Meetings and notices for March 13

The Rappahannock County School Board holds a budget work session at 7:30 a.m. this morning (Thursday, March 13) and 6 p.m. next Thursday (March 20) in the School Board Office conference room.

The Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority meets at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 13) in the county courthouse.

Registration for the 2014 Miss Chester Gap Honorary Fire Chief Pageant is is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday (March 16) at the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (42 Waterfall Rd.). Registration fee is $30. For more information, contact Tabby Swain at 540-671-2749.

The Rappahannock County School Board and Board of Supervisors hold a joint budget work session at 7 p.m. Monday (March 17) in the high school auditorium.

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 19) in the county courthouse. Agenda includes: Miller golf course; Berry family apartment; Price/Utsinger second dwelling.

Caregivers Support Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to  noon at Reynold Baptist Church in Sperryville. The next meeting is March 20. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

The Rappahannock County Republican Committee holds a mass meeting at 7 p.m. March 27 at the county courthouse. Registered Republicans wishing to be an elected Delegate to the Virginia State Convention should contact Evelyn Kerr at kodaii1776@gmail.com or 540-287-7514.

The Jefferson Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m. next Tuesday (March 18) at the Jeffersonton Community Center. The speaker is Bob Houck, who will cover the Ruritan National Foundation. For more information, call 540-937-5119 or visit jeffersonvaruritanclub.org.

A representative of Sen. Mark Warner holds remote office hours from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 18) at the county library for residents who need assistance with a federal agency or wish to pass along a concern to the senator.

The Blue Ridge Chorale is seeking a director for the fall 2014 season. The 30-40 person chorale is based in Culpeper and practices weekly from late August through mid-December, then January through mid-May, and performs two or four concerts each season. This is a part-time, compensated position. Email a resume (by March 21) to info@brcsings.com; to learn more, visit brcsings.com.

Hospice of the Rapidan’s next series volunteer training classes start March 27 at Hospice of the rapidan (1200 Sunset Ln., Suite 2320, Culpeper). No charge and no prior experience required. For more information or to request an application, contact Ruth Pavlik at 540-825-4840 or rpavlik@hotr.org, or visit hotr.org.

The Jefferson Ruritan Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships — Tommy Rosenberger and Allen Ellett Memorial Scholarships — to current high school graduates toward their college, technical school or other continuing professional education expenses. Applications are available from the Culpeper High School counselor, in the Jeffersonton Community Center, on jeffersonvaruritanclub.org or by emailing caliari@infionline.net; must be received by March 21. For more information, call 540-937- 3932.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club awards the $1,000 Francis J. Leonard Scholarship to a county resident graduating high school and attending a two- or four-year college or trade school. Applicants are required to complete the Common Application for Local Scholarships and two 250-word essays. RCHS students can get an application from the guidance office; others available from guidance counselors or from Judy Segaar (540-937-6644). Applications are due by April 2.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Skyline CAP Head Start, a free preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 from income eligible families. Children with special needs are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Becky Thorpe at 540-635-2362.

Hearthstone School’s summer camp (for ages 3-12) is from 9 to 3 p.m. July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3 at the school. The cost is $200 per camp week ($50 non-refundable deposit). For more information, call 540-987-9212 or visit info@hearthstoneschool.org.

RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund is now welcoming proposals for grants from Rappahannock artists and organizations. The deadline for this year’s grants is March 15. Details, guidelines and applications are available online at raac.org.

The 10th annual Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour is scheduled for Nov. 1-2. All artists and gallery owners interested in participating this year should contact Robert Ballard (robert@rhballard.com) or Nancy Raines (nanhraines@gmail.com) by March 31.

Piedmont Softball Association is now accepting registrations for all girls born between 1995 and 2008 interested in playing fastpitch softball in 2014. The registration fees are $50 per girl 12 and younger and $55 for older girls ($5 discount for multiple players from same household; full scholarships are available). For more information or to register, email piedmontsoftball2002@gmail.com or call 540-522-3675.

Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball in Amissville is now registering players for its spring 2014 season. Visit rappculpbaseball.com to register online (dates for in-person registration are listed on there as well).

The Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District offers scholarships on culpeperswcd.org for students planning to major in agriculture, environmental science/policy, horticulture or other conservation-related fields. Individual awards are $500 to $1,000. Scholarships are also available for current college students. Applications due April 15. For more information, call 540-825-8591.

The Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District has summer camp scholarships available on their website, culpeperswcd.org. The week long camps are Forestry Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center and Youth Conservation Camp at Virginia Tech. Four scholarships are given out annually. For more information, call 540-825-8591.

Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program (NPBFP) is a multi-class initiative to help aspiring and diversifying farmers make informed decisions about a new operation. Classes ($150) are 7 to 9 p.m. at Middleburg Agricultural Research & Extension Center (5527 Sullivans Mill Road, Middleburg) on April 3 and 17; May 1, 15, 22 and 29; and June 5 and 19. To register, send check payable to Fauquier Education Farm, ℅ VCE-Fauquier, 24 Pelham Street, Warrenton, Va. 20186. For more information, call 540-341-7950 or email sbroyles@vt.edu.

All children five-years-old by Sept. 30 may enter kindergarten this August. Formal registration is 8:40 to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 2:40 p.m. April 8-11 at Rappahannock County Elementary School (by appointment only). For more information, or to schedule a time, call the elementary school office at 540-227-0200.

The Rappahannock County High School Class of 1964 is planning its 50-year class reunion. John Anderson, owner of Jessamine Hill Farm, has offered to host the gathering on May 16-17. All classmates, spouses and significant others are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Moffett at 540-675-3374 or wfm32004@yahoo.com.

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