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Attention fairy lovers: Samuels Library holds free children’s nature program on Aug. 7

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Right beyond the fence, Samuels Public Library has its own fairy garden in the raised brick plant bed. All photos by Kim Riley

FRONT ROYAL — Fairies have a very important message that they want to communicate to humans: Heal and respect Earth.

Fairies — those fanciful, magical, enchanting beings — can help empower children to be environmentally friendly, considerate of all life forms, and supportive of saving wildlife and the planet.

But first, kids need to attract them into the human world.

One of the best ways to do that is by creating fairy houses that draw in the sprite, sparkly pixies.

Luckily for local children ages 6 years and up, Samuels Public Library is holding a free program that provides all the materials children need to build a fairy house.

“Kids love fairies,” said Michal Ashby, youth reference supervisor at the library. “We thought it would be a fun thing to do to connect them with the environment.”

“Fairy Frolic: A Children’s Program” is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the library on E. Criser Road in Front Royal.

Youngsters can build their own fairy house and then celebrate reading afterwards with fairy lemonade, shimmery cookies and a tour of the library’s Children’s Garden, where Ashby said they’ll also learn about what plants to grow in the garden to entice fairies to visit.

Creating fairy houses, she said, offers children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside, connect with the natural world, and learn how to nurture, care and respect the environment — all of which are very important to fairies.

“The program brings alive nature for them,” said Ashby, who also plans to incorporate learning through stories and lore. “Hopefully, children will fall in love with nature.”

The Fairy Frolic program is one of several free programs offered by Samuels Public Library to highlight its Summer Reading Club, Ashby said.

More than 1,100 children registered this summer for the reading club, which is a free, annual event that gets kids to read or listen to books from June through August, win prizes and attend free programs like Fairy Frolic. All that’s required is registration.

“We try to bring in programs that incorporate folklore, history, culture, nature — whatever might encourage more reading,” said Ashby.

In addition to Fairy Frolic, other fun programs held at the library this summer to celebrate reading included:

• Wiggly Worms: Under the supervision of Allyson Ponn of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Conservation District, kids made a worm hotel for the library garden and learned about the importance of worms to the health of the soil and farm crops. The worms were garden pets for the entire summer and children could participate in twice-weekly feedings held at the library. The worms were officially released today.

• Creepy Crawlies: Wildlife Ambassadors helped children discover the truth about “misunderstood” animals like poisonous toads, pythons, spiders, hissing cockroaches and skinks.

• Being creative with puppet shows, song and dance programs, art, a Mario Kart Wii tournament, movies with free popcorn and refreshments, and a Mexican fiesta.
And the list goes on.

Samuels Public Library Director Harold Hayes (left) and Youth Reference Supervisor Michal Ashby.

“I like to think we’re an asset to the community,” said Harold Hayes, director of the Samuels Public Library. “We provide the community with access to information. And information is huge.”

As Warren County, VA’s only library, Hayes said it’s important to engage with residents on a variety of levels, including by starting young people on the road to reading as early as possible.

The library’s Summer Reading Club culminates in the free “Magic and Illusion of John Kingry” performance, which is being held on Friday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. by Magician John Kingry, who will perform a mind-boggling show of trickeries and levitation. He’ll even saw someone in half!

While the Summer Reading Club is ending, Ashby and Hayes said that young and adult readers may join upcoming Winter Reading Clubs that also will highlight more free programming and prizes to celebrate reading. Details are available online or at the library.

And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Aug. 7 for the Fairy Frolic children’s program. Register here for this event online.

Children on Aug. 7 can build their own fairy houses like the one at the library’s Children Garden.

Michal Ashby, youth reference supervisor at Samuels Public Library, tours Children’s Garden, where visitors may play chess (above); sit and read (below); or view beans, butterflies, botanicals & berries.

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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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The Rotary Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Blood Drive

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All are invited to the Rotary Club of the Shenandoah Valley (The Area ONE|ders) blood drive on Wednesday, August 21st, fom 2pm-7pm, at the Front Royal United Methodist Church (1 W. Main St. Front Royal) to be a hero and give the GIFT OF LIFE!

Go to www.redcrossblood.org for more info. While not required, you can speed things up by completing your RapidPass®. The process is simple – just 4 steps and takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Get started with some initial information, read through the pre-donation materials, answer your health history questions and print, download or email your RapidPass® to yourself, and bring it with you.

ONE PINT OF BLOOD CAN SAVE UP TO THREE LIVES! Thanks to all of the loyal regular donors, and welcome to future donors who would like to become regulars on this drive series that runs approximately every 56ish days!

ALL DONORS WHO DONATE BY 8/29 WILL RECEIVE A $5 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

If you can’t make it, there are other upcoming drives to choose from. Drive Details:

  • 8/23 Macedonia United Methodist Church (1941 Macedonia Church Road White Post, VA)
  • 8/29 Lowes in Riverton Commons, 10:30am – 3:00pm

Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.

WHY give blood? You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason. Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing to do. Some do it for the free cookies and juice, cool sticker and time off from work. But EVERYONE enjoys the great feeling of helping save lives!

WHAT are the general Blood Donor Requirements? Be in good general health and feeling well. Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states). Weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors. Have not donated blood in the last 56 days. Be in good general health and feeling well. Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states). Weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors. Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.

Download the BLOOD DONOR APP TO SAVE TIME:
https://www.redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html

SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT (or just arrive at a convenient time for you on drive day):
https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time

THANKS for joining us in helping to replenish the blood supply by donating! If you can’t give, please take a moment to invite someone else to donate! Sometimes, all it takes is a heartfelt ASK and a person will become a blood donor for LIFE, and YOU can be a part of saving countless lives by inspiring a new donor!

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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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27
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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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3
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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.[...]
Sep
4
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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[...]