Along with beautiful flowers and bountiful rains, springtime also marks the season of graduations. Many colleges have already held their commencements and Shenandoah County seniors will turn their tassels this coming week.

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The following public meetings are scheduled:

Dinner Strasburg Women of the Moose will host a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Monday to benefit St. Jude’s. Free-will offering.

Wine and craft lovers will flood downtown Front Royal during the 33rd Virginia Wine and Craft Festival that will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:

The Woodstock community will get a chance to get up close with the area’s public safety agencies during the 8th Community Safety and Wellness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the W.W. Robinson Elementary and Central High schools.

Showers • A card shower is planned for Mickie and Bonnie Kline, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday. Cards may be sent to 831 Clary Road, Strasburg, Virginia 22657.

MIDDLETOWN — Belle Grove Plantation is home to history and various little critters, including bats.

MIDDLETOWN — The Belle Grove Plantation is known for its manor house tours and various events throughout the year, but one of the plantation’s great secrets is located behind the manor house.

Left: Kenidee Woodell, 6, left, and her sister Kerington Starcher, 3, dance to music from the Lon Z Baker band, of Winchester, at Saturday’s Family Fun Day event in Front Royal. Right: Amanda Fox, of Front Royal, shares some shaved ice with her St. Bernard puppy Petunia at the 4th annual Fam…

 Amanda Fox, of Front Royal, shares some shaved ice with her St. Bernard puppy Petunia. She was attending Saturday's 4th annual Family Fun Day at the Main Street gazebo in downtown Front Royal.

Tomorrow we celebrate a special day as we remember all mothers. Each mother is an extraordinary creation of God and no other person ever takes the place of a child’s mother. Her influence continues in the life of her children long after they are grown and even after her death. I continue to …

MIDDLETOWN – Beer lovers from around the area will descend on Belle Grove when the plantation hosts the 24th Of Ale and History Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday.

Shower A card shower is planned for Dorothy and Charles Getz Jr., who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary May 9. Cards may be sent to 5803 Senedo Road, Quicksburg, Virginia 22847.

Lord Fairfax Community College Executive Director Liv Heggoy announced scholarship recipients during the annual donor appreciation luncheon held recently. The college awarded $300,000 in scholarships.

STRASBURG – The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce will host the 37th Mayfest starting Wednesday.


Every spring, Strasburg resident Robbie Parks heads up to the mountains to hunt for morel mushrooms.

Auditions The Schultz Theatre and School of Performing Arts in Broadway will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday for its June production of “Just Say Yes!” at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School.

This weekend marks the 92nd Apple Blossom festival and it promises to be another great event. I remember as a child watching the parades wind through the streets of Winchester as I marveled at the floats, the fancy cars, and the celebrities. One year, in particular, I remember catching a gli…

Yard/bake sale The Limeton Methodist Church will hold a yard/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday.

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend: