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Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
MOPS and MOMSnext hold Silent Auction
by Donna Rosamond

Happy New Year. Yes, I am a little behind with all the illnesses and the dreaded snow days. I now have cabin fever. I bet we have a lot of Moms saying the same thing. I need out! Here’s an answer to prayers. I have been a part of a wonderful group called MOPS for awhile. I’ll share a letter my friend Danielle sent this to me “Hi Moms! In case you need a mommy support group - I am part of MOPS and MOMSnext in Warrenton at the Methodist Church. It's an amazing, wonderful group of ladies. MOPS is "Mothers of Preschoolers" and is for moms of babies through kindergarten and MOMSnext is for moms of all school-aged children.

Both groups meet together most Tuesdays, alternating what happens each week. There's a speaker one week, a craft/creative one week, a Bible study one week and, a play date for the kiddos one week, plus a mom's night out and a MOMSnext book club once a month. Child care is available for $5 for the meetings, and bible study child care is free. So awesome to get some mommy time!”

Mothers of Preschoolers and MOMSNext are looking for donations for our Silent Auction and chefs to enter a Chili Cook-off on Feb. 7 at Warrenton United Methodist church. Those who donate and chefs will receive two admission tickets, and donors will receive a tax letter. Pure Romance, Stella and Dot and Mary Kay are among some of the auction items. For more details: http://www.chili2015.eventbrite.com

Happy birthday to Dave, Kim, and Courtney Childers. Special wishes to a little man named Jacob Cook, who will be five years old.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Cub Scouts pack 1161 has ice cream social
By Donna Rosamond

As I write this on Monday morning, I find it hard to believe in one week my child will be getting on a bus as a fourth grader. This week Greenville Elementary schools will have their “ Meet the Teacher” night Thursday, August 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Then again on Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. I will be there Thursday evening giving out information about Cub Scouts and Pack 1161 while recruiting new cubs. You can start at grades 1 through 5.

Interested in scouting? Please come to enjoy a little ice cream. Pack 1161 will have their annual ice cream social at the old New Baltimore Fire Hall on August 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. If you wish more information call (540) 347-9572 or email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Almost each school has a pack which they draw from but you may choose any pack. It’s just more fun to have kids from the same school. It’s important that you find the pack your child is happy with and will enjoy.

Cub Scout Pack 957 from P.B. Smith and C. Hunter Ritchie invites all boys in grades 1 through 5 to join them on Aug. 23 for their Raingutter Regatta Event. The event will take place at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 6194 Dumfries Road, from 3 to 6 p.m. They will have games, food, and lots of fun. Parents can learn about Cub Scouts and future events. For any questions, contact Shanna McClain at (540) 207-3918.

The Warrenton Chorale are recruiting Singers for the Youth Chorale Group for the upcoming "Christmas In Music" Concert, performance dates: Dec. 4, 5, and 6. Rehearsals begin Sept. 9 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. All children need to be 9 years old by Nov. 1, 2014. For further information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or http://www.warrentonchorale.org
Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014
Warrenton Chorale seeks young singers
By Donna Rosamond

This past weekend was beautiful and a great weekend for a yard sale. My neighborhood had a number of them. My son Kevin sold eggs and lemonade, and his friend, Patrick Haugan, sold iced tea. Yes, it was quite a combination. I have found that sometimes its easier and better to just donate considering the amount of work involved in having a sale. I have also discovered selling online yard sale sells much better. That is, if they show up to buy and pick up. I am just learning the ropes with the online selling.

Birthday wishes to Liam age 6 and Kellan Coffey age 4. My niece, Kaitlyn, will be celebrating her seventh birthday “Frozen” style this weekend. Chris Childers will be enjoying his birthday party at the Vint Hill Gym. I had forgotten that location was another option for birthday parties.

I do want to include another winner from the Fauquier County. Stephanie Stanga lives in Broad Run and won Best in Show for her triple berry preserves. Plus, she won first place for her barbeque sauce. Both are yummy. I know this because her two legged guinea pig told me so.

Happy 10th anniversary to the best neighbors in the world. Matt and Kelly Innocenzi were married on a blue moon. It was a beautiful wedding in N.J., but most memorable when Todd tried to pump his own gas at a station in Trenton. Well, you don't pump your gas in N.J. but we could not understand the attendant that was screaming in another language and waving his arms at us. N.J. really needs a sign at the state line warning people.

Jean Hines, the Publicity Chairman from the Warrenton Chorale contacted me about the upcoming registration in September. I asked for more information because she mentioned the children and getting the word out. She sent this to me to share. Thanks, Jean.

"The Chorale normally recruits the Children through church groups, schools, and now we are trying to reach the 'home-schooled' children through publicity in publications throughout the town and the county. We have a web site http://www.warrentonchorale.org or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) This gives the public all the information to make contact with the Chorale registration member and receive much information at that time. Youth Chorale Registration fee is $20 per singer with one complimentary CD per family, $5 is required for rental of Youth Chorale Concert attire. Youth Chorale rehearsals are scheduled Tuesday, late afternoon, prior to the adult rehearsal which begins at 7:00 p.m.

By becoming a Member of the Youth Chorale, there is no obligation to return year after year, but we hope to create a desire in young people to enjoy singing, participating with adults in a singing capacity and the learning experience of performing. We would like to believe this will bring the Youth back to the Chorale each year until they are old enough to move up to the Adult Chorale. It also brings a responsibility on their part to try to bring out the best in themselves, not just their talent but their personality and the camaraderie they will share not only with the other youths, but with the adults as well. It teaches them a sense of discipline and yet the ultimate goal is to have fun with the musical pieces selected and to increase their enjoyment of the Arts. There is such a need to expose the children of all ages to many forms of art. We are fortunate here in Fauquier County to have many talented people and the venues that are available for all types of entertainment. We have the Fauquier Theatre with live performances of familiar plays, the Piedmont Symphony, and of course, the Warrenton Chorale which just celebrated its 60th anniversary in December 2013. We expect to perform for at least another 60 years or more with the wonderful and dedicated members that are involved with the Warrenton Chorale.

Being part of an organization such as the Warrenton Chorale brings a feeling of community coming together to welcome new residents to our area and to encompass those who have lived here for many years. This is what makes our part of the world a wonderful place to live and work. We want our young people to know how fulfilling it is to work with others and bring satisfaction that they have been a part of bringing joy and happiness to those around them."
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