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Center seeks book donations

Donations of new books for a children's Christmas party are being sought by The Laurel Center for Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Also needed are laundry detergent, pillows, paper towels, toilet paper, bathroom cleaner, white and colored plain T-shirts of all sizes and gift cards to stores such as Food Lion, Martins, Wal-Mart and Target, according to a news release from the center.

Donations can be made at the center 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, with the center closed noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, according to the release.

Candlelight vigil set for Oct. 18

Victims and survivors of domestic violence will be remembered and honored during The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic & Sexual Violence's 21st annual candlelight vigil on Oct. 18.

The program is 7-8:30 p.m. on the back steps of the Judicial Center at the corner of Cameron and Boscawen streets in Winchester, according to a news release from The Laurel Center.

Sherando High School's choir will sing, people may speak during an open mic, volunteers will recite poems and the vigil will include an interactive art project, the Clothesline Project, and a silent witness display, according to the release.

For more information, call The Laurel Center at 667-6160.

Empty Bowl Supper scheduled

The 10th annual Empty Bowl Supper for The Laurel Center for Domestic & Sexual Violence will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Fellowship Bible Church.

According to a release from the center, the fund raiser is presented by the Shenandoah Potter's Guild, with tickets costing $30 each. Ticket price includes a hand-thrown bowl to take home and soup donated by local businesses.

A silent auction of donated items also will be held. Space is limited to 300 people, according to the release, and those interested should call Angie at 667-6170.

Self-defense class to be held
A free women's self-defense class is being offered 6-9 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Timbrook Building in Winchester, according to a news release from The Laurel Center for Domestic & Sexual Violence.

The class is hands-on, the release states, and will feature situational awareness lessons and basic self-defense techniques and applications. For more information or to register, call Alison Hyman at 667-6160.

-- Daily Staff Reports

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