Austin Riddell, a fourth-grade student a Redbud Run Elementary School, receives an award from the Winchester Elks Lodge.

Winchester Elks Lodge presentation

Winchester Elks Lodge No. 867 Exalted Ruler Dave Gardiner and the board directors recently presented local student Austin Riddell with the Young Patriot Plaque for his support of veterans and his efforts to have the Frederick County School Board recognize Veterans Day as a school holiday.

Winchester Host Lions Club

The club will meet at 12:15 p.m. today at the Winchester Moose Lodge. If you would like to join the meeting, send an email to

Stamp Club

The Shenandoah Valley Stamp Club will meet from 7-9 p.m. today at 212 Davis Hall (Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center building). The club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month except December and invites stamp collectors of all ages. For more information, contact Cal Allen at

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is underway. To schedule your bell ringing time and location, contact Tracy Hines at 540-662-4777 ext. 18 or

Kiwanis Club of Winchester

Club meetings are each Wednesday at the Winchester Moose Lodge, 213 E. Cork St., from noon to 1 p.m. Patrick Barker, executive director of the Frederick County Economic Development Authority, will give an update at this week's meeting on the online hockey rink constructed at James Wood Middle School. Anyone interested in attending is invited to join the Kiwanis for lunch. For more information, call Jeff 540-247-9243.

Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club

The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at the clubhouse at 2921 Grace St., Winchester. After a short business meeting, an interesting and informative program usually follows. Program topics can be found on the club's website at Guests are welcome to attend to learn more about amateur radio and joining the club.

Winchester Retired Teachers

Winchester Retired Teachers will meet Dec. 7 at Buzzins (formerly Perkins) on Millwood Avenue. Check in is at 11:30 a.m.; the meeting/luncheon begins at noon. The cost is $18 plus tip. The Handley Chorus will provide entertainment. We will be collecting donations for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle drive (make checks to Salvation Army). If you would like to attend, please email by Dec. 1.

Walk with a Doc

The Winchester chapter of Walk With a Doc will have its next walk on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-noon. Meet at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center lobby. Free to attend. Hear a brief talk "Fight Cold and Flu Season: Simple Lifestyle Choices to Boost Immunity" by the chapter's walk leader, Dr. Donna Michel, followed by an enjoyable walk with the group at your own pace and distance. Arrive 15-20 minutes early for check in. For more information, email


CCAP of Winchester is seeking donations of gently used bath towels, king/queen size sheets, tents, sleeping bags and tarps. The Red Wagon Ministry is in need of baby diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6). Donations may be dropped off weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 112 S. Kent St.

Froggy’s Closet

Froggy’s Closet has volunteer opportunities. Sorting clothing, matching outfits, sewing T-shirt bags and more. Froggy’s Closet provides clothing, books, toys and more to foster children, children at risk, and children in need with a referral. Located at 200 N. Braddock St., Winchester. For more information, email, call 540-773-4192 or visit

First Night Winchester

First Night Winchester, a community New Year’s celebration of the arts, is seeking vendors to set up on the Old Town Mall to sell food, drinks and/or novelties on the evening of Dec. 31. If you would like to apply for a location, contact Al Frappollo at

Winchester Area Newcomers Club

Meets the third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. from September to May at Fellowship Bible Church, 3217 Middle Road, Winchester.The club is a social organization for women who are new to the area or who have had recent life changes and are looking to meet new friends. Visit

Disabled American Veterans

D.A.V. meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center, 181 Pendleton Drive, Winchester. Questions? Contact Leroy Lovett at 540-533-7737.


American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 18 and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 9 have joined forces to better serve our local veterans and their families. John Roberts, Certified DAV Chapter Service Officer, is available to assist veterans with filing for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, claims, and/or appeals. He can be reached at or 843-812-4473. Veterans in need can also email AMVETS Post 18 at or call Post 18 Commander Ralph Hensley at 571-232-1184.

American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 18 meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Post Home, 851 Green St., Stephens City. All current members and active duty, reserve, and national guard personnel and veterans who have served honorably are welcome to attend.

Veterans breakfast

Veterans are invited to join a breakfast meeting at 8:15 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Winchester. The group is headed by local pastor Paul Campbell. After breakfast, each veteran presents his military experiences to the group. Cost is $7 for all-you-can eat breakfast. Please wear a baseball cap representing your military service or organization. Questions? Josh Morimoto at 703-967-8679 or

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