Community News & Events for March 11

Chess tournament
The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club will hold a junior chess tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Handley Library in Winchester. The tournament is open to all students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Information: Aimee Gangai at 540-662-9041, ext. 21 or agangai@handleregional.org.

Art Month reception
The Shenandoah Arts Council will hold a reception to open its youth art month exhibition from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 811 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Information: 540-667-5166 or www.shenarts.org.

Applique Society
The Shenandoah Valley Applique Society will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg.
Information: Jan Hood at 459-8118.

Food distribution
The Bread of Life Food Pantry in Woodstock will distribute food from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling 459-1928.

SJHS reunion
A meeting to plan a reunion for members of the Stonewall Jackson High School class of 1976 will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Denny’s Restaurant in Mount Jackson. Information: 477-3806.

Compassion Cupboard
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.

Poetry contest
March 31 is the deadline to enter a poetry contest celebrating National Poetry Month sponsored by Selah Theatre in Front Royal.

To enter the contest, writers should email up to three poems in in a Word document as an attachment to hdavis67@gmail.com.
Poems should loosely explore or take off from the theme “Where I’m From.” They may touch on a wide variety of subjects and can be in any style. Winners will be chosen in two age categories: 13 to 18 and 19 and older.

Winners will be honored at a fundraising event for Backpack Buddies, which fills backpacks with nutritious foods for underserved children who attend E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. The event will be held at 7 p.m. April 23 at 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal, and will showcase local poetry, live music and the creation of a group mural and poem. Everyone attending is invited to wear clothes that express the theme whether those include fedoras, feather boas, kilts, or kimonos. A reception with food and drink will follow. Admission is $5.

Information: www.selahtheatreproject.org.

Community Foundation
In 2015, the Shenandoah Community Foundation passed a milestone, awarding more than $1 million in student scholarships and grants to other nonprofit and governmental organizations. In 2015, the foundation awarded more than $145,500, which included more than $72,000 in scholarships to county high school graduates. At year’s end, the foundation’s assets totaled $2.846 million.

According to Foundation President Jeff Dalke, “We now have almost 60 separate funds. These funds have been established by individuals and organizations in the county, and include scholarship funds, donor-advised funds, agency funds and unrestricted funds. Grants from all of these different funds helped the Foundation pass its $1 million milestone.”

For more information about the foundation, call 540-459-7737, email shencommunityfoundation@gmail.com or www.shenandoahCF.org.

School news
Chelsea Academy announced the names of student athletes recognized by their coaches for demonstrating outstanding skill, effort and courage during the 2015-2016 basketball season. They are:

• Varsity girls: Bridget August, most valuable player; Rose Norris, most improved; Anastasia Puray, Joan of Arc.
• Varsity boys; Chris Bergida, most valuable player, Kevin Chen, most improved; Andrew Hunt, Richard the Lionheart.
• Junior varsity boys: Tommy Du, most valuable player; James Chen, most improved; Nick Yhoa, Richard the Lionheart.
• Middle school girls: Agnes Wingate, most valuable player; Katie Hartley, most improved; Erika Nittinger, Joan of Arc.
• Middle school boys: Michael Townsend, most valuable player; Joe Hillaert, most improved; John August, Richard the Lionheart.

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