McLean Community Center January 2021 Calendar of Events

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The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in January. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, many Center programs and events have been adjusted to virtual (online) or in-person, socially distanced formats. Please check the Center’s website,, for up-to-date information. Residents of the Center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The Old Firehouse

Teen Game Night

Friday, Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m
$25/$20 MCC district residents. Preregistration is recommended

Come play some of your favorite board and party games with some friends and the Old Firehouse staff. From giant Connect Four to hopscotch, OFC has a game for you. Challenge your friends and the staff for chances to win amazing prizes. To register for Old Firehouse events, visit: or call 703-448-8336, TTY: 711.

The Old Firehouse

The Learning Connection

Registration is open and ongoing

The Old Firehouse Learning Connection is a supervised e-learning program supervised by staff, for students in the 5th–10th grades. The program will provide a supervised environment for students to complete their school-led virtual instruction. Staff will provide limited socially distant recreation opportunities for students during their breaks. Program waivers, participant contracts and additional information will be sent to all registered participants prior to the start of the program. To register, visit: or call 703-448-8336, TTY: 711.

MCC 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Virtual Book Discussion on “The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America” by Raymond Arsenault

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Hosted by the staff of The Alden
Free; registration is required. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

“The Sound of Freedom…” recounts the life of Black contralto Marian Anderson and her experience as a Black woman in the classical music field. Arsenault gives context to Anderson’s historic 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial, drawing on her own words and those of scholars. We will discuss this book that celebrates civil rights and the performing arts. Register online at

Sponsored by The Alden

The Unruly Theatre Project’s Virtual Improv Show

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Free; registration is required.

Join us for (the) Unruly Theatre Project’s virtual fall improv shows from the comfort of your couch! Register online and a Zoom link and password for the show will be emailed to you. Participants must register two hours in advance of showtime. Register online at

MCC 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Virtual Podcast Discussion Group on “Seeing White”—Season Two of “Scene on Radio” from the Center for Documentary Studies

Thursdays Jan. 14–Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
Moderated by the staff of The Alden
Free; registration is required. Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before each session.

Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? Hosts Jon Biewen and weekly guest host, Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, delve into the historical origins of whiteness and racism in the U.S. The series looks at the history as well as the social constructs and emotional grappling that Americans engage in when discussing race and whiteness. Register online at

MCC 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Community Service Project: “Our Beloved Community: Uniting Through Stories”

Register Now through Friday, Feb. 5, 2021
Free; registration is required.

The Alden is committed to finding new and creative ways to break through the barriers brought on by the global pandemic and bring our “Beloved Community” together in a tangible way. This year, it is launching a community connection project called “Our Beloved Community: Uniting Through Stories.” Residents with generations of knowledge and wisdom are invited to share their personal stories—they can be historically significant or a family story that the storyteller loves to share. Storytellers will be matched with Story Adapters, whose job will be to interpret the stories into art forms, such as comic books, videos, short plays, songs or artwork—the possibilities are unlimited. For more information, please contact Danielle Van Hook at or Jeff Virchow at

MCC Governing Board Elections

Candidate Packets available for pick-up

Thursday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.

The McLean Community Center is looking for district residents to serve on its Governing Board. The Board, which is composed of volunteers elected by the community, sets policy, approves budgets and provides general oversight for Center programs and facilities. Residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville who would like to run for a seat on the board, must obtain 10 signatures of endorsement from district residents. Nominating petitions are available at the Center beginning on Thursday, Jan. 21. For more information, contact Executive Assistant Holly Novak at 703-744-9348 or

Community Events

Virtual: Be Fit McLean

Live Launch: Saturday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m.
Free admission; registration is required.

The Be Fit McLean health fair is back! This event offers valuable information on a variety of health issues and preventive practices. Learn how to better manage your mental and physical wellness. Health experts and wellness-related exhibitors offer up-to-date information on such topics as COVID-19, stress management, work-life balance, happiness, nutrition and much more. To register, visit: or write

All Are Welcome

MCC Governing Board Meeting (via Zoom)

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
ZOOM Meeting ID: 973 708 6086
Password: 8TDTDY

All Governing Board meetings are open to the public. Tax district residents (Small District One A-Dranesville) who wish to speak during the “Citizen Comment” portion of the meeting call Executive Assistant Holly Novak at 703-744-9348 or to be placed on the agenda.

The Old Firehouse Family Event

Virtual Family Fun Trivia Night

Friday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.
$5 per family. Registration is required.

Gather the whole family around the computer or tablet and get ready for some socially distant trivia. Prizes for winning teams! To register for Old Firehouse events, visit: or call 703-448-8336, TTY: 711.