Community News & Events for Jan. 19

Prayer service
The Front Royal Warren County Ministerial Association will sponsor a Service of Prayer for Christian Unity at 7 p.m. today at the Front Royal United Methodist Church. The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Youtha Hardsman-Cromwell.

Rotary club
The Mount Jackson-Edinburg Rotary Club will meet at 8 a.m. today at Denny’s in Mount Jackson. The guest speaker will be Chief Jeff Sterner of the Mount Jackson Police Department.

Music series
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host Annie & Mac during its lunchtime music series at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch. Information: 540-635-3153.

Blood drive
The Strasburg Moose Lodge will host a community blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at the lodge.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter “Strasburg.”

Heritage Day
The Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society will hold a free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Snow date is Jan. 30.

Expert genealogist Shelley Murphy will present Genealogy 101 at 10:30 a.m. and Beginner Challenges of African American Genealogy Research at 1:30 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. society members will host an online guidance station to introduce researchers to genealogy resources, websites and software.

Door prizes will include a one-year genealogical computer family subscription from either Fold3, Ancestry Academy, Ancestry.com World Explorer or Newspapers.com. There will also be a drawing for Family TreeMaker software.

Space is limited. Information, registration: 540-662-1473.

The Main Street Singers will hold auditions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center in Luray for its spring performance in May.
Audition time slots must be reserved. Information: 540-743-4947 or email tpborgie@gmail.com.

Health forums
Handley Regional Library in Winchester will offer a series of six community health forums.

The first forum, to be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, will be “Community Health 101: How Do We Measure Up and What Can We Do About It?”

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Cee Davis, director of Blue Ridge Community Health, and Aliana Havrilla, a community coach at County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

Future forums will be held Feb. 27, March 26, April 23, May 21 and June 25.

Information: Barbara Dickinson at 540-662-6046, ext. 31 or email friends@handleyregional.org.

Library program
Samuels Library in Front Royal will host Chess and More at 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 6 and up. Registration required. Information, registration: 540-635-3153.

The Blue Ridge Singers are holding auditions through Jan. 31 for tenors and bases and for a limited number of altos and sopranos. The group’s repertoire includes music by composers Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Runestad, Paulus, Wilberg, Whitacre and Hogan in addition to selections from the Renaissance, 17th-20th centuries and Broadway classics.

Information: www.blueridgesingers.com.

Health care enrollment
The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic in Woodstock offers free and confidential assistance to people in Shenandoah, Warren, Page, Clarke and Frederick counties who are uninsured and need help in applying for health insurance. The deadline to apply for coverage is Jan. 31 or a tax penalty averaging $965 could be assessed.

Government subsidies are available, based on household income, which covers up to 94 percent of comprehensive health coverage. Children under 19 may be covered under the Virginia FAMIS program. Households below 100 percent of the federal poverty level must apply for a waiver.

Information: Scott at 459-1700.

Pageant applications
Feb. 1 is the deadline to apply for the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department’s Miss Strasburg Honorary Fire Chief pageant.

Females between 16 and 21, as of April 1, and who have a Strasburg address are eligible.

Information: Wendy Williams at 703-853-8729 or wendy.williams@navient.com.

College news
Cheyenne Herbrandt, of Star Tannery, was named to the dean’s list at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College for the fall semester.
Herbrandt is taking college courses while finishing her senior year at East Hardy High School in Baker, West Virginia.

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