Community News & Events: Aug. 31


A card shower is planned for Sarah Bagnell, who will celebrate her birthday Monday. Cards can be sent to 355 Copp Road, Strasburg, Virginia 22657.



The following volunteers are scheduled at the Strasburg Museum:

Sunday: morning, Donnie Davison; afternoon, Kat Stanley.

Monday: morning, Jackie Richard; afternoon, Polly Wilson.

Tuesday: morning and afternoon, Ibby Stratton.

Wednesday: morning, Gloria Church and Betty Sue Howard; afternoon, June Hockman.

Thursday: morning, Randy Painter; afternoon, Tom Knowles.

Friday: morning, Yvonne Arnold and Margo Hammock; afternoon, Bill and Pat McClanahan.

Saturday: morning, Pat Clem; afternoon, Gloria Stickley.



The Hamburg Ruritan Club will hold a steak and baked potato dinner meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Edinburg Park. Those attending are asked to bring eating utensils.

Information: Judy at 540-984-3321.



Blue Ridge Housing Network and the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a free workshop, “How to Be a Successful Renter,” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Handley Library in Winchester.

Participants who attend both sessions will receive a certificate of  completion. Registration, which is required, can be made by calling Valerie Roth at 540-733-4283 or email vroth@embarqmail.com.


Handley Library in Winchester has scheduled the following children’s activities:

Tuesday: 11 a.m., introduction to cloth diapering; 4:30 p.m., Story Flix Club, read the book and then watch the movie “The BFG.”

Wednesday: 1 p.m., Homeschool Hub, library staff will conduct a home-school science fair and lead learning sessions; 4 p.m., Meet a Sheriff; 4:30-7:30 p.m., Shenandoah Valley Chess Club, lecture at 5:30 p.m. on chess basics and strategy; 6 p.m., Behind the Scenes library tour.

Thursday: 10:30 a.m., “Dreamwish” author Nicole Brady will read her new children’s book, children will also make a dreamcatcher; 6-8 p.m., Drawesome for ages 12-up.

Sept. 8: 10:30 a.m., family story time with interactive program on American Sign Language; 1-3 p.m., extracurricular activities fair for all ages; 2 p.m., Paws for Reading with certified therapy dogs.

Information: 540-662-9041.



Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts bingo every Tuesday. Doors open at 5 p.m. with early bird games followed by regular bingo at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 minimum and special games are extra.


Respite centers

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging operates two group respite centers, Our Place, in Shenandoah and Page counties for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through Friday.

Activities include crafts, music and exercises. A hot noon meal and snacks are provided. The cost of the program is based on a sliding-fee scale. Information: Sharon Elliot at 540-551-5620.



  • The Greene Turtle and Alamo Cinema & Drafthouse will host a bloodmobile from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Kernstown Commons Shopping Center. Green Turtle coupons will be available as a thank you, while supplies last.
  • American Woodmark will host a bloodmobile from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 561 Shady Elm Road, Winchester.

Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are encouraged by visiting www.donateblood.vablood.org.


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


Green Gossip

Sustainability Matters will host Green Gossip, a community discussion group that chats about gardening, nature and environmental issues, at noon Wednesday at Sal’s Bistro in Edinburg.



The Woodstock Museum will hold a program on sinkholes at 7 p.m. Thursday at Woodstock Town Hall.

The guest speaker will be Jack R. Moody, a retired geologist who spent more than 25 years with the Kentucky Geological Survey and the Kentucky Division of Water. Now a resident of Shenandoah County, Moody will discuss the geological evolution of the area and its unique features that contribute to sinkholes.

Information: Barbara Kesser at 540-335-2162 or email info@woodstockmuseumva.org.


La Leche

Bowman Library in Stephens City will host a La Leche meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday for breastfeeding mothers. Information: 540-869-9000.


Yard sale

The Women of the Moose Angels Relay for Life team will hold a yard sale starting at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday at the Winchester Moose Lodge across from Frederick Douglas Elementary School.


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 540-436-8503.



The Shenandoah County 4-H Exchange Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock. Information: 540-459-6140.



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