Community News & Events for Dec. 9 paper

Bazaar/bake sale
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a craft bazaar and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 810 Fairfax St., Stephens City.

Pancake breakfast
A pancake breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 E. Strasburg Road, Front Royal.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

4-H
The Fort Valley 4-H Club and Cloverbuds will meet at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the community center. Information: 459-6140.

Chain of Checks
The 30th annual WINC-FM Chain of Checks campaign is gearing up for the Match-Day Radiothon on Thursday and Friday, where $15,000 can turn into $30,000.

This year, the Chain of Checks will benefit two important nonprofit organizations:
• The ChildSafe Center, which provides support therapy services to about 250 child abuse victims and their non-offending caretakers in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
• Blue Ridge Hospice, which will use the grant money to provide bereavement counseling and programs for school-age children.

Phone in donations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days by calling 540-662-9462 or 800-662-9462. Donations may also be made online at www.winc.fm and www.chainofchecks.com, or brought to the WINC studio at 520 N. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. A Chain of Checks kiosk at Apple Blossom Mall will also receive donations Thursday through Saturday.

Tri-State Nissan, Reynolds Pumpkin Farm, White House Foods and the Bowman Charitable Trust are challenging the community to raise $15,000 before 7 p.m. Friday. If accomplished, they will match each dollar for dollar.

The Chain of Checks Campaign continues through Dec. 31 with online, walk-in or mail-in donations to P.O. Box 3300, Winchester 22604. In addition, area businesses that are partners in “The Chain of Checks 50 Friends” campaign will continue to display their “Change Jars to Change Lives’ through Dec. 31.

Woodstock Rotary
This year, over 170 new coats are being provided to children in the Shenandoah Valley by the Rotary Club of Woodstock, according to Coats for Kids Committee Chair Rich Church. Coats for Kids has been an annual Rotary project for more than a decade along with fund-raising projects like the Christmas cash raffle now in progress.

On Dec. 4, Rotarians, led by Michael Beasley, participated in the Christmas parade in Woodstock, providing Santa and the antique fire engine that carried him downtown.

That same evening, a new street clock was dedicated at the old courthouse, a gift to the town from the 91-year-old Rotary Club of Woodstock. Heading this project was Woodstock Police Chief Eric L. Reiley.

On Christmas Eve morning, Rotarians and their families will gather to fill Christmas packages for families and the elderly. Gifts may contain food, clothes, toys and/or essentials, according to project head Blake Phillips. Packages will be distributed by noon by a caravan of delivery vehicles led by Santa, this year played by Hank Zimmerman.

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