ShelterGypsy, a 1-year-old spayed female domestic short-haired cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg.

Her adoption fee is $15. She is current on all vaccinations. The shelter is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 540-984-8955.

Card showers • A card shower is planned for Lois Sharpes Dysart Jackson, who will celebrate her 90th birthday Nov. 20. Cards may be sent to 621 Locust St., Woodstock, Virginia 22664.

• A card shower is planned for Marsha Wetzel, formerly of Edinburg, who will celebrate her 50th birthday Dec. 7. Cards may be sent to 17989 Evergreen Valley Road, Timberville, Virginia 22853.

Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army Front Royal Corps is gearing up for its annual Red Kettle campaign, with its cheerful bells ringing out in front of various store fronts throughout the Christmas season.

The campaign will kick off at 10 a.m. Friday in front of Rural King in Front Royal with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce to kick off the holiday season.

To be successful and provide this level of assistance, the Kettle Campaign relies on organizations to “adopt” days as well as individual volunteers. This year, those who would like to sign up can do so online at This website even allows you to sign up as a “virtual” bell-ringer, hosting a fundraiser online to garner support from your family and friends.

The Salvation Army Front Royal Corps supports those in need with rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, hygiene items, clothing and food in the counties of Warren, Page and Rappahannock and the town of Strasburg. Information: Capt. Ann Hawk at 540-635-4020.

Mary Lincoln portrayalHandley Library in Winchester will present a dramatic live portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln at 2 p.m. Saturday. The program is titled “The Very Creature of Excitement: The Woman Abraham Fell in Love With – and Never Fell Out.”

Lincoln is portrayed by Laurie Gaulke, an actress and storyteller specializing in creating historical portrayals of real women with real stories to tell using diaries, letters and journals.

Masks are encouraged. Information:

United WayUnited Way Shenandoah Valley is hosting ALICE Awareness Week activities Monday through Friday to raise $20,000 to help 40 families with life-changing emergency funds. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed for households that earn above the federal poverty level but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget. Activities being held include:

• A Zoom meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday with three former ALICE families sharing their stories.

• A “Maid” book and film open discussion at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Espresso Bar in Winchester. Register at

• As part of the Women United Group, United Way will hold its first Women Who Walk from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday for specials and discounts at businesses on the Old Town Walking Mall. Buy a special Women United button as your ticket for the event. Pick up your button at Winchester Brew Works at 320 N. Cameron St. during working hours or buy online at All participants will also be issued an event passport, with a special prize for those who visit each spot and have a stamp from each location.

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