Community News & Events for March 15

Empty Bowl supper
The Empty Bowl Supper featuring soups prepared by six local chefs will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, 14 W. 1st St., Front Royal.

This year’s event will benefit House of Hope, Warren County’s rehabilitative homeless program for men. There will also be home-made breads, cookies, silent auction, basket bonanza with items donated by local businesses and private individuals and a one-of-a-kind bowl painted by professional potters, school children and others in the community to take home.

The Skyline High School Jazz Band and Heavenly Notes from Buckton Presbyterian Church will provide music.
Information: Maryann at 540-252-8479.

Breakfast, egg hunt
The Linden Volunteer Fire Department will host a breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to noon and an egg hunt from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 per person. Children under 3 eat for free. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be taken with the first 4 x 6 print free.

Cash party
North Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue will hold a cash party on Saturday at 186 Rosenberger Lane, Winchester. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Must be 21 to attend. Cost is $20.

Tickets, available from any member or sold at the door, are available by calling 540-877-9881 or 540-877-1388.

Country breakfast
North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 10 will hold a country breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 89 Rockland Road, Front Royal. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12 and free for children under 3.

Fair judging school
The District 4-H All Stars Leaders Conference and fair judging school will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah County Extension office in Woodstock. Information: 459-6140.

Chicken barbecue
A chicken barbecue to benefit the Shenandoah Christian Academy will be held Saturday at Tractor Supply in Woodstock. Chicken will be ready at 8:30 a.m.

Flea market
Connie’s Crusaders will sponsor an indoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Front Royal Church of the Brethren. Featured will be over 20 tables. Lunch will be available. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Dinner
The Church of the Rock will hold a fund-raising dinner starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at 20 E. 8th St., Front Royal.
Cost is $10 per person with a choice of baked chicken, fried chicken, ribs or fried fish with sides. Dinners are eat in, take out or delivery.

Orders: call Mary Bailey at 540-671-3674, Gwen Wimberly at 540-660-4735, the church at 844-635-7625 (toll free) or email Debra Lunsford at debralunsf@yahoo.com.

Chess club
The Bowman Library Chess Club will meet at 10 am. Saturday. Members of the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club will help participants learn to play or develop new moves. All ages and skill levels welcome. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

Flat Rock Cemetery
The Flat Rock Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Flat Rock Church of the Brethren in Mount Jackson. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held March 26.

Quilt Museum
The Virginia Quilt Museum will hold a quilting brunch and turning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 301 S. Main St., Harrisonburg. Following the buffet lunch, there will be show-and-tell of the first 10 registrants’ quilts with quilt historian Pam Pampe.

Tickets, which are $20 for members and $25 for non-members, include museum admission, brunch, program and door prize drawings.

Information, tickets: 540-433-3818 or www.vaquiltmuseum.org.

Samuels Library
Samuels Library will host a special story-time program at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards.Information: 540-635-3153.

Open house
Handley Library in Winchester will host a preschool/daycare open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

Food drive/fair
Bright Futures-Frederick County will hold a food drive and community fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its Distribution Center (the former Frederick County Public Schools Transportation facility), 178 Indian Hollow Road, Winchester.

Admission is free with a donation of non-perishable, child-friendly food items to benefit the Food Pack Program.

There will be children’s activities, vendor displays and refreshments for sale. Information: contact Nancy Mango at 540-667-2490 or mangon@fcpsk12.net.

Genealogy program
Margaret McMahon will present a program on Google for genealogy research from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Handley Library. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

Soup/sandwich luncheon
The Stepping Stones Community Action Team will sponsor a soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Boyce Volunteer Fire Company. A free will offering will be accepted to benefit Relay for Life-Clarke County.

Benefit bingo
A Vera Bradley, Silpada and Thirty-One bingo to benefit the Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship will be held Saturday at the John H. Enders Fire Hall in Berryville.

Doors open at 1 p.m., bingo starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Proceeds will provide scholarships for students wit special needs and funds to help care for the therapy horses and ponies.

Tickets/information: Margie Youngs at 540-533-2777 or brcthinc@hotmail.com.

Writers conference
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal is seeking local published authors to participate in a free writers conference from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Authorcon will include a special genre meet and greet as well as exhibits by participating authors. Traditional and self-published authors are welcome to participate.

Registration is required at http://bit.ly/authorcon2016-register. Information: Bill Powell at http://billpowell.org/contact/.

Auditions
Schultz Theater will hold auditions for its June production of “Elvis Has Left the Building” at 1:30 pm. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 9357 Congress St., New Market. Information: www.schultztheatre.com.

Ham/oyster supper
The Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department will hold a ham and oyster supper from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Dessert donations welcome. Information: www.fortvalleyfiredepartment.com.

Spaghetti dinner
The Shenandoah County 4-H Exchange Club will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Toms Brook United Methodist Church.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Take outs also available. Proceeds will benefit the Exchange Minnesota trip.

Steak dinner
Family Promise of Shenandoah County will hold a steak dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. There will also be a silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring a one-week stay on Chincoteague Island and a hand-pieced top, machine-quilted valley quilt. Jump Alley will provide entertainment.

Tickets, which are $20 for adults and $12 for children, are available at the Family Promise Family Center in Woodstock or Image Grafx in Edinburg. Information: 459-4599 or shenandoahfamilypromise.org.

Easter concerts
The Lebanon/St. Stephen’s Community Choir will present Easter concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Strasburg United Methodist Church and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Toms Brook United Methodist Church.

Quilters Guild
The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sunnyside Retirement Community, 100 Sunnyside Drive, Harrisonburg.

Local organizations who are recipients of the group’s service projects will talk about the impact the group is making on the lives of its neighbors. The morning will include show and tell, president’s challenge quilt reveal and competition, raffle, door prizes and refreshments. Following the general meeting, members will work together on hospice quilts, pet shelter pillows and cancer pillows and totes.

No advance reservation or fee is required. Afternoon participants should bring a sack lunch and basic sewing supplies.

Bake sale
Mt. Olivet Church of the Brethren will sponsor a bake sale to benefit Relay for Life from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Randy’s Do-It-Best Hardware in Timberville.

School news
A group of 18 Randolph-Macon Academy students competed in the Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair on March 8 at James Madison University. The following students won gold medals by the Broadcom Masters program of the Society for Science:

Eighth grader Jonathan Bunker, of Berryville, for his project “To Kill a Germ” examining bacterial growth and disinfectants.

Eighth grader Lawrence Carvana, of Washington, D.C., for his project “Does Exercise Effect Memory.”

Sixth grader Alex Self, of Front Royal, who also received the Air Force Achievement Award, for his project “Distillation of Water.”

Seventh grader Autumn Thomas, of Linden, for her project on how the emotions of a horse impact its stride, gait and responsiveness.

Broadcom Masters winners are nominated to compete in a national competition for being in the top 10 percent of sixth, seventh and eighth grade participants at the regional fair.

School news
The Signal Knob Middle School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter has been volunteering at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, making dog toys and held a coin drive in February to benefit the animals.

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