Meetings and Notices for Feb. 28

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate this Friday (March 8) due to an in-service training.

The Washington Town Council holds its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Monday (March 11) at town hall. Highlights from the agenda include consideration of a People Inc. request for the town to pay half the cost of an affordable housing survey, a sewer connection policy for new users and the renewal of ESS’ water contract, updates on the pump house repair, Rappahannock County Food Pantry Day and a vacancy on the ARB. Also to be considered is a date for an April budget work session.

The Rappahannock County School Board holds its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 12) in the high school band room.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board holds its regularly scheduled board meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday (March 12) at its office at 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper.

There being no applications, and after consultation with the chairman, the March 14 Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting is cancelled.

The Washington Town Council is accepting letters of interest from residents wishing to be appointed to the Architectural Review Board until close of business on Friday, March 29. For more information call the town hall (540-675-3128).

The Rappahannock Relay for Life meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Washington Baptist Church (180 Gay St.). For more information, contact Katherine Todd (540-522-6656 or katherinec07@aol.com), Ellen Timbers (540-987-8402) or Tim Grove (540-667-2315 or tim.grove@cancer.org).

RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund extends its first formal grant application cycle from March 31 to April 30. The Fund was established to encourage artistic talent in the Rappahannock community by providing financial assistance to both established and emerging artists. More information about the program, its guidelines and application are available through the RAAC website: raac.org or by calling 540-675-3193 for additional information.

Spring 2013 Rappahannock County Soccer Association (RCSA) registration is open. All registration is online at rappsoccer.com (U6 players are $40, U8 are $80). Register before March 2; practices begin in late March.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club announces the Francis J. Leonard Scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Rappahannock County with financial need who is graduating high school and will be attending a two- or four-year college or trade school. The award is $1,000 for each of the first two semesters. Applicants are required to complete the Common Application for Local Scholarships 2012 and complete two essays of about 250 words each. The first essay describes why the student needs the scholarship and what other methods are being used to finance their education. The second essay requests that the student describe themselves, their achievements, and goals for future study and work. Students currently attending Rappahannock County High School can get an application from the guidance office; others may call Sandra Antony at 540-675-3707. Applications are due by April 2.

All children who will be five years old by Sept. 30 may enter kindergarten this August. Formal registration for new kindergartners is at from 9 to 11:30 and 1 to 3 p.m. (appointment only) April 9-11 at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Call the office (540-227-0200) to schedule an appointment.

The ninth annual Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour is scheduled for Nov. 2-3. All artists and gallery owners in Rappahannock County who are interested in participating this year should ask for an application by sending an email to Robert Ballard (robert@rhballard.com) or Nancy Raines (nanhraines@gmail.com) by March 28. Art tour committee members will visit the studios of new artists in early April.

Piedmont Softball Association is accepting registrations now for all area girls interested in its fast-pitch programs for 2013. Girls born 1994-2007 are welcome, as well as any skill level from beginner through very experienced. Games are played at the home field on U.S. 211 in Amissville, as well as in surrounding counties. The registration fee is $50 for a girl playing on a team 12 and younger; $55 for a girl 13-18 years old ($5 discount for each additional player from the same household). This fee covers participation in spring, summer tournament and fall seasons. No girl will be refused because of inability to pay. For more information and registration forms, email piedmontsoftball2002@gmail.com or call 540-522-3675.

Hospice of the Rapidan’s next series of four Volunteer Training classes start April 18. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hospice of the Rapidan (1200 Sunset Lane, Suite 2320, Culpeper). No prior experience is required and the program is free. Anyone seeking more information or an application can contact Ruth Pavlik (540-825-4840 or rpavlik@hotr.org) or visit the website, hotr.org.

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center is only open on holiday weekends from January to March. The center is open during St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 15-18). The center reopens with its regular weekend schedule April 5.

The 50th reunion of the Rappahannock County High School class of 1963 is planned for June 22 at the Flint Hill Public House. Class members who haven’t been contacted are asked to get in touch with Dorothy Payne Clater (540-987-3137), Sally Latham Haynes (480-947-4824), Judi North Burke (540-631-6103) or Mary Norman Wiley (540-937-7535)

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