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<sh>MCC Seeking Board Candidates

<bt>The McLean Community Center is currently seeking candidates for its 2007-2008 Governing Board.

The Community Center is looking for district residents to serve on its Governing Board, which sets policy and provides general oversight for all the facilities and programs of the Center. This year, there are three adult and two youth positions (ages 15-17) available. Adults serve a three-year term, and youth serve a one-year term. All candidates must be residents of the Center’s tax district (Small District One of Dranesville in Fairfax County). One youth candidate from the area served by McLean High School and one youth candidate from the area served by Langley High School will be elected. Candidates need not attend these schools to run. Each candidate must obtain 10 signatures of endorsement from tax district residents and submit information about their candidacy for publication. Petition forms will be available starting Monday, Feb. 26, at the Center’s reception desk. Petitions must be filed at the McLean Community Center no later than 5 p.m., on Friday, March 30. For more information, call the Center at 730-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255 (hearing impaired only).

<sh>Arts Scholarship Candidates Sought

<bt>Each year, the McLean Community Center recognizes the talent of young performing and visual artists through the Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition.

Following a preliminary audition and a final round of competition, prizes are awarded to three finalists in each of four categories: Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts. Only high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean tax district (District One of Dranesville) are eligible to apply. Application forms are available at the Center’s reception desk and at the guidance offices of Langley High School and McLean High School. A non-refundable $15 fee is required for application form submitted. Students may enter more than one category. Applications must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 28. Preliminary auditions will be held during the last week of March. Awards will be presented at the finals on Thursday, April 26. For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255.

<sh>Candidates Sought for Leadership Programs

<bt>Leadership Fairfax Inc., a Vienna-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to developing leaders in Northern Virginia, is seeking candidates for two programs — the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute. Interested candidates can attend a recruiting preview to learn more. Upcoming recruiting preview dates, times and locations are as follows:

* Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700, Vienna;

* Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church; and

* Tuesday, April 17 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, 1763 Fountain Drive, Reston.

The programs are open to individuals who live or work in Northern Virginia. Leadership Fairfax selects participants each year from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors of Northern Virginia. The application deadline for both programs is May 1. Applications are available on LFI’s Web site or by calling the LFI office at 703-752-7557.

<sh>Register for Winter/Spring Classes

<bt>Class registration for the McLean Community Center's Winter/Spring Session is in full swing. More than 100 classes are being offered, and with a new online registration option, center patrons can register in less than 20 minutes. Winter/Spring session classes will begin the week of Feb. 4. Unless otherwise noted, classes will be held at the Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue. Adult classes include Painting with Acrylics (offered by The McLean Project for the Arts and The Corcoran College of Art & Design), Computer Basics for Seniors, Digital Imaging, Beginning Adult Hip-Hop, and Yoga Plus Pilates, among other offerings. The McLean Cooks Culinary Training Program is offering Knife Skills and Cooking without a Recipe, along with new classes, like New Orleans River Feast, Tex/Mex Magic, Thai Nights, Stocks and Sauces, Greek Vacation Food and Poultry Preparedness. Children's classes include: Drawing, Painting and Making Things, Abrakadoodle Spring Break Art Camp, Parent & Child Valentine Cookies, Teen Cuisine, Cooking with Dad, and Science and Robotics.

McLean tax district residents receive the MCC Winter/Spring 2007 Program Guide by mail. The guide gives detailed descriptions of all classes, tours, community events, youth activities and visual and performing arts programs at the Center during the months of January through April. Program guides also are available in MCC's lobby. A complete listing of classes and events can be found online at www.mcleancenter.org.

<sh>MCC Offers Online Registration

<bt>The McLean Community Center is now offering its patrons online registration for a variety of classes, activities and events through its Web site www.mcleancenter.org. The Center has contracted with The Active Network Inc., based in San Diego, California. For enhanced security, all registration transactions will be processed on a Verisign secured site. More than 1,300 parks and recreation agencies in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand use the program. For more information on online registration at the McLean Community Center, call 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255 (hearing impaired only), or visit www.mcleancenter.org.