Week in McLean

Week in McLean

Public Hearing on MCC Programs Set for March 30

McLean Community Center’s 11-member Governing Board is inviting residents of the Center’s special tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, to share their thoughts on Center programs and services at a Public Hearing on Programs to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. The regular monthly meeting of the Governing Board will follow the hearing. These meetings were originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 23. All meetings of the board are open to the public. The Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Residents of the Center’s tax district who attend the meeting can voice their opinions on current Center offerings and make suggestions for improving current programs or adding new initiatives. The hearing is one step in planning for the FY 2018 budget cycle, which begins July 1, 2017.

Residents who would like to speak at the hearing may call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, to have their names placed on the speakers’ list so that a schedule may be established. Residents may submit written comments by mail, fax (703-556-0547), email (george.sachs@fairfaxcounty.gov) or in person up to seven days after the hearing.

Deadline Approaches for Nominating Petitions

The filing deadline for the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 2016-2017 Governing Board election is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Residents of Dranesville Small Tax District 1A who are interested in running for a seat on the board can still enter the race. The Board sets policy and provides general oversight for MCC facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Teen Center on Chain Bridge Road. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

All residents of the Center’s tax district are eligible to run for a seat on the 11-member board. Candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 McLean tax district residents in order to have their names placed on the election ballot. Nominating petition forms are available at the Center.

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. Adult board members serve three-year terms. Youth members serve one-year terms. Adult candidates must be at least 18 years old as of McLean Day, Saturday, May 21. Youth candidates must be 15 to 17 years old as of McLean Day. One youth member who lives within the McLean High School boundary area will be elected; one youth member who lives within the Langley High School boundary area will be elected. Youth candidates are not required to attend either school; however, they must reside in the boundary areas served by one of the schools as defined by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Residents of the tax district may cast their votes in the election between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the McLean Day 2016: Celebrating Our Hometown festival at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road. Adults may vote for up to three adult candidates, and youth may vote for one youth candidate from the Langley High School boundary area and one candidate from the McLean High School boundary area. Residents may vote by absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots will be available at the Center and at the Old Firehouse Teen Center (1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean) from Monday, April 11, through Wednesday, May 18.

For more information on the MCC Governing Board Election, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, send an e-mail to elections@mcleancenter.org or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Drivers, Volunteers Needed for Shepherd’s Center

The Shepherd’s Center of McLean, Arlington and Falls Church needs volunteers to help transport people to and from medical and therapy appointments, the pharmacy and grocery store.

No long term commitment is required and you accept to take someone to a medical appointment, make a visit or call only when your schedule permits.

To find out more about the Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church and how you can become a volunteer driver, visitor or caller, call the Center at 703-506-2199 or e-mail the Center at info@scmafc.org. The Center’s website is www.scmafc.org.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm Opens on April 1 for 2016 Season

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, a living history museum and National Park that depicts daily life on a working farm just prior to the American Revolution, opens for the 2016 season on Friday, April 1. The Farm is located on 70 acres in McLean, and features a Colonial farmhouse, kitchen garden, apple orchard and 18th-century fenced crop fields, all accessible by trails and paths. Visitors can see heritage breed animals on the site such as American Devon Milking Cattle, Ossabow Island Hogs, Bronzeback and Spanish Black Turkeys, a variety of chickens and geese, and Boy, the resident farm cat. Participatory educational events in 2016 include Salting Fish Day, Wheat Harvest, Tobacco Harvest and Colonial Wassail in addition to three seasonal Market Fairs in May, July and October. New this year are workshops on Pickling and Preserving, Storytelling and Winter Traditions, and an 18th-Century Wedding event. The Farm also offers educational programs such as Colonial Living Experience and Environmental Living Training as well as internships. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm has served more than 2 million visitors across the U.S. and internationally since opening in 1973. Annual memberships to support the Farm are available.

General Admission: $3 adults; $2 children and seniors; children under 3 free; free parking; directions and more information at www.1771.org.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, opens Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m.; and 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 11

GEICO Student Awards Deadline March 28

Washington Regional Alcohol Program seeks contestants for the 2016 GEICO Student Awards. Entry deadline is Monday, March 28.

GEICO Student Awards are annually presented by WRAP to youth-led groups in the District of Columbia, in the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s and in the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and who are promoting alcohol and drug-free lifestyles to their peers. For more information, go to http://www.wrap.org/files/youthOutreach.htm.