ANNANDALE News, Events & Networking Opportunities

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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
Fairfax County Government offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, some facilities are open and schedules vary.
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Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29th
AnnSandra Special Events (Vera Bradley)

Start your holiday shopping with special offers and additional savings from this quality retailer.  All Vera Bradley (the largest selection in the area) is 25% off &  Tumi Luggage 25% off.  See for details. 703-354-2110, 4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale.


It is hard to believe, but the Holidays are coming up rapidly. It is expected that more than 3,000 households will be referred to the Holiday Basket/Adopt a Family program this year. Many will experience a real Holiday when they are “adopted” for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.  To donate, read more...



Burke & Herbert Bank in Annandale

Burke & Herbert Bank
invites local teens to take part in the Lights, Camera, Save! video competition. To enter, students age 13-18 must create a 90-second video on saving and using money wisely and submit a completed entry form by Dec. 1.  The national winner will receive a prize up to $5,000. Burke & Herbert will reward the top three local winners with $350, $100, and $50 to further their savings goals. Last year’s top local winner was a student at Frost Middle School in Annandale.


 Saturday, December 5
AnnSandra Special Events 

Start your holiday shopping with special offers and additional savings from this quality retailer.   

Two's Company Holiday Accessories (cozy & fabulous scarves, hats, shawls and gloves), Mud Pie products with free personalization, and Vietri products with free personalization in Italian.   See for details. 703-354-2110, 4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale.


Energy Tips for Annandale Businesses
Virginia Energy Sense

Year after year, thousands of small business throughout the Commonwealth, several of which are located right here in Annandale, search for ways to reduce operating costs. This can oftentimes prove challenging, but there are many easy and effective ways for small businesses to reduce expenses and increase profits simply by lowering energy use.

A proud partner of the Annandale Chamber, Virginia Energy Sense (VES) is the Commonwealth’s energy education program and is committed to helping Virginians, and businesses large and small in Virginia, reduce their energy consumption by 10 percent by 2020.

Small business participation plays an integral part in meeting this important goal. The following energy reduction tips have the potential to help the state meet its energy reduction goals, but also save small businesses money in the process.

Commercial Energy Audit:  A business energy audit is a great way to identify areas to save energy and improve your company’s bottom line. You can conduct your own energy audit or hire a professional. This can be an involved process depending on the size of your office, so refer to the VES checklist before getting started.

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Saturday, December 12
AnnSandra Special Events 

Complete your holiday shopping with special offers and additional savings from this quality retailer.  Michael Wainwright products at 30% off with some event specials at 50% off.  Julia Knight will also be on site to personalize your purchases of her special tabletop creations.  See for details. 703-354-2110, 4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale.

Saturday, December 12
Sunday, December 13

AnnSandra Crystal Engraving Event

Enjoy 20-50% off Waterford, Orrefors-Kosta Boda, and Annie Glass both days and complimentary personalization on Sunday by Master Engraver Mirek Havel, Jr. on all glass and crystal purchases.  See for details. 703-354-2110, 4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale.



Haven of Northern Virginia offers bereavement support.There is a wonderful resource in Annandale that offers emotional support to those going through the difficult process of grieving the death of a loved one.  That resource is Haven of Northern Virginia, a non-profit all-volunteer organization that has been providing grief support for 39 years.

Haven offers help to those who have lost a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or friend.  Losses may be the result of an illness, accident, suicide, or natural causes.  Whatever the cause of death, Haven is there to help. Haven’s services includes individual support, walk-in support, bereavement groups, grief workshops, and community presentations.  Read more.....

Eight Ways Business Networking Can Maximize Your Success      

DeeDee Gee, Cox Media is a member of the Annandale Chamber of CommerceWhether you’re a banker, baker, sales professional or waitress, networking and engaging with all sorts of people is how we get things done. However,

in the business world, it’s also considered an essential component of career success. Some people are naturally congenial, while others have to practice those skills.

What makes us better networkers than others? Let’s explore some ways that will ensure your ability to leverage your social and professional network.

Be authentic. Have real conversations with people - people can tell immediately if you are phony. Try to connect with people on a personal level and be genuine. Have a couple of questions on standby to make approaching people easier. Take mental notes from your conversations and write personal information down in a notebook, on your smartphone or on the back of a business card so that you can jog your memory about that person the next time you see them or contact them.

Know where you need to go and be there. Identify meetings and special events that attract the people you want to meet. Your local Chamber of Commerce is a perfect place to start. Do your investigative work in advance and invest your time where you’ll make the most impact.     Read more......


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