News that was making news in McLean, Great Falls and surrounding communities:

POLICE CIVILIAN REVIEW PANEL IS FOCUS OF McLEAN MEETING: The McLean Police District Station Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Governmental Center.

The forum will look at the Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel; several members of the panel will be on hand.

The community is invited.

MCC PREPS FOR ANNUAL SALUTE TO DR. KING: The McLean Community Center’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Teen Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Road.

Author William Rhoden will speak on “Activist Athletes” at the event.

The cost is $10 for McLean residents, $20 for others. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at

McLEAN PROJECT FOR ARTS OPENS NEW EXHIBIT: The McLean Project for the Arts’ latest exhibition – “Methods of Inquiry: Fields of Discovery” – will run from Jan. 11 through March 3 at MPA@ChainBridge, 1446 Chain Bridge Road.

The exhibition features the work of six artists who have been influenced by science: Michele Banks, Atsuko Chirikjian, Spencer Dormitzer, Leslie Holt, Susan Main and Marc Robarge.

An opening reception is slated for Thursday, Jan. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. The community is invited.

For information, see the Web site at

WINTER ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL ON THE HORIZON: Observatory Park and Turner Farm will host a winter astronomy festival on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the park, located at 925 Springvale Road in Great Falls.

The cost is $10. For information, call (703) 324-8618.

RIVERBEND PARK TO OFFER FOLK TALES: Riverbend Park will host a program on winter folk tales (along with music and a campfire), on Friday, Jan. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person. For information, call (703) 759-9018.

RIVERBEND PARK TO HOST WINTER NATURE HIKES: Riverbend Park will host winter nature hikes on Saturdays, Jan. 20 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the park.

The hikes will be followed by meditation exercises; participants should bring a mat.

The cost is $12. For information, call (703) 759-9018.

TEEN CENTER TO HOST WINTER-THEMED PARTY: The Old Firehouse Teen Center will host “The Snow Ball,” a party for students in fifth and sixth grades, on Friday, Jan. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the center, 1440 Chain Bridge Road.

The event will feature catered food and beverages, a professional disc jockey, dancing, a photo booth and other attractions.

The cost is $25 for McLean residents, $35 for others. For information and to register, call (703) 448-8336.

ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL SET FOR END OF MONTH: The Rotary Club of McLean will host its seventh annual Chocolate Festival on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McLean High School.

Events will include chocolate vendors, a children’s game room, performances and demonstrations.

The cost is $2, with admission free for children 3 and under. Proceeds will benefit local charitable organizations.

For information, see the Web site at

HISTORIAN FEATURED AT GREAT FALLS SENIOR CENTER: The Great Falls Senior Center will feature historian James Lewis as the speaker of its next meeting, to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls.

Lewis will discuss his research on the Civil War’s impact on Fairfax County.

The program is free and includes lunch. Registration is required.

For information, call (703) 938-6471 or see the Web site at

WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON SENIORS AND TECHNOLOGY: The Great Falls Senior Center and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services will host a program for seniors detailing technology on Monday, Jan. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Great Falls Library.

Participants can range from beginners to somewhat experienced, and should bring their own technology devices.

Registration is required by Jan. 16 and can be obtained by e-mailing For information, see the Web site at


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