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Community Blood Drive to be held this Wednesday, March 3rd



WHAT MATTERS Warren–The Front Royal Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, and all eligible donors are encouraged to log onto to schedule a donation of the GIFT OF LIFE! Jeff Farmer and the American Red Cross staff are grateful for the ongoing support, especially for the amazing sponsors and volunteers who have embraced the Red Cross Blood Service’s mission during the pandemic. He reminds donors that walk-ins are not allowed during the crisis and appointments are required (to help avoid donors having to wait and limit their time in public). Many precautions are being taken by the organization to protect the safety of donors as they protect the lives of those in need by choosing to donate during the quarantine.

  • Front Royal Fire and Rescue Department (221 N Commerce Ave. Front Royal, VA 22630)
  • Wednesday, 3/3/2021, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Complimentary Screening for COVID Antibodies for all Blood Donors


All American Red Cross Staff before reporting to work are required to take their temperature. If they have a temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit they are required to not come to work.

At check-in, anyone entering the donation site such as donors and/or volunteers will have their temperatures taken. If at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above they will be asked to leave.

All equipment from computers to tablets to donation beds will be wiped down after every user with sanitation wipes and everyone will be required to use hand sanitizer through every process of the donation stations. American Red Cross Staff are required to change gloves after every blood donor as well as usual.

Anyone nervous about donating during the pandemic is encouraged to log online to view the full protective measures being taken by the American Red Cross.


We’re also committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. If you’re eligible and feeling well, we recommend scheduling an appointment now.

For detailed donor eligibility questions, please have your donors call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. For more information, visit

If you’d like to learn more about scheduling a blood drive at your business or organization, please contact:

Jeffrey Farmer
DRD Representative
American Red Cross
Cell – (540) 333-3788

“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

— US Surgeon General, Jerome Adams


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Warren County to commemorate Revolutionary War hero Dr. Joseph Warren



On June 12, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., Warren County will pause to remember one of its namesakes and a hero of the Revolutionary War, Dr. Joseph Warren. The county is set to host a commemorative event at the Administrative Building, reflecting on the contribution and sacrifice of this esteemed figure.

The ceremony will include a keynote speech by Larry Johnson, followed by wreath presentations and a musket salute. As a symbol of respect, the county flags will be lowered to half-staff following the salute. The event will begin indoors in the conference room and will then proceed outside for the musket salute.

Dr. Joseph Warren, a physician by profession, played a significant role in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War. Known for his speeches that fostered a spirit of rebellion against British rule, Warren was also a key figure in organizing the intelligence network known as the Sons of Liberty. He died a martyr’s death in the Battle of Bunker Hill, leaving an indelible mark on the country’s journey towards independence.

Warren County, named in his honor, continues to celebrate his legacy and contribution to the American Revolutionary War. This commemorative event reflects the county’s commitment to remembering the figures who shaped its historical and cultural landscape.

The Warren County Administrative Building, located at 220 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630, is the venue for this respectful tribute. The event is a testament to Warren County’s rich history and enduring respect for its namesake.

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WCRC Committee members rally together to beautify local streets for community event



In a proactive measure to improve the appeal of the local community and foster a clean and inviting environment, the Warren County Republican Committee recently embarked on a mission to revitalize a portion of Commerce Street (from South to Criser) and Short Street through a thorough cleaning initiative. This endeavor aimed to uplift the streetscape and prepare the area for an upcoming weekend festival, uniting community members in their dedication to creating a more vibrant and attractive Warren County.

Recognizing the pivotal role of cleanliness in shaping the overall experience for residents and visitors alike, the committee’s efforts were met with enthusiasm and appreciation from the community.

Their investment of time and energy was driven by the desire to inspire a sense of ownership and instill a lasting commitment among residents to maintain the cleanliness and beauty of their community long after the festival weekend.


Equipped with gloves, garbage bags, brooms, and dustpans, participants worked tirelessly to rid the streets of litter, debris, and any unsightly elements accumulated over time. Ensuring the safety of all involved, the committee distributed reflective vests and emphasized the importance of adhering to traffic regulations during the clean-up process.

Thanks to all who help make our community vibrant and attractive.

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Swing into summer: Café Royale hosts swing dance battle



Swing dance enthusiasts and beginners alike are cordially invited to a night of high-energy social dancing and friendly competition at Café Royale, located at the Manor Line’s Back 40, 18 High Street, Front Royal, on Friday, June 16th, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. This lively event will include a beginner lesson, an open floor, and a Mix N’ Match Swing Dance Battle with cash prizes on offer.

A Night to Remember: Dance, Compete, Celebrate

The doors open at 6:45 pm, and the evening kicks off with an East Coast Swing Lesson from 7:00 to 7:30 pm, welcoming newcomers to the swing dance community. The dance floor will then be open from 7:30 to 8:30 pm for all to showcase their moves, followed by the much-anticipated Swing Dance Battle from 8:30 to 9:00 pm. The dance floor reopens for another hour of fun from 9:00 to 10:00 pm.

Amidst all the dancing and competition, participants can unwind and mingle while enjoying cocktails, beer, wine, and Café Royale’s other delectable offerings available for purchase.

Join the Dance Battle or Cheer from the Sidelines

The Mix N’ Match Swing Dance Battle encourages friendly competition, with exciting cash prizes up for grabs. Anyone interested in competing can register via this form.

Tickets are priced at $12 in advance and can be purchased from Eventbrite. For those who prefer to decide on the day, tickets can be bought at the door for $15 (cash only). Spectators are also welcome to come and support their favorite dancers.

From ages 18 to 80+, everyone is encouraged to don their casual attire and come to enjoy a night of thrilling dance. No partner is required, so don’t hesitate to join solo!

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Cornerstone Christian Fellowship holds community yard sale



On Saturday, June 10, 2023, the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship will be opening its grounds for a community yard sale, offering an opportunity for locals to come together, exchange goods, and strengthen bonds within the community.

A Day of Fun, Frugality, and Fellowship

Scheduled from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, the yard sale promises a full day of bargain hunting and community engagement. Located at 8292 Winchester Road (Highway 522), the Church’s central position offers easy accessibility to all residents.

Whether you’re looking for hidden treasures, hoping to declutter your space, or simply seeking an enjoyable day out in the community, this yard sale could be just the ticket. Attendees will have the chance to find everything from antique furniture and decorative items to clothing, books, toys, and more.

Strengthening Community Bonds

The yard sale isn’t just about exchanging goods. It’s also an opportunity for the community to come together in a relaxed, fun environment. Events like these enhance the sense of togetherness and community spirit that Cornerstone Christian Fellowship is proud to foster.

So, come and join us on June 10 at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Who knows what treasures you might find, what connections you make, or what memories you create?

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Experience the joy of sharing a meal and building connections at Valley Assembly of God Church



Valley Assembly of God Church will host a heartwarming event to unite the local community. On Saturday, June 10th, the church will open at 4:30 p.m. starting at 5:00 p.m., and guests will enjoy a scrumptious free community meal. This much-anticipated event is not only an opportunity for the residents of Middletown and nearby communities to enjoy a delicious dinner but also a chance to foster a sense of unity and togetherness.

The menu for the evening includes a delectable array of dishes sure to tantalize taste buds. Attendees will enjoy mouthwatering fried chicken and classic sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. The meal will also include a freshly baked roll, a refreshing drink, and a delightful cupcake to top it all off. Valley Assembly of God Church, under the leadership of Pastor Jamie Zirkle, is renowned for its commitment to quality, and guests can expect nothing less than a flavorful and satisfying dining experience.

In the spirit of community and generosity, the church will accept free-will offerings from attendees. This gesture allows individuals to contribute to the event according to their means and support the church’s ongoing efforts to unite the community. The Valley Assembly of God Church, led by Pastor Jamie Zirkle, has a long-standing tradition of providing aid and support to those in need, and this event further reinforces their commitment to serving the community.

Situated at 2376 4th Street, Middletown, VA 22645, the church provides a welcoming and accessible venue for the community meal. With its spacious facilities and warm atmosphere, Valley Assembly of God Church creates the perfect setting for neighbors, friends, and families to come together and enjoy a shared experience.

The event organizers, including Pastor Jamie Zirkle, are enthusiastic about the impact this gathering will have on the community. Pastor Zirkle expressed his excitement, saying, “We are thrilled to host this community meal and have the opportunity to unite people. We aim to create a welcoming space where everyone can enjoy a delicious meal and build lasting connections within the community.”

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of June 8th



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! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, June 8th:

• Thursday: 1:05, 4:15, 7:35
• Fri-Wed: 1:05, 4:10, 7:15
Rated PG | Run Time: 2 hr 15 min

• Thursday: 1:00, 4:10, 7:30
• Fri-Wed: 1:10, 4:20, 7:30
Rated PG | Run Time: 2 hr 20 min

• Thursday: 1:10, 4:25, 7:45
• Fri-Wed: 1:00, 4:15, 7:30
Rated PG13 | Run Time: 2 hr 21 min

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $10
  • Child (under 12): $7
  • Military: $8
  • Student (college): $8
  • Senior: $8
  • Matinees, All Seating: $7
  • 3D: add $3


  • “Elemental”
  • “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1”
  • “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
  • “Barbie”
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Aders Insurance Agency, Inc (State Farm)

Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning

Apple Dumpling Learning Center

Apple House

Auto Care Clinic

Avery-Hess Realty, Marilyn King

Beaver Tree Services

Blake and Co. Hair Spa

Blue Mountain Creative Consulting

Blue Ridge Arts Council

Blue Ridge Education

BNI Shenandoah Valley

C&C's Ice Cream Shop

Card My Yard

CBM Mortgage, Michelle Napier

Christine Binnix - McEnearney Associates

Code Jamboree LLC

Code Ninjas Front Royal

Cool Techs Heating and Air

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Downtown Market

Dusty's Country Store

Edward Jones-Bret Hrbek

Explore Art & Clay

Family Preservation Services

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Independent Business Alliance

Front Royal/Warren County C-CAP

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Treatment Center

Front Royal Women's Resource Center

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

Fussell Florist

G&M Auto Sales Inc

Garcia & Gavino Family Bakery

Gourmet Delights Gifts & Framing

Green to Ground Electrical

Groups Recover Together

Habitat for Humanity

Groups Recover Together

House of Hope

I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

Jean’s Jewelers

Jen Avery, REALTOR & Jenspiration, LLC

Key Move Properties, LLC

KW Solutions

Legal Services Plans of Northern Shenendoah

Main Street Travel

Makeover Marketing Systems

Marlow Automotive Group

Mary Carnahan Graphic Design

Merchants on Main Street

Mountain Trails

Mountain View Music

National Media Services

Natural Results Chiropractic Clinic

No Doubt Accounting

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

Penny Lane Hair Co.

Philip Vaught Real Estate Management

Phoenix Project

Reaching Out Now

Rotary Club of Warren County

Royal Blends Nutrition

Royal Cinemas

Royal Examiner

Royal Family Bowling Center

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Oak Computers

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Spice

Ruby Yoga

Salvation Army

Samuels Public Library

SaVida Health

Skyline Insurance

Shenandoah Shores Management Group

St. Luke Community Clinic

Strites Doughnuts

Studio Verde

The Arc of Warren County

The Institute for Association & Nonprofit Research

The Studio-A Place for Learning

The Valley Today - The River 95.3

The Vine and Leaf

Valley Chorale

Warren Charge (Bennett's Chapel, Limeton, Asbury)

Warren Coalition

Warren County Democratic Committee

Warren County Department of Social Services

Warren County DSS Job Development

Warrior Psychotherapy Services, PLLC

WCPS Work-Based Learning

What Matters & Beth Medved Waller, Inc Real Estate

White Picket Fence

Woodward House on Manor Grade

King Cartoons

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