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Lynnette L. Embree (second from right) was installed as the 100th president of the Kiwanis Club of Winchester on Sept. 24 at the George Washington Hotel. Embree is a life coach with Success for Life Coaching. She earned her MBA at Shenandoah University. Pictured with her are Brenda Dodd (from left), secretary; Dennis Grubbs, treasurer; Jeff Smelser, president-elect; Tj O'Connor, immediate past president; and Dennis Baugh, past governor of the Capital District. Not picture are Vice President John Conrad and directors Ginny Grant, George Johnson, Rick Ours, Freda Roberson, Barry Swears, Lennie Wolfe and Kim Wright. The club was organized on June 23, 1922, and has been providing community service ever since. Embree will preside during the club's 100th anniversary year, which will include two Pancake Day fundraisers, a Christmas party for underprivileged children and a 100th year celebration dinner.

Blanket drive

The Winchester Moose Lodge at 215 E. Cork St. is collecting blankets this month for area residents in need. Drop off donations at the lodge any day after 4 p.m. This collection is in honor of the late Betty Jo Bannister.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign starts Nov. 8. For detailed info and to schedule your bell ringing time and location, contact Tracy Hines at 540-662-4777 ext. 18 or

Winchester Host Lions Club

The club will meet at 12:15 p.m. today at the Winchester Moose Lodge. Guest speaker is Vicki Davies about White Cane Day. If you would like to join the meeting, send an email to

Valley Glasshoppers

The Valley Glasshoppers will meet at 7 p.m. today at Greenwood United Methodist Church. The show and tell is "glass items I fell for."

Preceptor Zeta Chapter

Preceptor Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will have a business meeting hosted by Susan Goldizen at 6 p.m. today in Stephens City. Donations will be made to Susan's charity of choice the SPCA.

Walk With a Doc

The Winchester chapter of Walk With a Doc will have its next walk on Wednesdsay from 11 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center lobby. The event is free to attend. Hear a brief talk, "Power Up with Plants," by guests Elena Mullen and Dr. Donna Michel, followed by an enjoyable walk with the group at your own pace and distance. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to check in. For more information, email These are recurring walks. The group walks the second Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon year-round and the fourth Saturday of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. Each of the walks has different speakers/topics.

Trout Unlimited

The Winchester chapter of Trout Unlimited will have its monthly gathering Escutcheon Brewing in Winchester at 7 p.m. Wednesday for anglers and nonanglers. Learn how to tie some fishing flies. Visit

Winchester Rotary Club

Club's centennial luncheon is at noon Thursday at the Rotary Shelter in Jim Barnett Park.

Blue Ridge Kiwanis

The Blue Ridge Kiwanis of Winchester holds weekly meetings with speakers at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the La Quinta Hotel, 1055 Millwood Pike. The public is invited.

Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah Valley

BONS monthly education meetings at the Blandy Farm library are cancelled until further notice. This month's Zoom meeting will be at 8 p.m. Thursday. BONS beekeeper JB Tippett will give a tutorial of the "BeePlus" app. All welcome. Visit and scroll down to club announcements for the meeting link. Beekeeping classes will resume in February.

Kiwanis Club of Winchester

Club meetings are each Wednesday at the Winchester Moose Lodge on Cork Street from noon to 1 p.m. This week's speaker is JP Murphy of Murphy Beverage. The topic is "Apparition Trail Old Town." Anyone interested in attending is invited to join the Kiwanis for lunch.

Hawthorne Garden Club

Hawthorne Garden Club will join the Winchester Joint Council of Garden Club's annual luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at Winchester Church of God. Co-hostesses this month are Joan Dickinson and Linda Lutz. The Shenandoah Design Guild will demonstrate floral designs from their upcoming show. If you're interested in joining, email

Winchester Area Newcomers Club

October's general membership meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 in the Fellowship Bible Church meeting room, 3217 Middle Road, Winchester. Guest speaker will be local novelist Pam Webber. 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. Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. from September to May at the church. Visit

Community Cat Alliance

Community Cat Alliance, a nonprofit organization in Winchester, is seeking volunteers interested in helping better the lives of abandoned and homeless cats. The group is in need of people to help with fundraising to help offset the cost of spay/neuter and medical needs. Volunteers also needed to do occasional transport to vet clinics, to help trap-neuter-release the cats, and to foster kittens. Call 540-361-6040 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

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

Preservation of Historic Winchester

Preservation of Historic Winchester welcomes donations of new or gently used paper bags, now through early November, to replenish the Bough & Dough shop supply. A contactless drop-off bin is available on the back porch of the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St., Winchester. PHW is also hoping to expand its volunteer base for the Holiday House tour in 2021. A form is available on PHW’s website or you can email your contact information/volunteer specialties to to be added to the group’s list.


CCAP of Winchester needs donations of gently used men’s jeans and men’s shorts sizes 28 to 42; men’s tees in all sizes; men’s belts in all sizes; men’s and women’s tennis shoes; gently used bath towels; and king and queen sheet sets. Adult disposable underwear also needed. Donations may be dropped off weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 112 S. Kent St. For more information, call 540-662-4318.

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

Literacy Volunteers seeking tutors

Literacy Volunteers Winchester area is seeking volunteer adult literacy tutors. Tutors do not need to have any prior experience in education. They need only a desire to assist an adult to read, write or speak English, understand math, learn a life skill such as driving a car or operating a digital device, or how to become a citizen. For more information, call 540-536-1648 or email

National Federation of the Blind

The Winchester chapter of National Federation of the Blind remains busy in spite of COVID-19. The group welcomes people who are blind or have low vision, as well as family and friends. The goal is to help the vision-impaired live the lives they want. The group offers numerous networking opportunities and blindness-related resources, including free white canes for blind children and adults. It also offers scholarships. The monthly chapter meetings are now virtual but will hopefully be “in person” again soon. Those interested in participating should contact President Chris Walker at 540-303-0080.


National Alliance on Mental Illness-Northern Shenandoah Valley meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Jim Barnett Park POW pavilion. Meetings are free and last 90 minutes. They are open to anyone 18 or older. A young adult group is starting on Zoom on May 27. For more information, email

Winchester Brain Injury Group

The Winchester Brain Injury Group is hosting a six-part series called “Brain Injury Basics” on different aspects of brain injuries. These meetings are being held on Zoom from 6-7:15 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The goal is to help each other thrive after traumatic brain injury, both survivors and caregivers. For more information or to register, contact Kathleen Mancini at or Betty Friant at 540-550-1784.

Spay Today

Spay Today is the area’s non-profit, reduced-priced spay and neuter program. Choose from many vets through a wide area. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can also be obtained at lower rates. Contact Spay Today: or call 304-728-8330.

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