Meetings and Notices for Feb. 17

The following offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, in observance of Presidents Day:

• The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offices and customer service centers.

• All Rappahannock County government offices.

• Union First Market Bank

• BB&T in Flint Hill

There being no business to come before them, and after consultation with the chairman, the February meeting of the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has been canceled.

Registration is now open for Piedmont Softball Association’s 2011 fast-pitch softball programs. Girls are eligible if they were born from 1992 through 2002 and reside in Rappahannock or surrounding counties. The registration fee is $50 for girls 12 years old or younger and $55 for girls 13 and older. The fee covers both spring and fall 2011 seasons if paid by March 19. Late registrations will be accepted until April 1 with a penalty. Also, there is a $5 discount for two or more players from the same household. No player will be refused admission if unable to pay. Registration will be conducted Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Bill Payne Auction Gallery on Lee Highway in Amissville. A copy of the player’s birth certificate should be provided at this time. You may also register or get further information by email: mauri@bpauctions.com or call Donna Sheffield at 540-937-5595. Piedmont Softball Association’s teams are based in Amissville and offer programs from beginner-level through tournament play.

Spring 2011 soccer registration continues until March 2 at a fee of $80. Games are slated to begin the last weekend in March. Registration and more information can be found at www.rappsoccer.com.

Now is the time to apply for the 25th session of the Rappahannock Nature Camp to be held June 20-July 1. This day camp is sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Council and is open to boys and girls 8 to 12 years old. Campers will explore the forests, meadows, rivers and ponds of Singing Creek, three miles south of Sperryville. Activities are all outdoors and will include study of all kinds of natural communities, identifying insects and snakes, catching and releasing wild animals, producing a camp newspaper, and camping out for one night. Contact camp director Lyt Wood at 540-675-1088 or singingcreek @earthlink.net.

The Rappahannock County Extension office has begun taking camper names to register for the 4-H Day Camp and 4-H Overnight Camp. Call the Extension office at 540-675-3619 to have your child’s name included on one or both of these lists. The 4-H Day Camp will be held the week of June 20, Monday through Friday. For $50, campers, who must be 6 to 13 years of age, will travel by bus to the 4-H Ed Center in Front Royal. There are three morning workshops (there are many to choose from), daily swimming, an afternoon program, and snacks. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. This camp fills very quickly, so if you’d like to have your child attend, call the Extension office on Feb. 1.

4-H Winter Camp will be held the weekend of Feb 25-27 at the 4-H Ed Center, in Front Royal. This is a smaller camp, with only 85 campers from Culpeper, Shenandoah, and Rappahannock counties. Campers will spend the weekend participating in workshops, games, a dance, and will attend an indoor campfire.

The program should appeal to campers who are new to overnight camping as well as experienced campers alike. To register, or for more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619, or email Jenny Kapsa, 4-H coordinator, at jkapsa@vt.edu. For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

The 4-H Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock Overnight Camp will be held July 31-Aug. 4 at the 4-H Ed Center. Campers must be 9 to 13 years old (or turning 9 before Sept. 30). They will spend five days and four nights swimming, attending workshops such as canoeing, ropes course, cooking, tie dye, and first aid. There will be a dance and other evening program. Those who are 13 to 19 years old (13 before Jan. 1, 2011), may be counselors-in-training (CITs) or teen counselors (more experienced counselors) at one or both of these camps. CITs and teen counselors do not pay a registration fee to participate in the 4-H Day Camp, and pay a reduced fee for the 4-H Overnight Camp. These teen helpers assist at each workshop and play with the campers. For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

The Warrenton Wolfpack Rugby Club is now holding open registration for the 2011 spring season for ages 9-16. For more information, contact Coach Greg Hicks at 540-341-7101 or wolfpack08@comcast.net.

Come join the Culpeper Adult Co-Ed Soccer League for ages 18 and up. All skill levels welcome. Online registration for the spring season is currently open at culpepersoccer.net or for information. call 703-798-8712.

RAA/RCB has online registration open until March 1 for Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth Baseball. Boys and girls ages 4-16 as of May 1, 2011 are eligible to participate. Fees and age group information are available online at rappculpbaseball.com. Visa and MasterCard are accepted online as well. For information, call 540-937-7900.

The public is invited to the annual Black History Program sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association, Inc., to be held Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. at the Wayland Blue Ridge Center, 15044 Ryland Chapel Rd., Rixeyville. Now in its 34th year, the theme this year is: “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” with tributes to James D. Russell, author/historian, and Pete Hill, major league baseball Hall of Fame inductee, whose roots were recently traced to Culpeper. Tickets are $5/adults, in advance and $1/students. Program participants include the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association Youth Workshop Choir, Mt. Olive, Culpeper Youth Praise Team, Liberty H.S. Step Team, Oak Shade Baptist Choir, Catlett, Country Troubadours and others. For ticket information, phone 540-399-9815 or email wayland_blueridge@usa.com.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Culpeper Chapter #73, invites Rappahannock students to submit entries for the annual essay contest. There are categories for high school, middle and elementary age students. Private and home schooled-students are encouraged to enter as well. Prizes will be awarded for each grade category. There is a $50 prize for first place, $35 for second place and $25 for third. A copy of the essay rules and checklist can be obtained through the Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School, and the Rappahannock County Public Library. The deadline for the essay is April 15. Any questions may be answered by contacting Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or email strmrgr@copper.net.

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center has closed for the winter season. The center will be open for Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-21. Tourism staff will continue to stock the kiosk outside the Center with County Visitors Guides. Fliers about events of interest to Rappahannock visitors may be taken to the Office of Tourism, County Administration Office, 290 Gay St. during regular business hours. Staff will review the information for possible inclusion at the kiosk. The Visitors Center will reopen for the spring season in March. For information on tourism-related matters: VisitRappahannockVA.com or email info@VisitRappahannock VA.com; or call 540-675-5330.

Sunday, Feb. 20, is the first of three rehearsals for this year’s 4-H Share the Fun Talent Show. Anyone from 5 to 18 years of age may participate, and there is no cost. Participants may sing, dance, juggle, tell jokes, or perform another onstage act. All acts must be 4-H appropriate (G-rated) and must last less than four minutes. Up to four people may be in one act.

To register, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619 so that we know you are coming. We will either send you a registration packet before the first rehearsal, or you may simply register on Feb. 20 at the first rehearsal.

Rehearsal dates are: Feb. 20 (Sunday), Feb. 27 (Sunday) and March 6 (Sunday) from 2-4 p.m. at the RCES auditorium. All participants should have a parent or guardian stay with them at each rehearsal.

The final performance will take place March 13 (Sunday) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the RCES auditorium.

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