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Town Talk: A conversation with David Freese, The Valley Chorale – Earth Day Concerts

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In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with David Freese from The Valley Chorale.

The Valley Chorale brings top-notch choral music to the northern Shenandoah Valley. As a semi-professional ensemble, 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 some 30 singers represent Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, and Rockingham counties.

In celebration of Earth Day 2022, The Valley Chorale presents three innovative, immersive concert experiences in Front Royal and Winchester! Concertgoers will be surrounded by live choral singing and keyboard accompanied by an enthralling, large-scale conceptual video work (specially commissioned by the Chorale) as they explore the planet’s beauty as well as its peril.

The Friday performance features the Skyline Middle School Singers, and the Saturday performance takes place in Theater 5 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester with its signature food/beverage service available.  Net proceeds benefit The Valley Chorale.  Click here to purchase Alamo concert tickets.


Showcasing American composer Dan Forrest’s gorgeous, five-movement REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING, this unforgettable concert event is not to be missed!

Find out more about The Valley Chorale on their website.

Performance Schedule:

Friday, April 22
7:00pm
Skyline Middle School
240 Luray Avenue
Front Royal, VA
Special Guest: Skyline Middle School Singers Under the Direction of Sarah Solomon
Free

Saturday, April 23
7:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Winchester
181 Kernstown Commons Road
Winchester, VA
Food/beverage service available
$15 per person
Click here to purchase Alamo concert tickets.
Net proceeds benefit The Valley Chorale

Sunday, April 24
3:00pm
Calvary Episcopal Church
132 N. Royal Avenue
Front Royal, VA
Free
Limited seating; early arrival recommended

 


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Town Talk: A conversation with Melody Hotek, Warren County Tree Stewards, and Lisa Schwartz, Beautification Committee of Front Royal

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In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Melody Hotek, President of the Warren County Tree Stewards, and Lisa Schwartz, President of the Beautification Committee of Front Royal.

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, Samuels Public Library will be hosting the “Basic of Pruning” hand-on experience. The program will begin with a presentation by Ron Perlik, a Certified Arborist, who will then lead the group for some hands-on experience pruning nearby trees. Ron hosts monthly workshops and has been a treasured member of the Front Royal Warren County Tree Stewards for many years. Bring your pruners and your questions for an informative morning with Ron. Registration is required for this event; space is limited; click here to register. 

About Warren County Tree Stewards
The mission of the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Steward program is to increase public awareness of the intrinsic value and beauty of trees, to learn and understand the needs of the community forest, to help the Town of Front Royal and the County of Warren in caring for the community’s publicly planted trees (especially young trees), to educate other residents of the community about urban forestry, and to involve additional community members in creating and caring for community tree plantings.

About The Beautification of Front Royal Committee (BFRC)
The Beautification of Front Royal Committee (BFRC) is to develop a coordinated effort among community organizations and interested individuals to facilitate the improvement and beautification of community property.



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Town Talk: A conversation with Lauren Kopishke, Planning Director – Comprehensive Plan update

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In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Lauren Kopishke, Planning Director, Town of Front Royal. Lauren gives an overview of the Comprehensive Plan and the importance of public input to the process.

On Friday, May 20th, and Saturday, May 21st, the Town will be providing the opportunity for the community to give its input in the planning process. On Friday, the comment session will be held at the Warren County Public Safety Building, across from Skyline High School, at noon to 2:00 pm. On Saturday, the 21st, the session will be held at Town Hall on Main Street from 10:00 am to noon and again from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The existing Comprehensive Plan controls development and the vision of the Town. This version of the Comprehensive Plan is 25 years old and is overdue for an update. The input from the community is a vital component of the local planning process.


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Town seeks citizen input on Comp Plan revisions on future developmental vision inside town limits

 

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Town Talk: A conversation with Jon Martz, Director and Brook McClung, Job Developer – WC Department of Social Services

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In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks to Jon Martz, Director, and Brooke McClung, Job Developer from the Warren County Department of Social Services.

The Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been extended to July 15, 2022. However, it will be ending, and this will affect many programs of assistance to our community. Director Martz discusses changes in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid, and the P-EBT program.

On May 12, 2022, The DSS will be hosting a Job Fair at the DSS Complex gymnasium located at 465 W. 15th Street, Front Royal, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Many local employers will be on hand to accept applications. Also, local education programs will share course training opportunities. For more information on the Job Fair, contact Brooke McClung at 540-635-3430, ext 3354, or by email at b.mcclung@dss.virginia.gov.



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Town Talk: A conversation with Aadon Atwood, Warren County HS Senior, Future Entrepreneur

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In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks to Aadon Atwood. Aadon is a senior at Warren County High School, and along with graduating from WCHS, he also will be a graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College with a Personal Training and Group Exercise Leadership Career Studies Certificate.

Dual enrollment is for students who are pursuing a high school diploma and who are simultaneously enrolled in college courses at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC).  This program allows high school students to earn college credits that may apply toward graduation at Lord FairfaxCommunity College or another college or university.  Aadon heads to Bridgewater College in the fall to play football and continue his studies.

Aadon has set goals early and seems to know what he wants out of life. Remember, the youth today are our leaders of tomorrow.

Have you asked your child what they want to be when they grow up? Or should we ask who you want to be? Or what are you passionate about? Or what do you love to learn? But let’s start a conversation with our children; you may be surprised by what you learn.


 


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Town Talk: A conversation with Barney Stine, AMVETS Post 18, Stephens City, VA

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In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks to Barney Stine from AMVETS Post 18 in Stephen City, Virginia.

AMVETS (American Veterans) is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, they are veterans helping veterans.

AMVETS Post 18 has recently partnered with Saint Joachin and Anna Ukrainian Catholic Church in Front Royal to raise money for Ukrainian relief.

Stine said, “Post 18 could not just sit by and do nothing, so we jumped into action and will continue to look for more ways to support those less fortunate in the local community and the world community.”


 

About the Organization
AMVETS Mission Statement: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy, and services.

AMVETS Post 18

851 Green St, PO Box 731
Stephens City, VA 22655


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Town Talk: A conversation with Justin Proctor – Earth Day Celebration 2022

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In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Justin Proctor. Justin is a member of the recently formed Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC). Also discussed is the Town of Front Royal’s Earth Day Celebration scheduled for April 23, 2022.

The Earth Day celebration is a free, inclusive, family-friendly event open to everyone. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Front Royal Commons (gazebo area). There will also be an Arbor Day tree planting nearby at 3:30 p.m., led by the local Tree Stewards, in honor of the Town’s commitment to its Tree City USA status through the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Earth Day celebration will be an attractive event for anyone looking to:

  • Explore new ways to engage with the great outdoors, whether it be through hiking, canoeing, climbing, fishing, trail running, and more
  • Learn more about green infrastructure and technology, including solar and electric vehicles
  • Get more involved with locally active groups and clubs
  • Celebrate and support the Earth Day mission: Invest in Our Planet!

 


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About ESAC:
The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) focuses on the Town’s ecosystem, including recommended goals for environmental protection involving waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation, clean air and water, natural resources, and a sustainable community.

ESAC is chaired by our Environmental Specialist, Jim Osborn, who is a certified arborist, nurseryman & tree care safety expert with over 35 years of experience.

Vision

  • Preservation, enhancement, management, and protection of Front Royal’s environment and natural resources.
  • Education, outreach, communications, and public awareness on the care of the Town’s environmental assets.
  • Proposed amendments and variations to environmental and natural resources-related policies, regulations, ordinances, and plans.
  • Changes to the Town’s Comprehensive Land-use Plan regarding sustainability and urban forestry planning.


Responsibilities

  • Maintaining recognition as a Tree City USA Town.
  • Coordinating with community organizations and volunteer groups to work on environmental projects.
  • Planning the annual Arbor Day ceremony.
  • Supporting and coordinating with farmers’ markets and small retailers that specialize in farm-to-table and healthy food choices.
  • Regular Meetings
  • Regular ESAC Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday of every month from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Vibrissa.

Members
Jim Osborn – Chairman
Jerome’ Ray
Justin Proctor
Herschel Finch
Vacancy – Local High School Junior or Senior

Front Royal’s Earth Day Celebration – Save the Date

 

 

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Apple Dumpling Learning Center

Apple House

Auto Care Clinic

Blake and Co. Hair Spa

Blue Ridge Arts Council

Blue Ridge Education

BNI Shenandoah Valley

C&C's Ice Cream Shop

Christine Binnix - McEnearney Associates

Code Ninjas Front Royal

Cool Techs Heating and Air

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Downtown Market

Dusty's Country Store

Edward Jones-Bret Hrbek

Family Preservation Services

Front Royal Women's Resource Center

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

G&M Auto Sales Inc

Gourmet Delights Gifts & Framing

Green to Ground Electrical

Groups Recover Together

House of Hope

I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

Jen Avery, REALTOR & Jenspiration, LLC

Legal Services Plans of Northern Shenendoah

Main Street Travel

Makeover Marketing Systems

Marlow Automotive Group

Mary Carnahan Graphic Design

Mountain Trails

National Media Services

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

Penny Lane Hair Co.

Phoenix Project

Reaching Out Now

Royal Blends Nutrition

Royal Examiner

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Oak Computers

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Spice

Salvation Army

Samuels Public Library

SaVida Health

Skyline Insurance

St. Luke Community Clinic

Studio Verde

The Studio-A Place for Learning

The Valley Today - The River 95.3

The Vine and Leaf

Warren Charge (Bennett's Chapel, Limeton, Asbury)

Warren Coalition

Warren County Department of Social Services

Warrior Psychotherapy Services, PLLC

WCPS Work-Based Learning

What Matters & Beth Medved Waller, Inc Real Estate

White Picket Fence

Woodward House on Manor Grade

King Cartoons

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Upcoming Events

May
18
Wed
6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Bingo to support the American Cancer Society mission, organized by Relay For Life of Front Royal. Every Wednesday evening Early Bird Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Regular Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments available More[...]
May
21
Sat
9:00 am Kids’ Fishing Tournament @ Shenandoah River State Park
Kids’ Fishing Tournament @ Shenandoah River State Park
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kids' Fishing Tournament @ Shenandoah River State Park
Held in the picnic area by the river. 2 prize categories: biggest catch and most unique catch Children ages 15 years and younger are eligible to compete Check in with the ranger at Shelter 1[...]
10:00 am Birds of the Woods and Fields @ Sky Meadows State Park
Birds of the Woods and Fields @ Sky Meadows State Park
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Birds of the Woods and Fields @ Sky Meadows State Park
Sensory Explorers’ Trail Join Shenandoah Chapter Master Naturalist Margaret Wester and explore the habitat of birds and the woodland wonders utilized for their survival. Discover the diverse stories of the Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Wood[...]
11:00 am National Kids to Parks Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
National Kids to Parks Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
National Kids to Parks Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
Children’s Discovery Area This National Kids to Parks Day, join us for fun-filled activities and music at our interactive discovery stations. Kids, pick up a scavenger hunt brochure and hike on the Track Trail or[...]
May
22
Sun
2:00 pm Common Scents: Historic Perfume ... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Common Scents: Historic Perfume ... @ Sky Meadows State Park
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – May 23 @ 4:00 pm
Common Scents: Historic Perfume Making Workshop @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. Have you ever wondered how to harvest the fragrance of a flower or capture the irresistible aroma of sandalwood? Then this hands-on workshop is for you! Join us and learn how people in[...]
5:00 pm Let’s Come Together @ DoubleTree by Hilton
Let’s Come Together @ DoubleTree by Hilton
May 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Let's Come Together @ DoubleTree by Hilton
A Night of Prayer and Worship, All are Welcome Prayers led by Pastor John Miller of Abundant Life Church and other Local Pastors DoubleTree by Hilton 111 Hospitality Dr. Front Royal, VA Sunday, May 22[...]
May
25
Wed
6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Bingo to support the American Cancer Society mission, organized by Relay For Life of Front Royal. Every Wednesday evening Early Bird Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Regular Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments available More[...]
May
28
Sat
8:00 pm Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
May 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area: Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsion[...]
May
30
Mon
7:00 pm 2022 Memorial Day Community Band... @ Gazebo
2022 Memorial Day Community Band... @ Gazebo
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2022 Memorial Day Community Band Concert @ Gazebo
2022 Memorial Day Concert by Front Royal Community Band Monday, May 30, 2022, 7pm, at the Gazebo on Main St. (sponsored by American Legion Post #53)