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Donate blood, the gift of life, this Saturday on Main Street

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Photo by Jody Lane/American Red Cross

WHAT MATTERS will be sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive for the community on Saturday, March 2, 2019, on Main Street in historic downtown Front Royal. Members from The Area ONE|ders, a new Rotary Club forming in the region, will be showing their support. “As a soon to be new Rotary club in the region, we are eager to begin our commitment to Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service. This WHAT MATTERS initiative is a great opportunity for our involvement in Club and Community Service,” said Doug Sexton, who will be President of the new club. The drive will be held from 9am-2pm at OPEN HOUSE, the WHAT MATTERS community meeting space. Located directly beside the Daily Grind coffee shop, OPEN HOUSE is in the Middle of Main building at 213 E. Main Street.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross. “The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. We hope that our community will join us in this remarkably easy way to truly give the gift of life this weekend,” shared Beth Medved Waller, who is President Elect of The Area ONE|ders and Founder of WHAT MATTERS.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.

Convenient parking can be found in Waller’s real estate office parking lot at 27 Cloud Street (located adjacent to the street directly behind the Middle of Main building) or along Main Street. For information about eligibility or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Red Cross at 1-800 RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome, but donors can save time by registering prior to the drive and are now able to speed up the process by filling out the health history questions online.

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River and Peak Outfitter celebrates first year of business with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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John and Kristen Sims hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 23, to celebrate their first year of River and Peak Outfitter. There was a great turnout on this sunny, somewhat blustery March day. Among those joining the celebration were Mayor Hollis Tharpe, Nikki Foster of Chamber of Commerce, William Huck of C&C Frozen Treats, and many other customers and supporters. The event was also joined by Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Potomac Riverkeeper Network, as both had informative tables set up to talk and hand out brochures for their worthy organizations. John and Kristen provided a fun raffle and free pizza – what could be better?

River and Peak is a true outdoor adventuring store. They offer everything from kayaks, hiking gear, clothing, fishing equipment, and a great deal of other quality items. This shop offers the visitor a unique opportunity to meet knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. You can expect to find John, Kristen and staff not only talking the talk but walking the walk in order to make your outdoor experience fun and safe.

Congratulations to River and Peak Outfitter for their first year of many years to come! A big thank you to all who attended this exciting event.

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

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These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library during the month of April. 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, April 2

  • 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. This month our theme will be “Goodnight, Moon.” Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome.
  • 4:30 Science Scouts. Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands on investigations of STEM-related topics. This week we will explore mixtures and solutions. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 2.

Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4

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

Look up! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about the sun and moon. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, April 6

  • 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 March 6.

Tuesday, April 9

  • 4:30 Science Scouts. Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands on investigations of STEM-related topics. Pollination will be the theme of our discoveries this week! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 9.

Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11

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

Tweet, tweet! Our stories, songs, and craft will be “For the Birds.” Siblings welcome.


Saturday, April 13

  • 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Flower Power. We all know that flowers are pretty, but did you know that they can be yummy, too?! Let’s do some baking and sample some treats that feature flowers! For ages 9 and up. Registration begins March 13.
  • 2:00 Game On! Sample games from our new video game collection and give us your recommendations for more titles at our Game On! program for teens! For ages 12-18. Registration begins March 13.

Tuesday, April 16

  • 4:30 Science Scouts. Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands on investigations of STEM-related topics. This week, we will be using recycled materials to make bird-feeders. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 16.

Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18

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

What wonderful things grow from the seeds we plant! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft about seeds! Siblings welcome.


Wednesday, April 17

  • 4:00 Future Einsteins. Children ages 6-11 are invited to be a Future Einstein! Join us after school on Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 P.M. for a time of learning, experiments, and fun with the STEM GEMS and others who love science! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 17.

Thursday, April 18

  • 2:00 Family Workshop for Budding Photographers. This workshop is designed for parents and their children to learn together. Any type of camera, including a cell phone camera, can be used during the workshop. The session includes simple steps for capturing great photographs along with hands-on activities in the library garden. Parents and children should all register, as space is limited. Registration begins March 18.

Saturday, April 20

  • 11:00 Aspiring Artists. Are you aged 7 – 11? Do you enjoy art? If so, please join us for our children’s art class. Using stamps from nature designs, we will handprint DIY tote bags to create your own signature bag! Registration begins March 20.
  • 2:00 World of Lego. Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos. Registration begins March 20.

Monday, April 22

  • 2:00 Monday Movie: Hop. Join us for a special Easter movie and treats! For ages five and up. Registration begins March 22.

Tuesday, April 30

  • 4:30 Science Scouts. Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands on investigations of STEM-related topics. The continuous, fabulous water cycle will be the theme of our investigations and activities this week! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 30.
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“Unplanned” – the Abby Johnson Story Sponsored by the Front Royal Pregnancy Center

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“Unplanned” is the true story of one woman’s journey of transformation and redemption. Ashley Bratcher plays Johnson, who once served as a Planned Parenthood clinic director. Though she had been involved with thousands of abortions, she had never seen one performed. Once she did it changed everything. She soon joined her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, becoming one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.

Please note that “Unplanned” has been R-rated by the MPAA solely for violence directly associated with the abortion process. The film cannot be viewed in theaters by anyone under the age of 17 unless there is an “accompanying parent or adult guardian.”

Join us for one of two pre-release showings of “Unplanned” in Front Royal this Monday in Front Royal or for the showing in Winchester on Tuesday.

Proceeds for the Front Royal showing go to The Front Royal Pregnancy Center and the proceeds for the Winchester showing goes to AbbaCare (Pregnancy Center in Winchester).
Please inform your family, friends and associates.

ORDER YOUR TICKETS HERE! for Front Royal, Monday March 25th (6:10 PM) and Tuesday March 26th (8:55 PM) at Royal Cinemas in Front Royal.

ORDER YOUR TICKETS HERE! for Winchester, Tuesday Front Royal, Thursday March 28th 6:15 PM – 9:15 PM at AMC Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester, VA.

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VDH’s Lord Fairfax Health District and AIDS Response Effort, Inc. offer free screening, testing and vaccines

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On Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Virginia Department of Health’s Lord Fairfax Health District and AIDS Response Effort, Inc. are collaborating to offer the following free medical tests and vaccines to the community:

• Free STD Screenings
• Free Hepatitis A Vaccines
• Free Rapid HIV Testing
• Free Hepatitis C Testing

The event will take place in the Eagle’s Room at the Our Health, Inc. location:

329 N. Cameron St. #200
Winchester, VA 22601

For more information contact (540) 536-2971 or (540) 771-3720.

The Lord Fairfax Health District serves residents in the city of Winchester and Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties. For more information, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/lord-fairfax/.

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The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative’s faith based symposium

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On March 5, 2019, the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative (NPC), Shenandoah Valley’s first region-wide partnership in combatting the area’s opioid crisis, welcomed members of the area’s diverse religious community to learn about opioid and other drug use in the valley. 27 members of 12 different faith based organizations from the counties of Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, and Page attended the educational event.

Cathy Tibbetts traveled from Luray to attend the symposium. When asked why she chose to attend the event she stated, “Part of being a person of faith is acting on what you believe in. Today gives us the opportunity to come together as a community to address the opioid crisis.”

Prevention Services Coordinator Shannon Urum from the Northwestern Community Services Board kick started the day by speaking on the relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Christa Shifflett, Executive Director of the Warren Coalition and NPC Lead, joined in on a discussion about Adverse Childhood Experiences. They stressed the importance of leading trauma informed communities due to the large impact multiple forms of adverse childhood experiences can have on numerous public health issues, including substance abuse.

Free materials available to community members to help store/dispose of medications.

The collaborative’s partnering organizations also shared information at the event. Shenandoah County’s Family Youth Initiative, the Page Alliance for Community Action, the Northwestern Community Services Board, and the Warren Coalition provided various supplies for attendees to share with their community. Attendees received timer caps, medicine lock boxes, and medication disposal bags to take home from the event to help prevent unwanted access to opiates. One lucky attendee also won a free copy of the book, “Cracked, Not Broken”, by Kevin Hines.

In the afternoon, clips from the documentary, “Pleasure Unknown”, explained the neuroscience of addiction. Casey Dwyer, from James Madison University, spoke to the audience about the stages of change and how faith based members can positively influence someone going through this process. Christa Shifflett finished the informative day by engaging the audience to reflect on anxiety, stress, and fear and how they relate to addiction.

Casey Dwyer speaks about the Stages of Change.

The Faith Based Symposium provided an outlet for members of various faith communities to collaborate and learn about drug misuse in the region. These leaders can now take what they have learned and apply it amongst their congregation in an effort to combat the crisis in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. A follow-up event is currently in the works, and the collaborative will happily provide trainings to any other congregations in the region who were unable to attend the event. For more information on what you can do visit: NWPrevention.org.

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Town Tip Thursday: “Taste of Broadway” to be held at Warren County Middle School

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Town Tip Thursday, a WHAT MATTERS Initiative – TIP: Don’t miss your chances in the next few weeks to enjoy performances by many talented youth in our community! Stay tuned for a trio of WHAT MATTERS videos announcing performances at Warren County Middle School, Warren County High School and Front Royal Christian School…

WHAT MATTERS Warren Interview – “Taste of Broadway” featuring 50 students from area middle schools to be held Thursday 4/4/19 at 6pm at WC Middle School.

In this video Beth Medved Waller interviews Director, Todd Martin and singers Dillon Lewallen, Abby Knesh and Olivia Kelley.

Todd Martin, Choral Director for both Warren County and Skyline Middle Schools, is pleased to announce a joint performance and fundraiser for both WCMS and SMS Choral Departments.  An event called “Taste of Broadway” will be held at Warren County Middle School on Thursday, April 4th at 6pm. This event/fundraiser will include food (light hors d’oeuvres and desserts from local businesses will be provided), raffles and the beautiful singing of 50 students from both middle schools.

“During our first school semester of 2018 we had a Talent Show at Warren County Middle School and it was a huge success. Shortly after, I had the idea to showcase the talents of both middle schools, given that I’m the choral director at both schools” said Mr. Martin, the proud director.

Family, friends and the community are all invited to attend the program and hear fifty middle school students perform songs from favorite Broadway Shows.  The evening will include songs from the Broadway musicals Annie, Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Sound of Music and more! “These students have put in over 50 hours of rehearsals to make this possible. Please come out to support the arts and local talent of our middle students in Warren County,” added Martin.

Community ticket sales will begin on March 27th and can be purchased at the Warren County Middle School’s main office located at 522 Heritage Drive between the hours are from 7am to 3pm. Price per ticket for students is $10 and the adult price is $12. Seating is limited to 400 guests, and these performances tend to sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early for what should be a fantastic evening to witness and support the talents of local youth. Mr. Martin, the volunteers working with the program, the student performers and both school administrations thank the community for their support and hope this event will provide much needed funds to enhance the already dynamic choral departments at each school. Call WCMS at 540-635-2194 for more information or to find out how you can help support the arts in our community.


A WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for Royal Examiner Email Alerts HERE and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Visit www.whatmattersw2.com “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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