Meetings and notices for Dec. 11

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 12, in observance of an in-service training.

Washington Town Council meeting: Due to the lack of a quorum Dec. 8, a special meeting of the Washington Town Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 15) at the town hall. The agenda includes the appointment of a council member to fill the vacancy on the council, consideration and possible authorization of funds for an ESS maintenance proposal for the wastewater plant, solicitation of letters from residents interested in filling two planning commission vacancies (appointments to be made in January), and all other matters originally on the Dec. 8 agenda.  

The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee will present the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday celebration at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Theatre at Washington. This year features student essays, and winners of the contest will be announced. Entries must be submitted by next Monday (Dec. 15) by email to jeboddiescholarship@usa.com or by regular mail to MLK “Essay Competition,” c/o Box 346, Sperryville, VA 2270. Entries must include name, age, grade, school, home address, telephone and email address. Contest open to public, private and home-schooled students, first through 12th grades. (No more than 250-300 words, typed, double-spaced.) For more information, contact Lillian Aylor (540-987-8064) or Nan Butler Roberts (540-661-2013 or nb_roberts@msn.com).

The Blue Ridge Running Club meets 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at Belle Meade School. The next meeting is Dec. 16. The club is open to ages 10 and up, of all skill and experience levels. The fee is $50 per family. Workouts include endurance, speed and hill training. For more information, contact coach Alex Forte at 203-615-4459 or coach.alex.forte@gmail.com.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a Food Safety Training ServSafe Food Handler Course 6-9 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Culpeper Extension Office, 101 S. West St. The course covers why food safety is important, personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross contamination and cleaning and sanitizing, and was developed by the National Restaurant Association for employees of food-service operations, such as hotels, restaurants, schools and institutions. Registration deadline is Dec. 9; cost is $12. For more information, call 540-727-3435.

Caregivers Support Group meets 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month at Reynolds Baptist Church in Sperryville. The next meeting is Dec. 18. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

The NAACP Culpeper Branch  meets 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper. For more information, call 540-222-1565.

The Amissville Area Community Christmas (AACC) group will assemble boxes of donated food on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Bethel Baptist Church, to be delivered Saturday, Dec. 20, along with fruit baskets and flowers. If you know of anyone in need or anyone who needs to be thought of in the Amissville area during the Christmas season, or you would like to volunteer to prepare the boxes, please contact Amy Hitt at hmomoftwins310@gmail.com, Frank Fishback at 540-937-4910 or Sandi Carter at sandicarter003@comcast.net. You can also check us out on Facebook (facebook.com/AmissvilleAreaComChristmas). More volunteers are needed on Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at 10 a.m, to assist in delivering the gifts.

The Order of Daughters of the King, a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to prayer, service and evangelism, meets on the first and third Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. in the Gathering Room at St. Stephen’s (third floor above the Food Closet) in Culpeper. The next meeting is Dec. 20. For more information, call 540-825-8786 or visit ststephensculpeper.net.Girl Scout Troop 890 is working on a coat drive for the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve, with SAFE (Services to Abused Families Inc.) through Dec. 30. Drop off coats at Union First Market Bank’s branches in Rappahannock, Warrenton and Culpeper; Living Sky Foundation; Mayhugh’s; Reynold’s Memorial Baptist Church; Rappahannock County Elementary School; Trinity Episcopal Church and Culpeper’s Gold’s Gym and Boston Store. For more information, call Beth at 540-987-8708.

Master gardener volunteer training starts Jan. 7 at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, 24 Pelham Street, Warrenton, and continues each Wednesday until mid-April from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more information or to register, call 540-341-7950 ext. 3.

The Rappahannock County Relay for Life committee meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Washington Baptist Church. The next meeting is Jan. 13. Those interested can register online at RelayForLife.org/RappVA. For more information, contact Karen Williams (540-635-4673), Phyllis Grogg (540-364-2640) or Ellen Timbers (540-987-8402).Members of the Culpeper NAACP Chapter are looking for candidates for its president, vice president and treasurer. If interested, visit naacpculpeper.com or call 540-727-1305.

Raffle tickets to benefit the Rappahannock Free Clinic (prizes are certificates for dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington and a free weeknight stay at Flint Hill Public House & Country Inn) are now available at the Public House, Horse N Hound, Hackley’s Store, Mayhugh’s Store, Coterie Shop, Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Rappahannock Real Estate Resources and offices of the county administrator and commissioner of the revenue. Tickets are $10 (or three for $25); the drawing is Jan. 14 at The Inn. For more information, call Brion Patterson at 540-987-8933.

Old Rag Master Naturalists, a Virginia Master Naturalist chapter serving Madison, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Greene, Orange and western Fauquier counties, is accepting applications for its 2015 class. Training, which will be on Wednesday evenings beginning in March, is $140; apply by Jan. 31. For additional information, or to receive an application, visit oldragmasternaturalists.org, call Bill Clark at 540-364-0296, send an e-mail to contact@oldragmasternaturalists.org, or write to Old Rag Master Naturalists, General Delivery, Syria, Virginia 22743.

The Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association (NPBA) will again host a seven-week class 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 3, at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville, for those interested in becoming beekeepers. The class “Meet-and-Greet” event for students is held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Verdun. Texts, handouts and a one-year membership in NPBA are included in the course fee of $100 per person or family. Registration is open, class size is limited and fills quickly each year. Information and the registration form are available at npbee.org or by contacting Karen Hunt at kahu9@juno.com or 540-937-4792. NPBA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization serving Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange and Madison counties.

Rappahannock County 4-H is offering eight clubs: 4-H Hooves Horse Club (ages 9 to 18), Amissville Community Club (5 to 18), Cloverbud Club (5 to 8), Dog Club (10 to 18), Creative Club (9 to 18), Holiday Activities Club (5 to 8), Livestock Club (9 to 18), Super Sitters Club (11 to 15). All are free. For more information or to register, call the Rappahannock County Extension office at 540-675-3619.

People Inc. is seeking volunteers to work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Volunteers are needed in several capacities for the site in Warrenton (which also serves Rappahannock County taxpayers). Volunteers will be trained using the IRS’ Link and Learn Taxes program, after which IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. A site coordinator with some experience in tax preparation, and volunteers to serve as greeters, are needed. Call Jeanne at People Inc. (571-445-3021).

The Blue Ridge Singers, Front Royal’s newest chamber choir, hold rehearsals from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Front Royal Presbyterian Church (for a December performance). Audition forms are available at blueridgesingers.com; interested singers are welcome to sit in on rehearsals.

 The 4-H Horse Club meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. every other Monday at 10 Estes Mill Rd., Sperryville, to ride horses and ponies. Open to ages 9 to 18; free. Enrollment forms are available at the Rappahannock County Elementary School and the Rappahannock County 4-H website and Facebook page. For more information, call 540-675-3619.

The Knit Wit Yarn Shop’s Sit-n-Knit now meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the shop’s new home: 45 Main Street in Sperryville (between Hopkins Ordinary and the post office). All knitters are welcome, beginners to advanced. Bring your current project or start a new one. For more information, call the shop at 540-987-8251.

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