Community News & Events for April 20

Library series

Front Royal art historian Ben Glenn II will lead a free three-part series examining the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and others at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal.

The series will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and May 10 and 17. Information: 540-635-3153.

Card shower

A card shower is planned for Naomi Heishman, who will celebrate her 85th birthday on April 30. Cards can be sent to 433 Mill Road, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Food drive

The 3rd Annual Spring Food Drive to benefit the Warren County Backpack Program will take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Royal Plaza and Wal-Mart. Donations will help feed children in Front Royal and Warren County over weekends during the summer. For more information or to volunteer, visit WCBP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warrencountybackpackprogram

4-H contest

The Northern District 4-H Contest Day will be held at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Warren County High School. Information: 540-459-6140.


Rotary gala

The Rotary Club of Warren County will hold its 10th Anniversary Gala “Diamonds and Sapphires” 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. The event will feature dinner, music and a deejay for dancing, raffles and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $85 per person including dinner and a chance to win a $1,500 cash prize. Attire is black tie optional. Proceeds support the club’s service projects. Information/tickets: rotarywarrencounty@gmail.com or any Rotary member.

Birthday dinner

St. Paul Lutheran Church-Jerome will hold its annual Birthday Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday.

VFR supper

The Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Auxiliary will hold a Turkey or Oyster Supper starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children younger than 12. Takeouts also available. Please use side door.

Pot pie dinner

Saumsville Christian Church will hold a Sloppy Ham Pot Pie at 4 p.m. Saturday. A free will offering will benefit the Cemetery Fund.

Library programs

The New Market Library will sponsor a program on Grandma Moses at 3 p.m. Saturday by Historian Nancy Sorrels. Anna Mary Robertson, known as Grandma Moses, moved to Augusta County in 1887 and did not start painting until her 70th birthday. Much of her artwork depicts scenes from her nearly two decades in the Shenandoah Valley. Information: Beverly Butterfield at 540-335-5396 or bsbutter7@gmail.com.

Handley Regional Library will host “Researching Your Native American Ancestors” 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the library auditorium. The program will be presented by Nellie Adkins, a Virginia Native American, as she takes genealogists on a tour of local native history and the challenges in this area of genealogical research. Information: www.handleyregional.org

Samuels Public Library will host a three-part lecture series by Ben Glenn 6:30-8 p.m. May 3, 10 and 17. Glenn will explore the art of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and others from the Pop Art counterculture phenomenon of the 1960s. Advanced registration is required. Information: 540-635-3150.

Liz’s Tea

Liz’s Tea, a fundraiser for the Liz Kleese Scholarship Fund, will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg. Tickets are $12 at the door. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes.


Sky Meadows State Park rangers, volunteers, Virginia Master Naturalists and others are teaming up for BioBlitz 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The event is to survey the wide variety of plants, animals, birds, fungi, salamanders and other organisms found throughout Virginia. Activities are free with a $5 parking fee. Information: 540-592-3556 or www.virginiastateparks.gov.

5K Fun Run

The Randolph Macon Academy Air Force JROTC will host a 5K Fun Run beginning at 11 a.m. April 23. The event is in recognition of JROTC’s 100th anniversary. Registration is $30. Registration or information: http://bit.ly/JROTCrun.

Chess Club

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

Health forum

Handley Regional Library in Winchester will host the fourth Community Health Forum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The topic will be “Living and Dying With Our Choices: Community Impact of Risk Behaviors and Narcotics” with Cee Ann Davis as the moderator.

Speakers include Dr. Charles Devine III; registered nurse April Jenkins; councilor Rhonda Collins; Tobacco Control Coordinator Nelly Dahl and Lt. Wallace Stotlemyer, of the Winchester Police Department. Doors open at 10 a.m. For information, contact Barbara Dickinson at 540-662-6046, ext 31, or friends@handleyregional.org.

Chicken BBQs

A chicken BBQ by Shawn Rutz will be held Saturday at Tractor Supply in Woodstock to benefit the Massanutten Antique Tractor Club. Chicken will be ready at 8:30 a.m.

Powhatan Ruritan Club will hold a chicken BBQ on Saturday at the Strasburg Museum. Chicken will be ready at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the club’s community projects.


Laurel Hill Christian Church will hold a Craft Bazaar 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There will be approximately 20 vendors. Food will also be available including homemade soup, cakes and pies and much more. The church is located 8 miles west of Strasburg.

Applique Society

The Shenandoah Valley Applique Society will meet 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Edinburg Library’s activities room. Anyone interested in the art of applique is invited to attend. For information, call Jan Hood at 540-459-8118.


The 2016 Symphony of Stitches Symposium will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at St. Paul’s Heritage Center. The one-day event includes talks as well as a “Show and Tell” session. This year’s emphasis will be on the evolution of cookware and the economy and extravagance in dress. Cost is $35 for the full day or $20 for a half-day. Bring a lunch. All proceeds benefit the Edinburg Mill Museum/Edinburg Heritage Foundation. Information: stitches@gmail.com or 540-984-9309.

Faith Lutheran

Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley will hold an Indoor Yard Sale at 8 a.m. Saturday. A light breakfast and lunch will be available. Rain or shine.

Master Gardeners

The Extension Master Gardener Help Desk will be available 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the South Street Barn Market in the American Legion parking lot in Woodstock. The Help Desk will answer home horticultural questions. Information: 540-459-6140.

Yard sale

The Columbia Furnace United Methodist Church will hold an Indoor Yard Sale 7 a.m.-noon Saturday. Glassware, baskets, dishes, clothes, wall decorations, jewelry, books, toys, freebies and much more. Proceeds will benefit Outreach Ministries.

Nature Backpacks

The Handley Regional Library will participate in the Virginia Public Libraries “Nature Backpacks” program now through the fall. Each branch of the library system will have four backpacks available to checkout, each containing laminated sheets of discovery activities and information on visiting state parks and geocaching information on the Virgina Trail-Quest, exploration tips, a large magnifier and more. There will also be a free park pass valued at $66 to be used at any of the 36 Virginia state parks. For information, contact Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000, ext 215 or dhughes@handleyregional.org.

Rotary 5K

The Rotary Club of New Market will sponsor the “Up the Creek”‘ 5K race  May 14 on the Creek Course at the Shenvalee Golf Course. Registration will be 6:45-7:45 a.m. at the Shenvalee outside patio with the race starting promptly at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20 before May 9 and $25 after May 9. Proceeds will benefit such projects as the New Market Food Pantry, BSA Troop 117, Stonewall Jackson Prom night and International Polio Plus. Registration forms are available at Valley Sports Connection in New Market or online at www.newmarketrotaryclub.net. Questions/information: contact Jerry Biller at 540-246-2622.

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