Meetings and notices for Nov. 3

The next meeting of of the Special Education Advisory Committee is 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Nov. 3) in the RCES auditorium. Region 4 Coordinator Nancy Anderson will speak on the Virginia Department of Education’s “I’m Determined” project, sharing resources and activities to support parents in helping their children to strengthen their skills in self-advocacy.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services meets 1 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 8) at 15361 Bradford Rd., Culpeper. Call 540-825-3100 for more information.

The Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority (RCWSA) meets 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the county courthouse.

Rapp at Home hosts coffee and discussion the second Friday of each month at the organization’s offices (567 Mount Salem Ave., Washington), including the next meeting 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11,  when Carl and Jane Coon will share their recollections from their long and distinguished careers as diplomats. Coffee and pastries provided. For more information, call 540-937-4663 or email lindsay@rappathome.org

Rapp at Home members and guests travel together Nov. 13 to Staunton for a 2 p.m. performance of “Twelfth Night.” Preference is given to Rapp at Home members but others are welcome for an additional fee. Space is very limited; email lindsay@rappathome.org or call 540-937-4663 to reserve a spot. Additional information on upcoming group outings (including the Vienna Boy’s Choir: Christmas in Vienna) is online at rappathome.org.

Rappahannock County Department of Social Services is sponsoring Cherub and Angel Trees again this year. Last year, about 62 children and 25 elderly residents were served thanks to the generosity of our county. If you have a child who needs Christmas gifts, please contact the department (at 354 Gay St., Washington, or 540-675-3313) by Nov. 18 to complete an application. Also, if you know an elderly person who needs to apply, the dates are the same. The cherub trees go up at Trinity Episcopal Church and the Rappahannock Library, the angel tree at Union Bank and Trust, by Nov. 18. If you adopt a cherub to provide Christmas gifts, the gifts need to be brought to social services by Dec. 9. If you adopt an angel, return gifts to the bank — also by Dec. 9. Call 540-675-3313 for more information or to ask questions of social services — which will also gladly accept monetary donations to assist those in need this holiday season.

All orders for the RCHS Band Citrus Fruit Fundraiser will be available for pickup 3:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Rappahannock CFC Farm & Home Center, Washington.

RAAC’s Mitchell Arts Fund holds its first-ever grant workshop from 10 to noon Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Rappahannock Library. Members of the Mitchell Arts Fund committee will go over the 2017 grant application and new guidelines and answer your questions about submitting a proposal. All potential and past applicants are welcome and encouraged to attend. For those who can’t make the workshop, a summary of questions and answers will be posted on the RAAC website (raac.org) later in December. Since 2012, RAAC has awarded more than $110,000 to 42 Rappahannock artists and organizations. Application and guidelines for 2017 grants will be available on the RAAC website Dec. 1.

Girl Scout Troop 692 in Rappahannock County is collecting candy for the soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital. If you would like to donate your excess candy from Halloween or donate a bag of candy, please email suzannetorosian@comcast.net.

Cause for Paws raffle tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $5 (or five for $20) and prizes include a package for two including dinner at The Inn at Little Washington and a one-night stay at the Middleton Inn. Can be purchased through the RappCats website (rappcats.org), at the RappCats Adoption Center in Flint Hill or from RappCats volunteers. Prizes were donated, so all proceeds benefit the RappCats’ spay and neuter fund.

Rappahannock County 4H Livestock Club invites prospective members to join. Ages 8-18 (must be age 9 by Sept. 30 to show that year). You do not need to live on a farm or have an animal to participate. The club meets on the third Monday of every month at the Extension Office (311-J Gay St., Washington), including the next meeting 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 21). 

Scrabble School Preservation Foundation’s $5,000 fall raffle fundraiser will sell only 200 tickets; the $50 per ticket investment might just pay off with a first prize of $2,500, second prize of $1,000 or third prizes (there are three) of $500 each. For raffle details and tickets, contact any SSPF board member, find us on Facebook or contact SSPF President Nan Butler Roberts at 540-661-2013 or nb_roberts@msn.com (or contact@scrabbleschool.org).

Rappahannock County students can 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 place, $35 second place, $25 third place. 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 540-987-8043 or strmrgr@verizon.net for more information.

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.

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.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew offers men and boys the discipline of prayer, study and service; to follow Christ and bring others into his kingdom. Newcomers welcome at breakfast 7 a.m. every Tuesday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East St., Culpeper. For more information, call 540-825-8786.

All are welcome at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (115 N. East St., Culpeper) Healing and Holy Communion service at noon every Wednesday. Come as you are and receive healing prayers and an anointing. (Parking at 120 N. Commerce St.). For more information, call 540-825-8786.