ANNANDALE News, Events

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chamber Luncheon - Annandale's Revitalization

Meet talented Bethesda Architect, Faik Tugber, and other members of the development team, who are reinventing the bowling alley site into modern day apartments, ideally suited for young professionals.  See the renderings, see the exceptional amenities, see the lush landscaping, and learn just why this project answers Annandale’s need to retain their next generation of leaders & volunteers, while setting a bench mark for further needed revitalization.  Join the chamber for this special fall kick-off luncheon and network with other members of the business community.

Where:   Juke Box Diner - 7039 John Marr Drive (at the corner of John Marr & Columbia Pk.)
When:    NOON - 1:30 PM
Cost:      $20 Chamber members; $25 Non-Members, payable at the door
Details:  Please RSVP by no later than Wednesday, Sept. 10th with reservations
& main course menu selection of either Grilled Salmon or Grilled Chicken in Lemon Butter Sauce to



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.


Say Goodbye to E-ZPass Monthly Maintenance Fees

Good news – the E-ZPass monthly maintenance fee has been lifted in Virginia.If you don't have an E-ZPass yet, now is the perfect time to get one so you can travel on the 495 Express Lanes.

E-ZPass is available for purchase at local Virginia retailers including AAA Mid-Atlantic locations, select Giant, Wegmans and DMV locations, online and at E-ZPass customer service centers


Saturday, September 6, 2014  -  1:00-4:00 PM

The Craft Gallery of Artisans United Hosts
The Capital Area Woodturners Guild Show & Sale
:  There will be a reception on Saturday, September 6, from 1-4.  Light refreshments will beserved.  Many of the items on display will be for sale, and several woodturners are scheduled to be on hand during the reception to talk about their craft.

The Craft Gallery of Artisans United 
Fred M. Packard Center
4022-C Hummer Road, Annandale,   (in the Annandale Community Park)


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 intern-ship or job shadow, please
contact Jill Burrer, 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...

Summer Concerts in the Park
Spotlight by Starlight at Mason District Park
Braddock Nights at Ossian Hall Park
for times, locations and general information...


Sunday, September 7, 2014
Celebrate Grandparents' Day with a Tea Party
Honor multi generations from 2 - 3 p.m., at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce Street in Annandale. Celebrate National Grandparents Day with a multigenerational tea party!  Enjoy tea in china cups, old-fashioned tea treats, and learn about extended families in wildlife.  Children can create a special gift for their grandparents or other special adult in their life.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, who is registered in the program. Preregistration required and can be done by calling 703-222-4664, or online at (under public programs).

Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce Street in Annandale.

(one block off Hummer Road)


Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fall Garden Day and Plant Sale

Fall is a great time to plant, and Green Spring Gardens is hosting numerous local plant vendors to satisfy your gardening needs. Live music, a silent auction and bake sale add to the festivities. Come and support one of Virginia’s most innovative public gardens. FREE.

Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312


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, 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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