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Virginia War Memorial seeks entries for 2019 Veterans Day Student Essay Contest

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The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond is seeking entries for its 2019 Veterans Day Student Essay Contest. The contest is open to all middle and high school students in Virginia, including public, private, and home-schooled students. One winner will be selected from among all middle school entries, and one from high school entries.

The topic for the 2019 Veterans Day essays is “A Virginian Who Served in The Military in the 20th or 21st Centuries Who Inspires Me.” Students can consider a member of their family, of their community, or even a famous Virginian who served in the Armed Forces as their subject. Essays should be 500-750 words in length and utilize interviews and primary sources whenever possible.

The two students who write the winning essays, and their teachers, will each receive a cash prize. The student winners will also be invited to come to Richmond to read aloud their essays during the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial on November 11, 2019.

The deadline for entries for the 2019 Veterans Day Student Essay Contest is Sunday, October 13, 2019. Complete information about the essay theme, rules, guidelines and how to enter is available online at www.vawarmemorial.org/essaycontest or by calling Virginia War Memorial Assistant Education Director Morgan Guyer at 804-786-2060.


About the Virginia War Memorial

The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the

nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea,

Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. Situated on nearly five acres overlooking the James River at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond, the Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who served in our military. More at www.vawarmemorial.org


About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is a state government agency with more than 40 locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  DVS traces its history to 1928 and the establishment of the Virginia War Service Bureau to assist Virginia’s World War I veterans.  Today, DVS assists veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; provides veterans and family members with linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The agency operates two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; provides an honored final resting place for veterans and their families at three state veterans cemeteries. It operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s tribute to Virginia’s men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 7th

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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! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 25% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Outdoor Main Street Movie is this Friday and Saturday at 8:50pm:

  • Friday, August 7: “The Empire Strikes Back”
  • Saturday, August 8: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
  • Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors! (Weather permitting)

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, August 7:

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:30
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 55 min

• Daily: 3:40 & 6:40
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 2 hour 4 min

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:50
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hour 16 min


COVID-19 Throwbacks Ticket Prices: All Seats $3.00


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “RoboCop”
  • “Footloose”
  • “The Greatest Showman”
  • “Singing in the Rain”
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Coming to the Table video conversation and invitation to virtual gathering on Thursday, July 30

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WHAT MATTERS Warren–The community is invited to watch the virtual healing discussion shared below and to attend the Coming to the Table (Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter) ZOOM virtual gathering on Thursday, 7/30, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The group’s mission is to promote “truth, justice, healing and working together to create a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past, from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.” CTTT encourages all to be willing to be uncomfortable, willing to learn and step out of comfort zones, to make time to become educated and to engage in healing as well as transforming conversations in a safe space.

This video is a thought provoking ZOOM discussion between Beth Medved Waller, Judith James and Ira Chaleff (co-chairs) as well as Sarah Downs, a Reaching Out Now Volunteer and Shenandoah University student. During the conversation, a powerful theory that “pain that is not transformed is transferred” and “hurt people hurt people” is presented as well as the concepts of forgiveness, inclusion, respect, honesty, transparency, compassion, reconciliation and using non-violence to bridge the divide through love and peace.

According to the CTTT Facebook page, “Our goal is to provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wound from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery and, unfortunately, is ongoing.

The essential element that is needed for us to do the work of healing is to have blacks, whites, and others well represented. Toward that end, PLEASE REACH OUT TO FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, FELLOW PARISHIONERS, STUDENTS AND CO-WORKERS – BLACK AND WHITE – AND EXTEND AN INVITATION TO THIS WORK. THE MORE DIVERSE OUR GROUP, THE RICHER WILL BE THE CONVERSATION” Learn more at comingtothetable.org/front-royal, and contact them at ctttfrontroyal@gmail.com or on Facebook to receive the ZOOM link and/or to sign up for their mailing list.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING MEETINGS–During the gatherings (in person or ZOOM), attendees do not need to speak but are encouraged to share, make connections, discuss history, brainstorm about paths to healing, express and challenge hard truths in a safe space without shame, listen thoughtfully and take action they feel called to take. As volunteer Sarah Downs shares, people don’t have to feel obligated to speak–healing is fostered when people who are hurt are heard.


WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of July 31st

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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! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 25% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Outdoor Main Street Movie is this Friday and Saturday at 8:50pm:

  • Friday, July 31: “The Notebook”
  • Saturday, August 1: “Pitch Perfect”
  • Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors! (Weather permitting)

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, July 31:

• Daily: 3:40 & 6:40
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 52 min

• Daily: 3:30 & 6:30
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hours

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:50
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 45 min


COVID-19 Throwbacks Ticket Prices: All Seats $3.00


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “The Breakfast Club”
  • “Footloose”
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Northwestern Prevention Collaborative’s Faith Based Web Series: Highlighting the intersection of trauma and substance misuse

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In the third installment of their virtual Faith Based Series, the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative will be highlighting the intersection of trauma and substance misuse. The training will be led by Robin Blumenthal, an ACEs, Trauma, and Brain Development educator within the faith community, and a Children’s and Family Pastor of 28 years. Topics covered will include the general relationship between trauma and substance misuse, youth ministry, and the impact of trauma on interactions within faith communities.

The August meeting will follow two successful webinars held in June and July. The first two parts of the series included a discussion on stress and anxiety and a conversation on suicide, both in the context of substance misuse and COVID-19. By offering information on relevant issues and creating space for dialogue, the Collaborative hopes to give faith leaders additional tools to utilize in their service of their communities.  Recordings of the previous sessions can be viewed on the Collaborative’s YouTube channel.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, August 4th from 10:00-11:30am. Community members interested in attending can use THIS LINK to register. In keeping with their belief that everyone has a role in addressing the opioid epidemic, the Collaborative is excited to bring together leaders within the faith community for a morning of learning and collaboration.


About Northwestern Prevention Collaborative

The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative covers the Lord Fairfax Planning District, encompassing the City of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren. One of their current areas of focus is on opioids, with dual goals of preventing young people from misusing prescription drugs and reducing the number of heroin/prescription drug overdose deaths. The Collaborative is a partnership between Page Alliance for Community Action, Family Youth Initiative, Warren Coalition and the Prevention Department of Northwestern Community Services and is funded, in part, through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

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Northwestern Prevention Collaborative offering free online training on how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug

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The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative in collaboration with Northwestern Community Services Board is sponsoring online trainings that teach people how to administer naloxone (the drug that reverses an overdose of opiates) and provides naloxone free of charge to participants who complete the online course. The training is being offered beginning at 12 noon, on July 31st or August 28th. There is a rapid REVIVE training which will last 20 minutes or a longer more in-depth version that provides information on why overdoses happen and risk factors that contribute to overdoses which will end by 1:30. Participants must preregister for the training ONLINE.

The Center for Disease Control just listed its preliminary numbers for overdose deaths in the US for 2019 at 70,980 an increase of 4.8% over 2018. In Virginia, the fatality rate increased 7.5% from 2018 rates. So far this year there have been 18 fatal overdoses in Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties through July 21st. This compares to a total of 11 for all of last year for the three counties according to reports from the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force. Nonfatal overdoses have increased significantly as well.

Please take advantage of the free training and dose of naloxone particularly if there are pain medications in the home.


About Northwestern Prevention Collaborative

The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative is focusing on the heroin/opioid epidemic in the Lord Fairfax Planning District, encompassing the City of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren with dual goals of preventing young people from misusing prescription drugs and reducing the number of heroin/prescription drug overdose deaths. The Collaborative is a partnership between Page Alliance for Community Action, Family Youth Initiative, Warren Coalition and the Prevention Department of Northwestern Community Services and is funded through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

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Virtual children activities by Samuels Public Library for the month of August

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These are the virtual events that are being hosted by the Youth Services Department at Samuels Public Library for the month of August.  Most events can be viewed from the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel.  More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or call (540) 635-3153.

Children, teens, and adults are challenged to Dig Deeper:  Read.  Investigate.  Discover.  Samuels Library’s Summer Reading Clubs have begun, and readers are invited to register for Summer Reading Club, log their books read, complete challenges, attend virtual programs, and collect badges online.  Then come to the library for your prizes!  Summer Reading Club continues through August 10.


Tuesday, August 4

  • 2:00 Virtual 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.  This week we will investigate chemical reactions as we make elephant toothpaste.  Intended for ages 6-11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, August 5

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  Author June Smalls will have a special reading of her children’s book, Odd Animal ABCs, just for Samuels Library patrons!
  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, August 6

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  Author June Smalls will have a special reading of her children’s book, She Leads, just for Samuels Library patrons!

Monday, August 10

  • 2:00 Virtual Symphony of Sound.  This series of programs explores many sounds, including sounds found in nature and the science of sound as well as musical instruments. Children will be able to explore many kinds of sounds and reflect creatively on them as well as create their own sounds via crafts.  This week we will explore the brass family of instruments.  Intended for ages 6 – 11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, August 11

  • 4:30 Virtual 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.  Learn how to make a maze, using magnets!   Intended for ages 6-11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, August 12

  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, August 13

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  What’s new?  Join Miss Pattie for story time as she reads some of the library’s new books!  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Saturday, August 15

  • 2:00 Virtual Discuss This.  Join Ms. Michal for a virtual teen discussion group.  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.  Sign up in advance to participate on a platform to be determined.  For ages 12-18.

Tuesday, August 18

  • 4:30 Virtual 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.  How do you make a balloon walk?  Find out during our time today, as we learn more about friction.  Intended for ages 6-11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, August 19

  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, August 20

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  What’s cooking?  We’ll have some fun stories that feature food and the kitchen during this week’s story time.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Saturday, August 22

  • 11:00 Virtual Aspiring Artists.  Are you aged 7 or older?  Do you enjoy art?  If so, please join us for our children’s art class.  This month we will learn about the art of Vincent Van Gogh, and recreate his iconic painting, Starry Night.  You can watch this program on the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Monday, August 24

  • 4:30 Virtual Symphony of Sound.  This series of programs explores many sounds, including sounds found in nature and the science of sound as well as musical instruments. Children will be able to explore many kinds of sounds and reflect creatively on them as well as create their own sounds via crafts.  This week, join us for a musical story time:  Peter and the Wolf!  Intended for ages 5 – 11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, August 25

  • 4:30 Virtual 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.   Learn how to make water move using capillary action.  Intended for ages 6-11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, August 26

  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, August 27

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time. There are so many to choose from, but what is your favorite?  This week our stories will be about favorite colors.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Friday, August 28

  • 2:00 Little House Lore.  Do you the love the Little House books?  Or, would you like an introduction to those books?  In this program, we’ll dig deeper into some fun aspects of the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Monday, August 31

  • 2:00 Virginia Fossil Finds.  Did you know that Thomas Jefferson named a fossil?  Do you know the best places to find fossilized shark teeth?  What are trace fossils?  Join Ms. Michal for a discussion and show-and-tell of fossils that are native to Virginia.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.
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