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Are you ready for Christmas in July?

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We all know that Santa & Mrs Claus are on vacation, but did you know they spend a lot of that vacation time right here in Front Royal? Santa dropped by our studios and spoke with Royal Examiner publisher Mike McCool and promoted the idea that Front Royal could use a little Christmas Cheer… a Christmas in July!

What do you think? Any idea on what we could do as a community to bring some of this cheer to town? Drop us a line at news@royalexaminer.com

We’ll have Santa back in and start planning an event. Merry Christmas… in July!

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Children’s activities at Samuels Public Library for the month of September

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These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library during the month of September. Thank you for sharing this information. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.


Tuesday, September 3

  • 11:00 Time for Baby. What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of Time for Baby. Join us as we use all of our senses to explore the world around us. “Happy Birthday” will be the theme this month. Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome.
  • 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! This month, our discoveries and activities will be based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 3.

Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

You’ll hear about them in stories, songs, and movies, but we also need them in real life… Heroes! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, September 7

  • 10:00 Books and Barks. Come to our extremely popular monthly program that gives developing readers the chance to read and relax with a trained therapy dog. For beginning readers and up. Choose a time slot at registration, which begins August 7.
  • 2:00 Discuss This. Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 12 and up. Registration begins August 7.

Wednesday, September 11

  • 10:30 Children’s Sing-Along. Local musician John Kovac will lead and accompany the singing of children’s songs. Come ready to sing along with your friends and discover the instruments that Mr. Kovac uses.

Tuesday, September 17

  • 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Matilda, we will explore magnet manipulation and making things move with them. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 17.
  • 6:00 Homeschool Fair. Are you interested in homeschooling and want more information? Come learn about the state homeschool laws, local homeschool groups, and curriculum options. Join us in White Meeting Room B at Samuels Library to learn more.

Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

Rrraauurrr! We’ll have a roaring good time with our dinosaur friends! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, September 21

  • 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group A). Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!

Tuesday, September 24

  • 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Matilda, we will have a craft and game focused on the book. We will also have the chocolate cake from the book. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 24.

Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

Music is all around us! We’ll read some great stories, sing some songs, and have a craft all about music. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, September 28

  • 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Fall Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves! Oh, my! Children will make and taste recipes that include an array of yummy fall spices. For ages 8 and up. Registration begins August 28.
  • 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group B). Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!
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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 22nd

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, August 22:

•  Thurs – 6:45
•  Fri-Sat – 6:00 & 8:35         
•  Sun – 12:35, 3:10, 6:00 & 8:35
•  Mon-Wed – 6:00 & 8:35 

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours 15 min

•  Thurs – 6:55
•  Fri-Sat – 6:05 & 8:55         
•  Sun – 12:40, 3:30, 6:05 & 8:55
•  Mon-Wed – 6:05 & 8:55 

Rated PG |  Run Time: 1 hour 45 min

•  Thurs – 7:00
•  Fri-Sat – 6:10 & 8:50         
•  Sun – 12:45, 3:25, 6:10 & 8:50
•  Mon-Wed – 6:10 & 8:50

Rated PG |  Run Time: 1 hour 55 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “IT: Chapter Two”
  • “Abominable”
  • “Joker”
  • “Gemini Man”
  • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
  • “Zombieland 2”
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Band of Brothers: Jesus Saves Tour at Skyline Ranch Resort September 14th

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Band of Brothers in the studio with Royal Examiner publisher Mike McCool. Photo and video by Mark Williams.

The Band of Brothers is a local music ministry dedicated to bringing Jesus to the community through music. As part of their on gong Jesus Saves Tour, they have scheduled an event on September 14th at Skyline Ranch Resort at 751 Mountain Road (Rt 619), Front Royal, VA.

Jeff Jenkins, a member of the band, said, “100% of the proceeds will go to the Warren County School Board Nutrition Department, so no kid goes hungry.” The Band of Brothers will be playing their eclectic mix of music along with others. Scheduled to appear is David Clanagan, Christ Rock, Watching East, Steve Foster and Gracie, Jay Powell and from Tennessee, Freddie Redmon.

Several speakers are also scheduled: Bryam Keyser, Rusty Pleasants, Breon Johnson and Brandon Stevens.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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You’re invited to the Tree Stewards “All About Trees” class

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WHAT MATTERS WARREN — The community is invited to an “All About Trees” class presented by the Tree Stewards (Tuesday evenings beginning 9/3). Watch this video to learn more about the class and about volunteer opportunities with the organization that keeps Front Royal/Warren County looking beautiful! Also learn a trick to easily spot poison ivy!

  • Click here to register for the courses.
  • Click here to learn more about the positive impact the Tree Stewards are having in our community.

“All About Trees Classes”

Each year the Tree Stewards offer the “All About Trees” course. Course participants learn proper planting, maintenance, and pruning of trees. Our knowledge of trees is constantly changing as we learn more about these fundamental elements of our natural world. These annual training sessions strive to keep up with this evolving knowledge.

Training will include:

  • Basic tree anatomy, biology and life functions
  • Soils, water and nutrition
  • Selecting the right tree for the right spot
  • Tree identification
  • Tree ID Walk (field trip)
  • Landscaping with trees
  • Planting and site analysis
  • Tree Health and care
  • Pruning and identifying hazard trees that should be removed.
  • Pruning Demo and Tools (field trip)
  • Urban Forestry
  • Class Tree planting

The program uses materials from “Trees Virginia,” developed by the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Classes are taught by ISA certified arborists, nurserymen, landscapers, horticulturalists, and Tree Stewards.  The course ends with the hands-on planting of a “Class Tree.”

CEUs available for ISA Arborists.


2019 All About Trees Class

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning September 3, 2019, at the Warren County Government Center. Class Fee is $75 per person or $130 per couple. Early Registration Fee is $65.*

*From Tree Stewards website at https://treesfrontroyal.org/


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2nd Annual Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival to be held in October 2019

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The second annual Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival is set to take place Saturday, October 19, 2019. This one-day event featuring LIVE music by Folk Soul Revival (Bristol, VA), The Dirty Grass Players (Baltimore, MD), The Plate Scrapers (Hagerstown, MD), The Fly Birds (Winchester, VA), and Justin Garber (Longmont, CO), will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Frederick County school system for student meals. Artists, merchants, and food trucks will be on site for a full day of celebrating everything LOCAL!

The festival is located at the corner of State Route 634 (Cougill Rd) and Route 11 (Valley Pike) on the north side of Middletown, VA. Day parking opens at 10:30 AM. The festival field will open at 11:00 AM, with live music from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. With the purchase of your ticket, you will receive a Peak Leaf tasting glass to sample beers from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. After 3:00 PM, beers are available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased through the Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival website at www.peakleafmusicandbrewersfestival.com.

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The Valley Chorale of Front Royal is seeking interested singers to join in their upcoming season

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The VALLEY CHORALE OF FRONT ROYAL (formerly the Front Royal Oratorio Society) happily announces our new Artistic Director, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh. Interested singers may bring forth the song in their hears and join us for our upcoming season.

  • Rehearsals begin Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm, at Front Royal United Methodist Church (1 W. Main Street, Front Royal).
  • Ages 15 on up are welcome.
  • There is no audition but singers are voice-checked to make sure they are singing within the proper section.

You can email us at FrontRoyalSings@yahoo.com, visit our new website, ValleyChoraleofFrontRoyal.org, or call us at 540-635-4842.

Dr. Ryan Keebaugh conducting EMU’s University Choir and Orchestra

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5:30 pm Medicare Basics Educational Pres... @ Samuels Public Library | White Meeting Room B
Medicare Basics Educational Pres... @ Samuels Public Library | White Meeting Room B
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Medicare Basics Educational Presentation @ Samuels Public Library | White Meeting Room B
Come learn the basics of Medicare including: Eligibility, Important Dates, Medicare Coverage, Medicare Parts A,B,C, and D and Supplement Options. No Cost No RSVP required Walk-ins welcome For Educational purposes only For accommodations of persons[...]
Aug
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8:00 am Safe Driving Class for Seniors @ Front Royal Police Department
Safe Driving Class for Seniors @ Front Royal Police Department
Aug 24 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Safe Driving Class for Seniors @ Front Royal Police Department
Hosted By: Front Royal/Warren County S.A.L.T./TRIAD Are you a senior 50 and over in need of learning current driving trends, traffic laws and just an overall overview of driving safely? If so, AARP provides a[...]
10:00 am Sample an Irish Dance Class @ Jig 'n' Jive Dance Studio
Sample an Irish Dance Class @ Jig 'n' Jive Dance Studio
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Sample an Irish Dance Class @ Jig 'n' Jive Dance Studio
Sample an Irish Dance Class at the Jig ‘n’ Jive Dance Studio. Saturday, August 24th. 10:00 – 10:45am. $2/dancer. Boys and Girls. No experience or registration required.
4:30 pm Front Royal Salvation Army Corps... @ Salvation Army
Front Royal Salvation Army Corps... @ Salvation Army
Aug 24 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Front Royal Salvation Army Corps BBQ Cookout @ Salvation Army
The Front Royal Salvation Army Corps will host a BBQ Cookout on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 296 South Street, Front Royal. A BBQ chicken meal, including chips and[...]
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1:30 pm Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Aug 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with the instructor, Elena Maza, will deal with the basic three-primary color palette, different pigments and how they interact, how to mix all colors from three primary colors, how to apply[...]
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1:00 pm Substance Abuse and Recovery Summit @ Mountain Home Bed and Breakfast
Substance Abuse and Recovery Summit @ Mountain Home Bed and Breakfast
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Substance Abuse and Recovery Summit @ Mountain Home Bed and Breakfast
The McShin Foundation and RSW (Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren County) Regional Jail would like to invite you to our substance abuse and recovery summit to be held on August 29, 2019, in Front Royal, Virginia.[...]
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1:00 pm DJ Skyhigh’s End of Summer Blast @ Warren County Fair
DJ Skyhigh’s End of Summer Blast @ Warren County Fair
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DJ Skyhigh's End of Summer Blast @ Warren County Fair
Come join DJ Skyhigh for his end of summer blast. Lisa Bell will be hosting wine tastings (at an additional charge) of over 50 international wines. Wines may also be purchased by the bottle to[...]
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1:30 pm Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
Sep 3 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with instructor Elena Maza will focus on learning basic skills to create watercolor landscape paintings: basic composition and use of color and value to create a sense of depth and distance.[...]
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1:30 pm Botanical Drawing @ Art in the Valley
Botanical Drawing @ Art in the Valley
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Botanical Drawing @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. This four session course will focus on learning basic drawing skills as applied to botanicals: basic line drawings[...]
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10:00 am SHS Marching Band Mattress Fundr... @ Skyline High School
SHS Marching Band Mattress Fundr... @ Skyline High School
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SHS Marching Band Mattress Fundraiser @ Skyline High School
Skyline High School Marching Band is having a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Skyline High School (151 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal, Virginia). There will[...]