Community News & Events: Dec. 1

Library

The Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg will hold the following programs:

• Preschool story time (ages 2-up): 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

• Books and Babies (infants-24 months): 10:30 a.m., Thursdays.

• Lego Club (ages 5-up): 4:30 p.m., Thursday.

Information: 984-8200.

Library

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold the following programs:

• World of Legos: Saturday has been canceled.

• Christmas cookie celebration: Dec. 16 has been canceled.

• Makers Club STEM program (school-age children): 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, theme will be about snowflakes.

• Time for Baby (ages up to 2): 11 a.m., Tuesday. Siblings welcome.

• Toddler story time: 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, ‘Old McDonald’ theme. Siblings welcome.

• Preschool story time: 11 a.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, ‘Old McDonald’ theme. Siblings welcome.

Information: 540-635-3153 or www.samuelslibrary.net.

Home tours

The Strasburg Heritage Association, in partnership with the Massanutten Garden Club, will host a holiday homes tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

The tour includes five homes from the 1800’s, a cabin that was formerly an 18th-century tobacco barn and the renovated “Ham Shack” that was previously owned by Brill Grocery.

Tickets, which are $10 per person, are available at Hotel Strasburg and Pot Town Organics. Tour held rain, shine or snow. Tour brochure is available at www.strasburgvaheritage.org.

Bell ringers

The Front Royal Salvation Army Corps is seeking bell ringers to staff its kettles for the Christmas season. All money raised goes back into the local community.

Kettles will be located throughout Front Royal outside businesses such as Rural King, Wal-Mart, Big Lots and the ABC Store. Each kettle needs a bell ringer from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. Volunteers can work four hours each day or the entire day.

Information: Wanda Lloyd at 540-662-4777 or email wanda.lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Drought watch

Because of low river flow levels, the Town of Strasburg has declared a drought watch condition.

Residents are encouraged to begin voluntary water conservation measures by reducing or eliminating outside watering, washing cars and other vehicles, using automatic dishwashers only when load is full, minimize use of garbage disposals and limit showers to five to 10 minutes per day per person.

Ruritan

Ruritan Rockingham District 9 Governor Martha Moyers presented the North Shenandoah Ruritan Club with the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award at the club’s November meeting. The award recognizes club attendance, committee projects completed, dues paid and meetings attended by club officers.

On Nov. 15, the club presented checks for $250 each to the Middletown and Star Tannery fire departments.

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