Perspectives Speaker Series

Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones

Perspectives Speaker Series
Presented in partnership with the Fairfax County Library
“The 1619 Project—A New Origin Story”
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Free. Registration through the Fairfax County Library website is required. Registration opens 1/22/23

Co-creator of the award-winning “The 1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones is an investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She has been honored countless times, including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People 2021, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award. In this talk she will discuss her latest book, a collection of essays and poetry featuring an elaboration of the original project’s Pulitzer Prize–winning lead essay by Hannah-Jones on how the struggles of Black Americans have expanded democracy for all Americans.

Photo: James Estrin, New York Times



Feb 19 2023


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Sweetheart Parent-Child Dance

Sweetheart Parent-Child Dance

The McLean Community Center


Friday, Feb. 24, 7–9 p.m.
$20 per participant

Activity No. 4501.323

For all ages. Children are invited to come to MCC for a fancy “date” with their parent or guardian. Featured activities include a DJ, photo booth, craft projects and light refreshments. Create lasting memories by joining us at MCC’s Sweetheart Dance.

Space is limited so register early! Parents must attend the event with their child(ren) and each participant must register individually.

The Alden’s 2023 Youth Production


Tues-Wed, Jan. 24 and 25, 7–9 p.m.
Call Backs:
Wed, Jan 26, 7–9 p.m. (By invitation only)
$150 participation fee, if cast in the show.
Sat-Sun, April 29–30, 2 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents.

Back by popular demand! The Alden’s 2023 production will be a devised theater piece created by the actors in the show. The rehearsal process will involve improv games for idea generation and plot discovery, which will be written into a brand new script by the director and the cast.

Who Can Audition: Anyone age 10-16 who lives in the MCC tax district can audition. Please provide your availability on the audition dates; a 20-minute time block will be confirmed via email. Preregistration is strongly recommended.

Questions? Please contact Director of Youth Theatre Programs Danielle Van Hook at

Click here for an audition form.

For those cast, rehearsals are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., February through April 20. The week of April 23 is tech week and is mandatory. Additional rehearsals may be required. Because theater-making is a group activity, only limited conflicts with the rehearsal schedule are allowed and must be submitted to the director by the audition date.

Santa Cares: Autism Speaks

Visit Santa in a Sensory Friendly Environment

Visit Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. Celebrate Santa Magic in an inclusive atmosphere. Exclusively for children & families with special needs. Reservations are required for this private photo experience. We’re collecting donations on behalf of Autism Speaks.

Tysons Galleria

Sunday December 4: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Reservations are required

Tysons Corner

Sunday December 4: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Reservations are required


Great Falls Park: Veterans Day Hike with a Vet

Northern Virginia Hiking Club [NVHC] Meet Up

You must read the following and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with “I accept” to be permitted on the hike.

The park is free for Veterans Day.

This scenic 5 mile hike is like 3 different hikes rolled up into one. The hike starts out with stops at two overlooks to view the falls close-up and from a distance. Part 1 of the hike follows the Potomac River. We go up a hill to a large rocky outcropping called Cow Hoof Rock for a great view. Part 2 follows the mid-size stream called Difficult Run. We pass a small interesting waterfalls called “Rick’s Falls”. Part 3 we hike through the forested interior of the park. We come mostly downhill until we get to the swamp trail and that takes us to an interior road leading back to the Visitor’s Center.

Restrooms can be found at the Visitor’s Center at the start and end of the hike. We will be taking lunch break with a view of a Difficult Run waterfall (about 2/3 of the way into the hike).

Distance & Difficulty: 5 miles, flat/moderate hills, 1 big hill

Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph, the pace of an average hiker.

Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy.

Leader: Rick Goulet 703-606-0706 (C) (Note: Cell service not great in Great Falls Park)

Northern Virginia Hiking Club (NVHC)

Public group


Friday, November 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM to Friday, November 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM EST

Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr · McLean, VA

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FRI, NOV 11 · 10:00 AM EST

Northern Virginia Hiking Club

McLean Matters Holiday Gift Card Drive

McLean High School has approximately 280 students who are at, or below, the poverty level. Some are homeless. If you would like to contribute to this important community effort, please click HERE to sign-up to donate $25 or $50 gift cards to SafewayTarget, or Walmart for Highlander families to assist them over the holidays.Gift cards are needed by Friday, December 2nd. Let’s show our fellow Highlanders some love this holiday season because McLean Matters!

There are three ways you can purchase Gift Cards:

  1. In person: Go to a Safeway, Target, or Walmart store and purchase gift card(s) for $25 or $50, and mail/drop off to Jennifer Hill at McLean High School (address below)
  2. Online – Electronic gift cards: Visit Safeway Gift CardsTarget Gift Cards, or Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “electronic gift card(s)”, print out the paper copy, and mail/drop off to Jennifer Hill at McLean High School (address below)
  3. Online – Traditional Plastic Giftcards: Visit Safeway Gift CardsTarget Gift Cards, or Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “plastic gift card(s)” and mail/drop off to Jennifer Hill at McLean High School (address below)

Please remember to indicate the $ amount of the gift card(s) on the card or envelope before you drop them off. 

Please use the following address for all mailed gift cards:

McLean High School

c/o Jennifer Hill

1633 Davidson Road

McLean, VA 22101

If you have any questions, please contact McLean Matters Chair Emma Blankenbaker at

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Watershed Cleanup

The Great Falls Group of the Sierra Club is holding a watershed cleanup event Saturday morning at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean.

Scott’s Run is an ecologically and globally unique preserve and home to remarkable plants and wildlife. However, in recent years, the area has become a misused park, according to the local Sierra Club.

The event, sponsored by the Great Falls Group’s Zero Waste Initiative, will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve at 7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Volunteers should meet at the lower-level parking lot at the intersection of between Georgetown Pike and Swinks Mill Road. Volunteers under 16 years old must volunteer with a parent or guardian.

Volunteers should visit the Sierra Club website to RSVP for the event.

Depending on the turnout, volunteers will break into cleanup groups, and each group will cover a different section of the park. Gloves, trash bags, and trail maps will be provided. Volunteers should bring water and good outdoor hiking shoes or boots.

Rise Against Hunger Meal-Packing Event

Join the McLean community in the Rise Against Hunger Event

On November 5th more than 900 volunteers from the McLean Community and beyond will come together to package 200,000 Meals for Rise Against Hunger at McLean’s Lutheran Redeemer Church. These meals will feed more than 900 children for a whole school year, keeping them in school and away from child labor. For more information and to register.

Share: Host a Food Drive

Food drives are held throughout our community in schools, offices, clubs, and stores. Some choose to offer an incentive for donating such as tickets to an event or points towards a competition, while others simply place a box out for members to leave food in. Whether big or small, complex or simple, food drives are a great way to make a big impact at our pantry!


Share of McLean wants to partner with you to ensure that the drive is positive experience for all
involved. Gaining agreement between all parties as to the drive dates and delivery dates will help
ensure a smooth transition of food and personal supplies from your organization to ours.

Share’s Food Drive Guidelines

● Please review the food drive checklist (How to Hold a Food Drive) provided below.
● After reviewing the checklist, send an email to Share ( with
your desired drive dates.
● Within a 10 day period you should receive an email confirmation or a call, from a Share
representative, confirming the date for your food drive including a confirmation date for
delivery. Please understand that your food drive is not considered approved until you receive
a return email confirmation from Share.
● This confirmation email will include the dates of your approved scheduled food drive along
with an assigned donation drop off date. Typically a donation drop off date is scheduled during
our open Share hours, Wednesday or Saturday between the hours of 9:45-11:45 am. Under
special circumstances arrangements can be made for an alternative drop off time or a Share
truck can be scheduled to pick up donations (if the donation size warrants it). These special
arrangements must be confirmed by a Share representative. Alternative delivery times are
based on the availability of a volunteer to supervise the delivery during non-Share hours. Truck
availability is limited based on the availability of a volunteer truck drivers.
● Share has found that donors respond well to themed food drives. If you would like a theme,
the theme for your food drive will be included in your confirmation email.
● Share has provided a checklist that we hope will be helpful for organizing and managing the
● Prior to your donation transfer to Share, Share would appreciate it if you could

  1. Sort donations by category, each in different boxes (beans with beans; soup with
    soup; shampoo and condition with personal hygiene products; ketchup and mayo
    with condiments; etc) Reminder: No glass bottles of any kind.
  2. Check expiration dates (Reminder: no expired items will be accepted).
  3. Fill boxes with no more than 20 lbs (many of Share’s volunteers are senior
    citizens). No plastic or paper bags please as these can rip. Reusable, grocery bags
    are welcome. Hint: Giant’s organic milk and egg boxes are the perfect sizes.
    Contact your local Giant as they typically have no problem saving them for your
    pick up. Boxes from VA’s ABC stores are good choices as well.
  4. Label boxes with their contents.
    ● Deliver the boxes at the scheduled drop off day/time.
    Share, Inc. A non-profit organization incorporated in 1969. Meeting local community emergency needs.
    Food/Clothing Room Donations (703) 229-1414 Furniture Hotline (703) 448-1054
    Operated out of McLean Baptist Church

Share: Furniture Program

Share’s Furniture Program is seeking volunteers to help deliver donated furniture to very needy
individuals and families on Saturdays. Our recipients are people who have moved from shelters
to housing and had nothing to bring with them. Others are elderly or disabled and cannot
afford to buy furniture or transport it. These families are so appreciative of the help we

Share is looking for new volunteers interested in coming along on a Saturday to see for
themselves how gratifying it is to deliver beds to a family that has been sleeping on the floor.
Or a table and chairs to a formerly homeless woman who has been eating standing up.
Typically, we have a driver and one helper in the truck and then one or two helpers, usually
family members, follow the truck in their car. Helpers should be able to carry one end of a sofa
or dresser up a flight of stairs. Younger family members are welcome to come along with the
adults and could help move lighter items, hold doors, etc. Participants can earn community
service hours. The program takes about 5 hours on a Saturday.

Can you spare some hours on a Saturday? Even one day a year will be appreciated. You can
sign up for a shift using Sign-Up Genius.
Not able to lift furniture? Be an ambassador for our program and help us spread the word to
your parish or neighborhood group. We welcome you in this small effort to help the needy
among us.

If you have questions or are interested in arranging a no commitment ride-along, please
contact Randy Glantz (, 703.297.7299)
For more information about all of Share’s programs, please visit our website

What is Share?

  • Athough we are not religiously affiliated, Share was organized in 1969 by a coalition of local faith communities to help meet the emergency needs of our neighbors in McLean and the nearby areas of Northern Virginia.  


  • Share is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, no office, and no paid fundraisers, therefore, nearly all donations directly benefit our neighbors in need.

  • Share Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. To see our IRS Form 990 annual financial reports, click here


  • Share supported by generous donations from local religious congregations, community organizations and individuals.  Our food and clothing room is housed is space donated by the McLean Baptist Church.  


  • It currently takes more than 1000 volunteer hours per month to run our programs, so we are always recruiting new volunteers.


  • To read more about the history of the organization, click here.

The Neighbors  Share Serves

  • ​​Our neighbors in need are economically distressed families and individuals, seniors living on limited pensions (often facing medical issues), impoverished immigrants, and victims of spousal abuse, as well as the homeless.

  • The neighbors Share serves are referred to them from participating faith communities, county social services, and a number of non-profit groups serving special need groups (such as victims of spousal abuse or the formerly homeless).

  • Before being granted services, these neighbors are screened to ensure they fall within our service area and have an appropriate level of need. 

  • Share serves the working poor, disabled persons, the homeless, recent immigrants and the elderly as well as those facing a crisis such as illness, job loss or other family emergency.  
  • Last year, Share provided services to about 1,500 families including 4,000 household members, most of whom are children.