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Mark your calendar: 49th Annual ‘Festival of Leaves’ is this Saturday, October 12th

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Melanie Gregory, Allan Fox, Loraine Dovell and Deborah Cory brings us up-to-date on the Festival of Leaves. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

This Saturday, October 12th, marks the 49th year of the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Festival takes place in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia, on Chester and Main Streets. Come enjoy Front Royal at its best. Arts and crafts abound in the heart of our historic district.

Several musical acts will provide all day entertainment. Come enjoy Heritage Square on the grounds of the Warren Heritage Society at 101 Chester Street where you will find museums, tours of our historic homes – Belle Boyd Cottage (Front Royal home of Confederate spy Belle Boyd) and 18th century Balthis House – and their outbuildings, re-enactors, living history demonstrations, crafts people, and apple butter making, to name a few. Plan on joining us for a day of fun for all ages.

Watch this exclusive Royal Examiner video and get caught up on all the happenings this weekend:

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of November 21st

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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, November 21:

•  Thurs & Fri – 6:20 & 9:05
•  Sat & Sun – 12:55, 3:35, 6:20 & 9:05
•  Mon & Tues– 6:20 & 9:05

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Thurs & Fri – 6:10 & 8:30
•  Sat & Sun – 1:30, 6:10 & 8:30
•  Mon & Tues – 6:10 & 8:30
•  Wed – 12:55, 4:10 & 7:30

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours 32 min

•  Thurs & Fri – 6:00 & 9:25
•  Sat & Sun – 1:00, 3:35, 6:20 & 9:05
•  Mon & Tues – 6:00 & 9:25
•  Wed – 1:00, 3:30, 6:00 & 9:15

Rated PG |  Run Time: 1 hours 45 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:

  • “Knives Out”
  • “Jumanji: The Next Level”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “Spies in Disguise”
  • “My Spy”
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How could one woman steal $53 million without anyone noticing?

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How could one woman steal $53 million without anyone noticing? As city comptroller of Dixon, IL, Rita Crundwell stole $53 million of public funds across 20 years–making her the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. She used the funds to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeding empires, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and neglect of public infrastructure. ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES investigates her crime, her lavish lifestyle and the small town she left in her wake.

On November 24th at 2pm, at the Warren County Community Center, the Warren County Coalition will be showing the documentary ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES, where you’ll also meet the author of this movie, Kelly Richmond Pope. This is a free event and open to the public. See the Warren County Coalition Facebook page for more information.

Kelly Richmond Pope is an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and founder of Helios Digital Learning, Inc. She received her doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech and she is a licensed certified public accountant. She worked in the forensic practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations, and fraud risk management projects. Kelly is a recognized expert in the forensic accounting field and has conducted forensic accounting seminars around the world for universities, corporations and governmental entities.

Kelly is the creator and executive producer of the award winning educational white-collar crime documentary, Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime. Her current documentary, All the Queen’s Horses, which chronicles the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history, will be released August 2017. She was selected by the TED Ed team to develop a teaching lesson on “How People Rationalize Fraud” which can be found on the TED Ed website. Her TEDx talk “Why We Hate Whistle-blowers” discusses the whistle-blower dilemma and the need for whistle-blowers in fraud discovery.

Watch the trailer:

All the Queen’s Horses from Gravitas Ventures on Vimeo.

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The Great American Smokeout: Plan Day 1 to a Tobacco-Free Future

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44th annual event encourages those who smoke to make a plan to kick addiction:

Thursday, November 21, 2019, marks the 44th annual Great American Smokeout®, which has a new theme: “Day 1.” “This theme expresses the GASO’s recognition that that successfully quitting smoking is difficult and takes time and planning. We encourage people who smoke or who use any type of tobacco to use the day to create a plan for a tobacco-free life, and the American Cancer Society is available to help,” says Aimee Nuwer, American Cancer Society senior community development manager for Front Royal and Warren County.

The Great American Smokeout (GASO), a public awareness event created in 1976 to encourage people to quit smoking, is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of November. Across the country, GASO encourages people who smoke or use tobacco to take action to quit.

Nearly one in three cancer deaths in the U.S. is connected to smoking, which increases the risk of these 12 cancers: lung, mouth, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), kidney, cervix, liver, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and colon/rectum, as well as for myeloid leukemia.

Smoking also damages nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones, causing other fatal diseases. About 1 out of 5 deaths in the U.S. is due to smoking.

While the smoking rate has dropped significantly, from 42% in 1965 to 14% in 2017, smoking rates vary greatly depending on geographic location. For example, according to the American Cancer Society in 2016, in Virginia, 15% of adults age 18 and older smoked, and in West Virginia, 25% of adults age 18 and older smoked.

Quitting smoking can be very difficult. Experts say the best approach is to start with a plan and seek support. “Quitting often takes multiple attempts,” explains Nuwer, “and the American Cancer Society offers resources to support people and help them quit. We have information and tips at www.cancer.org/smokeout.” Smokers are strongly advised to use proven cessation methods, such as nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs, such as patches, gum, lozenges, etc.) or prescription medications and counseling, or a combination of all, to quit smoking. Newer encourages, “It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to get their advice. Support is also important. Stop-smoking programs, telephone quit lines, the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program, self-help materials, and smoking counselors or coaches can be a great help.”

Nuwer adds, “Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, and November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.” Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, with more people dying of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers Most lung cancers do not have symptoms until they spread, but some people with early lung cancer do have symptoms. When cancer is diagnosed at an earlier stage, treatment is more likely to be effective.

Common Symptoms of Lung Cancer:

  • A cough that does not go away or gets worse
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
  • Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that do not go away or keep coming back
  • New onset of wheezing

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019, there will be about 228,150 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and there will be 142,670 deaths from lung cancer.

To raise funds to attack all cancers from every angle, local American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Front Royal Warren County volunteers host a Bingo Fundraiser every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the . “Funds raised go to help cancer patients and their families gain access to resources and support through American Cancer Society programs as well as to fund lifesaving cancer research,” says Nuwer.

Photo, left to right – American Cancer Society volunteers Brad Fletcher, Jill Johns, with Aimee Nuwer (centered – American Cancer Society senior community development manager), and volunteers Kari Little and Susie Wickham.

For more information about tobacco and cancer risk, as well as detection, treatment, resources and support, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

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Subaru of Winchester to host Free Pet Adoption event with support of the ASPCA

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The pet adoption event will be hosted by Subaru of Winchester and feature adoptable pets from the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke. This annual event will take place at the Subaru dealership located at 3019 Valley Avenue, Winchester, Virginia, on Saturday, December 7th, from 10AM – 3PM. Santa will be featured starting at 11AM. In addition to adoptable animals, there will be free photos with Santa, a bake sale, raffle, SPCA products, and fun holiday gifts for the pet lover on your gift list.

This event is made possible due to a grant from the ASPCA which assisted the Winchester SPCA in preparing pets for adoption. The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties has provided animal welfare services to the area since 1907. The SPCA currently has a save rate of 97%, which qualifies the agency as a no-kill shelter, a distinction maintained since 2012. The Share the Love Adoption Event serves as the shelter’s largest single day adoption event of the year.

Lavenda Denney, Executive Director, says, “We are hopeful on December 7th at least 20 homeless pets will get a second chance and become part of a new family. We are beyond grateful to Subaru of Winchester for their ongoing support.”

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Stephens City’s second annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, November 30th

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STEPHENS CITY, VA — Event Coordinator Jacquetta Owen says November’s holiday festivities don’t have to end with Thanksgiving dinner.

Stephens City is hosting the second annual Hometown Christmas event from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, November 30th, along our historic Main Street. Hometown Christmas is planning to use Stephen City’s long-established community spirit and enthusiasm to get behind this wonderful event. The town is pulling out all the stops and event organizers and volunteers believe visitors will enjoy the arts, crafts and food while strolling downtown exploring what our local businesses have to offer.

The event will feature a craft fair, bake sale, music, house tours, a secret Santa shop, a Warming Tree and an appearance from Santa Claus.

To entice people to visit Stephens City’s small businesses on Shop Small Saturday, there will be a business scavenger hunt with prizes. Participants will be given cards that must be checked off by business owners to ensure that participants stopped by their store.

Businesses taking part in the scavenger hunt include Capon Valley Bank, Sophia’s Thrift Shop, Granny’s Restaurant, The Flower Center, The Cloth Peddler, Stephens City Outlet Discount Store, Ed’s Heads Hair Salon, Clem’s Garage, Dragon Fire Comics, Newtown Music Center, High Point Restaurant, Lantz’s Pharmacy and Classics on Main Antiques. Each business will offer specials during the scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunt cards are available at any of the participating businesses and may be picked up starting Monday, Nov 25th, although they can only be filled out on Nov 30th. Once the cards have been filled out, they can be deposited in a box at Lantz’s Pharmacy, 5015 Main Street. Two lucky winner cards will be drawn for a $25 gift card.

Hometown Christmas Event Coodinator Jacquetta Owen

Jacquetta Owen says Hometown Christmas is a terrific approach in getting people to recognize the benefits of Stephens City’s small town ambiance. Despite inclement weather, last year’s inaugural event was a success with lots of folks going home with unique gifts from the craft show and the experience of visiting newfound businesses. This year, the event expands to include a bake sale and a special shop for kids to purchase gifts for their families.

Other events include:

  • Mayor Mike Diaz will be directing a free historic house walking tour at 11 am, starting at The Newtown History Center at 5408 Main Street. Those interested must check in at The History Center 20 minutes before tour time.
  • A Warming Tree at Capon Valley Bank where newly donated mittens, gloves, scarves and hats can be clipped to a Christmas tree. The Tree supports Congregational Community Action Project (CCAP).
  • A gingerbread house contest, with categories for children 11 and under and one for ages 12 and up. Entries can be brought in starting Nov. 25th but must be in by 5 pm Friday, Nov. 29. The houses must be made of edible ingredients and brought to Clem’s Garage, 5170 Main Street. An application can be picked up at the Stephens City Town Office. Judging will take place Friday night and the houses will remain on display through Hometown Christmas. $25 gift cards will be awarded to top entries.
  • A Hallelujah Chorus sing-along at Stephens City United Methodist Church (SCUMC) in the sanctuary at 1 pm directed by Donna Greene and accompanied by David Renner.
  • Greeting Cards will be made available for anyone wanting to send an anonymous “Thank-A-Veteran” greeting to military personnel receiving medical services in Martinsburg. A volunteer will take greeting cards to the Martinsburg VA Center on December 15th. The cards will be located at the Stephens City Town Office, Capon Valley Bank and SCUMC.
  • A Secret Santa shopping area at SCUMC from 10 am to 2 pm, where children of any age can purchase gifts for friends and family for $1 to $5 (the gifts will be wrapped and tagged by Little Elf).
  • A Bake Sale at SCUMC to support the youth mission trip next summer.
  • Shenandoah Valley Chorus performs at 2 pm in the SCUMC sanctuary.
  • A Stephens City Volunteer Fire & Rescue Santa will be available for children to share their Christmas lists at the Newtown Commons from 2 – 4 pm, then after a break, will return on a fire truck to light the tree at 6 pm. The Town Office will provide hot chocolate and cookies. Camp of Faith Church in Stephens City will sing Christmas carols.
  • A craft fair will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of Main and Fairfax streets. There will be signs to direct shoppers.

For more information, contact Stellar Seven over 70 Award winner and Hometown Christmas Event Coordinator Jacquetta Owen at jacquettaowen@gmail.com.


Note: Stephens City is a remarkable community because Main Street has retained its small-town character over two centuries of progress and expansion. Development and growth in Stephens City has been small-scaled and well-managed. As a result, the town has a very high degree of historical integrity that will continue to be prominently featured through ongoing renewal and revitalization.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of November 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, November 14:

•  Thurs – 7:15
•  Fri – 6:10 & 9:10
•  Sat – 1:20, 6:10 & 9:10
•  Sun – 12:45, 3:55 & 7:15
•  Mon-Wed – 7:15

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Thurs – 7:05
•  Fri – 6:00 & 9:15
•  Sat – 1:10, 6:00 & 9:15
•  Sun – 12:30, 3:45 & 7:05
•  Mon-Wed – 7:05

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours 32 min

•  Thurs – 7:00
•  Fri – 6:05 & 9:20
•  Sat – 1:00, 6:05 & 9:20
•  Sun – 12:25, 3:40 & 7:00
•  Mon-Wed – 7:00

Rated R |  Run Time: 2 hours 32 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:

  • “Frozen 2”
  • “Knives Out”
  • “Jumanji: The Next Level”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “Spies in Disguise”
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7:00 pm Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drama Performance: "Loserville" @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
On Wednesday, November 20th, and Thursday, November 21st, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present its 2019 fall production of Elliot Davis’ and James Bourne’s musical, Loserville. The musical, which will take place in Melton[...]
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9:00 am Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
Able Forces will once again be hosting a visit by Andre Miller, Resource Specialist, Virginia Veteran and Family Support, Department of Veteran Services, Commonwealth of Virginia this Friday 22 November from 9AM to Noon. As[...]
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10:30 am Children’s Class: Drawing A Self... @ Art in the Valley
Children’s Class: Drawing A Self... @ Art in the Valley
Nov 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Children's Class: Drawing A Self Portrait @ Art in the Valley
In this class students will learn how to draw facial features and the proportions used for placement of features on a face.  They will complete a self portrait using graphite. Classes are designed for the[...]
2:30 pm The Princess & the “P___” @ Samuels Public Library
The Princess & the “P___” @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Princess & the “P___” @ Samuels Public Library
Lyla sees no purpose to princes. They’re ugly, stupid—and obnoxious! Why can’t Hagabah see that, and why must the master insist that she keep the prince around three more days? The world would be a[...]
4:00 pm Grounding & Gratitude: A restora... @ Strokes of Creativity
Grounding & Gratitude: A restora... @ Strokes of Creativity
Nov 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Grounding & Gratitude: A restorative yoga workshop @ Strokes of Creativity
Whether you have family visiting or the stress of a shortened work week, the week of Thanksgiving can be overwhelming. This gentle, all-levels, restorative yoga class is designed to help you calm anxiety and restore[...]
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Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in... @ Art in the Valley
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Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in Color @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in colored pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. This four week course will focus on continuing to build drawing skills as applied to botanicals: students[...]
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1:30 pm Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
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Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with instructor, Elena Maza, will deal with the basic three-primary color palette, different pigments and how they interact, how to mix all colors from three primary colors, how to apply washes,[...]
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10:00 am Studio Sale & Community Art Walk @ Art in the Valley
Studio Sale & Community Art Walk @ Art in the Valley
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Studio Sale & Community Art Walk @ Art in the Valley
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10:00 am Studio Sale & Community Art Walk @ Art in the Valley
Studio Sale & Community Art Walk @ Art in the Valley
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Studio Sale & Community Art Walk @ Art in the Valley
Join us for our Holiday Studio Sale and Community Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10am to 6pm. Enjoy a free hot chocolate or a glass of wine (while supplies[...]
2:00 pm Chess and More @ Samuels Public Library
Chess and More @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Chess and More @ Samuels Public Library
Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good chess or other board game. For ages 6 and up. Registration begins October 30.