The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 2 p.m. Monday (Jan. 5) at the courthouse. The agenda includes election of board officers and appointments; VDOT report; Line of Duty Act (report); resolutions of appreciation of Robert Weinberg (BZA chair), Wendy Weinberg (The Theatre at Little Washington) and Sandra Maskas (Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board); Virginia Community Wood Energy Program; Debbie Fluornoy’s term on Social Services Board; Jim Oyster’s and Fran Krebser’s terms on Library Board; Charley Strittmatter’s resignation from planning commission; building permit report, treasurer’s report; legal matters (zoning litigation, Harmony Manor B&B). No 7 p.m. meeting.
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.
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 NAACP Culpeper Branch 7058 will be holding a special event at Antioch Baptist Church, Culpeper, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 19. The event is to commemorate the birthday of civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., whose success at bringing about social change through peaceful activism inspired creation of a federal holiday in 1983. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, please visit: www.naacpculpeper.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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. Volunteers are also needed in several capacities for the site in Warrenton (also serves Rappahannock County taxpayers) and will be trained using the IRS’ Link and Learn Taxes program. After training, 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 also needed. Call Jeanne at People Inc. (571-445-3021) about volunteering, or, after Jan. 5, for help with taxes through the VITA program.
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 email@example.com, 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Jan. 3. 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 Jan. 6.. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.