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'Tiara Tuesday'

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(From a press release) WINCHESTER - Habitat for Humanity will hold a "Tiara Tuesday" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Rugs Direct, 116 Featherbed Lane.

The purpose of the event is to deliver a progress report and to sign up women volunteers for the first Habitat for Humanity home in Frederick County built by all-women crews. Admission is free.

For more information, visit http://habitatwomenbuild.wordpress.com.

To schedule a build day online, visit www.habitatwfc.org. No experience is required.

Fire prevention week

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The Frederick County Fire and Rescue is installing free smoke alarms for residents in the Frederick County area in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11. First priority will go to senior citizens, families with children under 4 years old and and special needs families.

More info: (540) 665-5618.

Sports auction is under way

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The Annual Q102 Sports Auction to benefit United Way Norhern Shenandoah Valley kicks off today at 5 a.m. and will conclude at noon on Thursday.

This year's auction will be held at the Q102 Web site: http://www.wusq.com/pages/auction.html

Among the things on the auction block are Redskin/Cowboy tickets, Nationals tickets and a collection of signed NASCAR and Redskin items.

All proceeds will benefit the United Way's Campaign 2008.


(From a press release) The Front Royal Federal Credit Union is asking residents to donate used eyeglasses to the Lions Recyle for Sight program during the week of Sept. 22 - 29.

The credit union will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of the recycling program for the Front Royal Lions and Lions Club International.

The glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution to developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

To donate glasses, place them in Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes located at Front Royal Federal Credit Union's two branches at 230 North Royal Avenue and 113 South St.

PAL artistic director John LaCava retires

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LURAY -- (From a press release) John W. LaCava, a founding member of the Performing Arts Luray board of directors who also served as president and artistic director, is retiring.

Three years after spearheading the grassroots arts organization, the retired music instructor will focus on his first love - music. LaCava will continue to serve as director of the Main Street Singers, the Community Choir and the newly-formed Regional Wind Ensemble.

According to Lowell Baughan, president of Performing Arts Luray, "John will always be known as the founding father of PAL and without his drive for success the Center wouldn't be here."

Under LaCava's guidance, PAL presented three seasons of music, comedy, theatre and dance. The largest endeavor was the purchase in August of 2006 of the former BB&T bank building in downtown Luray, where LaCava often served as house manager and custodian in addition to his creative contributions.

PAL vice president Dale Houff notes: "His vision of a performing arts center has turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to expose many to performances in the arts which they would not have traveled elsewhere to see.

"Many local residents and especially children have been given instruction and a stage on which to perform, which they would not have had. His demand for excellence is obvious and he gets results. It now appears the jobs he handled tirelessly and alone at PAL will require at least four to six people."

The fall season begins Oct. 24 with "Edgar Allen Poe Comes Alive," which is sponsored by Lancaster Enterprises.

For more information about Performing Arts Luray, visit the Web site at PerformingArtsLuray.org.

MentorMatch Winchester

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(From a press release) MentorMatch Winchester is a new mentoring service for foster care and court-involved youth in the Winchester and Frederick County area.

Adults ages 18 and older are brought together with a youth needing mentoring for two hours a week.

MentorMatch Winchester provides the screening, training, matching and managing the program. Mentors and youths participate in traditional one-on-one mentoring: they do everything from throwing a Frisbee in the park to studying for a test to preparing for a job interview.

For more information on applying as a mentor or if you need mentoring, call MentorMatch
Winchester at (540) 450-2782.

Brain Power Walk

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(From a press release) The Pilot Club of Harrisonburg will be participating in a world-wide event on Oct. 4. On that Saturday, Pilot Clubs around the world are holding Brain Power Walks to raise public awareness of local Pilot Clubs' volunteer work in their communities.

The Harrisonburg Pilot Club will walk in Dayton during the annual Dayton Autumn Celebration. Members will carry banners or placards and distribute information about brain-related disorders and the prevention of traumatic brain injuries.

The Pilot Club of Harrisonburg presents BrainMinderâ„¢ Buddies to local day care centers and at safety events such as Children First Day.

BrainMinderâ„¢ Buddies is an educational program aimed at children in pre-school through first grade, with illustrated animal characters who serve as safety role models.

With the help of matching grants from Pilot International Foundation, the Pilot Club of Harrisonburg has built a wheelchair ramp for the therapeutic riding program at Camp Still Meadows, installed a wheelchair lift for the Westover Park pool, and purchased equipment for local non-profits such as Friendship Industries, The Arc Op Shop and Generations Crossing.

The club also has distributed bike helmets to children.

Founded in 1921, Pilot International is a human service organization of volunteers working together to improve the quality of life in communities throughout the world. The organization's service focus is helping persons with brain-related disorders and disabilities through education, volunteerism, and financial support.

The Pilot Club of Harrisonburg has been serving the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community since 1970.

Web site: www.geocities.com/pilotclubhburg

United Way campaign video

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The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has released its campaign video.

For more information about the United Way, visit their Web site at www.unitedwaynsv.org.

Stuff a POD for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

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WINCHESTER - PODS of Winchester, Our Saviours Church and Native American Ministries are launching a food drive to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Area residents are asked to bring non-perishable food items and cash donations to:


  • Evergreen Health & Rehab from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 - Oct. 4

  • Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5

  • Anthony's Pizza, Valley Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28

  • Quality Cleaners and Coldwell Banker, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8

Strasburg library hours change

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Effective Oct. 1, the Strasburg Community Library will be open eight more hours per week, library president Richard B. Ryan announced in a press release.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Friday and Saturday hours will remain 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Girl Scout Recruitment Night scheduled

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Girl Scout Recruitment Night for girls 5-17 will be held from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the cafeteria at Middletown Elementary School.

Registration is $10 per person, paid that evening. Adult volunteers are needed as well.
Questions? Contact Pat LoPreto at 636-4032 or lopretop@hotmail.com.



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