Trip Friday is the deadline to register to attend “Nana Does Vegas” at the Rainbow Comedy Theatre in Paradise, Pennsylvania, on April 3, sponsored by Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation.

The cost is $95, which includes transportation, lunch and the show. The bus will leave at 6:45 a.m. from the Mount Jackson Food Lion heading north. Information: 540-459-6777.

Author talk

Karen E. Bender, author of “The New Order” and a finalist for the National Book Award, and Robert Siegel, author of “Criminals,” will be the speakers at Handley Library’s author talk at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sean Murphy, founding director of the Virginia Center for Literary Arts, will also be a speaker. Information: 540-662-9041.


Alison Herring will present a program from the Powell family papers as part of a new historical talk titled “Unheard Voices of Civil War Winchester” at 11 a.m. Saturday at Handley Library in Winchester.

The program is co-sponsored by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.

The Powell family operated a boarding school before the Civil War for girls on Braddock Street in Winchester that attracted daughters of elite families from across the state. Information: 540-662-9041.

Plant clinic

Bowman Library in Stephens City will partner with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association to offer an indoor plant clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Speakers include Stacey Morgan Smith, James Jones and Janet Keithly. Plant propagation, decorating, repotting and growing challenges and tips will be addressed. Information: 540-869-9000.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold the following activities:

• Saturday: 10 a.m., Books and Barks for ages 4-older, registration required; 2 p.m., Wildlife in Winter program presented by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

• Tuesday: 4:30 p.m., Science Scouts for ages 6-11, the program will be on navigating with maps.

Information: 540-635-3153 or


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