NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups, for adults with various types of mental illnesses, will hold meetings on the following dates and locations:

• Winchester: 12-1:30 p.m., each Monday at 411 N. Cameron St.; 7-8:30 p.m., each Monday at Winchester Medical Center VH System Support Building, 220 Campus Blvd., ground-floor Conference Room 1.

• Woodstock: 12:30-2 p.m., first and third Mondays, at Shenandoah County Extension office.

• Front Royal: 7-8:30 p.m., first and third Tuesdays at Warren Memorial Hospital.

• Luray/Page County: 6:30-8 p.m., first and third Tuesdays at Page Memorial Hospital.

Information: 540-533-1832 or email


Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts bingo games each Tuesday. Doors open at 5 p.m. with early bird games followed by regular bingo at 7 p.m. Concessions sold by members of the Auxiliary. Admission is $15, and special games are extra.

Wellness workshops

Warren County Parks and Recreation will host three winter wellness workshops on making DIY chest rubs and soothing throat drops at the Warren County Community Center. Workshops will be held:

• Saturday: 10-11 a.m. Registration deadline is Wednesday.

• Jan. 22: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Jan. 18.

• Jan. 24: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Jan. 20.

Information: 540-635-1021.


The Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Edinburg Fire Hall. Those attending are asked to bring a snack.

Gym days

Warren County Parks and Recreation will host a school’s-closed open fun gym day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the Warren County Health & Human Services Gym.

The program, open to ages 7-15, includes pick-up basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, batting cage practice, ping pong, pool and video games. Those attending must have a permission slip signed by a parent.

The cost is $10 per day. Information: 540-635-1021 or email Tiffany Walker at

Respite centers

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging operates two group Respite Centers in Shenandoah and Page counties from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.

A hot noon meal and snacks are provided. The cost is based on a sliding-fee scale. Information: Sharon Elliot at 540-551-5620.


The Shenandoah County Extension office in Woodstock has announced the following activities:

• The 4-H Goat Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post 199 in Woodstock.

• The 4-H Exchange Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shenandoah County Historical Courthouse in Woodstock.

• Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Extension office.

• The 4-H public speaking contest will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the County Government Center in Woodstock.

• The Toms Brook 4-H Club and Cloverbuds will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church.

Information: 540-459-6140.

Smart Recovery

SMART Recovery, an international nonprofit administered by volunteers, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday and at noon Jan. 7 at Northwestern Community Services in Winchester. The program is based on science and education, no spirituality or religion involved. Informal setting. Information:

Grief support

Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winchester holds a weekly GriefShare seminar/support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. Information: 540-667-8924.


Fred Boyer will share tales of his Canadian fishing adventures at the meeting of the Winchester chapter of Trout Unlimited at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Red Cross office, 561 Fortress Drive.

The group will gather for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Donato’s Touch of Italy Restaurant. Information: Bill Prokopchak at 540-722-2620 or

Ham radio

The Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club meets at 8:30 a.m. each Thursday at Cook’s Exxon in Woodstock. Information: Malcolm at 540-436-8503.


Bowman Library in Stephens City will host a La Leche League meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday for breastfeeding and expectant mothers. Meetings are held monthly on the first Thursday. Information: 540-869-9000.


The New Market Area Library will host a Books and Babies story time from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday for ages birth to 3. The theme will be “A Snowy Day.” Information: 540-740-8650.

Market closed

The New Market Farmers Market will be closed in January and February and reopen in March. Information: Sharon Payne at 540-820-6613 or Donna Shipp at 540-810-0300.


The Frederick County Regional Landfill and convenience sites in Winchester will recycle holiday waste through Jan. 31.

Cut Christmas trees should be free of decorations, wires and tree stands. Residents in the Greenwood Road area should take their trees directly to the landfill’s citizens’ center where they will be ground into mulch and re-used. Most convenience sites offer cardboard recycling. Cardboard must be flattened before recycling. All forms of paper, including kraft paper and wrapping paper, are accepted as part of the county’s mixed paper recycling program. Wrapping paper must be free of ribbon and excess tape. Foil paper should be thrown away.

Gently used textiles, including stuffed animals, are accepted for recycling at all locations along with pairs of shoes in any condition. Items must be bagged and dry.

Strands of non-working holiday lights, extension cords and all types of broken and obsolete electronics will be collected during eCycle on Jan. 12 at the regional landfill. Residents are encouraged to recycle electronics boxes, plastic shrink wrap and old televisions and computers.

Certain fees apply for the management of computer and television screens. All other electronics are accepted free of charge.

Information about reducing holiday waste, visit


Handley Regional Library in Winchester and Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will be participating in the second annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban.

The libraries will participate with over 250 other schools and libraries. The collective goal is to read at least five million minutes and 75,000 books in January. If achieved, Cuban pledges to donate $35,000 to the top-performing libraries and schools.

Libraries will use Beanstack, a web and mobile application, to track self-directed reading time. The software makes it easier for students and families to track reading and stay motivated while providing insights and data about reading habits to school and library administrators. The results of the challenge will be announced in February. Information: 540-662-9041 or 540-635-3153.


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