Community News & Events: Feb. 27


A card shower is planned for Betty J. Miller, who will celebrate her 85th birthday March 5. Cards can be sent to 273 Walton St., Strasburg, Virginia 22657.



Samuels Library in Front Royal will hold a special program at 11 a.m. Thursday celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a themed story time and breakfast. Toddler and preschool story times will combine for this event.


United Way

The Front Royal-Warren County United Way is accepting applications through Friday for client projects for the 2018 Day of Caring set for April 6. Applications will be accepted from homeowners, nonprofit agencies and schools that meet the criteria. Information: 540-635-3636 or email



Antioch Church of the Brethren is hosting a free valley outreach program from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for youth and their parents at 23502 Senedo Road, Woodstock.

Brett Kunkle from Maven Ministries will be speaking on why Christianity is true and how to prepare young people and adults for challenges to their faith.

Churches are encouraged to bring their youth groups. Reservations not required. Information: 540-459-3661.


Strasburg Presbyterian Church will host a turkey dinner starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. A free-will offering will be accepted. Carry-outs available.



The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association will host a ‘Gardening in the Valley’ symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

The symposium will feature presentations by five speakers on a variety of topics. The cost is $65 in advance or $70 at the door, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Information, registration: or



The Humane Society of Warren County and the Petco Foundation are teaming up for the national “Love Changes Everything” pet adoption event Saturday and Sunday.

Adoptable pets will be at Petco in Front Royal 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days and at the Humane Society from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal.

Information: or



Bowman Library in Stephens City will host the following programs:

  • Chess program (all ages and skill levels): 10 a.m.-noon, Saturdays in March.
  • Dungeons & Dragons roll-playing games (ages 12-18): 1-5 p.m., Saturdays in March. Registration required. Experienced youth dungeon masters needed.
  • Bollywood film marathon: 1-5 p.m., Saturday.
  • Family film and picnic: 1-2:30 p.m., Saturday, showing the film “Princess and the Frog.” Popcorn and lemonade served.

Information: 540-869-9000.



Handley Library will host a drop-in Magic: The Gathering game from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays in March for all ages.  Those attending are encouraged to bring their own cards or use cards provided by the library. Information: 540-662-9041.



Mount Jackson United Methodist Church will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children.  Proceeds to benefit United Methodist Men and Women ministries.



White Post United Methodist Church will host a ham and turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Boyce Fire Hall. Passage Creek Rising will provide country and gospel entertainment. A free-will offering will be accepted. Information: Kathy at 540-327-2384.



Chuck Downs will give a lecture titled “The North Korean Enigma” as part of the Long Branch Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Sunday in Millwood.

Downs, a part-time resident of Clarke County, is deputy director of the Pentagon’s East Asia office and cofounder of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. His talk will focus on what to expect of Kim Jong Un in the aftermath of the Winter Olympics.

Future lectures will be held March 11 and 18. Tickets are $25 or $80 for the entire series. Seating is limited. Reservations, information: 540-837-1856 or



The Shenandoah County Extension office in Woodstock is accepting registration for its master financial education volunteer training that begins March 6.

There will be two sessions to choose from each Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. Training will last for nine weeks. Volunteers must complete an application and agree to reference and background checks.

Information: Karen Poff at 540-635-4549 or



Over 60 people attended a slide program given by Tyre Yancey, of Dayton, on the different styles of barns in the Shenandoah Valley, some of which are no longer standing, on Feb. 17 at the New Market Area Library. Photo courtesy Karen Whetzel.



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