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Register Now for a Cool, New Harvest of Fall Classes and Activities at the McLean Community Center

Registration is now open for McLean Community Center’s (MCC) fall session classes and activities. MCC provides a convenient and affordable continuing education resource for area residents, from infants through senior adults. Special Events, day trips and tours, as well as programs and day trips for area teens sponsored by the center’s Old Firehouse are some of the many fall activities the Center offers. Tax district residents receive a discount on fees, as do seniors age 60 or older for classes that are more than $50. An agency of Fairfax County Government, MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave..


A wide range of culinary arts classes for adults, including Cuban Cuisine, Fall Seafood, Fall Vegetarian, Ramen, Stocks and Sauces and The Art of the Sandwich are being offered. Other classes of interest include Dog Training, Giant Foods’ Six Weeks to Wellness, Zumba for Early Risers, Time to Unwind with Yoga, First Aid with CPR and Writing: Getting Started. The Senior Moments Adult Learning Program offers workshops of interest to seniors age 50 and older. The popular Technology Tutoring Workshops, which assists seniors in using their Apple devices, returns in September. Other senior workshops include How to Stay Safe in the Hospital, Estate Planning 101 and Financial Planning in the New Tax Reality.

Read more: Fall Class & Activity Registration is Open 

Glenn Yarborough and George SachsMCC Executive Director George Sachs named 2019 “Friend in Deed”

At its annual meeting, The Friends of the McLean Community Center (FMCC) awarded its 2019 “Friend in Deed” Award to McLean Community Center Executive Director George Sachs. Sachs is the 28th person to receive the award “with gratitude for outstanding leadership and support of the McLean Community Center.” FMCC President W. Glenn Yarborough, Jr. presented the award on Monday, June 10, at the center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Yarborough recognized Sachs for working to conceptualize, redesign, successfully fund and see to completion the $8 million renovation of the center’s Ingleside Avenue facility. “No one has had a more profound influence on McLean and the McLean Community Center than George,” said Yarborough. “George brought home the refurbishment of the MCC and has given all of us a center of McLean for all, young and old.”

The 24-month renovation and expansion project increased the center’s footprint by an additional 7,256 square feet and added three new meeting and activity rooms. A new stairway to the second floor of the building, where The Alden Theatre’s balcony and the McLean Project for the Arts are located, was added as was a new, glass-enclosed courtyard at the center of the building.

Read more: Sachs Named FMCC 2019 Friend of Deed

2019 Macdonald Scholarship Winners The Alden Awards 11 Young Performing Artists 2019 Macdonald Scholarships

McLean, Va.—The Alden in McLean has awarded scholarships to 11 local high school students through the 2019 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition began with a preliminary audition in February and culminated with final competitions on stage at The Alden on Wednesday, March 27 and Wednesday, May 15. A division of the McLean Community Center, 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). Scholarship prizes of $1,200 are awarded to students placing first in each of four categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre and Vocal Music. Second-place winners are awarded $800 and third-place winners win $400.

2019 Macdonald Scholarship Dance WinnersThis year’s winners are:

First Place: Isabela Swigart, McLean High School
Second Place: Lindsay Muangman, Langley High School


Instrumental Music
First Place: Simon Jian Mostaghim, The Potomac School

Read more: Macdonald Scholarships Award Winners 

Independence Day partrons in patriotic outfits
Fireworks, Food and Fun at a Familiar Location—McLean Community Center’s Independence Day Celebration Returns to Langley High School

McLean, Va.—McLean Community Center’s (MCC) annual 4th of July Fireworks and Independence Day Celebration will bring an evening of family fun to a familiar location. After three years at other locations, the celebration returns to Langley High School this year. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4; the fireworks show begins at sunset, approximately 9:15 p.m. In case of inclement weather, only the fireworks show will be presented on Friday, July 5, at 8 p.m. The school is located at 6520 Georgetown Pike. Admission is free.

Prior to the fireworks display, provided by Innovative Pyrotechnics Concepts, Inc., there will be musical entertainment by local disc jockey LA Express DJs,  Kathy and Sam Fanelli and food trucks selling a variety of entrees and snacks, including KOVI Asian Street Food Kitchen, The Big Cheese, Dogs on the Curb, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Tiki Treats DC, and Westray’s Finest Ice Cream.

A limited amount of parking is available at the school. Beginning at 6:25 p.m., free shuttle buses will run to and from three satellite parking sites:

• McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue
• St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike
• St. Luke Catholic Church and School, 7001 Georgetown Pike

Handicap-accessible buses will be available at all three sites.


Please note: smoking, pets, fireworks, glass containers, weapons, sparklers, vaping and alcohol are not allowed on school grounds. Water only is allowed on the artificial turf field.

For more information, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

The Alden in McLean Announces 2019-2020 Professional Artists Performance SeriesBPP Group NewWeb2

McLean, Va.— The Alden Theatre in McLean announces its 2019-2020 intergenerational, cross-genre presenting season. The season is filled with global talent that one rarely sees in such an intimate setting. With just 383 seats, The Alden offers a unique audience experience and a personal, community feel. Season highlights include a special Saint Patrick’s celebration from Celtic band Danú, stars of the Great White Way in “Broadway Princess Party” and Australian theatrical visionaries Slingsby. Tickets for all performances go on sale at www.aldentheatre.org on Monday, July 1. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Continuing its commitment to serve audiences of all ages, The Alden uses the following rating system: All Ages (AA): appropriate for audiences of every ages; Family Friendly (FF): programmed specifically for families with elementary-school-age children and younger; 13+: presentation contains subject matter and language that is best suited for teens and adults.


“Broadway Princess Party" (All Ages)
Sunday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m.
Limited VIP tickets with an exclusive meet-and-greet with the princesses, premium seating and autographed posters: $85/$60 MCC tax district residents/$80 students and seniors
$50/$35 MCC tax district residents/$45 students and seniors
“Broadway Princess Party” features Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Broadway’s original Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and voice of Meg in the movie “Hercules”) and Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (original Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway) and Christy Altomare (Anastasia in "Anastasia" on Broadway) singing every princess song in the book. Running time: 90 minutes.

Read more: The Alden Announces 2019-2020 Season

McLeanDay 2018 logoMore than 100 years of happiness—a McLean Day history

McLean, Va.—The rides, the amusements and all the many activities at McLean Day make for a happy experience for the whole family. That happiness has been a part of the history of McLean for 104 years now. When this year’s festival takes place, it will create new memories and more history for the community and the individuals who attend. McLean Day 2019 will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Lewinsville Park. The park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), the event is free and open to the public.

McLean Day was established in 1915 and was the first festival of its kind in Fairfax County. It was created by the McLean School and Civic League and the McLean Volunteer Fire Department as a fundraiser for Franklin Sherman School. Originally, it was a week-long festival, and for years it was held on the Saturday preceding the Democratic Primary in August. In ensuing years, the festival took on a variety of forms and acquired several sponsoring organizations. In 1973, MCC cosponsored McLean Day with SHARE of McLean and eventually became its sole producer.

For more information, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. The Center’s telephone will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the festival.
funnel cake ladyTacos to lobster rolls—the international food court at McLean Day has it all

McLean, Va.— Lobster rolls, tacos, empanadas, pizza, grilled cheese and French-fried chicken sandwiches are just a few of the many international flavors at this year’s McLean Day festival. Produced by McLean Community Center, the festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Admission is free.

Empanadas de Mendoza
A variety of empanadas, choripan, chimi fries, churros, lemonade, soda and bottled water.

McLean Rotary Club
Pizza, hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda and water.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
Maine and Connecticut lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, clam chowder, lobster mac and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, sodas and whoopie pies.

Ride Concession Trailers
Corn dogs, funnel cakes, popcorn, ice cream, soda, coffee and water.

Read more: International Food at McLean Day 

whova logo boxThe app is back, for McLean Day that is

McLean, Va.—Use your phone to get up-to-the-minute information on all aspects of McLean Day 2019 by downloading the McLean Day app. Returning for a second year, the free app is the latest way event producer McLean Community Center allows patrons to stay in-the-know. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Admission is free.

In 2018, MCC established the new app in cooperation with Whova, Inc., an app development company based in San Diego, Calif. Patrons can download the app to their smart phones or other devices by searching for the Whova App in the Apple Store or Google Play. Once it has been downloaded, use the search feature to find McLean Day on May 18.

The McLean Day app will allow patrons to:
• View the day’s schedule and create a personal schedule of their own.
• Receive announcements and notifications throughout the day.
• Use an interactive map of the park to find the location of various activities.

Read more: There's an app for McLean Day

Shuttle patronsTake a Free Shuttle to McLean Day and Leave the Driving to Us

McLean, VA — Parking is prohibited at Lewinsville Park all day on McLean Day 2019. Event producer, McLean Community Center (MCC), encourages residents who plan to attend the festival to make use of three satellite parking lots and a free shuttle bus service that will help relieve congestion around the park. The free festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, May 18; the park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.

Taking a shuttle is the best transportation option for patrons seeking to get to the park as parking on surrounding streets is also limited.

With the help of its community partners, MCC has secured the use of the following parking locations. ADA-accessible shuttles will run between the hours of 10:25 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Read more: Take a Shuttle to McLean Day

large carnival ridePrepare to be Amazed—Here’s what you need to know about McLean Day 2019 

McLean, Va.—On Saturday, May 18, the McLean Community Center’s free, annual outdoor festival, McLean Day, returns to Lewinsville Park. A wide variety of rides, games, activities and performances are planned. Here’s a brief rundown of what festival attendees can expect to see, hear and experience at the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.

Sponsors Help Make McLean Day Happen
McLean Day is produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC). Community-minded local businesses enhance festival offerings. This year’s sponsors are: Wheat’s Landscaping (Park Beautification); State Farm Agent Lynn Heinrichs (Stage); Giant Food (Marketplace); Squeals on Wheels (Petting Zoo); Burke & Herbert Bank (Picnic Tent in Kids Way); McLean Properties (Balloon Twisters), Washington Fine Properties (Picnic Tent in Food Court) and Mars, Inc. (Climbing Wall).

A Brief History of 104 Years of Fun
The history of McLean Day is long and varied. In 1915, it began as a school and community fundraiser put on by the McLean School and Civic League at Franklin Sherman School. A host of community organizations kept it going over the years, until the mid-1970s when McLean Community Center (MCC) began producing it. Lewinsville Park became the festival’s home in 1988.

There’s an App for McLean Day
Returning for a second year—the Whova McLean Day App! Stay in the know about festival happenings by downloading the free Whova app from The App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, search for “McLean Day 2019.” 

Read more: What's Happening @ McLean Day 2019