Meetings and notices for Dec. 8

Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority meets 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Dec. 8) at the courthouse.

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

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate on Friday, Dec. 9 due to an in-service training.

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.

Town of Washington’s annual Christmas potluck dinner is 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 11) at town hall, a party for town businesses, residents and their families: Bring your favorite dish or dessert; refreshments and ice provided. RSVP to Laura Dodd at 540-675-3128 or washingtonva@earthlink.net.

The Washington Town Council meets 7 p.m. Monday (Dec. 12) at town hall with an agenda that includes election of the vice mayor and appointments of both a planning commission member and an ARB member. The council may also enter into closed session for consultation with the town attorney for legal advice and a discussion possible sale of parcel 3 of the Avon Hall property.

Rappahannock County School Board meets 6 p.m. (and enters closed session until 6:30) on Tuesday (Dec. 13) in the band room at Rappahannock County High School. Agenda is online at boarddocs.com/vsba/rcpsva/Board.nsf/Public.

Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission meets 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the RRRC offices, 420 Southridge Parkway #106, Culpeper. For more information, call 540-829-7450.

Recertification session for Rappahannock County private pesticide applicators is 9 to noon Dec. 15 at the Jeffersonton Community Center. If your license expires Dec. 31 or if you wish to add credits to your private applicator’s license for category 90 or 91, plan to attend. For more information, call Kenner Love at 540-675-3619.

Foothills Forum meets 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in the 4-H conference room, second floor, Tula’s Building in Washington. Open to the public. For more information, call 540-675-1207.

Gray Ghost Winery continues to collect food for its annual food drive 11 to 5 Fridays to Sundays through December. Your food or monetary donations enter you in a contest to win tickets to one of Gray Ghost’s popular events. Donations benefit the Rappahannock and Culpeper food pantries. For more information, call 540-937-4869.

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 grinnellhorace@gmail.com.

Rappahannock County Department of Social Services is sponsoring Cherub and Angel Trees again this year. 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.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Revelation Youth Group is a group of middle and high school students who enjoy a modern way of prayer and study and meet the second Sunday of every month at noon for light lunch and discussion, followed by a community project or social activity, at 115 N. East St., Culpeper. For more information, email revelationyouthgroup@hotmail.com.

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). 

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.

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 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.

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