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Dozer: Pet of the Month

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Dozer is a 2 year old Pitbull terrier with brown and white markings. Dozer is already neutered and up to date on all his vaccines. He is a big, strong boy with tons of energy! Dozer needs a home without cats but can do well with other dogs and older children.

Our Westminster Dog Show Raffle is still going on!

Tickets are $10 a piece for a chance to win $500! Your ticket will be randomly assigned a dog breed and if that breed wins Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, you’ll win the $500!

Tickets can be purchased at the shelter located at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal VA. Winner announced February 14th, 2018.

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Principle Approach: Equip our children to live in an ever-changing, unpredictable world

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The Shenandoah Christian Alliance presented a presentation on Monday, May 20, 2019 with Dr. Max Lyons, Director of Teaching Services from The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) on the “Principle Approach” teaching methodology which results in students completing their 12th grade education with a strong academic foundation and a solid and decidedly Christian World View.

The Royal Examiner’s camera was there:

Dr. Max Lyons provided the following information:

Biblical-Classical Education, the Principle Approach, America’s historic method of Biblical reasoning, places the Truth of God’s Word at the heart of education in every subject.

From asserting God’s sovereignty in all of life, and acknowledging His Hand in historical and present human history, students reason by principles and leading ideas to internalize a Biblical worldview in producing their own learning.

Biblical-classical teaching and learning sees education differently. We see children differently as subjects of God’s Sovereignty in human life. Teaching and learning are formative of Biblical reasoning.  The formation of wisdom is the fruit of the knowledge of truth.  The Principle Approach provides the structure of truth that frames true education.  Wisdom is the key and the Principle Approach method forms wisdom as children learn how to think and reason from a Biblical perspective in order to redirect their humanness towards God.

Biblical-classical education first rests upon seeing children as God sees them—of such is the Kingdom of heaven, created for His purpose, endowed with His image, and formed by their parents’ diligent attention to their education.  The principle approach method builds two pillars upon the Christian view of the child:
1. the knowledge of providential history—God’s hand in human life and His sovereign will for their good—
2. the skill of reasoning from the bedrock principles of the natural and moral law that governs God’s universe and our individual lives

How does the Principle Approach see education?
True education is teaching and learning embedded in and flowing from the knowledge of God through His Word—as opposed to education based in man’s subjective and limited achievements.

Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

Webster’s’ 1828 Dictionary definition of education

How does the Principle Approach see the child differently from the way the world sees the child?
By regarding every individual child as a unique creation of God, endowed with His image, destined for immortality, and created with a special purpose in God’s grand design revealed when the absolute truths of God’s word are imbedded into the heart, soul and mind—the Christian idea of the child.

  • The child is a unique creation of God (like no other one in the universe)
  • Bearing God’s image (for His purposes)
  • To be taught “when you rise up, walking in the way, lying down” (constantly, continually, unfailingly)
  • From His Word (the only absolute, complete, infallible, unchangeable law of the universe)
  • To enlighten the mind (bring light by which to see the world)
  • Correct the temper (deal with the sin nature)
  • Form the habits and manners (build the character)
  • Fit for usefulness (bring to the fullest expression of his/her value in Christ)

How do we impart knowledge as subject to God’s sovereignty in human life?
God as the sovereign of the universe, creator, the source of all good and all knowledge, superintends the actions of men and nations, and has from Creation, according o his counsel with the intention of restoring man to his original blessedness and liberty to walk with God through Jesus Christ.

By requiring that all teaching and learning in every subject and in all of life be placed within the context of God’s sovereignty and superintendence—the magnificent, all-inspiring context of the Hand of God in human history— true Providential history, that begins with creation and moves through the millennia seeing the key links in the Chain of Christianity up to this very day.

What are the bedrock principles?

  • The foundational, recurring principles that cement the Truths of God’s Word into the unmovable structure of God’s natural and moral law
  • Providing the path of reasoning for all of life and learning (as opposed to reasoning from man’s limited, subjective wisdom that is blown about by every wind of doctrine or cultural trend)
  • Requiring that education be based on the bedrock principles of Scripture as the foundation of every subject in the curriculum and the base of reason in all of life

To learn more about The Noah Plan Curriculum, which uses the Principle Approach, click here.

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

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


Saturday, June 1

  • 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 May 1.
  • 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. This month, Join Monica Farrall, Educational Outreach Coordinator, as she takes a short, fun look at 4 major personality categories which have an animal likeness: the lion, the otter, the golden retriever, and the beaver. Each animal has different temperaments and characteristics which make it special and unique; just like each of us. Come learn how a better understanding of personalities can strengthen our relationships with family and friends. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 12 and up. Registration begins May 1.

Tuesday, June 4

  • 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 “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” 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. Windmill STEM is the topic of this week’s investigations. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins May 4.

Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6

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

Big, Bigger, Biggest! We’ll have stories that illustrate comparisons, poems, and a fun craft! Siblings welcome.


Friday, June 7

Join us for a fun day of celebration as we begin our annual Summer Reading Club! Sign up for Summer Reading Club and take part in these great activities:

  • 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Buy a frozen treat from the C&C ice cream truck, featuring a new mystery flavor: It’s Showtime at Your Library!
  • 10:00 -1:00 Get your face painted!
  • 1:00 Local entertainer Kevin Owens will amaze children and adults with the variety and complexity of his balloon animal creations.
  • 2:00 Larsen’s Amazing World of Reptiles. Children, teens, and adults will learn fun facts about reptiles, see them up close, and have a chance to hold or touch them.

Saturday, June 8

  • 11:00 Aspiring Artists. Are you aged 7 and up? Do you enjoy art? If so, please join us for our children’s art class. Come create your own self-portrait in pastel! We will observe famous artists’ self-portraits such as Rembrandt, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo and then draw our own original self-portraits. Registration begins May 8.
  • 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 May 8.

Tuesday, June 11

  • 3:30 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’ll do some underwater explorations with our ocean zones theme! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins May 11.

Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13

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

Trained animals and amazing tricks! It’s the circus! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Siblings welcome.


Wednesday, June 12

  • 2:00 It’s Showtime at the Circus. Come enjoy “clowning around” and create your personal clown face, learn interesting circus fun facts, play games, and eat cotton candy! For ages 8-12. Registration begins May 12.

Friday, June 14

  • 2:00 Wiggly Worms. Come on down and get your hands dirty! Pet some worms and then make a worm hotel for the library garden. Learn about the importance of worms to the health of the soil and farm crops. The worms will be our garden pets for the summer and will be fed every Monday and Friday at 2:00 P.M. Children are welcome to help. We thank Allyson Ponn of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Conservation District for making this program possible. Registration begins May 14. For ages 5 and up.

Monday, June 17

  • 2:00 Monday Movie: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Love Legos? Come on in and watch The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. And if it inspires you to do some building, we’ll have some Legos on hand! For ages 5 and up. Registration begins May 17.

Tuesday, June 18

  • 3:30 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’ll learn about animal cells. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins May 18.

Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20

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

Let’s have some stories about squawky, gawky chickens! Come in for a fun craft and poems, too! Siblings welcome.


Wednesday, June 19

  • 2:00 A Creative Space. Teens will learn about the more abstract side of art. In this class we’ll look at concepts and colors. What emotion does this artwork portray based on the predominant colors? How can simply applying a color over an image change the tone of it? For ages 12 and up. Registration begins May 19.

Saturday, June 22

  • 11:00 Summer Fun! A Children’s Garden Program. Come create your own beautiful and original Garden Art Wind Chimes and enjoy homemade ice cream! Surprise flavors! For ages 6 and up. Registration begins May 22.
  • 2:00 Chess and More. Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good chess or other board game. For ages 6 and up. Registration begins May 22.

Monday, June 24

  • 2:00 Dragon Feathers Puppet Show. Dragon Feathers features a colorful, zany cast of talented dragons! They are silly, but never scary; foolish, but never frightening. Bring the whole family to this entertaining celebration of fun! Presented by Bob Brown Puppets.

Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27

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

What’s cooking? Come to story time for a taste of good books, songs, and a craft! Siblings welcome.


Friday, June 28

  • 2:00 Song and Dance. It’s show time for children ages seven and up! Kids will get to dance to fun music, sing silly songs, learn a few easy rhythms, and dress up in crazy costumes. For ages 7 and up. Registration begins May 28.

Saturday, June 29

  • 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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The 2019 UPS-United Way Golf Tournament was a success!

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On Saturday, May 18, the UPS-United Way Golf Tournament was held at the Front Royal Golf Club at 902 Country Club Road in Front Royal, VA. 40 players participated in this year’s tournament, with the top prize being awarded to the team consisting of Frank White, Jerry Wampler, Justin Kronk, and Brian Wilkins. The event raised $3,533.00 for the United Way of Front Royal-Warren County.

Many local businesses helped sponsor this year’s event: The Feltner Group Real Estate Company, Melting Pot Pizza, Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, Front Royal Golf Club, Henry’s Grocery, L ‘Dees Pancake House, Aire Serv, Edward Jones (Bret Hrbek), Clear Title & Escrow, Kelly Martin (ERA Realty), Joseph F. Silek, Jr., P.C., Warren Brown (ERA Realty), Bobby Rutherford  (ERA Realty), City National Bank, No Doubt Accounting, MDUB Chauffer Services, United Bank, and CBM Mortgage.

The United Way of Front Royal-Warren County is a local, private, non-profit organization meeting local, Warren County needs. Since 1950, the United Way has been working tirelessly to see that our neighbors in Warren County have access to the human service resources so essential in any community. The organization raises money for local non-profit agencies, eliminates the expense of separate campaigns, saves time for both the contributor and the agencies, and best of all, has our neighbors deciding where the money raised will go.

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Author Stephen Hudak at the Royal Oak Bookshop – Saturday, May 25th

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Local author Stephen Hudak will be at the Royal Oak Bookshop on South Royal Avenue in Front Royal on May 25th from 1pm to 4pm.

“Writing non-fiction is tough. While nearly all writing contains a bit of the author, this collection of leadership and learning thoughts is all me. It does not represnet the options of anyone other than myself. There, it’s all out in the open. No animals of business-type folks were harmed in the creation”, says Stephen.

Stephen dropped by the Royal Examiner’s studio and spoke with publisher Mike McCool about his new book, “Of Dreams and Leadership: Learning to lead and sharing along the way”.

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33rd Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival: Photo Gallery

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The band was called “Back to Zero”

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WCGLLS Team of the Week: Orioles

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Warren County Girls Little League Softball is proud to present the team of the week, sponsored by Kelly Martin of ERA Brown & Rutherford Realty. Coached by Rusty Mayberry, Billy Logan, Rylee Jenkins and Callista Mayberry, the Orioles don’t lack any personality.

These girls aren’t afraid to act goofy and have fun. Don’t be fooled though, they have some near unhittable pitching and heavy bats to back it up. Come down to Chimney Field Park at 410 W 12th St, Front Royal, to watch what it’s like to have fun while playing the game.

Check out our website at https://www.wcgirlssoftball.com.

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May
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9:30 am Painting: Composition and Color @ Art in the Valley
Painting: Composition and Color @ Art in the Valley
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Painting: Composition and Color @ Art in the Valley
Explore your painting potential by creating unique compositions. We’ll find out what motivates you to paint and how to express your point-of-view on canvas. Learn methods of developing a composition and how to best use[...]
1:30 pm Portraits for Beginners: People ... @ Art in the Valley
Portraits for Beginners: People ... @ Art in the Valley
May 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Portraits for Beginners: People and Pets @ Art in the Valley
Learn to create realistic portraits of people and pets. Students will practice drawing and painting techniques used in portraiture. Class meets once a week for five weeks. Students are required to bring their own reference[...]
3:00 pm The Employer Expo @ War Memorial Building @ Jim Barnett Park
The Employer Expo @ War Memorial Building @ Jim Barnett Park
May 23 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Employer Expo @ War Memorial Building @ Jim Barnett Park
Have you been thinking about a career change? Are you nearing graduation and not quite sure what you want to do, or what your next step should be? Are you a parent of a student[...]
6:00 pm Painting the Landscape with Oils... @ Art in the Valley
Painting the Landscape with Oils... @ Art in the Valley
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Painting the Landscape with Oils: Late Spring @ Art in the Valley
This class provides a hands-on experience for painting with oils. Students will focus on techniques for painting landscapes. Class meets once a week for five weeks. Students are recommended to bring their own reference photos[...]
6:30 pm Confederate Memorial Day ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery's Soldiers Circle
Confederate Memorial Day ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery's Soldiers Circle
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Confederate Memorial Day ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery's Soldiers Circle
The Warren Rifles Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will again lead the annual Confederate Memorial Day ceremony on the anniversary of the Battle of Front Royal. Where: at Prospect Hill Cemetery’s Soldiers[...]
6:30 pm Watercolor Basics @ Strokes of Creativity
Watercolor Basics @ Strokes of Creativity
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Watercolor Basics @ Strokes of Creativity
Watercolor Basics Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM Learn the basics of watercolor painting. This is a great follow-up class from the watercolor 101 class, learn about techniques and applying techniques[...]
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1:00 pm Meet the Author: Stephen Hudak @ Royal Oak Bookshop
Meet the Author: Stephen Hudak @ Royal Oak Bookshop
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet the Author: Stephen Hudak @ Royal Oak Bookshop
Of Dreams and Leadership: Learning to lead and sharing along the way by local author, Stephen Hudak In this collection of essays, Stephen Hudak shares his thoughts on Leadership and Learning.
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10:00 am Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Calling all artists!! Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch and save homeless animals. Pick up a chair from the SPCA Thrift Shop, build a chair, up-cycle a chair, paint a chair, or upholster[...]
May
28
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1:30 pm Watercolor Landscapes: In and Ou... @ Art in the Valley
Watercolor Landscapes: In and Ou... @ Art in the Valley
May 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Watercolor Landscapes: In and Out of the Studio @ Art in the Valley
This four week course 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. During the first class[...]
May
29
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2:00 pm Introduction to Floral Painting ... @ Art in the Valley
Introduction to Floral Painting ... @ Art in the Valley
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Introduction to Floral Painting with Hillary White @ Art in the Valley
Learn to paint flowers in landscapes, vases, close up and loosely! Use your own acrylic paint, watercolor or colored pencils. You must have basic knowledge of your medium. Instructor: Hillary White, MAT, CDA Wednesday afternoons,[...]