Community News & Events for May 5

Book week
Handley Library will celebrate Children’s Book Week at 10:30 a.m. Monday for children 3 and older.
Featured will be stories of Mo Willems and his pigeon, elephant and piggie stories. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

Defense class
Lord Fairfax Community College will host a rape aggression defense class for women from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Student Union Building. Cost is $25. Registration required by texting 540-247-7343 or emailing studentlife@lfcc.edu.

Teen board
The Teen Advisory Board, open to middle- and high-school students, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Bowman Library in Stephens City.
The group plans and presents events and advises on library materials. Information: Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 ext. 215.

Humane Society
The Humane Society of Warren County and Alley Cat Allies will host a workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Front Royal Fire Department on how to help outdoor community cats through advocacy and the Trap Neuter Return. Information: 301-771-1561.

4-H meetings
The following Shenandoah County 4-H clubs will hold meetings:
• New Market 4-H Club and Cloverbuds: 6:30 p.m., Monday at Reformation Lutheran Church.
• St. Luke-Saumsville 4-H Club and Cloverbuds: 7 p.m., Tuesday at Saumsville Christian Church.
• Shenandoah County 4-H Livestock Club: 7 p.m., Tuesday at Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren.
Information: 459-6140.

Parks/Rec activities
The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following activities being held at the County Community Center in Front Royal:
• Mah Jongg Players Club: 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays through May 31. Cost: $6 per player, must bring players card.
• Learn to play Mah Jongg: 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays through May 25. $15 per player or $6 if you have a player card.
• Justifiable Use of Force class: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 14, cosponsored by Defensive Firearms of Virginia. Cost: $35. Seating limited. Children 10 and older must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required. Information: 540-635-1021 or Rex King at DFV357@yahoo.com.
• Take award-winning photos: 10:30 a.m.-noon, May 14 and 21 for ages 12 and older. Cost: $35. Seating limited. Preregistration required: 540-635-1021.
• Painting class: 6-9 p.m., starting May 19, for women only. Led by local painter Kelly Walker. Cost: $30. Preregistration required by calling 540-635-1021.
• Ballet I: 6:30-7:15 p.m., Tuesdays, May 24-June 28, at R.E.S. Youth Center, for ages 4-9. Designed for beginner or first/second-year dance student. Open to boys and girls. Cost: $55 per student. Information: zumba.lizi@gmail.com.
Information: 540-252-4252 or wcccinfo@warrencountyva.net.

Zinio workshop
The Handley Regional Library will present a workshop on Zinio, the library’s eMagazine service, from 6 to 7 p.m. May 17 at Bowman Library in Stephens City.
The workshop is free but preregistration is required by calling 540-869-9000, ext. 203.

Computer class
May 17 is the deadline to register for a basic computer class sponsored by the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 8 p.m. May 24 at the county Government Center in Woodstock for ages 55 and older. Information, registration: 459-6777.

Alzheimer’s program
Samuels Library in Front Royal will host an educational program by the Alzheimer’s Association on effective communication strategies at 6 p.m. May 18.
Guest speaker Bob Bell will discuss how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, how to decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and how to identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each phase of the disease.
Registration required. Information: www.samuelslibrary.net.

Money management
The Virginia Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers interested in helping families learn skills to manage their finances more effectively.
The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. starting May 19 in Woodstock. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Volunteers will receive 30 hours of in-depth training and provide a minimum of 50 hours of service to the program.
Information: Karen Poff at 540-635-4549 or kpoff@vt.edu.

Church campaign
Abba’s House at My Church in Woodstock, known for its Keep the Change food pantry that feeds several hundred people each month, is kicking off its Together Campaign: Together We Pray, Together We Plan, Together We Possess This Land.
The endeavor is being launched to seek funds to purchase the church property. In addition to the food pantry, the church also offers prison ministries and one of the largest Kingdom Kids Ministries in the area.
Tax-deductible donations may be made by visiting http://www.mychurch-va.com/ and clicking on the Together tab, or through the mail to 23749 Old Valley Pike, Woodstock 22664.

Earth Day pick-up
A volunteer group, made up primarily of Stonewall Elementary School teachers, celebrated Earth Day by picking up 720 pounds of roadside litter along Martinsburg Pike on March 23. Those participating included DeDe Semler, Becky Shollay, Liz Charrier, Melissa Remsburg, Cassie Powers, Cheryl DeCeault, Maddy Remsburg and Carrie White.

SPCA donation
On April 28, Bobby Williams, of Subaru of Winchester, presented a check in the amount of $14,575 to the SPCA of Winchester at the WINC-FM studio in Winchester.
The money raised comes directly from the December 2015 Subaru “Share the Love” event. According to Williams “this check is the most we’ve raised over the last three years, bringing our three-year total to over $37,000.”

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