A card shower is planned for Clayton and Peggy Smoot, who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday. Cards may be sent to 2874 Saumsville Road, Maurertown, Virginia 22644.


The Winchester chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Winchester Red Cross office, 561 Fortress Drive. The group will gather for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Donato’s Touch of Italy restaurant. The guest speaker will be Scott Shendow, who will demonstrate his hair-stacking techniques, just in time for small-mouth bass season.

Information: Bill Prokopchak at 540-722-2620 or


7 East Gallery, a VECCA partner, will hosting its First Thursday event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday featuring artist Debra Cornell and her exhibit “Second Life.”

Cornell creates assemblage pieces with ethically sourced, recycled animal bones to let the animal live on in a new way. Profits from her June sales will go to animal rescue and rehabilitation.

Gardeners Shenandoah County Extension master gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Extension office in Woodstock. Information: 540-459-6140.

Open house

In celebration of the completion and move into its new headquarters, the Front Royal Police Department will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 900 Monroe Ave.

Featured will be guided tours, fingerprinting, bicycle rodeo, DUI goggle course, K-9 demonstrations, food and more.


Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson will auction its modular frame home built by students 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the school.

The 1,300 square-foot house will be sold as-is with moving expenses the responsibility of the buyer. The house can be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. weekdays.

There will also be four cars auctioned. Information: Philip Crisman at 540-477-3161 or


The Polk family will hold a picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the First Bank pavilion at Strasburg Town Park (new location and date). Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. No alcohol allowed.


Laurel Hill Christian Church will hold a ham and chicken supper and auction Saturday at the church. Supper, which starts 4 p.m., is $10. The auction will start at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted and may be dropped off at the church that day. Information: 540-465-3628 or 540-465-4174.


Edinburg VFW Post 2447 will serve a cheeseburger and fries dinner from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. There will also be karaoke music. Information: 540-984-4355.


The Fort Valley Fire Department will host bingo at 6 p.m. Saturday. Food will be ready for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. Information:

Bible school

Living Water Christian Church in Front Royal will hold vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The theme is “Believe in Miracles.” Registration starts at 8:45 a.m.

Parents are invited to lunch from noon to 1 p.m. followed by family fun and games from 1-3 p.m. Preregistration forms: email

Senior Games

A meet and greet of DMV East Coast Rockherstyle National Senior Games Men’s 50+ Basketball team will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at McDonalds, 1801 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester.

This year’s games will be held June 14-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Five locals will be representing Virginia: Danny Maxwell of Stephens City, Eric Wiseley of Strasburg, Wesley Pence of Edinburg, Marshall Trotter of Dale City and Lloyd Willis of Strasburg.

Information: Brooke Abrell at 540-662-1322 ext 108 or email

Bible school

Sunday is the deadline to register to attend vacation Bible school from 5-7:30 p.m. June 16-20 at Opequon Presbyterian Church in Winchester for children 4 years old through eighth grade. Information: 540-662-1843 or visit

Military news

Colman C. Racey II, of Port Orchard, Washington, retired May 31 after 25 years of service with the U.S. Navy. His duty assignments included Naval Submarine School, USS Groton SSN-694, USS Trepang SSN-674, USS Scranton SSN 756, Submarine Learning Facility Norfolk, USS Henry M. Jackson SSBN-730 GOLD, Naval Special Warfare Group Three in Coronado California, USS Connecticut SSN-22 and Submarine Development Squadron Five in Bangor, Washington. Racey is the son of Colman Racey of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Kathy Racey, of Woodstock. He is a 1994 graduate of Central High School in Woodstock.


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