Week in McLean

Week in McLean

Renovation for Lewinsville Senior Center

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the renovation of the Lewinsville Center on March 3, 2015.

"Our senior citizens deserve a better senior center," said Dranesville Supervisor John Foust.

The Planning Commission recommended approval of the plan unanimously on Jan. 29.

Plans for the renovation to the county-owned facility have been in the making for more than 10 years, with proposals for the 8.66 acre property dating back to 2003.

When completed, the new Lewinsville Center will consist of two new buildings. Wesley Hamel will build 82 units of independent housing in the residential building and the county will renovate the senior center, the adult day care, and two childcare centers, according to Fairfax County documents.

Construction is expected to take 18 months and will tentatively begin in Spring 2016, according to Fairfax County documents. Planners hope for residents to move in during the Fall of 2017.

Protecting Tree Canopy

McLean Citizens Association responded to concern of residents of the loss of tree canopy in established neighborhoods.

The citizens association, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary of advocacy this year, will host a “Tree Forum” at the McLean Community Center on Tuesday, March 24, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Learn what the County and private citizens can do to preserve and protect neighborhood trees.

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, Robert Vickers of the Fairfax County Tree Commission and members from the the McLean Trees Foundation and Virginia Cooperative Extension will speak.

No Increase on Tax Rate

Chairman Sharon Bulova was scheduled to announce Tuesday, March 3 that there will be no increase to the advertised real estate tax rate this year.

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold town hall meetings around the county, with presentations about the budget and an opportunity for questions and feedback.

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and School Board member Jane Strauss will host McLean’s budget meeting on Wednesday, March 11 from 7:30 to 9:30.

The meeting takes place at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, on Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Other sessions include:

Dranesville District Budget Meeting at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.

Chairman Bulova's Community Dialogue on the Budget at Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax - Conference Room 9/10, Saturday, March 14, 2:30 p.m.

Gala & Auction Registration Deadline

The 21st Annual Gala & Auction, benefiting Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 14, 6-10 p.m. at the new Vinson Hall Community Building at 1735 Kirby Road in McLean.

Registration closes Thursday, March 5.

The event’s honoree is Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, President and CEO of

Business Executives for National Security, former 19th Chief of Staff of the

U.S. Air Force. Special Guest Speaker: U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10).

Since 1969, Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation continues to

fulfill its vision to be a leader in developing innovative models for senior living, health and wellness preserving programs, as well as community partnerships.

Proceeds will go towards Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing, Resident Assistance, and Research & Technology.

Please join for an evening of friendship, entertainment, and fun. $195 Per Guest, $375 per couple, Valet Parking. Cocktail Attire. Military: Service Dress Blue (or Equivalent) Uniform. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Contact: Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Tel: 703-538-2970, www.NMCGRF.org

email to:development@vinsonhall.org

Comstock Announces Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10) announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for the 10th Congressional District. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the District. The winner of the competition will have their piece of art displayed in the United States Capitol. Comstock is a member of the Congressional Art Caucus and started the House Arts Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly.

“I am looking forward to seeing what interesting and innovative art the students create,” said Congresswoman Comstock.

Students should drop-off their completed artwork on March 25, between 1 to 6 p.m. at Enterprise Hall on the campus of the George Washington Virginia Science & Technology Campus. All art submitted will be on display from April 3 to May 7 on the campus of VSTC. Art submitted must be ready to hang and entries are limited to two per student. On the evening of May 4, the First, Second, Third, Honorable Mention, and Best In Show awards will be announced. For information and guidelines about the 2015 Congressional Art Competition go to Congresswoman Comstock’s website. Competitors can also contact Lucy Norment in the Congresswoman’s office at 703-404-6903 or by email at Lucy.Norment@mail.house.gov

Fundraiser Supporting LiftMeUp!

A fundraiser for LiftMeUp! has been announced by HBC Realty Group’s (Keller Williams Realty) Community Charity Champions. Come to dinner on Tuesday, March 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean to support LiftMeUp! Enjoy dinner and know that approximately 70 percent of the proceeds from food and drink will go to the charity, as long as the diner brings the flyer for the event. Contact HBC Realty Group at 703-734-0192 or visit www.HBCRealtyGroup.com to receive a flyer.

Lift Me Up! has been providing safe and effective therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities in Great Falls for 40 years. The money raised at this event will go to the "Good fences make good neighbors" campaign to help pay for improvements to the property that will ensure the safety of horses and riders. Lift Me Up! is building new fences along the Georgetown Pike and replacing older fencing around the property as well. Fencing keeps horses and people where they are supposed to be and is essential to the operation of the program.

Sponsors of the event are: Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy with the HBC Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty, Betty Sparkman and Chris Lara of Reveal Remodel, Marcus Simon with EKKO Title, Kevin Dougherty of Pillar to Post, Kathy and Justin Neal of The Neal Team/SunTrust Mortgage, The McLean Chamber of Commerce, and Moe Jebali with Pulcinella Italian Host.

Youth Art Shows to Open in McLean

Youth Art Shows will be on exhibit at McLean Project for the Arts, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.

Youth Art Exhibition I (McLean Pyramid) will be held March 12 to 22, with an

Opening Reception on Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Youth Art Exhibition II (Langley Pyramid) will be held March 25 to April 5, with an

Opening Reception, Wednesday, March 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Emerson Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Atrium and Ramp Galleries are open Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m;

Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to midnight; Sunday: 12 to 6 p.m.