Community News & Events: Oct. 26

Showers

• A card shower is planned for Bill and Sylvia Pearson, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. Cards can be sent to P.O. Box 47, Maurertown 22644. An open-house celebration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of Heather and Mike Ashley, 505 W. Locust St., Woodstock.

• A card shower is planned for Dennis Foltz, who will celebrate his 70th birthday Nov. 1. Cards can be sent to 12865 S. Middle Road, Edinburg 22824.

Kick-off

Relay for Life of Shenandoah County will hold a kick-off celebration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the County Department of Fire & Rescue at the Government Center in Woodstock.

A spaghetti dinner will be served for a donation. Attendees will be entered in a raffle to have proceeds from the dinner added to their fundraising total.

The group is looking for participants, teams, cancer survivors, caregivers, sponsors and volunteers.

Information: 540-820-8805 or email Whitney Minnick at whitney.minnick@cancer.org.

Barbecue

Woodstock American Legion Post 199 will sell chicken barbecue starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at 411 S. Muhlenberg St. Call-ahead orders: 459-2241.

Breakfast

Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire will sponsor a breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Luke’s Backpack

Saumsville Christian Church will be “Filling a Trailer” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday to benefit Luke’s Backpack at 2035 Saumsville Road, Maurertown.

A list of needed single serving-sized foods can be found at www.svlm.org.

Dinner

The West Shenandoah Ruritan Club will hold an oyster and ham dinner beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Orkney Springs Hotel.

The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Carry-outs available.

Party

The Conicville Volunteer Fire Department will host a Halloween party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday for children up to 12 years old. Featured will be games, coloring contest, snacks and a costume-judging contest at 3 p.m.

Lecture

The Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts (VECCA) will sponsor a free lecture by Jill Turner Darnell on “Motivation for Publication: One Author’s Story” at 2 p.m. Sunday at 7 East Gallery in Woodstock. Light refreshments provided. Information: 434-922-2029 or email veccarts@gmail.com.

Walk

Response Inc. will hold a candlelight walk in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month through the town of New Market at 6:15 p.m. Monday starting at the town’s parking lot.

Fundraiser

The Phoenix Project in Front Royal, a nonprofit organization that serves domestic violence survivors, is participating in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, an annual fundraising competition in October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The top fundraisers have the opportunity to win grand prize cash donations totaling $700,000. Participating organizations, called Community Partners, in each division will compete for $350,000 in grand prizes and Bonus Challenges.

Teams that raise the most online during the challenge in each division can win up to $100,000 with extra opportunities to win another $115,000.

The organization is seeking donations to help those in abusive relationships. Examples of what donations go toward are: $25 for one hour of services for a victim; $50 for food for a victim; $75 for one-hour of counseling for an adult and two children; $100 for food for a family; $125 for one night of safe housing; $150 to change the locks on a home.

Donations can be made by calling Melanie at 540-635-2302, email Melanie@phoenix-project.org or visit www.tinyurl.com/y83soa6w.

R-MA

Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal has received a $5,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) grant from the Toshiba America Foundation.

The grant will be used to purchase a tabletop microcentrifuge, a shaking incubator, and micropipettes that will be used by   the biotechnology class to explore DNA technology.

Paul Hickey, director of sales for Toshiba America Information Systems, presented the check on Oct. 18 to  Nicholas Bongio, the school’s science teacher, who applied for the grant.

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