ANNANDALE News, Events & Networking


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.

Tuesday, August 6th from 6-9 pm

Annandale's National Night Out Celebration
The Annandale Chamber of Commerce and the Annandale Shopping Center invite the residents of Annandale to this Celebration of our First Responders. 
FREE Family Games, Prizes, Raffles, Food, & Entertainment 

Wednesday, July 31st
Vets' Retreat Virginia Bingo Night

Eileen Garnett Civic Space’s
Dog Days of Summer

Unleash the Fun! Dog Days of Summer in Annandale!

Calling all canine companions and their humans! Join us for a tail-wagging good time at the Eileen Garnett Civic Space's Dog Days of Summer event!

When: July 27th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Eileen Garnett Civic Space, 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA


  • Doggy Games & Contests: Show off your pup's skills in a friendly costume competition! Sign up here:

  • Expawsive Fun: Meet local vendors with treats, toys, and all things dog!

  • Yappy Hour for Humans: Mingle with other dog lovers and enjoy refreshments (for humans!).

  • Pawsome Picnic Area: Bring a blanket and relax with your furry friend.

Don't forget:

  • All dogs must be leashed.
  • Valid pet licenses and vaccinations are required.
  • Poop bags must be used!

Entry Fee: This event is free for dogs and humans!

Come celebrate the joy of dogs and make some lasting memories with your furry best friend!

FCPS Outstanding Elementary School Teacher 

Shea Hestmark, a second grade teacher at Columbia Elementary School in Annandale was recently recognized as FCPS Outstanding Elementary School Teacher.

Shea is a dedicated and passionate second-grade teacher committed to fostering a welcoming environment, supporting student agency, and creating rigorous learning opportunities. Through developing strong relationships, Shea successfully motivates her students to take risks and grow as learners. Her commitment to equity and inclusion drives her to advocate for all students, ensuring each individual feels valued and supported in their educational journey.

Shea’s work does not end at her classroom door, as she has taken on various leadership roles dedicated to ensuring the success of all students within her school community. Shea believes effective communication, an atmosphere of trust, and a commitment to inclusion drive positive change. 

“It’s a great day to be a Columbia Cougar!”

Jet's Pizza now Open
Great Pizza Comes to Annandale

At last, GREAT Pizza can be found in Annandale at the Annandale Shopping Center at 7026 Columbia Pike. (Columbia Pike and Gallows Road)

Jet's Pizza is a Detroit based premium pizzeria specializing in their famous Detroit style deep dish square pizza.  Founded in 1978 in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, Jet's Pizza has expanded exponentially over the years to a total of 425 franchises across 22 states as of January 2024.  As a family friendly business, Jet's aims to be a staple in the community and provide the best pizza around.

7026 Columbia Pike
(In the Annandale Shopping Cener)
Open 10 am to 10 pm, Monday thru Sunday
703-977-7117   .

The Garden Path 
The Garden Path Elevate Your Garden Designing with Raised Garden Beds 

Do you love local fresh produce over store-bought in the summertime?

You can’t get more local than growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your garden. You’ll also be satisfied when you pick your first juicy tomato of the season or chop peppers to add to your favorite gazpacho recipe.

If your backyard is limited in space, don't fret. Raised beds are the perfect solution. They fit snugly into smaller backyards, offering a convenient and manageable gardening experience. No more kneeling on the ground to pull weeds or cut herbs—gardening made easy.

There are four materials you can use for a raised garden bed design:

  • Timber
  • Cedar
  • Metal
  • Wall stone.

Constructing Your Garden Beds with Timber

Many homeowners use timber to build their raised garden beds—it’s affordable and efficient. Here are five timber choices we can use to build your raised garden beds:

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Hemlock
  • Juniper

These wood types are durable and long-lasting. Cedar and hemlock are more resistant to rot and decay. However, pine isn’t as resistant to pests as cedar because it has fewer bug-resistant tannins.

Designing Raised Garden Beds Using Cedar

Cedar’s scent makes it an attractive building material for raised garden beds and a natural insect repellant. Cedar is also a popular wood choice for decks and siding. It is a soft, dense wood that is naturally rot resistant.

The knots in the cedar also provide a natural, sustainable look that works well in raised garden beds. Imagine growing heirloom tomatoes, basil, and oregano in a pizza-themed raised garden.

Building Raised Garden Beds Using Metal

If you love modern rustic, you’ll love the look of metal raised garden beds. With its rusty exterior and patina that will develop over the years, weathered steel, such as Corten steel, will give your garden a classic feel.

Corten steel and other distressed metals used for raised garden bed construction are warmer along the edges, while the inner part of the garden remains at a consistent temperature.

Plant heat-tolerant okra, oregano, thyme, and rosemary along the edges of the metal garden bed. Add cucumbers, zucchini, hot and sweet peppers, and eggplant in the middle of the raised bed.

Classes Now Offered at Artisans United

Adding color to our lives and tapping into our creativity are great things to focus on. Annandale is a vibrant cultural center, with many performing groups and arts-focused activities. Artisans United has been part of the Annandale community for more than 35 years. During that time the organization has offered a wide variety of handmade crafts by local artists in our gallery as well as hosting a variety of craft demonstrations, classes, and other activities to further our purpose of preserving, promoting, and developing the arts and crafts.

Since June 2023, AU has offered classes showcasing the various arts and crafts our member artists engage in. Students of all ages have painted a scene of birch trees in sunset on canvas and designs on rocks, carved a spoon from a wood block, learned to weave a decorative basket, learned to use polymer and decorated a pen, created a greeting card with a pop-up rose, and more. Classes currently are scheduled in needle-felting, wood carving and mosaic glass, with more to come.


Artisans United Gallery
4022 Hummer Road (in the Annandale Community Park)
Annandale, VA  22003
703.941.0202   .


Skin Cancer Awareness 

As temperatures rise and outdoor activities increase, it’s important to be mindful of sun safety awareness not just over the holiday, but throughout the year.

“It is important to be proactive and take preventative steps against skin cancer. Skin problems shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you have a sunburn that is blistering or abnormal changes or growth of a mole, you should visit a Patient First Urgent Care to be examined” says Dr. Paul Wu, Patient First Medical Director.

More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. Whether you are headed to the beach or the backyard, protect your family from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. The following tips can help:

  • Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF, even when it is cloudy. Reapply at least every two hours.
  • Avoid uninterrupted sun exposure between 10am and 4pm whenever possible.
  • Cover up when you can with long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Hats are fine, but remember baseball caps won’t protect your ears and neck from the sun.

Sun damage occurs even when you are not actively trying to soak up a few rays.  It also accumulates. Whether you are walking the dog or mowing the lawn, sun damage adds up over time. Newborns and children are especially sensitive to the sun’s rays.  Protecting their skin is crucial.


Patient First in Annandale
7042A Little River Turnpike
Annandale 22003   .   703.343.7125



1. Look and listen: Ask an older adult about hobbies and passions that piqued their interests in earlier days. Try to help them reengage in those interests. If they are no longer able to do those things, suggest adapting hobbies or in finding new interests altogether. Example: A family member got her father, a former builder, interested in woodworking projects.

2. Plan: Try to alter the TV habit of so many seniors by creating a monthly plan of activities that will connect them with others. Example: FaceTime with a grandchild, a coffee date with you or a friend, or planning a special dinner or meal together.

3. Encourage visits: Encourage visits from other family and friends. Plan special gatherings with friends and family members. Ask them to commit to be there by responding to an RSVP.

4. Be creative: Older adults, even many who have a dementia illness or cognitive decline still enjoy many activities with a little creativity or to spur their memories. Looking at old photos, watching an old movie, taking a walk or listening to music can bring on some sweet smiles.

5. Consider companionship: If you can’t be there to provide companionship and assistance, consider some outside home care, such as Home Instead. Assistance with meal preparation, transportation to appointments or activities with someone to brighten a day, can go a long way toward alleviating loneliness.

Just a little time, effort and thoughtfulness from you, can reduce an older person’s loneliness and bring such joy and gratification to you both.


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 Police Beat
    Top Security Tips for Homes and Business Owners 

    Our homes are our safe havens, and FCPD is ensuring that our community members are equipped with the necessary information and tools to protect this space for ourselves and loved ones. Home burglaries can be a distressing experience, but with some precautionary measures, you can significantly reduce the risk.

    1. Secure Entry Points

    Strong Doors and Windows: Ensure all exterior doors are made of solid materials and equipped with sturdy deadbolt locks. Reinforce windows with laminated glass or install security film to make them more resistant to break-ins.

    Quality Locks: Invest in high-quality locks for doors and windows. Deadbolt locks with at least a one-inch throw are recommended for exterior doors.

    Sliding Doors: Place a metal rod or a dowel (Charley bar) in the track of sliding glass doors to prevent them from being forced open.

    1. Adequate Lighting

    Exterior Lighting: Install motion-activated lights around the perimeter of your home, especially near entry points. A well-lit property serves as a deterrent to potential burglars.

    Timers: Use timers for interior lights, radios, or TVs to give the appearance that someone is home, even when you're away.

    1. Landscaping

    Trim Shrubs and Trees: Keep vegetation around doors and windows trimmed to eliminate hiding spots for burglars.

    Visible Address Numbers: Ensure that your house number is clearly visible from the street, making it easier for emergency responders to locate your home quickly.

    1. Neighborhood Watch

    Community Awareness: Establish or participate in a neighborhood watch program. Encourage residents to look out for each other and report suspicious activity to the police.

    Communication: Share information with neighbors about any recent incidents or security concerns, fostering a strong sense of community.

    1. Home Security Systems

    Install Alarms: Consider installing a professionally monitored home security system. Visible alarms and signs act as powerful deterrents.

    Smart Technology: Explore the use of smart home security devices, such as doorbell cameras and surveillance systems that allow remote monitoring. Remember to monitor any alarm notifications, especially when you are not home.


    Let Us Prey                                                                                              

    Mother Nature must have been very fond of insects when creating Virginia because there are more than 20,000 species of bugs and bug-like creatures living across the Old Dominion.  And of all of those, about 10 percent or 2,100 species are deemed beneficial bugs.  And in my book, the king of the beneficial insects is the praying mantis. 

    The Praying mantis is a strong, patient hunter.  It can wait motionless for long periods of time until a clueless victim wanders within reach.  And within reach is the name of the mantis game. 

    Careful observation reveals that the mantis lies in wait until it can reach out and imperceptibly touch its prey with both of its long, super-thin antennae; the moment it touches with both, the mantis quick-as-lightning strikes to grasp its prey in both spiked forearms.  Once in hold, the otherworldly mantis mechanically devours its prey with its strong jaws.  To us, they are harmless, do not sting, and have no venom. 

    The completely carnivorous mantis is the ultimate patient predator with its camouflage appearance and sole, unique ability to swivel its head at extreme angles while using its excellent binocular vision to hone in on victims. Adding to its invincibility is a defensive hearing adaptation in the middle of its thorax. This auditory organ evolved to detect bat echolocation waves, its main predator, enables flying mantises to respond evasively.  So, when you see a mantis on a night flight suddenly dive downward, he’s proactively avoiding an incoming bat like a fighter pilot.  

    The Annandale Dreadnaughts & the Beginning of the Annandale Little League


    The Annandale Dreadnaughts late 1940’s   (Photos courtesy of ACC Photographic Archive,
    with all rights for use reserved.)

    The Annandale Dreadnaughts, founded in 1940, played teams from around the Northern Virginia region, attracting a loyal crowd of fans.  When hosting a game in Annandale, fans brought blankets and folding chairs along with picnic gear for a full afternoon of entertainment.  A field was established off Daniels Ave. close to the site of what would become the school & Little League field behind the Annandale Elementary School.  The team would "pass the hat" after each game to help pay for uniforms and equipment.  Many of these players went onto coach Annandale Little League Teams when the Annandale Little League was formed in the mid 1950’s. 

    In the late 1950's Annandale formed a Little League bringing the National sport and enjoyment to the boys and families in our community.  Much later, it joined with neighboring teams to form the Mason District Little League which brings today the same spirit of teamwork,  comradeship and sportsmanship to the next generation while providing them with a formative athletic experience.

    How did the Annandale Little League start?  First a trip to Williamsport, PA to consult with the National Little League including a lengthy seminar about starting a Little League.  Back in Annandale, a committee was formed including many former Dreadnaught players.  A few fields were available but more would be necessary to form a larger league.  Fundraising ensued to purchase bases, balls, bats and umpire equipment. More funds were eventually raised to build dugouts and backstops, but for the early days, a few parents would drag along their picnic benches.

    These exhaustive early efforts were made by a group of father, most all WWII / Korean War Veterans who wanted their sons to experience the “National Sport” here in rural-turning-suburban Annandale.


    Insurance Insights
    Does a Corporation Need Business Insurance? 

    You may have heard that corporations protect you from business liability. But does that mean you don't need insurance? Not if you don't want to lose your business. A corporation may protect you from personal liability, but the corporation itself can still be sued. 

    Why Do Lawyers Say a Corporation Can Protect You from Liability? 
    A corporation protects you from personal liability for business debts. What this means is that if someone sues your corporation or if your corporation can't pay back a loan, the plaintiff or creditor can only take what's inside of the corporation. They can't take your house, your retirement savings, or any other personal property. 

    Your corporation can still be sued, and you may still need to go to court to defend it. If your corporation loses, you may have to pay the judgment by using the savings in your business bank account, selling business assets, or giving up real property owned by the corporation. If there is nothing left or you don't have enough cash to continue operations, you may have to go out of business.

    Can't You Just Make a New Corporation? 
    It may be possible to close your original corporation and start over under a new name, but doing this isn't easy. The law is designed so that you repay your debts whenever possible. A judge may decide to pierce the corporate veil and say that your actions weren't really under the original corporation and enter a judgment against either you personally or your new business. If you try to transfer assets to a new corporation — anything from tools to intangible assets like goodwill — a judge may decide it's a continuation of the original business and enforce a judgment against its future income. In short, you shouldn't view operating under a corporation as a get-out-of-jail-free card. 



    Current Pantry Needs
    Low sodium and low sugar items and the following items (canned or in boxes) continue to be in demand and also PAPER BAGS:

    What is Needed
    Canned Beans including Kidney, Pinto, Baked, Garbanzo (chickpeas), Dry Red Beans
    Canned Chicken, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, Canned Tuna, Canned Tomatoes
    Cooking Oil, Napkins, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Bars of Soap, Paper Towels, Shampoo
    Juice, Jelly/Jam, Flour, Mustard, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Pancake Syrup and Mix, Masa
    Sugar, Tea, Rice, Peanut Butter, Cereal, Instant Coffee

    Canned Meals (Chef Boyardee), Chunky Soups, Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta, Mac & Cheese

    Feminine Napkins, All sizes of Diapers

    Gardens – ACCA can also distribute fresh produce to clients from your home gardens.  Please deliver to the pantry on Tuesday – Wednesday between 1:30 and 4 p.m. (so the produce is delivered to clients before the weekend).

    7137 Columbia Pike, Annandale, across from Giant Food at the stand alone trailer to the left of the brick building.

    George Mason Regional Library Programs

    We're 85!
    It’s hard to imagine that the 1939 Board of Supervisors could envision the success of their new library system when they budgeted a whopping $250 to support the library, but here we are, stronger than ever!


    Why You Should Have a Paper Map for Emergencies 

    During an emergency situation like a natural disaster or power outage, your phone or GPS may not work. Cell towers and internet access can go down, leaving you without digital maps or navigation. That’s why it’s wise to keep a paper map on hand for backup during emergencies.

    Here are some key reasons why a paper map is an essential part of emergency preparedness.

    Reliable Backup Navigation
    If the power goes out or cell towers are down, most smartphones and GPS units will be rendered useless. But a paper map does not depend on electricity or internet connectivity. Unfolding a paper map provides you with a trusty backup way to navigate and find alternate routes if needed.  Knowing how to read a map is an invaluable skill when technology fails.READ MORE

    The Clarke House

    Family Homestead & 400 Acre Dairy Farm,
    Now an Event Venue

    The Clark House was built in 1902 by Clark House on Columbia PikeWilliam Lee Clark and served as

    the family homestead, of this 400 acre dairy farm, for over 50 years. The builder, Henry Manchester, was a long time local resident. His remuneration came in the form of dinner plus two dollars a day. One of the first telephones in the area was installed here in 1918 and electricity was added around 1935. The family consisted of William, his wife Minnie Howdershell Clark and their children, Wilbur, Lillian and Madeline.

    In 1953, Wilbur Burnley Clark (son of William) retired from farming and sold all his land except the house and 6.1 acres. Here he established W.B. Clark and Sons Inc. which sold top soil, sawdust, gravel, wood mulch, fertilizer, firewood, and railroad ties. His sons Larry and Wayne ran the business in an office next to the kitchen and employed over 20 people.

    Progress was not to favor the Clark family.  In 1972 Fairfax County went in search of a building site for the Mason District Government Center and the Clark property became a prime contender. Unfortunately, Wilbur Clark had no desire to sell. By this time four Clark generations had lived on the homestead, built decades of memories and a thriving business. The issue was resolved when another site was deemed more appropriate, but that was not the end of Wilbur’s problems. The Fairfax County Park Authority was in need of 8.1 acres in Mason District to meet the 8.5 acres of community parkland for every 1,000 people goal. A long fight ensued, and the Clarks were ultimately forced to sell the house and remaining land to the Park Authority in 1986. The house was moved down Columbia Pike in 1990 (originally located at 6337 Columbia Pike); townhouses built around it; and, a saddened Mr. Clark died two years later at age 92.


    What a Difference a Century Makes:  1924
    US Population: 114,109,000 

    President Coolidge with his Mother, Mrs. Jones, in the White House Garden 

    President: Calvin Coolidge
    Vice President:  Charles G. Dawes
    Virginia Governor:  Elbert Lee Trinkle
    Chief Justice Supreme Court:  William Howard Taft
    Speaker of the House:  Frederick H. Gillett (R-Massachusetts) 
    Senate Majority Leader:  Charles Curtis (R-Kansas)
    VA Senators: Claude A. Swanson & Carter Glass
    BORN:  Marlon Brando, Tom Landry, Gloria Vanderbilt, James Baldwin, George H.W. Bush, Robert Mugabe, Henry Mancini
    DIED: Woodrow Wilson,  Henry Bacon, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Louis Sullivan


    • Mahatma Gandhi is released from jail early because of ill health. He served less than two years of a six year sentence. Gandhi decides to write about improvements for India instead of taking part in political action. 

    • In Munich, the trial against Hitler for treason in the Beer Hall Putsch begins. He is found guilty, sentenced to 5 years of hard labor but only serves 9 months. During his imprisonment, he writes Mein Kampf (My Struggle). It was part political treatise and part autobiography. The book lays out Hitler’s his ever increasing antisemitic and militaristic views. 

    • An immigration law is signed by Pres. Calvin Coolidge restricting immigration to the U.S. Part of the law is the Asian Exclusion Act which banned the entry of Asians to the US from a variety of countries.  

    • The Indian Citizenship Act was signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge declaring all Native Americans to be U.S. citizens. 

    • J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head of the FBI. 

    • The Statue of Liberty is declared a National Monument

    • Nellie Tayloe Ross is elected as the first U.S. female governor (Wyoming) much to the surprise of her male colleagues.

    • Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy students from the University of Chicago, kidnapped and killed 14 year old Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a “perfect crime” without consequences. They were each sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and 99 years for kidnapping.  The trial of Leopold and Loeb at Chicago's Cook County Criminal Court became a media spectacle and the third (after those of Harry Thaw and Sacco and Vanzetti) to be labeled "the trial of the century." The Leopold and Loeb families hired the renowned criminal defense attorney Clarence Darrow to lead the defense team. Darrow took the case because he was a staunch opponent of capital punishment. Both Leopold and Loeb were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder, and an additional 99 years for the kidnapping.  They were sent to Northern Illinois Penitentiary near Joliet. In January 1936, Loeb was razor-slashed and killed by a fellow inmate, toward whom Loeb allegedly had made sadistic homosexual advances.

      Blue Moon Estate Sales

    Helping Families. Selling Treasures. Having Fun.

    Blue Moon Estate Sales began over 10 years ago as one family's mission to help others sell belongings during life transitions. As the need for home and business liquidation is never-ending, Blue Moon Estate Sales franchise locations have continued to open around the nation to service additional communities. Since opening last year, our team at Blue Moon Estate Sales of NE Fairfax County has proudly offered professional, modern estate sale services in our local area. Blue Moon prides itself on their mission, values, experience and results.

    Items accumulated over the years can become overwhelming when families or individuals are ready to make a change.   Blue Moon streamlines possessions as people adjust to life as empty nesters, move to a new destination, relocate for a job or family responsibilities, sell a rental property, close a business or office, relocate for care, or sell an estate after the loss of a loved one.

    No matter the stage of life that sellers are in, estate sales serve as a turnkey solution to avoid the time-consuming, costly, and stressful process of dealing with personal property. Their professionally-trained estate liquidators speed up and simplify downsizing. Unlike garage sales, estate sales sell as much as possible, typically with the goal of clearing the entire contents of a residential or commercial space. Estate sales encourage sustainability through resale; allowing belongings to serve a new purpose.


    MEET THE ARTISAN:  Shelia Lynch
    Work on Display and for Sale at the Artisans United Gallery

    In a world where specialization often reigns supreme, there are individuals who defy conventional boundaries and embrace a multitude of talents. Meet Sheila Lynch, a polymath artist whose diverse range of skills and expertise spans across various fields of science, humanities, and the arts.

    With a passion for exploration and a relentless pursuit of knowledge, Lynch has mastered an astonishing array of disciplines. Playing and teaching 11 musical instruments showcases a remarkable musical talent that knows no boundaries. From delicate strokes of a paintbrush to the intricate art of glass fusing and mosaic creation, Lynch’s artistic prowess knows no limits

    But it doesn’t stop there. Sheila Lynch is also a skilled silver-smith, crafting exquisite jewelry pieces that reflect her unique artistic vision. Sculpture becomes a medium for her to breathe life into her imagination, while calligraphy allows her to express her creativity through the written word.

    The term “polymath artist” is not one to be taken lightly. It harkens back to the days of Leonardo DaVinci, the true Renaissance genius who excelled in painting, architecture, invention and scientific exploration. In a similar vein, Sheila Lynch embodies the spirit of a modern day polymath artist. 

    Lynch explained her creative journeys:
    “An idea will pop into my head randomly at any given time. I will see an actual picture in my mind’s eye. I then draw the picture, using diagrams and explanations of how it will work. I analyze the inner workings of the piece to visualize how I want to create what I see. I often draw 10 versions of the piece in order to find the one I am most excited about creating. At this time, I start thinking about what materials I want to use to accomplish my vision. Then, I start to draw, in reverse, the steps I will need to take to complete the project. I work out any foreseen problems I may have along the way and remedy them before I begin. I plan every step of the way. Gathering up my materials, I begin the journey to creating my vision.”


    Annandale's American Legion

    Would you like to be a part of a winning organization who helps the community and has fun doing it? Are you a veteran or someone in your family a veteran? Common myth is that if you are not a veteran, you cannot join. Not true, you can join under family members. American Legion Post 1976 is always looking for new members. If anyone in your family is a veteran, you may qualify. Meeting new people in our club is a great part of the experience. We have a monthly breakfast that is the best in town. Other events include trivia, spaghetti dinners, lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday, steak dinners, karaoke and many more. We participate in the Annandale parade and toys for tots. We have a pool table, 6 televisions and low prices. Lockers are also available. Email me at to see if you qualify. If you prefer, stop by the post at American Legion Post 1976, 4206 Daniels Avenue, Annandale, VA 22003. 703-941-9608 or 703-941-9460.

    UnCovered:   Cookie Cutters and Kitchen Tools
    Antique Baking Tools from a private collection.  Copywrite, not available for reproduction. The tradition of baking holiday cookies to share with friends and family dates to the medieval era. Historically, these cookies would be made with fragrant spices such as black pepper, ginger and cinnamon, making them taste similar to modern day gingerbread. The first known recipe for gingerbread came from Greece in 2400 BC.

    Gingerbread is claimed to have been brought to Europe in 992 AD by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis (also called Gregory Makar and Grégoire de Nicopolis). He left Nicopolis(in modern-day western Greece) to live in Bondaroy (north-central France), near the town of Pithiviers. He stayed there for seven years until he died in 999 and taught gingerbread baking to French Christians (1)  It may have been brought to Western Europe from the eastern Mediterranean in the 11th century.  (2)

    The creation of gingerbread men cookies is attributed to Queen Elizabeth I. It is said that she presented visiting foreign officials with gingerbread in their likeness. Gingerbread was also a favored treat at medieval European festivals and fairs, and there were even dedicated gingerbread fairs.

    Specialty forms of gingerbread can be found in Belgium, France, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, and Panama.  Some substitute honey for molasses, others add a sweet sauce over the top.

    Other forms of gingerbread, such as loaves and houses, have historical ties as well. It is believed that gingerbread houses were popularized by the witch’s cottage from the fairytale Hansel and Gretel. In America, George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, was known for her gingerbread loaf recipe, which was her hospitality staple. Her recipe called for spices such as ginger, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg, with a surprise hint of citrus from some orange zest.



    Route 236/Little River Turnpike Plan HORRIFIC for the Residents and Merchants of Annandale

    The proposed plan to expand Little River Turnpike has one and only one goal, to accommodate more and more cross county commuter traffic and move it through the LIttle River corridor as quickly and as unencumbered as possible.  There is NO consideration shown for the residents and businesses of Annandale.  This proposal will greatly hinder the people of Annandale while killing off easy access to Annandale merchants.

    Just imagine driving from Fairfax to Annandale on your way home.  You wish to take a left on Hummer Road  or to access roadways to Falls Church?  Under this new plan, you will be driving many more minutes while all but circumnavigating the western banks of Annandale traveling through one traffic circle to another.  THIS PROPOSAL IS NUTS and we can only hope that the leadership in Mason District will stand up and fight for the rights of our citizens.

    Many NO left turns off of Little River will be blocked causing more inconvenience and time burden to our residents.  Other detour type routes and traffic circles are proposed taking you further from your destination every single day.  Yet, the commuter traffic will race through our community unfettered while eliminating the much needed access roads that provide easy entrance and inter-parcel access to the merchants on which you depend.

    These access roads also provide a calmer direct route for the local residents keeping them off Little River.  Without them, we will be forced to join what will become a Freeway.  Designers of this plan intentionally market a massive misdirect by calling the expanded Little River a Boulevard.  Sounds nice but this is not Paris.  Have no doubt, this will be a Freeway and one that is far harder for pedestrians to cross no matter how many cross walks are striped. 

    The breadth of Little River does not allow anyone to cross all lanes in one go.  Waiting on the median for another round of changing lights is necessary and dangerous.  Pedestrian accessibility in Annandale is all but non existent right now.  The most dangerous spots have always been when attempting to cross both Columbia Pike and Little River.  Recently we have also experienced such distracted and high volume driving that fatalities have occurred on sidewalks.  The next victim, and there will be more, could be you!  This new road plan does not improve pedestrian accessibility although there are lofty claims that it is one of the goals.  If in fact that is more than lip service, that goal deserves a grade of (F) Failure. 

    As to Roundabouts the research shows serious concerns about safety, so much so that in England where Roundabouts have existed in plenty for more than 100 years, they are now disappearing because of serious safety concerns. 

    They are not as safe as traditional crossings for either pedestrians or bicyclists and they are not meant for higher speed roadways since entry speeds on each leg of the intersection should not exceed 15-18 mph.  Roundabouts are also not designed for multilane road intersections which all of the roadways displayed for inclusion in this proposal are multilane.  Raises even more questions about creating safe road conditions.

    Ten years ago when a less dramatic version of this plan was first proposed, a compromise was reached to create an inner loop for the residents of Annandale so we would be able to avoid much of the commuter traffic and easily access our neighborhoods and merchants.  That Inner-Annandale Loop has been abandoned.  Do not be deceived, there is NOTHING in this plan that will benefit the people of Annandale.

    Annandale Road to Backlick

    We will forever be going around in circles.  Have you seen the shockingly ugly Roundabout on Ravensworth Road that VDOT installed?  If they can not install even one attractive “roundabout” what horror awaits with these circles littering every roadway?

    DOT Extends Route 236/Little River Turnpike STARS Study Comment Period
    By public request, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is extending the comment period for the Route 236/Little River Turnpike STARS Study from May 31 through Sunday, June 12, 2022. This STARS (Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions) Study is assessing potential cost-effective measures to improve safety and reduce congestion during morning and evening peak periods for approximately four miles of Route 236/Little River Turnpike, between I-495 in Annandale and I-395 in Alexandria.  For more information, and to access the survey in English, Korean, and Spanish, visit  Make certain to add a note in the comment area that neither proposal is acceptable!

    For more photos of other intersections, go to the VDOT Northern Virginia page or the Route 236 STARS Study.

    Shop Locally and Support Annandale Merchants

    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    .   .
    Gifts for All Occasions

    The Craft Gallery of Artisans United
    Artisan Creations from woodworking to ceramics, jewelry to knitware & weaving and so much more are available to purchase at very reasonable prices. 

    4022 Hummer Road, Annandale 22003   (in the Annandale Community Park)
    703.941.0202   .

    Green Spring Gardens  -  Tea Gifts, Nature & Garden Gifts
    Off Braddock Rd. behind Pinecrest Shopping Center-Braddock and Little River
    6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312

    (703) 642-5173

    Collector's World
    Comics, Collector's Cards and Sports Memorabilia

    7006 Columbia Pike,  Annandale, VA 22003
    (In the Annandale Shopping Center at Columbia Pike & Gallows Road)

    703-256-8408   .
    Call for current hours of operation. 

    Pinecrest Golf Course - Golf Gifts, Clothing, and Gift Cards
    Corner of Braddock and Little River
    6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312
    (703) 941-1061   .


    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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    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


    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 business 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. 



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    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. 

    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 weekly 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

    As the weather gets colder, Bailey's Shelter and Supportive Housing (BSSH) is getting ready to begin its Hypothermia Prevention Program, which provides shelter to 50+ additional individuals during the coldest months of the year.  The shelter currently needs donations of new sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts, and underwear to support increased outreach for our homeless neighbors. 

    To schedule a donation, volunteer, or just learn more about shelter needs, contact Bianca Clark at, or call 703-578-8852.  If you or someone you know needs shelter, please call BSSH at 703-820-7621.  If you see someone who may need shelter, call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.  


    Help Fill the Needs of Your Neighbors here in Annandale

    Food Bank at ACCA

    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


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