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Belle Grove Plantation

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(From press release) Belle Grove is adding two new programs to encourage local residents to visit the historic home.

First Saturdays will allow residents of neighboring towns to visit Belle Grove for $4 with proof of residence (driver's license/voter registration/utility bill). Middletown will be the first to take advantage of the First Saturdays price, followed by Strasburg and Front Royal in coming months. In addition to house tours, there will be a living history demonstration and vendors. The first First Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2.

The other program is a Teacher Appreciation Month, which runs Aug. 1 -31. This program allows educators (teachers, teacher aides, principals, librarians, resource staff and administrative staff with instructional responsibilities) to visit the house for $4 and receive more information about programs available to local schools. Proof of employment is required (business card or school I.D.).

(From a press release) Lowe's of North Winchester, 261 Market St., Winchester, will match gift card purchases on July 31 to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County during the new store's grand opening.

All Lowe's gift cards purchased at the store July 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 with Lowe's in-store credit for Habitat for Humanity's use on its next project.

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick Co helps to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income residents in Winchester City and Frederick County. In 2008, Habital plans to complete five houses and begin construction on five houses in the West Wynd development in Stephens City.

Lowe's is a national partner of Habitat for Humanity International and is the underwriter for its Women Build program. In addition to contributing more than $2 million per year, employees from Lowe's stores volunteer on build sites and host How-To Clinics at stores to give volunteers hands-on practice on the basics of construction.

(From a press release) Wednesdays in August at the Old Court House Civil War Museum in Winchester is the "Stay-cation Destination" for children and their families.

Children will be admitted free from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday in August. Adults will be charged admission, but teens and children 17 and under will admitted free when accompanied by one adult.

Museum volunteers will be available to help the children experience items used during Civil War times, such as quill pens, hoop skirts, spyglasses, and compasses. There also will be a scavenger hunt and prizes.

The museum, located in the 1840 Frederick County Courthouse, 20 N. Loudoun St., has over 3,000 artifacts from the Civil War. It is open year round Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For info: (540) 542-1145

(From a press release) BLUEMONT, VA. -- Church youth groups and adult volunteers will be working on homes of low income families in Winchester and Warren, Clarke and Frederick counties July 20-25.

The 120 volunteers are members of the Impact the Valley Summer Mission project which is managed by a coalition of churches and ministries that include Marlow Heights Baptist Church and Streetwise Ministries of Front Royal. Teens Opposing Poverty of Bluemont is the umbrella organization for the project.

Work projects include painting, bathroom remodeling, improving access for wheelchair bound individuals, and other repair projects. Most of the residents being helped are elderly or disabled people living on limited incomes. Households are screened for income eligibility by Help with Housing of Berryville, a community-based organization that helps people with emergency home repairs.

For more information: www.teensopposingpoverty.org

Wayside Theater presents LEO Awards

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(From press release) MIDDLETOWN - The Wayside Foundation for the Arts has presented LEO Awards to Herbert W. White, Barbara Swink and John Norton Jr.

Foundation president Stephen Brown and artistic director Warner Crocker presented this year's awards, which were established in 2001 to honor those who have a passion for the theatre and its programs. Each winner receives a medalion cast in pewter with a cut-out of the theatre and a framed plaque.

Herbert White was Wayside Theatre's first producer in 1962. Under his direction in 1968, the Curtain Call was extensively renovated to give it an English Tavern atmosphere. He served on the board of directors after the Wayside Foundation for the Arts was formed in 1966.

Barbara Swink of Winchester has supported the arts in the community for many years. She was hired as an associate director for Wayside Theatre in 1971 by Jerry Slavet. She managed media coverage, scheduled talks to civic groups, and coffees across the region to sell subscriptions. She also ran an in-school program. She became managing director under James Kirkland in 1978. She retired in 1979.

John Norton of Berryville, the vice president of marketing at First Bank, has served on the Wayside Foundation for the Arts Board from 2000 through 2006. He was board president in 2005 and 2006. He has been an avid supporter of the Young Playwrights Festival and has helped promote and supported the capital campaign. He has been instrumental in bringing many donations to the theater.

Wayside Theatre is the second oldest professional theatre in Virginia and is celebrating its 47th season. For information about the theatre and for tickets, call the box office at (540) 869-1776 and visit the Web site: www.waysidetheatre.org.

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