Community News & Events: March 7

A card shower is planned for Albert Wilkins, who will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday. Cards can be sent to him c/o Skyline Terrace Nursing Home, 123 Lake View Drive, Woodstock 22664.

Special ed
The ARC of the Northern Shenandoah Valley will present a program at the meeting of the Shenandoah County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee at 4:30 p.m.  Wednesday at the School Board office in Woodstock. Information: Sandy at 459-6716.

Blue Ridge Kiwanis of Winchester will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Best Western-Lee Jackson in Perkin’s Restaurant.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Will White, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Winchester.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Strasburg Presbyterian Church.

The Riverton United Methodist Church Men will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.  Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. An offering will be accepted.

The Reliance United Methodist Church Men will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Friends of Handley Regional Library will sponsor a book drop-off from 9 a.m. to noon  Saturday at Bowman Library in Stephens City and Handley Library in Winchester. The sale will be held March 28-April 1. Visitors can drop off books, CDs and DVDs. Information: Barbara Dickinson at 540-662-9041, ext. 31.

The Church of the Rock will host a Garments of Love Clothing Ministry from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 20 E. 8th St., Front Royal. Clothing is provided free to community families in need. Information, donations: Mary at 540-671-3674 or email Debra at debralunsf@yahoo.com.

The Narrow Passage chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Woodstock. Gloria Comstock will present a program on historic quilts. Information: 540-856-3426.

Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ will host a Lenten retreat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1299 Sheetz Mill Road, Woodstock. Registration is $5 per person.

The Rev. Clara Young will lead the program “The Journey to the Cross.” All denominations are welcome. A soup lunch will be available with a free-will offering.

A benefit to help raise funds for Savannah Gheen to compete in the Invitational Track and Field Meet in Australia will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Edinburg VFW. Featured will be a silent auction, cakewalk, Chinese auction, raffle and music by SBG.

Pay Casey, a member of the Northern Shenandoah Master Gardener Association, will present “Spuds (A Potato Story)” at the first in a series of Garden Talks from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Handley Regional Library in Winchester.

The program is free and no registration is required. Information: Adrienne Davis at 540-869-9000, ext. 212.

Potpie dinner
Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue will hold a country ham potpie dinner starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Carry outs available. An offering will be accepted.

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal has announced the following activities will be held on Saturday:
• Irish Step Dancing: 11 a.m., celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Step Dancing performance by the Jig ‘n Jive Dance Studio.
• Aspiring Artists art class: 2 p.m., for ages 7 to 11 to make cityscape sculptures using cardboard and pastels.
Information: 540-635-3153.

Registrations are now being accepted for teams to participate in the 2017 Waggin’ for Dragons to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County on Aug. 12 at the Front Royal Golf Club.

Fees for the 200-meter race are $100 per paddler/$2,000 per boat. Teams will receive a personalized team fundraising site to help raise funds. Information: 540-635-4734, ext. 226 or www.wagginfordragons.com.

April 1 is the deadline for high school seniors planning to become teachers to apply for a scholarship offered by the Shenandoah Valley chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

Information: 540-833-5483, Pam Bailey at psgbailey@gmail.com or Larry Huffman at lhuffman@shentel.net.

March 31 is the deadline for high school seniors in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties to apply for one of two $1,000 college scholarships being offered by the Ophelia Foundation, based in Haymarket. Information: www.opheliafoundation.org.

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal has announced it has received a $1,000 donation from Front Royal Elks Lodge No. 2382.

The donation will be used to help fund the annual Summer Reading Club, a challenging and motivational program that rewards kids of all ages for logging reading activities consistently each week over a 10-week period. Last year’s program attracted over 1,000 young readers who read over 10,000 books.

Nashville-recording artist Granger Smith, featuring his country boy alter-ego Earl Dibbles Jr., will headline this year’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Country Music Party on May 6 at the Tolley Dental Tent located at 1755 North Sector Court on the campus of the Valley Health Winchester Medical Center, Winchester.

The opening act will feature Post Monroe with Ashlee Hewitt, Whitney Duncan and Shelby McLeod. Tickets are $25. Information: www.thebloom.com.

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