Community News & Events: March 3

Latch Circle

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

Each class will feature games, giveaways and nutrition education credit. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Information: Jessica Vincent at 540-722-3470.


Youth night

Maurertown Brethren Church will host a community youth night for ages 4 and older from 4 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday this month and April.

The program will include music, Bible lesson, supper and game time. Registration, information: 540-325-0309.



Handley Library in Winchester will host open chess games from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday this month for all ages (families, adults, kids) and skill levels.

Instruction for new players will be offered at 5:15 p.m. Information: www.winchesterchess.com or www.handleyregional.org.



Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host “Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree” at 6 p.m. each Wednesday this month for beginner to advanced genealogists. Information: 540-635-3153 or www.samuelslibrary.net.



Shenandoah University’s Center for Lifelong Learning, the Winchester City Police Department and Northwestern Community Services will host a community lecture on who to contact in case of a crisis, especially mental illness, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bowman building, 20 S. Cameron St., Winchester. Information: 540-535-3583.



Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will present the Irish band Dervish in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Admission for children 12 and under is free when accompanied by an adult.

Information, tickets: 540-955-2004 or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.


Empty Bowls

Luray’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Luray High School.

Dwight Martin will provide entertainment. There will also be an art show and silent auction. Bowls are made by students, faculty and community members.

Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit the Page One Food Pantry. Information: 540-743-3915 or 888-743-3915.


Ham radio

The Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club meets at 8:30 a.m. each Thursday at Cook’s Exxon in Woodstock. Information: Malcolm at 436-8503.


Workshop, discussion

Sustainability Matters, a new collaborative of individuals and organizations working together toward public education and community building in gardening, nature and environmental awareness, will host a community discussion group and a rain barrel workshop.

  • The Green Gossip community discussion group will meet at noon Wednesday at Sal’s Bistro in Edinburg. Discussion will include light pollution, seed starting tips and whether to take houseplants outdoors for the summer. Meetings will be held monthly on the first Wednesday.
  • The rain barrel workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Friends of the North Fork office at 305 W. Court St., Woodstock. The cost is $45 per barrel, which includes a 50-gallon recycled plastic barrel and a rain barrel kit.

Information: 459-8550, email sustainabilitymattersVA@gmail.com or visit www.fnfsr.org.


Relay dinner

Shenandoah Senior Living in Front Royal will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday to benefit the Relay for Life Team, A Ray of Hope.

The cost is $6, dine in or take out. Meat and veggie sauces available. Information: Tara Barnes at 540-635-7923 or Eddie Long at 540-671-6889.



Helen Zebarth, co-founder of Blue Ridge Hospice, will be the speaker at the meeting of Blue Ridge Kiwanis of Winchester at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Best Western-Lee Jackson in Perkin’s Restaurant.



A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold an open-door community office hours Thursday 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. Hours will be:

  • Broadway: 9-10:30 a.m. at Town Hall, 116 Broadway Ave.
  • Mount Jackson: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Town Council chambers, 5901 Main St.



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