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Week in McLean

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.

Funding Secured for New Sound Wall

Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-34) announced that funding has been approved for construction of a sound wall at the Scotts Run community in McLean. Located between Lewinsville Road and Georgetown Pike, Section 13-A has been a long-time gap in the sound wall, which has left homeowners living on Scotts Run, Helga Place and Saigon Road with a considerable amount of traffic noise from the Capital Beltway.

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that the bidding closed on Wednesday, March 27, with an estimated construction cost of $3 million. The contract will now be sent to the Commonwealth Transportation Board for approval before construction can begin on Section 13-A. When completed, the sound wall will be one contiguous 3,000-foot-wall between 18 and 19 feet in height.

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.