Community News and Events: Jan. 6

<strong>Family Dinner</strong>

The Ryman Racey Family will hold a Christmas covered dish dinner at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Hill Church. Bingo will follow the dinner.

<strong> Gospel</strong>

Strasburg Christian Church will host the gospel group Sunday Drive in concert at 11 a.m. Sunday.


Brenda Kiessling will host two information sessions on beekeeping for those who may be interested in taking the 8-week class that starts in February in Woodstock. The first session will be at 1:00 p.m. today at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg. The second session will be at 1:00 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Strasburg Community Library. Information: brendakiessling@yahoo.com.


The Teen Advisory Board, open to middle and high school students, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Bowman Library in Stephens City. The group plans and presents events, advises on library materials, advises on tween and teen library events, and assists with other library events and activities. Information: contact Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000, ext. 215.

<strong>Dance Party</strong>

Bowman Library will hold a Dance Party 4:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 for toddlers, preschoolers and their grownups to boogie down. Rock out to old favorites and new tunes and explore making music. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

<strong>GED Course</strong>

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host a General Education Development course 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 9 through May 24 (except on school holidays and closings). The course is free. Information/registration: 540-635-3153.


The Virginia Extension Service will hold a 2018 Commercial Pesticide Recertification Program at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal. Registration required; no registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Information/registration: 540-665-5699.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal has announced the following programs for adults will be held:

• Genealogy workshop: 6 p.m., Jan. Tuesday

• Crochet group: 10 a.m., Jan. 10 and 24.

• Advanced Excel class: 1-3 p.m., Jan. 13. Learn common built-in formulas in spreadsheets and how to add graphs.

• Digital photography workshop: 1-5 p.m., Jan. 13. Learn composition, exposure and focusing, options for storing, editing, printing and sharing.

Information: 540-635-3153.

<strong>Afterschool Arts</strong>

Bowman Library will host an afterschool arts and crafts program 5:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday for ages 8-14. The program will feature guest teachers to introduce folk, textile and traditional arts with a literature connection. Supplies provided. The program will feature a different craft each month. Registration required. Information: contact Donna Hughes at dhughes@handleyregional.org or 540-869-9000, ext. 215.

<strong>Open Chess</strong>

Handley Library in Winchester will host Open Chess games 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 for all ages (families, adults, kids) and skill levels. At 5:30 p.m a lecture is available on chess basics and strategy, with one-on-one instruction for new players. Bring your own board or just yourself. Information: http://www.winchesterchess.com.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host “Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree” at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31. The program is for beginning to advanced genealogists. Receive assistance from a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. Information: 540-635-3153 or www.samuelslibrary.net.

<strong>Poetry Night</strong>

The Shenandoah Poetry Alliance and Friends of Handley Regional Library will sponsor an Open Mic Poetry Night 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday  in the Handley Library Auditorium. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

<strong>Revolutionary War</strong>

Research your Revolutionary War soldier in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives at Handley Library 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Get tips on how to track down your elusive Revolutionary War fighters. Information: 540-662-9041, ext. 22 or archives@handleyregional.org.


A demonstration on “how to wear the perfect scarf” will be the feature for the January luncheon of the Front Royal Christian Women’s Connection luncheon on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Our speaker for this luncheon is Dee Billing from Allemuchy, New Jersey. Her story is “A Cinderella Story Interrupted by Life”. Music will be provided by Tammy Yoder. Luncheon is $16.00. Free childcare is provided. For reservations call Betty at 540-622-2939 or Shirley at 540-635-4560.

<strong>Knitting Guild</strong>

The Shenandoah Knitting Guild will hold its annual “Swap Meet” at its Friday meeting. Shenandoah Valley knitters are invited to bring knitting items you would like to exchange for something you can’t resist from someone else’s “extras”. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church, 75 Merriman’s Lane, Winchester. For more information about the Guild and its activities, go to http://shenandoahknittingguild.org. Meeting details are also on the site.


The Humane Society of Warren County is currently selling Westminster Dog Show raffle tickets. Cost is $10 per ticket for a chance to win $500 cash. Each ticket number will be randomly assigned to a dog breed from the show. Winners announced Feb. 14 on the Humane Society’s Facebook page. Tickets are available at the animal shelter. Information/tickets: 540-635-4734.

<strong>Meetings</strong> A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold open door community office hours on Thursday at the below locations. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to discuss any problems they might have with the federal government or to hear their views or current issues before Congress.

9-10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Council Chambers, 116 Broadway Ave., Broadway

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Town Council Chambers, 5901 Main St., Mount Jackson

<strong>Card Shower</strong>

A card shower is planned for Mary Moore Blaisdell, who will celebrate her 94th birthday January 13. Cards can be sent to Shenandoah Senior Living, 103 Lee Burke Road, Front Royal, VA 22630.

<strong>Ham Radio</strong>

The Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Cook’s Exxon in Woodstock. Information: Malcolm at 436-8503.

<strong>Ruritan Club</strong>

The Cedar Creek Valley Ruritan Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Gravel Springs Lutheran Church, 870 S. Pifer Road, Star Tannery. Information: 465-4159.

Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of the month


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