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

GREAT FALLS RESIDENT APPOINTED TO BOARD OF HISTORIC RESOURCES: Clyde Paul Smith of Great Falls has been appointed by Gov. McAuliffe to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, and was elected vice chairman at the board’s Sept. 17 meeting.

Smith, who has a background in international finance, currently serves as a trustee and special-projects director for the National Underwater and Marine Agency.

McLEAN RESIDENT APPOINTED TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOARD: Jonathan Aberman of McLean has been appointed by Gov. McAuliffe to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority.

Aberman is founder and managing director of Amplifier Ventures, and is chairman of TandemNSI.

McLEAN TREES FOUNDATION LAUNCHES PLANTING EFFORT: Local residents can improve the environment and contribute to the health of their neighborhood by planting a native tree in their front yard this fall or next spring, with the help of the McLean Trees Foundation.

“Homeowners who plant trees enhance the character, quality, health and beauty of our community,” said Joyce Harris, who chairs the organization.  

“Additionally, homeowners benefit economically from planting trees,” Harris said. “Trees increase property values by 10 percent to 15 percent, and reduce heating and cooling costs. Homes with trees sell faster than homes without trees.”

Homeowners can learn more about trees when they participate in the McLean Neighborhood Tree program, a new initiative.  

The program is funded in part by the McLean Community Foundation and encourages homeowners to become actively engaged in the selection, planting and care of their trees.

To join the program, homeowners must complete an application that can be found online. Once an application is received, volunteers visit the homeowner’s property to discuss the program, review the property, and recommend native-tree species and planting locations. If the homeowner decides to participate in the program after the consultation, a $50 fee is charged to help support program costs.

More information can be found on the Web site at

MCA PREPS FOR CANDIDATE FORUM: The McLean Citizens Association will host a candidate forum on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the McLean Community Center.

Candidates for the 31st District State Senate, 34th District House of Delegates, Dranesville District Board of Supervisors and Dranesville District School Board seats have been invited to participate.

The community is invited. For information, call (703) 938-7516.

FIRE STATION HOSTS OPEN HOUSE: The Great Falls Volunteer Fire Station will host its annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians will be on hand to run fire-safety activities and equipment demonstrations for children and adults alike.  

This year’s fire safety theme is “Hear the Beep in Your Sleep: Every Bedroom Should have a Fire Alarm.” Different fire alarms will be on display to educate visitors, and fire alarms also will be available while supplies last.

Additionally, Riverbend Park and Great Falls Park Rangers will be present to provide park outreach and educate visitors about the Potomac River, hiking safety and wilderness conservation. A kayak demonstration as well as a live native animal presentation is scheduled to occur.

The station is located at 9916 Georgetown Pike. For more information, (703) 759-2300.

‘ARTFEST’ RESCHEDULED TO COLUMBUS DAY: McLean Project for the Arts has rescheduled its annual MPAartfest for Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 12) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McLean Central Park.

The event had been scheduled for Oct. 3, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

“We invite everyone to make plans to attend and bring their family and friends,” officials said, “to meet outstanding regional artists and take part in exciting arts activities throughout the day.”

For information, see the Web site at

PTA TO BENEFIT FROM FUNDRAISER AT RESTAURANT: The Timber Lane Elementary School PTA will be the beneficiary of the next fundraisers held by the Community Charity Champions initiative of HBC Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty.

Patrons who bring special fliers to Pulcinella Italian Host restaurant in McLean on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. will see approximately 70 percent of proceeds from food and drink donated to the PTA. (Fliers can be obtained at

The funds raised “will be used to help underwrite and support programming that takes place at the school,” said Mona El-Banna, vice president of fundraising for the PTA. “We are looking forward to putting the money raised from this event right back into the school so that students will benefit directly from additional programming that the school can offer.”

Sponsors of the event are Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy with the HBC Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty; Barb Kinlin of Reveal Remodel; Marcus Simon of EKKO Title; Kevin Dougherty of Pillar to Post; Kathy and Kustin Neal of the Neal Team of SunTrust Mortgage; the McLean Chamber of Commerce; and Moe Jebali of Pulcinella Italian Host.

‘CONCERTS AT THE ALDEN’ SERIES CONTINUES: The “Concerts at the Alden” series at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center continues on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.

The program is sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library. Admission is free.

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

CELTIC SINGER OPENS SEASON AT ALDEN THEATRE: The 2015-16 season at the Alden Theatre, located at the McLean Community Center, begins on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. with a performance by award-winning Celtic singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis.

Fowlis performs in the rarely heard Scottish Gaelic language, and her music is deeply influenced by her upbringing in the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland. She is best known for singing the theme song to the motion picture “Brave.”

Tickets are $20 for McLean residents, $35 for others. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at

McLEAN CHAMBER CONTINUES SERIES ON SUCCESSFUL AGING: The McLean Community Center’s “Are You Ready for the Rest of Your Life?” series continues on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. with “A Real-World Approach to Estate Planning.”

The session will cover practical approaches to planning, and the pitfalls of failing to plan.

The cost is $5 for McLean residents, $7.50 for others.

Upcoming events in the series include “Will My Money Last?” (Oct. 21), “Options for Living Out Your Senior Years (Oct. 28) and “When the Time Comes Will Your Family Be Prepared?” on Nov. 4.

For information and to register, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at

McLEAN NEWCOMERS TO HOST MONTHLY LUNCHEON: McLean Newcomers and Neighbors will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Kazan Restaurant in McLean.

The featured speaker will be Carole Jackson, author of the best-selling book “Color Me Beautiful,” who will speak about finding colors that look best on you.

Prospective members are invited. To R.S.V.P., e-mail Ann Skelly at by Oct. 14.

For information on the organization, see the Web site at

PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH GEARS UP FOR FESTIVAL: The Providence Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church, 8980 Brook Road in McLean.

The event will feature games, crafts, pumpkin-carving, hayrides, pony rides, vendors and artisans, along with plenty of food.

The community is invited.

CHURCH TO HOST WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL SECURITY: Redeemer Lutheran Church will host a forum on “Unlocking Social Security” on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the church, 1545 Chain Bridge Road.

The forum will help those reaching retirement age learn more about Social Security’s role in retirement-income planning.

The program is free, but registration is requested by calling (703) 356-3346 by Oct. 12.

BLOOMINGDALE’S HOSTS BENEFIT FOR CHILD-ADVOCACY GROUP: SafeSpot of Fairfax is partnering with Bloomingdale’s Tysons Corner to host a benefit “Passion for Fashion” fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are $80, which include a fashion show, raffle, silent auction, “swag bag” and champagne brunch.

Bloomingdale’s is donating 10 percent of all store purchases during the event to SafeSport, which provides child-advocacy services.

For information, see the Web site at

CHURCH TO HOST OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION: Charles Wesley United Methodist Church will host an Oktoberfest bazaar and craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 6817 Dean Drive in McLean.

The event will feature silk floral arrangements, handcrafted jewelry, crafts, baked goods and special activities for children. A German-style lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For information, see the Web site at

PLEASANT GROVE TO HOST COMMUNITY SALE: Historic Pleasant Grove Church will hold a community sale on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 8641 Lewinsville Road.

The event will feature antiques, collectibles and household items, along with a baked-goods sale. Proceeds will benefit the historic site and museum.

For information, see the Web site at

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