Community News: November 25 | nvdiary


Grayson, a male domestic shorthair cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg.

His adoption fee is $40. The shelter is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Information: 540-984-8955.

Food pantry

The Love Center Food Pantry will be open from 9 am to noon on December 3 at 20910 Senedo Road, Edinburg.

There will be plenty of food to serve regardless of income, including canned goods, frozen meats, pastries and bakery, and produce. Info: Text 540-335-3612 or call 540-481-3893. The pantry is open every other Saturday.


December 23rd is the deadline for Shenandoah County students in kindergarten through grade 12 to participate in the Coffelt Student Art Show highlighting 2D and 3D art sponsored by VECCA.

The show is also open to home schooled students. The exhibit will be installed during January at 123 S. Main St., Woodstock. Information: Email [email protected] or visit


Spirit & Word Missions will sponsor an all-you-can-eat picnic breakfast on Saturday from 7-10 am at Spirit & Word Fellowship, 1275 Tasker Road, Stephens City. The cost is $7 for adults and $2 for children under 5 years of age.


The Woodstock Fire Department is conducting its annual fundraising drive. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at or by mail to PO Box 176, Woodstock, Virginia 22664.

book Fair

Laurel Ridge Community College’s first Christmas Book Fair will be held from 5-7 pm Wednesday at the Middletown campus, 173 Skirmisher Lane. Information:

Riley Foundation of Hope

The Kevin Riley Hope Foundation is seeking sponsors for the tree lighting ceremony and candlelight vigil at 5:30 pm on December 3 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 645 Berryville Ave., Winchester. The event honors the memory of people lost to violence or any incident involving weapons. The non-profit organization is in need of the following items and donations: Christmas Tree Sponsor for a 12 foot tree, $40 Tealight Sponsor, $50 Light Fixture Sponsor, $50 Stage Flower Sponsor to give to families, candy canes for kids, white plastic ball ornaments to personalize names to hang on the tree, and a duplicate ornament to give away to families.

The Winchester Independent School Choir will perform. To submit a name to be included in the ceremony, please email [email protected]

Samuels Library

The Samuels Library at Front Royal will offer the following programs for adults in December:

• Food for fines: during the months of November and December the library will collect donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items. Cardholders who make a donation can reduce or eliminate late fees. Donations will benefit local food pantries, non-profit organizations, and blessing boxes.

• General Education Development: 10 am-noon every Tuesday and Thursday. Registration:

• What the Tech (in person): 2 pm, December 6 & 13 for help with computers and other tech basics. There will be a recess after December 13 and classes will resume on January 10.

• No-Knead Artisanal Bread Fun (Virtual): Thursday at 6:30 pm by Maggie Cronin.

• Free STI Testing: 1 pm, December 7 sponsored by the Winchester AIDS Response Effort. Tests include HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Testing is offered on the first Wednesday of each month.

• DIY Christmas Wreaths (virtual): 6:30 pm, December 7 on how to make a Christmas wreath using items like cookie cutters. Craft kits will be available at the library service desks prior to the event. Registration is required.

• Bad Romance-Holiday Edition (in person): 6 pm, December 12, snacks and goody bags.

• Special Genealogy Club Meeting (hybrid, virtual and in person): December 14 at 6 pm. Attendees will learn how to preserve their home media and how to record, store, and interview family members.

• Books & Beyond-nightly discussion (hybrid, virtual and in-person): 6 pm, December 15. The December book will be “Witchmark” by CL Polk. Club members will discuss and decide on upcoming books for the new year.

Registration is required for most programs. The library will be closed from December 24 to 26 and from December 31 to January 31. 2. Information: 540-635-3153 or

Fundraising for the Society for the Protection of Animals

The Shenandoah County Humane Society is hosting a holiday fundraiser for its Homebound Adoption and Placement Program, Spay and Neuter Transport, Well Fix, and Operation Catsnip Program. , return).

Tax-deductible donations can be sent by mail to PO Box 173, Woodstock, Virginia 22664 or online via PayPal at Information: Email [email protected] or call 540-984-7101. Information about the spay/neuter program is available by calling 540-421-4842.


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