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Oil painting for the non painter

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December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-20T18:30:00-05:00
2018-12-20T21:00:00-05:00
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Strokes of Creativity
413 E Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
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Strokes of Creativity
210-789-0975 or 540-751-8635

Come join Gloria Howarton, self taught artist, and explore the rich medium of oil painting. This is a 4 week Thursday Evening Class from 6:30-9:00 pm. The dates are 12/06/2018, 12/13/2018 , 12/20/2018 and 1/3/2019 (with snow date of 1/10/2019 if needed) .

For the “artist at heart”, this class will help you learn the basics of handling oil paints. Bring photos of subjects you might like to paint and be prepared to have fun! Also feel free to bring any supplies you may have at home to use along with those supplies we will provide. Questions, call Gloria at 210-789-0975, or Teresa at 540-751-8635.

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How to treat sprains

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December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-20T18:30:00-05:00
2018-12-20T21:00:00-05:00
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Strokes of Creativity
413 E Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Strokes of Creativity
210-789-0975 or 540-751-8635

The first few days following a sprain should be devoted to healing and treating the injury. The best way to do this is to follow the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Taking a time out from your daily activities will help to heal the injury and will prevent you from aggravating it any further. Applying ice for 10 to 15 minutes every two to three hours will re­duce swelling and pain. Com­pression is used to help limit inflammation. You can use an elastic bandage to do this, but be careful not to cut off blood flow to the area. Si­milarly, elevating the injured area will re­duce swelling, which not only relieves pain but also speeds up recovery.

Rehabilitating a sprain using physical therapy can significantly im­prove healing. For example, a physical therapist can help strengthen stabilizer muscles to enable your joints to move through their full range of motion. This will enable you to safely resume your activities as quickly as possible.

To learn more about sprains, consult a physical therapist.

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10 washable hygiene products

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December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-20T18:30:00-05:00
2018-12-20T21:00:00-05:00
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Strokes of Creativity
413 E Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Strokes of Creativity
210-789-0975 or 540-751-8635

Given the monetary and environmental costs associated with single-use hygiene products, switching to washable versions is a no-brainer. You can now easily find the following reusable items:

1. Tampon applicators
2. Sanitary pads

3. Menstrual cups
4. Cotton swabs
5. Diapers (including special swimming diapers)
6. Wipes
7. Facial tissues
8. Toilet “paper”
9. Incontinence protection
10. Makeup removal wipes

Most of these reusable items are offered in a variety of sizes and styles. But to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible, be sure to privilege locally made products.

Be sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and sanitizing your reusable hygiene products. Other¬wise, they could present a health risk.

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Travel insurance: more expensive with age?

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December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-20T18:30:00-05:00
2018-12-20T21:00:00-05:00
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Strokes of Creativity
413 E Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
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210-789-0975 or 540-751-8635

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If you’re 60 or older and would like to travel abroad, you’ll need to make room in your budget for travel insurance. However, the cost increases as you get older. Here’s what you should know.

The price of protection
An insurance policy that costs $1,000 for a 65-year-old couple can easily double in price for a 75-year-old couple. This augmentation will typically occur even if there aren’t any pre-existing health conditions. Insurance providers tend to assign a much higher level of risk to certain age brackets.

How to shop around
Given the high cost of travel insurance, it’s essential that you shop around when planning your trip. Unsurprisingly, your overall health will have an impact on the kind of coverage you can get. This also applies to the basic travel insurance offered by credit card providers, the terms of which may change once you reach a certain age.

The best thing to do before booking a trip is to speak to an insurance broker so they can help you get the best policy available.

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The 12 essentials of a dream wedding

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December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-20T18:30:00-05:00
2018-12-20T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Strokes of Creativity
413 E Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Strokes of Creativity
210-789-0975 or 540-751-8635

A wedding is the event of a lifetime. This special day has to be perfect, hence the importance of taking care of even the smallest of organizational details. You don’t want to forget anything, whether it’s a reservation, a fitting, or a trial run for your menu and hairstyle. Here’s a checklist of the 12 key elements you’ll need to take care of along the path to your dream wedding.

1. The ceremony, the officiant, and the reception
Are you going to have a civil or religious wedding? Have you asked your best friend to unite you in wedlock? And will the reception be in the country, on a cruise ship, or in a hotel ballroom? Make sure the location you choose can easily accommodate all your guests. You’ll also want to think about signing a marriage contract or prenuptial agreement.

2. The meal and the wedding cake
There are loads of things to think about when organizing the meal: the format; the menu; a children’s menu; the bar; and the wedding cake. Say, why not set up a candy bar? And don’t forget to ask about your guests’ food allergies.

3. The atmosphere
What theme will you choose to set the tone for your wedding: a color, a culture, a historical period? Which DJ will get your guests out on the dance floor? Will you surprise everyone with a unique first dance?

4. Photographer
How will you immortalize your wedding: photos, videos, or both? Remember to plan for an indoor photo session in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on your big day.

5. The invitations
Don’t wait until the last minute to send out your invitations if you want all the important people in your life to be with you for this celebration. Remember to indicate the theme and dress code. And do think about including self-addressed stamped envelopes for those essential RSVPs.

6. Wedding bands
Your wedding bands are the symbols of your love; choose them with care. Do you both want gold, silver, or with diamonds? Discreet or extravagant? With or without an engraving?

7. Beauty appointments
Hairstyle, manicure, waxing, and makeup: leave nothing to chance if you want to be stunning on your big day. Make your appointments for just the right time; you don’t want your roots to be visible under your veil!

8. The dress, suit, and accessories
The outfits of bride, groom, and wedding party should be coordinated. Will you be a vision in white or will you choose to add a colorful note? And will the perfect dress feature something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue?

9. Flowers and decorations
Have you chosen a color scheme for your flowers and decorative accessories? What are your favorite flowers? How will the tables be dressed?

10. Transportation
Will you arrive by boat, car, horse-drawn carriage, or maybe even by parachute? Whatever your choice, be sure to take your dress and the weather into consideration.

11. Guest favors
A personalized trinket, a gourmet sample, or a home decor object: have you found the perfect wedding favor to thank your guests for joining you?

12. The honeymoon
A truly idyllic honeymoon shouldn’t break your budget. Are you tempted by an exotic island or a vibrant city? Choose the destination and the timing carefully to stay in line with your means.

Get out your calendar, get set, and reserve!

Make your reservations early in order to secure the top experts in every domain. Remember that their talents are in big demand.

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Overnight lane closures on I-66 for demolition at Route 123 and Waples Mill Road overpass this week, Jan. 27-Feb. 1

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December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-20T18:30:00-05:00
2018-12-20T21:00:00-05:00
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Strokes of Creativity
413 E Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
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210-789-0975 or 540-751-8635

Demolition of the current ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) South, and partial demolition of the Waples Mill Road bridge over I-66 will require overnight lane closures on I-66 East and West between Blake Lane and Monument Drive starting Monday, Jan. 27, through Saturday, Feb. 1.

Demolition of the Waples Mill Road bridge over I-66 will begin as early as tonight, Monday, Jan. 27. Demolition of the Route 123 flyover ramp is planned to begin Wednesday night, Jan. 29. Demolition activities for both bridges are anticipated to last approximately three weeks.

Details include:

Monday, Jan. 27, through Thursday, Jan. 30
I-66 West from Blake Lane to Route 50
• A single lane will close at 9 p.m.
• Three lanes will close by 11 p.m. for overhead bridge demolition at Waples Mill Road and the Route 123 ramp (begins Wednesday, Jan. 29).
• Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages between midnight and 4 a.m.
• All lanes will open by 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Jan 30
I-66 East from Monument Drive to Route 123
• A single lane will close by 9 p.m.
• Two lanes will close by 10 p.m. for overhead bridge demolition at Waples Mill Road.
• Traffic approaching Route 123 will be diverted to the collector-distributor lane on the right.
• Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages between midnight and 4 a.m.
• All lanes will open by 5 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 31
I-66 East from West Ox Road to Route 123
• A single lane will close at 9 p.m.
• Three lanes will close by 11 p.m. for overhead bridge demolition at Waples Mill Road and Route 123.
• Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages between midnight and 4 a.m.
• All lanes will open by 9 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1
I-66 East from Monument Drive to Waples Mill Road
• A single lane will close by 9 p.m.
• Two lanes will close by 10 p.m. for overhead bridge demolition at Waples Mill Road.
• Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages between midnight and 4 a.m.
• All lanes will open by 9 a.m.

The Waples Mill Road bridge over I-66 is being rebuilt to provide room for future mass transit as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. This work is being done in phases in order to maintain traffic on Waples Mill Road throughout demolition and reconstruction.

The current ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 South is being demolished to allow construction of new ramps for the redesigned I-66/Route 123 Interchange, to include Express Lanes access to and from the east and west.

All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur.

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‘Burns’ Night’ celebrated with haggis, neeps and tatties by kilted crowd at Virginia Beer Museum

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December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-20T18:30:00-05:00
2018-12-20T21:00:00-05:00
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Strokes of Creativity
413 E Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Strokes of Creativity
210-789-0975 or 540-751-8635

More than a hundred people, many dressed in Scottish plaid, jammed into the Virginia Beer Museum on historic Chester Street in downtown Front Royal Saturday night to celebrate the birthday of a far away and late-lamented Scottish poet, Robert Burns, who lived and died in the 18th century.

Bagpipes skirled, poetry was read, tartan kilts were the dress of the evening, and a haggis – sheep’s entrails cooked in the animal’s stomach – was eaten (by some), along with neeps and tatties (mashed turnip and potatoes). All was washed down with “wee drams” of Scotch whiskey, accompanied by many a toast to the Bard of Scotland.

The perfect host and hostess, David Downes and his wife Redz, in tartan splendor. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini. (8925)

The event this year – owner David Downes launched the local Burns’ Night celebration in Front Royal three years ago – fell precisely on the poet’s birthday, January 25 (1759). A Scottish flag hanging outside the museum’s front entrance proclaimed the Burns night event.

From the official 6 p.m. start of the event, the crowd inside and out – a bonfire burned merrily in back of 16 Chester Street – was kept entertained by piper Sean Patrick while, between times, Eric Bartock, who claims no specific Scottish ancestry but provided the haggis, read the traditional Burns poem “Address to the Devil” to a more-or-less hushed audience, who were informed of Burns’ disdainful message to the Calvinists of his era. Bartok then presided over the presentation of the haggis by the sword-bearing Sloan Culver, and ceremoniously made the first cut.

Above, Beer Museum regular, Eric Bartock, reads “Address to the Devil” by Robert Burns near the formal opening of the celebration of Scottish ‘Bard’ Robert Burns’ 260th birthday; below, ‘Tickets, anyone?’ Special guest hostesses – Robert Burns was a known admirer of Scotland’s fairer sex – pull double duty in 50/50 raffle ticket sales.

Tribute was paid by Downes to several mini-dressed (tartans, of course!) young women who circulated in the crowd selling 50-50 raffle tickets and generally contributed an attractive side to the more sedate kilts of the menfolk.

Walter Mabe, the new chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, dropped by and said a few words.

Among Burns’ best known “hits” is “Auld Lang Syne” published in 1788 and traditionally sung on New Year’s. was rendered last Saturday night by scores of lusty voices, during and following one of the “wee dram” toasts.

Above, the traditional Scottish haggis is ceremonially bagpiped from an upstairs dining area into the Virginia Beer Museum’s Burns’ George Washington Room, converted for the evening to the Robert Burns Room. Bagpiper Sean Patrick and ceremonial sword bearer Sloan Culver led the procession; as below Bartock brings the delicacy in for those with an adventuresome culinary streak.

Meanwhile, at local inns, pubs, and restaurants throughout the United States and most of the English-speaking world, people saluted the memory of this erstwhile Scot who penned 550 poems and songs throughout his relatively short life. The much loved “Rabbie” Burns died on January 1, 1796 at the age of 37.

He will never be forgotten.

The actual ‘Bard’, Robert Burns, at left in an 18th century print; to right, an actor ‘double’ several centuries later.

(Malcolm Barr Sr. of Rockland, who reported on this event along with Roger Bianchini – the latter noting the flow of Scotland in his maternal blood line – recalls covering a much more sedate, “posh” he called it, Burns’ night in Tynemouth, England, close to the Scottish border, in 1949. Downes’ event was Barr’s first Burns’ night celebration since that date 70 years ago, and he said it “brought back many memories” of his days as a teenage “cub” reporter in the United Kingdom.)

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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
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Love Revival - FREE Monthly Community Dinner @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Free Community Dinner for everyone! Come enjoy a hot meal on the last Friday of every month at Love Revival Ministry Center.
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10:00 am Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
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[...]
11:00 am HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
The Humane Society of Warren County will hold their 1st annual Polar Plunge event on February 1st at the Culpeper Lake, located at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Harmony Hollow. “Plungers” are asked to[...]
2:00 pm World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
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World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos.  Registration begins January 1.
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
4:30 pm Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
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Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! Tuesday, February 4 – Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! After[...]
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Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]