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Halloween 2020 Observance: Safety reminder from the Front Royal Police Department

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The Town of Front Royal is not canceling Halloween and will leave it at the discretion of parents and homeowners whether they choose to participate. This year the Town of Front Royal will not be sponsoring the annual Hometown Halloween on Main Street due to COVID-19 concerns.  However, there will be some businesses on Main Street planning to participate in Halloween festivities on that day.

It is highly recommended that everyone should use a flashlight and wear reflective clothing to increase their visibility. Trick-or-treaters should only approach residences that have porch lights on and are requested to be off the streets by 9:00pm. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving in neighborhoods where children are on the streets. The Front Royal Police Department will have additional officers on patrol to ensure safety in our community.

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Children activities by Samuels Public Library for the month of December

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These are the events being presented by the Youth Services Department at Samuels Public Library during the month of December 2022. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.

Thursday, December 1

  • Samuels Public Library will start collecting Letters to Santa on behalf of Warren County Parks & Rec.  Letters to Santa can be dropped off from December 1 through December 14, 2022, and letters will be accepted from children 10 years of age and younger. One letter will be sent back to each household. Letters must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

Monday, December 5

  • 11:00 AM – Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers. Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Registration required.

Tuesday, December 6


  • 4:30 PM – Science Scouts. Children will investigate a different STEM-related topic bi-weekly. This week’s theme is Dissolving Peppermints.   For ages 6-11.  Registration required.

Wednesday, December 7

  • 10:15AM – Toddler Story Time.  Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft all about Christmas! Siblings welcome Registration required.
  • 11:00AM – Preschool Story Time.  Come for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Christmas will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft. Siblings welcome. Registration required.
  • 6:00 PM – Teens Connect.  Do you love being creative and want to find new books to dive into?  Come join us once a month to enjoy different activities ranging from crafts, games, and more.  This month we will be making ornaments/keychains!  For ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Saturday, December 10

  • 11:00 AM –Holiday Photography. Portrait sessions for the whole family.  Bring your phone or a camera and pose in front of a winter scene! Registration is required.

Monday, December 12

  • 11:00 AM – Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers. Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Registration required.

Tuesday, December 13

  • 10:30 AM – Homeschool Hub. For ages 6-11. Children will work together as they go through the scientific method, gathering data, and drawing conclusions.  The topic this week is Dissolving Peppermints.  Registration is required.

Wednesday, December 14

  • 10:15AM – Toddler Story Time.  Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft all about Gifts and Giving! Siblings welcome Registration required.
  • 11:00AM – Preschool Story Time.  Come for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Gifts and Giving will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft. Siblings welcome. Registration required.

Saturday, December 17

  • 1:00 PM – Samuels Public Library Holiday Open House.  Come hear St. John’s Drama Club sing Christmas carols, listen to Santa Claus read stories, and decorate Christmas Cone Trees!  Fun for the whole family!

Tuesday, December 20

  • 4:30 PM – Science Scouts. Children will investigate a different STEM-related topic bi-weekly. This week’s theme is Building a House.   For ages 6-11.  Registration required.

Wednesday, December 21

  • 11:00AM –Toddler/Preschool Story Time.  Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Registration required.

Saturday, December 24-26

  • Library is closed for holiday.

Wednesday, December 28

  • 11:00AM –Toddler/Preschool Story Time. Read With the Sheriff! This week we will have a special guest from the Sheriff’s office!  Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Registration required.

Saturday, December 31 – January 2

  • Library is closed for holiday.
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American Legion Community Band to perform Christmas Concert at R-MA Boggs Chapel, December 13th

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The American Legion Community Band will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 12:00 pm in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Harper’s Ferry, WV.

They will have a second performance of the Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 7:30 pm in Boggs Chapel at R-MA in Front Royal, VA.

Everyone is welcome.

The American Legion Community Band, located in Front Royal, Va, was formed in 1986 and has been playing concerts in the area ever since. The conductors and band members are all volunteer musicians from the local area, and new members are always welcome.


The band performs at a variety of concerts and community festivals throughout the year. All performances are free and open to the public. Our repertoire is both versatile and traditional, with works ranging from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for bands. The band is sponsored by the Giles B. Cook Post #53 of the American Legion.

The conductors are Ed Richards, Ronald Dye, and Mark Malechek. All rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Fulton Fine Arts Complex band room at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA. Anyone who plays an instrument and would like to join is welcome to attend. The American Legion Community Band’s performance season extends from September through July each year, with public performances both indoors and out.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of November 25th

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, November 25:

• Friday: 2:40, 6:00, 9:15
• Saturday: 2:40, 6:00, 9:20
• Sunday: 2:40, 6:00
• Mon-Thurs: 6:00
Rated PG13  |  2 Hours 41 Minutes

• Friday: 3:00, 6:10, 9:10
• Saturday: 3:00, 6:10, 9:05
• Sunday: 3:00, 6:10
• Mon, Wed, Thurs: 6:10
• Tuesday: 6:40

Rated: PG13 | 2 Hours 19 Minutes


• Fri-Sat: 2:45, 5:00, 7:10, 9:20
• Sunday: 2:45, 5:00, 7:10
• Mon, Wed, Thurs: 6:25
• Tuesday: 6:00

Rated: PG | 1 Hour 41 Minutes


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $10
  • Child (under 12): $7
  • Military: $8
  • Student (college): $8
  • Senior: $8
  • Matinees, All Seating: $7

Last Film Club Showing of the Year
is on Wednesday, November 29th
@ 8pm (Surprise Movie!)


COMING SOON:

  • “Avatar: The Way of Water”
  • “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
  • “M3GAN”
  • “A Man Called Otto”
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Laurel Ridge Community College hosting first Holiday Book Fair at Middletown Campus

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Just in time for the holidays, Laurel Ridge Community College is hosting a Holiday Book Fair, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, on the Middletown Campus. About 50 local authors are participating in the first of what is sure to become an annual holiday tradition.

Readers will have the opportunity to chat with local authors and browse their offerings in the Corron Community Development Center. The authors will have their own books available to sell, or coordinate sales through Winchester Book Gallery.

In his role as development officer at Laurel Ridge, Andy Gyurisin has made connections with community members and donors, many of whom have written books.

“So many of them were asking if there was a way to get involved more with the college,” said Gyurisin. “I thought to myself, what about a big author event? I thought about my old days at the bookstore when I owned the Winchester Book Gallery, and we did a similar sort of event.”

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In coordinating the book fair, he learned just how many college employees were also authors.

“It was a neat sort of way to discover who our local authors were, especially within the Laurel Ridge community,” Gyurisin said. “To me, that’s exciting to be able to say these are the sort of quality of faculty and staff that we have here at the college.”

Among these high-caliber employees are Professor Ann Simpson and her husband, Rob, who is retired from the college. They will be at the fair with nine of their books, ranging from coffee table books, to nature guides, to children’s fare.

“This is really exciting for Laurel Ridge,” Professor Simpson said. “It’s important to let the community know that there are local writers in the area. And, it’s an important way for Laurel Ridge to reach out to our community to provide this type of service for the arts because writing really is a type of art.”

In her retirement following 25 years as Frederick County Commissioner of the Revenue, Ellen Murphy has written three volumes of Civil War stories and six books on early nineteenth-century England.

“I’ve always loved reading and had a lot of stories in mind and got some encouragement from some people I knew, so I put pen to paper,” she said. “I’m prolific!”

Murphy’s Civil War stories are fictional, but drawn from real-life figures, including her great-aunt who had married a drummer boy in the Union Army. She recalls her great-aunt being one of just five Civil War widows drawing a pension in her own lifetime.

The books being offered during the fair run the gamut from historical fiction, to nonfiction, to poetry, to children’s literature, to fantasy, to thrillers, to nature and photography, and everything in between.

“This is the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping, support local authors and visit the community college if it’s been a while since you’ve done so,” said Gyurisin.

Learn more about the book fair at laurelridge.edu/laurel-ridge-holiday-book-fair.

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Presenting The Outdoors is YOURS, a conversation about local outdoor spaces

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Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley (Alliance) is presenting The Outdoors is YOURS with partners Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, James Madison University’s Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue, and the City of Harrisonburg on December 1, 5:30pm at the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center in Harrisonburg.

“We’re excited to bring together community members from across the Shenandoah Valley to learn the ways we value outdoor spaces as community resources—everything from our neighborhood parks and greenways to the million-acre GW national forest to our west,” says Kate Wofford, the Alliance’s executive director.

The evening will begin with a complimentary barbecue supper by Hank’s Grille and Catering and an expo and meet-and-greet for community members to connect with localities, nonprofits, business, and agencies that are caretakers and providers of opportunities to enjoy outdoor spaces.

For the main presentation, keynote speakers Nathan Burrell and Esther Nizer will share their stories about their connections to the outdoors. Formerly of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation and Richmond Parks and Recreation, Nathan Burrell is now Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s new community conservation and outreach manager. Valley native Esther Nizer lives in Elkton and serves on the boards of both Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.


“Nathan and Esther’s work and love of our shared outdoor spaces is inspiring. I’ve been privileged to hear their messages from statewide stages, and I’m delighted for Valley community members to hear their experiences. I look forward to a community conversation about how we can better connect with the outdoors so everyone can enjoy and experience the Valley’s natural wonder and public lands,” says Kyle Lawrence, executive director of Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.

Nathan and Esther’s stories will be followed by panelists from City of Harrisonburg Public Works, Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, Wild GUYde Adventures, and Seven Bends State Park, each providing their unique perspectives on how we create, design and use outdoor spaces in many different ways.

Spanish language interpretation of the main presentation will be available for listeners.

Children are welcome to attend, and optional childcare will be provided in classrooms adjacent to  the main presentation.

“We’re hoping folks come out and bring the whole family! There’s dinner, there’s activities for children, and everyone should leave really inspired to get outside to use existing spaces and plug in to create new opportunities,” says the event’s organizer and Alliance community engagement manager, Maya Alexander.

For professionals and interested community members, Burrell will lead a pre-event workshop beginning at 3pm.

Please go to www.shenandoahalliance.org to register for the evening program or for more information about the event. To register for the pre-event workshop, contact Maya Alexander, malexander@shenandoahalliance.org.

Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley envisions a Shenandoah Valley sustained by farms and forests, clean streams and rivers, and thriving communities. The Alliance informs and engages people to protect the natural resources, cultural heritages, and rural character of our region.

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for December

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You can find and register for all library events on our website, www.samuelslibrary.net.

The Library will be closed for the winter holidays, Saturday December 24th, Monday, December 26th, Saturday, December 31st and Monday, January 2nd.

Food for Fines

Throughout November and December, Samuels Library will collect donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene items. Cardholders who donate can reduce or eliminate overdue fees. All items collected through November 19 will support The River 95.3’s Camping for Hunger campaign. Donations received afterwards will benefit local pantries, nonprofits, and blessing boxes. Call us for more information on eligible items for donation and fee reduction rates at 540-635-3153.


General Education Development

In-person. Samuels Public Library is proud to host Laurel Ridge Community College’s General Education Development course. This course is every Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 AM  to 12:00 PM and is completely free. More information on registration dates and deadlines can be found on the LRCC website fcc.edu/adult-education. There will be a break starting December 15th; classes resume on January 16th.

What the Tech!

In-person. Need help with technology? Come by the library on December 6th and 13th at 2:00 PM where we will be going over computers and other technology basics. There will be a break after December 13th; the class will resume on January 10th.

Having Fun with No Knead Artisan Bread

Virtual. Join us Thursday, December 1st, at 6:30 PM as home cook and FOSL member Maggie Cronin demonstrates how to make a no-knead Artisan bread. Learn what ingredients to use, dough making and how to bake. Patrons can sign up at samuelslibrary.net

A.R.E. Inc. Free STI Testing

In-Person. Did you know that 1 in 5 people in the USA have an STI? Winchester’s AIDS Response Effort, Inc. (A.R.E.) will be at the library Wednesday, December 7th at 1:00 PM to provide free STI testing for the community. Testing includes: HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. A.R.E will be at the library every 1st Wednesday of the month.

DIY Holiday Wreaths

Virtual. Join us Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 PM for a virtual demonstration on how to make a holiday wreath using items such as cookie cutters! Just in time for the holidays! Craft kits will be available at the library service desks before the event. Registration is required as supplies are limited.

Bad Romance – Holiday Edition

In-Person. Join us Monday, December 12th at 6:00 PM  for a special in-person meeting for our romance genre discussion group! Have a favorite rom-com or cheesy romance novel? Join us for an informal “meet and geek” with others who enjoy it just as much as you! Refreshments will be available and for those who participate, goodie bags! Don’t miss out.

Genealogy Club – Special Meeting

Hybrid, virtual and in-person. Interested in your family’s history? Join us Wednesday, December 14th at 6:00 PM for a special meeting of Genealogy Club where patrons can learn about how to preserve their home media as well as how to record, store and interview family members just in time for the holidays.

Books & Beyond: Evening Discussion

Hybrid, virtual and in-person. Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of December, we will be discussing Witchmark by C.L. Polk. This meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 PM. In addition, club members will be talking about and deciding upcoming books for the new year.

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Aders Insurance Agency, Inc (State Farm)

Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning

Apple Dumpling Learning Center

Apple House

Auto Care Clinic

Avery-Hess Realty, Marilyn King

Beaver Tree Services

Blake and Co. Hair Spa

Blue Ridge Arts Council

Blue Ridge Education

BNI Shenandoah Valley

C&C's Ice Cream Shop

Card My Yard

CBM Mortgage, Michelle Napier

Christine Binnix - McEnearney Associates

Code Ninjas Front Royal

Cool Techs Heating and Air

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Downtown Market

Dusty's Country Store

Edward Jones-Bret Hrbek

Explore Art & Clay

Family Preservation Services

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Women's Resource Center

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

G&M Auto Sales Inc

Garcia & Gavino Family Bakery

Gourmet Delights Gifts & Framing

Green to Ground Electrical

Groups Recover Together

House of Hope

I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

Jen Avery, REALTOR & Jenspiration, LLC

Key Move Properties, LLC

KW Solutions

Legal Services Plans of Northern Shenendoah

Main Street Travel

Makeover Marketing Systems

Marlow Automotive Group

Mary Carnahan Graphic Design

Merchants on Main Street

Mountain Trails

Mountain View Music

National Media Services

No Doubt Accounting

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

Penny Lane Hair Co.

Philip Vaught Real Estate Management

Phoenix Project

Reaching Out Now

Rotary Club of Warren County

Royal Blends Nutrition

Royal Cinemas

Royal Examiner

Royal Family Bowling Center

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Oak Computers

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Spice

Ruby Yoga

Salvation Army

Samuels Public Library

SaVida Health

Skyline Insurance

St. Luke Community Clinic

Strites Doughnuts

Studio Verde

The Institute for Association & Nonprofit Research

The Studio-A Place for Learning

The Valley Today - The River 95.3

The Vine and Leaf

Valley Chorale

Vetbuilder.com

Warren Charge (Bennett's Chapel, Limeton, Asbury)

Warren Coalition

Warren County Democratic Committee

Warren County Department of Social Services

Warren County DSS Job Development

Warrior Psychotherapy Services, PLLC

WCPS Work-Based Learning

What Matters & Beth Medved Waller, Inc Real Estate

White Picket Fence

Woodward House on Manor Grade

King Cartoons

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Upcoming Events

Nov
30
Wed
5:00 pm Holiday Book Fair @ Laurel Ridge Community College
Holiday Book Fair @ Laurel Ridge Community College
Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holiday Book Fair @ Laurel Ridge Community College
Meet your Local Authors and Purchase Books for the Holidays You’re invited to our very first Holiday Book Fair! We will provide space for you to display your books and have a chance to interact with[...]
6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Bingo to support the American Cancer Society mission, organized by Relay For Life of Front Royal. Every Wednesday evening Early Bird Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Regular Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments available More[...]
Dec
1
Thu
7:30 pm “Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
"Can't Feel At Home" @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” an original play by Dr John T Glick. The story of families displaced from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930’s to allow for the construction of Shenandoah National Park and[...]
Dec
2
Fri
7:30 pm “Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
"Can't Feel At Home" @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” an original play by Dr John T Glick. The story of families displaced from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930’s to allow for the construction of Shenandoah National Park and[...]
Dec
3
Sat
6:00 am 66th Annual Pancake Day @ Warren County High School
66th Annual Pancake Day @ Warren County High School
Dec 3 @ 6:00 am – 1:00 pm
66th Annual Pancake Day @ Warren County High School
Veterans,  Law Enforcement, and Fire and Rescue on duty in uniform eats free!
8:00 am Christmas Bazaar @ Valley Assembly of God Church
Christmas Bazaar @ Valley Assembly of God Church
Dec 3 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Christmas Bazaar @ Valley Assembly of God Church
Food, Crafts, Bake Sale! Still seeking crafters and vendors: 6 foot tables $15.00, 8 foot tables $20.00.
3:00 pm “Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
"Can't Feel At Home" @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” an original play by Dr John T Glick. The story of families displaced from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930’s to allow for the construction of Shenandoah National Park and[...]
7:30 pm “Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
"Can't Feel At Home" @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” an original play by Dr John T Glick. The story of families displaced from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930’s to allow for the construction of Shenandoah National Park and[...]
Dec
4
Sun
3:00 pm “Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” @ Court Square Theater
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
"Can't Feel At Home" @ Court Square Theater
“Can’t Feel At Home” an original play by Dr John T Glick. The story of families displaced from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930’s to allow for the construction of Shenandoah National Park and[...]
Dec
7
Wed
6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Bingo to support the American Cancer Society mission, organized by Relay For Life of Front Royal. Every Wednesday evening Early Bird Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Regular Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments available More[...]