Events & Networking
THIS Saturday, April 29
AnnSandra: Complimentary Engraving Event
Complimentary Crystal, Glassware & Metal Hand-Engraving by Master Engraver Mirek Havel Jr.
Simon Pearce Heart Bowl 30% OFF Retail: $25.00 Our Price: $17.50
Orrefors Corona Bowl Large 70% OFF Retail: $375.00 Our Price: $112.50
Mariposa Napkin Box w/ Weight Set **in stock design sets only** 50% OFF Retail: $48.00 Our Price: $24.00
MORE Event Specials to be announced.
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4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale
ALDI to Open Thursday, May 4th
The first 100 customers will receive a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift cards of various amounts.
On Thursday, May 4, ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocery stores*, will offer Annandale residents a fresh, new shopping experience as it opens its first Annandale store, located at 7006 Columbia Pike, in the Annandale Shopping Center. With more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, serving more than 40 million customers each month, ALDI is known for high-quality groceries at incredibly low prices. In fact, ALDI is proud to offer a wide range of premium groceries at prices up to 50 percent** less than the competitors.
To celebrate the opening of its first Annandale store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, May 4. The public is invited to attend. Following the ceremony, the first 100 customers will receive a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift cards of various amounts. Customers can also tour the store, sample ALDI exclusive brand products and enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce. ALDI offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including several organic produce items. READ MORE
Saturday, May 6
Spring Cleaning Event Sponsored by Re/Max 100
Clear out your closets, make room in the garage, shred old paperwork and files all for FREE. Re/Max 100 at 5501 Backlick Road, Springfield, across from the entrance to North Springfield subdivision is sponsoring this community event from 9AM to 1 PM. Bring your old documents, old electronics, household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides and paint thinner), old gas propane tanks for disposal or recycling, and clothing which will be donated to charities.
Agent Pat Sawhney
5501 Backlick Road, Springfield
Saturday, May 13
Annual Annandale Clean-Up -- Lend a Hand
This annual clean-up will run from 8:00 am to NOON. Please assemble at the George Mason Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike and help keep Annandale litter free. Don’t be late as the refreshments go quickly. Supervised scout troops & students, needing to fulfill community service hours, are most welcome to participate.
Saturday, May 20
GATHER YOUR TEAM & REGISTER NOW
Annandale Bed Race
The Annandale Hospital Bed Race is a community-building event that raises funds for local projects and Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities, including a group home here in Annandale. This year it will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Businesses gather teams of 5 for this whacky relay race using pediatric hospital beds that have been decorated with great enthusiasm. Awards for best decorated bed, most enthusiastic team, and the fastest team will be presented at the end of the race. This is an event that is widely advertised giving all the company teams abundant promotion as well as an opportunity to be recognized as a great corporate citizen.
Where else will you have a chance to see slices of pizza racing against firefighters? Watch the short video (above) to see the fun. Location: Magill's parking lot, 7201 Little River Turnpike, across from Giant Food. Congressman Gerry Connolly and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova with her team of Fairfax County Firefighters are among the many teams that participate.
Help Get Rid of the Donation Drop Boxes Dumped All Over Annandale
History of these boxes:
Unfortunately, Annandale is being swamped by donation drop-off boxes from a few legitimate organizations who should know better, but more often from profit seeking individuals who then re-sell the donated items; duping those donating in the process. These phony donation boxes rarely reveal any contact information. Often they are intentionally marked to deceive, such as one marked Saint Jude Clothing Company with the first two words in bold huge print, and the last two words almost too small to read. When commercial property owners discover a box installed, without their permission, they have every right to remove it, regardless of who is sponsoring the box. Property owners may even wish to call scrap metal dealers who will remove the box in exchange for the salvage. There's a lot of metal in these boxes so the salvage makes for a good trade.
Sadly, you can be certain that if one box survives for a few weeks, more will soon spring-up alongside. Additionally, there is a health hazard that comes with these boxes since garbage and environmentally hazardous waste is just as often tossed into, or alongside.
In rapid response to complaints by residents and commercial property owners, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross requested the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning to, “work on language for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment that would establish regulations for donation drop-off boxes, which are most similar to an accessory structure to an existing principal use.” New regulations and restrictions have since been adopted but if Annandale is to rid the landscape of these boxes, it will take some help from our residents.
On-going efforts are being made to both clean-up Annandale, and revitalize her central business district. Revitalization does not simply include the building of new multi-use structures while clearing out dilapidated ones. Revitalization includes providing the most attractive community, both for the enjoyment of the residents, and to encourage further rebuilding or re-purposing of existing structures. READ MORE
Neighbors Serving Neighbors
ACCA Celebrates Fifty Years of Service to Annandale
It all started in March of 1967 when federal regulations deemed that 13 children — 4 of whom were African American — were no longer eligible to receive subsidized day care because their parents’ income exceeded the federal poverty level.
Distressed about the children’s plight, community activist Fred Ruffing, president of the Higher Horizon Day Care Center (housed at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church), vowed to do something to help these families. His first stop, with his wife Emily, was a meeting at Peace Lutheran Church with ministers and laypersons from eight Annandale area churches. These churches pledged money to help place the children in new day care centers and appointed a day care action committee to find places for the children.
However, despite the funding support, they were not able to place all the children, since only two of the centers contacted would accept African American children, and they were full. In addition, the fees at many of the centers were too high for the group’s limited resources.
The History of Commercial Aviation in DC
Hoover Field, Washington Airport, and Washington National
Commercial Aviation’s first home in the Washington area was Hoover Field located just west of the current intersection of the George Washington Parkway and the 14th Street Bridge. A private airfield, construction began in 1925, followed two years later with the construction of Washington Airport & Terminal along with their own runways, literally across the road from Hoover. Both airfields suffered from short and unpaved runways, numerous life-threatening obstructions around the field such as radio towers and a large Ferris wheel and high roller coaster at the Arlington Amusement Park, poor visibility (due to a burning garbage dump adjacent to each field), and poor drainage.
Washington Airport was dramatically enlarged (and the coastline of the Potomac River altered) in April 1928 when WA contracted to receive tens of thousands of cubic yards of earth, dug during the construction of the Federal Triangle complex of buildings in the District of Columbia. This dirt was used to fill in the sides and ends of the field. An airport office was also constructed at Military Road. The expansion and land reclamation increased the size of the airport six times. (1) The improvements at Washington Airport were so significant that in April 1932 the night airmail flight was transferred from Bolling Field (2) (located across the Potomac) to Washington Airport.
VIEW ON NATURE: Our Delicate Beauties
Virginia is blessed with three of America’s most beautiful native wildflowers, the pink, the yellow, and the magnificent showy lady’s slippers, all also known as moccasin flowers. These unique orchid flowers look just like a puffy lady’s slipper with a small opening in the front. Their genus, (Cypripedium) is derived from the Greek word referring to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and sandal.
The Pink Lady’s Slipper with its single, light to deep pink colored, slightly sweet smelling, 3-inch flower grows from 6 to 15 inches tall and can live up to 20 years. The single flower stands out on a leafless erect stalk bracketed by two opposing basal leaves with pronounced parallel veins. It blooms from late June into July in mixed hardwood/coniferous forests, often in longstanding beds of pine needles, and definitely in and around a few undisturbed spots in Annandale.
The Yellow Lady’s Slipper comes in the lesser and the greater varieties, with the latter growing up to two feet tall with flower petals 6 inches across. The yellows grow in shady, damp understories of mixed deciduous and coniferous forests to meadows and streambeds. Both varieties grow in multi-stemmed clumps with one to three flowers and two long, thin side petals twisted into spirals (the slipper “laces”). The third, bright yellow petal takes the shape of a light to bright yellow slipper with reddish spots in their interior. I usually spot the first blooms around Mother’s Day in May, mostly in southwest Virginia.
The Showy Lady’s Slipper, is the tallest of these orchids (up to 35” in length) and probably the most stunning. Its Latin species name (reginae) means "queen"; its sturdy, leafy, stalk sports one to three 2-inch long, spherical slipper flowers with inward-rolled edges in a deep rose to magenta color. Petals and sepals are white, oblong and flat. These beauties often grow like ferns in clumps in open wooded swamps or mossy areas with loose soils, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. This orchid lives to be 50 years old and takes 16 years for its first bloom. Although the U.S. Forest Service lists this queen of slippers a Virginia native, I’ve never seen one in the wild (yet). Incidentally, the Showy Lady’s Slipper has been the state flower of Minnesota since 1902. READ MORE
Annandale REAL ESTATE: It’s the Economy (mostly)
The Annandale housing and commercial property market is obviously affected by the economy, including consumer confidence, local employment and economic development via revitalization. Pearson Realty keeps a close eye on what is happening and maintains a supply of tea leaves to read the future.
What is presently occurring is a period of a flat or restricted housing market. Although houses coming onto the market are being snapped up in shorter periods of time, the number of houses coming onto the market is relatively small. Therefore, demand remains steady but supply is still weak.
The result is that we have not seen The a year-over increase in home sale values. Across the County, the average price of a home only increased 1.5 percent following previous years that saw healthier numbers. However, the tax assessment value averaged an increased of 1.64% . Around Annandale, the county tax office claims the percentage of change in assessed value was 1.32%. Nonetheless, many Annandale single family homeowners are experiencing a 5% increase with whopping additional real estate taxes to pay at now the highest rate the county has ever levied.
The market has experienced great uncertainty due to the Presidential election and the ensuing observation of change coming from the White House and Congress. That uncertainty may increase further if (and likely when) Congress starts implementing reduction in force (RIF) that may threaten the jobs of some federal workers. READ MORE
BEAR IN MIND
There are more black bears in the world
than all other bears combined.
To me, the American black bear is the most interesting yet secretive big American animal. There are more black bears in the world than all other bears combined. They have the largest distribution of any of our big mammals, and occur in 92 of Virginia's 98 counties/county-cities. They eat most anything, can run 35 mph, are fantastic swimmers and tree climbers, and amazingly strong! They are very intelligent, have remarkable long-term memories and navigational skills, and can tolerate any weather. No wonder these bears figure prominently in most Native American tribes’ mythologies, often representing medicinal or magical powers, a protector or enforcer spirit, wisdom, motherhood, confidence, and/or strength.
Based on the number of scent receptors, bears have the best sense of smell of any land mammal, and seven times that of a bloodhound. They also have a Jacobson's organ in the roof of their mouths like snakes that further enhance their sense of “tasting” the scent particles in the air to locate mates and cubs, avoid danger, and find food up to many miles away.
Bears can see fairly well — at least as well as humans — with color and binocular vision for good depth perception, and nearsightedness to seek close-up and colored foods. Cubs are born with blue eyes which change to brown in year one. READ MORE
Multi-Round Golf Pass Now Available
Fairfax County Park Authority golf courses offer great savings as springtime approaches. Get ready for the greatest golf savings of the year with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass savings spectacular. From March 27, 2017 until May 17 you can save up to 25 percent when you purchase multi-round passes at Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest and Twin Lakes golf courses.
The best news is yet to come, with savings offered just in time for the opening of the new Burke Lake Golf Center! This spring, warm up with a new double-decker, 64-station driving range with 24 covered and heated stations. Later this year enjoy the brand new 4,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Visit the golf course pro shops to buy your spring passes and jump start your golf season and stock up for social or league play. Other savings include discounts for juniors and seniors – purchase a 14-round junior or senior pass and get a free round.
For more info about local municipal golf course offerings, visit Fairfax County Park Authority Golf Course
Farmers Markets in Annandale- Begin in May
Organized by the Fairfax County Park Authority, these Farmers' Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh pasta, honey, jam, teas and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, and homemade ice cream, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights offered. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects. Master Gardener Plant Clinic on site, at both Mason District and Wakefield Park, to answer questions about plants in your landscape.
Vendors must grow, raise, or produce their own products within a 125 mile radius. The mission of these markets is to support local agriculture within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area. READ MORE FOR SCHEDULES
May 13, 2017 Mason Gov't Center 6507 Columbia Pk., Annandale
- Residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, etc. (Please recycle junk mail and magazines through your normal collection service.)
- Up to four medium-sized packing boxes per vehicle.
- BINDERS of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal)
- Plastic document covers
- Wet or moist paper
- Hanging file folders with metal support bars
- Metal binder clips
- Electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs
- Books, either hardback or paperback
- Credit cards
- Magazines, catalogs and newspapers (unless just the page with the address)
- Film or photographs
Fairfax County will not shred documents for businesses – even if documents are delivered by an employee who is a county resident. These events are only for residents to destroy sensitive material they have from their home. If you require written certification of document destruction, it is recommended that you contract individually with a shredding service provider.
Please Note: Shredding events start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m. All cars must be in line by 12 p.m. These are drive-through events and residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. For everyone’s safety, you will not be able to stand by and watch your paper being shredded.
- County staff remove boxes from cars and trucks and empty paper into rolling carts.
- Once full, the carts are taken to the shredding truck where they are emptied into a shredder.
- All documents are cross-cut shred on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event.
- Following the event, all paper is delivered to a local recycling facility for processing.
- Written certification of shredding will not be provided.
For additional information, please contact us at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.
Document Shredding Event Video
A-Z List of Recycling and Trash Topics
Materials for Recycling or Disposal
What a Difference a Century Makes: 1917
President: Woodrow Wilson
Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall
Sect. of State: Robert Lansing
- Pres. Woodrow Wilson appeared before a joint session of Congress on April 2nd at 8:30 pm to declare war on Germany citing (1) German renewal of their policy of unrestricted submarine warfare on all ships trading with Britain including the US. (Germany had temporarily suspended the practice after the sinking of the Lusitania, which met with massive public outcry.) (2) Discovery of German ploy to ally with Mexico against the USA. In part, he remarked, “Tyrants could not be allowed to destroy the bonds of civilization by engaging in inhumane and immoral actions that oppressed their own people and threatened their neighbors. The world had to be made safe for democracy.”
Fairfax County Celebrates 275 th Anniversary
June 17, 2017 at the Courthouse
Before Fairfax County was a county, the population was largely comprised of Algonquian-speaking Native Americans called the Taux or Dogue. Fairfax was part of Prince William County until 1742, when the northern part of Prince William was broken off to form Fairfax….that is 275 years ago. A second split occurred fifteen years later when the northwestern two-thirds of Fairfax became Loudoun.
During 2017, Fairfax County is planning to mark its anniversary with events celebrating her history. According to the organizers at Visit Fairfax, “The signature celebration will take place on June 17, 2017 in the area surrounding the historic courthouse in central Fairfax. That day you'll find a myriad of events, historical organizations, entertainment, living history, performances, and hands-on family friendly activities - all free, and open to the public.”
This celebration will encourage county residents to contemplate the changes that have occurred over the past 275 years as Fairfax County has evolved from a farming community, to a suburban bedroom community of the District of Columbia, to a satellite of Tyson Corners, into our present day combination of urban areas.
In anticipation of this Anniversary Celebration, the Visit Fairfax Organization is planning ways in which this celebration will be the most meaningful including a visit from Lord Nicholas Fairfax himself, a descendent of Thomas Fairfax, the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693-1781), proprietor of the Northern Neck area of the County. For more information about this celebration, you can visit their website at www.fxva.com/275 (1)
SNL Tech Services in Annandale
Just when you thought you were putting the final touches on the last task before you could start your weekend, the worst happens. Your computer throws a hizzy fit.
The Chamber is proud to introduce a new member whose name and number you should tape to your monitor. SNL Tech Services, located in Annandale, is a woman owned business with fifteen years of local experience. SNL can provide any number of computer services for your company. In fact they are a Managed Services Technology Company. Some of the services they offer are:
Server Monitoring and Management
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Email and File Migration
Commercial Grade Wireless
L. Alvarez at 571-426-1517 . http://www.snl-techservices.com
Emergency Critical Pet Care Now Available in Annandale
Columbia Pike Animal Hospital & Emergency Center has recently expanded veterinary services to provide emergency and critical care 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. In addition to offering around-the-clock medical monitoring and treatment, they are pleased to also announce there will be NO emergency fee charged for urgent care patient visits.
Conveniently located at the corner of Evergreen Lane and Columbia Pike in Annandale, this family-owned and operated veterinary hospital has been serving the northern Virginia pet owning community for more than 40 years.
You Can Help Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities
In 1971, The Knights of Columbus in the Commonwealth of Virginia sought a means to accomplish the charitable goals of the Order throughout Virginia. The result was the forming of a corporation dedicated to providing financial support to organizations assisting Virginia citizens with intellectual disabilities, regardless of race, creed or ethnic background. This organization was chartered as KOVAR. The primary fund raising activity for KOVAR became solicitation of contributions at public facilities throughout Virginia by the individual Knights of Columbus and their Councils. Using this and other approaches, the Virginia Knights have raised more than $12 million since 1971 for this expanding program of charitable service.
The Chamber has teamed with KOVAR in joint support of the Hospital Bed Race which takes place each May in Annandale. If you are a business, you can gather a team of 5 to take part in this whacky race while helping to support residents, right here in Annandale, that benefit from KOVAR. READ MORE
Report Street Light Outages
They Don't Last Forever
Streetlights, like light bulbs, don’t last forever. One way you can help the community is by reporting streetlight outages in your neighborhood and in other areas you frequent. Reporting an outage is simple and helps keeps neighborhoods safe; it also helps keep pedestrians visible and safe (especially this time of year with the early sunset).
Streetlights along public roadways in Fairfax County are typically maintained by Dominion Virginia Power or the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) operates the streetlights along interstates and at major interchanges.
To report Street light Outages is easy.
When reporting an outage to Dominion Virginia Power or NOVEC, you will need to have the location of the pole and the pole number. READ MORE
High Winds and Power Outages
If you should experience a loss of electricity or downed trees from high winds and storms, these are useful contacts.
Snow Plows & Road Information
Loss of Utilities & Emergency Numbers
PNC Financial Services
For more than 160 years, PNC has been committed to providing their clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. PNC is proud of their longstanding history of supporting not only their customers but also their communities, employees and shareholders.
PNC offers a wide range of services for all their customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, they're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success.
PNC provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to more than 6 million consumer and small business customers across 19 state and the District of Columbia. Customers can bank whenever and wherever they want via more than 2,600 branches, online and mobile services along with 9,000 ATM machines, many of which can be used to make deposits and cash checks. READ MORE
Trust Properties: A Proud New Chamber Partner
Trust Properties was founded in 1994 and is committed to providing a broad range of Commercial Real Estate Services throughout the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. Staffed by knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated career professionals, Trust Properties takes pride in delivering impeccable levels of service and exceptional results to their clients and customers.
Greg McGillicuddy is a Vice President and Principal Broker at Trust Properties. Greg grew up in Arlington and returned here after completing his studies at Harvard. Greg is one of the most knowledgeable brokers in local real estate, with more than 27 years of experience in the sales and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties and has managed more than two million square feet of properties in the Greater Metro area, including numerous properties here in Annandale. READ MORE
LAMBROS GOLDSMITH AND FINE JEWELRY
Sparkling, even inspiring are the jewelry designs exhibited in abundance at this charming retailer. Lambros and Jayne Magiafas, goldsmith and geologist, are a team made in Jewelers Heaven. Lambros began his goldsmith apprenticeship at the age of 12 in his native Greece while Jayne started her career in the US at the age of 16.
Lambros Goldsmiths is a family owned and operated, full service Fine Jewelry retailer. Founded in 1987, Lambros Goldsmiths has been serving the Fine Jewelry needs of people from around the country. Nestled in our friendly town of Annandale, Lambros Goldsmiths offers uniquely handcrafted Fine Jewelry at competitive prices. READ MORE
Chamber Membership is an Effective Business Strategy
According to a recent study conducted by the Shapiro Group:
“When consumers know a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of that business, and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.” For more information on benefits when joining the Annandale Chamber of Commerce please see......
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