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Beat the heat with quick weekend retreats

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Area families in search of an escape from continued summer heat will find cool evening music, indoor shows and even outdoor entertainment this weekend.

Front Royal's Firemans' Carnival will continue through Saturday, from 6 to 11 p.m. each day. For more information, call the fire department at 540-635-2540 or visit www.frontroyalfire.com

Musical events will include the Woodstock ROCS outdoor concert and Gazebo Gatherings, both of which continue their summer series at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

Woodstock ROCS will feature the band Just 4 Fun at W.O. Riley Park. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy the music with family and friends. For more information, call the town office at 540-459-3621 or visit www.townofwoodstockva.com.

In Front Royal, Gazebo Gatherings will feature Intrepid Jazz, which will play contemporary but timeless acoustic jazz at the town commons on Main and Chester streets. For more information, call 540-635-9909 or visit wee.blueridgearts.org.

Movies and theater also will entertain families Saturday.

At Samuels Library in Front Royal, Cinemania will offer a movie for children age 14 and older, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal. For more information, call 540-635-3453.

Winchester Little Theatre's second children's theater play this summer, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr." will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, with two performances a day through next weekend. Show times will be at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, and at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are $10 each. Online sales for July 20 are already sold out.

The theater is located at 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester. For more information, call 540-332-3331 or visit www.wltonline.org.

On Sunday, Youth Day will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in Izaak Walton Park, Browntown. Area children age 8 to 14 are invited to attend classes in basic archery and crossbow, hunter safety, basic air rifle and fly casting. Certified instructors will demonstrate evaluating the health of streams by monitoring macro invertebrates.

Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, the day will include nature walks on the park's trials. Hot dogs and soda will be available to participants at no cost. A responsible adult is requested to accompany the children. Hats, walking shoes and bug spray are highly recommended. This is a free event for all participants.



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