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<sh>Auditions for ‘Captain John Smith’

<bt>The McLean and Great Falls Celebrate Virginia 1607-2007 announces auditions for “Captain John Smith: HiStory of McLean and Great Falls,” an original play that traces the history of the McLean and Great Falls area from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through to the present day. Auditions will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday Sept. 6 at the McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., 7 to 10 p.m.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The roles to be cast are: 16th Century Captain John Smith, “egotistical but endearing,” will take the action of the play from beginning to end, and can be played by any adult age; Younker, a young teen/pre-teen sidekick who accompanies Smith throughout play; seven to nine men, and five women of various ages, all of whom will play multiple roles throughout the production; and four to six children needed for mostly non-speaking roles.

Performances will be the weekend following Thanksgiving at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center. The evening performances will be on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday Nov. 24, and matinee performances will be on Saturday Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25. Actors must be available to rehearse Thanksgiving week, but will have Thanksgiving Day off with a final rehearsal on Friday afternoon Nov. 23.

For more information contact the director, Jessie Roberts at jessmar@cox.net.

<sh>GFCA Meeting on New Fire Station

<bt>Those interested in the future of the Great Falls village area are encouraged to attend and to provide their views on the preliminary design for the new Great Falls Fire Station. The design team, led by Tom Lee of Samaha Associates, as well as representatives of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department and other County staff members will present the preliminary design for a completely new facility to replace the existing fire station in the center of Great Falls.

This meeting will be the primary opportunity for community input regarding the preliminary design plans. The Great Falls Citizens Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Great Falls Grange beginning at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Visit www.gfcitizens.org.

<sh>Women’s Club Annual Opening Tea

<bt>The Great Falls Women's Club will hold its Annual Opening Tea and Auction on Thursday, Sept. 20, 1-3 p.m. at a member's home. The cost is $20 per person. Chartered in 1980, the Great Falls Women’s Club provides financial and volunteer assistance to local organizations, including the Fairfax Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Project Linus and the Great Falls Women's Club Scholarship Fund. The club welcomes new members. For more information about the Tea, or to make a reservation, contact Lindy Donalty at 703-759-3447. To learn more about the Great Falls Women's Club, contact Barbara Slaybaugh, president, at P. O. Box 113, Great Falls, VA 22066, 703-759-5027.

<sh>Lions Club To Host Crab Feast

<bt>The Great Falls Lions Club will be holding the annual all-you-can-eat crab feast at the Great Falls Firehouse 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. In addition to unlimited crabs, hot dogs, corn on the cob, soft drinks and iced tea are included in the price. Tickets at the door are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Reservations for advance tickets held at the door are $32 for adults and $18 for children if mailed to Great Falls Lions Charities, P.O. Box 43, Great Falls VA 22066 and received by Sept. 1.