General Education Development
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M-12:30 P.M (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. The GED class will not be meeting Thursday, November 28th as the library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
English as a Second Language Discussion Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our English as a Second language discussion group starting. This is a conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This group meets every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 am. This group will not be meeting the last week in December (T&TH Dec. 24 & 26) and the first week in January (T&TH Dec 31st & Jan 2nd) due to the winter holidays.
Holiday Pomander Workshop
Join us at the Library for a workshop on how to make holiday pomanders! This Saturday, December 7th at 2 PM. Originating in the Middle Ages, people would melt spices and oils together and enclose them in perforated cases, which they wore around their necks or carried with them to ward off plague or disguise BO. Early immigrants to North America brought this craft with them as a Christmas or New Year’s custom, but as oranges were far too expensive, colonists typically made their pomanders with apples. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the English began to make pomanders the way we think of them today, poking oranges and apples with cloves and rolling them in a mixture of spices and preservatives. This is an adult craft but mature children with a responsible caregiver are always welcome, space is limited so registration is required, sign up online or at the adult reference desk.
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 A.M (December 11th). All ability levels welcome. This Group will not be meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month due to the winter holidays.
Garden Club OF Warren County Christmas Flower Show
Celebrating the Garden Club of Warren County’s 90th Anniversary with a Holiday Flower Show. The library invites you to come out and join us Thursday, December 13th at 10:45 A.M. Everyone and all ages are encouraged to participate. Club membership is not required. Additional requirements and categories to be announced. See the adult reference desk for more information.
Holiday Ornament Workshop
Join us at the library for a fun day of holiday ornament crafts Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 P.M. This is an adult program, however mature children accompanied by a responsible caregiver are always welcome
Riverton Church Symphonic Winds Christmas Concert
The Riverton Church Symphonic Winds presented their annual Christmas Concert on December 8, 2019. The Royal Examiner’s camera was their to capture the event. The Riverton Church will be hold two special Christmas Eve services. At 4 pm will be their family service and at 7 pm a candlelight service.
American Heritage Girls serve community
American Heritage Girls (AHG), a faith-based character development program for girls ages 5 to 18, is making an impact by serving in the community. Recently, the girls in Troop VA2206 served by performing a Christmas caroling program at Fox Trail Senior Living.
“Service is the practical expression of a girl’s faith,” says Patti Garibay, AHG Executive Director and Founder. “Watching girls grow in their faith and discover their God-given purpose through the development of servant hearts is the greatest achievement of AHG.”
Faith-based organizations like churches and schools and civic organizations “charter” (partner with) AHG Troops to achieve their ministry goals for youth. With an emphasis on faith, service, and fun, AHG programming includes more than 240 badges, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences. Troops are led by adult volunteers who facilitate the AHG Program while encouraging girl leadership.
On Thursday, December 5, Troop VA2206 took their Christmas caroling service project to Fox Trail Senior Living. Led by adult leaders Melodie Murray and Ashley Clark, the girls retold the Christmas story for Fox Trail’s residents using both song and Scriptures. While honoring their commitment to community outreach, this particular service project helped girls to develop valuable skills, such as public speaking and musical talents. Troop VA2206 will continue their commitment community service on December 14 when they lay Christmas wreaths on veteran’s graves at Winchester National Cemetery.
Skyline High School’s Environmental Science, Ecology, and Green Team loves the Earth from the bottom of their hearts
On December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Skyline High School’s Environmental Science, Ecology, and Green Team students were able to complete an Action Project began by their predecessors in January, thanks to the financial support of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Walmart, Front Royal/Warren County Anti-Litter Council, Warren County Education Endowment, and Community Participants.
The goal of their project was to raise awareness of the plastic pollution problem that we have in our waters. Students and Samuels Public Library sold organic, fair trade and GOTS certified, reusable canvas bags from Gallant International, along with a story book about an animal that suffered due to our plastic waste problem, written by Ellie Jackson. For every bag and book sold, students were able to give a bag and book to a kindergarten student in Warren County Public Schools.
Nearly 400 bags and books were distributed during the educational assemblies in which SHS students shared lessons about how the kindergarten students can reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to help our aquatic friends.
Parts of the lesson included reading “Duffy’s Lucky Escape,” signing and singing “Here to Do Our Part, Love the Earth from the Bottom of Our Heart,” a song written for this purpose (sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), and the distribution of a WCPS Earth Steward sticker, coloring sheet, song lyrics, bag, and book. It was a wonderful experience for the SHS students to be able to put their learning into action… to have a change of pace, share a wholesome message, and give meaningful gifts to our community’s young Earth Stewards.
A few bag/book combos remained and were raffled off to the kindergarten teachers and aids. Ellie Jackson also donated sets of her books to Samuels Public Library and each elementary school library. Several donated sets from the author remain if you have an elementary school library that would like a set of the books.
Also remaining are a few of the organic, fair trade and GOTS certified, reusable canvas bags that Gallant International donated to the group. These bags are for sale for $20 with the proceeds being used to support the group’s current and future action projects, one of which is the Community Earth Day Celebration coming up April 18. Please, save the date! Contact Kara Lewallen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 631-0366 ext. 31131.
Valley Chorale of Front Royal Annual Christmas Concert
The Valley Chorale of Front Royal (formerly the Front Royal Oratorio Society) held it’s annual Hometown Christmas Concert Sunday afternoon, December 8th at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. The Chorale has been bringing choral music to the northern Shenandoah Valley since 1965. As the area’s longest-established community chorus, their aim is to put great choral music at the heart of civic and community life and, in so doing, entertain, illuminate and uplift our families, friends and neighbors. The men, women and youth in their current roster of singers come from Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Rappahannock counties.
This year the Chorale has a new Artistic Director, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh at the helm. Noted for his “energetic, expressive, concise, insightful, and sensitive” conducting (The Washington Post), Ryan’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has distinguished him as a leading music educator and conductor.
At the end on the concert two young ‘future members’ joined the chorale for the encore number. They welcomed Amanda Baldwin, age 10 and Stephanie Fultz, age 8 to join them on stage.
For more information on the Valley Choral of Front Royal visit their website at: http://valleychoraleoffrontroyal.org/
The Royal Examiner was their and shares the concert with you.
Open House! Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show
On Sunday, December 8th, Explore Art & Clay at the Kiln Doctor is having their Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show at 100 East 8th Street in Front Royal. The Royal Examiner stopped by on Saturday to see what was planned for the big event on Sunday, from 1pm to 5pm.
Want to shop local for the Holidays? Well that’s a fantastic idea! This is the 5th Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show, showcasing all the amazing artists of the area. Art pieces range from mugs, paintings, bowls, cards, and so much more! They’ll have cider and cookies too.
Warren County Middle School gifted and talented program students showcase their projects
Warren County Middle School students in the gifted and talented program displayed their presentations for parents and friends this week during a special showcase evening. Teacher Zach Logan welcomed guests and shared a few details about the students progress so far this year. Projects ranged from the Magic of Disney to interesting facts about New Zealand with several biographies in between! Great job by all of the students! Watch this video to see a few friendly faces and hear from Mr. Logan: