Community News & Events: April 4

Warren County Parks and Recreation will offer the following programs:
• Adult hip hop class (ages 16-older): 7:15-8:15 p.m., today through April 25 at County Health and Human Services Complex. Cost: $55 per person. Information: zumba.lizi@gmail.com.
• How to Improve Your Photography (ages 12-older): 10-11 a.m., Saturday and April 20 at the county community center. Cost: $30 per person. Pre-registration required by Thursday.
• Defensive firearms class (ages 10-older): 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 15 at County community center. Cost: $75. Pre-registration required. Registration: Rex King at DFV357@yahoo.com.
• Getting to Know Your Photo Equipment (ages 12-older): 10-11 a.m., April 22 at county community center. Bring camera and accessories to class. Cost: $25. Pre-registration required by April 20.
Information, registration: 540-635-1021.

The Rotary Club of New Market will meet at noon Wednesday at the Shenvalee Golf Resort in Miller Grille. The program will be a biographic presentation by a new member. Information: www.newmarketrotaryclub.net.

The Women of the Moose Angels will hold a yard sale starting at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday at 201 Cedarmeade Ave., Winchester.

The Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold a ceremony and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to present Dr. Craig Zunka with its 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award at the Holiday Inn in Front Royal.

Information, reservations: Kyle Hayes at 770-861-6715, 540-662-2551 or kyle.hayes@scouting.org.

The Winchester chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at NW Works in Winchester.

The group will gather for dinner beforehand at 5:30 p.m. at IJ Cann’s. Guest speakers will be Levi Pitcock, owner of Double Spur Outfitters, and Grey Hyde, a fishing guide at Double Spur. Chapter member Kenny Hawthorne will discuss his recent fishing trip to Alaska.

Information: Bill Prokopchak at 540-722-2620 or www.winchestertu.org.

The Riverton United Methodist Church Men will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A free-will offering will be accepted.

St. Stephens Lutheran Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at 15737 Back Road, Strasburg. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit North Mountain Parish Relay for Life.

The Round Hill United Methodist Church Men will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 2993 Northwestern Pike, Winchester. A free-will offering will be accepted.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg will host the community men’s prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Ressie Jeffries Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will host a spring fling from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to raise money for its new playground.

There will be yard sale items, vendors, bake sale, silent auction, raffle items, children’s activities that includes a visit with the Easter Bunny at 1 p.m., food and more. Information: Megan Budd at 540-660-4244 or mbudd321@gmail.com.

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold “Pansy Parade,” a garden program for ages 6 and older, at 11 a.m. Saturday. Children will plant assorted pansies in the garden and create a floral craft. Advanced registration required by calling 540-635-3153.

Bowman Library in Stephens City will host a graduation at 11 a.m. Saturday for children that completed the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program. Activities will include stories, puppets, dancing and songs. Awards will be given.

Open house
The Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Activities will include music by Robbie Limon, demonstrations, car seat safety checks, child fingerprinting, public safety information, refreshments and more. Information: www.middletownfire.com/75th anniversary.

The Blue Ridge Therapeutic Riding Center will host a “Paint with Kate” fundraiser from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Winchester for ages 12 and older.

The theme will be “spring daisies.” The cost is $40 with a portion donated to the Riding Center for spring session scholarships. No art experience necessary. Registration: 540-533-2777, brcthinc@hotmail.com or visit www.paintwithkate.org.

Garden talk
Members of the Northern Shenandoah Master Gardener Association will present a program on growing vegetables and herbs in containers at the next in a series of Garden Talks from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Handley Regional Library in Winchester.

Paula Brownlee, who started gardening with her father in England, will discuss the special needs of container plants.

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

Dr. Jack Schillinger, who holds a doctorate in Russian language and literature as well as having traveled and studied in Russia in 1970, will present a program titled “Understanding Vladimir Putin, President of Russia” at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the New Market Area Library.

Schillinger also directed academic study-abroad programs for American students at Moscow State University, where his wife, Liz, also taught.