Meetings and notices for Sept. 24

Free Rug Hooking Workshop at River District Arts is this Saturday (Sept. 26) from 1 to 4 p.m. at RDA’s Studio 9, 3 River Lane, Sperryville. Sally Mello of Oak Shade Farm conducts a rug-hooking workshop where you can learn the ease of making a family heirloom of your own design. Techniques and tools will be demonstrated, and you’ll get the chance to try your own hand. For more information, call 540-987-8770.

Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church (3948 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville) is holding “Love and Respect” marriage classes Friday evenings through Oct. 23. Classes start with dinner at 5:30 and are open to the community. Let the church know if you plan to attend by calling 540-987-9101.

Rappahannock County students are invited to take part in the annual essay contest held by the Culpeper Chapter #73 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Categories for high school, middle and elementary students; private and home-schooled students also encouraged to enter. Prizes for each grade category include a $50 first prize. If you have an interest in history, pick up a copy of the essay topics and rules at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School or the Rappahannock County Public Library. Submission deadline is Dec. 1. Contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or strmrgr@verizon.net for more information.

If you are interested in joining a free once-a-week Spanish-language class in Rappahannock, contact  Cathie Shiff, who is organizing one for this fall, at witsendcody@yahoo.com or 540-219-8396.

Descendants of the Bolen family and friends gather at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the parking area at the end of Keyser Run Road (Route 614) in Gid Brown Hollow for a picnic/clean up day. All interested are requested to be prompt, pass the word along and bring a dish or drink to share at the picnic. Those who have 4x4s and pickup trucks come to the front of the line to assist in taking people and supplies up the mountain. For more information, contact Wayne Baldwin at 540-547-3722.

The NAACP Culpeper Branch meets at 7 p.m. today (Sept 17) at Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center. For more information, call 540-727-1305.

Rappahannock County Little League girls softball holds an annual board membership meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 20) at Rappahannock County Elementary School. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. Call Angela Jenkins at 540-675-3172 for more information.

The Blue Ridge Singers welcome adventurous singers 16 and older. The group’s repertoire spans contemporary composers (e.g., Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Runestad), the Renaissance, the 17th through 20th centuries and Broadway musicals. The ability to read music is a plus; a fast ear works, too. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights in Stephens City; concerts are presented in December and April in Frederick, Warren and Prince William counties. Contact artistic director Jeffrey Alban via blueridgesingers.com to arrange vocal placement.

Culpeper NAACP hosts a bus ride to the Million Man March 20th Anniversary to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10 (refreshments will be served). Tickets are $35; deadline to sign up is Sept. 17. Bus leaves Culpeper Library at 6:30 a.m. and departs D.C. at 5 p.m., with a stop to eat on the way home; it arrives in Culpeper at about 9:30 p.m. For more, visit naacpculpeper.com.

Piedmont Softball Association is now accepting registrations for all area girls (born 1996-2009) at all skill levels interested in its fast-pitch programs this fall. Registration is $40 for those who did not play with PSA this past spring ($5 discount for each additional player from the same household). For more information or registration forms, check the PSA website piedmontsoftball.net. You may also email amissville.softball@gmail.com or call 540-522-3675.

Sit-n-Knit at the Knit Wit Yarn Shop, 45 Main Street, Sperryville (next to the post office) is every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (until 8ish). All are welcome, from beginners to the most skilled and experienced knitters. Bring your current project or let us help you find a new one. Call the shop at 540-987-8251 for more information.

Blue Ridge Singers seek vocalists interested in performing fun and challenging repertoire. Based in Front Royal, the BRS rehearses Tuesday evenings and presents in three counties. Basses and tenors are sought with limited positions for altos and sopranos. Contact artistic director Jeffrey Alban at blueridgesingers.com to arrange an audition for correct voice placement.

Free Affordable Care Act (ACA) assistance is available (by appointment) from 2 to 6 Tuesday afternoons at the Rappahannock County Library. For questions or appointments, call 703-216-5262 or email donna@enroll-virginia.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, Thursday, Sept. 17.) For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

Rappahannock Quilt Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Amissville Methodist Church, 14567 Lee Hwy. All are welcome. For more information, call 540-937-4338.

A Photography Meet-Up Group “Documenting Your Experience” meets once a month, every fourth Saturday, at 3 p.m. at the Loft Studio & Gallery, 107B East Davis St., Culpeper. Email bugnote@aol.com or phone 540-717-0647 ahead of time to let us know you are planning to participate.

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