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Free Weekend on Express Lanes

If you've wanted to try the 495 Express Lanes, but haven't had a chance, this Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, you can practice using the Express Lanes for free. This weekend, no E-ZPass® required. Even if you do have an E-ZPass, you won't be charged a toll.

Now's your chance – check out your commute to the office. Explore new exits in Merrifield at Route 29 and in Tysons at Westpark and Jones Branch. Free travel available from Saturday, April 6 at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m. Vehicles with 3 or more axles are prohibited. E-ZPass required all other times.

Sara Fitzgerald to Speak at AAUW Author Luncheon

The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding its annual Author Luncheon gathering at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at the McLean Community Center. The luncheon will be catered by The Gourmet Basket of McLean. This meeting will also serve as the April branch meeting. Make your luncheon reservations by April 5 by sending a check for $25 made out to Angela Ehemann.

AAUW will have Sara Fitzgerald as the guest speaker. Her book, Elly Peterson, "Mother" of the Moderates, is an account of one of the country's first female political leaders.

McLean Orchestra to Host ‘Midnight in Paris’

The McLean Orchestra’s 2013 Gala, "Midnight in Paris," will be held on Sunday, April 21, 6 to 11 p.m. at the renovated Hilton McLean. Celebrate the orchestra’s biggest night of the year with local celebrity Charles Mann, master of ceremonies. The night offers an open bar and gourmet hors d'oeuvres, dining on French cuisine and specialty chocolates, classical entertainment by live chamber ensembles and French songs by soprano Melissa Mino, having your photo taken next to the glittering Eiffel Tower, and dancing the night away to The Elegant DJ. A box auction, game prizes and a live auction conducted by Chicago showman David Goodman of Auction Results will offer something for everyone, including fine wine, fashion accessories, adventure experiences, and luxury travel to London, Mexico, Tuscany and Paris to name a few.

To reserve tickets call 571-332-5426 or visit www.mclean-orchestra.org/gala.

Langley High to Host Relay for Life

A group of students from Langley High School are organizing a Relay For Life fundraising event benefiting the American Cancer Society which will be held on April 27-28. The event is one of only two Relay For Life events in Northern Virginia that is completely planned and organized by

students.

Almost 300 students, parents, and teachers from the Langley HS community have already signed up for the event and $18,649 has been raised since the beginning of the year toward Langley’s fundraising goal of $30,000.

Twenty-seven teams, mostly consisting of students, have registered and are currently raising money to reach their personal fundraising goals. At the event, which lasts from 6 p.m. (April 27) until 6 a.m. (April 28), teams of students will pitch tents on the Langley HS football field and will have at least one member of their team walking on the track at all times, symbolizing the fact that cancer never sleeps. To kick off the event, local cancer survivors walk the first lap around the track. Music, games, contests and activities will last throughout the night.

All donations from Relay For Life go to the American Cancer Society which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

McLean Baptist Church Partners With SCAN

McLean Baptist Church and Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia are helping provide financial support and taking action in SCAN’s public education campaign during April, national Child Abuse Prevention month. As a SCAN 2013 Pinwheel Partner, McLean Baptist Church has committed to help change the way our community thinks about child abuse prevention.

SCAN has chosen the pinwheel, a familiar childhood toy, as the symbol for childhood abuse prevention. On Easter Sunday, March 31, McLean Baptist, led by the children of the church family, planted pinwheel gardens on the church property to show support of this cause. As part of the month-long awareness campaign, McLean Baptist will also be hosting a “Parenting Beyond Your Capacity” class to help families increase their parenting capacity by connecting with available resources. This class will be held at the church, on Sunday mornings, beginning April 21 through May 19, from 9:45-10:45 a.m.

For more information about McLean Baptist Church’s activities to support SCAN during the month of April, please visit the church’s website, http://www.mcleanbaptist.org/ or call the church office at 703-356-8080.