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We need your voice! 
The McLean Community Center is seeking public input as it develops its strategic plan.

MCC Invites Residents to Participate in A Community Listening Session

McLean Community Center is seeking residents of Dranesville Small District 1A to participate in upcoming Community Listening Sessions hosted by consultant AMS Planning & Research. These sessions will inform the center as it works to improve the programs and services it provides to district residents.


When:
The first session will be held in-person on Thursday, Nov. 18, 6–8 p.m., at MCC, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, Va.  22101


Why:

This is an opportunity for MCC district residents to give valuable input and express their ideas about future programming and strategic priorities of the center. As an agency of Fairfax County, MCC is accountable to taxpayers of Small District 1A-Dranesville. Your opinion is important!

Who:
High school youth (9th through 12th grade) through adults, who reside in Dranesville Small District 1A, are invited to come share their ideas whether they are regular participants in our activities or have never or rarely come to MCC.

Read more: MCC Seeks Input for Strategic Planning

Monster Mash OFCMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for October 2021

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in October. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, many Center programs and events have been adjusted to virtual (online) or in-person, socially distanced formats. 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.

LGBTQ+ Ally Week Party on the Plaza
Monday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.
Free admission; registration is required.
For ages 6+. Join us for a celebration of the great LGBTQ+ people in our lives and the allies who walk with them! D.C. Musician Justin Trawick will perform and games and all of the supplies for creating a unique LGBTQ+ ally shirt will be provided to participants. This event is for family members to participate in together to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 50 people who register.

Presented by Equality Virginia
“From the Heart: A Transgender Virginian’s Story”
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Free admission; registration is required.
For ages 12+. Join Ann Murdoch, a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of connection and learning as she shares her story as a transgender woman, followed by plenty of time for dialogue and questions. Moderated by the McLean High School Gay-Straight Alliance.

Sponsored by The Alden
Midday Movies: Foreign Language Films*
Thursday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.
Free admission; registration is required.
Come enjoy a foreign film as part of our Ally Week and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. The film screening features the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, about and starring a transgender woman living in Santiago. All movies are shown in the original language with English subtitles. *These movies are chosen for adult audiences and may contain mature content, language and themes. Register for The Alden’s email list at www.aldentheatre.org to see the name of the film being shown!


LGBTQ+ Ally Week Interfaith Leaders Panel
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
The Alden. Masks required for all participants
Free admission. Registration is required.
For ages 14+. MCC proudly welcomes local faith leaders to discuss how their different faith communities walk as allies with their LGBTQ+ neighbors and what resources and communities are open to those who identify as LGBTQ+. Fairfax County Interfaith Coordinator, 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.


The Old Firehouse
Family Trivia Night (Virtual)
Friday, Oct. 8, 7–9 p.m.
$5 per family of 4. Preregistration is recommended.
Gather the whole family around the computer or tablet and get ready for some socially distant trivia. Prizes for winning teams! Register online or by calling OFC at 703-448-8336, TTY: 711.

Read more: MCC October 2021 Calendar of Events 

thumbnail Solo Photo Credit Lauren LeMunyan 2McLean Community Center celebrates Ally Week and National Coming Out Day with a party, speaker, panel discussion and film festival in October
JUST ADDED – DC Musician Justin Trawick will Perform at the Party on the Plaza; Interfaith Panel Speakers Confirmed

LGBTQ+ Ally Week is a national celebration of friends and families who support LGBTQ+ people and it culminates in National Coming Out Day. This year, the McLean Community Center (MCC) will celebrate this week by offering a variety of enjoyable and educational events, including an interfaith panel discussion. All events are free; however, participants are required to preregister. The registration form is linked on the center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The celebration has been planned by the MCC’s Governing Board and staff members as a show of support for the LGBTQ+ community locally, as well as their larger commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in all aspects of MCC’s activities. MCC Governing Board Chair Barbara Zamora-Appel said, “The Board and staff encourage respectful and safe spaces for civil dialogue and invite you to join us in making MCC and greater McLean a welcoming space for our LGBTQ+ neighbors, friends and families.”

The weeklong celebration includes:

LGBTQ+ Ally Week Party on the Plaza (with free t-shirts!)
Monday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.
MCC Rear Plaza (across from the library). Outdoor Event. Masks are strongly recommended.
Free admission; registration is required.

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 DC-based Musician Justin Trawick, 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 show support for each individual and their personal expressions. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 50 people who register.


“From the Heart: A Transgender Virginian’s Story”
Presented by Equality Virginia
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Masks are required for all participants
Free admission; registration is required.

For ages 12+. Join Ann Murdoch, a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of connection and learning as she shares her story as a transgender woman. Her talk will be followed by plenty of time for dialogue and questions.

Read more: LGBTQ+ Ally Week Events Update

Multicultural diverse cultures society and international tolerance celebration of multicultural and african american asian and caucasian culture integration and pride as a multi cultural group.McLean Community Center’s Governing Board Releases Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access

The McLean Community Center’s Governing Board has released a statement today on the center’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access. McLean Community Center (MCC), an agency of Fairfax County Government, was built and is funded by residents of Greater McLean for their use through a real estate tax surcharge, the result of a 1970 bond referendum (Small District 1A-Dranesville). The 11-member Governing Board, which oversees the center’s budget and operation, is elected by citizens of the district and appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The center offers a continuing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, camps, art exhibits, theater performances and specialty shows. The center also sponsors major community activities such as McLean Day at Lewinsville Park in May and the 4th of July Fireworks at Langley High School. MCC’s divisions include The Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Center on Chain Bridge Rd.

MCC Executive Director Daniel Singh said, “The Board’s statement reaffirms the center’s focus on providing a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment for everyone. The MCC Governing Board and staff are committed to the important work of equity. We envision a future where all aspects of our programming reflect this central focus on diversity.”

The statement reads as follows:

 

McLean Community Center Governing Board’s Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access

“Global events during the year and a half preceding this statement have brought to the forefront long-standing social injustices that many people of color, diverse faiths and the LGBTQ+ community experience every day. This complex environment presents the McLean Community Center (MCC) an opportunity to examine how its initiatives and activities affect the lives of all its constituents while illuminating pathways for the MCC to contribute to the work of advancing social justice and a just democracy.

The MCC Governing Board has made Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) a priority. The board is engaged with the MCC’s Executive Director and staff members to develop and align the center’s conduct and programming to these core values. MCC staff members are seasoned professionals who strive to present diverse and engaging programming. Their thoughtful approach provides a safe forum for our community to engage with familiar and unfamiliar topics. They are empowered to create a community center that welcomes all perspectives and contributions and provides equitable access to opportunities and resources for everyone. Through its arts and education programming, MCC is well-positioned to address difficult questions while creating a safe space to explore possible solutions—directly in keeping with our mission to foster civic, cultural and educational activities.

The MCC DEIA initiative aligns closely with Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Policy to promote a responsive, caring and inclusive culture, one in which all feel heard, valued, supported and hopeful. The MCC Board and staff continue to provide activities and initiatives that enable all individuals and families to be safe and healthy and realize their potential by delivering accessible, high-quality and affordable services that encourage broad participation.

Read more: MCC Board Commits to Diversity

Okee Dokee BrosThe Alden in McLean Announces a Musical and Moving Fall Performance Season

The Alden in McLean happily reopens this fall with four musical performances that span classical, folk, Klezmer and gospel, and a 50th Anniversary performance by the acclaimed dance company Pilobolus. The center is located inside the McLean Community Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

MCC Executive Director Daniel Singh said, “We are excited to welcome back audiences to The Alden! As Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, her staff and I curated this season’s shows, we were considering themes like “recovery,” “reimagining,” “reaffirming” and “reconnecting” with each other in the midst of a pandemic. We took the common beginning of these words— “re”—and looked at what the musical note re signifies in the solfege scale. The note re is about transitions, about returning or going towards something. From this context, re embodies the tension of our times—the venturing out into the world away from home base, the uncertainty of the future and the pull between the two. Keeping this framework in mind, this fall, we are offering several programs that are familiar and comforting, but we also have new directions for our patrons to explore with us. We hope you find both old and new communities at McLean Community Center—where our patrons are “The Center of It All.”

The Alden has several COVID-19 precautions in place. Everyone is required to wear masks inside the facility, theater capacity has been limited to allow for proper social distancing and hand sanitizing stations are readily available. A full explanation of The Alden’s COVID-19 precautions is available at www.aldentheatre.org.


Music

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 16–17, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC district residents
As the GRAMMY-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander, have built a plaid-shirted national following with their outdoor adventure-themed albums, “Through The Woods,” “Can You Canoe?” and “Winterland.” But whether it’s indoors or out, the Okee Dokee Brothers believe that as long as folks are singing together there’s a glimpse of hope for our world.


“The Okee Dokee Brothers are an absolute national treasure. These songs are just what the world needs right now.” — Sarah Jackson, Minnesota Parent Magazine

The Borisevich Duo
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
$10/$5 MCC district residents
The Borisevich Duo, featuring pianist Margarita Loukachkina and violinist Nikita Borisevich, is an internationally acclaimed violin and piano duet, frequently performing across the United States and Europe.

Native American Fusion Music with D’DAT (Virtual Workshop)
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Free Admission. Registration is required.
Learn more about the composition process and culture before D’DAT’s performance in The Alden this January. D’DAT’s music mixes three American art forms—jazz, native southwest and hip-hop styles—to create a sound that is uniquely theirs. This is a great opportunity for musicians of all ages to learn directly from the artists and ask questions.

Read more: The Alden Announces Fall Season

Pet Fest promo photosPandemic Pet Owners Can Learn To Be Better Pet Parents at McLean Pet Fest on October 10

A limited number of vendor and participant spaces are still available

McLean Central Park will be alive with local pets and their families on Sunday, Oct. 10, when McLean Pet Fest takes place. Pet ownership in the U.S. is at an all-time high as people sought the loving interactions of pets to counteract the stress of isolation of the pandemic. Produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free, and free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library. McLean Central Park is located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
 

MCC Special Events Manager Catherine Nesbitt said, “McLean residents can enjoy family time in the great outdoors, have a stroll in the park with their pets and gain valuable information on pet ownership, all while meeting their neighbors and friends.”

The Bone-A-Fied Talent Group of BFF Pet Services, nationally known for its expert dog training, will provide dog agility and dog trick demonstrations throughout the event. The organization’s trained dogs have been featured in TV commercials and movies. Patrons are encouraged to dress their pets in their best costumes to participate in the Pet Costume Parade at 3 p.m. Prizes and free giveaways are available throughout the event (limits apply).

Read more: McLean Pet Fest Returns October 10

123 Andrés yellow purple credit David Rugeles 6x4McLean Community Center Joins with Neighbor, Dolley Madison Library, to Offer Events in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

McLean Community Center (MCC), in collaboration with Dolley Madison Library, is offering a series of events celebrating the richness of Hispanic culture and communities. The celebration includes and concert featuring a bilingual musical duo, a story hour for young children and an award-winning foreign film. The concert and film will be held in The Alden Theatre at MCC, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. The story hour will be held at Dolley Madison Library, located at 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. All three events are free and open to the public.

The first event is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28. 123 Andrés, a bilingual children’s music duo, will perform a concert in The Alden. A Bilingual Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, will be held at Dolley Madison Library. The final event will be a film screening of the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, about and starring a transgender woman living in Santiago. The film will be shown in The Alden at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

MCC Executive Director Daniel Singh said, “We hope the first major heritage month we commemorate as we come out of the pandemic helps us all find and celebrate the rich diversity in our McLean community. There is something for everyone, from the film buff to the child musician to the budding storyteller.”

For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit the event page, here

dogs and pumpkins photoLooking for New Customers for Your Pet-Related Business? Sign Up Now to Participate As An Exhibitor in the McLean Community Center’s McLean Pet Fest on Sunday, Oct. 10

The McLean Pet Fest, a special event produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, in McLean Central Park. MCC is currently seeking local businesses and organizations to participate as exhibitors. Admission to the event will be free and MCC anticipates many local pet enthusiasts and owners will be attracted to the event. The deadline to submit an exhibitor application is Monday, Oct. 4. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., across the street from the park.

Local businesses who are involved in all aspects of pet care, including health care, nutrition, grooming, dog walking, obedience training and pet photography are encouraged to apply to participate in the one-day event. All exhibitor applications will be reviewed by MCC staff members prior to acceptance into the event and the reservation of booth space. MCC reserves the right to refuse any exhibitor that it deems unsuitable for this event. Email exhibitor@mcleancenter.org with questions.

For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

mcc pride logo flag3 high resMcLean Community Center celebrates LGBTQ+ Ally Week and National Coming Out Day with a party, speaker, panel discussion and film festival in October

LGBTQ+ Ally Week is a national celebration of friends and families who support LGBTQ+ people and it culminates in National Coming Out Day. This year, the McLean Community Center (MCC) will celebrate this week by offering a variety of enjoyable and educational events, including an interfaith panel discussion. All events are free; however, participants are required to preregister. The registration form is linked on the center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

MCC Governing Board Chair Barbara Zamora-Appel said, “The Board and staff encourage respectful and safe spaces for civil dialogue and invite you to join us in making MCC and greater McLean a welcoming space for our LGBTQ+ neighbors, friends and families.”

The weeklong celebration includes:

LGBTQ+ Ally Week Party on the Plaza (with free t-shirts!)
Monday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.
MCC Rear Plaza (across from the library). Outdoor Event. Masks are strongly recommended.
Free admission; registration is required.

For ages 6+. Join us for a celebration of the great LGBTQ+ people in our lives and the allies who walk with them! Music, games and all of the supplies for creating a unique LGBTQ+ ally shirt will be provided to participants. This event is for family members to participate in together to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 50 people who register.

Read more: MCC Celebrates LGBTQ+ Ally Week 

Celebrating 31 years of service to the community, The Old Firehouse in McLean holds a family friendly Block Party on September 18Block Party Fire Truck

The Old Firehouse Center (OFC) in McLean is celebrating 31 years of service to the community with a free community block party on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the street outside the Old Firehouse, which is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. The Old Firehouse is a division of the McLean Community Center (MCC).

Activities to be enjoyed will include live music provided by Bach 2 Rock Music School, a three-sided climbing wall and a mobile arcade truck provided by Fantasy World Entertainment and art stations and access to OFC’s game room, which includes a pool table, table tennis and arcade games. Food and beverages will be provided by Big Cheese and Ben and Jerry’s food trucks and the Old Firehouse will provide free popcorn and beverages as well. The McLean Volunteer Fire Department will be onsite to showcase the history of the Old Firehouse with photos and memorabilia. Patrons who visit all six exhibitions and have their “passports” stamped will be entered in a raffle to win prizes such as gift cards, headphones and speakers, as well as free admissions into upcoming OFC and MCC events.

Old Firehouse General Manager Andrew Carter said this year’s event is special for a number of reasons. “We are excited to be welcoming residents back to in-person events again. The Old Firehouse Block Party gives us the opportunity to engage with the community in our own unique and fun way after the tough times that we’ve all endured. With great food, activities for the whole family, and music from young musicians in the community, it will be a family friendly outdoor event people of all ages can enjoy.”

Read more: Celebrating 31 Years of Service