Green Gossip

Sustainability Matters will host a Green Gossip community discussion group meeting at noon today at the Woodstock Garden Cafe at Fort Valley Nursery in Woodstock. Information:

Women’s History Month

Shenandoah University in Winchester will celebrate Women’s History Month in March by offering film screenings, speakers and discussions, yoga and music.

The first event will be a screening of the film “The Hate You Give” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Halpin-Harrison Hall. A short discussion will follow.

Information: Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender & Women’s Studies Program Director Petra M. Schweitzer at


The Stonewall Jackson High School After-Prom Committee will host a spring Thirty-One party from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at New Market Fire and Rescue. Free admission. Refreshments. Information: 540-335-7252.


The NAMI Family and Friends Support Group, for family, friends and caregivers of adults with various types of mental illness, will meet from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday at 411 N. Cameron St., Winchester. Information: 540-533-1832 or email


Matt Kowalski, watershed restoration scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will talk about the basics of how pollution from agricultural operations can affect the health of the bay at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Heritage Center, 106 S. High St., Edinburg. He will also talk about how the foundation works with farmers and will give an update on the state of the bay and its cleanup efforts.

Information: or email Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at


Warren County Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities:

• Mah Jongg Players Club: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesdays at Health & Human Services Complex. Cost is $8 per month or $3 for drop-ins. Bring own league card. Information: Deb Jones at 540-252-4252.

• Aromatherapy for Animals (and people, too!): 2-4 p.m., March 16-17, at the Community Center. Cost is $15 per class. Registration required by March 13. Participants will learn how to help their pet(s) age with comfort through massage, eliminate bad odors, repel fleas and ticks naturally and simple techniques to help calm an anxious pet.

• School’s closed open gym fun day (ages 7-15): 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March 15 at Health & Human Services Complex, $10. Must have signed a permission slip.

• Defensive Firearms Class (ages 10-older): 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 23 at Community Center. Cost is $75. Registration required by March 21. Information: Rex King at

• Hunter Safety Classes: 6-9 p.m., March 30-31 at Public Safety Building. Free. Registration required by calling Art Kasson at 540-622-6103 or email

• Summer softball leagues: registration is $275 before March 24 or $300 from March 25-31. Men’s, co-ed and women’s leagues. No teams accepted after March 25.

Information: 540-635-1021, email or visit

College news

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Zirkle, of Stephens City, was named to the dean’s list for the fall term at Juniata College. She is a sophomore studying English.


April 1 is the deadline to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Alpha Omicron chapter of Virginia Alpha Delta Kappa, an international sorority honoring outstanding female educators. Applications are available in the guidance department at all Shenandoah County high schools or by contacting Maryann Sherry at


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