Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host the following children’s activities:

• Future Einsteins: 4 p.m., Wednesday for ages 6-11.

• Family workshop for budding photographers: 2 p.m., Thursday.

• Aspiring Artists: 11 a.m., April 20.

• World of Lego: 2 p.m., April 20 for ages 5 and older.

• Movie: 2 p.m., April 22 for ages 5 and older.

Information: 540-635-3153.

Christian Women

The Front Royal Christian Women’s Connection will hold a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

A program on exercising for wellness will be presented by Mike Mitchell from the Valley Health Wellness Center. The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Connie Knowles, of Fredericksburg.

The luncheon is $16. Free child care provided. Reservations: Betty at 540-622-2939 or Shirley at 540-635-4560.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host the following programs for adults on Thursday:

• Poetry workshop: 6 p.m., led by poet and educator Joanne Cherefko.

• Genealogy Nuts-Shake Your Family Tree workshop: 6-7:30 p.m.

Information: 540-635-3153 or


Clarke County Library in Berryville will hold the program Story Art for ages 4 to 9 at 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Information: 540-955-5144.

Sunset series

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will host the Sunset Series on the Garden Rooftop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Live music, cash bar. Information: 540-722-2020.


The Basye-Orkney Springs Library in Basye will host the children’s program “Somebunny Loves Easter!” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. There will be stories, hunt for hidden Easter eggs and a snack. Children should bring an Easter basket to decorate.

College news

The following students earned degrees from Western Governors University:

• Strasburg: Jennifer Jones, bachelor’s in nursing.

• Stephens City: Amanda Chapman, master’s in information technology management; Ashley Hoke, bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies (K-8); Cassi Robinson, bachelor’s in nursing; Erica Amos, bachelor’s in nursing; Kimberly Zahorchak, bachelor’s in nursing; Lindsay Wilkins, bachelor’s in nursing; Melissa Nelms, master’s in English language learning (PreK-12); Toni Fife, master’s in nursing leadership and management.

School news

Members of the Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC band and parade unit marched in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16. Local students participating include:


• Front Royal: Jacob Gehly, junior, son of Art and Mary Gehly; Cameron Jackson, freshman, son of Rachel Jackson of Front Royal and Terry Jackson of St. Thomas VI; Noelle Kramer, senior, daughter of Marc Kramer of Front Royal and Sarah Kramer of Yuma, Arizona; Grace Wagner, junior, daughter of Eddie and Stephanie Wagner; Sophia Wagner, eighth grade, daughter of Eddie and Stephanie Wagner; Alan R. Williams, junior, son of Michael and Sherry Williams.

• Winchester: Craig Nakagawa, freshman, son of Daniel and Cheryl Nakagawa.

Parade Unit:

• Berryville: Jonathan Bunker, junior, son of the Rev. Jonathan Bunker and Dr. Susan Gawalt.

• Edinburg: Nathan C. Stewart, senior, and Abigail R. Stewart, sophomore, son and daughter of Christopher W. and L. Janelle Stewart.

• Front Royal: Katy Babineau, junior, daughter of Joe and Helen Babineau; Sophia Poe, junior, daughter of Mark and Yuliya Poe; Chloe Browning, freshman, daughter of Angela Workman; Shukriyah Hasanka, sophomore, daughter of Saad Atiyah; Jessalyn Brooks, sophomore, daughter of Kevin and Celeste Brooks; Zachary Lusson, senior, son of Matthew and Tiffani Lusson; Rosalie Brower, junior, daughter of Robert Brower and Teresa Chillemi; Kisyl Marie Housden, sophomore, daughter of Bobby and Kisyl Housden.

• Linden: Josiah Herring, junior, son of Dave and Marie Herring; Jesse Johnston, sophomore, son of Karen Donaghy and David Johnston.

• Middletown: Nathaniel Chichester, senior, son of Ruth Chichester.

• Winchester: Carolyn Laourdakis, senior, daughter of Tonja Phillips of Winchester and Thomas Laourdakis of Front Royal; Francesca Schaefer, sophomore, daughter of Dan and Danielle Bostick.


The Clarke County Education Foundation is among 12 nonprofit organizations to receive a Good Neighbor Grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The Foundation was awarded $20,000 to support the launch of its STEM+ Academy and to provide financial assistance for students to participate in the Clarke County Public School’s 6th annual STEM+ summer camp.

A newly devised after-school program for fourth and fifth-grade students will be implemented. Students will meet weekly for 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring.


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