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.
Fourth “Conversation of Hope” to be held September 24, 2019
The WHAT MATTERS community meeting space, “Open House: Meet in the Middle” (213 E. Main Street next to the Daily Grind) will again serve as a meeting place for community members seeking positivism in this time of controversy for our town and county. At 7pm on Tuesday, 9/24/19, Police Chief Kayle Magalis, Mayor Matt Tederick and Beth Medved Waller invite all to join them and other community leaders and citizens as we engage in another hour of positive reflections and hope. In the first “Conversation of Hope” held at “Open House” in June, the Chief shared a fitting quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
During the first June gathering, dozens of community members gathered to share positive comments about moving forward and embracing the good qualities, people and vitality that Warren County has to offer. Here are some of the uplifting words filled with compassion shared during our brief time together during the June 7th “Conversation”:
…Tragedy doesn’t define our community; we have made it through other controversial times, the new police department is an example of the success of a dream 20+ years in the making, don’t feed the beast, negativity breeds negativity, buy local support local, this time shouldn’t change our opinion about what a blessing it is to live here, we must heal relationships with friends and the community because we are hurt and need to acknowledge our pain and rebuild, the term “keep it simple, stupid” can be used to find ways to work together, we must combat darkness with light and stay in the light, we need to be the people we are supposed to be no matter what, we will never stop all the negativity but love will lead us, people who have businesses and work here must be a part of the healing and rebuilding, be a part of the solution, people choose to move here for scenery, values and there are people who stay here for the same reason, this too shall pass, Front Royal is loved for the people, volunteering, service and beauty, shine a light on the great people here and count our blessings, go to prayer and good will prevail, this is a perfect storm for renewal and revival and to come together, a community that doesn’t hide from their faith survives—run to God and add prayer to meetings, lean on God, healing is best when focused on others and for others, be compassionate…
July’s “Conversation of Hope” was also inspiring as guests reminisced and shared hope for positive change in our community. Police Chief, Kahle Magalis, encouraged us to focus on the wellness of the community, not just the sickness, and suggested that the new hospital progress can remind us to do just that. He also said that he’s very pleased with the working relationship the FR Police Department and the WC Sheriff’s office have in trying to embrace collaboration and cooperation. It was discussed that some of our current issues are bringing things to light that need to be addressed and that dealing with those issues will have a positive impact. In addition, attendees spent much of the time reminiscing about favorite FR/WC memories from the old days of every weekend Skyline Drive traffic & picnics in the park, the Sesquicentennial pageant event in 1986, the Red Stock and Volleys that the hospital hosted, and our hope that another community-wide event could materialize (perhaps a canoe event). It was a heartwarming gathering!
In August we met and again had a fantastic turnout of positive-spirited neighbors. Attendees included a business owner who fell in love with the kind people of our community & and decided to make this her home and place to build her business after just one week of visiting the area years ago. Another participant was a five year resident who volunteers in the school and has started a nonprofit as well as an out of towner who attends church here and has a great love for the valley. Comments included positive feedback about the school system, about the giving & caring individuals in our community, a reference to George Jefferson’s “moving on up” (and encouragement to focus on the positive and move forward without delay by sharing concern but finding solutions and moving on), the acknowledgement that we have a strong sense of community that’s full of characters and memories and that we have so much potential and good energy. It was expressed that this is a good time to be forced to confront what we love and value and to picture the past and what’s good about the area. One guest said, “let it go if you can’t do anything about it.” The mayor expressed his strong desire to see the Afton Inn restored and George McIntyre discussed the LOVE sign series project he’s spearheading.
“This too shall pass” was again uttered as well as the fact that our community has so much to offer as a busy, active and unique area (full of outdoor assets and beauty) where people care about each other and don’t let tragedy define us. Niki Foster of the FR/WC Chamber of Commerce encouraged everyone to share the wonderful things we see and be louder than the ugly noise. Representatives of area clergy were in attendance and said they want to support and serve, especially in these times we are facing. Someone said we are passed the ugly and are on the verge of being beautiful again.
Please join us Tuesday, September 24th, at 7pm, to share and witness more encouraging conversations.
George McIntyre, Craig Laird and FRIBA also announce the next upcoming opportunity to meet to continue the “Save our Town” video series that began in May with a strong attendance. On September 26th and October 24th from 11:30-1pm, the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance will again host a free screening in the series featuring Becky McCray and Deb Brown from SaveYour.Town. The video series is held at the WHAT MATTERS Community Meeting Space, Open House: Meet in the Middle (213 E. Main St. & adjacent to the Daily Grind Coffee Shop).
“Too often, pessimists shoot down your ideas. But you have great ideas, a vision of what your town could be. How do you start making things happen? Learn the practical steps you can take to change attitudes, draw a crowd of supporters, improve the environment and create more connections, no matter what the pessimists say or do,” said McCray.
The video series is designed to show our community new ways to work together towards positive change. There is no charge to attend this screening and a lively discussion is planned to follow. The Apple House will provide brown bag lunches for $5 and complimentary coffee/tea/water is available at Open House. The gathering will begin at 11:30 and video will start promptly at noon. “Together we’ll work through the process to make your town more Idea Friendly. We’ll show you how to Gather Your Crowd, Make Connections and Take Small Steps. It all adds up to creating the kind of town you want to live in,” said Brown.
Learn more about Brown and McCray here.
*Please note that these gatherings will be ones of positivity, not negativity. Politics and current events will not be discussed—instead we will remind ourselves why we love our community and provide an opportunity to briefly join together those who care together in the spirit of hope…
Author Pam Webber at the Royal Oak Bookshop on Saturday, September 14th
Pam Webber, local Winchester author will be at the Royal Oak Bookshop located at 207 S. Royal Avenue in Front Royal starting at 11 am on Saturday, September 14th.
Her first novel, The Wiregrass, is reminiscent of the stories and styles of Harper Lee, Sue Monk Kidd, and Jan Karon. The Wiregrass is an extraordinary tale about a magical time in an ordinary place full of lovable and unlovable characters. Infused with laughter, tears, love, loss, and hope, the story follows fourteen-year-old cousins Nettie, J.D. Eric, and Sam as they navigate the summer of their discontent, struggle with the physical and emotional turbulence of puberty and disappearing childhood, feel the excitement of first love, and run for their lives after they uncover an evil secret hidden in the shadows of the small town they love. Their story promises to stay with you a lifetime.
Her latest novel Moon Water is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the summer of 1969, Moon Water finds Nettie, 16, with her boyfriend wanting to breakup just as they are figuring out the sex thing. Nettie’s lifelong nemesis is jabbing her with perfectly polished nails, while her hellfire and brimstone preacher refuses to baptize her. Amid this turmoil, a Monacan Indian medicine woman gives her a cryptic message about a coming darkness, a blood moon whose veiled danger threatens Nettie and those she loves. To prepare for the darkness, Nettie and her best friend, Win, make a treacherous journey into the mountains to build a mysterious dreamcatcher of ancient elements.
More information: www.PamWebber.com
Take a few minutes and enjoy her conversation with our publisher Mike McCool:
CCDA partners with American Immigration Lawyers Association on Citizenship Day Workshop
On Friday, September 13, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is partnering with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on its annual Citizenship Day Workshop. The workshop is one of ten that AILA is offering in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. in the lead up to national Citizenship Day and Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17.
Catholic Charities’ annual partnership with AILA adds to the approximately 8-10 workshops that Catholic Charities hosts each year, in conjunction with the New Americans Campaign, helping an average of 250 individuals.
Each 2019 Citizenship Day workshop provides practical assistance to those who wish to become U.S. citizens, including consultation, application preparation and postage. The Friday workshop is $110 per person. A list of all the documents applicants must bring is here. Individuals may call Catholic Charities at 703-534-9805, ext. 252, to pre-register as an applicant, to become a volunteer, or for more information.
- WHO: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and qualified applicants for U.S. citizenship.
- WHEN: Friday, September 13, 2019 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Applicants checked in prior to 12 p.m. will be processed.)
- WHERE: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
Hogar Immigrant Services
6301 Little River Turnpike | Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22312
General naturalization eligibility, as prescribed by the Immigration and Naturalization Act, includes:
- Being at least 18 years old;
- Having been a lawful permanent resident, commonly referred to as a “green card holder,” for five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen;
- Being physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the last five years;
- Living as a resident of the state in which the application is being filled out for a least three months;
- Having the ability to speak, read and write in English;
- Being able to pass a U.S. history and civics exam; and
- Having “good moral character” – applicants who have been convicted of certain crimes, have not paid their taxes, have not financially supported their children, have presented false information on any previous immigration applications or misrepresented themselves to any government agency, or have failed to register for the Selective Service when required, among other things, may not meet this requirement and so may not be eligible for naturalization.
For additional information, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or Amber.Roseboom@arlingtondiocese.org.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of September 13th
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, September 13:
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:
- “Gemini Man”
- “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
- “Zombieland 2”
Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for September 15-30
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.
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
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 (September 11th & 25h). All ability levels welcome.
Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree
Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots with a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. Classes are held 1st & 3rd Thursday nights at 6:00 pm. (September 5th & 19th)
A Massive Resistance: Part 2 Round Table Discussion
A special program sponsored by Front Royal/Warren County Ministerial Association. Coming to the Table and the Friends of Samuels Library. This two-part program explores how the community’s response contributed to Virginia’s “Massive Resistance” laws defying attempts at public school desegregation, particularly after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Decision in 1954. On Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 P.M. a round-table discussion will focus on the insights gained from the first presentation and community reconciliation.
- Reverend James Kilby, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Washington, VA
- Betty Leckie, Former Warren County Teacher (1959-1960)
- Dr. J. Michael Utzinger, Elliott Professor of Religion, Chair of the Dept. of Religion at Hampden-Sydney College
Trash to Treasure Workshop
FOSL hosts Allyson Ponn, Education & Program Support specialist with the Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 P.M. for a special craft workshop. Learn how to turn your trash into treasure.
Fall Landscape Photography Workshop
The Friends of Samuels Library presents a Special Fall Landscape Photography Workshop led by photographer Sharon Fisher on Thursday, September 26th at 6:00 P.M.
Therapy dogs make perfect pals for budding readers
FRONT ROYAL — An inspiring program at Samuels Public Library proves that therapy dogs are an aspiring reader’s best friend.
The free monthly Books & Barks program is held the first Saturday of every month. The next session is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 7. Children, parents or guardians may register in advance for a 20-minute session to read with the dogs beginning at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
“I’m so happy that we can offer this program to the children of our community,” said Kathy Jacob, youth services assistant and outreach coordinator at Samuels Public Library. “They are reading orally, one-on-one, with a caring adult and a comforting dog.
“Personally,” she added, “Books & Barks is what helped my children overcome their fear of dogs when they were little, so this program has meant a lot to our family.”
In 2006, Jackie Smith and Sally Petty of Sperryville, Va.-based Waggin’ Hearts Therapy Dogs approached Michal Ashby, youth services supervisor at Samuels Public Library, about getting their therapy dogs together with young readers.
“It was a good fit for our department, and we’ve been doing it monthly ever since,” Jacob said.
While Waggin’ Hearts Therapy Dogs and their owners visit several nursing homes and senior centers throughout the region, some of the members also participate in the Books & Barks R.E.A.D. program at local schools and libraries, including in Warren County at E.W. Morrison Elementary School, Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School, and Ressie Jeffries Elementary School.
Smith, a Waggin’ Hearts volunteer who’s been with the group since 2005, said that when children read to the dogs, both their reading skills and desire to read improve.
“The dogs are non-judgmental, which makes them not afraid to read to the dogs, therefore it helps improve their reading skills,” she said.
Waggin’ Hearts members all belong to the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, an international organization that provides registration and supports for those involved in Animal Assisted Activities. All that’s required to get your dog involved is for the canine to love what it does and get along with children, adults and other dogs, said Smith.
“These dogs do not have to be a certain breed,” she said. “They just have to love people and kids.”
Over the years, Smith said the Samuels Public Library Books & Barks program has had up to 10 certified team members with their dogs, a sign-up sheet with 25 to 30 children, and a waiting list each month.
Currently, she said six teams go to Samuels Public Library for the two-hour program.
“Kids truly love reading to the dogs and come in ready with books,” said Smith, who noted that Jacob also provides children with a choice of books.
“Kids do not have to know how to read,” she added. “We encourage them to want to read and we will read to them.”
Generally, Jacob described Books & Barks participants as mostly young readers; some are beginning readers while others may be quite fluent.
“It is mostly school-aged children who come, but we don’t turn teenagers away if they really want to read to a dog,” said Jacob.
One of the things Jacob said she loves about the program are “the comments from the parents about how much their children look forward to Books & Barks each month.”
For instance, she’s heard from some parents that their children even practice reading in preparation for meeting with their favorite dog.
Jacob also said she loves “the warm, comforting, relaxed atmosphere the children experience when they come. They feel accepted by the dogs, and they are enthusiastically welcomed by the dogs’ owners, as well.”
Because the Books & Barks dogs have been through training and testing to become certified therapy dogs, they have mild temperaments and don’t bite, bark or growl at the children.
“The dogs’ owners are always nearby, and help the children know their dog’s favorite ways to be petted,” Jacob explained. “The dogs let the children pet them, and often the owners will have the children offer the dogs treats.”