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Don’t Spoil the Serenity of the Season with a House Fire
Tips for playing it safe — start with battery operated candles! 

Kinneman InsuranceWith the cold winter months comes the rise in home heating costs and the increased use of alternative heating sources. Statistics show that the number of home fires increases dramatically during the winter months, fueled in part by the increase in alternative heating sources, seasonal displays, and candles.

According to the latest figures from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireplaces, space heaters and chimneys were involved in 68 percent of the home heating fires reported to the nation’s fire departments.

It’s important to make sure you take the appropriate steps to protect what matters to you most – your loved ones and your property. Most home fires are preventable. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help ensure a warm and safe winter.

At the Top of the Safety List:
Don’t leave children or pets unattended near any heating source.
Create an evacuation plan for your home and make sure everyone in your home knows what to do in case of a fire.

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UnCovered: Tracing the Origins of Silhouettes 

Before photography, if someone wanted to have their portrait made quickly and inexpensively, they might visit a silhouette artist. Cutting portraits became popular in the mid-18th century, and skilled artists using minimal materials could cut an accurate portrait in a matter of minutes.  They represented a cheap but effective alternative to the portrait miniature, and skilled specialist artists could cut a high-quality bust portrait, by far the most common style, in a matter of minutes, working purely by eye. (1)

The term silhouette comes from Étienne de Silhouette, a French Private Family Archive copywrite, not for reproduction.minister who enacted severe economic demands on the French people during the Seven Years’ War to curb the deficit and strengthen the nation’s finances. His name became synonymous with anything viewed as cheap and austere, and people who could not afford more expensive painted portraiture turned to the cheap paper cutouts that we now know as silhouettes. Prior to this, silhouettes were referred to as profiles or shades. The invention of the camera heralded the end of the popularity of these portraits.

This unidentified profile of a man in a gilded frame was purchased by the Park Authority in 1989 from an antique store. It is a hollow-cut silhouette, meaning the positive image was traced and cut away from a light-colored paper, leaving the negative outline behind.

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MEET THE ARTIST:  NOBUE YAMABAYASHI
Work on Display and for Sale at the Artisans United Gallery

“Noren” (Japanese door and room divider) or Curtain of Cranes

Origami” literally translates to the “folded paper” in the Japanese language.  I was surprised at the amazed reaction of my American friends when I casually folded a paper frog at a restaurant table.  For me, a Japanese citizen, origami seems second nature since children in Japan are taught this craft from elementary school and it becomes automatic like braiding one’s hair.

In October 2021, I become a member at Artisans United as I realized that I could create miniature origami shapes into earrings and other unique ornamental pieces.  Japan is well known for its paper creations, and history shows references in poetry to butterfly origami as far back as 1680.  Japanese culture has embraced origami as a time-honored art and many of the paper creatures are symbolic.  One of the most famous creatures is the paper crane (tsuru). The paper crane symbolizes honor, good fortune, happiness and longevity. I choose to feature the crane in my origami jewelry (see picture) because of the many positive qualities it represents.

Each crane I fold begins with a square piece of origami paper sized 3 cm x 3 cm (approximately 1 inch x 1 inch).  I carefully and painstakingly fold the paper 22 times to create a miniature crane. I apply a clear glaze and attach the earring hooks to create a delicate hanging earring.  It is my hope that my customers will appreciate not only the craftsmanship but also the symbolism the crane has in Japanese culture.


ENERGY SENSE
Prepare for Colder Weather and Save on Your Energy Bill                         

Now is the perfect time to prepare your home or business for the colder weather. To help you get started, Virginia Energy Sense has rounded up some wintertime energy saving tips and tricks to help you stay warm while saving you money on your energy bill.

Make Use of Your Window Coverings
During the winter, open your window curtains or shades during the day to let in natural light and help keep your space warm and comfortable. At night, be sure to close the curtains or shades to keep warm air and heat inside and reduce the chill from cold windows.

Turn On Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans circulate air and are great for making rooms feel more comfortable. During colder months, make sure your fans are set to rotate in a clockwise motion by using the switch on the fan motor to adjust spin direction. The clockwise rotation helps direct warm air away from the ceiling and down into the room. Just remember to turn off your ceiling fan when no one is around!
 

Replace Your Air Filters
Dirty air filters restrict air flow and force your heating and cooling systems to work harder. Be sure to check your air filters often, and replace them monthly or as needed to keep your systems running smoothly and efficiently. Also consider having your heating and cooling systems serviced by an HVAC technician once a year to keep them in top shape.
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The Golden Years

Happier Holidays for Your Senior

Navigating the holiday season with an older loved one can be emotional and stressful for family members. Here are a few tips from professionals that will help you support older adults – without overextending yourself.

- Include your family member in event and/or meal planning. From choosing the meal courses to picking out linens, involve your older loved ones, especially if they are able to cook.

- Make some of their favorite meals or treats. This makes them feel special, shows you care and may help with memory challenges.

- Help them primp. Treat your loved one to a “spa day”, professionally or at home. - Look at photo albums. Spend time looking at photos of holidays past. It may be a healthy way to release normal feelings.

- Guide a “life review”. Ask questions that evoke thoughts and feelings like “What is your favorite piece of music?” or “What is the most satisfying thing in your life?”.

- Revive old family traditions. This is a great way to honor the past in a joyful way. For example, watch holiday movies or take a drive to see the holiday lights.

- Keep your loved one involved. Include them in the spirit of the season by engaging them and having them participate. Have them be included in whatever way they are capable.

- Enjoy the moment! While you may worry about your loved one’s age, declining health or memory loss, this is a perfect time to just enjoy what is, right now.


Annandale's Kona Ice Now at Springfield Mall

Kona Ice at Springfield Mall

Kona Ice of Annandale & Burke, owned by a great corporate citizen and friend to Annandale Trung Dinh, has ended their main season but have opened up a Kona Ice Kiosk inside Springfield Town Center (6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA) for a three months pop-up though the end of January, 2023.  If you are a Kona Ice fan or enjoy premium flavors (they mix their own flavors and use cane sugar) shaved ice / snow cones. Visit them during your holiday shopping on the first floor between Target and Starbucks in front of Forever21.


The Garden Path
Front Yard Landscaping Ideas for Fall                                                                                                                                         

Fall LandscapingThe days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school, and there’s a crispness in the air.  It’s time to give your Alexandria, VA, front yard a boost to welcome your neighbors and upgrade your curb appeal.  Did you know that an attractive front yard improves your property’s value? According to HomeLight.com, landscaping can increase your property’s value between five to 15%.

A beautiful front yard also invites your neighbors and friends to your home. And you can look forward to coming home when you’re greeted with a symmetrical front landscape.  Finally, your neighborhood improves when homeowners pay attention to their front yard design. There’s less crime, and folks are vigilant in keeping their front yards looking beautiful.

Perennials Add Continuous Color to Your Front Yard
The architecture of your home determines the fall landscaping color scheme. Since your front door is the focal point of your front yard, you also want to consider its color and style. (You may wish to consider planting Coral Bells, Pansies, Ornamental Cabbage & Kale, Ornamental Garlic, Dwarf Ornamental Grasses, Chrysanthemums, Black Eyed Susans and Snapdragons.)

For example, if you have a red door, you want to complement it with browns, oranges, and yellows, typical fall colors. You can add a pop of blue and green to add contrast to your flowerbeds.  Sedum’s blue-green leaves against crimson flower heads will accessorize your front yard seamlessly. Perennials, like Stonecrop sedums, black-eyed Susans, and ornamental grasses, give you a better ROI compared to using only annuals because they come up every year.

You can control the front yard’s continuous color by planting a mixture of perennials that bloom from spring to fall.  Many perennials and bulbs reproduce yearly, making your fall planting look fuller within two to three years.

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VIEW ON NATURE:  Will You Walk Into My Parlour?
                                                                                      

 Venomous Southern Black Widow Spider w/ telltale red hourglass on underbelly (males are brown/ grey, smaller, no red hourglass marking & harmless) They are the only venomous (poisonous) spider in Virginia. (1)     Venomous Southern Black Widow Spider w/ telltale red hourglass on underbelly
(males are brown/ grey, smaller, no red hourglass marking & harmless)
They are the only venomous (poisonous) spider in Virginia. (1)   

As a Nature lover, I’ve got a confession…spiders (and only spiders) give me the creeps.  My instinct is unfounded given there are only 60 species of spiders found in Virginia, of which only two (3%) are considered menacing -- the poisonous black widow and the rare brown recluse spider whose venomous bite only sometimes requires medical attention.  Even though the other 97% of spider species in Virginia are considered relatively harmless to humans and ecologically very beneficial, I can’t explain my aversion to the 8-legged critters. 

Virginia’s largest spider families fall into several groups including jumping, orb weaver, cobweb, wolf, funnel-web spiders and grass spiders. Hands down, spiders employ the most diverse hunting methods of any creature in Virginia.  For example, consider the common yellow garden spider, an orb-weaver also known as the ‘writing spider’ due to its trademark vertical zig-zag pattern of their beautiful webs. The spider rests in the hub of its web feeling for vibrations.  After prey become entangled in the silken web and struggle to exhaustion, the spider pulls on the radii of its web to ‘feel’ where the prey is located before being wrapped in silk, envenomated, and eaten. 

Next, let’s consider the goldenrod crab spider which uses a strand of silk as a safety line that they swing down with to catch prey.  The line also keeps the spider from falling, and is used to climb back up to safety.

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Now through Dec. 31st  (10 am to 4 pm Mon.-Sat. &1-4 pm Sundays)
Artisans United Gallery of Gifts Holiday Show
Start your Holiday Shopping at the Gallery

Holiday Show 2022


FAIRFAX COUNTY
PARKING REIMAGINED INITIATIVE

"The County is reducing the ability to use cars without reducing the need to do so." 
As it stands now, this will not work for Annandale Residents

Overflow parking onto residential streets


Overflow parking on residential streets is epidemic in Annandale. 
 

County staff from both the Land Development Services and the Department of Planning and Development have been asked by the Board of Supervisors to review Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance (ZO), which sets requirements for off-street parking and loading. 

County staff is currently working on a White Paper concerning proposed changes to the minimum parking requirements (MPRs) for new and renovated developments.  This White Paper should be available on the Parking Reimagined website this fall at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zoning-ordinance/parking-reimagined.  County staff is expecting to be presenting their proposed parking amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in early 2023.

Dr. Donald Shoup, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) was the first to come up with the theory of reducing minimum parking requirements (MPRs).  His theory was first applied in the low-income areas of Los Angeles, where MPRs were preventing the building of adequate low-income housing.  Los Angeles implemented his reductions in MPRs and were able to build more low-income housing along transportation routes.  Since that time, other localities have started to reduce the minimum parking requirements in their areas.  This reduction in MPRs has been especially helpful in areas with well-established mass transportation and has allowed the introduction of additional green spaces and trees in areas which had previously been large, impervious parking lots.

Green spaces and trees are important to our area for numerous reasons, including:

¨ Assisting in managing storm water runoff.

¨ Assisting in improving air and water quality.

¨ Assisting in mitigating heat islands.

¨ Assisting in improving the quality of life for residents.

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amber'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.  


Annandale REAL ESTATE
Are More Changes Coming in Our World?

I set out to write an article just about the Real Estate Market but so much else is happening and it is all interrelated.

Commencing with the start of summer we saw a slow down in the market for resales in many areas of our county.  This is typical as the hot spring market usually starts in January, accelerates and this year became a very strong Seller’s market.  Why?  There is still a pent-up demand for housing, both sales

and rentals with a low inventory.  Many buyers with school age children were frustrated at not becoming the accepted bid in their preferred school districts.  So, successful bidding entailed waiving home inspections, appraisals, offering free rent backs to sellers, as well as an above-list price. 

However, then came the slow-down, which only became more pronounced as summer ended and we moved into fall. After the heyday of the spring market, buyers were now taking more time to pull the trigger on an offer, making lower bids, including requiring a home inspection.  This all pointed to a buyer’s market which is continuing today.  Many listings are now showing price reductions, others are reappearing back on the market, or leaving the market.  But, there is still a high demand with a shortage of inventory.

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Haven of Northern Virginia
Are You or Someone You Know Grieving the Loss of a Loved One?

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

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

Six-week bereavement groups are held in the spring and fall.  There separate groups for widows/widowers, general bereavement (for the loss of a friend, child, sibling or parent) and suicide loss.  Registration is required.

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Inova Hospitals Urgently Need Blood Donations

Your Blood Donations is Needed.

Recent increases in trauma cases are depleting blood supplies at Inova hospitals.  The most-needed blood is Type-O for which currently there is less than a two-day supply.  To make a blood donation, schedule an appointment online at www.inovablood.org, or call 866-256-6372.  Donors also may walk-in to one of Inova's local donor centers.  For a donor center near you, visit www.inovablood.org/donate-blood/where-can-i-donate/.  Your blood donation may save someone's life.


    Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Warn of
    Impersonation Scam Involving
    Credentials and Badges

    Impersonation Scam

    New reports show that scammers are reviving an old tactic to gain trust. Scammers are emailing and texting pictures of real and doctored law enforcement credentials and badges to prove they are legitimate and scam people out of money. Scammers may change the picture or use a different name, agency, or badge number, but the basic scam is the same.

    Federal law enforcement agencies are warning the public to be skeptical of email and text messages claiming to be someone from a government or law enforcement agency. No one in federal law enforcement will send photographs of credentials or badges to demand any kind of payment, and neither will government employees.

    Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Department of Labor OIG, NASA OIG, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) joined forces to issue this scam alert.

    HOW A GOVERNMENT IMPOSTER SCAM WORKS

    These scams primarily use telephone to contact you, but scammers may also use email, text message, social media, or U.S. mail. Scammers pretend to be from an agency or organization you know to gain your trust. Scammers say there is a problem or a prize. Scammers pressure you to act immediately. Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way.


    UnCovered:  A Virginia Civil Rights Hero
    From:  Sen. Mark Warner

    Moton High School (on the left,  for black students) and Farmville High School (for white students)  (4)Moton High School (on the left,  for black students)
    Farmville High School (for white students) 
    (4)


    This Year marks the 68th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education – the seminal case that ended institutionalized school segregation in America. But did you know that this case partially came from a Virginia native?

    Prior to Brown v. Board, during the Jim Crow era, many Virginia schools remained segregated, including the R.R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County, where sixteen-year-old Barbara Johns was a student. After experiencing many years of substandard school conditions, (plywood and tar paper structures that lacked heating and plumbing) she felt called to action against the injustice of segregation. On April 23, 1951, she led her classmates in a walkout to draw attention to the issue. 
     
    The strike attracted local and national attention, and two lawyers from the NAACP filed a lawsuit against the school district as a result. This case would eventually go on to be filed jointly with four other cases and argued in front of the Supreme Court under the name Brown v. Board of Education. I’m guessing you know the rest from here – the Court ruled that there was no legal basis for “separate but equal” and school segregation was officially outlawed.
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    Meet the Artisan:  Susan Yindra, Ceramicist

    Artisan United Susan YindraAfter practicing dental hygiene for more than thirty years, I thought about retiring and wanted to find an artistic outlet that would be challenging and fun. Over the years, I had collected glass bottles, paperweights, and stained glass. So I thought it might be fun to try and signed up for a beginner level stained glass class.  In class, I learned how to score  glass, work with a soldering iron, solder and copper foil to create sun catchers and glass panels.  I especially liked working with the different glass colors and textures.  After a year or so, I progressed to making three dimensional pieces such as jewelry boxes and Tiffany style lamp shades. I  especially enjoyed  designing lamp shades for small table lamps and gave them as gifts to family at Christmas.  I continued working with stained glass, fused glass and even glass blowing for several years, but when my favorite instructor retired I decided to make a change.

    With extra time on my hands, I began searching for a creative hobby to replace stained glass. In the 80's, I had enrolled in a beginner pottery class. I was introduced to hand building and using a coil technique I created a large bowl. My memories of the fun I had working with clay inspired me to  look for another  beginner  pottery class.  I discovered that Audrey Moore Rec Center offered pottery classes and I signed up for a level one wheel class.  In class, I learned the basics of throwing pots on the wheel, starting with the preparation of the clay or wedging and moving on to centering the clay on the wheel.  Centering clay is one of the greatest challenges for a beginning potter but it is an important step in producing a pot with uniform wall thickness.  Once the clay is centered, you open the pot outward to achieve the desired diameter.  Using both hands and the wheel speed, you begin raising the walls to the height you want.  Learning to make a basic cylinder, allows even a novice potter to create small pots and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.

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    VIEW ON NATURE:  After the Downpour
                                                                                                Dawn in the Spring Forest Valley by SL Wendt

    There’s nothing like a walk in the forest after a long rain to refresh your mind and soul.  Early in the pandemic I shared in Endeavor the meditative, restorable feeling of walking in the forest popularized in Japan as shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), and by famous naturalists David Thoreau and John Muir (see Wash Your Mind, 2020).

    Walking along a rain-soaked trail stimulates the senses.  The crisp air, fresh forest scent, dappling sunlight through the overhead canopy, and muted bird songs speak to me. The forest comes alive after a downpour.  All the plants and wildflowers perk up with little dapples of yellow, pink and blue near and far. Enveloped below a thick tree canopy formed mostly by blends of red, white and chestnut oaks, hickory, maples, and ash, I am one with the forest.  

    And as I quietly pad up the spongy, verdant mossy trail I spy life stirring from storm sanctuary beds.  A whitetail deer browsing, a chipmunk foraging seeds, an upside down squirrel eating a mushroom, and a curious ruby-throated hummingbird hovering eye-eye merely three feet away!  A shiny box turtle seeking earthworms, a camouflaged toad cocking its head at a ladybug, a packrat grooming, a sleek ribbon of a black and pink ring-necked snake sunning, and numerous forest birds and butterflies flitted about.  Wonderful butterflies– forest cloak, painted lady, white cabbage, silver spotted skipper – come in view and to mind.  Even the notorious – the stinging buck moth caterpillar and gorgeous cyanide-emitting cherry millipede in all its glory of variegated papaya and yellow joints in its black segmented body -- actively ply the woodland floor for food and mates.    
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    The Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps
    MRC Volunteers Support the Daily Operations of the Fairfax County Health Department       

    MRC volunteers with the Fairfax County CareVan at a vaccine eventThe COVID-19 pandemic solidified just how important Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers are to local public health when they stepped-up to provide testing, vaccines, and vital health and safety information. The residents of Fairfax County owe them a debt of gratitude. 

         MRC volunteers with the Fairfax County CareVan at a vaccine event

    Since February of 2020, over 1,400 MRC members volunteered more than 65,000 hours at vaccination clinics and testing events, and assisting with outreach, isolation and quarantine efforts, logistical support, and so much more. 

    It was their tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic that earned the Fairfax MRC program the Volunteer Fairfax award for Improving Quality of Life in Fairfax. "The impact of the Fairfax MRC is best represented by the countless lives that volunteers have positively impacted over the past two years and their hard work that continues to keep our friends, family, and neighbors healthy and safe!" wrote Paula Rosca, Fairfax MRC Program Coordinator. 

    "The most poignant moment as a volunteer came after I had been vaccinating for several months, first at the Herndon District Office, then at the Government Center and finally at Inova Stonebridge. I was on duty at Stonebridge when the announcement came out that teenagers could be vaccinated. The very next day, one mother came in with her three teenagers in tow.  I took the mother and we distributed the kids out to nearby tables. I gave her the usual counseling, then completed the injection. As I was filling out her vaccination card, I commended her on bringing in her three teens. She looked at me and said simply, 'They lost their father to Covid last year.' We both has tears in our eyes. As I handed her the completed card, I felt a great sense of purpose as to why I had joined MRC," Phil Beauchene, Vaccinator, MRC.

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     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 www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/route236stars.asp  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.

    GREEN SPRING GARDENS
    FALL & WINTER GARDEN PROGRAMS
    FOR ADULTS AND FAMILIES 

    Gardening, Fine Art, Fitness and Special Request Programs are scheduled year round.  Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 



    SCHEDULE OF SUMMER PROGRAMS



    HISTORIC GREEN SPRING TEA 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, and scone with cream and jam. Specially prepared tea boxes to go are also available with advance purchase.

    Programs are by reservation only. Call Historic Green Spring at (703) 941-7987

    SUMMER TEA SCHEDULE


     UnCovered: 
    The Bomb that Did Not Burst in Air

    As Americans battled the British in the War of 1812, militiamen stationed near what is now Fort Belvoir caught a lucky break when one bomb did not perform as expected.

    This 13-inch mortar shell was found at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratories Pontoon Basin at Fort Belvoir in October 1959. Sometime between September 3 and 5 of 1814, the Royal Navy bomb vessel Aetna or Meteor likely fired this 194-pound bomb at an American gun battery that had been erected at a small building known as the White House, located at the Belvoir manor ruins.  

    This hollow bomb was filled with 10 to 15 pounds of gunpowder and plugged with a fuse. The fuse should have burned for 27 seconds before the bomb exploded, projecting two-inch-thick shrapnel at its target. Fortunately for the Americans at Belvoir, this bomb did not burst. The diffused bomb is now preserved with many other artifacts associated with the British attack in September of 1814.

    Just a month earlier, Royal Navy commander Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane had begun assembling a large task force off the Maryland coast and assigned Rear Admiral George Cockburn to strike Washington in an effort to demoralize Americans and suppress local resistance. Admiral Cockburn ordered Captain James Gordon’s squadron to sail up the Potomac to Washington to destroy fortifications along the river. On August 24, British soldiers and marines defeated Americans at Bladensburg, Maryland. They entered Washington that evening and set fire to the Presidential Mansion, the U.S. Capitol, and other government buildings. The British left Washington the next day and occupied Alexandria.

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     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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    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    .    augallery1@gmail.com   .   www.augallery.org
    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   .   www.augallery.org/
    Golf Gifts and Gift Cards
    Pinecrest Golf Course
    Corner of Braddock and Little River
    6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312
    (703) 941-1061   .   www.fairfaxcounty.gov/golf/pinecrest


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

    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
       .  
    www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring

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

    Golf Gifts and Gift Cards
    Pinecrest Golf Course
    Corner of Braddock and Little River
    6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312
    (703) 941-1061   .   www.fairfaxcounty.gov/golf/pinecrest


     

    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 GOLDSMITH AND FINE JEWELRY

    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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    Youth Sports & Summer Camps
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    Annandale Boys & Girls Club

    Lee's Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio

    Kenwood School Summer Day Camp

    Annandale Boys & Girls Club Youth Sports

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    Start your Holiday Shopping at the Gallery

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    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.
    RPCOMM6759@aol.com 



    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. www.avfd.org


    Wednesdays at 6 PM
    Annandale Boys & Girls Club BINGO
    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:  www.novaregion.org/DocumentCenter/View/11750

    Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492   https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/

    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 bclark@newhopehousing.org, 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.  

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    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
    703-256-0100  info@accacares.org
    https://accacares.org/foodpantry/



     

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