Community News & Events: Aug. 14


Friday is the deadline to register to attend the Shenandoah County Retired Teacher’s Association back-to-school breakfast meeting Sept. 4 at the Woodstock Moose Lodge.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. followed by breakfast at 9 a.m. The cost is $10, payable at the door. Information, registration: Anne Sheetz at 540-984-8420 or email asheetz@shentel.net.

Yard party

Fairview United Methodist Church in Stephens City will host a family yard party and auction starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. The auction starts at 6 p.m. Pan-fried chicken or country ham dinners available for $12 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under and $15 for a meat combo.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold the following children’s programs Saturday:

  • Kooky Chefs Cook It Up (ages 6-up): 11 a.m., sample desserts made with unexpected ingredients.
  • Chess and More (ages 6-up): 2 p.m.

Information: 540-635-3153.


Lawn party

The Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual lawn party Saturday. The all-day event starts at 10 a.m. with a Power Wheels race followed at 11 a.m. with a Power Wheels derby. The parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. (line up begins at 5:30 p.m.) followed by music from The Virginians.

Food available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other activities include children’s games, water slide, movie and more.



Andros Foods will host a chicken barbecue Saturday to benefit flood victim Harold Keeler. Chicken, ready at 9:30 a.m., will be available at the Wholesome Foods pit in Edinburg and First Bank and 7-Eleven in Mount Jackson. The cost is $4 per half.


The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter will celebrate its 10th year in operation from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Cloverdale Barn, 2368 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester.

The casual evening for supporters and volunteers, themed “A Midsummer Night Dream-the Sky is the Limit,” will feature a farm-to-table menu and music by the band Movin’ On. Tickets are $35.

Information: www.watts-homelessshelter.org. Tickets: www.tinyurl.com/yc5ns2pc.



Tyre Yancey will present part three of his four-part series “Down Rural Roads” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Market Library.

His program deals with both the changes in physical landscape for farming as well as changes in farming methods over the last 75 years. Attendance is free.

Information: Bev Butterfield at 540-335-5396.


Medicaid enrollment

Medicaid enrollment assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the New Market Library.

Applicants will get one-on-one help completing applications for Medicaid, free or reduced-price school lunches and other programs. Information: 540-217-0869.



The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.

Kathy Christie will present a program on her trip to the Houston Quilt Festival. Bring your favorite sewing gadget and any unfinished projects. Barbara Cline will present an afternoon workshop on how to make an interweave quilt.

The Guild’s annual picnic will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Oakdale Park in Bridgewater. Information: www.svqg.org.


Sustainability Matters

Sustainability Matters will host a Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Strasburg Town Park.

Featured will be a variety of activities for the whole family centered around the town’s community garden with games for kids, local produce vendors, cakewalk, corn hole tournament and garden programs.



Oak Level United Methodist Church will hold an ice cream social starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at 1809 Camp Roosevelt Road, Fort Valley. Special music by SBG.

Open house

Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research Center and Extension Center and the Frederick County Extension office will host an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Research Center, 595 Laurel Grove Road, Winchester.

The center’s scientists will provide an overview of research projects and outreach efforts through hands-on activities and posters. Wagon-ride tours of the vineyards and orchards will be given from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Information: Debra Marple at 540-232-6031 or dmarple@vt.edu.



  • The Helsley and Barton families will hold a reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday at Helsley Park in Woodstock. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish and gift.
  • The George and Beatrice Foltz family will hold a reunion starting at noon Sunday at the Mount Jackson Community Park. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish, utensils provided.
  • The Lorenzo and Dora Ketterman family will hold a reunion Sunday at Baker’s Park in Baker, West Virginia. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish and drinks. Paper products provided.


Volunteers needed

The Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Riding needs volunteers for it eight-week fall session that begins Sept. 4. Lesson volunteers are needed for horse leaders (equine experience required) and for side-walkers. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

An orientation session for trainees will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the farm in Millwood followed by hands-on training the following week. Information, registration: 540-533-2777 or email brcthinc@hotmail.com.


School news

At its Aug. 9 meeting, the Shenandoah County School Board approved the promotion of Melanie Hoover as assistant principal of North Fork Middle School. She replaces Annmarie Noonan, who is now the school’s principal.

She began her career 12 years ago as a physical education teacher at the school and has served as acting administrator for the Summer Fine Arts Academy and acting summer school administrator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health science from Bridgewater College and a master’s degree in kinesiology and recreation and educational leadership certificate from James Madison University.


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