City of Alexandria, VA
Importing Events vs. Subscribing
When you view the Web page for a single event, our calendar system offers two different ways to add an event to your personal calendar: Importing and Subscribing.
How should you choose which to use?
To import an event is to copy its current listing into your personal calendar. This is a one-time operation. Think of it as jotting down the details you see.
To subscribe to an event (or list of events) is to tell your calendar software to retrieve the information about the event (or list of events) right now and to periodically check with our servers to see if there have been any updates.
Most lists of events on our website are actually the result of searches against our database, for instance http://apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar/?show=OHA lists events from Historic Alexandria that occur today or on some future date. Subscribing to a list like this will cause your calendar system to add new events as they're entered into our database, usually within a day or so.
Reasons to use Import
Reasons to Subscribe