Community News & Events for March 9

Kooky chefs
Kooky Chefs, for ages 7 and up, will cook from literature at 11 a.m. Saturday at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal.
Youth attending will have a chance to try magic beans, lumpy peas and gingerbread houses.
Registration is required by calling 540-635-3153.

Gardening series
Harry Reed, president of Friends of Shenandoah River State Park, will talk about easy ways to grow plant varieties that will have your garden popping with color in the oddest of months for a series of lectures sponsored by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Samuels Public library in Front Royal.
Information: 540-635-3153.

Children’s program
The Basye-Orkney Community Library will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a program for children at 6:30 pm. Saturday. Children will have an opportunity to listen to stories, enjoy craft projects, Irish music, dancing, games, refreshments and a chance to win a prize to take home.

Easter concerts
The Lebanon/St. Stephen’s Community Choir will present Easter concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Middletown Presbyterian Church and 7 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.

Chili dinner
The Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department will hold a chili dinner with 50/50 bingo to benefit member Chris Campbell at 4 p.m. Saturday. An offering will be accepted.

Spring bazaar
Over 40 vendors will be featured at the Greenwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue Auxiliary’s spring bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 809 Greenwood Road, Winchester.

The Auxiliary will serve breakfast until 11 a.m. and lunch the remainder of the day. Door prizes will be given. Information: Faith at 540-313-5470.

Fort Valley 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.

Speaker series
Millwood resident and retina specialist Jack Carter will talk about color perception at the Long Branch Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Sunday in Boyce. Carter has adapted his material from a series of lectures he first delivered at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Tickets are $25 per lecture or $100 for the whole series. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.
Information: 540-837-1856 or www.visitlongbranch.org.

Volunteers needed
The Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship is seeking lesson volunteers for its eight-week spring session that begins the week of April 11. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Equine experience is required for the position of horse leader, and is preferred, but not required, for side-walkers.

An orientation for trainees will be held at 6 p.m. March 23 followed by several hands-on trainings the following week at the farm at 644 Lime Marl Lane in Millwood.

Registration, information: Margie Youngs at 540-533-2777 or brcthinc@hotmail.com.

Diabetes program
March 25 is the deadline to register to attend a free program on balanced living with diabetes sponsored by the Shenandoah County Extension office from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 31 for four weeks.

The program is for people who are diabetic, pre-diabetic or interested in learning how to prevent and control diabetes. There will also be a three-month follow-up session.

Registration, information: Rebecca Davis at 540-665-5699 or rdavis58@vt.edu.

College news
The following students at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City earned degrees on Feb. 6:
• Adina McInturff, of Fort Valley, earned a master’s in mathematics education.
• Melissa Ritter, of Middletown, earned a bachelor’s in health informatics.
• Denise Klein, of Stephens City, earned a master’s in curriculum and instruction.
• Ebony Gonzalez, of Stephens City, earned a master’s in health care management.
• Lorri Baldwin, of Stephens City, earned a bachelor’s in nursing.
• Katherine Klus, of Woodstock, earned a master’s in mathematics education.

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