Community bulletin board — calendar of events

Posted: December 20, 2013



Pink Streeters bazaar

Pink Streeters Relay for Life team at Market Street United Methodist Church, 131 S. Cameron St., Winchester, will have a bazaar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cookies will be sold by the dozen as well as cakes, pies, candy, bread, green arrangements, crafts and more.


Book signing

The Winchester Book Gallery, 185 N. Loudoun St., will hold a book signing for James F. Swartz’s “Brucetown to Winchester: A Country Boy from Frederick County” from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The book is $20. Call 540-667-3444.

Cross-stitch show

Virginia National Bank, 186 N. Loudoun St., will open a new exhibit of counted cross-stitch by Kim Oliveto at 4 p.m. Friday. The show runs through March 2014.


Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire and Rescue bingo games are held at 7 p.m. Fridays at the fire hall, 9381 N Frederick Pike.

Games include Lucky 7 $625-plus, Instant Progressive $700, and Progressive Jackpot $1,000 under 54 numbers. Call 540-888-3000.


Wreaths Across America

Members of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets of the Winchester Composite Squadron will lay wreaths on the graves of veterans buried in Winchester National Cemetery at noon Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

Jingle Bell 5K

The second Apple Capital Jingle Bell 5K Run will be held Saturday with a 1/2mile Frosty’s Fun Run for Kids at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St.

Registration is $35 for adults and $10 for the fun run today and $39 and $15 Friday and race day.

Register at

Book signings

The Winchester Book Gallery, 185 N. Loudoun St., will hold a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for Ellie Murphy’s “The Road to Nowhere” ($18) and Doina Moulin’s “Cupcakes and Cologne” ($19.99).

Winchester Musica Viva

Winchester Musica Viva will perform its annual Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 W. Boscawen St. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15. Students with ID and children under 10 are free.

Go to

Cooking with Wine

Wicked Oak Farms and Vineyard, 2121 S. Pifer Road, Star Tannery, will host a cooking class, Cooking with Wine, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $30 and includes a light meal and wine tasting. Call 571-201-2963.

Christmas Open House

Long Branch Plantation, Millwood, will have a Christmas Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be tours and activities. Admission is $5 for adults and free for 10 and under.

An 1850s Christmas Night will be held from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Sunday. It is free and open to the public.

Contact 540-837-1856 or go to

Burning Dirty Band

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., will have a concert featuring the Burning Dirty Band and opening act Viva la Muerte at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

For more information, contact 540-665-2878 or go to

Dulcimer concert

Dulcimer player Madeline MacNeil will present concerts at 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

The galleries and museum store will be open until 8 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase in the lobby.

The event is free to members and ages 12 and younger; all others, $5. Limited concert seating is first-come, first-served; tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Information Desk.


Candlelight service

Old Bethel Church in Millwood will have its annual Lessons and Carols Candlelight service at 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a free 1850s Christmas Night at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood.


Library closing

All branches of Handley Regional Library will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Libraries will return to normal operating hours Thursday.

In addition, all branches of the library will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Year holiday.

Normal operating hours will resume Jan. 2.

Contact Director John Huddy at 540-662-9041, ext. 14, or


BYOD Workshop

Area residents with tablets, smartphones or other mobile devices can now download library apps. Access to free library resources is available 24/7, and cardholders can manage library accounts on the go with these library apps.

A Bring Your Own Device workshop is slated for Jan. 11 at Bowman Library so cardholders can learn how to install and use library apps. See below for devices and times.

Kindle Fire/Fire HD 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

iOS device (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Android tablet and smartphone 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Contact Adrienne Davis at adavis@handleyregional.orgor call 540-869-9000 (ext. 203) to register. Workshops are free, but registration is required.

Rubbermaid sale

The United Way Rubbermaid Commercial Product Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 28 on the Belk parking lot at Apple Blossom Mall. This sale benefits The Salvation Army.

The products available are returned goods, discontinued products, and slightly damaged items.

Contact the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley at 540-536-1610 or

EcoArt for kids

The Foundation of the State Arboretum at Historic Blandy Experimental Farm will host EcoArt Program for Kids on Jan. 11. Grades 1-3 attend from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and grades 4-6, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Art will be created from natural and recycled materials.

The cost is $22 per session and $17 for members. Parents who register for four or more spaces pay $20 per session ($15 for members). Preregistration is required. Call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

Michael Twitty concert

The son of Conway Twitty, Michael Twitty, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Millbrook High School. It was rescheduled after weather caused a cancellation earlier this month.

Cost is $25 and veterans will be honored. Contact 540-877-1252 or

Coloring contest deadline

The First Night coloring contest deadline is Dec. 27. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and First Night are sponsoring the contest.

Call 888-556-5799 or visit

Hand bell concert

The Friends of Handley Regional Library will host the Apple Valley Ringers Hand Bell Choir, directed by Jacquetta Owen, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Bowman Library meeting room.

This program is free and open to the public.

This is a performance group comprised of hand bell choir members from five churches. The group will perform sacred as well as secular music.


‘Taste of the Holidays’

The Clarke County Historical Association, 32 E. Main St., Berryville, will display its “Taste of the Holidays” exhibit through Jan. 7. Admission is free and open to the public.

Contact 540-955-2600 or

Belle Grove tours

Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, will run its daytime and candlelight tours through Dec. 30. Candlelight tours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The house is closed Dec. 21, 24 and 25.

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for Belle Grove and National Trust members, and free for children younger than 12.

Call 540-869-2028 or go to

‘Vibrant Colors’

The Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun St., will present oil paintings by Trisha Adams, “Vibrant Colors,” through Dec. 31.

Contact 540-667-5166 or go to

Pasty Cline Historic House

The Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St., Winchester, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through the end of the month.

The house is decorated in the style when Patsy and her family lived there in the 1950s.

Contact 540-662-5555 or

Santa’s Letters

The Winchester Santa’s Letters program will run through today. Leave a letter for Santa in one of his special mailboxes with a return address on it, and Santa will write back.

Mailboxes are located are the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park; City Hall, 15 N. Cameron St.; the Old Town Winchester Welcome Center, 33 E. Boscawen St., Suite 100, and the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Bark of Life

The SPCA Thrift Store, 2225 Valley Ave., Winchester, will have its Bark of Life Tree lighting fundraiser through Tuesday. Donations accepted.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland is open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 5 at Clear Brook Park. It will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 2 to 11, and free for 1 and younger.

Katya Kirilloff exhibit

Duvall Designs Gallery, 2053 Millwood Road, Millwood, features photographs by Katya Kirilloff through Dec. 29. It is free and open to the public.

Barns of Rose Hill

Student Art Exhibit and Toy Shoppe at Barns of Rose Hill in the Community Calendar This weekend. Hours are noon to 3 p.m.

‘The Mockingbird Project’

Handley Library hosts “The Mockingbird Project” through Dec. 30 in the Benham Gallery.

The exhibit accompanied Shenandoah University’s recent theater production of Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” Nov. 15 to 17.

The exhibit is open to the public during normal library hours, and there is no admission charge.

Contact Rebecca Ebert at 540 662-9041, ext. 22, or

Christmas tree lot

Boy Scout Troop 159 of Stephens City is selling Christmas trees from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and noon to 9 p.m. weekdays through Sunday on Va. 277 across from the Food Lion shopping center near Stephens City.