Community News & Events for Oct. 27

Blood drive canceled
The Rotary Club of New Market blood drive scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

Walker meet/greet
Rich Walker, who is a candidate for Shenandoah County District 3 Board of Supervisors, will be at the following locations to meet with voters:
• Wednesday: 6:30-8 p.m., at Fort Valley Fire Department.
• Thursday: 6:30-8 p.m., at Edinburg Fire Department.

Pancake breakfast
St. Stephens Lutheran Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at 15737 Back Road, Strasburg. A free will offering will be accepted to benefit the building fund.

Rubbermaid sale
A Rubbermaid product sale to benefit the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Belk parking lot at Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester.

Fall/Christmas bazaar
Mt. Olive United Methodist Church will hold a fall and Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Included will be white elephant items, local crafters, gifts, baked goods and lunch will be sold. Proceeds benefit Baylee Scott and the church building fund.

Farmer’s market
The Front Royal Farmer’s Market will end its season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Gazebo area of Main and Chester streets.
Season-ending activities will include music, face painting and a scarecrow costume contest for ages 13 and under. The best scarecrow will receive $25 plus a basket of market products. Information:

Library program
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold the following activities on Saturday:
• Fall family story time: 11 a.m., program on trees presented by the Tree Stewards.
• Discuss This: 2 p.m., for ages 14 to 20 to meet others inspired by good books, articles, movies and art or who write, draw or play music.
Information: Kathy at 540-635-3153.

Trunk r’ treat
Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City will hold trunk r’ treat, a safe and fun Halloween alternative event with games and treats, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lantern tours
The Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market will hold lantern tours every 15 minutes from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday.
Costumed interpreters will share spine-tingling stories from the evening after the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864, as you walk in the footsteps of Union and Confederate soldiers, VMI cadets and the Bushong family.
Tickets, which are $10 for adults, $5 for youth 6 to 17 or free for ages 5 and younger, may be purchased at the gate. Information: 740-3101, toll free at 866-515-1864 or

Dementia/Alzheimer’s program
Valley Health Behavioral Health and Dutch Haven Assisted Living & Memory Care will sponsor “Planning and Preparing for the Road Ahead-Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care” from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 at the Winchester Medical Center Conference Center.
Guest speakers will be neurologist Dr. Mariecken Fowler, psychiatrist Dr. James Lizer and Robert Schaefer, author of “Alzheimer’s-the Identity Thief of the 21st Century.”
The event is free. A continental breakfast will be available. Seating is limited. Information/registration: Linda at 540-327-3083 or

Nominations accepted
Wednesday is the deadline for nominations of People Incorporated of Virginia’s Garland Thayer and Henderson awards, founders of the Hayter’s Gap Community Club, the group’s original name.
Each year People Incorporated recognizes the contributions of community leaders, advocates and volunteers who embody the organization’s mission, which provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to improve their lives, their families and their communities.
Nomination forms can be found at Information: Carolyn Steffey at 276-623-9000 or

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