Community News & Events: May 2

A card shower is planned for Carl J. Cook, who will celebrate his 80th birthday Monday. Cards can be sent to 383 Fox Den Road, Strasburg, Virginia 22657.

Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation will offer the following classes at the County Government Center in Woodstock:
• Photo Fun: 6-9 p.m., Monday, $35. Registration required by today.
• Watercolor art class: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 11. , $35 includes supplies. Registration required by Thursday.
Information, registration: 459-6777.

Round Hill Church of the Brethren in Toms Brook will observe National Day of Prayer with a special service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A free will offering will be accepted to benefit Gideon’s International.

The Woodstock Museum of Shenandoah County will open for the 2017 season from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 104 S. Muhlenberg St.

The museum, composed of two historic buildings – the Marshall House on Muhlenberg Street and the Wickham House on Lawyer’s Row –  will be open weekly Thursday through Saturday through September. Those interested in serving as docents one day a month should email

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

The group will gather for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at IJ Cann’s. The program will be planning the T.I.C. Brookie release. Information: Bill Prokopchak at 540-722-2620 or

Advance tickets are available through Friday to attend the re-enactment and commemoration of the Battle of New Market.

A tactical re-enactment will begin at 2:30 p.m. May 20 and a re-enactment of the battle will be held at 1 p.m. May 21.

Gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to see demonstrations and living history presentations.

Tickets are $8 for ages 10 and older in advance or $10 at the gate. Information: 866-515-1864 or

The Woodstock United Methodist Church will hold an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Missions.

The Powhatan Ruritan Club will hold a chicken barbecue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Borden’s Lumber Yard lot by the railroad tracks in Strasburg.

Members of the Central High School class of 1982 will hold a chicken barbecue fundraiser beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Walmart and First Bank in Woodstock and Town & Country Superette in Conicville. The cost is $4 per half.

Samuels Library in Front Royal has announced the following programs will be held Saturday:
• Books and Barks: 10:10 a.m., for beginner readers and older.
• Starting a vegetable garden: noon, taught by Master Gardeners.
• Discuss This-Teen Picks & Flicks: 2 p.m., for ages 12 and older.
Information: 540-635-3153.

The Strasburg Future Farmers of America chapter will hold a bedding plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and May 13 in the greenhouse beside the school’s football field.
For sale will be wave petunias, double wave petunias, African daisies, marigolds, geraniums (ivy and zonal) calibrachoa, strawflowers, impatiens and vegetable plants including tomatoes, peppers, squash and herbs. Information: 465-3875.

The Relay for Life Team at First Baptist Church will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday at 116 Lakeview Drive, Woodstock.

The dinner is a free-will offering. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Information: George Brinkley at 540-335-2545 or 459-2507.

Monday is the deadline to register for the last Lunch and Learn cooking workshop co-sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension from noon to 1 p.m. May 12 at Bowman Library in Stephens City.

The program will be on five-ingredient meals.

Registration, information; Adrienne Davis at 540-869-9000 ext. 212 or email

Blue Ridge Housing Network and People Inc. will offer free homebuyer classes on the following schedule:
• Warren County: 6-9 p.m., May 10 and 17 at Blue Ridge Housing Network, 115 Chester St., Front Royal.
• Shenandoah County: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 20 at Farmers & Merchants Bank, 161 S. Main St., Woodstock.

Local experts will give presentations on personal finance, credit and credit issues, working with a 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; Blue Ridge Housing Network, 540-622-2711 or or

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Winchester, Frederick & Clarke Counties has received a donation in the amount of $28,881 from Subaru of Winchester’s Share the Love event held Dec. 10.

Over the past four years, the dealership has donated over $60,000 to the SPCA through designated car sales during December and matching funds.

At the annual dinner of the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, the board announced the creation of two scholarships honoring Roy K. Boyles and James M. Eastham. So far, $8,625 has been raised.

The Roy K. Boyles Chamber Leadership Institute Scholarship will be awarded to a student at Warren County High School.

The James M. Eastham Chamber Leadership Institute Scholarship will be awarded to a student at Skyline High School.

Boyles distinguished himself through 35 years of involvement in educational, civic and charitable organizations. He formed the first formal mentoring program with Warren County Middle School, served as member and chairman of the Warren County School Board and as president of the Virginia School Board Association.

He served with the Front Royal Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Warren Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, United Way and Salvation Army.

Eastham served as chairman of Warren Memorial Hospital, the Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation, Front Royal Planning Commission and the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce. He also served two terms as mayor of the Town of Front Royal. He currently serves on the Economic Development Authority Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Warren County Educational Endowment, and is immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Front Royal. He retired after 30-plus years in banking and financial management.

The scholarships will be established through the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

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