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The McLean Community Center will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. 


The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The centers will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5.

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

Divinity RoxxMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for June 2022

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in June. All patrons are encouraged to wear masks while inside the building. 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.

The Old Firehouse
Open House for Rising 7th Graders
Through Friday, June 10, 4-7 p.m.
The Old Firehouse is opening its after-school program doors to rising 7th graders of all MCC tax district elementary schools! Join OFC to experience all of what the Old Firehouse has to offer—for free—for the remainder of the school year. Transportation from Franklin Sherman, Chesterbrook and Churchill Road elementary schools, to the Old Firehouse will be provided via the Old Firehouse’s vans. All participants from other schools are welcome to attend but must be dropped off by a parent or guardian.

The Old Firehouse
7th–10th Grader Party
Friday, June 3, 7–10 p.m.
$5 per person. Preregistration is recommended.
The Old Firehouse presents After 7—a themed party that includes raffles, contests, catered food and drinks. One of the hottest DJs in the DMV will be playing the hottest hip-hop, top 40 and dance hall tracks, plus your requests. Get ready for some fun and join us... After 7.

Presented by The Alden
Foreign Language Movies - Pride Month Selection
Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m.
Free admission; registration is highly recommended.
By popular demand, The Alden's foreign language movie series is back! Curated by Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, with more than a little help from our audience, the series will pick up where it was so rudely interrupted in 2020, with a few surprises thrown in. All screenings are free, but advance registration is required. Schedule subject to change.

Read more: June 2022 Calendar of Events 

Bassem Y. Headshot 3 22 2022 cropAcclaimed Political Comedian Bassem Youssef Performs at The Alden in McLean on June 10

The Alden in McLean is pleased to present Bassem Youssef, the physician-turned-satirist, for a special presentation at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 10. The presentation is part comedy and part reflection of Youssef’s journey holding powerful leaders accountable. Tickets are $35, $25 for McLean Community Center (MCC) district residents. The theater is located inside MCC at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Egyptian heart surgeon turned world-famous political comedian, Youssef was dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World. He was the creator and host of the first political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched show in the Arab world, with 30 million viewers each week. Throughout its three season, “Al-Bernameg” remained controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers. During its final season in 2014, the show achieved unprecedented ratings before Youssef announced its termination due to overwhelming political pressures on the show and the airing channels.

In this keynote presentation, Youssef shares his unique life experience navigating one of the most uncertain times in the Middle East. He discusses the dynamics of humor, politics and the search for liberties and freedoms in the Middle East.

MCC Executive Director Daniel Singh said, “MCC is excited to present the legendary Bassem Youssef. His humor and astute analysis help us process the complicated relationships between art, power and politics—which he doles out with his characteristic side-splitting jokes interspersed throughout his commentary. We are thrilled to have Mr. Youssef join us in The Alden.”

Read more: Bassem Youssef Performs at The Alden 

Results of the 2022 MCC Governing Board Election


Adults (Serving a Three-Year Terms) 
1)  Kristina Groennings   1,531 votes

2)  Anna Bartosiewicz     1,403 votes

3)  Ari Ghasemian            1,400 votes

Youth Candidates (Serving One-Year Terms)

Langley High School Boundary Area

Charlotte Loving      69 votes

McLean High School Boundary Area     

Sarah Tran                62 votes


View the full breakdown of the vote count here.

Read more: 2022 Board Election Results

improvicon groupMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for May 2022

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in May. All patrons are encouraged to wear masks while inside the building. 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.

Presented by The Alden
Foreign Language Movie: AAPI Heritage Month Selection
Thursday, May 5, 1 p.m.
Free; registration is required.

By popular demand, The Alden’s foreign language movie series is back! Curated by Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, with more than a little help from patrons, all screenings are free, but advance registration is required. Schedule subject to change. Advisory: This month’s film contains graphic violence and gore.

Old Firehouse Friday Night Trips
Bowling & Arcade
Friday, May 6, 3:30-10 p.m.

$60/$50 OFC members. Food is included. Preregistration is highly recommended.
1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. 22101

Lace up your bowling shoes, OFC is heading to the lanes! Participants are going bowling at a facility with big screen video walls and a surround sound system that plays the hits. It’s a nonstop, high-fiving, unforgettable good time. In between games, participants will be able to visit the arcade. Dinner will be included on this Friday night adventure.

Presented by Dark Horse Theatre Company and (the) Unruly Theatre Project
Improvicon of Northern Virginia
Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC district residents

This event is a real deal competition of multiple improv groups throughout Northern Virginia. The groups competing for the trophy are The Pundemics, Home Improv Mints, (the) Unruly Theatre Project and Calamity Improv with host, Pete Bergen. Who will walk away with the title of Improvicon Champion of 2022?

Read more: May 2022 Calendar of Events

Doodle POP 18 b w burstDoodle POP, A Nonverbal Performance Adventure for the Whole Family, Comes to The Alden

The Alden in McLean is presenting a single performance of the internationally acclaimed nonverbal show, Doodle Pop, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Created by BRUSH Theatre of South Korea, this family friendly show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $15, $10 for McLean Community Center (MCC) tax district residents. The Alden is located inside MCC at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

A mischievous duo starts to doodle… and ends up creating a whole imaginative world! They invite the audience along on their sea adventure with a tiny little turtle. What will happen as we follow their vivid drawings into this beautiful watery world, and will they return the turtle to the sea safely? Doodle POP is a touching and playful nonverbal show that uses live musicians to perform the accompanying score and sound effects. Using stunning interactive animation projections and live whiteboard drawings, they create an abundance of theatrical imagination for all.

Doodle POP has been performed at festivals all over the world. It was awarded the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Asian Arts Award for Best Comedy and was jury selected for a full showcase at IPAY 2020. This tour of Doodle Pop received grant funding from Center Stage Korea, Korea Arts Management Service and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

“...inventive and thrilling and completely fantastical. Natural, mythical and comical creatures morph into each other with as little as a flick of a hand or a wave of a pen… as awe-inspiring for the adults as it is for children.” — Exeunt Magazine

Tickets are on sale now! For more information visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For ADA accommodations, contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov  or call 571-296-8385.

Read more: Doodle Pop Comes to The Alden 

woman at outdoor saleMcLean Community Center Holds A Spring Community Parking Lot Sale on Sunday, April 10

The McLean Community Center is holding a Spring Community Parking Lot Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, April 10, in the MCC parking lot at 1234 Ingleside Ave. With up to 50 adult and youth sellers, it is sure to be one of the largest 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 community sales of the spring season. The sale offers a wide variety of gently used household goods, electronics, furniture, clothes, appliances and other items. The Kids’ Row 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.

Got stuff? A limited number of selling spaces are available. Residents selling household items are welcome as are commercial vendors or flea market dealers. To sell at the sale, register online at www.mcleancenter.org, in person or by phone by contacting the MCC Registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711.

Read more: MCC Holds Spring Parking Lot Sale

candidate hands colorTwelve District residents qualify to run for seats on the McLean Community Center Governing Board

Three Adult, Two Teen Positions Available


McLean Community Center (MCC) has certified 12 Dranesville Small District 1A residents, nine adults and three teens, to run for seats on the McLean Community Center Governing Board. The all-volunteer board sets the goals and aligns strategies for MCC programs and facilities, including the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Teen Center. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A are eligible to vote during the election.  Voting for Governing Board members will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the McLean Day 2022 festival at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Residents also may vote by absentee ballot from Wednesday, March 16, through Wednesday, May 18. Absentee Balloting ends on Wednesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. All absentee ballots must be received at MCC by 5 p.m. to be counted. 

Thursday, May 12, is the last day mail-in ballots will be send mailed out to district residents to ensure they are delivered and can be returned to MCC by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. Remaining Options: District residents can still come into the center during all open business hours to vote by absentee ballot up until the 5 p.m. May 18 deadline; or they may vote in person at the McLean Day festival in Lewinsville Park on Saturday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The adult candidates who receive the three-highest vote counts will serve three-year (3) terms. Youth candidates, one from the McLean High School boundary area and one from the Langley High School boundary area, will serve one-year (1) terms. Youth candidates do not have to attend these schools to serve on the board.

Adult Candidate Personal Statements:

Anna Bartosiewicz
My name is Anna Bartosiewicz, and I am excited to bring an international perspective to the MCC board. My family is multilingual and multicultural, and I work hard every day to instill a sense of curiosity and acceptance in my two daughters. As a board member, I would work to create an inclusive space where everyone in our community is welcome to contribute and participate, enriching us all. In my work as a consultant, my most successful projects fostered consensus through facilitation, an approach I look forward to using as we make every voice heard during the decision-making process.

Read more: 2022 MCC Board Election Candidates

colorful up hand background - vector illustrationMCC Governing Board Election Candidates Must Submit Nominating Petitions
by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11


Friday, March 11, at 5 p.m. is the filing deadline for the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 2022 Governing Board elections. Residents of Dranesville Small Tax District 1A who are interested in running for a seat on the board can still enter the race. The all-volunteer Board sets the goals and aligns strategies for MCC programs and facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Center.


All residents of the center’s tax district are eligible to run for a seat on the 11-member board. Candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 (ten) tax district residents in order to have their names placed on the election ballot. Nominating petition forms are available at the center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.


Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. Adult board members serve three-year terms. Youth members serve one-year terms. Adult candidates must be at least 18 years old as of McLean Day on Saturday, May 21. Youth candidates must be 15 to 17 years old as of McLean Day. One youth member who lives within the McLean High School boundary area will be elected; one youth member who lives within the Langley High School boundary area will be elected. Youth candidates are not required to attend either school; however, they must reside within the boundary areas served by one of the schools as defined by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Read more: Board Nominating Petitions Due March 11