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. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. All skill levels are welcome. Instructor: Michael Budzisz
Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Jan. 24th – Feb. 21st. Classes will be held in our studio at 205 E. Main St., Front Royal, Virginia. In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule the class. Please check our Facebook page for updates on class cancellations due to weather.
Class policies: We understand that scheduling conflicts do happen. You may cancel your class for a full refund up to 48 hours before the first class, by phone or in person.
Changes coming to North Royal Avenue
The former Title Max building (and for some us the old Hardees) is coming down. Dupont Credit Union has purchased the property. So we’ll see if we’ll have another credit union in town soon. Also changes coming to to the other end of town too. CVS is moving into the RiteAid building, Big Lots to the old Food Lion and rumors that Starbucks in looking at the current CVS space. Now everyone is asking where will Chick-fil-A go?
Thermal Shelter of Front Royal will open on December 21st
The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal will open on December 21st and will be open every night until April 4, 2020.
The Thermal Shelter is a non-profit organization, non-denominational, low barrier, overnight shelter for homeless adults (over 18) men and women. The Thermal Shelter works in partnership with local churches, during the winter months. Their guests are provided a hot dinner, bed and a packed breakfast & lunch in the morning.
Free transportation to Shelter is provided each night. Guests are picked up between 6:30pm – 6:45pm at the CCap office, which is located behind St. Luke’s Community Clinic at 316 N. Royal Avenue in Front Royal.
Mike McCool, the publisher of the Royal Examiner spoke with Michele Smeltzer along with Jim Bunce from Marlow Heights Baptist Church, Eric Repleog from Virginia Hills Church and Bobby Stepp from New Hope Bible Church in the exclusive video:
Here is the list of local churches and times when they will be the host for the Thermal Shelter:
Saturday, December 21, 2019 New Hope Bible Church – 80 N Lake Dr., Front Royal
Saturday, December 28, 2019 Dynamic Life Church – 1600 John Marshall Hwy, Front Royal
Saturday, January 4, 2020 (Fauquier) Linden United Methodist Church 13466 John Marshall Hwy, Linden
Saturday, January 11, 2020 First Baptist Church – 14 West 1st Street, Front Royal
Saturday, January 18, 2020 Front Royal United Methodist Church- 1 West Main St. Front Royal
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Calvary Episcopal Church- 132 N. Royal Ave, Front Royal
Saturday, February 1, 2020 Riverton Methodist Church – 55 E. Strasburg Rd, Front Royal
Saturday, February 8, 2020 Marlow Heights Baptist Church – 517 Braxton Rd, Front Royal
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Marlow Heights Baptist Church – 517 Braxton Rd, Front Royal
Saturday, February 22, 2020 Virginia Hills Church – 737 Rockland Rd, Front Royal
Saturday, February 29, 2020 Virginia Hills Church – 737 Rockland Rd, Front Royal
Saturday, March 7, 2020 First Baptist Church – 14 West 1st Street, Front Royal
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Church of the Rock – 620 Virginia Ave, Front Royal
Saturday, March 21, 2020 Church at Skyline – 7655 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, Front Royal
Saturday, March 28, 2020 Front Royal Presbyterian Church- 115 Luray Ave, Front Royal
For more information, please visit their Facebook Page here. Also you can contact: Michelle Smeltzer (540) 892-6108
Donation are accepted (and needed) and can be mailed to :
Thermal Shelter of Front Royal
PO Box 454
Front Royal, VA 22630
5 benefits of using cork in your home
Cork is a stylish and sustainable material that can be used for a variety of home renovation projects. Here are five benefits that come from using it around your house.
1. It’s renewable. Made from the bark of cork oaks, this material is harvested without harming trees in any way. The trees, which can live up to 250 years, are continually growing new bark, which can be harvested once every nine years.
2. It’s sanitary. Cork is a great option for people who suffer from allergies. It’s naturally mold and mildew resistant and has anti-microbial properties.
3. It’s easy to maintain. The material is extremely water resistant, making it ideal for kitchen and bathroom applications. When used as flooring, it’s easy to clean. Wear isn’t an issue, as it can be sanded and refinished.
4. It’s supple. Cork is full of microscopic air pockets that allow it to easily compress and expand without causing damage, making it a comfortable surface to stand or sit on.
5. It’s safe. Cork is fire-resistant. If it does catch fire, it generates less smoke and releases fewer toxins than other materials commonly found in homes.
The best part about cork is its versatility. It can be used in many different ways, from providing insulation and wall coverings to making furniture and flooring. If you’re ready to bring cork into your home, the options for doing so are almost endless.
Is your pet at risk for diabetes?
Did you know that dogs and cats can get diabetes too? Here’s what pet owners should know about this disease.
Just like people, dogs and cats can be affected by two different types of diabetes. Dogs are more likely to have type 1, which occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce the hormone insulin. Cats usually suffer from type 2, which is characterized by the body’s inability to properly metabolize insulin.
Diabetes generally affects middle aged or older pets but can occur in young animals as well. Dogs and cats that are overweight, inactive or have inflammation of the pancreas may be predisposed to the disease. Here are some signs to look out for:
• Increased water consumption and urination
• Weight loss combined with an increase in appetite
• Decreased appetite
• Cloudy eyes (more common in dogs)
• Chronic or recurring infections
• Decrease in energy
• Dull or dry coat
Type 1 diabetes is incurable, but it can be treated with regular insulin injections and a high-fiber diet.
Type 2 diabetes can be treated with insulin treatments, daily exercise and a diet that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
In all cases of diabetes, early detection is paramount. If you notice the signs of diabetes in your pets, bring them to their veterinarian as soon as possible.
How to choose a host or hostess gift
If you get invited to someone’s home over the holidays, it’s best not to arrive empty handed. However, it can be hard to know what to bring, especially if the host or hostess is a relatively new friend or acquaintance.
Fortunately, there are number of things — wine, chocolate, coffee, tea, fancy hand soap and unscented candles, for example — that make great gifts when you don’t know the recipient very well.
However, if you do know them, you could offer your host or hostess something that you think they’ll appreciate. If they love to cook, for instance, a cookbook or an inexpensive kitchen gadget would be ideal.
Whatever you bring, make sure it’s not something that makes your host or hostess work. For example, if you choose to bring a bouquet of flowers, arrange them in a vase before arriving so they don’t have to.
Remember, this gift is meant for the hosts to enjoy after the guests have gone home. They’re not obliged to share it with you or anyone else, so don’t expect them to.
The Wonderful World of Rudolpha: The North Pole Christmas Extravaganza
There’s excitement in the air at the North Pole Auditorium tonight. The annual Christmas Extravaganza is about to start. Sitting in the front row, Santa and Mrs. Claus are excited to watch the show. The lights in the theatre start to flash, indicating that the audience should take their seats. Wearing an emerald green tuxedo, Taiga the elf takes the stage as tonight’s host.
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 675th North Pole Christmas Extravaganza! Are you ready to be entertained?” The audience cheers and claps.
For nearly two hours, the master of ceremonies presents music, dance, comedy and circus acts. And while each is wonderful in its own right, the last three are truly special.
First, Rudolph and his sister Rudolpha the reindeer, teacher at the North Pole Animal Day Care, captivate the audience with a performance of a beautiful song they wrote about Christmases from times past. Their lovely harmonies are paired with touching lyrics that bring tears to the eyes of everyone in the audience.
Next, the Star Fairy, an electric guitar virtuoso, plays an instrumental piece backed by the children from the day care. While the fairy plays, the kids accompany her with maracas, bells, triangles and drums. Everyone in the room dances to their music, and the Star Fairy’s final solo stuns them all.
For the final act, Jack the elf-of-all-trades and his partner Nougat the chef perform an amazing dance number. Mixing ballet, jazz, salsa, hip hop and tango, the dancers perform a number they’d practiced in their living room for months. The audience shows their appreciation with a loud and long standing ovation.
As is tradition, at the end of the show, Santa and Mrs. Claus take the stage to congratulate the performers and to say a few words to the audience.
“Ho, ho, ho! Once again, you’ve amazed and entertained us,” starts Santa, “and my lovely wife has an announcement she’d like to make.”
Mrs. Claus smiles as the audience claps for her. “The North Pole is so full of talented individuals that we’ve decided it’s time to open a performing arts school. It’ll open in the spring.”
Hundreds of elves and animals clap and cheer. What a perfect way to end an amazing show.
Written by Johannie Dufour and Sarah Beauregard
Translated by Cyan Caruso-Comas