Here's What's Happening This Week @ MCC
Your Update on News and Upcoming Events

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We hope this weekly "good news" e-newsletter will help keep us together while we are staying apart. We eagerly anticipate a return to our regular programs, but for right now it is best for all of us to stay at home.

Stay safe until we see you again.
Some Good News
McLean Community Center Nominated for Washington Family Magazine Recognition

Each year, Washington Family Magazine runs a Best for Families (BFF) survey. This year, MCC is nominated in the category of Best Children's Cooking Classes.

It's a wonderful honor to be nominated and we can't wait to be able to offer these classes again. In the meantime, please take a few minutes to vote for us.

COVID-19 Response Update
4/8/20 Update on MCC’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

McLean Community Center is suspending registrations until further notice. MCC is currently accessing its ability to accommodate summer programs, which involves the hiring of staff, the availability and use of community-based facilities and making reservations at various venues.

As soon as decisions have been made, we will inform our patrons. For now, we remain closed to the public and are adhering to the CDC guidelines of restricting group gatherings to less than 10 people.

Community News
Local Students Receive AAUW McLean Area Branch STEM Excellence Award

Emily Sun and Abigail Xu, students at Langley High School, have been selected as the 2020 recipients of the AAUW McLean Area Branch’s STEM Excellence Award. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Excellence Award is given to a female student or team from a high school in the McLean area with an outstanding project in the field of engineering entered in the Fairfax County Regional Science Fair. This year, the students participated in a Virtual Science Fair by submitting three-minute videos for the judges to review.

The AAUW award recognizes the work done by Emily and Abigail on the project, "Flashlight Powered by Heat of Human Hand." Abigail and Emily developed and tested a flashlight that uses Peltier tiles to transfer body heat from a hand into electrical energy. They expanded on earlier work to develop a flashlight that works in a large range of temperatures. For the award, Emily and Abigail each received a Certificate of Merit and a check for $100. The students will also be recognized by AAUW at a branch program in the fall.

For more information on the American Association of University Women and the McLean Area Branch, visit:

Photo: Abigail Xu, left, and Emily Sun, right, students at Langley High School, are shown in a video clip that they prepared for the Virtual Fairfax Country Regional Science Fair.

McLean Project for the Arts
MPA Online Art Classes Start Soon - Register Today

McLean Project for the Arts has transitioned many of our spring art classes to an online format via ZOOM. Participating faculty members include: Marise Riddell, David Carlson, Joyce Lee, Rula Jones, Jordan Xu, Lubna Zahid and Barbara Januszkiewicz.

And don't miss this NEW class with former MPA faculty and staff member Arthur Kwon Lee, live from NYC:

Experimental Portraiture
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., beginning April 21

The history of art cannot be told without witnessing portraiture painting in its myriad of forms. This class explores different approaches to creating the human gaze. Through the lens of art history exercises and alternative mark making approaches, artists will discover new ways to excavate the world of portraiture with excitement. Our class will emulate multiple modalities of portraiture from the De Koonings, the cubists and beyond.

Classes start soon, and information and registration information can be found at this link:

Abrakadoodle classes are also available if you have small children and would welcome a new activity during this time at home: 
Online Certificates & Courses
MCC Offers Online Programs for Professional Development

Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

Nonprofits today need to be run like a business in many respects. You have competition, a need to generate income and a surplus, and your staff needs to be even more productive.

Get the best training on revenue generation for nonprofits and program evaluation for nonprofits, with our Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. You will come away with the latest best information from instructors who train people in nonprofits.

Vote for MCC Board Candidates
Twelve District Residents Running for Seats on the
MCC Governing Board

McLean Community Center (MCC) has certified 12 Dranesville Small District 1A residents, three adults and nine teens, to run for seats on the McLean Community Center Governing Board.
Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The adult candidates (including any write-in candidates) will serve three-year (3) terms. Youth candidates, one from the McLean High School boundary area and one from the Langley High School boundary area, will serve one-year (1) terms. Youth candidates do not have to attend these schools to serve on the board.

Connecting Volunteers with Those in Need
A Resource for the McLean Community

Want to help others or need help yourself? The Fairfax County Community Covid Aid Project is a charity started at McLean High School to connect volunteers with those in need in our community during this difficult time.

The organization runs a database where McLean residents can access services, like grocery shopping and online tutoring, by requesting help from a group of dedicated volunteers. All volunteers are Fairfax County residents,who have signed up through the website.

Community Quiz
Answer for April 2020

Congratulations to Sylvia Rohrbough, the winner of this month's Community Quiz! Sylvia won an MCC custom umbrella by being the first person to correctly answer the following question.

Who is the 16-year-old McLean resident that recently started Operation SOS (Supplies Over Skies)? The teen delivers medical supplies to small rural hospitals that are in urgent need of them in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Answer: T.J. Kim . Kudos to this exceptional young man who is making a difference.

Our thanks to all the readers who submitted responses. Try again next month.
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