Meetings and Notices for March 21

On March 11, the Washington Town Council voted to continue the March 11 regularly scheduled council meeting to 9 a.m. Friday, April 5 in order to conduct a budget work session at town hall.

The Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority meets at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 21) at the Rappahannock County courthouse on Gay Street.

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 joint budget meeting of the Rappahannock County School Board and Board of Supervisors has been postponed until 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in the high school auditorium.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club is awarding the Francis J. Leonard Scholarship 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 2013 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. RCHS students can get an application from the guidance office; others may call Sandra Antony at 540-675-3707. Applications are due by April 2.

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 is available at raac.org or by calling 540-675-3193.

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

Registration for the 4-H Travel Camps ($210; July 8-12) ends April 1. Campers spend five days traveling in and around the county visiting farms, zoos and clinics to learn about a variety of animals while getting to see, touch and sometimes feed them. Field trips include visiting the Luray Zoo, Wilson’s animal farm and the Rose Hill Large Animal Clinic.

Registration for the 4-H Overnight Camp ($260; June 10-14) ends on May 10. Campers spend five days/four nights at the 4-H Education Center in Front Royal, where they participate in morning workshops, swimming, singing, evening programs that include a talent show, dance and gathering around a campfire each evening.  

The 4-H Travel Camp, Civil War Theme ($210) runs July 15-19. Campers become experts on the Civil War after travelling to battlefields and learning from Civil War experts. Trip destinations include visiting the Belle Grove plantations, the New Market Battlefield and spending a day in Harpers Ferry.

The 4-H Travel Camp, Environmental Theme ($210) runs July 22-26. Campers get down and dirty while exploring streams, ponds, rivers and the creatures that live in and around them. Campers spend a day with outdoor educator Lyt Wood at Singing Creek, learn about ponds and insects from RappFLOW and learn about stream ecology from staff at Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation.

The 4-H Travel Camp, Outdoor Adventure ($210) runs July 29-Aug. 2. Campers zoom down ziplines and scale a climbing wall at the 4-H Education Center, swim at Lake Arrowhead and in swimming pools, and hike in the Shenandoah National Park. For more information about registering for any of these camps, call the extension office at 540-675-3619.

Piedmont Softball Association is looking for interested girls ages 7-12 wanting to play fastpitch softball. Any girl – beginner through experienced – is welcome to join with the opportunity to learn the game and advance her skills. A full season of games is played both at the home field on U.S. 211 in Amissville, as well as on fields in neighboring counties. A competitive tournament season is also offered, for those girls wanting to play after regular spring season. Registration for 2013 is $50 and includes both spring and fall seasons. PSA accepts all girls, regardless of a family’s inability to pay this fee. A copy of the player’s birth certificate is required from each girl, too. For more information, email piedmontsoftball2002@gmail.com or call 540-522-3675.

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.

Hospice of the Rapidan’s next series of four Volunteer Training classes starts 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 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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