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Apr
14
Sat
Shenandoah AquaBlaze @ Begin at Downriver Canoe Company
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shenandoah AquaBlaze @ Begin at Downriver Canoe Company

Take on the Shenandoah AquaBlaze, where all you need are trail shoes, decent paddle skills, endurance, and the desire to spend a great day off the beaten path. The AquaBlaze is our fastest-growing race, and that’s because it is the next best thing to an adventure race–a great day in the woods, pushing your limits in a beautiful place with your favorite teammate…but without all the map reading and equipment! Because who needs a mountain bike? Not you, not today! You’ll be hitting one of the most picturesque rivers and mountain trails Virginia can offer at one of the prettiest times of the year. The adventure starts with a 13-mile paddle section on the Shenandoah River followed by a 13-mile trail run or trek through Shenandoah River State Park to the finish line. With this race format you’ll only need a pair of running shoes, water supply, and race nutrition. Sign up to compete, or just come out and enjoy a day of racing at your own pace by yourself or with a teammate.

Fees

  • Super early registration is $80.00 per team member & $100 for soloists until December 31, 2017
  • Early registration is $90 per team member & $110 for soloists until January 31, 2018
  • Regular registration is $100.00 per team member & $120 for soloists until February 28, 2018
  • Late registration is $110.00 per team member & $130 for soloists until close at midnight April 10, 2018

An additional $8 race day fee (or proof of USARA membership) is required by USARA and can be paid on race day or during online registration.

A Taste for Books @ Samuel's Public Library
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A Taste for Books @ Samuel's Public Library

The Library’s annual event has a theme of “Coming Home” this year. They are celebrating all things Front Royal, Warren County, and the surrounding places that make where we live so special! Celebrating the outdoor fun of hiking, canoeing, antique hunting, beer and wine, and everything in between. Music for the event will highlight local musicians. Participating groups will host a table, decorating it, along with costumes and food to reflect a favorite book. There will be a 19th century- 1800s including Civil War Era, hats and bustles section. Another section will be the 1900s to 1950s, including Flappers to Elvis to Helltown. A third section will be 1960 to the present (includes Hippies & Boomers to Robots & Nerds). Come enjoy the food, costumes, games, and music!! Get some tips on some great books to add to your reading list as well!

Apr
15
Sun
Shenandoah Tenderfoot Adventure Race @ Downriver Canoe Company
Apr 15 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Shenandoah Tenderfoot Adventure Race @ Downriver Canoe Company

The Shenandoah Tenderfoot adventure race (AR) is simple enough to enjoy but challenging enough to be considered an adventure race. It is an off-road, all-terrain, scavenger hunt with paddling on the Shenandoah River and biking and trekking in Shenandoah River State Park. Perfect for families and for beginner adventure racers. The morning of the race, you’ll get a checkpoints map, with a list of “Rules of Travel”. Teams have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible. Highest point accumulation in the shortest amount time determines ranking. There are two types of categories: Family and Adventure Class. The family team (with 2- or 3-person teams) must have at least one member younger than age 16 and participates in a shorter, easier version of the Adventure Class course. The Adventure Class (soloist or 2- or 3-person teams) offers a longer, more challenging course with a lot of optional opportunities to really have an adventure and hone those navigation and trail skills.

Time Details:

Sunday April 15, 9:30 AM: Pre-race brief (Mandatory for all team captains) at the race start area
Sunday April 15, 10:00 AM: Race starts
Sunday April 15, 1:00 PM: Race finishes
Sunday April 15, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Post-race food and award ceremony
Apr
20
Fri
Beauty & the Beast FRCS Spring Musical! @ Front Royal Christian School
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
Beauty & the Beast FRCS Spring Musical! @ Front Royal Christian School

Tale a old as time…
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast comes to life on the FRCS stage featuring the familiar characters and songs we all love. Bring the entire family for this full stage musical!

Discount tickets available on our website through April 12 only: $8 – adults, $6 – ages 3 & up.

3 shows!

  • Friday, April 20 – 7:00
  • Saturday, April 21 – 1:30 & 6:00

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
Concessions available before & during intermission. Meet and greet the cast after the show!
Be Our Guest – please join FRCS for our 8th musical production!

To Music… @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm
To Music... @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church

Blue Ridge Singers present their Spring concert, “To Music”, featuring Choral Works by Vaughn Williams, Sametz, Part, Elder, Guillaume, and more! Sponsored in part by Marion Park Lewis Foundation.

Apr
21
Sat
Junior Ranger Day @ Shenandoah National Park
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Ranger Day @ Shenandoah National Park

National Junior Ranger Day

Have you ever put your hand in a bear’s footprint or tried on a ranger hat? Now you have the chance!

Shenandoah National Park has some special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. The program is designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship.

Most programs are available for children of all ages. Special “Junior Ranger Day” patches will be available.

  • WHENApril 21, 2018. See below for the full schedule of planned activities.
  • WHEREActivities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted.
  • COST: This event is entirely free, including free entry to the park due to National Park Week. Learn about fees and fee free days.

Photo Credit: NPS | John F. Mitchell

Redbud Festival @ Browntown Community Center
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Redbud Festival @ Browntown Community Center

Each year in mid-April, the Browntown Community Center hosts its annual Redbud Festival in celebration of the wild Redbud Trees that peak their purple blooms along the scenic roadsides. Bake sale, crafts, photo contest, duck race, and other entertainment.

Wits for Wellness 5K @ LFCC Middletown Campus
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wits for Wellness 5K @ LFCC Middletown Campus

LFCC Middletown Campus to host fifth annual Wits for Wellness
~ 5K race starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 21 ~

LFCC is hosting its fifth annual Wits for Wellness 5k at our Middletown Campus on Saturday, April 21. Awards will be presented to the top three males and top three females in each age group, starting at 10 and under through 70 and older.

The entry fee is $25. The annual race always benefits an LFCC Educational Foundation scholarship or fund, and this year all proceeds will go to the Tanya Bock Emergency Fund for Nursing Students.

“The Wits for Wellness 5K is a great way for members of the community – whether they’re LFCC students or faculty, or part of the wider community – to have a good time and improve their health,” says Stacey Ellis, associate professor and program lead of health, physical education and recreation at LFCC. “And, this year, they’ll be improving the health of the region by aiding our nursing students who may be in need of emergency assistance as they continue their journey to becoming registered nurses.”

The race begins at 9 a.m., and race-day registration is 7:15-8:45 a.m. To register online or find out more about the race, visit www.lfcc.edu/5k.

85th Historic Garden Week @ Throughout Virginia
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm
85th Historic Garden Week @ Throughout Virginia

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.

AUDITIONS for ZOMBIE PROM @ Selah Theatre Project
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
AUDITIONS for ZOMBIE PROM @ Selah Theatre Project

OPEN TO RISING 6th-12th Grade Students

Directed by award-winning, Dolly Stevens.

PREPARATION: A 1-minute musical theatre song. Something you can ACT as well as SING. Wear comfortable clothes for a movement/dance audition. NO JEANS, U

GGS or SANDALS.

PROGRAM DATES are July 9-27, 2018, Monday thru Friday, 10AM-5PM. Performance dates are July 27-July 29th

TUITION: $300
Scholarships and financial aid available. For more information, contact

La Tasha at latasha@selahtheatreproject.org/

Beauty & the Beast FRCS Spring Musical! @ Front Royal Christian School
Apr 21 @ 1:30 pm
Beauty & the Beast FRCS Spring Musical! @ Front Royal Christian School

Tale a old as time…
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast comes to life on the FRCS stage featuring the familiar characters and songs we all love. Bring the entire family for this full stage musical!

Discount tickets available on our website through April 12 only: $8 – adults, $6 – ages 3 & up.

3 shows!

  • Friday, April 20 – 7:00
  • Saturday, April 21 – 1:30 & 6:00

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
Concessions available before & during intermission. Meet and greet the cast after the show!
Be Our Guest – please join FRCS for our 8th musical production!

Sexual Assault Awareness Candlelight Vigil @ Main Street Gazebo
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sexual Assault Awareness Candlelight Vigil @ Main Street Gazebo

CALLING ALL MEMBERS OF THE WARREN COUNTY / FRONT ROYAL COMMUNITY TO HELP PUT AN END TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE!

Please join The Laurel Center for the First Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Candlelight Vigil.

  • Date: April 21, 2018
  • Time: 7:00p to 9:00p
  • Location: Main Street Gazebo in Front Royal, VA

1 in every 6 women in America have experienced sexual violence. 1 in every 33 men in America have experienced sexual violence. Every 98 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted; enough is enough.

This special event will focus on unifying the community by remembering and honoring survivors of sexual assault and helping take a stand that it will not be tolerated.

To have change, we must become the change.


(Information, giveaways, and light refreshments)
If you have any questions regarding the vigil, please contact The Laurel Center at 540-667-6160 or 540-635-1554.

Star Party at Cedar Creek NBP @ Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Thoburn Redoubt tract
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Star Party at Cedar Creek NBP @ Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Thoburn Redoubt tract

Join the National Park Service with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society for 3 FREE Star Parties

A SAS member will provide an Astronomical related program. Come look through our telescopes, or bring yours and we can show you how to use it.

  • Saturday, April 21 8 pm – Lyrid Meteor Shower
  • Saturday, August 11 8:30 pm – Perseid Meteor Shower
  • Saturday, October 13 6:30 pm – Star Party

The star parties will be held at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Thoburn Redoubt tract.

Directions to the site:

  1. Just south of Middletown, from U.S. Route 11, turn left onto Water Plant Road. Proceed 1 mile to the intersection with Long Meadow Road.
  2. Turn right onto Long Meadow Road. Proceed 0.1 mile.
  3. Turn right onto Bowman’s Mill Road. Proceed 1.4 miles to Thoburn Redoubt.
  4. The Thoburn Tract is marked by a Civil War Trails sign and some Waysides. Turn right into the property.

 


Five Tips for a Fun and Safe Adventure

Image: Visitor looks through telescope at Perseid Meteor Shower Party in 2017.
Credit: Buddy Secor/NPS

Apr
22
Sun
Heaven and Earth @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Apr 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Heaven and Earth @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church

The Front Royal Oratorio Society presents “Heaven and Earth”, a very special spring concert, featuring John Rutter’s exquisitely beautiful Requiem and a selection of beloved sacred songs and hymns. The concert falls on Earth Day weekend, so join the celebration!

Apr
23
Mon
Shoe Drive Fundraiser @ Living Water Christian Church
Apr 23 all-day
Shoe Drive Fundraiser @ Living Water Christian Church

Living Water Christian Church is currently holding a shoe drive to help raise funds for their local backpack mission program through May 26, 2018.  Donations of gently used, gently worn or new shoes are accepted.  Shoes may be dropped off at 72 North Lake Avenue Front Royal VA and placed in the large black trash cans (one is located at the lower level door and the other is at the upper level door of the church).

Phone: 540-683-1327 – Call and leave a message regarding the shoe drive, or send a text message!