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Registration for House Decorators: Aug. 9–Dec. 10
Contest and Voting: Dec. 20–Jan. 2
Activity No. 4707.221

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! Your McLean neighbors will vote for the top two winners in the following categories:

Best Overall: Features an exceptionally attractive, unique and complete design that utilizes space and resources well.
Most Creative/Original: Features exceptional use of creative ideas and lots of originality is evident in the design.
Best Holiday Theme: Features eye-catching decorations that clearly communicate a fully conceptualized theme.

Register online by clicking the Activity No. link above or by calling OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).

Join the McLean Fun Run!
Saturday, Oct. 2
Registration, PPU, Warmup begins at 7 a.m.; Race begins at 8 a.m.

McLean Square Shopping Center, 6631 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va. 22101


The McLean 5K Run is back this fall! Hosted by the McLean Community Center with the support of sponsors Century 21 New Millennium and the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, the race features a USATF certified course through the heart of McLean and is designed to appeal to runners of all abilities. The proceeds of the run benefit the McLean Community Foundation. Recruit a team of coworkers, teammates, fellow runners, neighbors, family members and friends and mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 2.

For more information and to register, go to mclean5k.com.

 

Monday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.
MCC Rear Plaza (across from the library). Outdoor Event -- Masks strongly recommended
Free admission; registration is required. Register here

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.

 

Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

The Alden. Masks required for all participants

Free admission. Registration is required. Register here. 


For ages 14+. The MCC proudly welcomes local faith leaders to discuss of how the 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.

 

Speakers include:

Rev. Dr. Rebekah Savage, Unitarian Universalist,
Rev. Dr. Savage began her ministry at UUCR in October 2015, grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where her family attended the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying non-Western theology as a Religious Studies major and minoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Rev. Savage attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City and, in her second year there, felt called to the ministry. She graduated with a master’s in divinity and Pastoral Theology. She completed Clinical Pastoral Education at a large hospital in Miami, Florida, and her internship at the Boca Raton Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida.

After the events of September 11, 2001, Rev. Savage felt drawn to military chaplaincy. She was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister in June 2003 and commissioned as an army chaplain in September 2003. Since becoming an army chaplain, Rev. Savage has spent the majority of her career on active duty and completed one overseas tour in Afghanistan. In 2007, she completed a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2014. Rev. Rebekah completed her doctorate of ministry in Military Chaplaincy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May 2020.

Outside of her ministry at UUCR, Rev. Rebekah serves as the co-chair of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and is active in many collegial support and study groups. You can also find Rev. Rebekah on bike trails, on a yoga mat or at the gym.

Friday, Oct. 8, 7–9 p.m.

Activity No. 4702.221

$5 per family of 4. Preregisration is recommended.

 

Gather the whole family around the computer or tablet and get ready for some socially distant trivia. Prizes for winning teams!

 

Register by clicking on the Activity No. or call OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).

Sunday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

McLean Central Park,
Free admission

 

The McLean Community Center has created the “purrfect” event for local pet owners and their beloved animals. 

Learn valuable information and get tips on pet products and services that can enhance the lives of your pet and improve your experience as a pet owner. A variety of pet-related exhibitors will be participating. Join the fun for the Pooch Parade at the event! Bring your leashed pets to show off their best costumes. 

 

Event features:
- Live demonstrations by Bone-A-Fied Talent Group, whose pets have been featured in Hollywood movies and national commercials
- Dog Agility Course
- Pet Trick Demos
- Live Petting Zoo
- Food Truck
- Variety of Pet Related Exhibitors
- Free Giveaways
- Live DJ
- Caricature Artist
- Also, dress your pet to participate in the Pet Parade
- And more!

All Pets must be leashed or secured in a carry bag or stroller.  All dogs must remain on a leash sporting their dog licenses and rabies tags. 

If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, visit our exhibitor information page

Monday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. - noon
Free admission

 

Enjoy the Fairfax County Public Schools' holiday by joining us for this FREE event that gives kids the chance to see, touch and explore some of their favorite cars and trucks.

 

McLean Community Center is helping the American Red Cross with Diverse Blood Donations!
It is urgent for donors of all ethnicities to support patients in need!


Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean Va. 22101


Join us and support the community with your lifesaving blood donation. All donors will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card via email.

 

For an appointment, click here or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor word: HEARTOFGOLD, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) Eligibility Questions: Call 1-866-236-3276.

Questions? Contact Melanie Hurley at melanie.hurley@heartogold.org or Meosha Hudson at 410-375-5190 or meosha.hudson@redcross.org.

 

Saturday,  Oct. 30, 5–10 p.m.
$5 per person; preregistration is recommended.

Activity No. 4704.221 

The Old Firehouse is transforming the inside of the center into the spookiest, scariest, walk-through experience in McLean. The House of Terror will be divided into two time slots:

• No Scares 5–7 p.m.: Participants can walk through the lighted path and view our actors and actresses with no jumps, scares or fears.
All Scares 7:30–10 p.m.: The effects are on, the lights are off, and the actors and actresses are out of sight and ready to surprise.

 

Trunk or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 30, 6–9 p.m.
Free for kids of all ages; preregistration is not required.


If the House of Terror isn’t your thing, no worries! Outside, the OFC's Trunk or Treat will have some music, fun and themed vehicles with Halloween candy to share while supplies last.

Friday, Nov. 12, 7–9:30 p.m.

Activity No. 4705.221

$15/$10 MCC district residents

 

Join us for an evening of fun and prizes! Enjoy free popcorn and winners will take their pick of prizes! Preregistration is recommended.

 

Register by clicking on the Activity No. or call OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).