A card shower is planned for Eugene “Speedy” Windle, who will celebrate his 74th birthday Wednesday. Cards may be sent to 548 Gap Road, Strasburg, Virginia 22657.


Shenandoah County Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Extension office and Saturday at the South Street Barn Farmer’s Market, both in Woodstock. Information: 540-459-6140.

Pool party

A free pool party for Warren County rising sixth through eighth grade students will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Claude A. Stokes Community Pool, 50 Stadium Drive, Front Royal.

Donations of personal hygiene items will be accepted to help local children in need. The concession stand will be open. Information: 540-636-6385.


The Greenway Women’s Missions will sponsor an all-you-can-eat country breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Spirit and Word Fellowship, 1275 Tasker Road, Stephens City. The cost is $7 for adults and $2 for children 5 and under.


Cliff Garstang, author of “The Shaman of Turtle Valley,” will talk about his book at 3 p.m. Saturday at Handley Library as part of its Author Series.

Sean Murphy, director of 1455 A Place for Writers (formerly Virginia Center for Literacy Arts), will discuss the process of writing Garstang’s book and the contemporary literacy scene.

Information: 540-662-9041 or visit


Roll Your Own, a disability awareness and fundraising event, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at James Wood Middle School, 1313 Amherst St., Winchester.

A wheelchair course roll-off starts at 11 a.m. There will also be a live remote with Q102’s Christ and Rosie, music by the Sundown Band, raffle, cake rolls, disability information booths and kid’s play zone. Food and drinks available. Attendance is free.

Information: Maria Diaz at 540-662-4452 ext 114 or email


The Col. James Wood II chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will hold a breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Clarion Inn Conference Center in Winchester. The cost for breakfast is $12. Information: Dale Corey at 540-636-1263.


St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Toms Brook will hold an ice cream social at 4 p.m. Saturday. Donations will benefit the restoration fund.


Refuge United Methodist Church in Stephens City will host a yard party and auction Saturday. Dinner, which is a choice of country ham or barbecued chicken, will start at 3:30 p.m. followed by the auction at 5:30 p.m. The cost for dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for kids 10 and under. Information:540-869-6723 or 540-869-3889.


Edinburg VFW Post 2447 will sell barbecued chicken from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $4 per half. Pre-orders: 540-984-4355.

Summer bash

The Woodstock Fire Department will host a summer bash June 29 featuring a 5K and low-country boil.

The 5K will start 8:30 a.m. at the fire house. Registration is $25 before Saturday or $30 after.

The low-country boil will be held from 4-8 p.m. at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. Featured will be all-you-can-eat seafood, pull tabs, 50/50 drawings, music and a cash bar. The cost is $35 for adults and $16 for children under $10.

Tickets: 540-459-3242 or


The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will host Jane Oates, president of Working Nation, who will talk about the future of jobs market in view of advancing technology as it relates to Shenandoah County, from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock.

Oates was an Assistant Secretary of Labor and served as Senator Ted Kennedy’s senior policy adviser for a decade.


Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg will host a visit by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center with two shows at 3 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Seating is limited. Information: 540-984-8200.

Literature conference

The annual Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference kicks off this month with appearances by 16 best-selling children’s authors.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from Monday through June 28 in Halpin-Harrison Hall on the university’s main campus.

Authors attending include Kevin Henkes, Kwame Alexander, Yuyi Morales, Bob Shea, Denise Fleming, Brian Lies, Aisha Saeed, Kevin Lewis, Dashka Slater, Chris Barton, Adam Rex, Ben Hatke, Adam Gidwitz, Scott Magoon, Colby Sharp and Leslie Connor.

The weeklong event includes keynote sessions and small-group discussions with each author. In the afternoons, attendees can choose sessions with college professors, master teachers and librarians on how to best use the authors’ books in the classroom.

Although the general public is invited, including parents and aspiring authors, the event is targeted to teachers and librarians.

Registration is $395 for the entire week or $695 for those who would like to receive credit. The daily attendance rate is $125.

As part of the conference, two free community events are open to the public:

• Rockin’ the Library will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday on Braddock Street outside Handley Library. Authors Bob Shea, Scott Magoon and Kwame Alexander will attend, along with storybook characters James Dean’s Pete the Cat, Lilly from Kevin Henkes’s “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” and the unicorn from Bob Shea’s “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.” There will also be a deejay, dancing, photo booth and a free cupcake and book for each child.

• On June 27, Kevin Lewis, author of “Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo” and “Tugga-Tugga Tugboat,” will lead Itty Bitties Rock the Rooftop, a story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. From 6-8 p.m., Ben Hatke, author of “Zita the Spacegirl,” will give a presentation. A kid’s rooftop dance party will be held from 7:30-8 p.m.

Registration, information: visit


The Fort Valley Ruritan Club will host this year’s July 4th parade starting 10 a.m. followed by music and food at the fire department. Groups interested in participating in the parade are asked to call Tom Drinkwater at 540-933-6856.

College news

Melena Hagstrom, of Strasburg, was named to the dean’s list at Iowa State University for the spring term. She is a senior veterinary medicine major.


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