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November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2018-11-08T18:00:00-05:00
2018-11-08T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Art in the Valley
205-A East Main St. | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
$165 (includes materials)
Contact:
Kelli Hart
540-252-2260

All drawing levels welcome. In this class we’ll work on creating drawings from still life, plaster casts, or reference photos. Learn and develop your abilities in composition, proportion, and rendering with artist and instructor Michael Budzisz. All dry mediums welcome. Bring your own supplies or we’ll provide basic materials. Class meets once a week for five weeks. Ages 12 & up.

Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, October 18 through November 15. Cost: $165 (includes materials)

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TOWN NOTICE: Holiday closing

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When:
November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2018-11-08T18:00:00-05:00
2018-11-08T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Art in the Valley
205-A East Main St. | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
$165 (includes materials)
Contact:
Kelli Hart
540-252-2260

The Town of Front Royal Business Offices will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Trash and recycling collection regularly scheduled for Monday will be collected on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. All other regular trash and recycling collection days will remain the same this week.

The Wednesday Yard Waste Collection ends for the season on January 16 and will resume March 27, 2019.

The Drive-Thru at Town Hall will be CLOSED on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The night deposit box, located near the Drive-Thru, is available for your convenience.

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Virginia selected for NGA “Parole Authorities as Key Partners in Achieving Sound Criminal Justice Policy Goals” project

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Governor Ralph Northam, file photo.
When:
November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2018-11-08T18:00:00-05:00
2018-11-08T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Art in the Valley
205-A East Main St. | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
$165 (includes materials)
Contact:
Kelli Hart
540-252-2260

RICHMOND—Governor Northam announced on Friday, January 18th, that the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices and the National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) selected Virginia—along with Pennsylvania and New Jersey—to participate in a nine-month learning collaborative on paroling authorities as key partners in achieving sound criminal justice policy goals and practices.

“Sound decision making and strong partnerships are among the most important strategies to ensuring sustained positive outcomes for Virginia’s parole and criminal justice systems,” said Governor Northam. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with our federal partners and other states to learn about how the Commonwealth can continue to apply best practices in parole policy, enhance collaboration among all stakeholders, and keep providing Virginians who have served their time an opportunity reenter society as productive citizens.”

Virginia’s project team will be led by Brian J. Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and includes Adrianne L. Bennett, Chair of the Virginia Parole Board; Linda L. Bryant, Parole Board Member; Harold Clarke, Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections; Mark Sickles, Virginia State Delegate; and Dr. Larry Terry, Executive Director of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

“Virginia has maintained the lowest recidivism rate in the nation for three years in a row, largely because of our ability to recognize and adapt to emerging challenges and complexities within our criminal justice system,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran. “We must remain proactive and continue to implement best practices that will enhance public safety and improve outcomes for the individuals we serve.”

Paroling authorities play a critical role in enhancing public safety and improving outcomes for individuals reentering the community by applying appropriate release conditions, providing appropriate levels of supervision, and assisting with home plans and other supportive factors that are critical to successful reentry. This learning collaborative will allow Virginia to identify best practices and strategies to strengthen collaboration between public safety and criminal justice stakeholders through workshops, stakeholder engagement, technical assistance from the NGA.

“We are honored for this opportunity, an opportunity that comes at a critical moment for Virginia’s correctional and parole systems,” said Adrianne Bennett, Chairperson of Virginia’s Parole Board. “As Virginia’s prison population continues to age and prison health care costs continue to surge, we must ensure those who are granted parole, who will often have complex needs after serving decades in prison, are able to rejoin their communities, be productive in those communities, and provide positive contributions to those communities so that we can ensure public safety first and foremost at all times. We look forward to learning from and working the NGA and the two other selected states.”

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The MORE Program presents a video in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Photo and video by MORE students and Jennifer Avery, Jenspirations. Behind the scenes as the MORE Program students gather to film the next portion of their MLK video.
When:
November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2018-11-08T18:00:00-05:00
2018-11-08T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Art in the Valley
205-A East Main St. | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
$165 (includes materials)
Contact:
Kelli Hart
540-252-2260

On Wednesdays, the MORE Program students work on their video and photography skills. Some students have shown natural talent in the director position, some as a manager organizing behind the scenes. There are students who love to ask interview questions and prompt thoughts, and others who love to be on camera.

Jennifer Avery, Jenspiration LLC helps students edit video footage on Movie Maker to prepare for the final product.

This week our project was to organize and present a video on Martin Luther King, Jr. Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy this 6 minute presentation on MLK. The students organized, directed, and filmed it all!

Some famous MLK quotes the students included:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

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The MORE Program provides afternoon care to middle school students in Warren County. We provide healthy snacks, reinforce skills required for academic success, and provide hands-on enrichment activities that teach important lessons about future employment, health, and wellness. We provide all of this at no cost to parents, thanks to state and federal grants, the Warren Coalition, and Warren County Public Schools.

Jennifer Avery, Jenspiration LLC
540-683-0790 | www.jenspirations.com
1. Behind the scenes as the MORE Program students gather to film the next portion of their MLK video.
2. Jennifer Avery, Jenspiration LLC helps students edit video footage on Movie Maker to prepare for the final product.

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Five ways to have a full social life during retirement

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November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2018-11-08T18:00:00-05:00
2018-11-08T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Art in the Valley
205-A East Main St. | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
$165 (includes materials)
Contact:
Kelli Hart
540-252-2260

If you’re retired and have spare time on your hands, why not take the opportunity to try something new or meet new people? Here are five things you can do to enrich your social life.

1. Join a club (hiking, book, knitting, golf or acting)

2. Sign up for a group activity (yoga, painting, photography, choir or learning a second language)

3. Volunteer (at a non-profit, an animal shelter or the local library)

4. Attend lectures, readings and meet-and-greets

5. Join a group suited to your interests on the site MeetUp.com

If all else fails, simply go out. Visit a coffee shop, stroll through a museum, attend a show, play bingo or simply go somewhere where you can experience something new or see new faces.

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Choosing the truck that’s right for you

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Photo courtesy of Jack Evans Chevrolet
When:
November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2018-11-08T18:00:00-05:00
2018-11-08T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Art in the Valley
205-A East Main St. | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
$165 (includes materials)
Contact:
Kelli Hart
540-252-2260

Truck owners typically use their pickup for one of four things: hunting, hauling, small jobs or transporting family members. Here are the key elements to consider before purchasing a truck destined for one of these uses.

1. For hunting
Hunting trips very often venture along logging roads or even off-road. Such excursions require a truck adapted for these conditions. To safely navigate this terrain, your vehicle needs to include certain features, such as a limited-slip differential, skid plates, high ground clearance and suitable tires. Here are a few models that meet these criteria:

• Chevrolet Silverado Z71

• Ram Rebel
• Ford F-150 FX4
• Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
• Nissan Titan Pro-4X

2. For hauling
On the question of which truck is the ultimate workhorse, don’t expect a consensus among truck drivers. This much, however, can be agreed upon: if you’re pulling a heavy load, you need a heavy duty diesel truck; and if it’s a reasonably-sized trailer or boat you’re towing, or a motorcycle or snowmobile, a smaller truck will do the job. That said, no two trucks are made equal. Looking at the figures, here are a few that stand out for their towing capabilities:

• Ford F-150 3.5 EcoBoost: has the top towing capacity at 12,100 lbs and also has the most power and most torque.
• Ram Ecodiesel: has the best fuel efficiency and can tow up to 10,670 lbs.
• Chevrolet Silverado 6.2: can tow up to 11,460 pounds and is particularly enjoyable
• to drive.

3. For small jobs
Bigger isn’t always better. If you want a good all-round truck designed for smaller jobs, here are some models to consider:

• Honda Ridgeline: an excellent choice for people who want the best of two worlds: the practicality of a truck and the feel of an SUV.
• Toyota Tacoma: this indestructible Toyota model continues to be a synonym for reliability and durability. Not the most comfortable truck, but it’s tireless and can easily venture into the thicket.
• Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Canyon: less for work, more for pleasure, these two GM trucks aren’t suitable for big jobs, but can manage smaller ones perfectly.

4. For families
The phrase “family vehicle” usually brings to mind vans and SUVs; however, trucks can certainly fall into this category too. Certain models can comfortably seat six people, all while providing a ton of space in the back. There are in fact a number of trucks designed specifically for families. Here are several examples:

• Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra: these are the largest trucks of the bunch, with the most spacious interiors. They also offer the greatest number of family-oriented features, such as Wi-Fi Hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
• Ford F-150: some F-150 models are highly luxurious and include impressive SYNC voice-recognition technology and touch screens.
• Ram 1500: the only truck on this list with independent suspension and therefore the smoothest ride.
• Toyota Tundra: it isn’t the most spacious, and it’s far from being the most comfortable, but it’s the most dependable (no small thing).

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The Cracked Acorn: A Farm Kid in the Marines

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When:
November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2018-11-08T18:00:00-05:00
2018-11-08T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Art in the Valley
205-A East Main St. | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
$165 (includes materials)
Contact:
Kelli Hart
540-252-2260

(At San Diego Marine Corp Recruit Training; writing a letter back home)

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because we get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s walla water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you until noon when you get fed again. It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much.

We go on “route marches,” which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different. A “route march” is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The country is nice but awful flat. The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don’t bother you none. This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don’t know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting back at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don’t even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes. Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home. I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5’6″ and 130 pounds and he’s 6’8″ and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,
Alice

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