ANNANDALE News, Events

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SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP:  Over 100 Gift Vendors
Vendor, Entertainment, Volunteer, & Parade Registration Forms
Register soon before all spaces are gone

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale attended by over 10,000 people.  From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM the Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family, and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! 

In the Food & Entertainment Zone, Rock, County, & Jazz Bands along with costumed international dancers, will entertain.  Japanese, Thai, Nigerian, Caribbean, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin cuisines will be represented along with the perennial favorites such as barbeque, burgers and fried chicken, funnel cakes, snow cones, home baked good, cotton candy, Kettle Corn, and Jaguar Joe Coffee.

In the Community Market you can SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP with over one hundred vendors to include numerous artisan handcrafts.  The ever popular Pet Vendors will again feature a broad range of clever pet accessories, dog trainers & walkers, and gourmet pet food. Children’s books & toys, endearing marionettes, herbal wraps & wreaths, garden accessories, quality gifts from major manufacturers, silks, handbags, exquisite hair jewelry, fashion accessories, and professional stylists will fill-out the Community Market.   You can begin and complete your holiday shopping in this market.

In the Kid’s Zone a full day of fun awaits.  The Toddler Play Area will be back with age appropriate games such as the Bubble Booth and the Lil’ Pirate Moon Bounce.  Puppet Shows are scheduled for your entertainment in The Secret Garden.    The ever popular Obstacle Course & Bungee Jump are planned along with interactive & inflatable games.  You can also test your racing skills with the Nationwide NASCAR’s Driving Simulator.    

See for all festival applications and parade entry forms.   

The Annandale Parade  
Cited in 2013 as one of,

The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 beginning at 10:00 am.  Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church 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.  Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-four year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

The Falls Church Academy at FCHS
will be preparing career experiences for the 2014-20
15 academic year. If you are interested in speaking to one of their classes, offering a field trip, or hosting their students for an internship or job shadow, please
contact Jill Burrer, Physicians & Dentists are especially needed to host a student for a day so they can observe a practice in operation.  Career Experience Specialist at

Students from 20 different county high schools attend Falls Church Academy, whose mission is to serve as a professional learning community that provides high school students with hands-on real life applications to explore careers in health and human services, while gaining practical skills, confidence and enthusiasm to thrive in 21st century workplace.  For more information

Campus to Community Outreach

Have you, as a business owner or professional, had days or even seasons, where small tasks become overwhelming?  Have you wished to take a vacation from the minutiae of multiple projects?  Have you wondered how to locate temporary help?  Students at Westwood College might provide a workable solution. Annandale’s Westwood College Campus to Community Outreach encourages students to seek positive opportunities that will give back to the Annandale community. Westwood’s 4-by-4 Program encourages businesses and students to collaborate on creating student work experiences, and relationships that will provide skill development in the student’s career field.
For more information or to speak with the college......

Westwood College is Offering Free
Special Interest Classes to Annandale Businesses

Annandale's Westwood College has scheduled several 2 hour "How-To-Do" classes from the graphic artist's approach to creating special event flyers to Successful Small Business Networking and invites Chamber members to participate. There is no charge for the classes but space is limited so register soon.    For more information about these classes...

Thursday. September 18, 2014
Fairfax County Economic Authority

We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) as well as the launch of Procurement Academy 2014; a series of 10 workshops focused on various aspects of procurement.  The Procurement Academy workshops serve to facilitate business growth and development of entrepreneurs in Fairfax County and the region. 

The 2014 launch is scheduled for September 18th at Gannett Co., Inc., headquarters in McLean, Virginia.  Additional details are as follows:

Date –                                September 18, 2014
Time –
                               7:30 AM – 8:00 AM (registration/networking breakfast); 8:00 – 10:30 AM (workshop)
Location -
                         Gannett Co., Inc., 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22107
Topic -                                “Growth Strategies for Small Business Success”

Guest speakers -           
Kevin DeSanto, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, KippsDeSanto
Paul Leslie, Chief Executive Officer, Dovel Technologies, Inc., moderator
Marissa Levin, Chairman, Information Experts and Founder, Successful Culture|Andy Lustig, Corporate Attorney, Cooley, LLP.Ken Smith, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Dovel Technologies
David Young, Co-Founder, Titania Solutions Group

For more information and or to register -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
College Planning and 529 Program Seminar

Michael Guerrero of Edward Jones Investments will host a breakfast seminar on Sept. 24th from 8am-9am at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Hwy Arlington VA. . This is a great opportunity for those with children or grandchildren to learn about the strategies to help loved ones with school, while reducing personal taxes. Please RSVP no later than Sept. 22th either by email or phone.


Thursday, October 9, 2014
8:00 Am to 2:30 PM at the Gov't Center
Small Business Conference, Vendor Forum

Last year, approximately 45 percent of Fairfax County Government’s purchasing was with small, women-owned and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses. Hosted by the Fairfax County Small Business commission and the Dept. of Purchasing & Supply Management.   The Vendor Forum is a unique opportunity for SWaM business owners to learn about selling your goods and services to the county. The event includes:

  • Free reverse trade show – meet county purchasing agents face-to-face.
  • Workshops, including “How to Sell to Fairfax County.”
  • Network with other SWaM owners and representatives.
  • Get useful information on financial management and marketing, among other topics.

For more information about the 2014 Vendor Forum visit or contact Michael Estelle, at 703-324-3104


Sunday, October 12, 2014
The Craft Gallery of Artisans United
is holding a demo on Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 1-3 pm.  Fiber artist, Peggy Taves will demonstrate how to use a felting needle to decorate a felt bangle bracelet. 

 Using special felting needles, roving wool, embroidery floss, and beads, she will demonstrate embellishing with the dry felting technique.


Fred M. Packard Center, in the Annandale Community Park
4022-C Hummer Road, Annandale, VA.



Sunday, December 7, Noon-4 p.m.
Gardeners’ Holiday Open House

Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun in the garden. This festive day is for gardeners of all ages, individuals and families. Register in advance for the 1 p.m. children’s puppet show, enter the annual gingerbread house contest, and catch a ride on the trackless train.  

Green Spring Gardens

4603 Green Spring Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312


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