Community News & Events: Oct. 13

Shower

A birthday card shower is planned for Tammy D. Craig, who will celebrate her birthday Tuesday. Cards can be sent to 776 Pinewoods Road, Quicksburg, Virginia 22847.

Breakfast

The Strasburg Community Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Museum

The following volunteers are scheduled at the Strasburg Museum:

Sunday: morning, Sue Foster; afternoon, Doris Baker and Pat Clem.

Monday: morning, C.J. Borden and Gary Davis; afternoon, Polly Wilson.

Tuesday: morning, Trina Bailey; afternoon, Terry Goad and Nookie Horan.

Wednesday: morning, Jackie Richard; afternoon, Tom Knowles.

Thursday: morning, Bob and Ida Smith; afternoon, Ann McElyea and Carolyn McKiernan.

Friday: morning, Howard and Mary Paige; afternoon, Gloria Stickley and Sue Mariotti.

Saturday: morning, Lynn and Margo; afternoon, Ellsworth and Rubye Stickley.

Fair

Shenandoah County Public Schools’ Special Education Committee will hold its annual Transition and Disabilities Resource Fair from 3 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock.

The event is for students, families and community members who are interested in the resources available to people with disabilities from infant to adults.

Information: Sandy at 459-6716.

Assistance

The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for its Christmas Assistance-Angel Tree program from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester.

Residents of Clarke and Frederick counties and Winchester may apply. No make-up dates are be scheduled. Information: 540-662-4777.

Food distribution

The Compassion Cupboard will distribute food from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at 533 Burgess St., Strasburg. Information: 465-9476.

Library

Children will have a chance to meet firefighters from the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company and see a fire truck up close during the Shenandoah County Library’s preschool story time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Library

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold the following programs for children and adults:

• The Maker Club (for school-age children): 4:30 p.m., Tuesday. Children should bring a pumpkin for carving.

• Books and Beyond book club: 10 a.m., Wednesday featuring the book “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

• Toddler story time: 10:15 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

• Preschool story time: 11 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

• Vibes in the Libes: 12:30 p.m., Oct. 20 featuring Kevin Owens, a magician from Front Royal, and musician John Kovac, who will play the harp. Those attending should bring a bag lunch.

Homebuyers

People Inc. and Blue Ridge Housing Network will host a homebuyer’s education class in Spanish from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 25 at Las Trancas Restaurant in Woodstock.

Participants receive a free copy of the VHDA’s Homebuyers Handbook and a completion certificate that fulfills the education requirements of some loans and down-payment assistance programs.

Information: Valerie Roth at 459-6436, email vroth@peopleinc.net or register online at www.vhda.com/FreeClass.

School news

Farm Bureau has awarded a $500 grant through its Agriculture in the Classroom program “Connecting Children to Agriculture” to Strasburg Future Farmers of America to fund its “Agricultural Literacy in the Elementary School” program.

Strasburg FFA will use this grant to enhance its agricultural literacy programs at Sandy Hook Elementary School. FFA members work with kindergarten through second grade classes to teach students more about agriculture.

Projects planned include making ice cream in a bag and making an edible soil profile.

FFA members travel to the school each month to provide a 30-minute agricultural lesson along with a hands-on activity. The culmination of this program is Fun Farming Day in May. FFA members set up stations at the school that incorporate different aspects of animal agriculture as well as farm animals. The students have the opportunity to pet animals, plant a seed to take home and  milk a cow.

During the fall and spring, first- and second-grade classes visit Strasburg High School to learn more about natural resources and animal agriculture through stations that are set up at the school’s land laboratory and greenhouse. The fall visit focuses on natural resources and wildlife while the spring visit focuses on animal and plant agriculture.

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