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learning connection webOld Firehouse Learning Connection Offers Distance Learning Supports

The Old Firehouse Center (OFC) is offering a new program to provide support to families doing distance learning due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Learning Connection is a supervised e-learning program held at OFC and supervised by staff, designed for students in 5th through 10th grades. The program will provide a supervised environment for students to complete their individual, school-led virtual instruction. In addition, staff will provide limited socially distant recreation opportunities for students during their breaks. A division of the McLean Community Center, OFC is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.

The program meets Tuesdays through Fridays and parents can drop off students as early as 7 a.m. and pick them up as late as 5 p.m. Three of the four sessions remain open for registration. Session 2, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 30; Session 3 will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 24; and Session 4, which will be held for only three weeks, will meet Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 18. Each four-week session costs $400. Session 4, costs $300. Program participants must reside in Dranesville Small District 1A to participate.

Students must bring their own laptops (with chargers), and headsets or headphones as well as their own lunch, snacks and drinks. Wifi will be provided. OFC will have several COVID-19 precautions in place, including performing a health screening each morning and requiring students to wear masks at all times. Students will be spaced at least six feet apart from each other and frequent handwashing and surface cleaning will be encouraged.

For more detailed information or to register, call 703 448 8336, TTY: 711 or visit, https://bit.ly/33TSii4.

BudgetMCC Governing Board Holds Two Virtual Finance Meetings in September
on Center’s FY2022 Budget Proposal
FY2022 Budget Public Hearing is Set for Wednesday, Sept. 23

The McLean Community Center (MCC) Governing Board will use the video conferencing platform Zoom.us to hold two budget meetings in September. MCC is seeking input and suggestions on the Center’s fiscal year 2022 budget from Dranesville Small District 1-A residents. The first meeting, the Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. A second meeting, the Public Hearing on the FY 2022 Budget, will be held virtually at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. All meetings of the Governing Board are open to the public; participation in this meeting by the public, MCC Board members and staff, will be virtual only.

The FY 2022 budget year begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022. Finance Committee Chair Barbara Zamora-Appel will chair the Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole on Sept. 8, when the full board will work on the FY 2022 budget. The departmental and consolidated budget proposals will include a review of FY 2020 year-end actuals, the current year’s budget (FY 2021) and new proposals for FY 2022. The preliminary consolidated budget will be posted on the Center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org, and available at the Center’s reception desk a week prior to the public hearing. 

Read more: Virtual Meetings on FY2022 Budget 

Nine young performing artists awarded 2020 Macdonald Scholarships by The Alden in McLean

The Alden in McLean has awarded scholarships to nine local high school students through the 2020 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition began with a preliminary audition in February, but the final competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 containment efforts. A division of the McLean Community Center (MCC), The Alden Theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean district (Small Tax District 1A, Dranesville).

To recognize the hard work and creativity of these young artists, MCC opted to present Finalists Awards of $800 to each participant rather than the traditional first ($1,200), second ($800) and third ($400) places.

This year’s finalists are:

Instrumental Music
Ethan Hsiao, Basis McLean
Alyssa Kim, Langley High School
Karina Wugang, Langley High School

Read more: Alden Awards 2020 Macdonald Scholars

drivethrudrama logo webThe Alden in McLean Announces “Drive-Thru Drama”—Live Performances you can experience from the comfort and safety of your car
Online Auditions will be held via submissions to Instagram.

The Alden in McLean proudly presents “Drive-Thru Drama,” a new model of live theatre in the era of COVID-19. “Drive-Thru Drama” is a social-distancing theater format that allows people to enjoy a live theater performance from the safety and comfort of their own cars. Scheduled performances are from 6-8 p.m. over two weekends, Friday-Sunday, July 3-5 and July 10-12. A limited number of timed tickets will be available through The Alden’s website two-weeks prior to the show’s opening. The Alden is a division of the McLean Community Center (MCC) and is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. Please note: Performance dates may change if Virginia Governor Northam’s Stay at Home Order is not lifted by early-June; check the theater’s website, www.aldentheatre.org for updates.

“Drive-Thru Drama” is the brainchild of The Alden’s Director of Youth Theatre Programs Danielle Van Hook. “Like so many, I was missing live performance and knew there had to be a way to safely produce a non-virtual show,” said Van Hook. “Nothing replaces the feeling of sitting with your neighbors in The Alden, but I hope this helps bring a little respite away from the screens and returns a level of normalcy to people’s lives.”

The show will be the debut performance of “Small Change,” a play written and directed by Andrew Scott Zimmer. Commissioned by The Alden, “Small Change” follows the travels of a $1 bill as it journeys through time and space, interacting with different people’s lives and leaving its mark on the world. Actors will perform one, cohesive story through short monologues at various stations in the center’s parking lot. Audience members will be directed to drive the route from actor to actor.

Read more: The Alden Announces Drive-Thru Drama

MCC Staffers Create Chalk Art Mural to Commemorate McLean Day 2020 

Before life as we knew it changed, Saturday, May 16, was the scheduled date for McLean Community Center's annual community festival McLean Day (video). 

The MCC Governing Board and staff are saddened to not be able to hold the event this year due to COVID-19 containment efforts, but a few dedicated MCC staffers got together on Tuesday, May 12, to create a commemorative chalk artwork on the sidewalk at the rear of the center.

Facilities Manager Joe McGovern, Youth Event Coordinator Nadia Kader, Registrar Katie Fedora, Special Events Coordinator Val Sheridan Comer, and Camp McLean Assistant Director Lorean Bradley all contributed their skills to bring some of the magic of McLean Day to life. 
 mclean day letters  chalk art in progress
 chalk art lbradley cropped  chalk art completed

Read more: Remembering the Magic of McLean Day

Fill Us In crayon imageMcLean Community Center asks Dranesville Small District -1A residents to “Fill Us In”
on how to improve program offerings at March 25 Public Hearing

Residents Can Now Participate Remotely with GoToWebinar Access

The McLean Community Center (MCC) is asking residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville, who pay a real estate tax surcharge to support the center, to “Fill Us In” on what kinds of new programs and services they would like to see offered and/or improved upon in the planning for FY2022 fiscal year. MCC is holding a Public Hearing on FY 2022 Programs at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the center. The hearing is the first step in planning for the FY2022 budget cycle, which begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022. MCC’s divisions include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and The Old Firehouse Center. All meetings of the board are open to the public. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

New this year, residents can participate in the meeting remotely using GoToWebinar, an online video conferencing app. Residents can access the meeting on their computer, tablet or smartphone, at tinyurl.com/mcc-programs-2022, then sign in with the webinar ID: 324-478-547.

Read more: Center Holds Public Hearing on Programs 

woman candidate petition webMCC Governing Board Election Candidates Must Submit Nominating Petitions by Friday, March 13

Friday, March 13, at 5 p.m. is the filing deadline for the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 2020 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 policy and provides general oversight for MCC 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 16. 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: Deadline Near for Petition Submissions

volunteers with signsYou Can Make a Difference in Your Community!
Run for a Seat on the McLean Community Center’s 2020-2021 Governing Board 
Nominating Petitions Will Be Available Tuesday, Jan. 21

Are you a resident of Small District 1-A Dranesville? Are you looking for ways to make a difference in the community? Consider running for a seat on the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 2020-2021 Governing Board. MCC is seeking district residents to run for seats on its 11-member volunteer board, which provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, including the Robert Ames Alden Theatre (“The Alden”) and The Old Firehouse Center (OFC). An agency of Fairfax County Government, MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

To run for a seat on the volunteer board, a candidate must reside in the Center’s tax district (Small District 1A-Dranesville). Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. To have their names placed on election ballots, candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 McLean tax district residents in their respective categories (either adult or youth). Candidate petition packets will be available at MCC starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Read more: 2020 Governing Board Elections

CraftsShowLogo printMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for December 2019

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in December. 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 McLean Holiday Crafts Show
Friday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission is $7 for adults; good for all three days of the show
Founded in 1982, the McLean Holiday Crafts Show is a highly anticipated and much-beloved, three-day, indoor, juried show featuring arts and crafts made by approximately 80 regional artisans. These fine, handcrafted arts and crafts works include both 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, artisanal foods, soaps, skincare and more.

MCC Governing Board Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
All Governing Board meetings are open to the public.
Tax district residents (Small District One A-Dranesville) who wish to speak during the “Citizen Comment” portion of the meeting are asked to call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, to be placed on the agenda.

McLean Traveler
Holiday House Tour, Richmond, Virginia
Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
$148/$143 MCC district residents
One of the most festive ways to celebrate the Christmas season is to take a holiday house tour. This year, the McLean Traveler’s destination is the West End of Richmond, Va. The West End is comprised of several interesting neighborhoods and includes the campus of the University of Richmond. The tour includes a total of five homes in all shapes and sizes with a mix of redevelopment, additions and newer homes. Includes a buffet lunch at the University of Richmond Center.

Read more: MCC December 2019 Calendar

poster vendorMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for November 2019

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in November. 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
Mario The Maker Magician
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents
It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! As seen on “Sesame Street,” Sprout, and on a live on tour with David Blaine, who called him “the best kids magician in the world,” Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious and a very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths.

Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Indoor Waterpark
Monday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. 22101
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Teens can relive the summer with Old Firehouse staff at an indoor waterpark. It will be a day filled with speedy water slides, lazy river floating and arcade games. Admission and arcade cards are included in the fee.

Read more: MCC November 2019 Calendar of Events