McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for January 2022

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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.

“Traveling While Black” VR Experience

On exhibit through Feb. 12, 2022

Wednesday-Saturday, Noon–8 p.m. and Sunday, Noon–6 p.m.

Free admission; registration required.

In “Traveling While Black VR,” the immersion of 360° footage draws viewers into living history lessons told around a booth in Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Washington, D.C. restaurant has been a mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. The Traveling While Black VR experience/film was directed by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams. The experience was funded with support from the Québec Government Offices in New York and Washington as well as the Embassy of Canada to the United States and in cooperation with the Fairfax County Public Library.

Closing Notice                       

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1

The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday. The centers will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 2, at regular operating hours.

Sponsored by The Alden

The Pocahontas Project Virtual Discussion Group (Virtual)

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Free admission. Registration is required.

In order to retain and deepen the knowledge patrons gained during MCC’s Native American Heritage Month Celebration in November, The Alden is hosting an in-depth discussion group (via Zoom) on the history of indigenous Virginians using The Pocahontas Project Online Course as a guide. Each discussion will cover two sessions of the 10-session, online course and be co-facilitated by a Rappahannock Tribe Member as well as members of The Alden’s staff. The final session will be facilitated by The Pocahontas Project developers, Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribe and Rick Tatnall.

Sponsored by The Alden

Foreign Language Movie

Thursday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m.

Free; registration is required.

By popular demand, The Alden’s foreign language movie series is back. Curated by Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, with more than a little help from audience members, the series will pick up where it was so rudely interrupted in 2020, with a few surprises thrown in. All screenings are free, but advance registration is required. Schedule subject to change.

Special Events

MCC Winter Block Party

Saturday, Jan. 8, 1-5 p.m.

Free admission; registration is required

Join the McLean Community Center as we kick off the New Year with some wintry fun. We’ll have ice skating, arts and crafts and video games indoors with a DIY smores station and other fun attractions outside. Ice skating will be on a first-come, first-served basis and wristbands will be given out with 30-minute time slots. We will also have hot dogs and hot cocoa refreshments.

Sponsored by The Alden
Presented by Dark Horse Theatre Company and (the) Unruly Theatre Project

Improvicon of Northern Virginia

Saturday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

$20/$15 MCC district residents

This event is a real deal competition of multiple improv groups throughout Northern Virginia. The show will feature hosts, Sarah Akers and Star Bobatoon, The Pundemics, Home Improv Mints, (the) Unruly Theatre Project and Calamity Improv. Who will walk away with the title of Improvicon Champion of 2022? The Alden’s own (the) Unruly Theatre Project will be the only teen group participating!

Sponsored by The Alden

(the) Unruly Theatre Project Mid-Year 2022 Company Auditions

Open Auditions: Tuesday, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m.
Call Backs/Interviews: Thursday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m.

For current 8th-12th graders only. UTP is growing! The Alden’s professional, teen improv group is looking for new company members to join this dynamic and funny troupe. The UTP season lasts through the end of May and company members rehearse twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 p.m. UTP company members are paid to provide comedic workshops and performances for the community at local venues such as art galleries, the Old Firehouse Center, cafés and more as well as some virtual events held over Zoom. Preregistration is required. Questions? Email:

Sponsored by The Alden

Celebrate Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti (Kite Festival) Virtual Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.

$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)

Makar Sankranti / Uttarayan is the Hindu festival dedicated to the Surya, the Sun God. In Gujarat, the festival is also known as the kite festival, as people of all backgrounds take to rooftops and fill the sky with colorful kites or patang. Kites for Uttarayan are made of special lightweight paper and bamboo and a single bow. The string is often coated with glass powder to make it easier to cut down other kites during the frequent kite fights that take place. In advance of Uttarayan, join The Alden in a craft-making workshop where we’ll create a kite-inspired craft.

The Old Firehouse Center Friday Night Trip

Monster Mini Golf

Friday, Jan. 14, 3:30-10 p.m.

$50/$40 OFC members
Food is included

Join the Old Firehouse as it goes to Monster Mini Golf, a state-of-the-art, indoor, climate-controlled facility completely under the luminescent glow of black lights. The 18-hole golf course (and adventure) has unique, “living art” and monster-themed décor featuring fun-loving, animated monsters. Participants can also enjoy mini bowling, monster-themed laser tag, a laser maze and light concessions.

MCC 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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The Daryl Davis Band

Friday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.

$30/$20 MCC district residents

Daryl Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who has played with the likes of B. B. King, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. He and his band kick off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with an evening of R&B and blues. This is the music that opened the door for Klansmen to befriend a Black man… and eventually, hang up their robes.

“Davis’ piano work impresses with his winning combination of technique and abandon, and his vocals are strong and assured – black rock’n’roll lives!” – Living Blues Magazine

MCC 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Speaker

Daryl Davis

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m.

$10/$5 MCC district residents

Daryl Davis was playing in a country band when he met and became friends with a Ku Klux Klan member. For the next 30 years, Davis continued to befriend Klansmen and eventually collected 200 robes. Davis will share his captivating journey to untangle racism, one civil conversation at a time.

“The man has earned his right to preach.” – Bruce Martin, News Entertainment Editor, Ann Arbor News

Daryl Davis MLK

Closing Notice

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 17

The McLean Community Center and The Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at regular operating hours.

Sponsored by The Alden

Open Auditions for “Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland”

Open Auditions: Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 18–19, 7–9 p.m.
Callbacks (by invitation only): Thursday, Jan 20, 7–9 p.m.

If cast, actors are required to pay a participation fee of $150/per actor.

Two of literature’s most famous young ladies meet at last when a young man puts off his book report until the last minute. Suddenly in a strange place, somewhere between Oz and Wonderland, familiar characters like the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow and the White Rabbit need his help to unscramble their stories and avoid the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen. This hilarious, adventurous romp is filled with laughter and surprise at every turn.

Only students between the ages of 10 and 16 who live in the MCC tax district may audition. Performance dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by The Alden

Performing Arts Documentary

Thursday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m.

Free admission

Learn a little about the performing arts through this one-hour (or so) documentary. Safety permitting, join Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff for a discussion after.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Workday Trip

The Zone

Friday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

$65/$55 MCC district residents

Join The Old Firehouse at The Zone and have a blast with the latest in high-tech gaming, including multi-level adventure-themed laser tag, boutique cosmic bowling and 37 awesome arcade games. Admission to all activities and lunch are included in the fee. Participants can bring additional money for snacks and arcade credits as desired.

Sponsored by The Alden

D’DAT Native American Fusion Music

Sunday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m.

$15/$10 MCC district residents

D’DAT is a multicultural group that mixes the uniquely American musical traditions of the native southwest, jazz and hip-hop. National touring artist Def-i’s intelligent, poetic lyrics and hip-hop style blends with the hard-driving instrumental fire of trumpet player Delbert Anderson, the deep funk of drummer Nicholas Lucero and the explorative and expanding groove of Mike McCluhan on bass. D’DAT combines it all to give audiences an experience like no other. This modern sound not only attracts listeners but also tells a story of cultural tradition.

“The swing of the Navajo Heartbeat and the improvisation of Navajo Chants.” — Smithsonian Magazine

D’dat Native American Fusion

The Old Firehouse Teacher Workday Trip


Monday, Jan. 24, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

$140/$120 MCC district residents

Hit the slopes with the Old Firehouse! Ski and snowboard rental, a lift ticket and charter bus transportation to the destination are included in the fee.

All Are Welcome

MCC Governing Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.       

Tax district residents (Small District One A-Dranesville) who wish to speak during the “Citizen Comment” portion of the meeting are asked to call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, to be placed on the agenda. For more information, visit or call 703-744-9348, TTY: 711.

Old Firehouse Center 5th & 6th Grader Party 

A Snowy Shindig

Friday, Jan. 28, 7–9:30 p.m.

$35/$25 OFC Members

Old Firehouse 5th and 6th Grader Parties are themed and decorated accordingly. Free catered food and beverages will be distributed to participants. Parties feature a DJ, an open dance floor and a variety of activities. Preregistration is recommended.

For more information, visit or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

About McLean Community Center

McLean Community Center offers a continuing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, study tours, camps, art exhibits, theatre performances, and specialty shows. The Center also sponsors major community activities such as McLean Day at Lewinsville Park in May and the 4th of July Fireworks at Langley High School.

The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.

To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.