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Hometown Halloween 2018

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Lots of Halloween action on Main Street last night for Hometown Halloween! Ranging from the adorable baby princess costumes to the scary t-rex characters, everyone enjoyed collecting treats from local businesses. NextHome Realty Select handed out orange themed treats to ghouls, pirates, vampires, paw patrol, and even Alice in Wonderland! Fun time was had by all.

Photo from left to right: Erin Henry, Mitchell Smith, Hannah Smith, Curtis Siever, LUKE, Jen Avery

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Photos courtesy of Jennifer Avery with NextHome Realty Select














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Jig’N’Jive Dance Studio performs at Samuels Public Library

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It has become a tradition to welcome dancers from Jig’N’Jive Dance Studio to perform traditional Irish dances in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at the Samuels Public Library.  On March 16th the dancers performed  to a packed house. Thanks to Annie Guttierrez and dancers of the Jig ‘n’ Jive Dance Studio for their hard work.

The Jig ‘n’ Jive Dance Studio is a recreational dance studio for both kids and adults. They offer Irish, Swing, and Ballroom Dance Lessons.

Royal Examiner’s camera was there.

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Empty Bowl Supper to benefit the House of Hope

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The Empty Bowl Supper is to be held Thursday, March 28th, from 5pm to 7pm. Get your tickets and join us at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, located at 221 Commerce Ave, Front Royal, and enjoy the entertainment of the evening by Passage Creek Rising!

  • Benefiting the House of Hope Men’s Transitional Shelter.
  • Delicious soups from area restaurants and music by Passage Creek Rising.
  • Tickets are available at: The Kiln Doctor (100 E. 8th St. Front Royal), St Luke’s Community Clinic (316 N. Royal Ave. Front Royal), and Front Royal Vol. Fire & Rescue Dept. (221 N. Commerce Ave. Front Royal)
  • Or CLICK HERE to download the informational PDF and print, fill out, mail in the form for tickets.

People who attend the event will get to select a bowl to use for their soup. After the meal, take the bowls home!

A little history of the event from Arline Link, of The Kiln Doctor, as she reflects on the how they first got involved painting bowls for the Empty Bowl Supper: “From the beginning, I was approached by Siggi Hepp-Dex about donating bowls or having people come in to make bowls. The first couple of years I got my customers to donate some of the bowls as well as making some myself. We had workshops where people could come in and make bowls. First Night New Years Eve 2016, I introduced the coloring book bowls which has become a great success. I set up in the I Want Candy shop. We had 100 bowls that were glazed within 3 hours. I ran out of bowls.” Arline explains, “The local community comes in and glazes the bowls. This year, we have a little over 200 bowls!”

The Empty Bowl Supper benefits the House of Hope, a residential program for homeless men. It was first founded in 2008. It is a 24 hour facility with approximately 16 beds and provides shelter, food, laundry facilities, counseling and more for the residents. To learn more or to donate directly to House of Hope: http://www.warrencountyhomeless.org/.

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Bringing HOPE to Appalachia

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See the hope, joy, and appreciation in their smiles as they open their HOPE boxes.

Local small business owners, Ellen Aders of State Farm and Jennifer Avery of Jenspiration LLC & NextHome Realty Select prepare for a second trip to the mountains of our neighboring state, Kentucky. In 2012, HOPE for Appalachia launched its first adventure to bring HOPE to children in our most distressed region of America with just one team visiting 3 schools. This year there will be over 200 people on 7 teams visiting 30 school in 7 counties.

Watch this video to see part of the journey to Appalachia and meet some of the children (and a few seniors) who took part in the 2018 HOPE for Appalachia trip. See the hope, joy, and appreciation in their smiles as they open their HOPE boxes.

Learn about the children and families in the Appalachia region:

In February 2009, Diane Sawyer recorded an ABC News documentary titled: A Hidden America – Children of the Mountains. In this documentary, Diane interviews numerous children and families who have remained hidden in the hills of Appalachia. These families struggle with drug abuse, depression, early death, cancer, toothlessness, and alcoholism. Poverty we can’t imagine. In ways, they have been left behind.

Help stuff HOPE boxes:

This year 100 boxes will be stuffed and sent on the trip to Appalachia from Front Royal. If you are interested in donating items for HOPE boxes, please reference the attached list of items. All items are welcome and appreciated, highlighted indicate greatest need. Girls in 6th-8th grade. All items are requested by April 6th.

Drop off site: Aders Insurance, Ellen Aders
23 Church St, Front Royal, VA 22630
Office number: 540-635-3336

OR Call Jen Avery at 540-683-0790 to help make other arrangements.
*HOPE for Appalachia is a 5013C Non-Profit organization

Hope Boxes Basic Items In Each Box
PK to 2nd Grade 3rd to 5th Grade 6th – 8th Grade
Toothpaste Toothpaste Toothpaste
Socks ( Boys/Girls – Medium) Socks (Boys/Girls – Large) Socks (mens/womens)
Comb/Brush Comb/Brush Comb/Brush
Chapstick Chapstick Chapstick
Pencils Pencils Pencils
Sharpeners Sharpeners Sharpeners
Erasers Erasers Erasers
Crayons Crayons Colored Pencils
Markers Markers Ballpoint pens
Glue Sticks Elmers Glue Highlighters
Character Bodywash Character Bodywash Bodywash Deodorant
Hair bows/Ties Hair bows/Ties Hair bows/Ties
Small Toys Small Toys Small notebook
Shampoo/conditioner Shampoo/conditioner Shampoo/conditioner
**Items highlighted are what we really need! And, our 100 boxes are for little girls
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Humane Society’s ‘Waggin’ for Dragons’ fundraiser makes a comeback

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Dragon boat teams paddle for the finish line and Humane Society fundraising immortality. Courtesy Photos/HSWC

The “Waggin’ for Dragons” longboat race is scheduled for August 3 and the sponsoring body, the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC) is recruiting teams to take part in the event.

“Waggin’ for Dragons,” until last year when the event was cancelled due to organizational issues, has been the top HSWC fundraiser for a number of years. It has averaged about $40,000 net income annually towards operation of the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter, a haven for abandoned, abused, homeless and neglected domestic animals in the local area.

Registration for the boat race, that in past years has attracted hundreds, perhaps thousands, of onlookers to riverside vantage points, can be accomplished by visiting www.WagginForDragons.com, according to Shelter Executive Director Meghan Bowers.  The last race winner, in 2017, was Bill Powers’ State Farm Insurance Company’s 21-person team of paddlers.

The logo for this year’s race featuring a photo of the last winning team from State Farm Insurance Co.

That field included teams representing the Town of Front Royal and Warren County, the latter edged out in the final strokes, among a dozen or more community and corporate groups that raced the 200 meter course to the delight of on-shore spectators.

The mid-summer event centers on the main fork of the Shenandoah River at the Front Royal Golf Course boat landing to which free bus transportation is provided.

Dragon boat racing originated in China many years ago and caught on as a fund-raiser for non-profit groups in North America starting in the 1970s. This reporter, on a visit to British Columbia last year, noted that almost every city and town in Canada, with access to a waterway, does a “Waggin’ for Dragons” event. They are staged, as is the Front Royal race, by a Montreal-based organization.

Paddlers surge forward in their quest for victory in a recent “Waggin’ for Dragons” boat race.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of March 14th

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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! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, March 14:

•  Thursday – 6:00 & 8:45
•  Friday – 6:00 & 8:45
•  Sat & Sun – 12:30, 3:15, 6:00 & 8:45
•  Mon-Wed – 6:00 & 8:45
Rated PG-13  |  Run Time: 2 hours 5 min

•  Thursday – 6:05 & 8:55
•  Friday – 6:05 & 8:55
•  Sat & Sun – 12:35, 3:20, 6:05 & 8:55
•  Mon-Wed – 6:05 & 8:55
Rated PG-13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 50 min

•  Thursday – 6:10 & 9:00
•  Friday – 6:10 & 9:00
•  Sat & Sun – 12:40, 3:25, 6:10 & 9:00
•  Mon-Wed – 6:10 & 9:00
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 25 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Dumbo”
  • “Pet Sematary”
  • “Unplanned”
  • “Shazam”
  • “Breakthrough”
  • “Avengers: Endgame”
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Troop 53 annual mulch sale

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Troop 53

Spring is approaching and Troop 53 is preparing for our annual mulch fundraiser. The funds raised will help support troop activities and send our Boy Scouts to summer camp where they learn valuable skills in leadership, outdoors, and many more through the scouting program.

We will be accepting pre-orders through April 4, 2019 so please place your order to reserve the quantities needed before we sell out. All pick up orders will be available for pick up on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue and deliveries will be made the same day.

The mulch bags are 3 cubic feet (larger than standard 2CF bags at the big box stores) shredded hardwood in a dark brown color and pricing is:

  • $3.95 per bag for pick up
  • $4.45 per bag for delivery

Orders may be placed via:

  • Email the completed order form to mulch@bsa-troop53.org
  • Text 540-692-9110 with name, address, number, email, and qty.
  • Mail the completed order form to Troop 53 Mulch c/o Britton Bowman, 162 Ascalon Dr, Middletown, VA 22645
  • Call 540-692-9110; If we are unable to answer right away, please leave a detailed message with name, number, address, and qty and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

New this year: We are accepting payments via credit/debit card with a 4% fee to cover the processing charges. Email, text, or call if you wish to pay via credit/debit card.

Thank you for all your support of our troop and we look forward to seeing you on April the 6th.

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