Meetings and notices for March 15

Rappahannock County Public Schools are looking to identify students from birth to age 21 who have or are suspected of having educational disabilities. If you have concerns about the development of a preschool aged child, please call the early childhood/VPI coordinator at 540.227.0200 to arrange for a screening. If you have concerns about a school aged student, please call the principal at the public school the student attends or would attend, or if the student is currently home-schooled or enrolled in a private school.

Tower Site Location Task Force meets today, Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library, Washington. Part of the meeting might be in closed session, if deemed necessary.

The School Board and Board of Supervisors will hold a joint budget meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the high school. The School Board will hold a work session following the joint meeting in the band room at the high school.

The Rappahannock County Public School Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meets Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at Rappahannock County Elementary School in Room 1 (Action Based Learning Lab) to give families an overview of the Action Based Learning (ABL) program, as well as ideas to support the kinesthetic and sensory needs of all students. This presentation will be followed by an overview of the 2018-19 Annual Plan request for funding. Please join them.

Fauquier Hospital will host a new support group called Helping Hands at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 4. All sessions will be held in the hospital’s Chestnut Room. The group is for those 18 and older who suffer from a life-limiting illness or chronic pain. The intent is for the group to be educational, but also offer an opportunity for participants to talk about feelings and issues. For more information, call Fauquier Health’s Community Link at 540-316-3588.

All children who will be five years old by Sept. 30 may enter Rappahannock County Elementary School kindergarten this August. Formal registration for new kindergartners will be held at RCES on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 10, 11 and 12. The hours are 8:40 to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 2:40 p.m. by appointment only. Please contact Christy Taylor at the school office, 540-227-0200, to schedule an appointment.

The Relay For Life of Rappahannock needs your help! If the 2018 event does not show growth, the event will no longer take place in Rappahannock County. Help save the Relay For Life of Rappahannock County. Register today by logging on to www.relayforlife.org/rappva to start a team, join the leadership team, host a fundraiser, participate in the kids’ walk, and attend the event on May 19.

RAAC welcomes proposals for 2018 Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund grants from individuals and organizations living and/or working in Rappahannock County. 2018 guidelines, applications and other details are available at raac.org. Note: Deadline for applications is March 15. All applicants will be notified by May 31. Last year, RAAC awarded $43,000 in grants, and a total of $160,000 over the past 5 years, to artists and organizations in the county — reinvesting net proceeds from RAAC’s annual Art Tour and other programs back into the community.

Based in Amissville, Piedmont Softball Association (PSA) offers fastpitch softball for all girls ages 5 through 18 years old (born anytime in the years 1999-2011). Teams will be available in all age groups for which there is enough interest. Experienced players — as well as beginners — are welcome. Teams play games not only in Amissville, but anywhere else there are teams interested in scheduling games with PSA teams (including many in Northern Virginia and the Richmond areas). Tournament play is offered, as well. PSA teams all have the potential opportunity to compete not only at state-level tournaments for state championships, but also at the World Series level.

Volunteer drivers needed for Aging Together’s local transportation services. Join our volunteer teams in Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange and Madison counties. Be a compassionate driving force, transporting your neighbors to their healthcare, legal or other urgent appointments. Training and support provided. Flexible hours and destinations. Basic requirements: you must be a safe, licensed Virginia driver with at least five years’ experience. You must be compassionate and interested in working with seniors and those with disabilities. The compensation is thanks and gratitude. Please call Lola Walker at 540-825-3100, ext. 3358, for more information.

The Caregivers Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon at a new location (the Rappahannock Public Library) and on a different day (the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month). This group, started over 6 years ago, is free and open to all caregivers, whether they provide direct or long-distance care, and regardless of the reason that care is needed (e.g., dementia, long-term illness or disability, etc). Because we promise to guard each other’s confidences, group participants find a place to share and to support each other’s sorrows and joys. This support group is sponsored by Aging Together and the Alzheimer’s Association. For additional information, please contact Danny W. Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East St., Culpeper, offers three Holy Communion Services each week: Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Childcare from 9 a.m. to noon. Wednesday Centering Prayer at 11 a.m. followed by Healing and Holy Communion at noon. Please contact 540-825-8786 or email ssec@ststephensculpeper.net.

Art of Living Together at 5 p.m. Thursdays in the meeting room of St. Peter Catholic Church. The ongoing one-hour discussions each cover a chapter of John 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). Those 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.

Cub Scout Pack 316 meets at 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.

Photography MeetUp 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.

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