The following are reopenings, closings and event cancellations and postponements:
• The Shenandoah County Public School Food Service has received approval to continue to operate the current food program through June 30. Lunches will be served at each of the three middle schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Signal Knob in Strasburg, W.W. Robinson in Woodstock, and Ashby-Lee in Mount Jackson.
• Beginning July 6, the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg and Fort Valley Library will expand open hours. New hours are: Edinburg from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays; Fort Valley from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. A limited number of computers will be available only by appointment.
Pickups of reserved items at the following libraries are:
• Basye-Orkney Springs Community Library: 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays.
• Mount Jackson Community Library: 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays; 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.
• New Market Area Library: noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
• Strasburg Community Library: by appointment only.
Items may be placed on hold by calling 540-984-8200 or online at www.countylib.org. Library staff will be available by phone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Overdue fines will not accrue.
• The Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal has launched new and expanded public swim times and aquatic programs beginning July 1, including swim lessons, water aerobics, Senior Swim and pool parties. Public swim times will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Swim lessons are available for all ages and abilities. Youth and adult water aerobics classes are offered twice each week. Dedicated swim time for senior citizens is offered twice each week. The pool may also be reserved for pool parties. Phase III guidelines easing public health restrictions will be in place. Information: 540-635-5029, 540-635-7171, email email@example.com or visit www.nova4h.com/programs/swimming/.
• Warren County Parks and Recreation has announced the reopening of several locations: The Claude A. Stokes Jr. Community Swimming Pool will open today for lap swimming only. The Warren County Community Center will be open for Parks and Recreation-related business only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility will remain closed to the general public and all non-Parks and Recreation organizations for room rentals. The computer lab will also remain closed. Rental reservations are being accepted. The Raymond E. Santmyers Youth Center has reopened for Parks and Recreation-related business only. Reservations are being accepted for rentals and shelter rentals. Events and organized activities, including sports leagues, are still cancelled. Information: 540-635-1021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Shenandoah National Park has begun accepting campground reservations. Visitors who would like to camp at Mathews Arm, Big Meadows, Loft Mountain or Dundo campgrounds can go to www.Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. The Lewis Mountain Campground will be available on a first come-first served basis for the entire 2020 season. Entrance fees to the park can also be paid in advance by purchasing a digital pass at https://tinyurl.com/ycfgh6wu.
• The Virginia Gold Cup will hold virtual races at 12:30 p.m. on June 27 with jockeys, trainers and essential personnel only. The event will be livestreamed at http://nsa.network.video/.
The fall International Gold Cup Races will still take place on its regularly scheduled date of Oct. 24. In spring, a combination of timber and hurdle races will be contested without wagering.
• The Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg has resumed in-person services, with limited hours for pickup of reserved items only. The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays and 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Reservations for materials can only be accepted online or by calling 540-984-8200. Other restrictions or further information is available online at www.countylib.org.
• Samuels Library in Front Royal will be open to the public starting June 18, by appointment only. Patrons will be able to schedule a one-hour time slot for visits, accommodating 30 people at a time. After each session, the library will be closed for cleaning. Patrons must wear masks. Masks will be provided for those who need one. Every individual entering the building must be registered, including children and infants. All programs will continue to take place virtually and online. Meeting rooms will remain closed with no reservations being taken until further notice. Tutoring inside the library cannot be accommodated at this time. Due dates for physical items have been extended and no fines are being charged at this time. Information, registration: 540-635-3153 or visit www.samuelslibrary.net.
• The Preservation for Historic Winchester office is open to the public by appointment only at 530 Amherst St., Winchester. Information: 540-667-3577.
• The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will open its outdoor exhibition David Rogers' Big Bugs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. june 23 at 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Information: www.themsv.org.
• The Handley Regional Library System has begun curbside pickup appointments and online borrowing. Patrons will be able to place holds for items either online or by phone to the Bowman Library at 540-869-9000, ext., 4; Clarke County Library at 540-955-5144; or Handley Library at 540-662-9041, ext. 15. Books, digital Launch Pads, Wifi hotspot devices, nature backpacks, music and audiobook CDs, DVDs, and other physical materials can be reserved with up to 10 items requested on each library card. The outside book returns remain open. Information: www.handleyregional.org.
• The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and the New Market Battlefield will reopen to the public on July 1. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The museum and park will be closed on the weekends. Visitors will be encouraged to wear masks inside the museum and maintain social distancing. Available seating in the theater will be reduced to accommodate social distancing, and there will be acrylic barriers between the staff and visitors. The following events have been canceled for the remainder of 2020: summer day camps, foodways programming, Jacob Bushong's birthday party, and staff-guided battlefield tours. In addition, this year new cadet orientation will not take place on the battlefield. Information: 866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket.
• Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville has reopened its Exhibits and Visitors Center from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. On display will be the works of painter Alexandra N. Sherman. Barns also offers virtual concerts and other programs by musicians and artists broadcast live through the Barns Facebook page. Information: www.barnsofrosehill.org and www.facebook.com/BarnsofRoseHill/.
• The New Market Farmer's Market has reopened on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. The market is located on South Congress Street in the parking lot behind Jalisco's. For information on being a vendor or other questions, contact Donna Shipp at 540-896-5428 or 540-810-0300 or Sharon Payne at 540-820-6613. More information can be found on the market’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newmarketvafarmersmarket/.
• The New Market Area Chamber of Commerce will reopen its Open Market on July 4. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of every month through December in the SunTrust parking lot in downtown. The Market showcases homemade goods, crafts, jewelry, clothing. Vendors spaces are available by calling 540-740-3212 or email email@example.com.
• The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have reopened many recreation sites for day use. All trailheads providing access to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail will reopen, except for Dragon’s Tooth and Spy Rock trailheads. All shooting ranges have reopened. Crabtree Falls, Cascades, Pandapas Pond and Roaring Run day use areas will reopen. The South Pedlar ATV Trail System has reopened. Starting May 28, additional recreation sites will reopen, including the Peters Mills Run/Taskers Gap ATV/OHV Trail System. Campgrounds, and most facilities and day-use areas within campgrounds, remain closed as well as all restrooms. Visitors are responsible for providing their own PPE (including hand sanitizer), and must pack out what they pack in as trash service may not be available. For a complete list of recreation sites and its status, visit www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation.
• The Shenandoah National Park has reopened access to the following areas for day-use only. Open hours will be from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.: the entire length of Skyline Drive from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 105 at Waynesboro will be open to all traffic. The Backcountry will be open to day-use only. Over 480 miles of trails will be accessible from trailheads along Skyline Drive. Vehicle parking along Skyline Drive at overlooks and trailhead parking areas will be in designated areas only. Entrance stations will be staffed and entrance fees collected. Limited restrooms will be open at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6), Panorama (mile 31.5), Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) and Beagle Gap (mile 99.5). The following facilities remain closed: Skyline Drive from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Backcountry camping; visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, lodges, cabins, Massanutten Lodge and Rapidan Camp historic structures; Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run circuit trails; Boundary trailheads; retail shops and food and beverage areas. The Shenandoah National Park has amazing virtual tours with interactives, photo galleries, videos and webcams. Visit https://tinyurl.com/ycvcvmb9. Details and updates on park operations continue to be posted on www.nps.gov/shen.
• The USDA Forest Service has opened a series of trailheads and access points in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Hikers are asked to avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a six-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers. Bathroom facilities may not be available. Shelters remain closed. Find the latest recreation information at www.fs.usda.gov/gwj.
• The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke campus has reopened at 111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester. New operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays. The campus will be closed on Mondays. To schedule a weekend adoption appointment call 540-662-8616 or to schedule personal shopping at the Thrift Shop call 540-450-2710. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Virginia State Parks is once again accepting reservations for overnight stays in cabins and lodges. The reopening comes with two notable changes in operations to ensure visitor safety: the discontinuation of linen services and the addition of a 24-hour rest period between bookings. Reservations are also being scheduled with one vacant day between check-outs and check-ins to reduce the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19. These changes have no effect on camping cabins or yurts. Reservations may be made by calling 800-933-7275. Staff is working at capacity and wait times will be longer than usual. Reservations can be made faster through ReserveAmerica.com.
• The Kernstown Battlefield has reopened its season in modified form. The Battlefield, site of three Civil War battles between 1862-1864, will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Battlefield will be open for outdoor activity and exercise only. The buildings will not be open and no tours will be given. People are expected to maintain social distancing and no groups of more than 10 are allowed. A volunteer will be on the premises during open hours. The battlefield is located at 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester. Additional information is available by calling 540-450-7835 or visit www.kernstownbattle.org.
• Warren County has restricted the use of county parks to trails and outdoor spaces only. Park restrooms, playgrounds and picnic shelters are closed to the public. Information: 540-635-7750, 540-635-1021 or email at email@example.com.
• Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has closed its offices to the public. Members are urged to use remote payment options. Online and phone options for doing business include the following: Power outage reporting: call 1-800-552-3904 or go online to www.myrec.coop/out. Payment extensions: 800-552-3904 or online at www.myrec.coop. REC will not disconnect members for nonpayment or charge fees during the state of emergency.
• Martinsburg VA has suspended all visitations. The only exceptions will be end-of-life care in its long-term care units and approved care partners on a case-by-case basis. All elective surgeries/procedures have been canceled; all non-urgent routine dental care has been postponed; valet parking has been temporarily suspended.
• All Social Security Administration offices have closed to the public. Online services will remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Information over the phone is available by calling 800-772-1213, which has automated service options. Please visit our COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus to find out what services are continuing and which ones have been suspended, how to contact us, and important information about deadlines we are extending to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic. A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.
• Loaves and Fishes at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market has closed to the public. If you are in need of emergency food during this time, please call the church office. Office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 540-740-8959.
• The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park is closed to the public. Information: 866- 515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu.
• Mount Jackson has closed its main office to the public. Information: 540-477-2121, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Woodstock has closed its town office and police department to the public. Information: 540-459-3621.
• New Market has closed its town office and police department to the public. Information: 540-740-3432.
• The Strasburg Town Hall is closed to the public. Information: 540-465-9197.
• Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has closed its front offices to the public. The drive-up window will remain open. Information: 800-234-7832 or www.svec-online.coop.
• Arlington National Cemetery has closed its Welcome Center to the public. Funerals and family pass holder visitations continue to be held daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: www.ArlingtonCemetery.mil. The cemetery has created a link to virtually walk through the cemetery that includes a photo album, horticulture highlights, information about the cemetery’s origins and early history, gravesites of interest and information about services conducted for fallen service members and their families. The link is https://tinyurl.com/y9upb6ye.
• The Shenandoah County Extension Master Gardener volunteer “Greenhelpline” is available through email at email@example.com. The Extension office has created a link where resources, updates and cancellations have been posted: https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates. The site also includes information on online programming, activities for kids, food preparation and safety and farmers market and U-Pick farm guidelines. Information: 540-459-6140.
• The Frederick County Public Works and Building Inspections departments have changed its operating hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 107 N. Kent St., Winchester.
• The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal has announced that its annual Independence Day festivities will be postponed to Sept. 5, to coincide with Labor Day weekend. The event includes live music, food trucks, children’s activities, vendor opportunities and a professional fireworks display. For participation information and sponsorship opportunities, email Jeremy Stanford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Farm to Fork Shenandoah, a bicycle event planned at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, has been postponed until Sept. 12, 2021.
• One Book One Community in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties have suspended all activities for 2020. Recommended books for 2021 can be found on its Facebook page at https://tinyurl.com/y8l79qz7.
• Frederick County Parks and Recreation has closed or canceled all programs, sports leagues, basic REC, community centers, trips and private indoor rentals. All park playgrounds, playing fields and restrooms are closed. The park is still open for passive leisure activities such as walking. For a complete list of closing and cancellations visit https://tinyurl.com/qwz5qro.
Events canceled by date:
• Shenandoah Valley Art Fest on Court Square, Woodstock.
• Vintage Woodstock Festival.
• The Town of New Market has decided to postpone its Independence Day celebration to Sept. 12, the same weekend as Patriot’s Day. Festivities include bouncy houses, train rides, food vendors, music and fireworks show. Those interested in participating in the event may call Jim Douglas at 540-740-2740 or email@example.com or Amber Smoot at 540-740-3432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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