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WATCH: Randolph-Macon Academy’s 2018 Christmas Concert



Photo and video by Mike McCool, Royal Examiner

The Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) Christmas Band Concert was on Sunday, December 16th at 4:00 pm. This free concert took place in Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus.

The Royal Examiner’s camera was there to capture the event. Sitting in the balcony in Boggs Chapel provides a birds-eye view, but the sound is wonderful. It’s quite a distance to the stage and the camera might jump and the microphone may not capture the sounds as it really is – but it was enjoyable, so sit back and enjoy this Christmas moment.

The Virginia 091 Air Force Junior ROTC band consistently wins awards throughout the East Coast; most recently, the band won first place for junior/senior high school bands in the 93rd Alsatia Mummer’s Parade held in Hagerstown, Maryland on October 27th.

We spoke with RMA BandMaster Ed Richards after the concert.

Reminder that the American Legion Community Band will present its annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the R-MA Chapel in Front Royal.  It will be a free concert although a love offering will be collected for the local C-CAP charity. There will be music to please everyone, including traditional carols, a beautiful chorale and light-hearted selections sure to delight kids and grown-ups alike. Take time to enjoy the beauty of the season and welcome Christmas with the celebration of music.

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for April 1-15



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 

What the Tech!

Having trouble with your electronics? Don’t worry! Come into What the Tech and we can help you! Phones, tablets, e-readers, and anything else you need help with! Just check at the adult reference Desk from 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm every Tuesday.

Trivia Night with SPL

Join us Tuesday Nights at 7:00 P.M. for Trivia Night at the Vine and Leaf, Front Royal’s very own wine and tea bar located at 477 South St. Try your hand at answering different trivia questions in a nice cozy atmosphere with friends! Don’t miss out!

WIC Breastfeeding Moms Group

This is a support group for breastfeeding mothers that meets every first Thursday at 1:00 P.M. Each week moms will have the opportunity to create a new scrapbook page while socializing and getting support from other breastfeeding moms. Mom’s are welcome to bring their babies and other small children with them. This month’s meeting will be April 4th.

Exploring Computers

Samuel Public Library invites you to attend our intermediate computer class and improve your skills. Each month explore a new computer program or application in a safe, friendly environment with other intermediate computer users. Classes are held on Thursdays at 2:00 PM.

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. (April 4th & 18th)

Photographing Spring Wildflowers

Samuels Public library invites you to come out and join us on Thursday, April 4th at 6:00 PM for FOSL sponsored hands-on photography workshop.

Genealogy Workshop
Interested in learning about your family’s history? Samuels Public Library invites you to come out Tuesday, April 9th at 6:00 P.M. to learn about the library’s genealogy resources. Check out what online databases the library has to offer, what print resources we have in our very own Virginia history room, and how to start a search for those new to genealogy! Already done extensive research? Feel free to stop by and share your stories! This class meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Crochet Group

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 (March 10th & 24th). All ability levels welcome.

The Three Documents Every Senior Citizen Needs To Know

Samuels Public library invites you to join us on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 PM for a special program focusing on legal topics affecting senior citizens in Virginia. Attorney George Shanks of Miller, Earle & Shanks, PLLC and a member of the Virginia State Bar, will discuss wills, power of attorneys, and health care power of attorneys, as well as guardianships and conservatorships. Coffee and refreshments will be available.

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River and Peak Outfitter celebrates first year of business with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



John and Kristen Sims hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 23, to celebrate their first year of River and Peak Outfitter. There was a great turnout on this sunny, somewhat blustery March day. Among those joining the celebration were Mayor Hollis Tharpe, Nikki Foster of Chamber of Commerce, William Huck of C&C Frozen Treats, and many other customers and supporters. The event was also joined by Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Potomac Riverkeeper Network, as both had informative tables set up to talk and hand out brochures for their worthy organizations. John and Kristen provided a fun raffle and free pizza – what could be better?

River and Peak is a true outdoor adventuring store. They offer everything from kayaks, hiking gear, clothing, fishing equipment, and a great deal of other quality items. This shop offers the visitor a unique opportunity to meet knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. You can expect to find John, Kristen and staff not only talking the talk but walking the walk in order to make your outdoor experience fun and safe.

Congratulations to River and Peak Outfitter for their first year of many years to come! A big thank you to all who attended this exciting event.

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



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

Tuesday, April 2

  • 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 “Goodnight, Moon.” 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. This week we will explore mixtures and solutions. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 2.

Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4

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

Look up! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about the sun and moon. Siblings welcome.

Saturday, April 6

  • 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 March 6.

Tuesday, April 9

  • 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. Pollination will be the theme of our discoveries this week! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 9.

Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11

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

Tweet, tweet! Our stories, songs, and craft will be “For the Birds.” Siblings welcome.

Saturday, April 13

  • 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Flower Power. We all know that flowers are pretty, but did you know that they can be yummy, too?! Let’s do some baking and sample some treats that feature flowers! For ages 9 and up. Registration begins March 13.
  • 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 March 13.

Tuesday, April 16

  • 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. This week, we will be using recycled materials to make bird-feeders. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 16.

Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18

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

What wonderful things grow from the seeds we plant! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft about seeds! Siblings welcome.

Wednesday, April 17

  • 4:00 Future Einsteins. Children ages 6-11 are invited to be a Future Einstein! Join us after school on Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 P.M. for a time of learning, experiments, and fun with the STEM GEMS and others who love science! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 17.

Thursday, April 18

  • 2:00 Family Workshop for Budding Photographers. This workshop is designed for parents and their children to learn together. Any type of camera, including a cell phone camera, can be used during the workshop. The session includes simple steps for capturing great photographs along with hands-on activities in the library garden. Parents and children should all register, as space is limited. Registration begins March 18.

Saturday, April 20

  • 11:00 Aspiring Artists. Are you aged 7 – 11? Do you enjoy art? If so, please join us for our children’s art class. Using stamps from nature designs, we will handprint DIY tote bags to create your own signature bag! Registration begins March 20.
  • 2:00 World of Lego. Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos. Registration begins March 20.

Monday, April 22

  • 2:00 Monday Movie: Hop. Join us for a special Easter movie and treats! For ages five and up. Registration begins March 22.

Tuesday, April 30

  • 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 continuous, fabulous water cycle will be the theme of our investigations and activities this week! For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins March 30.
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“Unplanned” – the Abby Johnson Story Sponsored by the Front Royal Pregnancy Center



“Unplanned” is the true story of one woman’s journey of transformation and redemption. Ashley Bratcher plays Johnson, who once served as a Planned Parenthood clinic director. Though she had been involved with thousands of abortions, she had never seen one performed. Once she did it changed everything. She soon joined her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, becoming one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.

Please note that “Unplanned” has been R-rated by the MPAA solely for violence directly associated with the abortion process. The film cannot be viewed in theaters by anyone under the age of 17 unless there is an “accompanying parent or adult guardian.”

Join us for one of two pre-release showings of “Unplanned” in Front Royal this Monday in Front Royal or for the showing in Winchester on Tuesday.

Proceeds for the Front Royal showing go to The Front Royal Pregnancy Center and the proceeds for the Winchester showing goes to AbbaCare (Pregnancy Center in Winchester).
Please inform your family, friends and associates.

ORDER YOUR TICKETS HERE! for Front Royal, Monday March 25th (6:10 PM) and Tuesday March 26th (8:55 PM) at Royal Cinemas in Front Royal.

ORDER YOUR TICKETS HERE! for Winchester, Tuesday Front Royal, Thursday March 28th 6:15 PM – 9:15 PM at AMC Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester, VA.

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VDH’s Lord Fairfax Health District and AIDS Response Effort, Inc. offer free screening, testing and vaccines



On Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Virginia Department of Health’s Lord Fairfax Health District and AIDS Response Effort, Inc. are collaborating to offer the following free medical tests and vaccines to the community:

• Free STD Screenings
• Free Hepatitis A Vaccines
• Free Rapid HIV Testing
• Free Hepatitis C Testing

The event will take place in the Eagle’s Room at the Our Health, Inc. location:

329 N. Cameron St. #200
Winchester, VA 22601

For more information contact (540) 536-2971 or (540) 771-3720.

The Lord Fairfax Health District serves residents in the city of Winchester and Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties. For more information, visit

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The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative’s faith based symposium



On March 5, 2019, the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative (NPC), Shenandoah Valley’s first region-wide partnership in combatting the area’s opioid crisis, welcomed members of the area’s diverse religious community to learn about opioid and other drug use in the valley. 27 members of 12 different faith based organizations from the counties of Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, and Page attended the educational event.

Cathy Tibbetts traveled from Luray to attend the symposium. When asked why she chose to attend the event she stated, “Part of being a person of faith is acting on what you believe in. Today gives us the opportunity to come together as a community to address the opioid crisis.”

Prevention Services Coordinator Shannon Urum from the Northwestern Community Services Board kick started the day by speaking on the relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Christa Shifflett, Executive Director of the Warren Coalition and NPC Lead, joined in on a discussion about Adverse Childhood Experiences. They stressed the importance of leading trauma informed communities due to the large impact multiple forms of adverse childhood experiences can have on numerous public health issues, including substance abuse.

Free materials available to community members to help store/dispose of medications.

The collaborative’s partnering organizations also shared information at the event. Shenandoah County’s Family Youth Initiative, the Page Alliance for Community Action, the Northwestern Community Services Board, and the Warren Coalition provided various supplies for attendees to share with their community. Attendees received timer caps, medicine lock boxes, and medication disposal bags to take home from the event to help prevent unwanted access to opiates. One lucky attendee also won a free copy of the book, “Cracked, Not Broken”, by Kevin Hines.

In the afternoon, clips from the documentary, “Pleasure Unknown”, explained the neuroscience of addiction. Casey Dwyer, from James Madison University, spoke to the audience about the stages of change and how faith based members can positively influence someone going through this process. Christa Shifflett finished the informative day by engaging the audience to reflect on anxiety, stress, and fear and how they relate to addiction.

Casey Dwyer speaks about the Stages of Change.

The Faith Based Symposium provided an outlet for members of various faith communities to collaborate and learn about drug misuse in the region. These leaders can now take what they have learned and apply it amongst their congregation in an effort to combat the crisis in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. A follow-up event is currently in the works, and the collaborative will happily provide trainings to any other congregations in the region who were unable to attend the event. For more information on what you can do visit:

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