Community News & Events: Jan. 26

Card Shower

Correction: a card shower is planned for Betty Offman, who will celebrate her 85th birthday Feb. 4. Cards can be sent to 208 Fairgrounds Road, Woodstock, Virginia 22664.



The Extension Master Gardener help desk will be available 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Shenandoah County Extension office in Woodstock to answer home horticultural questions. Information: 540-459-6140.



The Evans Home for Children will hold its annual chili dinner fundraiser from 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Braddock Street UMC Fellowship Hall in Winchester. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Musical entertainment will be by BSUMC’s Praise Band. Tickets/information: 540-662-8520 or evans@evanshome.org.


Book Sale

Friends of Handley Regional Library will sponsor a book drop-off at Bowman Library in Stephens City from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 3 for the Spring Used Book Sale planned for March 20-24. Visitors can drop off books, CDs and DVDs and volunteers will be available to assist with donations. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to aid all three local libraries. Information: contact Barbara Dickinson at 540-662-9041, ext 31 or friends@handleyregional.org.



The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will host a reception and exhibit by Judith Varney Burch titled “Intuit Art & Culture” at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. At 7:30 p.m. Burch will discuss her work as an international advocate for Intuit people. The film “A Sun at Midnight” by Canadian filmmaker Kirsten Carthew will be screened at 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through Feb. 24. Information: barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


Open House

Handley Library in Winchester will host a preschool/daycare open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Children’s Room. Learn various preschool and daycare options and talk with staff from various schools and centers. Event is being held in conjunction with Construction Club to keep the little ones occupied while parents explore childcare options. Information: contact Christine Forbes at 540-662-9041 ext. 21 or cforbes@handlereional.org.



On Tuesday, new Shenandoah County School Board members Michelle Manning and Shelby Kline attended the Virginia School Boards Association orientation for new board members and superintendents in Richmond. This one-day orientation is designed to help new school board members and superintendents transition into their leadership roles. Dr. Mark Johnston, superintendent of Shenandoah County Public Schools, accompanied  Kline and  Manning to the  orientation.

School news

John E. Trelawny graduated from James Madison University on Dec. 16. He received a bachelor of science degree in sports and recreation management with a minor in business. He is the son of Edward and Sheila Estep Trelawny, of Woodstock.

Library events

Samuels Library in Front Royal will host a Bridge Project Postcard Workshop from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday. Join Associate Professor/Director of New Media Arts Mark Cooley and freelance artist/educator Beth Hall in creating postcards to celebrate the connections we make (or would like to make) to people who seem different from us. Postcards will be incorporated into a wooden slat bridge and displayed at an upcoming celebration event. Information: 540-635-3153.

February is Winter Reading Month at the New Market Library for preschoolers. A kick-off pajama party will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Children and parents are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a blanket for reading together. Preschoolers may register for winter reading and receive prizes for completing reading logs. Snow date is Feb. 6. Information: 540-740-8650.

Handley Regional Library will hold a dance party from 10:30-11 a.m. Fridays in February for babies, toddlers, preschoolers to age 5 and their grownups. Special theme for Feb. 2 will be “Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love” – wear pink or red. Information:  Christine Forbes at 540-662-9041, ext 16 or cforbes@handleyregional.org.

The Teen Advisory Committee will host a Chess Program at Bowman Library in Stephens City from 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays in February. Strengthen your skills in causal and blitz chess games. All ages and skill levels welcome. Chess sets and space provided. Information: contact Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 ext. 215 or dhughes@handleyregional.org.

Bowman Library in Stephens City will host Teen Arts Night from 5-6 p.m. Thursday. Join other teen art enthusiasts in the exploration of different art styles, techniques, and mediums.  Information: contact Donna Hughes at dhughes@handleyregional.org or 540-869-9000, ext 215.

The Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg is collecting Valentine’s Day cards for veterans at the Martinsburg VA Hospital now through Feb. 9. Cards will be hand delivered to the veterans by HIS, a homeschool support group based in Edinburg. Information: 540-984-8200.

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold a Microsoft Office Workshop from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 3. The program is designed to help patrons become better acquainted with Microsoft office applications. The workshop will be held monthly on the first Saturday. Information: 540-635-3153.

The Samuels Public Library classes on Advanced PowerPoint scheduled for Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 have been canceled.

The Samuels Public Library will commemorate Black History month on at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15. A presentation will be given by  anthropologist Stephen Lubkemann. In December 1794 the slave ship Sao Jose sank off the coast of Capetown, South Africa, killing 212 of the 500 slaves aboard. Lubkemann will trace the ship’s story, its demise and the efforts of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to recover the wreckage and related artifacts from the depths of the Indian Ocean. He will also discuss the Slave Wrecks Project.

Samuels Public Library’s Books & Beyond Book Club will discuss “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury at 10 a.m. Feb. 21.

Samuels Public Library  will host “Exploring Computers” for adults from 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays in February. The class is for intermediate computer users.   Information: 540-635-3153 or www.samuelslibrary.net.

Teen volunteers at Samuels Public Library will answer questions about operating personal devices such as phones, smart devices, tablets, laptops or e-Readers at 4 p.m. Feb. 22.

Clarke County Library will host StoryArt from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Thursdays in February for ages 5-10.    Information: www.handleyregional.org.



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