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

MORAN REAPPOINTED TO FORT MONROE AUTHORITY BOARD: Former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) has been reappointed by Gov. McAuliffe to the board of trustees of the Fort Monroe Authority, which is charged with overseeing development and preservation of the former military facility in Hampton.

Moran current serves as chairman of the 12-member authority board, which was empaneled by the General Assembly in 2010.

For 402 years – from 1609 to 2011 – the Fort Monroe area served as a military defensive outpost. During the Civil War, it remained occupied by Union troops even as the rest of Virginia seceded to the Confederacy. After the war, it served for two years as a prison for former Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

The 565-acre site is now partially designated a national monument, with development occurring in other areas.

After leaving Congress in 2014, Moran became senior legislative adviser to McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He lives in McLean.

MCC PREPS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: The McLean Community Center’s annual Independence Day celebration will be presented on Monday, July 4 at Churchill Road Elementary School, with fireworks by East Coast Pyrotechnics.

The grounds will open at 6:30 p.m., with the fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. Admission is free.

The event also will feature musical entertainment and food trucks.

Parking will not be available at Churchill Road Elementary or nearby Cooper Middle School, but shuttle buses will run to the site from the McLean Community Center and from St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike.

Smoking, pets, fireworks, glass containers, weapons, sparklers, vaping and alcohol are not allowed on school grounds.

In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 5.

For information, call the McLean Community Center at (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at

TRIBUTE BANDS TO TAKE STAGE AT McLEAN CENTER PARK: Well-established tribute bands will take the stage at the 2016 Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park Series, to be held at McLean Central Park and sponsored by the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center in cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville).

All concerts will be held on Sundays at 5 p.m., kicking off with Desert Highway, which pays tribute to the Eagles, on July 3.

Additional performances include The English Channel (British Invasion music), July 10; The Reflex (1980s), July 17; Satisfaction (Rolling Stones), July 24; and “Still Surfin’ (Beach Boys), July 31.

All concerts are free. Parking is available at the McLean Community Center or Dolley Madison Library.

For information, call the McLean Community Center at (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at

DINNER FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT McLEAN LITTLE LEAGUE: The Community Charity Champions initiative of HBC Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty will host a fund-raiser to benefit McLean Little League on Tuesday, July 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host restaurant.

Approximately 70 percent of proceeds from food and drink will support the Little League program, as long as attendees bring a special flyer (available at

Founded in 1956, McLean Little League includes more than 100 baseball, softball and Challenger teams, with over 1,300 players participating.

“The funds raised by this event will be used to support the baseball and softball programs for the children within our community,” Little League officials said.

Sponsors of the event include Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy of HBC Group of Keller Williams Realty; Marcus Simon of EKKO Title; Kevin Dougherty of Pillar to Post; Kathy and Justin Neal of the Neal Team, SunTrust Mortgage; Jim Harris of BOWA; the McLean Chamber of Commecre; and Moe Jebali of Pulcinella Italian Host.

‘MEMORY MOMENTS’ EXHIBITION TO OPEN: “A Life of Memory Moments,” featuring the works of Great Falls artist Margaret Johnson, will be featured in July and August at the Great Falls Library.

Included in the show are various-size pieces in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pencil and clay.

CAKE-POP-BAKING WORKSHOP SET FOR KIDS: A demonstration for children about baking and decorating cake pops, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Food for Others, will be held on Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. at Wildfire in the Tysons Galleria.

Participants also will enjoy sundaes from the ice cream bar, as well as face-painting.

The cost is $20 plus tax and gratuity. For information and registration, call (703) 442-9110.

TAI CHI OFFERED TO BEGINNERS: Free tai chi beginners’ practice is held on Saturdays from 8 to 9 a.m. on the outdoor basketball court located behind Dolley Madison Library at McLean Central Park.

Practice takes place rain or shine.

For information, call (703) 759-9141 or see the Web site at

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