<sh>Seeking Volunteers for Local Project
<bt>Americorps representative Katy Willson is looking for volunteers to help her remove invasive species this weekend at Marie Butler Leven Preserve, located at 1501 Kirby Rd. in McLean. The project is being done in conjunction with Earth Sangha, a Buddhist environmental organization, and local youth environmentalist group, “Shoots & Roots.” Volunteers are needed this Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marie Butler Leven Preserve would like to create a native arboretum at the project site. Those interested in volunteering should call Willson at 605-857-0610.
<sh>MCC Open Governing Board Meeting On Budget
<bt>The McLean Community Center’s Governing Board invites tax district residents to attend a finance committee “Meeting of the Whole” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Residents will learn the details of the Center’s proposed Fiscal Year 2009 budget. The Fiscal Year 2009 budget year runs from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. The Board is scheduled to approve the proposed budget at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will approve the final budget in spring 2008. For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.
<sh> Women Voters’ Event
At Community Center
<bt>The Fairfax County League of Women Voters invites members and guests to join them on Monday, Sept. 10, at 12:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center to voice their opinions and concerns on the issue of affordable housing.
Many working families are being priced out of the Fairfax County area. Traffic, quality of life, and community diversity are affected as people move farther from their jobs to seek housing they can afford. The McLean Community Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call Judy at 703-524-0991. This event is free and open to the public.
<sh>‘Concerts at the Alden’
<bt>A series of free classical music concerts sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library begins its 2007-2008 season with two events in September — an appearance by The Polaris Trio on Sept. 16 and a Young Soloists Recital on Sept. 30. Both concerts will be held at 3 p.m. at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue in McLean. For directions, call 703-790-0123.
The Polaris Trio is a combination of piano, oboe and viola. Its members include: Mark Hill, an accomplished oboe and English horn soloist, who has performed with major orchestras, as well as chamber ensembles, such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Katherine Murdock, a violist who has performed with such groups as Music from Marlboro and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist, who has a doctorate from the Juilliard School and was the 1994 first-prize winner of the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition.
The Young Soloists at the Sept. 30 concert will include pianists Johnny Stricklett, 11, a sixth grader who studies with Haskell Small; Virginia Hsu, 12, an eighth grader, who studies with Rosita Kerr Mang; and Rio Kaneko, 13, a seventh grader who studies with Marjorie Lee; as well as Elena Anne Olshin, 11, a home-schooled seventh grader who studies flute with Rebecca Collaros; and Andrew Lam, 15, a high school sophomore, who studies violin with Rhonda Cole.
Additional fall “Concerts at the Alden” events include a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble on Oct. 7 and pianist Eric Himy on Nov. 4. For a details, check the library’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.