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Week in McLean

‘Proceed to Improv’ at Teen Center

On Thursday evenings, April 11, May 9 and June 13, from 7-9 p.m. The Alden Hosts “Code 20: Proceed to Improv,” evenings of improv, comedy and music at The Old Firehouse Teen Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

Studio Rep, the only professional teen repertory company in the McLean area, hosts this ongoing event where high school students and adults can come to watch and join in improv comedy games, perform at an open mic and be entertained by some of Washington's best professional improv teams.

For more information, contact The Alden’s Performing Arts Assistant Jeff Virchow at 703-744-9353 or jeffrey.virchow@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit the website: http://bit.ly/14Tgz52.

Strive Today for a Healthier Way’ Conference on April 13

Looking for ways to help youth learn healthy stress-relief alternatives to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs? Then register today to attend the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County’s “Strive Today for a Healthier Way” Prevention Conference on Saturday, April 13, at Falls Church High School. Although geared to middle school students and parents, the conference is open to any adult in the community. The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. and runs until 1:30 p.m.

The conference will include workshops for middle school students on positive activities from music and martial arts to Zumba and cooking and more. High school members of the UPC Youth Council will be working with adult leaders to facilitate the student sessions. Three young adults who have overcome difficulties will conclude the workshop with their “Silver Lining Stories.”

Neuropsychologist William Stixrud, Ph.D., is the keynote speaker for adults and will talk about stress and understanding the teen brain. Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) officers will do a parent workshop on current youth substance use trends. Other adult workshops will include tips for talking with your teen and handling the stress of homework.

Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Government are partners with UPC in working to prevent alcohol and other drug use during the transition years by supporting healthy teen growth. FCPS and Board of Supervisors Chairmen Ilryong Moon and Sharon Bulova joined Deputy County Administrator David Rohrer in encouraging parents to attend the event.

Registration is available online at www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org.