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Furia Flamenca McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for October 2022

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in October. Please check the center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org, for up-to-date information. 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.

Join the McLean Fun Run!
The McLean 5k
Saturday, Oct. 1
Registration, Package Pick Up, Warmup begins at 7 a.m.; Race begins at 8 a.m.
McLean Square Shopping Center, 6631 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va. 22101
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.

Presented by The Alden - Hispanic Heritage Month Event
Furia Flamenca: “A Trip to Spain”
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.
$15, $10 for MCC district residents
This interactive Hispanic Heritage Month show for families by Furia Flamenca introduces children to flamenco music and dance, shares some of the art form’s history and invites audiences to participate in flamenco-makiing.

Touch-A-Truck
Monday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – noon
Free admission. Registration is required.

Parents and children can enjoy the Fairfax County Public Schools’ holiday by joining MCC for this FREE event that gives kids the chance to see, touch and explore some of their favorite cars and trucks.

Read more: October 2022 Calendar of Events

Furia Flamenca McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for October 2022

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in October. Please check the center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org, for up-to-date information. 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.

Join the McLean Fun Run!
The McLean 5k
Saturday, Oct. 1
Registration, Package Pick Up, Warmup begins at 7 a.m.; Race begins at 8 a.m.
McLean Square Shopping Center, 6631 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va. 22101
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.

Presented by The Alden - Hispanic Heritage Month Event
Furia Flamenca: “A Trip to Spain”
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.
$15, $10 for MCC district residents
This interactive Hispanic Heritage Month show for families by Furia Flamenca introduces children to flamenco music and dance, shares some of the art form’s history and invites audiences to participate in flamenco-makiing.

Touch-A-Truck
Monday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – noon
Free admission. Registration is required.

Parents and children can enjoy the Fairfax County Public Schools’ holiday by joining MCC for this FREE event that gives kids the chance to see, touch and explore some of their favorite cars and trucks.

Read more: October 2022 Calendar of Events (2)

woman at outdoor saleMcLean Community Center Parking Lot Sale is the First, Biggest and Best of the Season

McLean Community Center’s (MCC) popular fall sale returns this month. Featuring more than 50 vendors, the Fall Parking Lot Sale is considered by many to be the first, biggest and best sale of the fall season. Held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the MCC parking lot at 1234 Ingleside Ave. Admission to the sale is free.

Local residents and commercial dealers will sell a wide variety of items at the open-air event—new and gently used household goods, electronics, furniture, clothing and appliances, among other items. A special area of the sale, Kids’ Row, is specifically for sellers ages three to 15. These young vendors gain entrepreneurial skills and put their math skills into practice as they sell toys, clothes, games and other items.

For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711

bingo 2019 logoMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for September 2022

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in September. Please check the center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org, for up-to-date information. 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.


American Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, Sept. 8, Noon-5 p.m.
MCC is helping the American Red Cross with diverse blood donations! It is urgent for donors of all ethnicities to support patients in need. Join us and support the community with your lifesaving blood donation. All donors will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card via email. For an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor word: HEARTOFGOLD, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Eligibility Questions? Call 1-866-236-3276.

Old Firehouse Family Events

Family Fun Bingo
Friday, Sept. 9, 7-9:30 p.m.

Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$15/$10 MCC district residents. Preregistration is recommended.

Join the staff at the Old Firehouse for an evening of fun and prizes! Enjoy free popcorn and winners will take their pick of prizes!

Presented by The Alden
Lil’ Maceo
Sunday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission
For all ages. Come enjoy old-school funky, foot-stomping R&B saxophone. Lil’ Maceo’s musical roots in funk, pop, dance and contemporary jazz will get you partying.

Community Events
Fall Community Parking Lot Sale
Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Free Admission. Sellers must register.  
Find bargains and treasures at this outdoor community parking lot sale with up to 60 vendors selling household items. Got stuff? Local residents are welcome to sell household items and a limited number of commercial vendors or flea market dealers also can participate. Sellers must register by Wednesday, Sept. 14, at www.mcleancenter.org, in person or by phone by calling the MCC Registrar at 703-744-9365/TTY: 711.

Read more: September 2022 Calendar of Events 

Photo by David I MuirSons of Mystro, a duo that plays 10 different genres of popular music on violin, performs a free concert at McLean Central Park on September 17

The Alden at the McLean Community Center presents a free concert by the music duo Sons of Mystro. These two brothers use their violins to interpret 10 different genres of popular music, including reggae classics and American pop songs by such artists as Al Green, LMFAO, Bob Marley and Dua Lipa. The concert will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, Va. 22101.

The Alden’s Director of Youth Theatre Programs, Danielle Van Hook, said, “The Alden is ecstatic to kick off its 2022-2023 performing arts season with a free, outdoor concert for all ages with Sons of Mystro! This award-winning duo plays hits by a range of artists, from Earth, Wind and Fire to Pharrell Williams, all on the electric violin with backing from a DJ and drummer. Because the event is on a Saturday evening, patrons are encouraged to bring their friends and families for a picnic at the park while they listen to the music!”

Born in South Florida to a Jamaican father and Barbadian mother, Malcolm, 23, and his 20-year- old brother, Umoja, learned to play violin through South Florida’s public school system, and attended Dillard High School for the Performing Arts. Mentored by Black Violin, this musical duo uses violins to interpret popular songs and their own original creations accompanied by a DJ and a drummer. Winners of the Emerging Artist (under 21yrs old) Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), the duo’s debut recording, “Reggae Strings,” is available wherever music is streamed or sold.

Read more: Sons of Mystro Perform September 17

BudgetFiscal Year 2024 Budget Is The Topic of MCC Governing Board September Committee Meeting and Public Hearing

The McLean Community Center (MCC) Governing Board will discuss the center’s FY2024 budget at two upcoming meetings in September. Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A, who support the center, are invited to attend the meetings to share their ideas and suggestions by mail or email. All MCC Governing Board meetings are open to the public. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The FY2024 budget year begins July 1, 2023, and ends June 30, 2024. The first meeting, the Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. MCC Finance Committee Chair Shivani Saboo and the full board have worked to develop the proposed FY2024 budget. The departmental and consolidated budget proposals will include a review of FY2022 year-end actuals, the current year’s budget (FY2023) and new proposals for FY2024. The preliminary consolidated budget will be posted on MCC’s website, www.mcleancenter.org, and will be available at the center’s welcome center a week prior to the public hearing.

View the Preliminary Consolidated Budget

The FY2024 Budget Public Hearing, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, gives residents an opportunity to review and comment on the budget proposal. Residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville who wish to speak at the hearing are asked to call 703-790-0123, TTY:711 to have their names placed on a speakers list. For those who cannot attend the hearing, written comments can be sent to the MCC Governing Board by mail (address to McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean VA 22101) or email to MCC Acting Executive Director Evan Braff at evan.braff@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Read more: MCC Board Holds FY24 Public Hearing

Furia Flamenca RondenaThe Alden at the McLean Community Center and Furia Flamenca Announce Partnership for the 2022-2023 Season 

The Alden at the McLean Community Center (MCC) is pleased to welcome local flamenco dance company Furia Flamenca (FF) as its 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence. The partnership will involve a number of events that will be open to the public, as well as MCC's serving as an incubator for Furia Flamenca’s work. During the residency, Furia Flamenca will perform and hold open rehearsals, workshops and lectures for the public, including a flamenco dance workshop for MCC’s active seniors program, Seniors in Action. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
  

“Alden audiences absolutely adore flamenco and pack the house at Furia Flamenca’s performances here,” said MCC Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff “Even when we have presented other flamenco dance companies, we’ve partnered with FF to bring related programs. Estela’s lectures on flamenco history and styles have been especially popular, and I can’t wait to share even more of the company’s great work with the community.” 


The first public performance will be an interactive Hispanic Heritage Month show for families at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, in The Alden. “A Trip to Spain” introduces children to flamenco music and dance, shares some of the art form’s history and invites audiences to participate in flamenco-making. Tickets are $15, $10 for MCC tax district residents.  

The residency grand finale will be “Recordando La Alhambra,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. The production combines choreography with  musical arrangements to highlight the common roots of flamenco, Middle Eastern and North African music and dance. Furia Flamenca will be accompanied by live music.  

“We are incredibly excited about the upcoming residency at The Alden,” said Vélez de Paredez. “The Alden embraced us at an early stage of the company’s development. It was here where we presented our first theatrical production, “Lorca: Flamenco Poetry” in 2009, which went on to win two D.C. Metro Dance Awards. We are therefore excited to come back to the venue where we made our first big visions a reality, this time as a resident company. We look forward to continuing to educate our audiences on all aspects of flamenco and to returning to the Alden stage! We want to thank Sarah Schallern Treff for this amazing opportunity and for embracing us once again.” 

Read more:  Alden 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence

DDD AWayOut of My Body Baranova 4515 1 hiresThe Alden in McLean Offers a Healing Mix of International Theater, Dance and Music in its 2022-2023 Season

The Alden Theatre in McLean proudly announces its 2022-2023 Season! This year’s season features some specially selected artists whose work is centered on healing, both personally and societally. Performances include Sons of Mystro, The Boy Band Project, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” “Paddington Gets in a Jam,” Honolulu Theatre for Youth, David Dorfman Dance, The Peking Acrobats® and District5, among many others. Located and 1234 Ingleside Ave., with affordable ticket prices and free parking, The Alden is the gem of the DMV. View the full season online at www.aldentheatre.org.

 

Music


Lil’ Maceo

Sunday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, Va., 22102

Free admission

For all ages. Old-school funky, foot-stomping R&B saxophone. Lil’ Maceo’s musical roots in funk, pop, dance and contemporary jazz will get you off your butt and partying.


Sons of Mystro

Saturday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m.

McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, Va. 22101

Free admission

 

The Sons of Mystro are brothers who use their violins to interpret reggae classics and American pop songs by such artists as Al Green, LMFAO, Bob Marley and Dua Lipa. They are winners of the Emerging Artist Under 21 Years Old Award from the International Reggae and World Music Awards.

“The band dazzled alongside each other, their chemistry drawing the crowd out of the shade and into the open lawn, dancing their way to the stage.” - TropiCult (covering SunFest)

The Boy Band Project

Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

$30/$20 MCC district residents/$25 seniors and students


The Boy Band Project transports you back to a time when the boy band phenom dominated pop culture and TRL was appointment television. Delivered with their own special mix of handsomeness, tongue-in-cheek humor and talent from Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Hairspray” and “Mamma Mia” (and more), these boys recreate the sounds and choreography of your favorite boy bands, from NKOTB to One Direction.

 

Six Pack Rodeo

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.

$10/$5 MCC district residents/$7 seniors and students


These McLean locals will rock you with their special brand of “country with a kick”— original music, classic rock and even country favorites.

Read more: Alden Announces 2022-2023 Season

strategic plan pub hear groupMcLean Community Center Asks Residents, Patrons and Stakeholders to Give Their Input on the MCC Draft Strategic Plan

The McLean Community Center (MCC) is seeking public input as it works to finalize the MCC Draft Strategic Plan. The plan is based on public feedback MCC has gathered from district residents over several months spanning 2021-2022. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

MCC has hired consultants AMS Planning & Research to help craft the plan. AMS has extensive nationwide experience in strategic research for community centers and nonprofit organizations that are similar in scope to MCC. The goal is to design an effective strategic plan that will yield significant impact over the next three to five years. The next step is to invite residents of Dranesville Small District 1A, who pay a real estate surcharge to support the center, and other patrons and stakeholders to again express their ideas about the future programming and strategic priorities of the center.

An in-person public hearing on the MCC Draft Strategic Plan will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at the center. AMS staff will present the draft plan to attendees and record their responses. The draft plan is posted on the center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org, and printed copies are available at the center’s welcome desk.

In addition to the public hearing, MCC and AMS have created an online survey the enables patrons to submit their comments on the draft plan. Patrons who fill out the online survey will automatically be entered to win one of five $60 vouchers that can be used toward any MCC-sponsored activity, including Alden Theatre performances or Old Firehouse programs. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The survey can be accessed directly at https://qrco.de/MCCplan.

Read more: MCC Seeks Input on Draft Strategic Plan 

Cinema Hearts Photo by Sammy Hearn 4The Alden’s Summer Sunday Concert Series Brings Great Music to the Great Outdoors Through July 31


The Alden at the McLean Community Center is bringing great music to the great outdoors with its Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park series. The concerts are for all ages and include a wide range of music genres, from South Asian, to indie rock, to hip-hop, to Southwest Native American jazz fusion. The free concerts are being held at 3 p.m. on Sundays through July 31. The park is located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.

MCC’s Celebration of Juneteenth with The Alphabet Rockers
Featuring MCC's Art in Motion Hip-Hop Class Participants!
Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m.
The Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change! This intergenerational group creates brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip-hop. Let’s stand up to hate and be our brave and beautiful selves.


Garba 360: Live Dance Instruction and Band!
Sunday, June 26, 3 p.m.

Garba360, a South Asian social dance experience with live music. An essential component of the nine-day, fall Hindu festival Navratri, Garba is an intoxicating, high-energy folk-dance style from the Indian state of Gujarat. This community event has been reimagined for all to participate in the fun any time of the year! This engagement of Garba360 is funded through the Mid -Atlantic Tours program of Mid-Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cinema Hearts
Sunday, July 3, 3 p.m.
An ex-pageant queen makes power pop; Cinema Hearts is the indie rock musical project of Washington, D.C. singer-songwriter Caroline Weinroth. Cinema Hearts has played concert halls and rock clubs, including the Kennedy Center, AMP by Strathmore, Smithsonian museums, Black Cat and Fort Reno.

Read more: Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park