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Celebrate Fairfax

Get ready to have some fun! Come out to the Celebrate Fall for Fairfax event this Saturday at Fairfax Government Center. Fall for Fairfax will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Activities include a train ride, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, inflatables and several kid's performances. There will also be exhibits on education, sport and fitness, public saftey, personal health and the environment.

It is free to attend. For more info please go to http://www.celebratefairfax.com/ or you can contact (703) 324-3247.

Craft show this weekend at NOVA's Annandale campus

The Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild is sponsoring a craft show this weekend at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike.

The show is open Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3.

More than 60 artisans will be at the show, including Sunisa Yorgason, who makes clay flowers like the ones pictured here. You can also expect such crafts as pottery,  fiber arts, jewelry, woodworking, and glass.

2nd Annual Veteran's Coalition Free Breakfast

The Fairfax County Republican Committee


Cordially invites you and your family to join us for our


2nd Annual Veteran's Coalition Free Breakfast


With special guests:


Congressman Frank Wolf
10th Congressional District


Colonel Patrick Murray, USA, Ret.

8th Congressional District


Keith Fimian

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….