Thanksgiving closings: All Rappahannock County government offices close at noon Wednesday (Nov. 23) and reopen Monday (Nov. 28). Rappahannock County Public Schools are closed Wednesday-Friday (Nov. 23-25). Union Bank and Trust and BB&T are closed Thanksgiving day (Nov. 24). The Rappahannock News is closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 24-25). Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 23-25.
Washington Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 28) at town hall to review the comprehensive plan planning process and begin to assess collected data. Open to the public.
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.
Father Tuck Grinnell and John Kiser host a series of discussions titled “The Monks of Tibhirine: The Art of Living Together” 5 p.m. Thursdays in the meeting room of St. Peter Catholic Church. The ongoing one-hour discussions each cover a chapter 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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Raffle tickets available through Dec. 1 at Union First Bank, Washington. 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 email@example.com (or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.