ANNANDALE News, Events & Networking

October 29, 2021  -  3-7 pm
Demaine Funeral Home Trunk or Treat Event
Trunk or Treat 2021

Opens November 6th, 1-3 PM
Holiday Show at the Craft Gallery 
Opening Reception Planned; Expanded Hours Starting November 1

Artisans United Gallery and Store

The Craft Gallery of Artisans United is open and ready for your holiday shopping. We have no supply chain issues, as our artists are local and everything is handmade by these artists. The holiday show will open on Saturday November 6th and will run through December 31st. Join us to celebrate this new show at the opening reception on November 6th from 1:00-3:00.

The Gallery offers a wide variety of items hand-crafted by local artists available. Find practical and decorative items for the season and all your gift-giving needs. Our current artists and their craft:

  • Wood boxes by Dan Burke
  • Glass art by Diane Cairns
  • Photography by Paul Gesalman
  • Baby bib and blanket sets, stuffed animals, aprons for children and adults, and more by Cathy Bostak
  • Wearable items and other glass art by Jean Lee
  • Creative animal photography by Gini Moore
  • Wearable art by Sharon Safran
  • Wooden toys and other carved items by Bob Simoniz
  • One-of-a-kind wire and braided jewelry by Marilu Del Carpio
  • Functional and decorative quilted items by Elizabeth Styles
  • Photography by Kathryn Brown
  • Needle felted items (necklaces, small animals, etc.) by Gail Robin
  • Decorative and functional pottery by Jeanette Bieber
  • Acrylic painting on glass by Jane HannanWaterford Weavers at The Craft Gallery of Artisans United, Annandale, VA
  • Wire woven jewelry and knitted accessories by Sharon Eppler
  • Functional and decorative pottery by Suzy Yindra
  • Origami jewelry by Nobue Yamabayashi

The Craft Gallery of Artisans United, Inc. offers socially distanced shopping. If you can’t visit in person, call to arrange for a tour and shopping by video. The gallery can take payments over the phone and provide drive-by pickup. Mailing or delivery to your home may be available, as well.

The Craft Gallery at Artisans United
4022 Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22003
Call 703-941-0202  -
Current hours:  Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
As of Nov. 1st: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meet the Artisan:  Jeanette Bieber
Pottery with a Flair

Pottery by Jeanette Bieber at Artisans United, Annandale, VaJeanette Bieber is a new member of Artisans United. While working as an accountant, Jeanette never gave up her love for art. She has worked in painting including sumi-e, knitting, needlepoint, sewing, embroidery and other handcrafts. When she discovered pottery, she found her passion. “Pottery for me is a wonderful way to express my creative abilities. The technical skills and use of color in glazing a piece of pottery is very satisfying.” Although she is primarily a functional potter, Jeanette has branched out into some decorative work as well. Her pieces include fish vases, pumpkins for Halloween, gnomes and Christmas ornaments for the holiday season.

Pottery is a process that is time consuming and exacting. It includes three stages. The first stage includes creating the piece either by wheel throwing or hand building. Hand building can include the use of templates, molds or other devices to create a shape or object. After the piece is created it needs to dry to what is known as a leather hard consistency.


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The Golden Years
Top 5 Fun Things to Do with a Senior this Fall

The Late Summer/Fall seasons herald the kickoff of pleasurable and entertaining events with family and friends. Who doesn’t look forward to picnics in the park, outdoor family reunions and weekends at the lake, river, or the beach?

If you’re a family caregiver, this season of increased activity isn’t always good news, especially since a loved one might be apprehensive about going out. If you’re an older adult tired of being cooped up, you might have a different view. Getting back in action could be higher on your priority list.

A little pre-planning can help make it easier for an older adult to take part in fall festivities, even if health, mobility, and stamina threaten the fun. However, if you or a loved one isn’t up to more robust activities, check out this list of fun things to do. If you’re planning activities together, make sure loved ones participating are not ill or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

A Day of Painting or Coloring
With the popularity of adult coloring books, you can enjoy this pleasing pastime with all the generations. If your family is particularly artistic, you might even want to try your hand at watercolors and paint self-portraits to share with the entire family.


Annandale Real Estate

Forget New England, the Fall Foliage is Glorious in Virginia  As Realtors we frequently are advising our clients, prior to getting ready to market their real estate, to make sure their legal documents are in order. 

Sometimes we encounter papers that have been drawn many years earlier and when the heirs need to sell the property there are errors that require remediation. I was involved in such a case where several powers-of-attorney for the family had the wrong name in one of the forms. The husband, still living but with dementia, could not sign the corrected powers-of-attorney.  I referred the client to a local attorney who was able to work with the wife to correct this oopsie!


VIEW ON NATURE: Master of Concealment

Gray Treefrog in tucked-in, immobile, camouflage position, Luray, Virginia -  Photo Credit:  Stephen L. Wendt
As I opened the shudders of our mountain cabin near Skyline drive, I noticed what appeared to be a clump of lichen on the windowsill.  But upon closer inspection, the ‘lichen’ turned out to be a chalky grey frog like no other.  The frog was in 100% “camouflage mode”, both in in appearance and behavior.  Its mottled, powdery skin coloring and pattern looked exactly like lichen on the ashen sill.  Its legs were oddly tucked under its cupped, flattened body, as it surprisingly remained completely immobile in its puckered position, even after I gently moved it off the sill!   That’s when I realized I was looking at the Master of Concealment -- the gray tree frog

It was unusual to encounter this treetop arboreal species down on earth.  These mostly solitary, nocturnal creatures commonly found in forests seldom venture down from the tree canopies other than for breeding or occasional meals of insects near porch lights and windows. They mostly forage on moth, butterfly and beetle larvae amongst the treetop foliage, and easily traverse any surface with their highly adaptable suction cups toes. 


George Mason Regional Library
There's a lot going on! 

 Tuesday, October 12        Elections and Voting in America

7:00pm  -  8:15pm, hosted online by George Mason Regional Library. 

Learn more about the current state of affairs in U.S. elections. 

Presented by Jennifer Nicoll Victor, Associate Professor of Political Science at GMU’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Adults. Register online

Tuesday, October 19
Day of the Dead / Día de Los Muertos: Sugar Skull Craft Activity
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at George Mason Regional Library

Make and decorate your own sugar skull. During this craft activity, we will make sugar skulls and decorate them to honor beloved family members and friends. Ages 10-19. Register at 703-256-3800 or online.

Sunday, October 21 – Family Storytime
11:00am - 11:30am at George Mason Regional Library.

Enjoy a family storytime that encourages your child's love of reading. Ages 0-5. Register at 703-256-3800 or online.

Don’t know what to read? Let us give you some ideas. Fairfax County Public Library has a new personal book selection service: Library to Go. Fill out the form and we’ll pick out some titles just for you.

In these times: The library continues to offer curbside services and online programming so you can benefit from our services without even coming in our door (although we’d really like to see you).

Beyond books:  We loan a lot of things, including thermal cameras so you can winter-proof your home and a small number of laptop computers as part of a pilot program for lending laptops.

Please feel free to contact the George Mason Regional Library Information Desk if you have any questions: 703-256-3800


Consumer Alert
Beware of Calls from 703-324-1000 


Calls from 703-324-1000 claiming that your Fairfax County data has been compromised are not true; it's a scam, and just one more annoyance.  

Do NOT call the secondary number provided and give personal or county information.

Multiple residents are receiving calls from 703-324-1000 (our MyFairfax online portal help line) that claim their Fairfax County data has been compromised and they will need to call another number to set up fraud protection.

This is a scam, or better known as a phone spoofing scam.

Do not call any secondary number and give them personal or county information if you receive this or any similar call. This number is being spoofed, and below is some helpful information when dealing with phone spoofing. If you are supposed to receive a call from MyFairfax, once received, please hang up and call MyFairfax directly.

What Is Phone Spoofing?

Phone spoofing is when scammers show false information, such as local area codes or numbers that look familiar and will try to impersonate a vendor or government agency as the first step to interact with whoever answers the call. The below best practices can help you to identify, or at least avoid, spoofing scams:

  • Don't answer calls from unknown numbers.
  • If you receive an unexpected call do not assume it is legitimate. Hang up and call back using a number you can verify on a bill, statement, or official website.
  • Do not give out personal information, such as Social Security numbers or passwords.
  • Use extreme caution if pressured for a financial transaction.

If a caller asks you to hit a button to stop taking calls, just hang up.

Pupusas Express 

In the Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at Gallows 

 Now Open in the Annandale Shopping Center is a much awaited new dining experience known as Pupusas Express. (7042 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003) Delicious, spotlessly clean and friendly, this eatery will delight the young and the young at heart. The menu reflects the traditional Salvadoran dishes offered at affordable prices certain to please every budget.

Known for their warm hospitality and exceptionally quick and courteous service, they have now expanded to four locations. If you are unfamiliar with Salvadoran cuisine, the staff will be happy to discuss ingredients and walk you through the menu offerings.

The traditional Salvadoran foods are a mix of Native American cuisines from indigenous groups and influences from European (Spanish) cuisine.  Many of the dishes are made with maize (corn) in one form or another. There is also a heavy use of pork, chicken, and seafood.

El Salvador's Pupusas available with six different fillingsmost notable dish is the pupusa, a thick handmade corn flour or rice flour flatbread stuffed with cheese, cooked ground pork, chicken, refried beans, or vegetables.

  Since most are only $2.40 each, you can afford to try a few combinations.  Condiments accompanying the pupusas are pickled-cabbage (a cole slaw known as curitido) and tomato sauce.


November Election Information

Complete information about how, when and where to vote can be found at the Fairfax County Office of Elections website.

In Virginia there are three different ways to vote:

1- In-Person Early voting

2- Mail-In Absentee voting

3- In-Person voting on November 2, 2021, at your local polling place.

1) In Person Early Voting 

Fairfax County will be offering In-Person Early Voting at numerous locations starting September 17 (please see list below). Information about early voting dates, times and locations can be found on the Fairfax Office of Elections website.

What You Need to Know:

Any registered Fairfax County voter may vote early at any Fairfax County early voting location.

Early in-person absentee voting is available for the November 2021 General & Special Elections at the following three locations from September 17 through October 30:

  1. Fairfax County Government Center - 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Conference Rooms 2/3, Fairfax 22035
  2. Vernon Governmental Center - 2511 Parkers Ln, Alexandria 22306
  3. North County Governmental Center - 1801 Cameron Glen Dr, Reston 20190

Thirteen additional early voting locations will be open daily from October 21 through October 30:

  • Burke Centre Library - 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke 22015
  • Centreville Regional Library - 14200 St. Germain Dr, Centreville 20121
  • Franconia Governmental Center - 6121 Franconia Rd, Alexandria 22310
  • Gerry Hyland Government Center - 8350 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria 22309
  • Great Falls Library - 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls 22066
  • Herndon Fortnightly Library - 768 Center St, Herndon 20170
  • Mason Governmental Center - 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale 22003
  • McLean Governmental Center - 1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean 22101
  • Providence Community Center - 3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax 22031
  • Sully Governmental Center - 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly 20151
  • Thomas Jefferson Library - 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church 22042
  • Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library - 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church 22043
  • West Springfield Governmental Center - 6140 Rolling Rd, Springfield 22152

Hours of operation for Early Voting Locations:

  • Weekdays
  • Fairfax County Government Center 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • All other locations 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday (September 18)
  • Fairfax County Government Center, Mt. Vernon Governmental Center, and North County Governmental Center ONLY 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday (October 23, and October 30)
  • All locations 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday (October 24)
  • All locations 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    2) Voting Absentee By Mail

Visit the Vote by Mail page at the Fairfax Office of Elections website for complete details. 

You can request a mail-in absentee ballot online or submit a paper Absentee Ballot Application. After the request is submitted, an Absentee Ballot will be mailed to the address you specify.

Online: Use the request form at the Virginia Department of Elections website,


Download, print, and complete--including your handwritten signature--a vote-by-mail application

-- OR --

Pick up a preprinted paper application at:

Submit your completed paper application using one of these methods:

  • Scan, then email:
  • Mail:Fairfax County Office of Elections P.O. Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038
  • Fax: 703-324-3725
  • Hand deliver:Fairfax County Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035

Returning your Absentee Ballot

Visit the Vote by Mail page at the Fairfax Office of Elections website for complete details. Ballots can be returned by mail, by commercial delivery, or at Drop Boxes.

Ballot Drop-Off Boxes

November 2, 2021, General and Special Elections: Ballot drop-off boxes are available at all early voting locations when locations are open for voting. The drop boxes are for voted ballots which are secured in the envelope provided to the voter. All instructions in the absentee ballot must be followed.

Voted ballots may be dropped off outside the Government Center at an attended drop box during business hours. An accessible, secure drop box is installed outside the building, permitting voters to drop off their ballots 24/7.

Voted ballots may also be dropped off at any early voting site during hours of operation.

On Election Day, ballots may be brought to your regular polling place when the polls are open.

3) Voting on Election Day at Your Regular Polling Place

November 2, 2021, General and Special Elections:

  • Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you are line by 7:00 p.m., you will be able to vote.

Preparing to Vote

• Make sure you bring an acceptable form of identification

UnCovered:  100 Years of Voting Machines

1890 Gillespie Voting Machine Over the decades Virginia has utilized a number of voting methods.  First there was the voice vote, then the paper ballot, later an electronic machine with a handle pulled much like a slot machine which locked in your vote.  For a short time flat screens were used but were either too confusing for some or required more finger pressure for others in order to be certain their choice was clear.  Now, we are back to paper ballots that remind one of a SAT test warning the voter to completely fill in the desired oval next to the candidate’s name.  All have properly recorded votes cast yet the more things change the more they stay the same.

Recently, the Fairfax County Park Authority printed this story about a wood ballot box used 100 years ago.  “When America was founded, there was no expectation of privacy in voting. The voter’s choice, along with their name and address, were recorded into polling books as they voted by voice.


1890 Gillespie Voting Machine

Temporary Change to Separate Yard Waste Collection Requirements

The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program advises residents and collectors that the requirement for separate collection of yard waste on a weekly basis is temporarily modified for approximately two months, effective Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

As of the effective date, collectors may collect yard waste with refuse (mixed collections) without enforcement consequences. The temporary change is in response to national labor shortages adversely affecting the region. This shortage has had an impact on municipal and private-sector solid waste collectors, who provide the critical services necessary to promote clean streets and good sanitation.

During this temporary change, recyclables must continue to be collected separately every week. The requirement to separately collect yard waste for recycling will be reassessed in mid-October.

Questions or concerns regarding this temporary change may be directed to Charles Forbes, chief, Recycling, Compliance and Planning, Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5226, TTY 711 or email

Will my yard waste be collected after August 31, 2021?

Yes, your yard waste should be collected. It may be collected with the trash if your service provider is experiencing a resource shortage. If your yard waste is not collected, please provide your contact information and a compliance specialist will contact you.

Why was this decision made?

This change is intended to ensure that trash, recyclables, and yard waste are collected in a timely manner. Ongoing labor shortages have hampered municipal and private-sector solid waste collectors who are providing the critical services necessary to promote clean streets and good sanitation.

How will yard waste be collected?

Beginning August 31, collectors will be permitted to collect yard waste with refuse (i.e. mixed collections) without enforcement action. During this temporary allowance, refuse and recycling must be collected separately.

Is my collector going to mix yard waste and trash?

If your collection provider is experiencing a labor shortage, they may mix trash and yard waste beginning August 31.

Does this change apply to private haulers or just county collection customers?

This temporary allowance can be used by both private haulers and county collection service providers if they choose based on their staff resources.

Will recyclables be mixed with trash?

No, there are currently no plans to allow trash and recyclables to be collected together.

Will this change in collection methods be revisited?

The Solid Waste Management Program will reevaluate this operational change in mid-October to evaluate any other changes that may be needed to support timely collection of residential waste.

Does this change only apply to residential yard waste?

Yes, the temporary change is only for residential yard waste collection.

Can residents self-haul yard waste to the I-95 landfill complex and the I-66 transfer station?

Yes, residents can bring their yard waste to county facilities. Normal fees apply.

How can I manage my yard waste?

Residents have several options, including:

  • Managing yard waste on-site. Leave grass clippings on your lawn to fertilize grass and conserve water.
  • Mulch leaves and add to compost.
  • Backyard composting is a good option.
  • Defer landscaping until service resumes.
  • Place yard waste at the curb with your trash. It will be collected as trash.

What is mulching?

Mulching (or grass cycling) means leaving grass clippings on the lawn to promote a greener, healthier lawn. Any lawnmower can be used, but mulching lawnmowers cut the grass into smaller pieces and filter them back into the lawn, reducing clippings from clumping together or being tracked into a home or business. For details, see Composting Organic Waste.

Beer, Food, & Fall Fun
Great American Restaurants Celebrate “Octoberfest” ALL Month 

Great American Restaurants Octoberfest

Sweetwater Beers win Gold at the Virginia Craft Beer Cup

With the sunsets coming sooner and visions of crisp evenings ahead, nothing quite fits the harvest season like an equally refreshing, chilled ale in shades of golden amber and browns. Great American Restaurants [GAR] is ushering in the ultimate season for sipping with special “Octoberfest” celebrations featuring award-winning brews, having just medaled in gold and bronze at the esteemed 2021 Virginia Beer Cup. The festivities kick off on Saturday September 11, 2021 from 1PM -5PM at Patsy’s American, with additional hopped-up fêtes following at Sweetwater Tavern Centreville on September 18, 2021; Sweetwater Sterling on September 25, 2021; and Sweetwater Merrifield on October 2, 2021. So, come make the most of Octoberfest, before October, and without ever having to leave town - Lederhosen optional! 
Each Octoberfest event will feature live music, and an all-you-can-eat menu with two bold brews to match - all for only $30, presale. [Adult tickets are $35 at the door, on the day-of the event. Tickets for kids under 12: $15.] Scarf down some tried and true savory signatures including Soft Pretzels with Mustard and traditional Bratwurst with all the fixins’. Full-on favorites hop in at center stage - from Texas Style Smoked Brisket and BBQ Pulled Pork - and a whole lot more! Raise a glass with award-winning ales and festive lagers like the Great American Restaurants Octoberfest - rich and malty, balancing bready notes with a hint of hops.
Other standouts include recently medaled winners in the esteemed 2021 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, the largest state-wide competition in the country. Sweetwater Tavern was recognized with a gold medal for its flagship beer, the GAR Pale Ale in the Amber Ale Category - a copper-colored medium-bodied ale with a malty backbone and a fruity, dry-hopped finish - as well as for the Sidewinder Bock in the Bock Category. And, it was awarded a bronze medal for the High Desert Imperial Stout in the Stout Category. Over the past three years, GAR has been awarded a total of 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 1 bronze medal at the competition. And to that, let's simply say, "Prost!”
Tickets may be purchased online HERE, or in restaurant at any participating location. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, the day-of the event. The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine with no refunds. Tickets are non-transferable.

Patsy's American | 8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA | @patsysamerican
Sweetwater Tavern [Centreville] | 14250 Sweetwater Ln, Centreville, VA | @sweetwatertavern_gar
Sweetwater Tavern [Sterling] | 45980 Waterview Plaza, Sterling, VA | @sweetwatertavern_gar
Sweetwater Tavern [Merrifield] | 3066 Gate House Plaza, Falls Church, VA | @sweetwatertavern_gar 

WISA Solutions

        Is Your Home in Need of a Makeover?   WISA Solutions, Home Improvement Inside and Out

                          Exterior Improvements include Roofing & Siding     

The Chamber would like to introduce Waris Mojaddidi and WISA Solutions, his family run business to the Annandale Community.  Waris was born and raised in Springfield attending West Springfield High School.  He went onto Coastal Carolina University playing Division 1 Soccer and graduating with a Business Management Degree in 2010.  A year later he and his father drew together a businWaterford Weavers at The Craft Gallery of Artisans United, Annandale, VAess plan and opened WISA Solutions.

WISA is a full service home improvement company that specializes in mid to major interior design build renovations (kitchens, bathrooms, basements, additions) along with roof, siding and gutter replacement.  They can make your home renovations easier by hiring one contractor to take care of your many needs.

Need more space?  Have your basement renovated into a home theatre, home office, playroom, and study space.

Need a new roof?   WISA can provide an accurate view of your roof with drone technology and then show you a range of roofing materials including the longest wearing materials on the market today.

Want to reduce your home insurance premiums?  Replacing your roof, especially before the harsh winds and heavy winter storms, may be the single best home investment you can make. 


The Craft Gallery at Artisans United

Sept. - Oct. Show

Though perhaps not quite up to autumn’s spectacular leaf shows, our artists have produced many beautiful pieces that are a close second, and they will last for many years. Stop by and browse the new fabric pieces, silk and crochet, innovative paper, glass and other jewelry, fused glass, pottery, wooden toys and boxes, photography, soft toys, painted objects (you’ll see) and so many other works in our September – October show. You are sure to find something wonderful to give as a gift or for yourself

The Craft Gallery of Artisans United
4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, VA  22003
703.941.0202   .
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Fairfax and NoVa Health Districts Recommend Indoor Masking to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Masks On Indoors
Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, today the Fairfax County Health Department joined other NoVa health districts (Arlington, Alexandria, Loudon and Prince William) in recommending that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings. As the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase with the spread of the Delta variant, this recommendation is based on the Fairfax Health District moving from moderate level of COVID-19 transmission to substantial transmission. Indoor masking is an important approach to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and should be combined with other strategies or “layers of prevention.”

In addition to masking, residents should:

  • Get vaccinated if they have not done so already. Despite some breakthrough cases, vaccination remains the most important approach to prevent COVID-19 and particularly to prevent more severe infection. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are available. Vaccinations are free.
  • Stay home when you’re ill except to get tested or see a healthcare provider.
  • Maintain 6 feet physical distancing from others.
  • Practice good handwashing.
  • Get tested if symptomatic or if you spent time with some who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Adhere to health department recommendations for isolation and quarantine if you are infected or are a close contact of an infected person.
  • Stay in touch with the most current information in Fairfax County.

Register online call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 

Fall Programs


 Tea Treats at Green Spring Gardens-Photo by Annandale Chamber of Commerce
A traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 Historic House follows each program. Full tea includes finger sandwiches, pastries, scone, cream, and jam. Programs are by reservation only. Call (703) 941-7987, TTY (703) 324-3988.  


Sunday, October 31
Are We Haunted? 
1-3pm(Adult) Hear hair-raising stories of hauntings and ghost hunters that pose dilemmas for caretakers of the past. Learn why historic sites with supernatural reputations can become haunted by ghost stories that misrepresent historical fact and reduce historical figures to mere spooks and specters. $38 (program & tea); $15 (program only). 


Coming Full Circle with
                  Fairfax County Public Schools 

Columbia Elementary School entrance, Annandale, VAI’m humbled and honored to share that back on July 1st of this year, I was appointed as the new proud principal of Columbia Elementary School in Annandale, Va. This long-standing Annandale landmark first opened its doors in 1967, and I’m excited to have been selected as only the ninth principal in the school’s history. I am even more excited to share that I am serving in this role as a 1989 graduate: almost 40 years ago, I attended Columbia from Kindergarten through 6th grade (back then it was K-6) and then I went on to Holmes Middle School before graduating from Annandale High School as a proud member of the class of 1995. Not only am I product of Fairfax County Public Schools, but I’m also a proud product of the Annandale Pyramid of schools.

When I saw the opening for the principal position at Columbia advertised, in full transparency, I was caught off guard. I had been considering applying for schools on the western half of the county because I reside in Loudoun County with my wife and three school aged children; however, when I saw the announcement posted for Columbia, the memories and feelings of nostalgia came flooding in. As a student, I felt a vibrant culture of caring, hardworking, and spirited staff, fellow students, and parents. When it came time to decide whether to apply for the position, those feelings made all the difference.

As a proud first generation Hispanic American, I stand here today as an example of the American dream fulfilled. My parents moved to the United States from Colombia, South America, in 1971 and they didn’t speak a word of English at the time. Their goal was to settle somewhere that would provide gainful employment and provide quality schools in which to raise a family. After my sister and I were born, my parents landed at 6409 Holyoke Drive, right off Old Columbia Pike. My sister and I benefited from growing up in a community rich with diversity, learning about multiple cultures every day while practicing Spanish language skills at home and learning English at school. This became my home; growing up in Annandale was the starting point for me both personally and professionally.


How Much Home Insurance Do I Need? 
Should I use Market Value or Replacement Cost?  

Home InsuranceWhat is Market Value?  Take the current condition of your house and the associated land and what would a likely buyer pay?  Most homeowners think their homes are worth much more than potential buyers may; just ask any real estate agent attempting to sell an overpriced home.  Realistically, the value of any home is what the market determines and includes not simply the brick and mortar but the location, local crime statistics (are you in a safe neighborhood), the associated school district (parents will often pay more to be in a specific positively recognized district), and whether or not the market is flooded with similar homes in that neighborhood.  How large is your lot?  Although the land is not covered by the homeowner’s policy it certainly influences the market value of the home.   

Homes insured for Market value very often leave you at risk providing inadequate coverage. As an example, let’s say you paid and carry coverage for $350,000 for your new home.  Within a handful of years, especially in a hot real estate market, your home would sell for $410,000.  In ten years that same home might sell for $500,000.  If you have not been continually increasing your coverage, you would be out of pocket $150,000 if your home suffered complete destruction in a fire.  As much as we all try to stay on top of our personal and financial affairs, life, our children’s needs, work and community commitments occupy all of our time.  It is easy to overlook reviewing your policy each and every year and obtaining updated appraisals.   

READ MORE by Kinneman Insurance

MEET THE ARTISAN:  Marilu Del Carpio
Work displayed for sale at The Craft Gallery of Artisans United 
I am originally from Peru and now I am a US citizen living in the Washington DC Metro area having moved here in 1966. 

I graduated from American University with a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management. 

For  forty years I worked in the international development world as a management consultant which involves identifying problems and working on solutions, ranging from organization to process analysis and innovation, change management and human resources. 

I never imagined that I would be making something with my hands – perhaps it is in my genes inherited from both my Artisan parents.  In 2006, I discovered jewelry making by accident.   A handmade piece broke and I decided to fix it myself with the help of jewelry magazines – and I was hooked.  At the time, I was retired taking care of my grand kids.  With some time on my hands, and the encouragement of my family and friends, jewelry making became a hobby and, soon after, friends started buying my work.




The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan Act -- which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021 -- provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever and most families will automatically receive monthly payments without having to take any action.

For those with children, the American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six, and raised the age limit from 16 to 17. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household).

If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action.

People who receive payments by direct deposit will get their first payment on July 15, 2021. After that, payments will go out on the 15 of every month. (In August the payment will go out on August 13 since the 15 falls on a weekend.) If you haven’t provided the IRS with your bank account information on a recent tax return, a check will be sent out to you around the same time to the address the IRS has for you.

For additional information, visit the The White House's website.

Let the Good Times Roll
Summer Treats are Coming Your Way

Kona Ice of AnnandaleRemember the long lost days of your youth listening for the musical chimes of the Ice Cream Truck rolling down your neighborhood street?  Today, that truck has been replaced by a Kona Ice Truck filled with the most delicious assortment of flavored toppings on icy refreshing snow cones. 

Just a bit more than a year ago, chamber member Trung Dinh bought his first Kona Ice Truck, worked closely with the Fairfax County Health Dept. to insure all safe practices were employed during this strange and challenging Covid year, and began to bring Kona Ice treats to the neighborhoods and businesses of Annandale. 

Trung Dinh is a small business owner living in Burke with his family. For twenty-two years he worked in the Information Technology industry, lived abroad in Australia, and traveled all over the world.  In 2018 he decided to leave IT and the constant travel to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur while putting down firm roots with his family.  He also wanted to find a business where he could give back to the community while making customers happy. 


Farmers Markets in Annandale

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.  See the website of each market in advance as some Covid restrictions may apply.

Annandale Market
opens Thursday, May 6, 2021 

son District Park
6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Thursdays May 6 - November 4, 2021

8:00 AM to NOON

Master Gardener Plant Clinic on site to answer questions about
plants in your landscape.

Directions: Beltway (Route 495) exit 52B (Little River Turnpike, Route 236) east 2 miles to left at John Marr Drive and right on Columbia Pike to park entrance on right just before Sleepy Hollow Road. 703-941-1730


Shop Locally and Support Annandale Merchants

AnnSandra Gifts, John Marr Drive, Annandale, VAAnnSandra Gifts
AnnSandra has been the preeminent giftware destination in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland area, for over 39 years. AnnSandra provides a unique experience, now serving second and third generation customers, offering an extensive collection of fine china, crystal, silver, distinctive gift items for any occasion, including a vast variety of holiday gifts. This retailer prides itself with a well earned reputation for exceptional customer service and expertise, whether you’re shopping in the store or over the phone, our highly trained professionals are committed to delivering unparalleled service with unbeatable prices. AnnSandra Gifts Looking for that perfect holiday gift, AnnSandra has a superb and varied selection to suit your gift-giving needs.  Store pick-up and private appointments are still available along with online and phone orders.  Shipping and gift wrapping service on site.

Tuesday - Friday - 12PM -5:00PM

Saturday - 10AM - 5:30PM. 4417 John Marr Drive
Annandale, VA. 22003
703-354-2110 - 800-357-2110     .
Artisans United Gallery of Gifts Artisans United Gallery of Gifts, Annandale, VA
When you shop at the gallery, you will find a wide variety of reasonably priced hand-crafted items by local artisans. Socially distanced shopping at the Gallery is easy. Or, if you can’t visit in person, call to arrange for a virtual tour and shopping. Staff can take payments over the phone and provide curbside pickup. Mailing or delivery to your home may be available.

Visit us at the Packard Center (Annandale Community Park), 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22003. We are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

READ MORE ABOUT ARTISANS UNITED Call us at 703-941-0202 to check on current hours. You may also arrange a Sunday, Monday, or evening visit.
(703)941-0202    .   .
Golf Gifts and Gift Cards
Pinecrest Golf Course
Corner of Braddock and Little River
6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 941-1061   .

Coffee Gifts
Beanetics Coffee Roasters
Annandale Shopping Center
7028 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 941-4506

Tea Gifts, Nature & Garden Gifts

Green Spring Gardens

Off Braddock Rd. behind Pinecrest Shopping Center-Braddock and Little River
6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312

(703) 642-5173
Comics, Collector's Cards and Sports Memorabilia
Collector's World
7030 Columbia Pike (current location),  Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-8408   .
Call for current hours of operation. 

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......

Membership Information.

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Trust Properties

Greg McGillicuddy, VP at Trust Properties,Commercial Real EstateTrust 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 and Hopkins.  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

Trust Properties, Commercial Real Estate


Lambros Fine Jewelry in Annandale, VASparkling, 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


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Get Vaccinated

United Methodist Church
7901 Heritage Dr. Annandale, VA
(Near H-Mart and Heritage Shop Center)
Weekly walk-in vaccination clinics every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. No I.D. or health insurance is required.

The current virus transmission level in the Fairfax Health District is Substantial.

As of October 8th - 63.6% of all Fairfax Health District residents are fully vaccinated.  There is still a long way to go so please get vaccinated.

Kinneman Insurance

Pat Sawhney, Re/Max 100 Realty

Lambros Fine Jewelry, Annandale, VA

Annandale Shopping Center

Trust Commercial Properties

Youth Sports & Summer Camps
in Annandale
are best represented by:

Annandale Boys & Girls Club

Lee's Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio

Kenwood School Summer Day Camp

Annandale Boys & Girls Club Youth Sports

Hapmudo Summer Camp

Kenwood Summer Day Camp

Help Fill the Needs of Your Neighbors this Fall

Food Bank at ACCA

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the need for food donations is greater than ever before. Your support will go a long way in helping to bring relief to our most vulnerable neighbors. For more information or, to donate now, click HERE.

ACCA collects food donations on weekdays with the exception of County Holidays and other scheduled closings from 1 – 5 pm at the food pantry across from Giant Food on Columbia Pike (trailer separate from the day care center) in Annandale.See their website for Saturday donation schedule.

Annandale Christian Community for Action
7200 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003

Artisans United


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ENDEAVOR News Magazine

The ENDEAVOR News Magazine is the Chamber's quarterly online publication and the must read magazine in Annandale.  Acquaint yourself with local businesses, community history, revitalization efforts, and issues that concern Annandale: The Crossroads of Northern Virginia TM.  

The Annandale American Legion
Post 1
The American Legion976 is recruiting new members.  Veterans and family members welcome to join.  Party hall rental is free for all members.  Call 703-408-9123 and ask for Diane Ramsey.

4206 Daniels Ave, Annandale, VA 22003
(behind the Bank of America building
on Columbia Pike.

The Annandale American Legion
Thursdays 5-8 pm Cook needed.  Call 703-408-9123 and ask for Diane Ramsey or email 

Mondays and Thursdays
The Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. BINGO 
Temporarily Halted due to Covid

Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. BINGO

Doors opening at 4:30pm – Early Birds start at 6:45pm – Regular Sessions starts 7:45pm

  • 42” LCD TV monitors display next ball to be called.
  • Must be 14 yrs of age to play bingo at AVFD.
  • ATM machine available.
  • Bingo Hotline is 703-941-1328
  •  Non-smoking inside format

 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003
Ample parking on site.

Wednesdays at 6 PM
Annandale Boys & Girls Club BINGO
This weekely event is held at Annandale's

American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976
4206 Daniels Ave.   .   Annandale, VA 22003
located directly behind the Bank of America on Columbia Pike.

Homeless & Hypothermia Shelters
in Northern Virginia
through Fredericksburg (Fairfax, Loudoun, Culpepper, Arlington, Alexandria,  and Prince William Counties, plus Manassas & Manassas Park,  can be found at:

Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492

Families with children who need shelter must contact Coordinated Services Planning at (703) 222-0880 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm to gain access. After business hours, families with children in need of shelter should go directly to the nearest family shelter.

Bailey's Homeless Shelter



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