Community News & Events

Polk reception
A reception will be held for Eugene Polk, who will celebrate his 82nd birthday on Sunday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Dutch Haven Adult Care Residence, 257 Toll House Road, Maurertown. Cards can also be mailed to him at 257 Toll House Road, Maurertown 22644.

Art show
Loving Arms Assisted Living in Front Royal will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to open an art show with works from “Let Art Live On,” on display through July 5. All artwork on display will be available for purchase.

Handley Library
Handley Library in Winchester will hold the following programs:
• Book talk: 7 p.m., Wednesday featuring Lynn Lowin, author of “Will’s War,” a Civil War period piece set in and around Winchester. Lowin will also be at the Winchester Book Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Dance party: 10:30 a.m., Friday. Theme is “Pete, the Cat” based on the children’s series written by Eric Litwin.
Litwin will perform all of the “Pete the Cat” songs at 7 p.m. June 21 at Daniel Morgan Middle School. Information: Aimee Gangai at 540-662-9041, ext. 21 or email:

Library programs
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will offer the following programs:
• Summer memory scrapbook workshop: 11 a.m., Friday for ages 7 and up.
• Veggies with a story: 11 a.m., Saturday for ages 6 and up.
Children will plant a vegetable patch using historic varieties with a story to tell.
Registration required for both programs by calling 540-635-3153.

Summer classes
Registration is now open for the following summer classes offered by Schultz Theatre in New Market:
• Stretch and meditation: noon-1 p.m., Saturdays through July 30, for ages 18 and up. Cost: $65 or $10 per class. Instructor: Warren Heily.
• Costume design: July 23-Aug. 27, for ages 18 and up. Cost: $80. Instructor: Carmen Conard.
• Theatre summer camp: Aug. 15-19. Cost: $200. Instructors: Wendi Black or Catlin Heily.
Information, registration:

Master Gardeners
The Shenandoah County Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticultural questions from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Strasburg Farmer’s Market at Pot Town Organics. Information: 459-6140.

Book drop-off
Friends of Handley Regional Library will sponsor a book drop-off at Bowman Library in Stephens City from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for its summer used book sale.
Visitors can drop off books, CDs and DVDs. Information: Barbara Dickinson at 540-662-9041, ext. 31 or

Firearms class
The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a defensive firearms class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the county community center.
The class is open to ages 10 and older. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost is $75 per person. Class size limited to 35. Pre-registration required. Information: Rex King at

Art exhibit
The Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters will host a free art exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Shenandoah Miniature Golf in Gainesboro.
The local Society of Decorative Painters meets monthly on the second Saturday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Woodstock.

NAACP cookout
The Winchester Area National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a free cookout from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Jim Barnett Park’s POW/MIA Pavilion (enter off Cork Street).
The menu will be pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, veggies and refreshments.

Lawn party
St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold an indoor lawn party at 4 p.m. Saturday at 1010 Headquarters Road, Edinburg.
The menu will be hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade ice cream.

Christian Singles
Blue Ridge Christian Singles will hold a bluegrass barbecue picnic at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Winchester Church of God pavilion, 2080 N. Frederick Pike.
Those attending are asked to bring a dish and drinks to share. No alcohol. Information, reservations: Dusty at 540-514-7826.

St. John’s Lutheran
St. John’s Lutheran Church will host Mocha and a Message at 6 p.m. Saturday at 3623 Back Mountain Road, Winchester.
A free-will offering will be collected to benefit community outreach programs.

Ham radio club
The Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Cook’s Exxon in Woodstock. Information: Malcolm, 436-8503.

Quilters Guild
The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.
Featured will be show and tell, raffle, door prizes and refreshments. Members will make final preparations for its June 25-26 quilt show at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater.

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