Meetings and notices for Dec. 17 |   

There being no business to come before them, the December meeting of the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals is cancelled.

Rappahannock County Public Schools will be on winter break Dec. 21  through Jan. 5 (staff return Jan. 4). The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 12 in the high school band room.

The Blue Ridge Chorale starts its spring season at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Open Door Baptist Church (754 Germanna Hwy., Culpeper). The Youth Chorus starts its rehearsals 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. Visit brcsings.com for more.

Bluemont is looking for volunteers to help plan, support and present this year’s First Night Warrenton, family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Year’s Eve in historic Old Town Warrenton. The event features more than 45 outstanding live performances at several indoor locations, all within walking distance. Contact Marsha Melkonian at marshamelk@hotmail.com or 540-270-5434 to volunteer or discuss other opportunities.

The Rappahannock News will be closed next Thursday (Dec. 24)  for the Christmas holiday, reopening Monday, Jan. 4. All county government offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, reopening Monday, Dec. 28; and closed Friday, Jan.1, for the New Year’s holiday, reopening Monday, Jan. 4. Union Bank & Trust will close at noon Thursday (Dec. 24) for the Christmas holiday, reopening Saturday; and closed New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), reopening Jan 2. BB&T will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 24) for the Christmas holiday, reopening on Monday, Dec. 28, and closed New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), reopening on Monday, Jan. 4.

The Rappahannock News also has early deadlines for the Christmas week edition. (Newspapers normally delivered by mail on Thursday will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 23.) All items for publication  should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 18.

NAACP Unit #7058 (serving Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties) holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Culpeper Library. All are welcome to attend for a brief business meeting and a time of fellowship and refreshments. For more information, call 540-937-2560.

The Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association (NPBA) again hosts a seven-week class for those interested in becoming beekeepers. Classes begin Feb. 2 and and are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville. The class “meet-and-greet” is 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Texts, handouts and a one-year membership in NPBA are included in the course fee of $100 per person or family. Pre-registration required. Visit npbee.org or contact Karen Hunt at kahu9@juno.com or 540-937-4792.

Free VITA income tax preparation is available on Saturdays, Jan. 30 through April 9,  at St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton,  throughout the tax season with IRS trained volunteers. An appointment is needed. Please call 571-445-3020 to schedule a time for your appointment. Open to residents in Rappahannock County.

The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee invites community nominations for the 2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Dream Keeper” awards, to be presented Jan. 17 during the 25th annual MLK Celebration in Rappahannock County at The Theatre, Gay Street, Washington. Nominees must be residents or relatives of residents of Rappahannock County. Awardees will be selected in three categories: individuals/adult, individuals/student and group, business or organization. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 14; email them to jeboddiescholarship@usa.com or mail to MLK “Dream Keeper” Awards, PO Box 356, Sperryville, VA 22740, and include your name, mailing address, telephone, email, your nominee’s name, address, telephone and email, and a 250- to 300-word description of the nominee’s work, two references with telephone numbers and/or email addresses (persons who have direct knowledge of the nominee’s work). For questions, contact Lillian F. Aylor, chair of the scholarship committee, at 540-987-8064 or Nan Butler Roberts, MLK Celebration program director, at 540-661-2013 or nb_roberts@msn.com.

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.

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.

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 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, next meeting is tonight, Dec. 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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