Winchester Lions Club

The Winchester Host Lions Club will meet at 12:15 p.m. today at the Winchester Moose Lodge, 213 E. Cork St. A business meeting will be held. If you would like to join the meeting, send an email to

Winchester Kiwanis Club

The club meets at every Wednesday at noon on the first floor of the Winchester Moose Lodge, 213 E. Cork St., Winchester. Lunch is available. For more information about the club or to arrange to attend a meeting, contact Jeph Embree at 540-539-2234 or email


The Winchester Frederick Clarke Republican Women meet the first Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and speaker at Winchester Country Club at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $17 and can be paid by check or credit card the day of the luncheon. Email Mary Ivy at for reservations and bring a friend.

Shawquon Ruritan

Shawquon Ruritan, an organization dedicated to improving the community through fellowship, goodwill and community service, is selling raffle tickets to benefit the 2024 scholarship fund. Raffle tickets are available for two drawings: $300 Gore’s Meat gift card. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. They may be purchased from any Shawquon Ruritan member. Drawing will be held during the Car Show on Aug. 5 (rain date Aug. 6).

The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Anthony’s Pizza, Stephens City, with guest speakers. Members and guests may order off the menu. New members welcome.

3rd annual Healing Field of Honor

The Rotary Club of Winchester, working with The National Colonial Flag Foundation, will once again host a Healing Field of Honor on the front campus of John Handley High School over Memorial Day weekend. Up to a thousand American flags will be displayed. This is a tribute in honor of men and women in the military, veterans, first responders and anyone wanting to memorialize loved ones. The display will start with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. May 25. Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears will be the keynote speaker. There also will be a flyover by an Air National Guard C17. The display will be illuminated at night. The flags will remain on display until the closing ceremony on May 29. Individual flag sponsorships are available for $50 (flag may be taken home once display is over). Multiple flag sponsorships and event sponsorships also available. Should a flag not be needed, donations also accepted. All proceeds go to the Winchester Rotary Club Foundation to help nonprofit groups in the community. For more information, contact Dick Kent at 703-919-0643 or email


CCAP of Winchester needs the following gently used items: Spring and summer clothing for sizes 2T-4T, kids, teens, women and men; year-round needs are men’s jeans, belts, hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, women’s purses and tennis shoes (all sizes); new socks and underwear (all sizes); adults backpacks; clean linens; hygiene products for babies and adults, individual baby wipe packs and newborn size diapers; adult disposable underwear and incontinence pads. Donations may be dropped off Monday-Wednesday between the hours of 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 112 S. Kent St., Winchester. Call CCAP at 540-662-4318 for a scheduled drop off if these hours don’t work with your schedule.

NARFE trip

NARFE Chapter 180 has scheduled a trip for Sept. 27 to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., to see “Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville.” The cost of $123 is due no later than Sept. 4. For more information or to make a reservation, call Mary at 540-869-7656. All proceeds from the trip will be donated to Alzheimer’s research.


The Northern Shenandoah Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness sponsors an in-person Family Support Group on the first Sunday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. The meeting is at Welltown United Methodist Church, 1444 Welltown Road, Clear Brook. Free and open to anyone impacted by a friend or loved one’s mental illness. Participants find support, informal guidance and coping strategies. All meetings are anonymous and confidential. For more information, call 540-533-1832 or email

Winchester Area Newcomer’s Club

We are a social organization for women who are new to the area or would like to make friends through a variety of social activities and general meetings featuring community speakers. For contact information and activity schedules visit

Dick Bowers Duplicate Bridge Club

The club meets every Tuesday and Friday in the Kernstown United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 3239 Valley Pike, Winchester. The Tuesday game starts at 12:30 p.m. and the Friday game starts at 10 a.m., with a 20-minute mid-game break for lunch (bring your own). All bridge players are welcome and lessons are available. If you need a partner, call 703-935-6720 or visit

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS Inc., a nonprofit weight-loss support group headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has three chapters meeting each week in the Winchester area. In-person meetings offer tools, accountability and support. Fees to join are modest. For information, visit or contact any of the leaders below:

Mondays from 6-7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 2077 N. Frederick Pike. Call Joan Derosier, 540-550-3897.

Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Kernstown United Methodist Church, 3239 Valley Pike. Call Mary Jane Nicoll at 540-678-0011.

Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m. at Kernstown United Methodist Church. Email Joyce Steele at

Free STI testing at Handley Library

One in five people has a sexually transmitted infection. Free STI testing is provided by AIDS Response Effort in Winchester. Testing is discreet and done on the lower level at Handley Library. It occurs every third Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

AMVETS 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.

Spay Today

It’s the perfect time to get your cat and dog spayed and neutered. Spay Today is the area’s nonprofit, reduced-price pay and neuter program. Choose from many vets located over a wide area. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can be obtained at lower rates. Call 304-728-8330 or visit

Ask a Master Gardener

Home gardeners who have questions regarding their lawn, landscape or vegetable gardens can get their questions answered by an Extension Master Gardener on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your questions and/or plant samples to the Virginia Cooperative Extension-Frederick County Office, 107 N. Kent St., Winchester. Or call 540-665-5699 or email

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