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Get Your Fresh Produce at the Wakefield Farmer Market!

The summer is slipping away but don't worry, you can still get fresh fruits and vegetables at the Annandale Farmers Market.

The Wakefield Farmers Market will take place on Wednesday, September 29 from 2-6 p.m..

Come after work and get your produce for the week!

The market is located at 8100 Braddock Road in Annandale.

Annandale's big event Oct. 23: The annual parade and festival

The biggest annual event in Annandale is just a few weeks away. The Fall Festival and Parade, Saturday, Oct. 23, is sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce.

The parade runs along Columbia Pike, starting at the Annandale United Methodist Church parking lot near the Gallows Road intersection at 10 a.m. You can expect marching bands from local high schools, community organizations, and because it’s an election year, lots of candidates. The Kena Shriners are usually on hand with their tiny cars, and last year, the Bolivians marched in the parade with some amazing costumes. Spectators often wear wear Halloween costumes.

Annandale High School PSAT Exams Coming Soon

The following was sent to us by Annandale High School PTSA:

On Wednesday, October 13th, the PSAT will be administered to all 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Seniors will not attend school that day. Following the PSAT exam, all underclassmen will be released to go home at 11:00. To receive your student’s PSAT score report, 9th and 11th graders must pay a fee of $17 ($9 for students on free/reduced lunch). FCPS covers the PSAT fees for 10th graders, so they do not need to pay for their exam results. Payment can be made in the cafeteria during all four lunch periods from October 1st to October 12th. PSAT exams will not be sent to Educational Testing Service for scoring unless the fee is paid by Oct. 12th. We cannot accept payments after Oct. 12th. Contact: Marcelo Valencia at 703.642.4127

How to save your breasts and your wallet by October 2nd!

Insurance companies state that they are willing to pay 100% of a "screening mammogram", but not for the “I think we found something”; what the @#!$ does that mean?  In my case, I felt a lump, and made the mistake of mentioning it to the technician during my mammogram.  Should I have mentioned the lump, or should have I played dumb?  Well, mentioning the lump cost me $600, and that is with my health insurance coverage (part of that was the “you need to come back because I think we found something” factor).  So two mammograms, $600 out of my pocket, two missed days of work, 4 weeks of no good sleep (because I could not get an appointment any earlier), and a potential ulcer from all the stress….it was normal!  Was it worth it?  Could I have done things differently? Well…. 

Ribbon Cutting at Pine Ridge Park to Mark Turf Field, Lighting Improvements

This was sent to us by Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority Board and field users/athletes from across Mason District will gather on Saturday, October 16, 2010 to celebrate the completion of a field conversion and lighting project at Pine Ridge Park.  Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. near field #4 at the 43-acre park located at 3401 Woodburn Road in Annandale, VA.

Annandale High School Graduate Wins Big on Jeopardy

Because he correctly named “The Bridge on the River Kwai” as the title of the David Lean film based on the similarly titled Pierre Boulle novel, Roger Craig set a new one-day earnings record on “Jeopardy!,” winning $77,000 at the end of Tuesday’s broadcast.

Craig went into the Final Jeopardy round with $47,000 and wagered $30,000 in the category of Literary and Movie Title Objects. (Mr. Craig and overthrew the previous one-day winnings record of $75,000 set by Ken Jennings who won the game show 74 times in 2004.

Craig is the son of Roger Craig of Connellsville, Fayette County, and the former Christie Evans of New Jersey.

He graduated from Annandale High School in Annandale, Va and earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and biochemistry from Virginia Tech University and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Delaware, where he is working toward a doctorate in that same subject.

Increased Traffic Expected in Annandale This Weekend

The KORUS Festival in Annandale this weekend is expected to affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the following areas:

Little River Turnpike (Rt. 236), John Marr Dr, Backlick Road, and Columbia Pike.

Fairfax County Police and Auxiliary Officers have been assigned to assist with security and traffic. The Korean American Association of Greater Washington Area and the Korean Embassy will be sponsoring the 8th annual Korean-US (KORUS) Festival in Annandale, VA this Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19.