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Students from the middle school MORE Program help support the Thermal Shelter this week

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Photo and video by MORE students and Jennifer Avery, Jenspirations.

The host location for this past week was the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. One special church volunteer actually spent her birthday preparing food at the shelter and shared her birthday cake with guests!

The MORE Program (after school program for Warren County and Skyline Middle School students) took a turn preparing dinner for the shelter on one of the nights. They also decorated paper bags for the shelter guests to use for their packed lunches. Included in each bag was an inspirational note. The kids have been working on a similar project (Project Positive through the I’m Just Me Movement) for fellow students. It was great to see them realize, grownups can use a positive thought too!

 

Interested in donating? Donations can be sent on PayPal using ThermalShelterofFR@gmail.com or checks can be mailed to PO Box 454 Front Royal, Va 22630.

Follow the Thermal Shelter of Front Royal on Facebook for more information.

The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal has a wish list set up on Amazon.com! Keep an eye on the list for updates. Type in Thermal Shelter in the search tab for lists or click on this link.

Items can be shipped to: PO Box 454 Front Royal, Va 22630


* Jennifer Avery, Realtor with NextHome Realty Select is willing to donate a portion of her real estate sales commission to help the Thermal Shelter keep their doors open. All referrals who wish to be a part of this giveback effort, please call 540-683-0790 or email jennifer@nexthomerealtyselect.com.

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Support your local SPCA by shopping at the SPCA Thrift Shop

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Support your local SPCA by shopping at the SPCA Thrift Shop, now located at 1944 Abrams Creek Drive in Winchester. Many great items are available at an amazing price including furniture, books, household décor, kitchen, toys, clothes, and of course pet items! Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay updated with our news! @SPCAThriftShop #ShopThriftSaveLives

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Front Royal Midget Football – Register early and save!

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Register early for the 2019 Fall Football season, as discounts and payments are available online! Front Royal Midget Football League participates in the Apple Valley Football League with teams from Winchester, Clarke County, Warrenton, and Capon Bridge, WV. The age requirement to be eligible to play is based on 12:00AM children – must be 5-years-old by August 1, and not 14-years-old as of August 2.

ONLINE REGISTRATION and PAYMENT is strongly encouraged to cut down on the paper forms and to consolidate all information into our online database. The following paperwork is required for all athletes for the 2019 season. Please Note: If you have registered online, the following paperwork is still required to complete your registration.

  • Birth certificate (For new players only)
  • Communication Form
  • Volunteer/Fundraising Form
  • Code of Conduct
  • Registration Form

Players will be allowed to participate only when all forms have been submitted. Your child cannot begin practice if there is any outstanding paperwork or payment due – no exceptions! Once registered, all players must weigh-in prior to the start of the season. Additional details will be forthcoming, but weigh-ins will be held at the end of July when we hold our in-person registration.

Whether planning to register, or just looking for more information, visit our website today! www.FRMFL.com

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Children’s activities at Samuels Public Library for the month of May

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These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library during the month of May. Thank you for sharing this information. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.

Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

Look up! Can you find them? Our stories, songs, and craft will be about animals in trees. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, May 4

  • 10:00 Books and Barks: 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 April 4.

Tuesday, May 7

  • 11:00 Time for Baby: What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of Time for Baby. Join us as we use all of our senses to explore the world around us. This month our theme will be “Spring Flowers.” Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome.
  • 4:30 Science Scouts: Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands on investigations of STEM-related topics. We will explore cardboard machines in this week’s club. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins April 7.

Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

Our stories, songs, and crafts this week will fill you with a sense of wonder. Siblings welcome.


Wednesday, May 8

  • 4:00 Future Einsteins: Children ages 6-11 are invited to be a Future Einstein! Join us after school on Wednesday, May 8 at 4:00 P.M. for a time of learning, experiments, and fun with the STEM GEMS and others who love science! This month, join us for a science celebration! During our final Future Einsteins meeting, we’ll get to do some of our favorite activities again, thank the STEM GEMS for the awesome science programs, and wish them well as they graduate from high school and prepare for college. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins April 8.

Saturday, May 11

  • 11:00 Three Sisters Planting: A Children’s Garden Program. Come learn about the Three Sisters Native American genius companion planting! We will plant, have take-home plants and make homemade corn bread and popcorn. For ages 6 and up. Registration begins April 11.
  • 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group B): Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!

Tuesday, May 14

  • 4:30 Science Scouts. Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands on investigations of STEM-related topics. The layers of the earth will be the topic of our discoveries this week. For ages 6-11. Registration begins April 14.

Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

There are so many things to enjoy, but what is best of all? Find out in this week’s stories. We’ll also have fun songs, poems, and a craft. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, May 18

  • 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Homeschool Fair: Are you interested in homeschooling and want more information? Are you already homeschooling but would like to find out about different curriculum options? Do you know about the local homeschool groups? This free event will help you connect with vendors, support groups, and other homeschoolers.
  • 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group A): Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!

Tuesday, May 21

  • 4:30 Science Scouts: Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands on investigations of STEM-related topics. Who knew science could be so much fun? This week, it’s bubble science! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins April 21.

Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

All aboard! Trains will be the theme of our stories, songs, and crafts this week. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, May 25

  • 11:00 Studio 330: Join Front Royal artist Michael Whited in a class for budding young artists ages 9 to 18. Young artists will complete one work of art in each 1 1/2-hour session. The class emphasizes using basic shapes in drawings and painting, shading and shadowing techniques, and combining elements into a cohesive composition. Techniques may include using colored pencils, water colors, or acrylics. Registration begins April 25.
  • 2:00 Game On!: Sample games from our new video game collection and give us your recommendations for more titles at our Game On! program for teens! For ages 12-18. Registration begins April 25.
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Browntown’s 17th Annual Redbud Festival – April 27th

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Joanne Koszyk, President of the Browntown Community Association, stopped by our studio and spoke to Royal Examiner Publisher, Mike McCool, about the festival. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

Come and enjoy the 17th Annual Redbud Festival in scenic downtown Browntown. This annual event benefits the Browntown Community Center (Old Browntown Schoolhouse). There will be crafts, a silent auction, plants and music. And don’t forget the duck race down Gooney Creek! Come enjoy the day in Browntown with wonderful food and entertainment.

Here’s some of the highlights:

  • Redbud Seedling Sale
  • Silent Auction – ends at 2:30pm
  • Craft Sales – in two locations: Browntown Community Center and the Browntown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
  • Craft Demonstrations
  • Gooney Creek Duck Race 1:00 – 1:45pm
  • Full Kitchen Menu
  • Famous Browntown Bake Table
  • Browntown hats, shirts, calendars, notecards
  • Browntown Calendar Photo Contest
  • Live, Outdoor Music from 10:00am to 2:30pm
  • Humane Society Pet Adoptions

Here’s the music lineup:

  • 10:00 – 1045 – Kirby Covert
  • 11:00 – 11:45  – Jack Dunlap
  • 12:00 – 12:45  – Isaac Stroup
  • 1:00 – 1:45 – Duck Race
  • 1:45 – 2:30 – Passage Creek Rising

Joanne Koszyk, President of the Browntown Community Association, stopped our studios and spoke to Royal Examiner Publisher, Mike McCool, about the festival:

Here’s some photos from previous Redbud Festivals. Please enjoy, and we’ll see you on Saturday in Browntown!

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The Auto Care Clinic has announced the winner of the 2nd Annual Car Giveaway Event

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The Auto Care Clinic has announced their winner, Tiffany Chopin!

We would like to let the community know that The Auto Care Clinic has announced the winner of the 2nd Annual Car Giveaway Event: Tiffany Chopin, of Winchester, Virginia.

Tiffany was selected from 41 letters of nomination. Each letter received described a person in need of a vehicle for work, school or medical appointments; lived within 20 miles, and was able afford and operate a vehicle, but couldn’t afford to buy one. The Review Committee carefully reviewed each nomination and selected the top three to interview. Tiffany was chosen as the recipient and took possession today of the free vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Sienna Van. Congratulations, Tiffany!

Tiffany drives away in her 2005 Toyota Sienna Van.

The Auto Care Clinic will do free oil changes on the vehicle, for one year, to make sure it stays in good running order. We wish we had 41 vehicles to give away; however, we could only help one family this year.

We appreciate all of the letters of nomination, prayers and support of this worthy cause. We also greatly appreciate the hard work and efforts of the Review Committee: Ms. Janet Michael of The Valley Today, Mr. Greg Demski of Edward Jones, and Ms. Mary Marshall, retired school teacher and local minister.

We are so blessed to serve our wonderful community and plan to hold the Car Giveaway event again next year.

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Upcoming Community Earth Day Celebration at Skyline High School

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Let’s join together in love to care for our Earth at Skyline High School. This event will be held on April 27, 2019, from 9am-2pm. Bring your plastic films for TREX recycling! Also bring your electronics to recycle (small fee applies for certain TVs/monitors – learn more at www.ALCRecycling.net).

Here is the Earth Day schedule:

9am – Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards: Arbor Day/Earth Day Tree Planting, Plaque Presentation

9:30am – Tree Stewards Greenway Walk & Community ‘Plogging’ Kickoff

10am – 2pm Participating Groups Include:

  • AMP Public Power Partners: Front Royal Solar Site Display
  • FR/WC Anti-Litter Council – Promotional Items
  • ‘Buy One/Give One’ (Bag/Book) Fundraiser Sales (SHS Environmental Action Project)
  • Warren County Solid Waste Management
  • Student Environmental projects
  • Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and their electric car
  • Front Royal United Methodist Church Creation Care Committee
  • Friends of the North Fork
  • Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah
  • Form & Function (Forest to Furniture)
  • SHS FFA – Native Seed Planting
  • Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association
  • Forrest Environmental Services – Geology Lessons
  • Samuels Public Library – Story Time           
  • Art Displays – WCMS
  • Crafts – SHS FCCLA
  • Live Music – SHS Chorus
  • Outdoor Recreation: SHS Football and Girls Basketball
  • Yoga
  • Mary’s Creative Health – Make & Take a Green Cleaner
  • Salamander lessons with a Virginia Master Naturalist – showcase of vernal pool research
  • Front Royal Grotto – Information to share (Caves, Bats, Isopods)
  • Blue Birds – Roxie Leonard
  • eMammal display with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ID Game & Wildlife Monitoring with radio collars and antennae activity
  • C & C Frozen Treats
  • Warren County Culinary Arts – Lunch
  • Raffle to raise money for recycle bins on Town/County Walking Trails
    • Donations from: Mountain Trails, Blue Ridge Shadows GC (4-Free Greens & Cart Fees), Thunwa Thai (2-$25 gift cards), Mountain Mystic (1-$25 gift card), Jalisco (1-$20 gift card), Shaklee Green Cleaning Gift Basket, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya soccer ball

Contact Kara Lewallen for more information about this event: klewallen@wcps.k12.va.us.


To finish off this eventful day, Skyline High School students will be presenting: “Grease” (The School Version – Suitable for ALL ages) at 7pm.

Tickets at the door:

  • $10.00 Adults
  • $7.00 Students/Staff/Senior Citizens/Kids
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