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The Haunted Village of AnnandaleThe Annandale Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their new fall event taking place in just a few weeks. 

You are invited, if you dare, to tour The Haunted Village & The Witches Graveyard on Fridays and Saturdays, October 16-31 from 6:00-9:00 PM.  The Haunted Village will be located in the Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at Gallows Road. 

The Haunted Village of Annandale silently festers in the underworld, except in October when the earth erupts, unleashing screeching phantoms and creepy goblins.  Ghostly impressions move through the air while witches cackle amid the graves in this ancient Village.

Costumed docents will escort small groups through the village where Goblins lurk telling spooky stories of past happenings.  Visit the Asylum Hospital where a demonic spider rules over the wretched corpses, and the screams of the damned are clearly heard.  See the Witches Graveyard where the most wicked crones in history claw and wriggle to escape their beastly tombs.  Watch the Witch Empress mix her potions of lizard lips, bat tongues, and snake scales.  Experience the howls, the searing stare of the skull’s evil eyes, the lurching Grim Reaper, the clattering bones, and the dreadful accounts of horror in each of the shops.

While supplies last, discount admission coupons will be available starting October 16th at stores in the shopping center.   This event is ideally suited for children 8 and up.  For parents concerned about their little ones, the earlier hours will be less scary than the later ones, but we expect you will exercise your discretion appropriately.   Additional information will be posted on the Chamber’s website at as the event draws near.

ALL NIGHTS:  6:00-9:00 PM
Fridays, October 16, 23, & 30

Saturdays, October 17, 24, & 31


Saturday, October, 2015
Friends of Green Spring Gardens Fundraiser

From 4 pm until closing at Foxfire Grill in the Pinecrest Shopping Center, 20% of the evening's proceeds will be donated to an educational fund for Title 1 school children so they are able to benefit from trips to Green Spring Garden programs.  The Friends of Green Springs, a dynamic volunteer organization, made it possible for over 1,500 children to benefit in 2014.  For more information visit  Reservations are recommended at Foxfire:  703-914-9280.  


Sharon Bulova, Chairman Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Funding of K-12 Education
in Fairfax County

Within the next fiscal year, Fairfax County Public Schools could experience a $100 million dollar deficit. Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has encouraged the Fairfax County Public Schools to work in partnership with the county to find solutions to these funding challenges.  Chairman Bulova, recently wrote to Governor Terry McAulliffe laying out numerous facts that best explain the funding formula and the difficulties faced by Fairfax County.  

Read more to know the facts.......


Saturday, October 24, 2015 

The Annandale Parade

Cited in 2013 as one of,

The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 beginning at 10:00 am.  Marching along Columbia Pike from the Annandale Shopping Center near Gallows Road, all the way to the Bowling Alley-Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale.  The Annandale Parade has been a fixture since 1950, celebrating the vast diversity Annandale enjoys. Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-five year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

Register early, before all spaces are taken.
  Entry Form
Regretfully, we are unable to accept any additional registrations for Spanish Dance Groups as all dance slots are taken.  Thank you.
Sponsorship Opportunities include extensive advertising.  For information, please contact

Celebrate Annandale at the 65th Annual Parade on Columbia Pike, October 24, 2015

Additional PARADE Information

Why Small Business is Winning Big with Consumers

Steve Rowley, Senior Vice President of Cox Business In recent years, the movement toward shopping local has gained momentum as consumers work to improve the communities in which they live by patronizing small and medium-sized businesses. While this trend generates a lot of attention during the holiday season, I’m pleased that the majority of consumers are making these efforts an ongoing campaign.

In fact, according to The 2015 Cox Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses, 92 percent of consumers around the country visit a small business at least once a week – with slightly less than half (46 percent) patronizing a small business three or more times a week.

The Cox survey gauged the sentiments of nearly 1,400 consumers around the country to give their reasons for shopping small. The good news is, from Providence to Phoenix, consumers are circulating their money where it has the greatest impact - on Main Street. Findings are available 

This impact can be measured in real dollars. According to some reports, of every $100 that is spent locally - $68 stays in the economy. This circulation of cash does a lot for local economies, from helping spur job creation to strengthening overall infrastructure.

Small Business. Big Service.
The Cox survey found that consumers feel they get a better level of customer service when patronizing small businesses. In fact, better customer service ranked second only to the “need to shop local.” Convenience and more familiarity with customers also scored high. 

At the same time, consumers pointed to a variety of ways that small businesses can improve the customer experience even more, with tactics from broadening their offerings to expanding their hours of operation.


Thomas Jefferson Ranked the Top High School in America 

Thomas Jefferson High School ranked 1st in the nation.Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, located right here in Mason District, for ranking first in the nation for the second year in a row according to Newsweek.   The rankings were calculated using several measures, including graduation rate, college enrollment rate, SAT and ACT scores, AP and IB scores and participation, teacher-student ratio and dropout rates.  

AT TJ, the following scores were achieved and contributed to their ranking.

  • The average ACT score is 32.
  • The average SAT score is 2182.
  • The average AP score is 4.45.
  • College Readiness score is 100%.
  • Graduation Rate score is 100%.
  • College Bound students 99.8%.

TJ received applications from 2,841 students for admission this fall, for approximately 500 spots.b According to Fairfax County Public Schools the following middle schools sent the most students.

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