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<sh>Auditions Scheduled

<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>Trail To Open

<bt>The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Park Authority will open a new section of natural surface trail and stepping stone crossings in the Pimmit Run Stream Valley between Old Dominion Drive and Pimmit Bend Park in McLean. Volunteers from Fairfax Trails and Streams constructed the trail and improvements, under the guidance of Park Authority staff.

The park properties involved in this project begin at the crossing of Pimmit Run and Old Dominion Drive and end at Brookhaven Drive. Improvements for this trail include the construction of approximately 3/4 mile of natural surface trail, the installation of four fairweather stepping stone crossings and the installation of a new pedestrian crossing at Old Dominion Drive with related safety signage.

Brief ribbon cutting ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. From the McLean Square Shopping Mall, located at 6643 Old Dominion Drive, cross at the pedestrian crossing, turn to the right, and walk approximately 300 yards along the sidewalk, and cross Pimmit Run on the Old Dominion/Pimmit Run pedestrian bridge. Turn right at the trailhead and follow the signs to the event. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

<sh>AAUW Collects

40,000 Books

<bt>This summer the McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women collected and sorted over 40,000 books, videos tapes and CDs with the help of the Sun Trust Bank at 515 Maple Ave. E in Vienna. The books are sorted according to category and will be transported to the McLean Community Center for the 38th annual McLean AAUW sale at the Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. on Friday, Sept. 14 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16, noon-4 p.m. The sale benefits scholarships for women. For information, call 703-726-6470.