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• "Church Basement Ladies" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Thursday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Wayside Theatre, 7853 Main St., Middletown. Information: 869-1776, waysidetheatre.org.
On June 2, teams of bike riders from around the region will converge on the Frederick County area to take part in the Sixth Annual Boys and Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley's Heritage Ride.
Visitors come to the Kernstown Battlefield for various reasons. History buffs want to learn more about the Civil War, which reshaped the region. But a lot more are interested in the experience that redefined lives.
As the summer approaches, grownups and children alike are ready to get active and have some summer fun. Local Parks and Recreation Department programs are promising just that.
Area projects like Buy Fresh Buy Local have helped increase interest in locally produced foods, but more attention is needed to combat declining farmland, according to advocates of Winchester Main Street Agriculture.
This summer, make the most of Warren County's landscape by escaping into Shenandoah National Park for the day or even for just an hour. Those looking to commune with nature can find something going on every day of the week.
This summer the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival will turn 50, but even as festival organizers prepare to celebrate, festival President Dennis Lynch is making plans to secure the next 50 years.
This weekend, spend time with family and friends as community pools open their gates, the scents of festival foods fill the air and music rises up from the valley for the unofficial start of summer.
• "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water is Running" -- Friday, Saturday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Winchester Little Theatre, 315 West Boscawen St., Winchester. Information: 662-3331, wltonline.org.
Thursday evening in Winchester, guests to the Chefs Collaborative Dinner will experience something never attempted before in Winchester. Chefs from six area restaurants will combine talents to prepare six courses, and the proceeds will go to the Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
• First Friday -- Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many shops open later. Information: 667-5166.
After celebrating its 70th anniversary on March 23, Quota International of Winchester is sponsoring its next big event to help local charities.
This Sunday, the Shenandoah County Tourism office will present Gardens, Galleries and Grapes, an all-day countywide event that will stretch from Strasburg south to New Market.
The season of outdoor living is only weeks away, which leaves just enough time to transform a backyard to an entertainment destination.
Whittling down the endless options can be paralyzing to brides all around the country as they plan for a day they'll never forget, but increasingly one choice continues to baffle brides and grooms alike: photography.
Every bride dreams of a million dollar wedding.
I think I'm crazy. In addition to being a full time graduate school student, I'm getting married in less than six months, right smack dab in the middle of my summer semester. Luckily, my wonderful fiance and I have been engaged since July 2011, so we've had plenty of time to get organized, but June 28 is creeping up on me.
As much as a bride and groom plan for the special day that will unite the two in wedded bliss, something on their wedding day will, for better or for worse, surprise them. The best wedding planners expect the unexpected and learn to handle what comes at them.
This year, while other theaters offer heartwarming Christmas tales, The Schultz Theatre in New Market aims for lightheartedness.
A look at fall foliage on Skyline Drive. Photos by Rich Cooley
The derecho, or straight line thunderstorm, last Friday night did to us on Old Bethel Road as it did to many in the valley: the violent storm roared out of Ohio toward us and first gave a dramatic show of lightening accompanied by clashes of heavy thunder, then a slow building of wind that rushed to the intense level that drove us all to shelter, and then the horizontal rain that beat its wild rhythm on all surfaces.
Several walking sticks stand in a corner of our screened porch. All are wood. A pair of the new fiberglass ones that look more like ski poles than walking sticks, hang, never used, in the corn crib. My favorite, a bamboo pole 6 feet long, stands next to my desk, a reminder of past walks.
A few years ago, I lost my biggest client and was suddenly broke with no end in sight. I found some work, but never enough to pay all the bills.
A homeless, unemployed electrician, Raymond Brackett makes no bones about what the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter program means to him.
Trent Williams likes pandas, playing football, riding his bicycle, and other activities typical for 6-year-old boys. But Trent faces a long road to recovery in his fight against an aggressive form of brain cancer.
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