A birthday card shower is planned for Frances “Frankie” Bowman, who will celebrate her birthday Sunday. Cards can be sent to 1565 Headley Road, Maurertown, Virginia 22644.


Today is the deadline to register to attend Corhaven Graveyard’s work day to help paint the fence and a celebration from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Quicksburg. Corhaven is a historical burial ground for enslaved African Americans. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held and a free catered lunch will be offered.

Cather seminar

Today is the deadline to register to attend an International Willa Cather seminar at 9 a.m. Monday at Shenandoah University at the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business.

The seminar, which ends June 21, explores through scholarly presentations and field trips Cather’s encounters with different racial, ethnic, gender and cultural communities, and her transforming those encounters into fiction.

The first session is free and open to the public. The topic is “African-American Life in Sapphira and the Slave Girl: New Perspectives from Archaeology and History.”

Speakers include Ann Romines, professor of English, emerita, George Washington University; Matthew Clark Green, a candidate in anthropology at Syracuse University; Jonathan Noyalas, director of the McCormick Civil War Institute; Adeela Al-Kahlili, board member of the Josephine School Community Museum.

A seminar and informal dinner with members of the Cather family will be held at 6 p.m. June 18. The keynote speaker will be Siobhan B. Somerville. The week-long seminar is co-sponsored by The Willa Cather Foundation of Red Cloud, Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Information: 866-731-7304, email Ann Romines at, John Jacobs at, Tracy Tucker at or visit


Samuels Library in Front Royal will hold the following programs for adults:

• Front Royal Sewing Group: 6 p.m., today and June 25. Bring your own sewing machine. A limited number are available with advance notice.

• Crochet Group: 10 a.m., Wednesday and June 26.

• Genealogy Nuts- Shake Your Family Tree: 6 p.m., Thursday and June 20.

• Phone photography: 10:30 a.m., Saturday.

• Books & Beyond: 10 a.m., June 19. This month’s book: “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman.

• Movie: 5:30 p.m., June 20 featuring “Bohemian Rapsody,” a biography of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British rock band Queen.

• Plant-based cooking workshop: 2 p.m., June 22.

• Fly-tying program: 6 p.m., June 27, featuring Ev Zimmer with Trout Unlimited.

Information: 540-635-3153.


Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg will host Crafter-Noon for Kids from 2-4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Art supplies provided. Information: 540-984-8200.


Clarke County Library in Berryville will hold the following activities Thursday:

• Preschool storytime (ages 3-up): 10:30 a.m.

• LEGO Club: 3:45 p.m.

Information: 540-955-5144.

Yard crawl

The Fort Valley community will hold its annual yard crawl starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. A map and list of yard sale sites as well as food will be available at Oak Level United Methodist Church. Information: 540-933-6606.


The Massanutten Antique Tractor Club will hold a chicken barbecue starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Pre-orders will be accepted until 11 a.m.

Chicken will be available for pick up at the Wholesome Foods pit in Edinburg, Route 11 Exxon in Edinburg and next to First Bank in Mount Jackson. Orders: Janet at 540-459-7768.

Lawn party

St. John’s United Church of Christ in Hamburg will hold an indoor lawn party at 4 p.m. Saturday followed by a hymn sing at 6 p.m. Held rain or shine.


SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke will hold its first Luke Day with adoptions for half price from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester. Luke, a French bulldog, will be there. Information: 540-662-8616 ext. 406.


Mount Jackson Rescue & Fire will host a steak dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Event Center. The menu includes a 10-ounce ribeye steak, baked potato, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. Children’s meals are available. Tickets are $16 per person.


Author Albert Louis Zambone will present a program on American Revolution Commander Daniel Morgan at 2 p.m. Saturday at Handley Library in Winchester. Information: 540-662-9041.

Safety day

Virginia State Police will hold a Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Area 14 office, 18627 Old Valley Pike, Edinburg. There will be vehicles for everyone to explore, K9 demonstrations and child safety seat checks.


The Basye-Orkney Springs Community Library will host the New Market Rebels Baseball Team at noon Saturday.


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