There will be a free community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9 at the Newton Commons on Main Street in Stephens City from 12 to 4 PM. The Egg Hunt is sponsored by Stephens City UMC and will be accompanied by a United Methodist Women (UMW) Flower Sale from 10 to 4 PM. The Rain date is Saturday, April 16th.
All are welcome.
According to Stephens City UMC Pastor, Bertina Westley, the upcoming community event is going to be all about camaraderie. “I am so excited about the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt and Flower Sale that we will be hosting at Newton Commons! There will be something for everyone – garden enthusiasts, festival game lovers, balloon animal collectors and face paint fans. Most importantly, we will have the opportunity for fellowship and fun with our Stephens City neighbors. Everyone in the community is welcome,” Westley said.
All participants are requested to stop by the registration table next to the inflatable Easter bunny to sign in to hunt for 4,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys discreetly hidden around the Commons. There will also be a number of Golden Eggs included in each age group. Parents are encouraged to bring their own bag or basket for collecting eggs.
Stephens City Mayor Mike Diaz will kick off each of the four egg hunts beginning at 1 PM. The egg hunts are divided into four different age groups with four different locations and times: ages 0–3 egg hunt starts at 1 pm; ages 4–6 starts at 1:30 pm; ages 7–9 starts at 2 pm and 10–12 starts at 2:30pm. The parents who fill the Commons, will enjoy the excitement and laughter emanating from the children participating in the magical event of searching for and discovering brightly colored hidden eggs.
There will be a “take your own” Easter bunny photo opportunity for all children from 1 to 3 PM on the Newtown Commons outdoor stage. Self-taught artist Michael Bulley (Balloon Guy) will skillfully create free balloon animals for the kids. Mr. Bulley is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Department of Virginia, Chapter 9, Winchester.
Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue will provide a Fire truck on site with tours of the customized equipment used during firefighting operations. Children will have the opportunity to meet the much beloved Sparky the Fire Dog. The fire truck will blare its siren at precisely 1 PM to announce the start of the egg hunting activities. Stephens City police officers will be on hand to manage traffic control around the Commons and provide oversight.
The Face Painting site will be located in the picnic table area of the Commons. Sherando High School Leo Club and Art Club volunteers will support this activity and also the festival games at various sites to include Corn Hole Game, Three-legged Relay, Potato Sack Relay, Ring Toss and Egg/Spoon Relay.
Volunteers are still needed to manage events and fill eggs. The church Caring Outreach Group recently stuffed 1,000 eggs and more help is required to complete the goal of 4,000.
“As Christians we are called to love our neighbors – to move beyond the confines of our own church building. The congregation seeks to reach out to our community by sponsoring a free community Easter Egg Hunt with festival games, face painting, balloon animals among many other activities,” said Stephens City UMC Missions Chair Cathy Barley. Barley has designed the events to occur in Newtown Commons located smack in the middle of town so everyone feels comfortable attending. “What better way to foster community joy than by sponsoring a fun family-oriented event, especially in a world that has witnessed so much heartache, particularly in these past two years. I don’t know who receives more pleasure – our church members or the community at large who get to enjoy a day of festivities,” Barley added.
UMW will sell a variety of market flower packs (African daisies, primrose, variegated vinca, small and large geraniums, pansies and alyssum) and hanging flower baskets. “Proceeds from the flower sale will support mission projects,” UMW church president Michelle Hruska said. According to Hruska, UMW’s mission pledge supports programs and staff such as deaconesses, and missionaries who serve the United Methodist Church globally and nationally. “Stephens City UMW also supports local missions such as CCAP (food pantry, clothing house, financial assistance) and Bright Futures, a non-profit organization that helps schools connect student needs with available resources in the community.” Hruska said.
All about egg hunting.
Easter egg hunts are not a 20th century tradition. Surprisingly, they have a lengthy history. One of the earliest Easter egg hunts that most resembles the modern Easter egg hunt can be traced to 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther. During this time, men in the congregation would hide eggs for women and children to find. The joy the women and children experienced as they found eggs mirrored the joy the women felt when they found Jesus’ tomb empty and realized He had risen. England’s Queen Victoria was an Easter egg hunt enthusiast and she participated as a child in the early 1800s when her German-born mother, the Duchess of Kent, organized egg hunts at Kensington Palace. The Queen helped popularize the egg hunts as she made numerous references to these activities in her journals.
Children in the United States also enjoyed Easter egg hunts early on as the White House Annual Easter Egg Roll was first held in 1878 during President Rutherford B. Hayes’ term, thus beginning the marketing for this youthful activity.
Early newspaper articles publicized egg hunting. An April 1882 Sedalia, Missouri Weekly Bazoo article cites, “The city’s Mayor hosted an Egg Hunt for the community’s children at his home. The eggs were beautifully colored and the happy children entered into the sport of hunting for them with a zest which none but children understand. Quite a number of grown folks were present and the bright faces and merry laughter of the children made up an enjoyable occasion.” A notice in the Richmond, Virginia Planet article on April 22, 1905 read, “Grand Easter Festival and Easter Egg Hunt will be given Easter Monday at a private residence. Refreshments at reasonable prices. Good music. Admission to Festival is 10 cents and to Easter Egg Hunt, 5 cents. Come and enjoy yourself.”
Today the annual egg hunts have become all about chasing down the brightly colored eggs filled with candy or surprises the bunny leaves behind for children to uncover. Parents enjoy the innocent fun that children receive from running outdoors to search for hidden eggs. The egg hunt is a splendid event for bringing families together and letting them have a great time before celebrating Easter Sunday.
For more information regarding volunteers and donations, contact Cathy Barley at firstname.lastname@example.org and cell phone is 540-664-6018.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of June 30th
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! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.
Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, June 30:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $10
- Child (under 12): $7
- Military: $8
- Student (college): $8
- Senior: $8
- Matinees, All Seating: $7
- “Thor: Love and Thunder” premiering Thursday, July 7th, @ 4:15 & 7:00
- “Paws of Fury”
- “DC League of Super Pets”
- “Bullet Train”
- “Easter Sunday”
Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center Annual Fireworks Show
The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center is pleased to again host the 2022 Independence Day Celebration. This year’s event will be on Friday, July 1st, at the 4-H Center; 600 4H Center Drive, Front Royal.
Parking will open at 5:00pm and festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the evening, including live patriotic music performed by the American Legion Community Band. Also, food trucks will be set up so guests can enjoy some dinner while listening to the band until the capstone event of a professional fireworks display – which is sure to produce many “oohs and ahhs!”. Food trucks include: Fearless Eats (burgers and hot dogs), Rutz BBQ, Mike’s Concessions (pizza, funnel cakes, and cotton candy), Sugar Creek Snowy & Sweet, and Lemon Squeezers.
Parking will be available and Warren County Sheriff Department will be present for security and egress traffic support. A voluntary donation (recommended $5 per vehicle) will be requested at the gate to help offset the cost of the event.
New 4-H Center Director Katie Tennant says “We heard such great feedback about last year’s show that we contracted with the same vendor to provide another spectacular event! I am excited to help host this annual celebration for the community and meet more of the residents and businesses who support us throughout the year. This event would not be possible without the generous sponsorships we receive.”
The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization with a mission to facilitate experiential learning programs for youth, families, and adults. Since 1981, the 4-H Center has offered year-round, research-based programming to the youth and families of Northern Virginia. In addition to nine weeks of summer 4-H camp, the Center offers a full range of day and overnight camps, environmental education and team-building programs, and conference and meeting facilities and services. The 4-H Center provides meals and lodging for campers and adult guests, as well as access to the Appalachian trail, a challenge course, outdoor pool, pond fishing, sports fields, and horse stables.
Winchester SPCA’s Dog Days of Summer Jam
City National Bank presents… the Dog Days of Summer Jams to benefit the Winchester SPCA.
Stop by the Winchester SPCA Campus on Featherbed Lane every Thursday evening in July, from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Jam sessions will include food trucks, lawn games, refreshments, live music, raffles, art show, tours of all SPCA campus facilities, adoption specials, and thrift shop sales! Save the dates and come jam at the Winchester SPCA on July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. There will be something for everyone at the Dog Days of Summer Jam!
Royal Shenandoah Greenway Rotary Cleanup Day – come join us!
Royal Shenandoah Greenway Trail is one of our community’s natural treasures. Let’s keep it clean! You are invited to come out on July 2nd to help pick up litter with local Rotary clubs. We all need to work together to keep our town litter-free for us all to enjoy!
We will be meeting in the parking lot of PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse off of Commerce Ave. Bring gloves, trash bag, and a little extra energy as we set out on a trash collecting mission! Work side-by-side with like minded community members. Bring your children to help! It’s a great experience to encourage our youth to get involved and take ownership in our town and keeping it beautiful.
For more information, call Jennifer Avery at 540-683-0790, or email email@example.com.
ALL ARE WELCOME — LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER
- 9am Meet at Pavemint Smokin’ Taphouse
- Saturday, July 2, 2022
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Children activities by Samuels Public Library for the month of July
These are the events being presented by the Youth Services Department at Samuels Public Library during the month of July 2022. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.
Saturday, July 2
- 2:00 PM – Discuss This. 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 those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. For ages 12-18. Registration required.
Monday, July 4th – Library closed in observation of Independence Day.
Tuesday, July 5
- 3:30 PM – Science Scouts. Come in on Tuesday afternoons for a time to explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will investigate a different STEM-related topic each week. Our theme for this week’s club is Cleaning up Oil Spills. For ages 6-11. Registration required.
Wednesday, July 6
- 10:15 AM – Toddler Story Time. Warren Reads Program in collaboration with Warren County Parks and Rec. Each month throughout the summer enjoy an important community member guest reading during story time. This month we will have a special guest from the Police Department! Enjoy their story and then visit their police car. Although it is geared for children up to 3 ½, siblings are welcome. Registration required.
- 11:00 AM – Preschool Story Time. Warren Reads program in collaboration with Warren County Parks and Rec. Each month throughout the summer enjoy an important community member guest reading during story time. This month we will have a special guest from the Police Department! Enjoy their story and then visit their police car. Although it is geared for children from 3 1/2 to 5, siblings are welcome. Registration required.
Thursday, July 7
- 11:00 AM – Ocean Zones! Let’s learn about ocean zones! We will explore the three main ocean zones and the animals and plants that are unique to them. We’ll practice our investigating and research skills, and then create mini aquariums to take home! For ages 6-11. Registration required.
Friday, July 8
- 10:00 AM – Toddler Trails. Join us at Eastham Park, where we will lend magnifying glasses for all the children to take a close look at the cool bugs we can find along the path! We will play a game of “bug bingo” while we walk and explore, and then enjoy a story time! This program is brought to you in partnership with Warren County Parks & Recreation. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be canceled. For ages 2- 5. Registration required.
Saturday, July 9
- 11:00 AM – Press Play. Join us for a gaming session of Smash Brothers! Attendance is very limited, so please register in advance. For ages 11-18
Monday, July 11
- 11:00 AM – Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers. Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Registration required.
Tuesday, July 12
- 3:30 PM – Science Scouts. Come in on Tuesday afternoons for a time to explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will investigate a different STEM-related topic each week. Our theme for this week’s club is Gravity Defying Water. For ages 6-11. Registration required.
Wednesday, July 13
- 10:15 AM – Toddler Story Time. Bees Knees will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft. . Although it is geared for children up to 3 ½, siblings are welcome. Registration required.
- 11:00 AM – Preschool Story Time. Bees Knees will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft. Although it is geared for children from 3 1/2 to 5, siblings are welcome. Registration required.
Thursday, July 14
- 2:00 PM – Mr. Jon & Friends. This musical comedy show is all about fun and laughter! Mr. Jon & Friends will inspire dancing and movement. Sure to bring a smile to your face, even his puppet will make you giggle!
Friday, July 15
- 2:00 PM – Dancing by His Grace. Discover some of the great composers and choreographers of dance! From Ballet to Tap to Jazz! Learn choreography and hear a variety of musical pieces, as well as create your own “DANCE & MUSIC APPRECIATION BOOK” to add to each year, with the guidance of Artistic Director and Professional Ballet Teacher, Karen Eriksson-Lee, and Classical Ballet Teacher, Katya Stafira. Ages 6+.
Saturday, July 16
- 11:00 AM – Helpers in the Garden. Bring your special needs child or adult to this wonderful garden program! We will learn about insects, enjoy a honey tasting, and listen to a story. Open to ages 5+, including adults. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
Monday, July 18
- 11:00 AM – Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers. Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Registration required.
Tuesday, July 19
- 3:30PM – Science Scouts. Come in on Tuesday afternoons for a time to explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will investigate a different STEM-related topic each week. This week’s theme is Straw Siphoning. For ages 6-11. Registration required. A virtual option will be offered for this week as well. Find it on our Facebook & YouTube Pages.
Wednesday, July 20
- 10:15AM – Toddler Story Time. Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft all about our community helpers! .Although it is geared for children up to 3 ½, siblings are welcome Registration required.
- 11:00AM – Preschool Story Time. Read With the Sheriff! This week we will have a special guest from the Sheriff’s office! Come in with your preschooler, aged 3 1/2 to five, for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Registration required.
Thursday, July 21
- 3:00 PM – Leave No Trace. Join us for an afternoon of activities designed to introduce Leave No Trace principles. Through games and conversation we will explore these guidelines that help us reduce our impact on outdoor spaces while we recreate, explore and enjoy them. Led by avid hiker and Warren County Appalachian Trail Committee co-chair, Susan Tschirhart. Ages 6-12. Registration required.
Friday, July 22
- 2:00 PM – Dancing by His Grace. Sing, dance, explore musical instruments, and have fun putting them all together! Learn about Composer Camille Saint-Saens and his beautiful “Carnival of the Animals” while dancing like the fish in the aquarium, or the swans on the lake, or maybe the elephant in the circus! Ages 3-8. Registration required.
Saturday, July 23
- 2:00 PM – Aspiring Artists. Are you aged 7 or older? Do you enjoy art? If so, please join us for our children’s art class and learn to turn a pile of fabric scraps into a fabric bowl! Registration required.
Monday, July 25
- 11:00AM – Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers. Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Registration required.
Tuesday, July 26
- 3:30PM – Science Scouts. Come in on Tuesday afternoons for a time to explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will investigate a different STEM-related topic each week. This week’s theme is Weathering and Erosion with Sugar Cubes. For ages 6-11. Registration required. A virtual option will be offered for this week as well. Find it on our Facebook & YouTube Pages.
Wednesday, July 27
- 10:15AM Toddler Story Time. Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! By the Sea will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Although it is geared for children up to 3 ½, siblings are welcome Registration required.
- 11:00AM Preschool Story Time. Come for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! By the Sea will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft. Although it is geared for children from 3 1/2 to 5, siblings are welcome. Registration required.
Saturday, July 30
- 2:00 PM – Petting Zoo. Get up close to some super cool animals right here at the library! Join us in the garden to meet some goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits, and a pig! Courtesy of Crooked Creek Mobile Petting Zoo.
Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for July
You can find and register for all library events on our website, samuelslibrary.net.
Adult Summer Reading
Adult Summer Reading is underway from June 6th to August 13th. We have cool programs, movies, and prizes for grownups. There’s something for everyone this summer at Samuels Library! Register for the summer reading program online at www.samuelslibrary.net or at the adult reference desk for an opportunity to win awesome prizes. 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 audiobook you record. You can also download free ebooks, magazines, videos and music on our website so don’t miss out!
Due to the Fourth of July holiday the Library will be closed Monday, July 4th. The library will resume normal hours of operation Tuesday, July 5th.
A Swashbucklin’ Interactive Screening
In-Person. Join us Saturday, July 9th at 2pm for an interactive movie viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl! Feel free to dress up as a pirate and play a game for a chance to win a prize basket!
Virtual. Do you consider yourself a hopeless romantic? Are bad romances a guilty pleasure of yours? Can you quote every line from your favorite rom-com? Then you should join us Monday, July 11th at 6pm for another special meeting of Bad Romance. Indulge us with your favorite romance books, movies, music or other media, and possibly discover new titles!
Hybrid, virtual and in-person. Interested in your family’s history? Already done extensive research and wanna be able to share your finds? Join our virtual genealogy club where both novices and experts alike can come together and talk about different genealogy topics. This event will be held on Wednesday, July 13th at 6pm.
Adult Summer Reading Craft: Sea Glass Mason Jars
In-Person. Join us Saturday, July 16th at 2pm for a craft session where you can decorate your own mason jar with oceanic tones and colorful glass.
Books & Beyond: Evening Discussion
Virtual. Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of May, we will be discussing Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. This meeting will be held virtually on Monday, July 18th at 6pm. This group meets on every 3rd Monday and Wednesday of the month.
Books & Beyond: Morning Discussion
In-Person. Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of June, we will be discussing Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. This meeting will be held in-person on Wednesday, July 20th at 10am. This group meets every 3rd Monday and Wednesday of the month. Morning discussion is now in person at the library.
Author Event with Todd Denick
In-Person. Join us Tuesday, July 26th at 6pm as author Todd Denick discusses his book It Will Come. It Will Come is the true story of a former Alaskan sled-dog driver and teacher who learns that surviving sepsis (which he got in Germany) was more challenging than anything he had experienced in the Alaskan wilderness. The book speaks to Todd’s internal fortitude and his continued determination to recapture his life. It also portrays how his wife and son were seriously impacted, yet contributed, in a major way, to his continuing recovery.
Pen & Prose
Hybrid, virtual and in-person. Love writing? Looking to learn how? Come to our ongoing creative writing club on Saturday, July 30th at 3:00 PM. Open to new members.