News of interest from McLean, Great Falls and surrounding communities:

McLEAN ‘BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY AWARDS’ RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED: The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2014 Business and Community Awards. The awards presentation will take place on Oct. 7 at the fourth annual Suits and Sneakers event.

“The Business and Community Awards recognize outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals who have achieved the highest standards of excellence,” said Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce president Marcia Twomey. “All of this year’s honorees have generously contributed their time, energy and resources to help better our community and the Chamber.”

Award recipients include:

Community Leadership Award: Del. Marcus Simon; Non-Profit of the Year Award: McLean Senior Source; Corporate Partner of the Year: Kathy Neal, SunTrust Mortgage; Small Business of the Year: KKP Business Solutions; Community Volunteers of the Year Award: Women’s Club of McLean; Collaborative Impact Award: 495 Express Lanes; Outstanding Business Citizen: U.S. Small Business Administration; Environmental Awareness Award: Julie Mendoza of SHARE Inc.; Community Service Award: Molly Peacock, Peacock Law Firm.

Also, Chairman’s Recognition, Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year: Sam Roberts, Nancy Perry and Nyka Feldman; New Business of the Year Award: Lafayette Federal Credit Union;  Mary Kingman Pillar of McLean Recognition Award: Dr. Robyn Hooker, retired principal, Kent Gardens Elementary School; Community Impact Award: JR’s Colonial Caterers; Restaurant of the Year Award: Evo Bistro; Retailer of the Year Award: Edible Arrangements; Innovative Business of the Year: Quality Thymes; Community Champion: McLean Insurance Agency; Greater McLean Chamber & McLean Rotary Citizen of the Year: James R. Makely; Mark C. Lowham Community Engagement Excellence Award: Vance Zavela.

Held at Pavilions of Turkey Run at Claude Moore Colonial Farm (6310 Georgetown Pike), Suits and Sneakers will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Festivities include chef demonstrations from Seasons 52 Fresh Grill, La Sandia, Wildfire and Catering by Giant; restaurant tastings; signature cocktails; wine and beer sampling; and a silent auction. Attendees will also have an opportunity to “Get Your Pink On!” (courtesy of Salon Michel) in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

McLEAN PROJECT FOR ARTS GEARS UP FOR ‘ARTFEST’: The McLean Project for the Arts will present its eighth annual MPAartfest on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McLean Central Park.

A total of 50 artists and craftsmen will have their works displays as the park is transformed into a lively landscape of mini art galleries, with activities, live entertainment and food and drink and a new hands-on art studio.

The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to support arts in the community.

McLean Central Park is located at the intersection of Dolley Madison Boulevard and Old Dominion Drive. Parking is available at the community center, with shuttle-bus service available.

For information, see the Web site at

Also new this year are guided tours of the McLean Project for the Arts, to be held at noon and 3 p.m. Those taking the tour should meet in the McLean Community Center lobby.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR ‘McLEAN WINTERFEST’ CELEBRATION: McLean WinterFest has opened registration for this year’s holiday parade, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. on Old Chain Bridge Road.

Groups interested in participating in the parade should go to to complete the registration information and submit it to parade officials. Each entrant will receive confirmation of their registration with this year’s parade rules.

Registration will be accepted until Nov. 18.

“Our parade date last year smacked into Thanksgiving weekend,” said Clyde Clark of the WinterFest parade committee and former chief of the McLean Volunteer Fire Department. “We’re glad we don’t have that obstacle to overcome this year. And we’ll again be giving away WinterFest balloons and parade reminders at our annual McLean Volunteer Fire Department Open House on Saturday, Oct. 11.”

This year’s parade promises to be bigger and even better than last year’s. The parade will start on Old Chain Bridge Road at Fleetwood Road and march to Elm Street, as it has in years past. Food trucks that have confirmed their participation this year will be Mama’s Donut Bites, Doug the Food Dude, and DC Sliders & Dogs.

On-stage holiday acts will again precede the parade’s stepping off. Those interested in participating in the pre-parade entertainment should contact Maureen Scholz at

For information, see the Web site at

SHEPHERD’S CENTER HAS NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS: The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church has what it is calling a “monumental need” for volunteers to drive senior citizens to medical and therapy appointments and, occasionally, to the pharmacy and grocery store.

“The center has had a backlog of 25 seniors asking for our services – we weren’t able to take on new clients until our volunteer-driver situation improved,” officials with the non-profit organization said. “It has improved somewhat, but not near the level we need to handle the ever-growing number of requests.”

No long-term commitment is required; volunteers only accept taking someone when their schedule permits.

For information, call (703) 506-2199 or e-mail

‘URBAN TREE WALK’ ON HORIZON IN GREAT FALLS: The Great Falls Citizens Association will hold its second annual Urban Tree Walk on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. beginning in front of the Great Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike.

Participants will walk around Great Falls Grange Park and down scenic Innsbruck Avenue to learn about some of the community’s finest trees.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, is designed for adults and children. Participants should bring a bottle of water and wear sturdy walking shoes.

For information, e-mail Bill Canis at

McLEAN AAUW MEETING TO FEATURE VICTORIAN ‘PARLOUR PLAY’: The September meeting of the McLean branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will feature Ann Mazur and the Victorian Theatrical Society at the University of Virginia, presenting “Not a Man in the House: A Comedy in Two Acts.”

The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center.

“Not a Man in the House” is a theatrical written by S. Jennie Smith and published in 1897 in Chicago. The Victorian parlour play demonstrates the importance of theater and acting in the everyday life and domestic spaces of women.

Mazur graduated from the University of Virginia with a Ph.D. in English literature this spring, and currently is revising her dissertation into a book manuscript. Her project recovers the Victorian parlour play.  

The overlooked parlour play occupied a literary marketplace dominated by women,  who most frequently were the authors and the intended actors.

Also attending the meeting will be the scholarship winners from Washington Trinity University, George Mason University and Marymount University, who also receive support through the McLean AAUW’s book-sale efforts.

FUNDRAISER WILL SUPPORT CHESTERBROOK ELEMENTARY: A fundraiser for the Chesterbrook Elementary School PTA will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host restaurant in McLean.

The event, sponsored by the Community Charity Champions initiative of HBC Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty, will see approximately 70 percent of proceeds from food and drink sales donated to the PTA, as long as those attending bring a flyer available on the Web site at

“All funds raised by the Chesterbrook PTA from this event will be used to benefit our school and help support the many programs sponsored by the PTA,” said PTA president Elizabeth Hale. “I want to thank everyone that comes out.”

Sponsors of the event are Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy with HBC Realty Group; the Simmons Team of George Mason Mortgage; Betty Sparkman and Chris Lara of Reveal Remodel; Kevin Dougherty of Pillar to Post Home Inspection; Macus Simon of EKKO Title; and Moe Jebali of Pulcinella.

MUSICAL HISTORIAN FOCUSES ON JEROME KERN: The “Insider Knowledge Series” of the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center continues on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. with pianist and music historian John Eaton discussing the works of Jerome Kern.

The cost is $10 for McLean residents, $15 for others. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at

TYSONS-PIMMIT LIBRARY TO HOST BOOK SALE: A book sale to benefit the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., sponsored by Friends of the Library.

A large selection of books, magazines and media for adults and children will be available.

For information, call (703) 790-4031 or e-mail

JAMMIN’ JUNIORS SERIES RETURNS: The “Jammin’ Juniors” concert series of the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center continues on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at McLean Central Park, located adjacent to the community center.

The program will feature the Teddy Bear Band. Admission is free.

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