Meetings and notices for Feb. 5

Staff members from Rep. Robert Hurt’s congressional office are at the Rappahannock County Library from 10 to noon tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 6) to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies.

Washington Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 9) at town hall. Agenda includes authorization of a joint town council/planning commission public hearing on the Stonyman Mercantile boundary adjustment; consideration of water and sewer applications from Thomas Gardner for the Gay Street Inn studio lot; and a request for letters of interest in being appointed to the ARB.

Rappahannock County School Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 10) in the high school band room. Visit rappahannockschools.us for an agenda (under the School Board tab, click on “Welcome to BoardDocs,” and then on the link for agenda and minutes. Also, a public hearing on the 2015-2016 school budget is 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at Rappahannock County High School auditorium.

Washington’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets 7 p.m. next Wednesday (Feb. 11) at the town hall. Agenda includes: new sign at 491 Main St. for Rappahannock Free Clinic; rear addition to the Gay Street Inn studio for Thomas Gardner, contract purchaser; house modifications, stable demolition, new barn and pool pavilion for Charles and Deanna Akre at Mount Prospect, 30 Main St.

Classes in basic floral design will be offered by the Rappahannock County Garden Club on four consecutive Wednesdays, Feb. 11 through March 4. Taught by Linda Taylor, the classes feature instruction in simple, elemental aspects of floral arranging. Participants bring their own materials. Classes are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church’s parish hall; cost is $30 for four classes (or $10 per class). For more information or to register, contact Susan Jones at 540-675-3152 by Feb. 8.

Fruit School 2015 meets Thursday, Feb. 12, at Graves Mountain Lodge. Registration at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Extension agent Kenner Love at 540-675-3619.

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned, mixed-voice community chamber choir that sings a wide variety of repertoire. Based in Madison, the group’s members are drawn from surrounding counties. Auditions for tenor, baritone and bass voices are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Piedmont Episcopal Church (214 Church St., Madison) and include pitch-matching, a range check and a few vocal exercises. Visit belcantovocalensem.wix.com/belcanto to sign up for a 10-minute slot or email belcantovocalensemble@gmail.com for more information.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service offers a ServSafe Food Handler classes from 9 to noon Feb. 17 at the Fauquier County Extension Office and Feb. 23 at Culpeper County Extension Office. The class ($12 per person) covers why food safety is important, personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross contamination and cleaning and sanitizing. To register or for more information, contact Becky Sheffield at 540-727-3435 or atrebes13@vt.edu.

 The Winter Vegetable School, with Extension specialists, agents and subject matter experts from VDACS and NRCS, is Feb. 23 at the Warrenton-Fauquier County Visitors Center (33 N. Calhoun St., Warrenton). Learn about niche crops, IPM and pest management, pesticide and food safety, soil management and marketing. Registration fee ($25, plus $10 for each additional immediate family member) includes materials, lunch and refreshments and is due by Feb. 13. Call 540-675-3619 for a registration form to be mailed or for more information.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service offers Cooking for Crowds course 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Culpeper Extension Office, 101 S. West St.. Registration deadline is Feb. 11. Learn how to handle food during cooking and serving and the food safety standards for temporary events. Cost is $20 for one to three individuals from the same organization. For more information, call Becky Sheffield at 540-727-3435 or atrebes13@vt.edu.

Piedmont Softball Association’s registration are now open for the spring season in Amissville. All area girls born between 1996 and 2009 are welcome. PSA offers regular-league play through tournament softball for beginners to advanced players. Registration is $50 to $55 (depending on girl’s age); scholarships for equipment and registration fees are always available. For more information and to register, visit piedmontsoftball.net or email amissville.softball@gmail.com. Check the league out on Facebook, too.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a drinking water testing clinic at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at Jeffersonton Community Center (5073 Jeffersonton Road). Fee is $49, pre-registration required, space is limited. For more information, contact Linda Baldwin at 540-675-3619 or lindab75@vt.edu.

The Blue Ridge Running Club meets 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at Belle Meade School. The next meeting is Feb. 10. 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.

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 today (Feb. 5). For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

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 Feb. 10. 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 Order of Daughters of the King, a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to prayer, service and evangelism, meets at 9 p.m. the first and third Saturday of every month at St. Stephen’s (third floor above the Food Closet) in Culpeper. The next meeting is Feb. 7. For more information, call 540-825-8786 or visit ststephensculpeper.net.

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