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

GREAT FALLS CITIZENS ASSOCIATION TO MEET WITH LEGISLATORS: The Great Falls Citizens Association will host a meeting with local legislators on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Grange.

State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) will discuss the accomplishments, themes and insights of the recently completed 2015 General Assembly session.

The program is free, and the community is invited. It will be held in the newly renovated Grange building, which has seen interior changes completed.

For information, e-mail Phil Pifer at

LEGISLATIVE FORUM SET IN McLEAN: Members of the McLean delegation to the General Assembly will hold a post-session forum with residents on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at the McLean Community Center.

State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Dels. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) are expected to be on hand.

MCA FORUM TO LOOK AT COUNTY, SCHOOL BUDGETS: The McLean Citizens Association will hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools budgets will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center.

The event is cosponsored by Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and School Board member Janie Strauss (Dranesville), and will fefature presentations from county staff members.

For information, see the Web site at

McLEAN YOUTH ATHLETICS PLANS ANNUAL MEETING: McLean Youth Athletics will hold its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center.

The meeting will include election of officers and proposed changes to bylaws that will add two student directors.

The slate of candidates for the coming year are Joel Stillman, president; Chris Horrigan, first vice president; Mark Szymczak, second vice president; Michael Clancy, Shahram Ghasemian, James Holt and Alison Quatrini, at-large board members; and Maggie Fisher and Steve Pardo, student directors. Additional names of candidates can be placed in nomination by any member from the floor.

INNOVATIVE BALLET TROUPE PERFORMS IN McLEAN: Les Ballets Trockadereo de Monte Carlo – a dynamic dance troupe in drag – returns to the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the toupe was founded by a group of ballet enthusiasts eager to present traditional ballet in creative new ways. “The Trocks” has received acclaim during performances around the globe.

Tickets are $40 for McLean residents, $50 for others, and are available at the center or on the Web site at

For information, call (703) 790-0123.

ALDEN THEATRE OFFERS MODERN TAKE ON ‘LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD’: The Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center presents “Totally RED,” an updated telling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood in styles ranging from Elizabethan to storybook, on Saturdays and Sundays, March 14-15 and 21-22, at 3 p.m. each day.

The show will be performed by local youth. Tickets are $10 for McLean residents, $12 for others. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web sit eat

MPA EXHIBITS TO HIGHLIGHT STUDENT ARTISTS: McLean Project for the Arts will hold two upcoming exhibitions for student artwork.

An exhibition featuring work by students in the McLean High School pyramid will be on view March 12-22, with an opening reception slated for Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An exhibition of works by students in the Langley High School pyramid will run March 25-April 5, with an opening reception on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

McLean Project for the Arts is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at

CHOIR TO PERFORM AT McLEAN CHURCH: The Austin College A Cappella Choir will present a concert of choral and vocal music on Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Lewinsville Presbyerian Church.

The choir performs a variety of selections, ranging from traditional sacred music to 20th-century works and avant-garde pieces.

The choir also will sing at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 8.

The church is located at 1724 Chain Bridge Road. For information, see the Web site at

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ‘LIFT ME UP’: LiftMeUp has been tapped as beneficiary of the next Community Charity Champions initiative of HBC Realty Group.

Those who bring in a flyer advertising the event to Pulcinella Italian Host Restaurant in McLean on Tuesday, March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. will see about 70 percent of the proceeds go toward the charity. Flyers can be downloaded at

Lift Me Up has been providing therapeutic-riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities in Great Falls for 40 years. Funds raised through the event will go to the “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” campaign to pay for improvements to the property.

Sponsors of the event are Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy of HBC Realty Group; Betty Sparkman and Chris Lara of Reveal Remodel; Marcus Simon of EKKO Title; Kevin Dougherty of Pillar to Post; Kathy and Justin Neal of SunTrust Mortgages; the McLean Chamber of Commerce; and Moe Jebali of Pulcinella Italian Host.

McLEAN HIGH STUDENTS TO HOST DANCE MARATHON: McLean High School students will hold a dance marathon on Saturday, March 14, to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s National Medical Center.

A similar event raised $9,000 last year; organizers hope to up that total to $50,000 in 2015. The marathon will run from 4 p.m. to midnight.

For information, see the Web site at and search for Virginia events.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS WORK OF LOCAL ARTIST: An exhibition of works by local artist Linda Jones, a member of Great Falls Studios, is being featured at Great Falls Library.

“Beneath Their Boughs” features 35 watercolors, acrylics, pastels and mixed-media paintings depicting trees of the local area and from Jones’ travels.

The community is invited to the reception. For information, see the Web site at

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