Meetings and notices for Sept. 22

The Washington Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 26) at town hall to continue the Comprehensive Plan review and appoint new officers. (The commission invites also invites everyone to two special meetings — 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 — that will focus on public input on the comp plan and the future direction for the town. A facilitator will be present and the public is encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions.)

Foothills Forum board meets 10 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 28) at the 4-H conference room (above Tula’s on Gay Street in Washington). Open to the public. For more information, call 540-675-1207.

The Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals meets 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 28) at the courthouse. Agenda is online at boarddocs.com/va/corva/Board.nsf/Public.

Hospice of the Piedmont hosts Family Grief Camp Oct 1. For the 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. program at Grace Episcopal Church (5092 Grace Church Rd., Casanova/Midland), children and teens learn to cope, relieve their isolation and build trust and self-esteem through games and other activities, and supportive discussions. Adults can refresh their spirit and find comfort among others have also experienced loss. The camps is free, lunch and snacks provided. To register, visit hopva.org or contact Craig Wilt at 540-825-4840 or craig.wilt@hopva.org.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers an eight-week LIFT program Oct. 25-Dec. 15, meeting 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Washington School (603 Mt. Salem Ave.). LIFT promotes balance and flexibility with the goal of improving functional fitness and independent living for older adults. Cost is $5 for the entire program, which is cosponsored by Rapp at Home. For more information, contact Becky Sheffield at rebes13@vt.edu or call 540-727-3435, ext. 344. To register, call 540-675-3619.

Medication Administration Training (MAT) certification class is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 25) at Child Care and Learning Center (12763 Lee Hwy., Washington) with Lisa Pendleton, LPN, VDSS MAT trainer. Cost $120; registrants must have current CPR and first aid certification and be preregistered at 540-987-8637 or tl2kids@gmail.com.

Father Tuck Grinnell and John Kiser host a series of discussions titled “The Monks of Tibhirine: The Art of Living Together” starting 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 in the meeting room of St. Peter Catholic Church. The 20-week series of one-hour discussions cover a chapter a week of Kiser’s 2003 book, “The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria.” Anyone interested in the art of living harmoniously in community can learn something from the monks (themonksoftibhirine.net). Anyone interested in understanding better what is happening in the Muslim-Arab world today can learn something from the complex history of Algeria, its descent into Hell during the 1990s, and its recovery—without Western help. For more, contact Father Tuck Grinnell at grinnellhorace@gmail.com.

Mountain Adventures invites 13- to 17-year-olds to rock climb, learn primitive skills and go backpacking. The program consists of overnight trips on three consecutive weekends starting Oct. 1, For more info and registration, visit mountainadventuresva.com or call 540-987-8482.

Women In Worship Ministries presents gospel recording artist and evangelist Karen Clark-Sheard as the special guest for the 2016 conference Oct. 7-8 at the Fredericksburg EXPO center. Friday night is Open Worship (anyone may attend, free will offering) featuring the preached word by Rev. Miranda Williams, musical guests Sister Juanita Williams and family. Registration is required for Saturday workshops and the closing session with Ms. Clark-Sheard. Register at womeninworshipministries.org/conference by Oct. 1. Onsite registration at a higher fee, lunch is not guaranteed. Vendors still needed. For more, call 540-661-2013 or 540-786-8736 or email wiwministries@usa.com.

Blue Ridge Heritage Project’s upcoming meetings are 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and Dec. 13 at the Rappahannock Library, for any and all interested in the memorial to be built in Rappahannock County honoring those displaced from their homes and land in Rappahannock when Shenandoah National Park was created. Light refreshments. For more information, contact Missy Sutton at 703-307-3630.

Virginia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Disposal program is Oct. 13 at the CFC Farm & Home Center, 12645 Lee Hwy., Sperryville. For more information, contact Kenner Love of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540-675-3619.

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity holds a community meeting 5 p.m. every Thursday at Willis Chapel United Methodist Church, 1804 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly, to discuss the Habitat Home being built at 2650 Zachary Taylor Hwy.. The meetings are open to all; attend for construction updates, volunteer opportunities and more. Call 540-341-4952 for more information.

The Inn at Little Washington Farmer’s Market is open 10:30 to 2 every Sunday through Oct. 30 at the Parsonage Garden. Weekly rotating roster of local vendors and artisans offer meats, cheeses, soups, produce, tea, jewelry, pottery and more; the Inn’s kitchen provides a selection of breads, pastries, jams and pickles as well as North Carolina-style pulled pork barbeque. For more information, visit theinnatlittlewashington.com/market.

Beulah Baptist Church free conference call Bible Study is every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dial in (302-202-1118, access code 862090) with renowned teacher Dr. Kenneth Pitts to study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Dr. Pitts is the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Rixeyville. For more information, call 540-937-5563 or email bbc9297@gmail.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.

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 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

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.

The Culpeper Market is open every Saturday until Nov. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The market (on Davis Street) offers a one-stop shop for all things local and features more than 30 vendors this season. For more information, contact Culpeper Renaissance at 540-825-4416 or visit our website at culpeperdowntown.com.

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