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Rockville – Donna-Jo Webster

September 21, 2017

Hello, everybody! By the time you read this, Autumn will have officially made her grand entrance into Rockville. Let’s give her a warm (pumpkin spiced!) welcome!

Happy hometown birthday wishes go out this week to Alison Gilman, opening presents on Sept. 28.

Rockville Fire’s Company Nine hosts Community Appreciation Day this Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire house on Rockville Road. Enjoy free food, health screenings, kids’ activities, fire safety demonstrations, equipment tours and more. Salute the wonderful first responders who keep Rockville safe!

The alpacas are coming! Meet furry friends from the Rockville Alpaca Farm at the Cochrane Rockville Library on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. Learn about alpaca habits, explore wool and fibers, even create a cool craft. Call 749-3146 for details.

The West Hanover Garden Club cordially invites you to join them for a tour of the gardens of Earthly Treasures this Saturday, Sept. 23. The trip includes dinner at Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro in Manakin-Sabot. For info or to save your space in the tour, call Fran Brooks at 749-4016.

The club holds its next monthly meeting at the library on Wednesday, Oct. 11 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Meetings include lunch served by members at noon, a speaker, gardening demonstration or field trip. This month, photographer and naturalist Bob Schamerhorn will show how to attract birds to the garden with water features. Garden Club events are open to everyone interested in gardening or floral design.

Autumn means cooler temperatures, and cooler temperatures mean stew season is back in full swing. The Rockville Ruritans are cooking batches of their nearly-world-famous Brunswick stew on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Rockville Center on Pouncey Tract Road from 11 to 2 p.m.

Quarts of stew are available for just $8 each and freeze beautifully, so you’ll want to pick up several to fill your freezers. Add a tossed salad and crusty bread and dinner is done! Stew sales benefit the club’s ongoing scholarship programs. For more info or to place a bulk order, contact Larkin Phillips at 263-4896.

Hanover AARP Chapter 5335 invites you to their Flu Shot Clinic just before their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 South Main Street in Ashland. Flu shots are free, just bring your Medicare or insurance card. For details, call Apphia Downing at 798-1373.

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