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Morning, Afternoon Sessions Continue at MPA

Morning session summer camps continue at McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). 919summertime

Morning, Afternoon Sessions Continue at MPA

Morning session summer camps continue at McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). On week 4, July 13 – 17, “Modern Masters” will allow campers aged 6 – 8 to study the work of a different master artist each day, learn about color usage, shape, texture and composition and create artwork influenced by the style of featured artists such as Pollock, Matisse and Picasso. Morning sessions take place Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – noon.


SAMUEL WHITAKER (center), a 4th-grader at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, was recently honored as the Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrol from Falls Church City. On Saturday, June 4, Whitaker was honored at a luncheon at the Waterford Fair Oaks sponsored by AAA Mid-Atlantic. He was awarded a plaque for his outstanding service to the Thomas Jefferson School community and given a $150 savings bond from the American Automobile Association (AAA). Whitaker’s Safety Patrol Sponsors from Thomas Jefferson, Mr. Steve Knight and Mr. Nathan Greiner, attended the luncheon along with his parents, Scott and Michelle Whitaker. (Photo: Courtesy Michelle Whitaker)

Also, afternoon sessions for children aged 8 – 11 continue with “Drawing” from July 13 – 17 as well, Monday – Friday from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Children will learn drawing fundamentals including perspective, proportion, form and shading through fun and creative projects. Pencils, pastels, charcoal and ink are among the media available to campers.

Rising third-graders may choose morning or afternoon sessions. Campers are reminded that they should bring a snack and a painting smock, or an old over-sized shirt. Parents and siblings are invited to an art show to be held during the last 20 minutes of class each Friday. Tuition is $150 per week, $135 for McLean district residents. Register at, or call 703-790-0123.

OFTC Teen Summer Camp Offers Tons of Fun

Week 3 of the Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) Camp begins Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). The camp is for children aged 11 and older. Whether a teen wants the challenge of a whitewater rafting course, the experience of having lunch in Georgetown or the excitement of visiting a favorite theme park, teens can find it at OFTC Summer Camp. Teens build confidence, develop friendships and have new experiences while traveling to destinations in Fairfax County vehicles, charter buses and by Metro.

Trips will depart and return to OFTC. Times vary between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Participants can register daily or weekly, and must bring their own money for each trip. Online registration is closed. To register, call OFTC at 703-448-8336. Visit for more information.

Creative Cauldron Stirs Up More Imagination

Creative Cauldron (222 N. Washington St., Falls Church) continues “Flights of Fancy,” a themed summer camp. The camp began Monday, July 6 and runs until Friday, July 24. Campers can spread their wings and soar along with some fine and foul-feathered friends of legend, take a tip from wise-old Owl, watch out for those wily Tricksters Raven and Crow and tune up their singing voices with Nightingale and Canary.

Brimming with tales, both real and imagined, the wonderful world of winged creatures awaits. Half- and full-day sessions are available, as well as the option of before and/or after care. For more information or to register online, visit

Children’s Academy Session III Begins

Session III at McLean Children’s Academy (6900 Elm St., McLean) will begin Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Session III will include camps from July 20 – 24 and July 27 – 31. This camp is especially designed for preschool-, kindergarten- and first grade-aged children.

The ambience is well-suited to a child’s first experience with a structured program, and yet offers stimulation and varied activities which interest older children. Touring around D.C. is the theme of this summer’s camps. Early arrival and extended-day options are available for extra fees. For more information or to register online, visit or call 703-734-2353.