Meetings and notices

All Rappahannock County government offices will close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, and will reopen Monday, Nov. 29.

Rappahannock County Public Schools will close Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will reopen Monday, Nov. 29.

Union First Market Bank, BB&T Bank and the offices of the Rappahannock News will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day, and will reopen Friday, Nov. 26.

The Rappahannock News will have an early deadline for the Thursday, Nov. 25 edition due to the Thanksgiving holiday. (Mail subscriptions of the newspaper normally delivered on Thursdays will be delivered Friday, Nov. 26.) All items for publication should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 19).

The Planning Commission of the Town of Washington will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22 at the Town Hall. On the agenda is a public hearing on a subdivision request from the Child Care and Learning Center.

For the Rappahannock County High School band’s annual fruit and coffee sale, proceeds of which help fund band activities, citrus fruit is trucked up fresh from Florida and can be picked up at the Rappahannock Coop Dec. 9-11. You have till Nov. 19 to order large and small cases of oranges, grapefruits and tangerines and coffee from Rappahannock’s own Central Coffee Roasters in gift bags. You can order from any band student or call the band room at 540-987-8575, ext. 23.

Hearthstone School will cut your Norway spruce or blue spruce Christmas tree to order. Give the school the height and width you want and pick up the tree at the school (11576 Lee Hwy., Sperryville). Cost for Norway spruce is $40, blue spruce is $10 per foot. Orders are needed by Nov. 26 and pickup will be on Nov. 29. Sales benefit Hearthstone School. The school extends a special thank you to the O’Mearas of Moose Hill Farm for their kindness and generosity. For more information call 540-987-9212.

Aging Together in Rappahannock (formerly the Rappahannock Eldercare Coalition) will hold a consolidated November and December meeting at the Rappahannock Library on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. On the agenda: caregiver books and training, the proposed Good Neighbor Network, Angel Tree, and quality of life issues for Rappahannock seniors. For more information, contact Larry Stillwell at lstillwell@agingtogether.org or at 540-675-2531.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a consolidated November and December meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the county courthouse in Washington, if necessary.

Master Gardener volunteer training will be held in Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties starting Jan. 11 and continuing each Tuesday until mid-April from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The training will rotate between the local extension offices. The first class will be held at the Culpeper Extension Office, 101 South West St. For more information or to register call 540-341-7950 ext. 214 or e-mail tohlwile@vt.edu

Wreaths, garlands and centerpieces ordered in advance from the Garden Club to provide scholarships for local children attending nature camps and other programs can be picked up at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Washington Firehouse. Call Fawn Evenson at 540-675-1424 for a copy of this year’s brochure of offerings.

Rappahannock County tax bills for 2010 have been mailed and must be paid or postmarked on or before Dec. 5, to avoid penalty. Failure to receive a bill through the mail does not relieve the taxpayer of any additional charges that will accrue under law for failure to pay within the prescribed time. Treasurer’s office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call treasurer Frances A. Foster at 540-675-5360.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s artisans market during the Christmas in Little Washington festival on Sunday, Dec. 5, contact Kim Nelson at luluqq@aol.com or Kevin Adams at kevin@gaystreetinn.com to apply for space or call 540-675-3288. Include a representative photo and description of the type of work you would like to sell. The annual artisans market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations – RAAC Community Theater and Town Hall. There is a $35 fee to participate, payable when you are notified of acceptance. Applications are accepted until the markets are full. Participating artisans are showing handmade baskets, iron work, stained glass, pottery and jewelry.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club has a Nature Camp Scholarship Program. Any child who lives in Rappahannock County is eligible to apply. The only requirement is a genuine desire on the part of the child to attend the camp. Since 1950, the Garden Club has been providing scholarships for local children to attend Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Va. The camp, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, seeks to provide hands-on natural history and environmental education to boys and girls currently enrolled in fifth through 12th grades. Interested parents and students can learn more about Nature Camp on the Web at naturecamp.net. For more information, contact Louise Bondelid at 540-987-8693 or louisebondelid@earthlink.net. Scholarship applications are available through the guidance departments at the high school and elementary school.