Piedmont Softball Association in Amissville is registering players now. Any girl from Rappahannock and surrounding counties born from 1997 through 2010 is welcome to join us. PSA offers every opportunity to develop all fastpitch softball skills – beginner through advanced – while having fun. Local-league through tournament play, weekly dedicated pitching/catching practices and individual attention for every player. Teams will be available in all age groups for which there is enough interest. Registration fee is $55 or less and covers the entire year (spring and fall). Player and equipment scholarships are always available. Girls may register in person on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the ballfield (inside) at 10 Maddox Lane, Amissville. You may also go to piedmontsoftball.net, print out the registration form (three pages) and mail it in. For questions, check out the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or call 540-522-3675. Registration will open on Feb.1 for RappU classes, which will begin in late March.
“RappU” will offer something for everyone, beginning this spring: non-credit classes, lectures, programs and clubs at various locations in Rappahannock County. Classes are typically one and one and a half hours long, and the semester will begin on Monday, March 28, and run for five weeks, ending on April 29. Each five-session class is $10, and you can register online at www.RappU.org
The Blue Ridge Singers seek vocalists interested in performing fun and challenging repertoire by contemporary composers such as Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Runestad, Paulus, Wilberg, Whitacre and Hogan in addition to selections from the Renaissance, 17th-20th centuries, as well as Broadway classics. Tenors and basses are sought; limited positions for altos and sopranos are available. Auditions are being held until Jan. 31. Visit www.blueridgesingers.com for more information.
Rappahannock County 4-H will begin accepting summer program registrations on Monday, Feb. 1, starting at 8 a.m. at the Extension office. These programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 540-675-3619. The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program provides patients with free rides to treatment centers.The Society is looking for people who can use their own vehicles to drive Rappahannock patients who are undergoing cancer treatment to and from their appointments. Interested volunteers can contact Hal Hunter at 540-937-4744 to learn more about this program and how to get involved. A public meeting will be held at the Rappahannock Library on Monday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. The Rappahannock County School Board will hold a public hearing on the budget at the Feb. 18, meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
All novels, hardback and soft cover, big and small, will be on sale at half price for the next six weeks. Also on sale at half price are all travel and science books. Certain higher priced interesting books are also on sale. Remember that all the profits from the Book Barn go to the Rappahannock County Library, all work is done by volunteers, and all books are donated. The Book Barn is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located next to the library on Library Road.
Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (NSVTU), will offer a seven-week Beginning Fly Tying Course in Front Royal at Martin’s Food Market Community Room, Thursday, Jan. 28, starting at 7 p.m. Classes will continue for six additional Thursday evenings, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Class members will learn to tie flies suitable for catching trout, bass and panfish in the local area and will gain skills useful for any type of fly tying. The fee for each class member is $95, which includes hooks, materials and a fly tying booklet, all of which class members can keep. To register for the classes, or for more information, please call Mike at The Kiln Doctor, 540-636-6016, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, before Jan. 20. Those having questions about course content may call instructor Bud Brune, 540-675-3183.
The Front Royal Oratorio Society welcomes new singers for its new season! Come sing with us. No audition necessary. Rehearsals Mondays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Happy Creek United Methodist Church (1652 Happy Creek Road, Front Royal). We are learning Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Faure’s “Requiem” for our spring concerts. For more information, call 540-635-4842.
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 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville. The class “meet-and-greet” is 2 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Call 571-445-3020 to schedule a time for your appointment. Open to residents in Rappahannock County.
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 p.m. to 5 p.m., 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.
Sit-n-Knit at the Knit Wit Yarn Shop, 45 Main St., 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 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at the Rappahannock County Library. For questions or appointments, call 703-216-5262 or email 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, next meeting is tonight, (Feb. 4). For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or phone 540-717-0647 ahead of time to let us know you are planning to participate.