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McLean/Great Falls Notes, 09/06/23 roundup

News of community interest around McLean and Great Falls

IMPROV TROUPE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD TEENS: The Unruly Theatre Project, a teenage improvisational troupe based at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center, will hold open auditions for high-school students on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 26-27, at the McLean Community Center.

The events will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. each night; attendees should plan on staying for the duration. A prepared monologue is not needed; headshots and résumés are not required but are welcomed. Callbacks will be Thursday, Sept. 28 in the evening.

The troupe’s season runs from late September to May; company members rehearse twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.). Performances are held at venues across the region and at competitions.

For information and to register, see the Website at

NATIVE-AMERICAN FESTIVAL ON HORIZON: The Virginia Native American Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park in Great Falls.

The event brings together tribal members from throughout the commonwealth, with demonstrations, stories, crafts and food.

Tickets are $12 are and available on the Fairfax County government Website at

MCC TO HOST PARKING-LOT SALE: The McLean Community Center will hold its fall community parking-lot sale on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center.

The event will feature more than 60 both of residents and vendors offering a wide variety of items; in the kids’ corner, children ages 3 to 15 will sell items.

Admission is free; the rain date is Sunday, Sept. 17.

For information, see the Website at

TEENS CENTER TO HOST BLOCK PARTY: The Old Firehouse Teen Center will celebrate its 33rd anniversary with a block party on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, 1440 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

The free event will feature music, free food, rock-climbing, art projects and other activities for youth, and will provide information about the center’s after-school programs and its rich history.

Formerly the community’s firehouse, the center is now operated by the McLean Community Center.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE TO FOCUS ON ‘THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS’: McLean Central Park will play host to Calvin Earl presenting “The Pursuit of Happiness: Music for Social Well-Being” on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. at McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.

Earl “brings people together to re-engage and uplift our shared humanity in our community with music and storytelling to help us remember what we have in common,” said officials from the McLean Community Center, which is sponsoring the event.

“All ages are encouraged to participate in music-making or just enjoy hearing the songs that bring us together,” organizers said.

The event is free; attendees should bring a chair or blanket for seating.

SENIOR-CENTER PRESENTATION TO FOCUS ON MARSHALL PLAN: Historian Rachel Thompson will discuss the Marshall Plan, which helped Western Europe recover following the devastation of World War II, at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Great Falls Senior Center.

“With more than 60 archival photographs, her presentation covers the unique features of this visionary plan, its implementation and in what ways [George C.] Marshall, as Secretary of State, shaped its key concepts and secured its passage through Congress,” the club noted.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. at River Bend Country Club; the cost is a $15 donation for lunch, and attendees are asked to bring a donation of canned goods for Cornerstones.

Registration is required by Sept. 14. For information, e-mail Mary Jo Fox at or see the Website at