Community News & Events for Jan. 9

Factivities, a STEM program for children ages 6 to 11, will be held at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 19 and 26 at the Clarke County Library in Berryville.

Children will explore, create, build, make and perform activities with different materials like LEGOs. Information: Laurine Kennedy at 540-955-5144.

The Shenandoah Knitting Guild will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the First Christian Church, 75 Merriman’s Lane, Winchester.

Members will learn the basics of entrelac knitting. Information: www.shenandoahknittingguild.org.

Friends of Handley Regional Library will host “A Little Noon Music” at 12:15 p.m. Friday featuring the jazz stylings of Kerensa Gray and Caleb Nei.

Information: Barbara Dickinson at 540-662-6046, ext. 31.

The Woodstock Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit the department’s new truck fund.

A record number of families were helped this Christmas season by members of the Rotary Club of Woodstock.

The Christmas Eve gift distribution, in its 84th year, went to 84 families and 200 children. The gift boxes included food, clothing, toys and essentials. In past years, about 40 families benefited.
Christmas gifts are mainly funded by contributions of Rotarians at their weekly meetings. Rotarian Hoyle Laughlin supplemented all year with donations made by customers at Laughlin Auction. Toys were collected by Pollywog Place, Ann Stallbird’s Edward Jones, Grubbs Chevrolet and Woodstock Garage. Rotarian Nancy Barnett arranged for playthings from Toys for Tots.

Food came from the Blue Ridge Food Bank, supplemented by Shaffer’s Deli and Catering and Sav-A-Lot.

Gifts were loaded into vehicles led by Bill Grabill’s antique fire truck with Jason Bushong as driver and Hank Zimmerman as Santa Claus. Elves and helpers in other vehicles made deliveries to housing complexes and private homes. In a separate Christmas project, 303 children received new coats or jackets through the Coats for Kids project.

The group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Woodstock Moose Lodge.

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