Community News & Events: Aug. 8


Chapter 180 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is holding a “Treats Trees” raffle in support of Alzheimer’s Research.

The chapter will have a booth Saturday at the Stephens City Commons during the Yard Crawl. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 for a chance to win one of two treat trees filled with restaurant coupons, gift certificates and gift cards.

Open house

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

The Center’s scientists will offer an overview of research projects and outreach efforts through hands-on activities, posters and wagon-ride tours at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. of the experimental vineyards and orchards. Drinks and locally- made desserts available. Held rain or shine.

Information: Debra Marple at 540-869-2560 or dmarple@vt.edu.


Elaine Specht with the Northern Shenandoah Master Gardener Association will present “Save Seeds, Save Money and (Maybe) Save the Planet” at the next garden talk from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bowman Library in Stephens City.

Attendance is free. No registration is required. Information: 540-869-9000.


The final film in the Old Town Winchester summer classic movie night series will feature Orson Wells’ “Citizen Kane” (rated PG) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Taylor Pavilion.

Admission is free. Attendees should bring their own chairs/blankets. In case of rain, the movie will be shown at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Boscawen Street.


Shenandoah County Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 9 a.m. to noon at Lowe’s in Woodstock. Information: 459-6140.


The Petco Foundation will present Waggin’ for Dragons, a boat race featuring 17 teams of 21 paddlers and one drummer, to benefit the Warren County Humane Society starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Front Royal Country Club, 902 Country Club Road.

Parking for spectators will be available in the Target parking lot. The Front Royal Trolley will make runs to the race starting at 8 a.m. Food and drinks will be available. Information: www.wagginfordragons.com.

Picnic, party

Gravel Springs Lutheran Church will hold a picnic and yard party starting at noon Saturday at 1870 S. Pifer Road, Star Tannery.

Five of a Kind will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Food will be available starting at 4:30 p.m. Held rain or shine. Bring your lawn chair. Proceeds benefit church maintenance.


Selah Theatre Project will hold auditions from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday for its September and October performances of “The Laramie Project,” a docudrama about the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, at 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal.

Teen and adult actors are needed to play over 50 characters. Large and small parts are available for all levels of experience.

Those auditioning should prepare a one- to two-minute dramatic monologue. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 18. Information: 540-686-5185.


The Bemis family will hold a reunion at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Rotary shelter in W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock.

Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish and drinks. Paper products will be provided.

Volunteers needed

The Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship needs lesson volunteers for its eight-week fall session which begins Sept. 10 at 644 Lime Marl Lane, Millwood.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Equine experience required for the position of horse leader, and is preferred but not required for side-walkers.

An orientation will be held for trainees at 6 p.m. Aug. 30, followed by several hands-on training sessions the following week.

Information: 540-533-2777 or email brcthinc@hotmail.com.


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