Fort Valley Country StoreThe Fort Valley Country Store is celebrating new ownership and management with an autumn open house from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. There will be free coffee, hot cider and tea, a special breakfast menu will be offered and a free lunch of beef brisket and pork barbecue will be served starting at 11 a.m. There will also be samples of baked cakes to try from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The store came under new ownership on June 1 when Fort Valley Properties LLC bought it from retiring owner Ann Heap. Claire Holladay, who had been managing the store since November 2018, agreed to stay on and continue building the business.

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The deli closes one hour before the store closes. The store serves as a game and bear check station for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The store offers free fiber optic wireless internet.

The store is located at 7091 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley. Information: 540-933-6464, email or visit

Greenfield Senior LivingGreenfield Senior Living will host a celebration of appreciation from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 14 at 304 Bowman Mill Road, Strasburg. Registration to attend is requested by Nov. 11 by calling 540-465-5900.

Live2Lead seminarTop of Virginia will host Live2Lead, a leadership development event from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. The theme is Innovation and Creativity in Leadership.

The seminar will be led by Dave Miles. The keynote speaker will be Noah Scalin, former artist in residence for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. Also speaking will be Astrid Sheil, the new dean of the Byrd School of Business at Shenandoah University. Simulcast speakers include John C. Maxwell, Angela Ahrendts, Rachel Hollis, Marcus Buckingham and Chris Hogan. A panel forum on the future of business in the Winchester area will end the day’s programs.

A networking social and silent auction will be held from 4-5 p.m. with donations collected to benefit the Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity. Tickets for the event range from $99 to $252.

A VIP dinner to benefit Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 14. The build this year will be the Ross/Beamer build, which is in memory of the original founder of Blue Ridge Habitat, Jim Ross. It has a workforce development theme since the Career and Technical Education program at Handley High School is constructing the home. The guest speaker will be Mark Cole, CEO of the John Maxwell Co. He will be speaking live from South Florida via Zoom. A question and answer period will follow.

Information, tickets:

Winchester CiderworksWinchester Ciderworks will host a cider-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at 2504 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester. The workshop will be led by Cidermeister Stephen Schuurman. Tickets: $60. Information: 540-686-7632.

CPA Laura HiseyLaura Hisey, a certified public accountant in Front Royal, has completed the American Institute for Certified Tax Planners’ Training Academy leading to a certified tax coach designation.

The AICTC program focuses on court-tested, IRS-approved strategies for minimizing Alternative Minimum Tax, maximizing deductions from real estate and passive activities, maximizing retirement savings, and similarly powerful strategies.

More information is available by calling 540-660-4011 or visit