Community News & Events: Oct. 31


Handley Regional Library in Winchester will host a meeting of The Latch Circle, a support group for breast-feeding mothers, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Information: Jessica Vincent at 540-722-3470.

Story times

Bowman Library in Stephens City will hold the following story-time programs in November:

• Storytime: 11 a.m., Wednesdays.

• Baby Time (birth-15 months): 11 a.m., Thursdays.

• Preschool Storytime (ages 3 and up): 11 a.m., Saturdays.

• Toddler Time (ages 3 and under): 11 a.m., Mondays.

• Storycrafters (all ages): 6 p.m., Tuesdays.

• Paws for Reading with therapy dogs: 1 p.m., Nov. 11.


Handley Library in Winchester will hold the following programs for children in November:

• Stories with a Sheriff (all ages): 4 p.m., Wednesday.

• Toddler Time (ages 3 and under): 10:30 a.m., Thursdays.

• Dance Party: 10:30-11 a.m., Fridays for babies, toddlers, preschoolers to age 5 and their grownups.

• Preschool Storytime (ages 3 and up): 10:30 a.m., Mondays.

• Baby Time (birth-15 months): 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays.

• Paws for Reading: 3 p.m., Nov. 7.

Information: 540-662-9041.


Handley Library in Winchester will host the following programs:

• Open chess games (all ages): 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays. A lecture on chess basics will be held at 5:30 p.m. One-on-one instruction for new players available.

• Construction Club: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 4-5 p.m., Nov. 3, 10 and 17; 10:30-11:30 a.m., Saturdays.


The Shenandoah County Extension office in Woodstock has announced the following meetings will be held:

• The Exchange Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock.

• The Extension Leadership Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Extension office.

• Toms Brook 4-H Club and Cloverbuds will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church.

• Planning District 7 All Stars will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Extension office.

• Seven Bends 4-H Shooting Education Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Round Hill Church of the Brethren.

Information: 459-6140.

La Leche

La Leche League, a support group for breast-feeding mothers, will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Bowman Library in Stephens City. No registration required. Information: 540-869-9000.


“Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” by Anne Tyler will be the selection for the Brown Bag with Books Club sponsored by the Clarke County Library from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville.


Astrophysicist Debbie Biggs will give the talk “Around the World in 90 Minutes” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal.

Information, registration: 540-635-3153.


Bowman Library in Stephens City will host the following programs:

• Teen arts night: 5-6 p.m., Thursday.

• Open chess games (all ages and skill levels): 10 a.m.-noon, Saturdays.

Information: 540-869-9000.


The Winchester chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at NW Works in Winchester.

The group will gather for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at IJ Cann’s. Chapter elections will be held. Information: Bill Prokochak at 540-722-2620 or visit www.winchestertu.org.


Ed Maliskas, author of “John Brown to James Brown: the Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Bloomed and Boogied” will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Handley Regional Library in Winchester.

He will highlight details of the untold story of the Kennedy farm in southern Washington County, Maryland.

Information: 540-662-9041.


The Clarke County Library in Berryville host Factivities, a STEM program for ages 6 to 11, at 3:45 p.m. each Thursday in November. Information: 540-955-5144.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host the Palace Pearls Eastern dance program during its lunchtime music series Vibes in the Libes at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Those attending should bring lunch. Information: 540-635-3153.


The TSUGA VBC Girl’s Travel Volleyball League will hold an informational meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sal’s Italian Restaurant in Edinburg.

Pizza served. Early registration fee is $50. Information: 717-839-7521.

Story times

The New Market Library will hold the following story-time programs:

• Books and Babies (ages birth-3): 10 a.m., Friday. The theme will be “turkey trot.”

• Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5): 10 a.m., Nov. 17. The theme is “I Am Thankful.”

Information: Karen Whetzel at 740-8589.


The Strasburg Rescue Squad will hold a gun lottery fundraiser with drawings starting Friday.

Tickets are $20 each with only 500 available. Drawings will be based on the Virginia nightly Pick 3 Lottery. Information, tickets: Fuzzy at 465-5665 or 540-333-5260, gunlottery@strasburgrescue.com, Borden’s Lumber and Middletown Firearms.

County earns award

A state group recently lauded Warren County for its parks and recreation programs.

The Virginia Recreation and Park Society gave its 2016 Best Renovation/Addition Award to the county Parks and Recreation Department in the category for populations between 25,001 and 50,000. The program honors individuals, departments and organizations in Virginia with more than 100 applications submitted this year vying for awards in 14 categories.

The county department received the award for its work on the recently renovation Soft Play Room that opened to the public on Sept. 13, 2016. The space in the Warren County Health and Human Services Complex – the former 15th Street Middle School – needed renovation after its prior use for science classes.

The Soft Play Room serves as home to the Tiny Tykes Open Gym available to children ages 2-5, and the Infant Play Day for children under 2. The room features a combination of carpet tiles as flooring and its creation came about through donated items and funding.


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