Lifestyle

Filmmakers to discuss making of their film ‘An Outrage’

WINCHESTER – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Shenandoah University and the Alamo Drafthouse Theater will host screenings of the award-winning documentary film "An Outrage" on Monday. The screenings will feature a question and answer session with the directors, who are on a 22-state ...

Pet of the Week: Calm DaVinci is looking for a home

FRONT ROYAL — DaVinci, a black cat at the Humane Society of Warren County, has no plans to paint the Mona Lisa or become the first cat to design an airplane. He’s too laid back for all that work. But he would like to find a new home. The 4-year-old cat has been at the Humane Society since ...

Recipes: Stay cozy and warm with a latte

These sweet, creamy and caffeinated drink recipes submitted by local restaurants and coffee shops are perfect for those who love a cup of Joe with a sweet twist. ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP LATTE 2 shots of espresso, “Destroyer” roasted by Ceremony Coffee Roasters out of Annapolis, Maryland ¾ ...

Beat the winter blues with a cruise or tropical destination

Travelers looking to escape the snow and below freezing temperatures often find themselves daydreaming of warmer weather and some fun in the sun only need two tools: imagination and a travel agent. Beth Drummonds, the inside travel planner for Alpha Voyages Travel in Winchester, has a passion ...

Community and Club News & Events: Jan. 9

Holiday closings • Shenandoah County offices will be closed Friday in observance of Lee-Jackson Day and also on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. • Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The library will reopen ...

Caring for a poinsettia after Christmas

For homeowners who love poinsettias a question arises when the holiday season ends: should it be kept or trashed? According to Peter Weber, of Weber’s Nursery in Winchester, keeping a poinsettia after the Christmas season is possible, it just needs a little bit of tender loving care. These ...

Millennials love their house plants

Houseplants add beauty to any space with their green leaves or colorful petals. For many, the cold, blustery winter days are a welcome excuse for indoor gardeners to bring life inside. Whether it’s an air plant, spider plant or English ivy, there is a plant for every personality and ...

Local Ruritan club disbands, goes out giving

STRASBURG – The Powhatan Ruritan Club has served the public since 2002 by providing fellowship, goodwill and community service. Its 26 members voted at the end of 2017 to disband the club with one final act of generosity. Lorraine Shelton, club treasurer, and Eleanor Camarata, secretary, ...

Pet of the Week: Fred, the gentle giant, seeks home

FRONT ROYAL – Fred, a lively 2-year-old hound mix, is looking for his forever home. Fred arrived at the Warren County Humane Society at the beginning of December when his previous owner was no longer able to care for him. Abigail Theeuwes, a canine technician at the Warren County Humane ...

This Weekend

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend: Annual Potter Festival The Annual Potter Festival in Strasburg will present its Hogwarts Holiday Fest at Hangouts Grill, 35 Brandy Court in Strasburg on Sunday at 7 p.m. Muggles, witches and wizards alike are invited to ...

Big plans on tap in 2018 for Shenandoah Arts Council

WINCHESTER – Ann Jarboe, the new arts administrator of the Shenandoah Arts Council has big plans for the artists of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond in the upcoming new year. Standing in the main gallery on South Loudon Street, surrounded by a collection of local artists' work, Jarboe smiled ...

Year in Review: Lots of fun things to see, do in 2017

This past year was full of milestones for arts and entertainment in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The year began with comic book fans descending on the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for a traveling exhibition, “Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross.” Fans of all ages ...

Resource center seeks applicants for Dare to Dream grant

FRONT ROYAL – Since 1999 the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center has been granting dreams to women through its Dare to Dream Enrichment Grant. Rebecca Vaughan, the Dare to Dream chairman, said she believes the only limit to inspiration is the imagination. “A lot of these women are ...

Turn those winter chores into exercise

Jessica Hrbek, a Front Royal wellness coach and mother of four, said she doesn’t let the winter weather prevent her from staying in shape. “Moms especially feel selfish if they go to the gym,” Hrbek said. “But just like everyone else, we have to take time to care for ourselves. Because ...

George F. Will: SCOTUS case could enhance public workers’ rights

SEATTLE -- It is protected by Washington state's lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has been so avaricious in its objectives and so ...

Cooperative offering pre-diabetic program in 2018

FRONT ROYAL – Rebecca Davis, a family and consumer sciences nutritionist, will be teaching a yearlong program starting Jan. 25 for pre-diabetic individuals looking to make a lifestyle change. Davis said the class, Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program, is a statewide initiative with the ...

Pet of the Week: Charity needs comfort of new home

EDINBURG – Extended stays in an animal shelter probably aren’t the ideal choice for any pet, but some animals handle that type of living situation better than others. Charity, a 3- to 4-year-old feline, is one such cat that has had trouble adjusting to  life inside the Shenandoah County ...

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at First Night Winchester

WINCHESTER – Experience the excitement of ringing in the New Year with friends, live music and non-alcoholic fun on Sunday with events for the whole family at the 31st First Night Winchester. A nod to the visual and performing arts, Christine Germeyer, executive director of First Night ...

Knights of Columbus pack over 40 gift baskets for the needy

WOODSTOCK – The Knights of Columbus in Woodstock provided over 40 Christmas meals to those in need throughout  Shenandoah County on Thursday and Friday. Tom Drinkwater, the Knights' Food Basket Chairman, described a greet need in the community. “To be able to provide a holiday gift basket ...

Locals share importance of portraying Santa at Christmas

Wayne Sealock of Front Royal stumbled into becoming a professional Santa Claus after a bit of trouble as a junior in high school. “I went to the military high school here in town,” Sealock said. “Instead of marching for five hours straight with a rifle, I dressed up as Santa Claus for ...