Week in McLean

Week in McLean

Community Forum on Painkillers & Heroin

Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Services William A. Hazel Jr., M.D., will join Fairfax County community leaders, local experts and parents in a special April 13 forum as they highlight the county’s current fight against painkiller abuse and heroin use that has reached epidemic levels across the nation. “Painkillers & Heroin: Our Community Problem” is presented by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and the Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) to raise awareness and help our community take action to prevent and reduce use among youth and young adults.

The event will be held Monday, April 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the FCPS Gatehouse Administration Center, First Floor Café, located at 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. The event is free, but registration is requested at www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org.

Panelists at the event will include: Kathy Briggs, who will share the tragic loss of her 21-year-old son; Jesse Ellis, Fairfax County NCS prevention manager; Sgt. Jim Cox, Fairfax County Police Department narcotics officer; Maria Hadjiyane, Inova Behavioral Health Adult Ambulatory Care, director; and Dr. Husam Alathari, Inova CATS (Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services) Program medical director; and a local VCU student in recovery. A question-and-answer session will follow.

For more information, visit www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org.

McLean Theatre Company Presents ‘The Laramie Project’

The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) presents the renowned docudrama “The Laramie Project,” April 9-12. Directed by Amy Poe, the award-winning company uses a series of interviews to piece together the facts and fabrications surrounding the tragic 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. “The Laramie Project “opens to a single weekend run, Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Performances are in McLean’s Burks Auditorium with advance tickets available at www.mcleandrama.com. Thursday’s performance is a special “Pay What You Can” night when guests are asked to pay at least $1 at the door. A special screening of the limited-release documentary, “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine,” premiers Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. with tickets available at the door.

Pilates Teacher Training Offered in McLean

Ellie Herman, Author of Pilates for Dummies, and Sommer Austin, founder of Pengu Studio, will co-teach a Pilates teacher training program running Thursday, April 23- Aug. 1. Training will take place at Pengu Studio in McLean.

The Pilates Teacher Training will equip gifted students with the foundational skills and techniques to become qualified Pilates teachers and artists. There are 8 modules including Functional Anatomy, Mat, Reformer, Springboard, Cadillac, Arc/Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair and Myofascial Release Techniques. Students can register for one or all of the modules.

Certified Pilates teachers can observe Master Trainers Ellie and Sommer for a day or more.

For more information including complete schedule and costs visit www.pengustudio.com