MCC Executive Director George Sachs Announces His Retirement
McLean Community Center (MCC) Executive Director George Sachs is announcing his retirement effective Friday, May 7, 2021. At the time of his retirement, Sachs will have served as the executive director at MCC for 11 years (2010-2021). The MCC Governing Board will be conducting a national search for his replacement with hopes of identifying his replacement by the end of March 2021, to allow time for a transfer of institutional knowledge from Sachs to the new director.
Sachs said during his tenure, “There was never a dull moment or lack of challenges.” Among them was his successful leadership of the recent renovation and expansion of the center’s 40-year-old Ingleside Ave. facility. The five-year, $8-million-dollar project involved securing an architectural firm to design and plan the renovation, working with Fairfax County staff to secure contracted services, closing the center for two years and relocating programs and services, and the entire MCC staff to four separate locations in McLean, overseeing the construction from beginning to end, returning programs and staff to the facility upon the renovation completion and creating a new slate of programs and services in the newly expanded facility.
Sachs’ career in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services profession started in 1974, when he was hired as a Recreation Specialist with the Fairfax County Department of Recreation. He later was hired by the Fairfax County Park Authority and opened the first RECenter at Wakefield Park, now named Audrey Moore RECenter. He left the county in 1982 to open the new Fieldhouse Sports Complex at George Mason University and managed the university’s recreation and sports facilities. While there, he also became an adjunct professor for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services. In 1991, he was hired as the Deputy Director of MCC under Executive Director Page Shelp. Four years later, he moved to South Carolina, where he owned and operated what grew to be a chain of five recreation, health and fitness centers.
McLean Community Center’s Live & Virtual Be Fit McLean Health & Wellness Fair is January 23
With the start of the new year, many people have made resolutions to improve their health. Be Fit McLean, a virtual health and wellness fair produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), can help them meet resolution goals by providing health-enhancing information. Be Fit McLean, a live, virtual health fair event, will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. Admission is free; however, registration is required.
This health and wellness fair brings highly qualified health experts and health-related activities to the community. The event features insights on healthy living and overall well-being. Focusing on aspects of healthy living, such as happiness, fitness, dance, nutrition and physical and mental health, Be Fit McLean offers participants of all ages the opportunity to learn more about how to create their path to a healthy and active life. Attractions include health-related lectures provided by certified nutritionist Kristen McGill of Giant Food and Virginia Hospital Center staff on such topics as the science of happiness, how to improve your resilience and stay strong and stress reduction.
To register or for more information, visit www.mcleancenter.org.
McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for January 2021
The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in January. 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.
The Old Firehouse
Teen Game Night
Friday, Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m.
$25/$20 MCC district residents. Preregistration is recommended.
Come play some of your favorite board and party games with some friends and the Old Firehouse staff. From giant Connect Four to hopscotch, OFC has a game for you. Challenge your friends and the staff for chances to win amazing prizes. To register for Old Firehouse events, visit: www.oldfirehouse.org or call 703-448-8336, TTY: 711.
The Old Firehouse
The Learning Connection
Registration is open and ongoing
The Old Firehouse Learning Connection is a supervised e-learning program supervised by staff, for students in the 5th–10th grades. The program will provide a supervised environment for students to complete their school-led virtual instruction. Staff will provide limited socially distant recreation opportunities for students during their breaks. Program waivers, participant contracts and additional information will be sent to all registered participants prior to the start of the program. To register, visit: www.oldfirehouse.org or call 703-448-8336, TTY: 711.
MCC 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Virtual Book Discussion on “The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America” by Raymond Arsenault
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Hosted by the staff of The Alden
Free; registration is required. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
“The Sound of Freedom…” recounts the life of Black contralto Marian Anderson and her experience as a Black woman in the classical music field. Arsenault gives context to Anderson’s historic 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial, drawing on her own words and those of scholars. We will discuss this book that celebrates civil rights and the performing arts. Register online at www.aldentheatre.org.
McLean Community Center’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Goes Virtual This Year with Three Distinct Programs
Book Discussion, Podcast Review of “Seeing White” and Community Story Sharing
The McLean Community Center (MCC) will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration online this year. Three distinct programs will make up the weeks-long celebration—a book discussion on Marian Anderson’s impact on the civil rights movement, a multi-week dive into the “Seeing White” podcast by the Center for Documentary Studies and a storytelling project that engages the McLean community. All three events are free and will be held via Zoom. The staff of The Alden Theatre, a division of MCC, produced and is overseeing these activities.
Virtual Book Discussion
“The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America” by Raymond Arsenault
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Hosted by the staff of The Alden
Free. Preregistration required. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
“The Sound of Freedom…” recounts the life of Black contralto Marian Anderson and her experience as a Black woman in the classical music field. Arsenault gives context to Anderson’s historic 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial, drawing on her own words and those of scholars. We will discuss this book that celebrates civil rights and the performing arts.
To participate in the discussion, participants should read the book prior to the discussion and then join Alden staff members for a virtual community conversation. Copies of the book are available through the Fairfax County Public Library and retailers.
McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for December 2020
The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in December. 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.
The Old Firehouse
Light Up McLean Holiday Decorating Contest
Registration open through Wednesday, Dec. 9
Competition is limited to the first 15 registered households. Must be 18 or older to register.
The Old Firehouse is holding a new competition for tax district residents. 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! Questions? Contact Andrew Carter at email@example.com or call 703-448-8336, TTY: 711.
For the Family
Holiday Gingerbread Decorating
Registration now open
$35/$25 MCC district residents
Nothing says holiday cheer like decorating a gingerbread house with the family! MCC will provide, for curbside pick-up, a pre-built gingerbread house, a variety of traditional gingerbread house candy decorations, extra toppings, and plenty of frosting to create your one-of-a-kind gingerbread house. Please share your design with us on social media using the hashtag: #MCCGingerbreadHouse. Note: Products may contain dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts and other allergens.
A Live, Virtual Event
McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival
Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m.
Free Admission. Registration is required.
Founded in 1982, the McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival is a highly anticipated, juried show featuring exceptional regional artisans. These fine, handcrafted works include established, high-quality, seasoned artisans as well as new artisans exhibiting innovative concepts. The show includes pottery, glass, jewelry, holiday decorations, mixed media, fashion accessories, wood, fine art and artisanal foods. See behind the scenes and watch how these artists create their masterpieces. Support the arts and buy a unique gift for someone special!
Watch it live! McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival Goes Virtual for 2020
The 2020 McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival, produced by the McLean Community Center, is being broadcast live this year at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6. Founded in 1982, the popular juried show features an exceptional group of regional artisans. Admission to the show is free; however, registration is required.
According to MCC Special Events Manager Catherine Nesbitt, the live broadcast will allow viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how artists and crafters create their products. “During our in-person event, we require the artists to be onsite, which allows attendees to meet them, but in some ways the virtual show allows for an even more intimate experience of how these artists are inspired to create their masterpieces,” she said. “In addition, the format will allow attendees to ask the artists questions in real time."
This year’s festival includes high-quality, traditional handcrafted works by established and seasoned artisans as well as innovative concepts by a number of new artists who are exhibiting. There will be pottery, glass, jewelry, holiday decorations, mixed media, fashion accessories, wood, fine art, artisanal foods, and more, all on display and all for sale—just in time for the holidays.
Show management is provided in part by the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild (NVHG). Founded in 1972, the NVHG, a 501(c)3 non-profit community-based organization, is dedicated to helping artists and craftspeople exhibit and sell their work, promoting the development of arts and crafts in the community and supporting arts and crafts educational activities.
For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711 or visit the website at www.mcleancenter.org/special-events.
McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for November 2020
The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in November. 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
MCC and the Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. The centers will reopen on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.
The Old Firehouse
Snack and Paint
Saturday, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m.
$35/$30 MCC district residents; preregistration is required.
Snack and Paint is an instructor-led painting class. This event is great if your teen has been painting for years or has never painted before. Painting is a great way to express your creativity! Snack and Paint gives your teen an opportunity to socialize safely. Participants will be painting a fall-themed picture.
The Old Firehouse Monday Game Challenge
Call of Duty: Warzone Challenge
Monday, Nov. 16, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Calling all McLean warriors. Your help is needed on the battlefield! The OFC is hosting a Call of Duty: Warzone challenge where contestants will need to strategize their way to first place and a Call of Duty themed prize.
The Alden’s Final Fall Drive-Thru Drama is Halloween-Themed “Objects in Mirror May Be SPOOKIER Than They Appear”
World Premiere of New Show Written by New York City-Based Recent Cutbacks
The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center (MCC) is presenting its third and final fall performance of its popular, socially distanced theater program, Drive-Thru Drama in October. New York City-based company Recent Cutbacks was commissioned by The Alden to write the new show, “Objects in Mirror May Be SPOOKIER Than They Appear.” The show will be presented over three weekends, from 6 p.m.-8:15 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Oct. 16-18, Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Tickets are $20 per car/$15 MCC tax district residents. The performances will be held in the parking lot of MCC at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
Every 100 years, the planets align in such a way that allows Spooky Scientists access to an alternate dimension. A century ago, physicist Dr. Doris B. Gool entered and has not been heard from again. Brave the portal this October and help a modern-day Spooky Scientist as you encounter werewolves, witches, zombies and more in the search for what really happened to Doris. A once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru adventure created by Recent Cutbacks (“Hold on To Your Butts,” “KEVIN!!!!!”) writers Nick Abeel, Darian Dauchan, Kristin Parker and Natalie Rich. The story was developed by Kristin McCarthy Parker and Kyle Schaefer.
The McLean Community Center Contracts with Purifi, LLC for Biopurification Services
As the area enters flu season, and as the efforts to contain COVID-19 progress, the McLean Community Center (MCC) is contracting with Purifi, LLC, a McLean-based bio-purification company, to receive a service that effectively reduces the risk of viral and bacterial transmission and infection. MCC will receive the treatment on Thursday, Oct.1. The expected completion time to test, treat, re-test and certify the entire facility will take between 6 to 8 hours. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
The treatment is administered through spraying a very fine mist that is safe for humans and animals and kills viruses and bacteria on surfaces for 30-60 days. The spray does not leave a residue and is safe to the touch within 20 minutes of the application. This coating application provides enhanced protection by the sustained killing of 99.9% of viruses, including coronaviruses on surfaces. The coating is highly durable and remains effective and active on high-touch surfaces such as door handles, tables, chairs, countertops, and desks, even after frequent cleanings. According to the company, this bio-purification service provides persistent control and protection from the risk of community, workforce, vendor and patron infection from surfaces and HVAC systems.
McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for October 2020
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.
Sponsored by The Alden
American Shakespeare Center on (Virtual) Tour
Live from the Blackfriars Playhouse
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Live music at 7:15 p.m.; includes a post-show chat with the actors
Tickets: $15/$10 MCC district residents
Alden audiences have an exclusive front-row seat to Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. They will get to watch the show as it’s performed live in front of a socially distanced audience, plus an ASC education staff member will text chat messages throughout the performance, answering questions and providing insights.
Sponsored by The Alden
The Unruly Theatre Project’s Virtual Improv Show
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Free; registration is required.
Join (the) Unruly Theatre Project’s virtual fall improv show from the comfort of your couch! Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UTPFallShows. A Zoom link and password for the show will only be emailed to those who register for it.