Community News & Events for Jan. 7

Friends of the Handley Regional Library is partnering with the Winchester Branch of the NAACP to present “Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the library’s auditorium.

Guest speaker will be Dr. James Coates, a retired college professor whose work focuses on teaching, cultural studies and sport, leisure and recreation in the African-American community.

Information: Barbara Dickinson at 540-662-9041, ext. 31 or friends@handleyregional.org.

Handley Library has announced the following programs will be offered:
• Open chess games: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Jan. 25 for all ages and skill levels. One-on-one instruction for new players and lecture on chess basics and strategy held at 5:30 p.m. Information: www.winchesterchess.com.
• Open mic: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday sponsored by Shenandoah Poetry Alliance.
• Genealogy workshop: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday for researching Revolutionary War soldiers.
• Construction Club meeting: 4-5 p.m., Fridays and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Legos and blocks provided.
Information: 540-662-9041, ext. 22.

Winchester Trout Unlimited will host a “bar fly” event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Escutcheon Brewing, 142 W. Commercial St., Winchester.

Participants are encouraged to bring their fly-tying vise and any food they wish to eat or share (no drinks). Information: Bill at 540-722-2620.

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley will present “An Evening With Our Community Stars” on Thursday at the Millwood Station Fire Hall, 252 Costello Drive, Winchester.

The program will celebrate the work of Barry Lee and his wife, Mary Bowser.

Lee is the host of WINC’s Wake-Up show and in 1986 began the Chain of Checks campaign that has raised more than $1.2 million for community nonprofits. Bowser, an educator and advocate for literacy, serves as president of Literacy Volunteers in Winchester.

The evening will begin with a cocktail social at 5:30 p.m. with music by the Robert Larsen Trio. A catered dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $75 each. Proceeds support the foundation’s annual campaign.
Information, tickets: 540-869-6776 or www.cfnsv.org.

Blue Ridge Housing Network and People Inc. will offer free homebuyer classes on the following schedule this month:
• Warren County: 6-9 p.m., Thursday and Jan. 19 at Blue Ridge Housing Network, 115 Chester St., Front Royal.
• Shenandoah County: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jan. 14 at Farmers & Merchants Bank, 161 S. Main St., Woodstock.

Local experts will give presentations on personal finance, credit and credit issues, working with the lender, role of the real estate agent, the home inspection and the loan closing

Certificates of completion will be given, which fulfills the education requirement for down payment assistance programs and loan products.

Registration, information: People Inc., 459-6434 or vroth@peopleinc.net; Blue Ridge Housing Network, 540-622-2711, blueridgehousi@embarqmail.com or www.vhda.com/freeclass.

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

Cathy Schrader, of Scott Depot, West Virginia, will be the speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Christian Women’s Club from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

Music will be provided by Dubby White. The cost is $16. Free child care is provided. Reservations: Betty at 540-622-2939 or Shirley at 540-635-4560.


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