Meetings and notices for Dec. 18

Rappahannock County Public Schools close at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 19) and will reopen Jan. 6.

The Rappahannock News will be closed next Monday (Dec. 22)  for the Christmas holiday, reopening the following Monday (Dec. 29); and will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day, reopening Friday, Jan. 2.

All county government offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday next Wednesday,  Dec. 24, through Friday, Dec. 26, reopening Monday, Dec. 29; and closed Jan.1, for the New Year’s holiday, reopening Monday, Jan. 5.

Union First Market Bank and BB&T in Flint Hill will be closed next Thursday (Dec. 25) for the Christmas holiday, reopening Friday (Dec. 26); and closed New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), reopening Friday, Jan. 2.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free Federal and State Income Tax Preparation by IRS certified Tax Preparers for people making $53,000 or less per year: Appointments accepted for Saturdays in Warrenton through tax season. Call Jeanne 571- 445-3020 after Jan. 5th to schedule an appointment.

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.

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 2-4 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.

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.

The Blue Ridge Running Club meets 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at Belle Meade School. The next meeting is Dec. 23. 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.

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.

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 Jan. 15. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

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).

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. For more information, contact Lillian Aylor (540-987-8064) or Nan Butler Roberts (540-661-2013 or nb_roberts@msn.com).

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).

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.

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 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 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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