally with their LGBTQ+ neighbors and what resources and communities are open to those who identify as LGBTQ+. Fairfax County Interfaith Coordinators, Ramona Carroll will moderate this discussion and Fairfax County leaders will provide opening remarks. Attendees may submit questions ahead of time on the registration form.


Speakers include:

Rev. Dr. Rebekah Savage, Unitarian Universalist,
Rev. Dr. Savage began her ministry at UUCR in October 2015, grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where her family attended the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying non-Western theology as a Religious Studies major and minoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Rev. Savage attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City and, in her second year there, felt called to the ministry. She graduated with a master’s in divinity and Pastoral Theology. She completed Clinical Pastoral Education at a large hospital in Miami, Florida, and her internship at the Boca Raton Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida.

After the events of September 11, 2001, Rev. Savage felt drawn to military chaplaincy. She was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister in June 2003 and commissioned as an army chaplain in September 2003. Since becoming an army chaplain, Rev. Savage has spent the majority of her career on active duty and completed one overseas tour in Afghanistan. In 2007, she completed a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2014. Rev. Rebekah completed her doctorate of ministry in Military Chaplaincy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May 2020.

Outside of her ministry at UUCR, Rev. Rebekah serves as the co-chair of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and is active in many collegial support and study groups. You can also find Rev. Rebekah on bike trails, on a yoga mat or at the gym.

Friday, Oct. 8, 7–9 p.m.

Activity No. 4702.221

$5 per family of 4. Preregisration is recommended.


Gather the whole family around the computer or tablet and get ready for some socially distant trivia. Prizes for winning teams!


Register by clicking on the Activity No. or call OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).

Sunday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

McLean Central Park,
Free admission


The McLean Community Center has created the “purrfect” event for local pet owners and their beloved animals. 

Learn valuable information and get tips on pet products and services that can enhance the lives of your pet and improve your experience as a pet owner. A variety of pet-related exhibitors will be participating. Join the fun for the Pooch Parade at the event! Bring your leashed pets to show off their best costumes. 

All dogs must remain on a leash sporting their dog licenses and rabies tags. 

If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, visit our exhibitor information page