Love and FaithfullnessGospel recording artist Freddie Redmon will perform 7 p.m. Wednesday at Love and Faithfullness Church, 111 Water St., Front Royal. Information: David Clanagan at 540-247-1739.

With the arrival of warmer days and longer evenings, the delicious smells of grilling have begun to waft over the valley. I welcome these aromatic reminders of spring and rejoice in the palate-pleasing fare they foreshadow. Bring on the steaks!

Like many other women I know, I am one of those people who has a spring/summer wardrobe and a winter/fall wardrobe. I have work clothes and play clothes – clothes for the office and clothes for the weekend.

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Those looking for some gardening inspiration this year might want to check out the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association’s first-ever Gardening in the Valley Tour this June.

Almost every get together – whether it’s family, friends or neighbors – always has one dish that’s the star of the show time after time. It’s usually a staple dish, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the main course.

Surprise your family with a dessert fit for the season. This Carrot Cake recipe is a traditional take on the timeless treat and created using everyday ingredients.

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Cathy Wolfe-Heberle, executive director of Blue Ridge Opportunities in Front Royal, paused for a moment when asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her agency. “Boy, is that complicated,” she replied before delving into the finer details of what has been a turbulent year from the persp…

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Cena Hubbell, executive director of Shen-Paco Industries, acknowledged recently that the “new normal” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic means the end of business as usual for the nonprofit agency, which serves individuals with disabilities in Shenandoah and Page counties.

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Many businesses have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially nonprofit organizations. However, many of the museums in the area are holding strong despite the tough times.

Jesus said the greatest commandment is that “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matt.22:37). He also said that “...Except ye become as little children ye shalt not enter the kingdom of heaven.” In my 2019 commentary (“Jesus in …

Card showerA card shower is planned for Anna Mae Smoot, who will celebrate her 93rd birthday on Thursday. Cards may be sent to 2162 Headquarters Road, Edinburg, Virginia 22824.

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James Madison University Swing Dance Club Vice President TJ Oxbrough began teaching himself swing dancing in high school, and by junior year he was choreographing school productions. But he said being self-taught meant his form and technique were never quite on par with his expectations.

One of the most popular cooking oils today comes from olives. Unlike lard that was widely used years ago, olive oil has many health benefits including antioxidants and monounsaturated fats even protecting against heart disease. Besides being easy to use, it also tastes good!

Shenandoah County is known for its six little towns strung along the Valley Pike’s dotted white line like little diamonds in the rough. Each little town from Strasburg to New Market has its own personality – its own history and legends.

Sweets with enhanced fruit flavors are often among the best of the best when it comes to family treats. Fruit can add levels of sweet, tart or even citrus flavor to all kinds of recipes.

From tasty small bites to a filling feast and even dessert for breakfast, brunch options are nearly endless. Take your spring brunch to the next level with recipes that appease appetites of all kinds.