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Lifestyle

Local agents discuss first-time home buying

Many first-time homebuyers decide to leap from renting to owning when they feel they can handle a mortgage. But before unlocking the door to their first home, Lori Oaks, an agent with Coldwell Banker, and Kristen Kerns, an agent with Market Place Realty, said shopping for that first home has ...

Pet of the Week: Felines Niki and Evander seek homes

FRONT ROYAL - Siblings Niki and Evander, 10-week-old domestic shorthair kittens, are available for adoption. Tiffany Rothgeb, kennel three attendant at the Warren County Humane Society, said the siblings came in six weeks ago when their previous owners abandoned them. “When they ...

Shenandoah County relay team stands up to cancer with walk

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Shenandoah County will begin at 6 p.m. today at the Massanutten Military Academy track. Vendors, games, food and music will fill the lawn for the 20th annual celebration centered around the theme “Relay Around the World: One World, One ...

Master gardeners celebrate 15th annual Garden Fest

MIDDLETOWN –  The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association's annual Garden Fest will be held on Saturday at Belle Grove Plantation. This free, family friendly event celebrates the arrival of the planting season with garden and specialty vendors, hands-on workshops, garden ...

Decorator Karen Estep opens shop in downtown Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON - Nestled in Cheyenne, Wyoming, decorator Karen Estep, a native of the Shenandoah Valley, began her interior design career surrounded by western accents, beautiful silhouettes and exquisite materials. After returning to the valley in 2001, Estep decided to combine her ...

New art gallery opens in downtown Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL - It was serendipitous timing for Mike and Tiffany Budzisz, owners of Art in the Valley, to open a gallery in Front Royal. The husband and wife team have always had a passion for art and the artists who pour their hearts into each piece of work. After years of enduring corporate ...

A ‘feeling’ for yoga: Yoga teacher opens studio in Strasburg

STRASBURG – Relaxation comes easily to students in TJ Davis’ new yoga studio, Wyrd Yoga on Massanutten Street. Davis’ hardwood floors blend well with the gray-tinged and hand-hued log cabin walls. The soothing scent of relaxation permeates the air. All the mats, blocks and other ...

Area Christian schools are gearing up for graduation

As Valley Baptist Christian School prepares for its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, students are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives. Dr. Jeff Fauver said six students would be graduating Friday evening. Five will be heading to college, and one will be attending a trade ...

Women’s panel topics include gender equality, social issues

FRONT ROYAL – Each year the Front Royal Resource Center makes an effort to connect local women and provide them with an opportunity to hear from female leaders in their community. On Thursday evening, a room full of women and men gathered to listen to a panel of three women on this year's ...

Wine and Craft Festival this weekend in Front Royal

The 32nd annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival is Saturday in downtown Front Royal. Highlights include art and craft vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, and, of course, wine. Niki Foster Cales, president of the Front Royal Chamber, said this long-standing festival draws over ...

154th Battle of New Market reenactment is this weekend

The 154th anniversary Battle of New Market Reenactment commences at the New Market Battlefield this weekend. Lt. Col. Troy Marshall, site director for the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, said despite the more modern ways to learn about American history, history enthusiasts still flock by ...

Gospel concert Sunday at Restoration Fellowship Church

STRASBURG – Restoration Fellowship Church is hosting a “Sunday Morning Gospel Quartet in the Valley” featuring Triumphant Quartet and PromisedLand Quartet. Service starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Gene Hamman, the lead singer for PromisedLand Quartet, said the idea was to have a good old ...

Stuafferstadt Arts to host meet, greet with new muralist

STRASBURG – Stuafferstadt Arts, a nonprofit group looking to foster the local arts culture in Strasburg, is hosting a meet and greet this evening at ShenMOCA Gallery in honor of its newest international muralist, Resoborg. Resoborg - Wesley van Eeden of South Africa – will paint a ...

Strasburg celebrates 36th annual Mayfest this weekend

STRASBURG – “Get your purple and teal on” and celebrate all things Strasburg this weekend at the 36th annual Mayfest. Mayor Rich Orndorff said he’s excited to be part of this time-honored event that draws over 8,000 in attendance each year. The event kicks off Friday evening with ...

Woodstock police host Community Safety and Wellness Day

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock Police Department, in conjunction with Valley Health, will host its seventh annual Community Wellness and Safety Day at 10 a.m. Saturday at W.W. Robinson Elementary School. Police Chief Eric Reiley said the event will showcase numerous emergency service agencies, ...

(Summer in the Valley) Discover what Luray Caverns have to offer this summer

Explore the iconic Luray Caverns and discover what it means to be the largest and most popular caverns on the East Coast. From guided tours along well-lighted walkways to ceilings 10 stories high, the caverns are four centuries of history nestled in the Shenandoah Valley that are sure to wow ...