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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for July 15-31

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It’s Showtime at Your Library!

Summer reading isn’t just for kids. Check out Samuels Public Library’s 2019 Adult Summer Reading Program from June 7th to August 10th. This summer we’re taking show and tell to a new level. Cool programs, movies, and prizes for grownups. There’s something for everyone this summer at Samuels Library! Register for the summer reading program, for an opportunity to win awesome prizes, online at www.samuelslibrary.net or at the adult reference desk. Record each book you read online or ask reference staff to record titles for you. You will receive one entry in our weekly drawing for every print, eBook and audio-book you record. You can also download free eBooks, magazines, videos and music on our website so don’t miss out!


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


Front Royal Sewing Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to the Front Royal Sewing Group that meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:30 A.M. ( July 8th, & 22nd) and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:00 P.M. (July 9th & 23rd). People with all levels of sewing skills from beginner to advanced. Bring your own sewing machine. There is a limited number of extra sewing machines available for people who give advance notice.


Crochet Group

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 (July 11th & 24th). All ability levels welcome.


Astronomy Quest Series: Searching for Near Earth Asteroids

Join amateur astronomer Dane Toler Tuesday, July 16th at 6:20 P.M. for a program on close encounters of the asteroid kind. Discover how astronomers search for near earth asteroids and learn about asteroid impacts of the past.


SPL – Books & Beyond

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our Books and Beyond Book Club on Wednesday, July 17th at 10 A.M. where Love, Life, and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick will be discussed. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month.


Turn your trash into treasure!

FOSL hosts Allyson Ponn, Education & Program Support specialist with the Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District for a special craft workshop Wednesday, July 17th at 6:00 P.M. Learn how to make decorative items for the home using items normally discarded. An assortment of options and all materials will be provided.


Third Thursday Movie: A Star is Born

Join us at the library for a special showing of the 2018 award-winning romantic musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 P.M. The film is a remake of the 1937 film, with the same title, about a hard-drinking musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer. This is an adult program. Because this movie is rated R, children will not be permitted. Teens must be accompanied by a legal guardian.


Showtime at your Library: Plant Based Cooking

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us Saturday, July 20th at 2:00 P.M. for a fun cooking workshop designed to make even the pickiest eaters love healthy, plant-based cooking. Patrons will be able to try your hand at making Buddha bowls! Bowls filled with delicious veggies! Recipes and practical advice on adding healthy and inexpensive foods to your diet will also be provided. Patrons can register online or at the adult reference desk.


Playing with Clay: Ornaments for your garden

Join us at the library, Thursday, July 25th at 6:00 P.M. and create clay ornaments for your garden with Arline Link of the Kiln Doctor. Space is limited. Please register early to ensure your spot. This program is part of our Summer Reading Programming for adults. Arts & Crafts, Photography, Fishing and more. Mature children accompanied by a responsible adult caregiver are welcome.

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Author Ronald Kirkwood to sign copies of his new book

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Author Ronald Kirkwood will be signing copies of his new book, Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospital and the Battle of Gettysburg

The event will take place at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 21st at Royal Oak Book Shop (207 South Royal Avenue Front Royal, VA 22630) For more information visit: http://royaloakbookshop.com/

The bloodstains are gone, but the worn floorboards remain. The doctors, nurses, and patients who toiled and suffered and ached for home at the Army of the Potomac’s XI Corps hospital at the George Spangler farm in Gettysburg have long since departed. Fortunately, what they experienced there, and the critical importance of the property to the battle, has not been lost to history. Noted journalist and George Spangler farm expert Ronald D. Kirkwood brings these people and their experiences to life in “Too Much for Human Endurance”: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.

Using a large array of firsthand accounts, Kirkwood re-creates the sprawling XI Corps hospital complex and the people who labored and suffered there— especially George and Elizabeth Spangler and their four children, who built a thriving 166-acre farm only to witness it nearly destroyed when war paid a bloody visit in the summer of 1863. Stories rarely if ever told about the wounded, dying, nurses, surgeons, ambulance workers, musicians, and others are weaved seamlessly through gripping and smooth-flowing prose.

A host of notables spent time at the Spangler farm, including Union officers George G. Meade, Henry J. Hunt, Edward E. Cross, Francis Barlow, Francis Mahler, Freeman McGilvery, and Samuel K. Zook. Pvt. George Nixon III, great-grandfather of President Richard M. Nixon, would die there, as would Confederate Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, who fell mortally wounded at the height of Pickett’s Charge. In addition to including the most complete lists ever published of the dead, wounded, and surgeons at the Spanglers’ XI Corps hospital, this study breaks new ground with stories of the First Division, II Corps hospital at the Spanglers’ Granite Schoolhouse.

Kirkwood also establishes the often-overlooked strategic importance of the property and its key role in the Union victory. Army of the Potomac generals took advantage of the farm’s size, access to roads, and central location to use it as a staging area to get artillery and infantry to the embattled front line from Little Round to Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill, often just in time to prevent a collapse and Confederate breakthrough.

“Too Much for Human Endurance” introduces readers to heretofore untold stories of the Spanglers, their farm, those who labored to save lives, and those who suffered and died there. They have finally received the recognition that their place in history deserves.

About the Author: Ronald D. Kirkwood is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA TODAY, the Baltimore Sun, the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, and the York (PA) Daily Record. Ron edited national magazines for USA TODAY Sports and was NFL editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He won numerous state, regional, and national awards during his career and managed the copy desk in Harrisburg when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Ron has been a Gettysburg Foundation docent at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site since it opened in 2013. He is a native of Dowagiac/Sister Lakes, MI, and a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he has returned as guest speaker to journalism classes as part of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals series. Ron and his wife, Barbara, live in York. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about Too Much for Human Endurance

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Eight boats, 160 paddlers to compete in dragon boat races on August 3rd

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Those are some fast dragons on the race – eight boats, each powered by 20 rowers will return three Saturdays from now, on Aug. 3. Courtesy Photos HSWC

Dragon boat races return to the Shenandoah River on Saturday, August 3, and are expected to raise at least $16,000 in entry fees for Front Royal’s animal shelter.

The event is one of the Humane Society of Warren County’s (HSWC) most popular. Crowds of several hundred are expected at the Front Royal Golf Club boat landing site starting at 9:30 a.m. Trolley transportation is provided from Crooked Run Plaza.

While the event was missing from last year’s calendar, eight boats with 20 paddlers sponsored by community and corporate organizations will compete in this year’s contest over the 200-meter course. One of the boats is skippered by Ellen Aders a former winner. Aders is the HSWC president. Newcomers to the contest this year are the Rotary River Dogs, Captain Julie Covert, Aders’ vice president.

“We are all looking forward to an amazing day, full of spirited fun, all in the name of helping the animals in our community,” said Meghan Bowers, in her first year as executive director of the Humane Society’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter.

And it’s for a GREAT cause – like housing Otto. Otto has lived his entire life in a kennel. Since taking her position in the last year, Shelter Director Bowers has taken Otto, who is fearful of people, into her office where he has a comfortable bed and the things he likes best to eat: cheeseburgers!

Bowers said of her first six months that one of her most difficult things to deal with has been the sad condition of many of the animals that arrive at the shelter.

“It is a regular occurrence,” she wrote in the shelter’s summer newsletter advertising the Waggin’ for Dragon event, “to have a dog or cat arrive who has suffered years of neglect, abuse and lack of proper medical care. It is our mission (funded by the likes of Waggin’ for Dragons and other events such as Barks & Bags) to provide these animals a new beginning, starting with compassionate care.”

She announced that a recent yard sale at the shelter site had raised a record $3,400 for the animals. She also announced a fee increase for adoptions – in future, cat adoptions with be $30 and dog adoptions $60. “Even at the new rates,” Bowers said, “it may surprise some that adoption fees do not cover the total costs of caring for the animals until they are adopted.”

Among the shelter’s greatest needs at the moment is an industrial washing machine. Is there anyone out there with one lying around their basement? – Just asking…

The last winners – the State Farm Dragons

And the races get exciting as they bear down on the finish line – don’t miss this year’s Waggin’ for Dragons Humane Society of Warren County fundraising event, it’s a great day on the river and a great day for the county’s abandoned animals.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of July 18th

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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, July 18:

•  Thurs – 12:20, 3:10, 6:05, 8:30
•  Daily – 12:45, 3:10, 6:05 & 8:30

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours 10 min

•  Thurs – 6:00, 8:45
•  Daily – 12:40, 3:20, 6:00 & 8:40

Rated PG |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Thurs – 12:40, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50
•  Daily – 12:50, 3:40, 6:10 & 8:55 

Rated G |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 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:

  • “Hobbs and Shaw”
  • “Dora and The Lost City of Gold”
  • “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
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Front Royal Midget Football League offers free conditioning camp for youth

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The 2018 Strength and Conditioning Camp with FASST

The Front Royal Midget Football League (FRMFL) is offering a FREE 2 day conditioning camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 years old. Camp will be held Thursday July 18th and Friday July 19th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at Skyline High School.

A special thank you to FASST Sports Performance Training for their support in making the camp possible.

The first 50 players registered will get drawstring goodie bags when they attend (must register and attend to get bag)

Pizza party for all registered attendees on Friday following the conclusion of camp.

Onsite registration will be available for Front Royal Midget Football League’s 2019 fall season.

REGISTER at www.frmfl.com

Any issues registering, contact Shannon Cressel at: shannoncressel@gmail.com

The Front Midget Football League is a local youth football program looking to teach community children the fundamentals of football.

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Skyline Conference for preschool & elementary teachers – July 25-26, 2019

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Allyson Gillispie describes the conference with publisher Mike McCool.

Skyline Conference is a 2-day conference for preschool & elementary teachers and staff. The conference will be July 25-26, 2019 at Front Royal United Methodist Church.

Eric Litwin, author of the 1st 4 Pete the Cat books, Groovy Joe and the Nut Family books. will be the keynote. Other presenters will include a variety of therapists (speech, occupational, music, etc.), specialists (creative movement, theater, sign language, etc.) and a combination of preschool/special education teachers and administrators.

On July 25th at 10am, Eric will present a music conference, also at the United Methodist Church. Allyson Gillispie, Director describes the conference and the concert in the interview she had recently with publisher Mike McCool.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of July 12th

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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 Friday, July 12:

•  Daily – 12:20, 3:10, 6:00 & 8:50
Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours 10 min

•  Daily – 12:25, 3:15, 6:05 & 8:45
Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Daily – 12:30, 3:20, 6:10 & 8:40
Rated G |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 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:

  • “The Lion King”
  • “Hobbs and Shaw”
  • “Dora and The Lost City of Gold”
  • “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
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Pour Me Another Fluid Art @ Strokes of Creativity
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1:30 pm Botanical Drawing 1 @ Art in the Valley
Botanical Drawing 1 @ Art in the Valley
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Botanical Drawing 1 @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. Tuesdays: 1:30pm – 4:00pm, July 9th – 30th. Classes will be held in our upstairs studio at 205[...]
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6:30 pm Pour Me Another Fluid Art @ Strokes of Creativity
Pour Me Another Fluid Art @ Strokes of Creativity
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3:00 pm Teacher Classroom Door Hanger @ Strokes of Creativity
Teacher Classroom Door Hanger @ Strokes of Creativity
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12:00 pm Crop With Us @ Strokes of Creativity
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Come Crop With Us Sunday, July 28, 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Receive a gift for pre-registering and attending. $15 No refunds. Feel free to bring your own snacks or drinks!
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Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
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1:30 pm Botanical Drawing 1 @ Art in the Valley
Botanical Drawing 1 @ Art in the Valley
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Botanical Drawing 1 @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. Tuesdays: 1:30pm – 4:00pm, July 9th – 30th. Classes will be held in our upstairs studio at 205[...]

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