NARFE Chapter 180
NARFE Chapter 180 (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) will meet at 11:30 a.m. July 23 at Boyce Fire Hall in Boyce (corner of U.S. 340 and Main Street). Following a buffet lunch, members will hear from Manuel Ferradas, Director of Care Management for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, a nonprofit that has been serving area seniors since 1975. He will speak about the agency’s programs and services, including the operation of six senior centers. For lunch reservations at $15 per person or membership inquiries, email Ken at email@example.com.
Members of the community are invited to join a bus trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 2. The cost of $129 includes transportation, lunch at Hershey Farm Restaurant, and a holiday show at the American Music Theatre. For information, call Mary at 540-869-7656.
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.
AMVETS and DAV
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-812-4473. Veterans in need can also email AMVETS Post 18 at email@example.com 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 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 JoshRE2020@gmail.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winchester Area Newcomers Club
Winchester Area Newcomers Club is a social organization for women who are new to the Winchester area or who have had recent life changes and are looking to meet new friends. The purpose of the club is to promote fellowship through a variety of social activities. Multiple interest activity groups meet monthly or seasonally throughout the year in a variety of locations.
Due to COVID restrictions, general membership meetings have been suspended until further notice, but many of our smaller group activities (such as book club and stitchers) are still being conducted via Zoom. Outdoor programs (like our walking and hiking groups) are taking place with appropriate social distancing.
More information is found at http: www.winchesternewcomersclub.org. Click on the “contact us” link and fill in your information to be contacted.
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.
Kiwanis Club of Winchester
Club meetings are each Wednesday at the Winchester Moose Lodge from noon to 1 p.m. Following is this month’s program schedule: July 21, Bill Sholar – Life on a Boat; July 28, Barry Lee – A Career in Radio; Aug. 4, business meeting. Anyone interested in attending is invited to join the Kiwanis for lunch.
Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah
BONS Monthly Education Meetings at the Blandy Farm Library, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce have been cancelled until further notice. BONS is continuing its monthly meetings via Zoom. All visitors are welcome! Visit http://www.valleybees.online/ and scroll down to “Announcements” for the meeting link, and other information. Interested in becoming a beekeeper? There is a lot of useful information on the website for you as well. If you’d like a speaker to come to your organization’s meeting/club to speak regarding beekeeping, we have club members who would love to tell you all about this important hobby/job. See the website.
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 email@example.com.
Dementia Matters, a local dementia training organization, will conduct two three-hour dementia training sessions this month for caregivers: June 28 or June 30 at the Our Health campus, 301 N. Cameron St., Winchester. Call or text 540-535-9775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 TBI@mindspring.com or Betty Friant at 540-550-1784.
The local Salvation Army has volunteer opportunities available now at its Family Thrift Store and for daily meal service at its Emergency Homeless Shelter. For more information, contact Tracy Hines at 540-662-4777 ext. 18 or email@example.com.
CCAP of Winchester is looking for donations of gently used summer clothing for men, women, teens, children and baby/toddler. Men’s T-shirts in sizes large and X-large, men’s jeans in sizes 32 to 42, and men’s and women’s tennis shoes and flip flops are especially needed. Donations may be dropped off Monday-Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. at 212 S. Kent St.
Adult disposable underwear is also needed at CCAP. Please contact CCAP at 540-662-4318 or The Red Wagon Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Froggy’s Closet provides new and like new clothing and more to foster children, children at risk and children in need with the appropriate referral. The current needs are for boys sizes 5T, 6 and 8 (shorts only — they have the tops), 16, 18, as well as Men’s ex-large athletic shorts and tops. For girls, sizes 12, 18 and 16 women’s are needed.
Froggy’s Closet tries to give out seven outfits per child. With each request they give out a new pair of shoes with seven new pairs of socks and new underwear. Additionally they give each child new books, toys and any other items that are needed.
If you have clothing in good condition that your children have out grown or if you are out and about shopping please consider donating them to Froggy’s Closet.
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: https://spay-today.org or call 304-728-8330.
Belle Grove seeking volunteers
Do you like meeting new people? Do you enjoy sharing your love of the Shenandoah Valley with others? Are you a history enthusiast? Would you like to learn new skills in gardening or home maintenance? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then Belle Grove Plantation has a place for you. Belle Grove is actively seeking new volunteers to join our team. We offer a variety of positions geared to all interest levels, and training is provided. For more information, please visit bellegrove.org/volunteer or contact us at: email@example.com, or by phone at 540-869-2028.