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Magical Santa moments & the Rotary Club of Warren County elves

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North Pole magic happened right here in Front Royal, VA as the Rotary Club of Warren County hosted Santa and Mrs Claus for “Saturday with Santa!” Local middle school Interact students helped with crafts and cookies were served. Well over 50 wide-eyed little ones sat on Santa’s lap as the grown ups captured the moment with a picture.

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Watch: 44th Military School Band & Festival Concert

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On February 23, 2020, the 44th Annual Military School Band and Choir Festival performed their culminating concert in the Melton Gymnasium on the R-MA campus.

The students have spent hours in clinics and rehearsing to bring this concert together. The Festival Concert Band Conductor was Lieutenant (junior grade) Joel Thiesfeldt of the U.S. Navy and the Festival Choir Conductor was Master Sergeant Kerry Wilkerson, USA, Retired.

The festival brought together the top musicians from eight military schools and colleges across the country, including bandsmen and singers from Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad, CA; Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA; Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX; Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, MO; New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM; Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA; Saint John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI; and the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

Watch and enjoy this exclusive Royal Examiner video.

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Military schools from around nation gather at Randolph-Macon Academy for Drum Major Competition

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On February 21-23, 2020, Randolph-Macon Academy hosted the 44th Military School Band & Chorus Festival.  The annual Military School Band & Choir Festival is a three-day clinic for the top musicians from military secondary schools and colleges from across the nation.

Growing from its roots as a festival attended only by bandsmen from the military schools located in Virginia, The Military School Band & Choir Festival has grown into a national event, drawing schools and colleges from across the United States. This year’s festival roster includes more than 100 cadets and bandmasters, choir directors and chaperones from eight military academies.  This year’s festival participants are from schools in California, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Connecticut, and Virginia.

Each festival is structured to include a festival concert band conducted by a noted current, or former, military conductor, and a drum major clinic instructed by an active duty military drum major. A recent addition, now in its third consecutive year, is a festival choir conducted by a noted military choral conductor.

The drum major competition was held on February 22nd in the Melton Gymnasium on the R-MA campus. This was an opportunity for the drum majors to show off what they had learned in the clinics and compete for the Gold Medal: Outstanding Drum Major.

Watch the competition on the exclusive Royal Examiner video and an interview with Senior Chief Musician Michael Bayes from the U.S Navy Band. MUCS Bayes is also the drum major for the Navy Band and conducted the clinic.


Drum Majors and links to the participating schools:

James BongardU. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Jonathan KattnigU. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Gavin McGaheyU. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Dylan DeVineyMarine Military Academy, Harlingen, TX

Tristyn GavulicHargrave Military Academy, Chatham, VA

Liam GriffinSaint John’s Northwestern Military Academy, Delafield, WI

Devonte KnightMissouri Military Academy, Mexico, MO

Diego LopezMissouri Military Academy, Mexico, MO

Yuqi LiuArmy & Navy Academy, Carlsbad, CA

DonDiego RainsNew Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM

Barry ZhuRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

Austin JohnsonRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

Sean LoeberRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

Jacob GehlyRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

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Children’s activities at Samuels Public Library for the month of March

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These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library for the month of March 2020. Thank you for sharing this information. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.


Tuesday, March 3

  • 11:00 Time for Baby. What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of Time for Baby. Join us as we use all of our senses to explore the world around us. This month we will have fun with kites and parachutes! Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome.

Saturday, March 7

  • 10:00 Books and Barks. 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 February 7.
  • 2:00 Discuss This. Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 12 and up. Registration begins February 7.

Tuesday, March 10

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas. Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Dorothy will be the featured character this week. “There’s no place like home!” For ages 6-11. Registration begins February 10.

Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12

  • 10:15 Toddler Story Time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story Time.

We are going to explore our five senses through the stories, songs, and craft at story time this week. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, March 14

  • 11:00 Irish Step Dancing Performance. 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. Bring the whole family to this lively dance performance.
  • 2:00 Chess and More. Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good chess or other board game. For ages 6 and up. Registration begins February 14.

Tuesday, March 17

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas. Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Scarecrow will be the featured character this week. “If I only had a brain.” For ages 6-11. Registration begins February 17.

Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19

  • 10:15 Toddler Story Time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story Time.

Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about friends! Come to story time and see your friends, and look for new friends to meet! Siblings welcome.


Saturday, March 21

  • 11:00 Studio 330. Join Front Royal artist Michael Whited in a class for budding young artists ages 9 to 18. Young artists will complete one work of art in each one-hour session, with the option to add details during the following half-hour. The class emphasizes using basic shapes in drawings and painting, shading and shadowing techniques, and combining elements into a cohesive composition. Techniques may include using colored pencils, water colors, or acrylics. Registration begins February 21.
  • 11:00 Emergency Preparedness for Early Childhood Providers. A little over a year ago, Virginia began requiring child care programs to develop emergency preparedness plans. Now, it is time to evaluate our plans, discuss what works and what doesn’t, and update our plans. We believe that with the proper training and resources the suffering of people affected by disasters can be reduced or possibly prevented. Resilient communities must have preparation, relief, and recovery systems in place to ensure that children are safe and families can return to their jobs.
    As childcare providers, we serve as a resilience hub in the community. The goal of this training program is to increase the capacity of both center-based and home-based child care providers to prepare for, and respond effectively, in the event of emergencies and natural disasters.
    This four-hour free training is perfect for family child care providers, center owners and administrators. Feel free to bring your program’s emergency preparedness plans. You can make updates as we go through the material.
    New requirement this year: Any free training that does not have a minimum of 10 registrants must be cancelled. Also, all programs are limited to 2 individuals per class.

    • Date:                   March 21, 2020
    • Time:                  11:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location:           Samuels Library, 330 E. Criser Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630
    • Register:            vachildcare.com/child-care-providers
    • Questions:        Donna Wilson-Peal, 540-373-3275 or donna@thechildcarenetwork.org

  • 2:00 World of Lego. Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos. Real-life buildings out of Legos? Join us for this fascinating topic and building session! Registration begins February 21.

Tuesday, March 24

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas. Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Tin Man will be the featured character this week. “Now I know I’ve got a heart because it is breaking.”
    For ages 6-11. Registration begins February 24.

Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26

  • 10:15 Toddler Story Time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story Time.

Hear ye! Hear ye! Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about castles! Siblings welcome.


Saturday, March 28

  • 2:00 Mystery in the Library. A well-known historical character has disappeared from the library. Favorite book characters who were there at the time are all suspect. Teens are invited to dress up as popular book characters, and enjoy snacks as they mingle, talk, listen, and discover clues to solve the mystery. For ages 12 and up. Registration begins February 28.

Tuesday, March 31

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas. Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Lion will be the featured character this week. “Put ’em up, put ’em up!” For ages 6-11. Registration begins March 1.
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US Navy Band – Country Current performs at Randolph-Macon Academy

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On Friday, February 21, 2020, the US Navy Band Country Current performed a concert in Boggs Chapel at Randolph-Macon Academy. The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble.

If you missed the concert, watch on this exclusive Royal Examiner video:

United States Navy Country Current plays concert February 21, 2020

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Annual membership tea party at the Warren Heritage Society

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Dale Corey and Jan Long of the Warren Heritage Society.

On February 14, 2020, the Warren Heritage Society held their annual membership tea party. Dale Corey of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, Virginia Sons of the American Revolution, was the guest speaker. Dale gave a presentation on the history of tea and its effect on the American Revolutionary War. One example: In Wilmington, the women collected tea from residents and had a bonfire in the town square to protest the tariffs on tea. At the Society’s tea party, a collection of tea was made and ceremonial burning of the tea was conducted by Jan Long of the Warren Heritage Society.

If you would like to attend our future events at Warren Heritage Society, please stop by our location, 101 Chester Street, in Front Royal, and become a member today! Our next event will be “Laura Virginia Hale Day” on April 11, 2020, at 2 p.m. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Ivy Lodge and the Archive building.

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National Read Across America Day event at the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke

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Monday, March 2nd, 2020, is National Read Across America Day. Students of all ages are invited to come to the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke’s pet adoption center, located at 111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, to read “What Pet Should I Get?” to the shelter pets and enjoy Seuss inspired refreshments and activities.

Doors open at 10 a.m. with ½ price adoptions. The main event begins after school at 3 p.m.

What Pet Should I Get?” is a collaboration between Gifts Giving Back and the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day, encourage reading, enhance the human animal bond, and have some Dr. Seuss inspired fun!

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Feb
25
Tue
4:30 pm Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 25 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! Tuesday, February 25 – Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! After[...]
Feb
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 26 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20: Come in for some great stories, songs, and a craft about our feathered friends, Birds!  Siblings welcome. Wednesday, February[...]
Feb
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10:00 am Day of Giving @ Samuels Public Library
Day of Giving @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Day of Giving @ Samuels Public Library
In conjunction with “Love Your Library Month,” Samuels Public Library will hold its first “Day of Giving” on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Thanks to an anonymous donor, all donations made in-person at the Library or[...]
10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 27 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20: Come in for some great stories, songs, and a craft about our feathered friends, Birds!  Siblings welcome. Wednesday, February[...]
Feb
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7:00 pm Love Revival – FREE Monthly Comm... @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Love Revival – FREE Monthly Comm... @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.
Feb
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10:00 am Loom Knit a Kitten @ Strokes of Creativity
Loom Knit a Kitten @ Strokes of Creativity
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Loom Knit a Kitten @ Strokes of Creativity
Loom Knit an adorable kitten. In this beginner’s class for teens and adults, you will work on a 24 peg loom to knit a small stuffed toy. *Instruction will be right handed. No prior knitting[...]
11:00 am Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Soups @ Samuels Public Library
Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Soups @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Soups @ Samuels Public Library
Nothing is more comforting than warm soup on a chilly day! Learn how to make some yummy soup, and do some taste-testing to choose your favorite. For ages 8 and up. Registration begins January 29.
11:00 am Trauma & Resiliency Training for... @ Samuels Public Library
Trauma & Resiliency Training for... @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Trauma & Resiliency Training for Early Childhood Providers @ Samuels Public Library
Statistics show us that one in four children will experience trauma by the age of four. This trauma could be abuse, hunger, homelessness, witnessing violence, medical trauma, or grief. We know that a child’s greatest[...]
1:00 pm Bingo Fundraiser @ Elks Lodge
Bingo Fundraiser @ Elks Lodge
Feb 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bingo Fundraiser @ Elks Lodge
 
2:00 pm Speed Dating with Books @ Samuels Public Library
Speed Dating with Books @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Speed Dating with Books @ Samuels Public Library
Do appearances, of people or books, influence you?  How much time does it take for you to decide that you are/are not interested? What criteria determines interest? Come spend time in a “speed dating” atmosphere,[...]