Camps and Schools

Camps and Schools

Cartooning is just one of the many art classes being offered at MCC. The Creative Art Studio, sponsored by the McLean Project for the Arts, offers classes in drawing, illustrating stories, paper creations and beginning watercolors, among others. Classes are available for 6- to 8-year-olds and 8- to 11-year-olds until mid-August. To register or for more information, call 703-827-8255, 703-790-0123/TTY, or visit

McLean Community Center Culinary Arts Program campers are improving their gourmet cooking skills with instruction from chefs Joel Olson and John Bauhs this summer. Olson is executive chef of Hemmachef (Swedish for “home chef”) and has written columns for The Children’s Post and provides culinary instruction for Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma and Border’s Books. Bauhs has prepared meals for President George W. Bush, Montel Williams and the rock band Cheap Trick and is owner of Resident Gourmet Personal Chef Service. Menus being taught include marinated salmon with tomatoes, margarita chicken sticks with jalapeno lime dipping sauce, miso soup with scallops and peas, and lemon mousse. The week-long camps are offered for eight- to 12-year-olds and 13- to 17-year-olds. Topics range from kitchen rules and responsibilities to knife safety and table manners. The camps continue until the last week in August. To register or for more information, call 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255, or visit: The Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Registration is now open for Children's Summer Art Camp at McLean Project for the Arts. This popular program is held at the McLean Community Center. Week-long classes include Animals in Art, Illustrating Stories and Paper Creations for first- through third-graders; 3-D Art Adventures, Cartooning and Drawing and Painting from Nature for fourth- through sixth-graders. Also offered are a variety of Abrakadoodle classes for children ages 2-12. Children may attend any number of sessions. Tuition is $125 per session; $135 for non-residents. Visit or call 703-790-1953.

The Great Falls Art Center is now taking registrations for July and August's annual Summer Art Camp. The 2005 art camp for children ages 6 and up will be every day, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the art studio on Walker Road. Campers may sign up for one week, two weeks or more. The art instruction will be different for each of the eight weeks. For an application call 703-759-3867 or e-mail

Junior Ranger Summer Camp. Great Falls Park offers an adventurous, two-day program including a variety of activities such as hikes and nature-related projects that educate young people about the park and the natural environment they live in. For children 8-11. The sessions are on July 27-28 and Aug. 10-11 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no fee to attend but pre-registration is required. Openings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 703-285-2965.

Registration for classes for the fall semester at Northern Virginia Community College began July 14. There are more than 160 programs of study from which to choose. Classes for the fall semester start Aug. 22. To get a complete list of the classes available, vist, or call 703-323-3196. New students can apply for admission at or visit any NVCC campus location: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield or Woodbridge. Students who have taken a class at NVCC any time in the last three years can register online or over the telephone at 703-323-3770 or in person at any campus.

Volunteer Fairfax hosts the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, at the Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. The institute is free for local high school students and provides a unique combination of leadership and community service skills that prepare them for active roles in improving the quality of life in their community. At the end of the institute, students will be charged with the planning and implementation of a service project to be completed on Oct. 22, 2005. Students will be required to attend an additional planning session on Sept. 14. PYLI is free. The program is open to students entering grades 10-12. Applications are available at or by contacting Emily Swenson at 703-246-3460 or

Matthew Deery will participate in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. July 23-Aug. 2. The conference is a program for high school students who exemplify leadership potential and scholastic merit. Deery will take part in various leadership skill-building activities.

Robert Crawford, of McLean, a finalist in Johnson and Wales' 16th annual National High School Recipe Contest in February, will be featured on a documentary airing on the Food Network Aug. 7 at 10 p.m. The program, "Challenges: Top Teen Chef," shows what went on behind the scenes at the contest and who won the two full-tuition scholarships, worth $80,000 each.

Dianne Heath, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Heath of Great Falls, graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy on May 28. She was the cross-country MVP for two years in a row and was also awarded the Coach’s Award for soccer this year. She was one of the highest-ranking cadets in the Academy’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and she was also named to the dean’s list for her high academic average. At the end of the year, Heath received two of the Academy’s highest honors, the American Citizenship Award and the Most Genteel Female Award. This fall, Heath plans to attend Emory & Henry College, where she was offered a $34,000 scholarship.

Carter B. Simpson Jr. of Great Falls, an 11th-grader at Phillips Exeter Academy, earned Honors for the spring term. He is in his third year at the independent secondary school in Exeter, N.H.