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November Celebrity Birthdays!

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Do you share a birthday with a celebrity?

1 – Penn Badgley, 33, actor, Baltimore, MD, 1986.

2 – Shere Hite, 77, researcher on sexual behavior, St. Joseph, MO, 1942.

3 – Kendall Jenner, 24, television personality, Los Angeles, CA, 1995.

4 – Markie Post, 69, actress (Chicago P.D.), Palo Alto, CA, 1950.

5 – Kevin Jonas, 32, singer, Teaneck, NJ, 1987.

6 – Sally Field, 73, actress, Pasadena, CA, 1946.

7 – Lorde, 23, singer, born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, Takapuna, New Zealand, 1996.

8 – Norman Lloyd, 105, actor (St. Elsewhere), director, Jersey City, NJ, 1914.

9 – Nikki Blonsky, 31, actress (Hairspray), Great Neck, NY, 1988.

10 – Hugh Bonneville, 56, actor (Downton Abbey), London, England, 1963.

11 – Jon Batiste, 33, musician, Kenner, LA, 1986.

12 – Neil Young, 74, singer, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1945.

13 – Dana Vollmer, 32, Olympic swimmer, Syracuse, NY, 1987.

14 – Prince Charles, 71, Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, London, England, 1948.

15 – Karl-Anthony Towns, 24, basketball player, Edison, NJ, 1995.

16 – Lisa Bonet, 52, actress (The Cosby Show), San Francisco, CA, 1967.

17 – Rachel McAdams, 41, actress (Sherlock Holmes), London, ON, Canada, 1978.

18 – Brenda Vaccaro, 80, actress (The Goodbye People), Brooklyn, NY, 1939.

19 – Patrick Kane, 31, hockey player, Buffalo, NY, 1988.

20 – Estelle Parsons, 92, actress (Oscar for Bonnie and Clyde), Marblehead, MA, 1927.

21 – Carly Rae Jepsen, 34, singer, Mission, BC, Canada, 1985.

22 – Guion S. Bluford, Jr, 77, astronaut, West Philadelphia, PA, 1942.

23 – Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 32, television personality, Santiago, Chile, 1987.

24 – Brad Sherwood, 55, comedian, actor (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Chicago, IL, 1964.

25 – Katie Cassidy, 33, actress (Melrose Place), Los Angeles, CA, 1986.

26 – Tina Turner, 81, singer, Anna Mae Bullock, Nutbush, TN, 1938.

27 – Jaleel White, 43, actor (Family Matters), Los Angeles, CA, 1976.

28 – Berry Gordy, Jr, 90, record and motion picture executive (cofounder of Motown), Detroit, MI, 1929.

29 – Lucas Black, 37, actor (NCIS: New Orleans), Speake, AL, 1982.

30 – Joan Ganz Cooney, 90, creator of Sesame Street, Phoenix, AZ, 1929.

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3 games to play at the office holiday party

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Are you looking for a way energize your holiday office party? If so, here are three fun games that virtually anyone can enjoy.

1. Office trivia. Before the day of the event, send a questionnaire to all employees asking them about their interests, pet peeves and preferred foods, books, movies and travel destinations. Collect the answers and use them to create an office trivia game.

2. Guess the word. Write words on individual strips of paper and then fold and place them in bowls. Each team chooses a player who will have to guess the word based on clues from their teammates.

3. Gift wrap challenge. Put players in teams of two. Tie one person’s right hand to the other’s left and have them attempt to wrap a gift with their free hands. The pair that does the nicest job wins.

If you play your office games in teams, assemble the groups randomly. A fun way to do this is to cut up old Christmas cards and hand out the pieces. Teams can then be formed by those who have pieces from the same card.

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Christmas checklist

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To avoid holiday mayhem, you need to remain organized in the days and weeks leading up to the main event. Here’s a checklist that will help you keep track of everything that needs to be done before Christmas.

Entertaining
• Choose a theme for your party if you’re having one

• Make reservations (caterer, event space, restaurant, cleaning crew, Santa Claus)
• Send out invitations
• Decide on a menu (don’t forget to consider your guests’ allergies and dietary restrictions)
• Make separate grocery lists for what can be purchased weeks in advance and what must be bought in the days before
• Start cooking (make dishes in advance and freeze them)
• Make a seating plan and choose the table decorations
• Obtain any extra dishes, napkins or chairs you need
• Choose the music and plan party games
• Clean the house from top to bottom
• Prepare a room for overnight guests
• Make sure your driveway and walk¬way are clear

Buying gifts
• Organize a gift exchange
• Start shopping early to avoid crowds
• Make note of what to buy for each person on your list
• Write Christmas cards and send them out early to ensure they arrive before the holiday
• Help your kids write their letters to Santa and send them off
• Buy wrapping paper, ribbons and bows
• Wrap gifts as you buy them to avoid doing it all at once, and hide them until the big day

Decorating the house
• Go through your decorations and throw out and replace anything that’s broken
• Hang outdoor decorations before the cold weather arrives
• Decorate the inside of your house
• Don’t set up your natural Christmas tree until a week or two before the day (or it will be dry by the time Santa arrives)

Getting yourself ready
• Make your appointments early (hair, esthetics, makeup, nails) to be sure you get the time slot you need
• Shop for your party clothes and visit the tailor if adjustments are needed

Keep this checklist handy to make sure you don’t forget anything this season.

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Computer Security Day: November 30th

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Yes of course: computer security should be serious business EVERY day. But it’s good to have a reminder.

An article on BBVA, one of the largest banks in the world, says the observance began in 1988 after the first case of malware, known as the Morris Worm. Although we are much more savvy today, we are also faced with constant threat.

Toward that end, here are some suggestions for observing the date:

* Improve your passwords. Hopefully you aren’t one of the millions who use “123456” or “password,” each of which made it to the Top 10 most common passwords in 2019. Use a password manager like LastPass, which stores and encrypts your passwords — and enables you to use something ridiculous that you’d never remember.

* Keep your software up-to-date. Yes, your laptop’s wallpaper gets wiped out and everything on your phone gets moves around or doesn’t work the same … but if you don’t have the latest version, you don’t have the latest protection.

* Don’t click on links that seem a little off — even if they come from someone you know. Learn about the various scams and how to protect yourself.

* Log out of banking or shopping sites after you’ve visited them

* Back up your data regularly. If something happens to your computer, you’ll likely have to erase everything and reboot.

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Shop till you drop: 4 great reasons to hit the stores on Black Friday

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Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and stores across the country are hosting massive sales events. Here are four great reasons to brave the crowds on November 29.

1.You can get your Christmas shopping done. Black Friday provides the perfect opportunity to find Christmas presents for everyone on your list. Even if you can’t find all the things you’re looking for, you’ll likely be able to knock some items off your list and make a plan to get the rest before the big day arrives.

2. You can get ready for family visits. Stressful as it may be, receiving family is one of the best things about the holidays. One way to take full advantage of Black Friday is to purchase whatever you need to ensure that your next family visit goes well, such as new dinnerware or perhaps a second fondue set.

3. You can save on items you need. Look for deals on products you’ve been meaning to buy for a while. Whatever they are, you’re likely to find them priced for less than you originally allotted. You can use the money saved to treat yourself to lunch or even pick up extra hostess gifts for those impromptu holiday invites.

4. You can shop as much as you want. Many stores have extended hours on Black Friday. This means you can shop for as long as you want and find everything you need to buy. If you’re planning to make a day of it, however, make sure to take a few breaks.

Black Friday is a great opportunity to get everything you need at low prices. Circle November 29 on your calendar, keep an eye out for Black Friday sales and enjoy a fabulous start to the holiday season!

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Social entrepreneurship: the future of global business

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Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week across 170 countries. In November, several activities will take place to help entrepreneurs worldwide strengthen the world’s business community and craft innovative approaches to entrepreneurship. In recognition of the event, here’s a look at social entrepreneurship, an increasingly popular approach to business innovation.

Social entrepreneurship
A social enterprise develops and applies business solutions to a variety of social problems ranging from poverty to environmental concerns to lack of access to food, water and medical supplies. For instance, a company may provide a well-digging service or financial solutions for people with low incomes.

The term became widespread in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, the development of social media and networking platforms, as well as the emergence of crowdfunding, have put social entrepreneurs at the forefront of global startups.

Why social enterprises are the future
Social entrepreneurship is likely to gain momentum in the coming years. This is partly because millennials tend to privilege careers that allow them to apply their skills in ways they find meaningful and with companies that show a high degree of social responsibility.

In addition, the internet makes socially-minded enterprises much easier to launch and develop. Increased connectivity allows social startups to recruit the diverse talent they need to grow their businesses while finding effective ways to tackle the issues they care about.

Global Entrepreneurship Week puts experienced people in contact with students and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. Social entrepreneurship is a testament to the positive impact the global business community can have.

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Tattoos and piercings: a beginner’s guide

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Tattoos and piercings are a great way to express yourself. Here are some things to consider before visiting a studio.

Tattoos
Once you’ve chosen a tattoo, you need to decide how visible you want it to be. While they don’t carry the same stigma they used to, keep in mind that face, hand and neck tattoos are still frowned upon, especially in professional settings.

It’s also a good idea to do some research on the design you’ve selected and make sure that you’re familiar with its meaning. Be careful when considering designs that are significant to members of other cultures or that include script that’s in a foreign language.

Another consideration is the many ways tattoos can change and fade over time. Sunlight can prematurely age your tattoo, as can friction from clothing. Fluctuations in weight can also alter your tattoo’s appearance.

Finally, if your pain tolerance is low, consider placing your tattoo in an area such as your calf, arm or shoulder. Afterwards, be sure to follow your artist’s instructions when it comes to aftercare. Not following their directions can lead to infections.

Piercings
The main things to think about when deciding where you want to get pierced are healing time and aftercare.

An eyebrow piercing will heal slowly because of all the sweat and dirt that accumulates on your brow.

Nipples are extremely sensitive, while tongue and lip piercings are more exposed to bacteria and require additional care.

Genital piercings should only be performed by highly experienced professionals, so do a lot of research before choosing a piercer. A poor piercing technique can result in irreversible damage either due to injury or infection.

To make sure your experience is a good one, take the time to thoroughly research local studios and artists before making a decision.

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Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
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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[...]
10:00 am Free Pet Adoption Event @ Subaru Dealership
Free Pet Adoption Event @ Subaru Dealership
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Free Pet Adoption Event @ Subaru Dealership
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[...]
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“The Nutcracker” student perform... @ Skyline High School
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“The Nutcracker” student performance @ Skyline High School
Italia Performing Arts presents the seasonal classic ballet “The Nutcracker” in Front Royal, Virginia, on December 7, 2019. Italia Performing Arts is pleased to announce its student production of “The Nutcracker”, being brought to the[...]
2:00 pm Discuss This @ Samuels Public Library
Discuss This @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Discuss This @ Samuels Public Library
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[...]
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R-MA December Open House @ Randolph-Macon Academy
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R-MA December Open House @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Discover The Power of Rise at Randolph-Macon Academy! Join us for an open house on Sunday, December 8th, with tours beginning promptly at 2:00 pm. Families interested in applying for the second semester (January 27,[...]
3:00 pm Christmas Concert @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Christmas Concert @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
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Christmas Concert @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
The Valley Chorale of Front Royal (previously Front Royal Oratorio Society) presents its 2019 Christmas concert titled “HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” – a program of uplifting sacred and secular selections sure to brighten everyone’s yuletide season.[...]
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4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, December 3: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! After reading a Christmas story, we’ll discuss giving and how it affects us and the people around us.[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
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11:00 am Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
December 14 is the 220th anniversary of George Washington’s death. Today we will learn more about this great leader of our country and celebrate his legacy. Refreshments will be served. For ages 7 to 18.[...]