Community News & Events

Card shower
• A card shower is planned for Betty L. Hepner, who will celebrate her 87th birthday on Saturday. Cards can be sent to 4390 Orkney Springs Road, Orkney Springs 22845.
• A card shower is planned for Vilda Polk, who will celebrate her birthday on Sunday. Cards can be sent to 311 Shenandoah Ave., Edinburg 22824.

Book club
“Evicted” by Matthew Desmond will be the selection for the Brown Bags with Books program, sponsored by the Clarke County Library, at noon Thursday at Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

The Historic Jordan Springs Estate in Stephenson will host two weekends of the dinner theatre production “It’s A Wonderful Life, A Life Radio Show” to benefit the restoration campaign for the Winchester Little Theatre.

Performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday and again Dec. 9-11.

The cost is $37.50 per person, $75 per couple or $325 for a table of 10.

Information: Colt Nutter at 540-667-7744 or or visit

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold the following programs on Saturday:
• Books and Barks: 10:10 a.m., for developing readers to read with a trained therapy dog.
• Chess and More: 2 p.m., for kids 6 and older to play chess, checkers and other board games.
• Holiday ornament workshop: 10:30 a.m.
Information: 540-635-3153 or

The Lebanon-St. Stephen’s Community Choir, under the direction of Marcy Bauserman, will present Christmas concerts at the following locations:
• Saturday: 7 p.m., at Mt. Jackson United Methodist Church.
• Sunday: 7 p.m., at Emmanuel Church in Fishers Hill.

The Blue Ridge Housing Network will host a money management workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 134 Peyton St., Front Royal.

The workshop will offer information and hands-on activities to build money management skills, insight into spending and saving habits and developing strategies for financial success.

Information, registration: 540-622-2711 or

Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren in Edinburg will hold a Willing Hearts & Hands Christmas craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Crafters and vendors invited. Information:

Book drop-off
The Friends of Handley Regional Library will sponsor a book drop-off from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Bowman Library in Stephens City for its used book sale.

Visitors can drop off books, CDs and DVDs. Information: Barbara Richardson at 540-662-9041, ext. 31 or

John Wesley United Methodist Church in Front Royal will hold a clothes giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday featuring clothes for the whole family, shoes, dress clothes, winter coats and more.

The Humane Society of Warren County will hold a winter rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal.

The cost is $12. One- and three-year vaccines, with a previous rabies certificate, will be available. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers.
Information: 540-635-4734, ext. 224.

The Mt. Clifton United Methodist Women will serve a country ham potpie lunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Hermon Fellowship Hall on state Route 263 seven miles west of Mount Jackson.

A free-will offering will be accepted. Quarts will be available for carry out for $5.

The Conicville Volunteer Fire Department will host a children’s Christmas party with games and snacks from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Santa will arrive at 3 p.m.

Fish fry
St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock will hold a fish fry starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.

Fairview United Methodist Church in Stephens City will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A free will offering will be accepted.

The Kiwanis Club of Front Royal will hold its annual all-you-can-eat pancake day fundraiser from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Warren County High School, 155 Westminster Drive, Front Royal.

The cost is $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Bill Powers’ State Farm Insurance office at 135 N. Royal Ave. or from a Kiwanis member.

Hunger drive
For the eighth consecutive year, The River 95.3/WZRV hosted the “Camping for Hunger” drive to raise food, monetary donations and awareness of hunger in the northern Shenandoah Valley.

Staff members spent days (and nights) from Nov. 14-19 camping in a stripped-down school bus at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center in Front Royal broadcasting live asking for community support and donations for Front Royal/Warren County C-CAP’s food pantry.

Donation totals this year exceeded expectations with almost 10 tons of food collected and over $7,000 in cash donations, which will serve over 500 families with food and hundreds more with help in paying utility bills, rent and assistance in housing.

More information about the Camping for Hunger campaign is available online at

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