All branches of the Handley Regional Library System, Handley in Winchester, Bowman in Stephens City and Clarke County in Berryville, will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. on Nov. 28.

Winchester SPCA

The Winchester SPCA is hosting two events:

• Thankful for a Home Adoption Event: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday with a $25 adoption fee for cats.

• Scooby-Doo Toy Raffle: through Dec. 22. The grand prize toy lot is valued at over $700 and the consolation prize is valued over $100. Tickets are $20. Only 150 will be sold.

The SPCA is located at 111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester. Information: 540-662-8616, ext. 406 or visit The office will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving.

Tree lighting

Middletown will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony virtually this year on Friday via Facebook. The Christmas parade has been cancelled because of COVID-19.

Entry forms to participate in the town’s annual Christmas house decorating contest can be found at

Benefit run/walk

Relay for Life of Shenandoah County and Shenvalee Golf Resort in New Market are hosting its annual Santa Sleighs Cancer 5K Run and Walk at 9 a.m. Dec. 5.

Prizes will be awarded for the tackiest Christmas outfit. The registration fee is $25 until Nov. 30 and $30 after. Information:

Holiday auction

The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley will host an online holiday auction from 6 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Dec. 5. A link to the auction can be found at


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