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McLean/Great Falls Notes, 10/25/23 roundup

News of community interest from around McLean and Great Falls

COLVIN RUN TO SPOTLIGHT WAR OF 1812: The Fairfax County Park Authority will host programming with a War of 1812 theme on Sunday, Nov. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls.

“This is not just history – it’s history with a twist. Engaging, interactive and family friendly,” organizers said. “Discover unsung heroes who made extraordinary contributions during these challenging times.”

Events will include participation by Ship’s Company, a re-enactor group, which will provide an up-close view of what it was like to be a sailor during the war. (There also will be samples of naval pudding, a treat cherished by sailors during the era.)

Admission is $10 per person. For information and registration, see the Website at

ALDEN THEATRE FEATURES JAZZY SALUTE TO DISNEY: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will present “When You Wish Upon a Star: A Jazz Tribute to 100 Years of Disney” on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center.

The concert will feature fan favorites from movies including “Snow White, “Lady and the Tramp,” “Mary Poppins,” “Toy Story” and “The Jungle Book.”

“Disney-music fans – such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Dianne Reeves, Alfredo Rodriguez and many more – have long been inspired to create jazz renditions for The Mouse’s scores, and the house band of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem is no exception,” organizers said.

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

(The event is not affiliated with, sponsored or authorized by the Walt Disney Co.)

SENIOR CENTER TO FOCUS ON PRESIDENTIAL HOUSES: The Great Falls Senior Center will present a program on the homes of Virginia-born presidents (all eight of them) on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at River Bend Country Club.

The presentation will be made by professional archeologist and author Patrick O’Neill.

A $15 donation is requested for lunch, and attendees are asked to bring a canned good as a donation for Cornerstones.

Registration is required by Nov. 9 and can be obtained via the Website at or by e-mailing Mary Jo Fox at