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The Winchester Moose Lodge at 215 E. Cork St. is collecting blankets this month for area residents in need. Drop off your donations at the lodge every 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 begins November 8. 18 or [email protected].

Winchester hosts the Lions Club

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

The Valley of the Glasses

The Valley Glasshoppers will meet today at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greenwood. The show and tell is “the glass objects I fell in love with”.

Tutor Zeta Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi’s Tutor Zeta Chapter will be holding a business meeting moderated by Susan Goldizen at 6 p.m. today in Stephens City. Donations will go to Susan’s charity of choice, the SPCA.

Walk with a doctor

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

Unlimited trout

The Winchester Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have its monthly Escutcheon Brewing gathering in Winchester on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for anglers and non-anglers. Learn how to tie fishing flies. Visit www.winchestertu.org.

Winchester Rotary Club

The club’s centennial lunch is at noon Thursday at the Rotary Shelter in Jim Barnett Park.

Blue Ridge Kiwanis

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

Beekeepers of the northern Shenandoah Valley

BONS monthly educational meetings at Blandy Farm Library are canceled until further notice. This month’s Zoom meeting will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday. BONS beekeeper JB Tippett will give a tutorial of the “BeePlus” app. All welcome. Visit http://www.valleybees.online/ and scroll to club announcements for the meeting link. Beekeeping classes will resume in February.

Winchester Kiwanis Club

Club meetings are held every Wednesday at the Winchester Moose Lodge on Cork Street from noon to 1 p.m. This week’s speaker is JP Murphy from Murphy Beverage. The subject is “the old town of the apparitions trail”. Anyone interested in participating is invited to join Kiwanis for lunch.

Hawthorne Garden Club

The Hawthorne Garden Club will join the annual Winchester Joint Council of Garden Club luncheon at 10:30 a.m. on October 21 at the Church of God in Winchester. The co-hostesses this month are Joan Dickinson and Linda Lutz. The Shenandoah Design Guild will present the floral designs for their upcoming show. If you would like to join us, send an email to [email protected]

Winchester Area Newcomers Club

The October General Membership Meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on October 21 in the meeting room of the Fellowship Bible Church, 3217 Middle Road, Winchester. The 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 www.winchesternewcomersclub.org/.

Community Cat Alliance

Community Cat Alliance, a non-profit organization in Winchester, is looking for volunteers interested in improving the lives of abandoned and homeless cats. The group needs people to help with fundraising to help offset the cost of sterilization and medical needs. Volunteers were also required to provide occasional transportation to veterinary clinics, help trap, sterilize and release cats, and accommodate kittens. Call 540-361-6040 or visit www.communitycatalliance.org.

Winchester first night

First Night Winchester, a community New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts, is looking for vendors to set up in the Old Town Mall to sell food, drink and / or novelty on the evening of December 31st. If you would like to apply for a location, contact Al Frappollo at [email protected]

The Frog Closet

Froggy’s Closet offers volunteer opportunities. Sort clothes, match outfits, sew T-shirt bags and more. Froggy’s Closet provides clothing, books, toys and more to foster children, children at risk and children in need on referral. Located at 200 N. Braddock St., Winchester. For more information, email [email protected], call 540-773-4192 or visit www.frog-kids.org.

Preservation of historic Winchester

The Preservation of Winchester’s History welcomes donations of new or slightly used paper bags, until early November, to replenish the supply of the Bough & Dough store. A contactless drop-off bin is available on the back porch of the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St., Winchester. PHW also hopes to expand its volunteer base for the vacation home tour in 2021. A form is available on the PHW website or you can send your volunteer contact details / specialties to [email protected] to be added to the group list.


CCAP Winchester needs donations of lightly worn men’s jeans and shorts, sizes 28 to 42; men’s t-shirts of all sizes; men’s belts of all sizes; tennis shoes for men and women; lightly used bath towels; and king and queen sheet sets. Disposable adult underwear is also required. Donations can be dropped off weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm at 112 S. Kent St. For more information, call 540-662-4318.

Disabled American Veterans

The DAV 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, Chapter DAV Certified Service Agent, is available to help veterans file claims, claims and / or appeals from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He can be reached at [email protected] or 843-812-4473. Veterans in need can also email AMVETS Post 18 at [email protected] 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 Post Home, 851 Green St., Stephens City. All current and active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel and veterans who have served honorably are welcome.

Veterans lunch

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

Literacy volunteers are looking for tutors

Literacy Volunteers The Winchester area is looking for volunteer adult literacy tutors. Tutors do not need to have previous education experience. They only need a desire to help an adult read, write or speak English, understand math, learn a life skill like driving a car or using a digital device, or how to become a citizen. For more information, call 540-536-1648 or email [email protected]

National Federation of the Blind

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


The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Northern Shenandoah Valley meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at the Jim Barnett Park POW pavilion. Meetings are free and last 90 minutes. They are open to anyone 18 years of age or older. A group of young adults kicks off on Zoom on May 27. For more information, email [email protected]

Winchester Brain Injury Group

The Winchester Brain Injury Group is organizing a six-part series called “Brain Injury Basics” on different aspects of brain injury. These meetings take place on Zoom from 6 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The goal is to help each other thrive after a head injury, both survivors and caregivers. For more information or to register, contact Kathleen Mancini at [email protected] or Betty Friant at 540-550-1784.

Sterilize today

Spay Today is the region’s non-profit, discounted sterilization and sterilization program. Choose from many vets across a large area. At the time of surgery, injections and initial tests can also be obtained at lower rates. Contact Spay today: https://spay-today.org or call 304-728-8330.