The Washington Nature Trail and Habitation Restoration Project gardens are ready for their fall cleanup. Old Rag Master Naturalists is coordinating a work morning 9:30 a.m. this Friday (Oct. 30). Please spare ORMN and the town an hour or two to prepare the area for winter. Help is needed for invasives removal (weeding and weed-whacking), mulching, etc. Bring gloves, tools, water to drink. Contact Gail Swift at email@example.com or 540-675-1003 for more information.
Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets 2 and 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 2) at the courthouse. The 2 p.m. agenda includes: report of deputy county administrator; county motor vehicle license tax exemptions; financial disclosure requirements update; National Park Service Centennial 2016; Every Kid in a Park report; appointment to citizen position on Fire Levy Board formerly held by Rick Wood; closed session to discuss the provision of legal advice regarding the county financing of property purchases, specifically the former Aileen property. The 7 p.m. agenda: school board budget amendment, cable TV franchise agreement.
Rappahannock County Department of Social Services sponsors “Cherub and Angel trees” again this year. For children up to age 18 who need Christmas gifts, please contact the department before Nov. 20 to complete an application. If you are a senior citizen (65 or older) and need some assistance for the holidays, please contact the department. (The same time guidelines apply.) The trees will be placed at Trinity Episcopal Church and Union Bank by Nov. 18. If you “adopt” a cherub or an angel to provide Christmas gifts, the gifts need to be brought to the office by Dec. 4. Call 540-675-3313 for more information. (The office will also gladly accept monetary donations to assist those in need this holiday season.)
Cub Scout Pack 316, meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville (ages 6 to 11). For more information, call cubmaster Will Spear at 540-937-4149.
The Fauquier Court House Chapter DAR and the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter SAR co-host a genealogy workshop Nov. 7 at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church (91 Main St.). Sessions begin at 9:30 and finish at 3:30. The workshop is free and includes continental breakfast and a warm lunch, during which SAR genealogist John Sinks, PhD, will talk on “Discovering Who Was a Culpeper Minute Man.” Reservations are required; contact Cat Schwetke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-272-8802.
Alzheimer’s Association workshop, “Ensuring the Safety of Others,” is 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Rappahannock Senior Center, 111 Scrabble Road, Castleton. Free. For more information and to register, call 800-272-3900.
Kids Bible Club (for first- through fourth-graders) of Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church meets after school, 3:30 to 5, every Wednesday. Healthy snacks, music and song, Bible lessons, crafts and monitored outdoor activities and games. We promote and extol the virtues of good manners at Reynolds Baptist (3948 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville). For more information, call Pastor Jon Heddleston at 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Nov. 5.) For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 540-717-0647 ahead of time to let us know you are planning to participate.