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McLean/Great Falls Notes, 10/12/23 roundup

News of community interest from around McLean and Great Falls

FORESTVILLE SCHOOLHOUSE IN GREAT FALLS RECEIVES MASTENBROOK GRANT: The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved $15,763 in grant funding to help furnish and install an HVAC system in the historic Forestville Schoolhouse at Great Falls Grange Park in Dranesville District.

The applicant, Great Falls Grange Foundation, is contributing matching funds to complete the project budget of $31,526. Funds were awarded as part of the Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant program.

The schoolhouse, originally constructed in 1890, is leased by the foundation under an agreement with the Park Authority. The building serves as a community center and has rentable space for meetings, classes and private events.

Lack of air conditioning has made the building hard to use in warm months between May and September.

After a review, officials decided installing a central HVAC system would have the most favorable aesthetic impact for the schoolhouse. The project will include installation of the HVAC equipment, removal of heat strips and replacement with wood baseboards to match the style already in the schoolhouse.

Officials expect the work will be completed by spring 2024.

The Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program encourages public-private ventures that improve Fairfax County parks and park facilities using matching funds and in-kind services.

Since 1999, the program has awarded about $2.1 million in grants for projects valued at more than $15.8 million. Grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to the maximum of $20,000 have funded such projects as trail and athletic-field improvements and construction of gazebos and shelters.

For more information or to apply for a matching grant, visit

AAUW TO LOOK AT SUPREME COURT: The McLean area branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will focus on the U.S. Supreme Court during a program on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Liz Simons, a docent at the court, will discuss court functions, history and facts in a nonpartisan manner. There also will be time for questions.

The community is invited.

COUNTRY SINGERS/SONGWRITERS FEATURED AT ALDEN THEATRE: Grammy and Country Music Award nominees Lee Thomas Miller and Wendell Mobley will present songs and insider stories about the songwriting process and the Nashville scene on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center.

“Nashville is the country-music capital of the world, and while the singers may be the stars, the songwriters really run the city,” officials noted, adding that “both songwriters are also skilled performers and bring their talents to the stage.”

Tickets are $20 for McLean residents, $25-$30 for others. For information, see the Website at

AAUW TO HOST WINE-AND-CHEESE FUND-RAISER: The McLean area branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a wine-and-cheese-pairing event on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Total Wine & More in McLean.

Funds raised will support scholarships for women.

The cost is $40 in advance, and should be received by Nov. 1 (payable to “AAUW McLean Branch”) at AAUW Fundraiser, P.O. Box 1002, McLean, Va. 22101.

For more information, e-mail