Moose, a 1-year-old male marble tabby domestic shorthair cat, is available for adoption through the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg.

Further information is available by calling 540-984-8955. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Ceremony canceled

The annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Winchester Medical Center campus has been canceled due to COVID restrictions. The event will be recorded.

Three evergreen trees with more than 5,000 lights are lit each year by a secret and special “guest of honor,” a volunteer that has made a significant difference in the community, either by volunteering at the hospital or Blue Ridge Hospice.

Each light in the celebration is purchased for $5 or more to honor a lost loved one or to remember someone special in a donor's life. All proceeds from Lights of Love are divided between Blue Ridge Hospice and the Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary projects, such as the Cancer Center. All donations are tax deductible. The trees are lit throughout the holiday season.

Further information about the event is available by calling 540-536-8158 or to make a donation go to

Senior fellowship

The Edinburg-Woodstock Active Senior Group meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday has been canceled.

Book club

Handley Library’s virtual Brown Bag with Books program will feature Ann Patchett, author of “The Dutch House” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required at The link to borrow the book is


Samuels Library in Front Royal will host the following virtual programs for children:

• Science Scouts: 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays for ages 6-11.

• Aspiring Artists art contest: entries are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

• Tech Kids: 4:30 p.m., Dec. 7 for ages 6-11. questions answered: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 with information about the online tutoring service that offers homework help, test prep and job search assistance.

• Story hours are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

Information: 540-635-3153 or visit


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

• Books & Beyond Discussion: 10 a.m., Wednesday.

• Photography & Beyond: 10 a.m., Dec. 5 with local photographer Sharon Fisher. Explore techniques for capturing the winter holidays and suggestions for creating photography-based gifts and crafts.

• Front Royal Writers Group: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 10.

Registration may be required for some programs. Information: 540-635-3153 or visit

Author talk

Authors Sandell Morse and L. Annette Binder will be the speakers for a virtual talk hosted by Handley Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Morse is the author of “The Spiral Shell” about a French village that reveals its secrets of Jewish resistance in World War II. Binder was born in Germany and emmigrated to the United States as a child. Her debut novel, “The Vanishing Sky,” tells the story of a German mother trying to hold her family together during the final months of World War II.

Registration is required at The talk can be seen on Facebook at

College news

The following students have been awarded privately funded scholarships from the Shepherd University Foundation. They are:

• Strasburg: Mckenzie Copeland, Bertha Rae Baker Scholarship and Rissler Presidential Scholarship.

• Front Royal: Alicia LaBounty, William E. Moler Scholarship; Anabel Martinez, David and Betsy Newlin Scholarship and Harry C. Rickard Scholarship.


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