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McLean AAUW to Host Malaysian Diplomatic Wives

McLean Area AAUW will hold an annual business meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. Before the business meeting, there will be treats, both cultural and culinary. This Branch meeting is also an annual potluck dinner: those with last names beginning with A through H are asked to bring a main dish, names beginning I through R a side dish or salad, and those with last names beginning with S through Z a dessert. Beverages will be provided.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. by welcoming Suriyah Shahril, the wife of the deputy chief of mission for the Embassy of Malaysia, who will talk about Malaysia with a focus on Malaysian textiles and designs used in traditional Malaysian attire. She will be joined by several diplomatic wives who will be wearing traditional Malaysian dresses.

During the business meeting, branch members will vote on 10 proposed bylaws amendments and six changes to the branch standing rules.

The next McLean AAUW Branch meeting is the Annual Author’s luncheon on April 12 at 11:30 a.m. which will be catered and features Sara Fitzgerald, author of Elly Petersen: “Mother” of the Moderates.

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss County Budget

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust has scheduled three town hall meetings in March and April to give Dranesville residents an opportunity to learn about and discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 (FY2014) Budget for Fairfax County. County management and budget staff will be present to make a summary presentation of the budget and answer questions. The McLean session will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.

For details about the FY2014 Budget visit the county website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb. For more information on these public meetings contact Jane Edmondson in Supervisor Foust’s Dranesville District office at 703-356-0551, TTY 711 or email Dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Vienna Quilt Shop Becomes ‘Quilt Shop of McLean’

After 25 years, the Vienna Quilt Shop, home of the “Quilt Doctor®,” will be moving, effective April 1, 2013. The new signature “Quilt Shop of McLean” will be located at 6724 Curran St. in McLean.

The larger fabric design center will continue to provide distinctive personal detailing, restoration, and custom work in contemporary and vintage textiles. The work encompasses such recent projects as restoring a puppy chewed antique quilt, reweaving a civil war coverlet, and arranging school memorabilia in quilt form to cherish forever.

To fully ensure customer satisfaction, all custom work at the atelier is done under the watchful eye of Clara Sue Ashley, a textile specialist with the company for 16 years.

The Quilt Doctor’s® owner, Nancy Preston, and her professional staff extend a warm welcome to everyone. For more information call 703-281-4091 or 800-281-4010.

Applications Accepted for James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship

High school students who want to further their interests in the fine arts are invited to enter the 2013 James C. Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition. Sponsored by the Alden Theatre, the scholarship competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students. The deadline for applying for this year’s competition is Monday, April 1.

The competition is open to ninth-12th grade students who reside or attend school in Dranesville Small Tax District 1A. A $1,200 scholarship prize will be given to first-place winners in each of the following categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Second-place winners in all five categories will receive $800. Third-place winners each receive $400. There are no restrictions on the use of the award money. Finalists must be present and prepared to perform at the final competition in the Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, to be eligible to receive an award.

Application forms are available online and at the reception desk of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue. A non-refundable, $15 fee is required for each application form submitted. For more information visit: www.aldentheatre.org or send an email message to Alden youth programs director Kathy Herr at HYPERLINK "mailto:kathleen.herr@fairfaxcounty.gov" kathleen.herr@fairfaxcounty.gov.

MPA Announces a Call for Artists for MPAartfest

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is looking for artists to participate in the seventh annual MPAartfest. McLean's popular outdoor arts festival will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, in McLean Central Park. Art-lovers flock to the park to see and purchase the work of 50 local and regional juried artists. With live music, a children's art walk, Innovation Station for art activities, local food and more, MPAartfest is a day for the whole family.

Artists can find the application on McLean Project for the Arts' website at www.mpaart.org/artfest.php. The deadline for application is May 1 and selected artists will be posted on the MPA website on June 1.

For additional information about MPA, visit www.mpaart.org.

Stroke and Osteoporosis Screenings Coming to McLean

Residents living in and around the McLean community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. American Legion Post #270 will host a Life Line Screening on March 13. The site is located at 1355 Balls Hill Road in McLean. Four key points every person needs to know:

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability

  • 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke

  • Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke

  • Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Community Garage Sale and Recycling Event on April 6

The McLean Community Center will host McLean Spring Community Garage Sale and Recycling Event on Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1420 Beverly Road (Intersection of Beverly Road and Ingleside Avenue, behind Giant McLean. Almost 60 sellers will be on hand. Selling spaces are available for those who would like to sell on a first-come, first-served basis for $40. Commercial vendors and/or flea market dealers are not allowed at this sale, only residents selling gently used household items. (MCC’s fall flea market sale includes commercial vendors.)

Included in the spring sale is a recycling and shredding event. Bring your documents and computer hardware, such as hard drives, to be disposed of onsite during the sale. Also, leftover sale items can be donated to charity as a truck will be on site for those collections.

To register as a seller, visit the McLean Community Center website at http://www.mcleancenter.org/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2013/04/06/1059/79/mclean-spring-community-garage-sale-and-recycling-event.