Calendar: Rapp Happenings

The Rapp Happenings section lists events sponsored only by non-profit groups. Events must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday in order to be included in the next edition. Email Include name and phone number for information. All others seeking to advertise an event may contact Kimberly Dewey,, or (540) 351-1161.

January to May

Parent/Child Group ongoing enrollment at Hearthstone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:45 a.m. – noon. Choice of either day or both days. Activities include storytelling, watercolor painting, beeswax sculpture, sewing, rhythmic movement and dance, snack time and more. Ages from 18 months to 6 years old, cost $5 per hour per child. Hearthstone also offers a Virginia State Licensed Nursery Program and Kindergarten Program. For more information, please call the school office at 540-987-9212.
HINI Vaccine is available at the Rappahannock County Health Department to all age groups. Walk-ins Jan. 28 from 9-11 a.m. Call for appointment at 540-675-3516.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Meeting of the RappFLOW (Rappahannock Friends & Lovers of Our Watersheds), 6:30 p.m. at The Link, Sperryville. Join others in learning about and planning 2010 projects and events, including new programs for stream buffer vegetation, native trout restoration, water quality monitoring, green infrastructure, public education and more! For more information call BJ Valentine 540-675-3949.

Annual meeting of RappCats, 7:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock Library. RappCats’ goals, which depend on volunteers and our members, include providing refuge and treatment for cats, placing them in good homes, and promoting humane education. Annual membership dues are a bargain at $25 and are used to feed and give medical treatment to homeless cats.

Sunday, Jan. 24

Open house and tour at Wakefield Country Day School, Flint Hill. Bring the family and enjoy some refreshments from 1-3 p.m. WCDS is a private college preparatory PS-12th grade day school offering a rigorous classical education focusing on both character and intellect. We have an unbroken tradition of 100% 4-year college acceptance. For more information call 540-635-8555 ext. 227 . ~ bus service available from 8 area counties.

Monday, Jan. 25

Meeting of the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL), at the Rappahannock County Library, in the Jamieson Room , at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is open to members, and topics of discussion will include a summary of 2009 activity and achievements, as well as goals for RAWL in 2010. RAWL members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed slate of directors for 2010. Alternatively, proxy ballots were recently mailed to current RAWL members. For more information, call (540) 937-3336.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Free 4-Week Support Group on coping with grief , hosted by the Hospice of the Rapidan. The support groups are held in Hospice’s community room at 1200 Sunset Lane, Suite 2320, Culpeper, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Reservations and additional information are available from Craig Wilt at 540-825-4840. To learn more about hospice care, grief support, or becoming a volunteer call Hospice of the Rapidan at 540-825-4840 or visit online at

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Constituent concerns to be discussed by a staff representative from Rep. Eric Cantor’s Congressional office 1 to 2 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library. Congressman Cantor provides this service so that constituents who need assistance or have problems of a federal nature may speak with a representative from his office. Citizens are also welcome to express their opinions on matters of concern, particularly national topics or issues before the United States Congress. Constituents who wish to make direct contact with Cantor’s district office may call 1-800-438-3793. In addition, constituents may visit

Basic Flower Aranging class, sponsored by the Rappahannock County Garden Club, for several Wednesdays this winter. Taught by Linda Taylor, at Trinity Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall at 11 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of design such as line, texture, scale, balance, contrast, etc., $40 fee. To register, call Susan Jones at 540-675-3152 or email her at (

Saturday, Jan. 30

Celebrity Waiters serve dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Link, Sperryville, as a fund-raiser for the Benevolent Fund. The Benevolent Fund is an emergency-aid fund that makes grants to Rappahannock citizens to buy food, medicines, pay heating bills, or make emergency home repairs or for other necessities. Tickets are $50 per person but bring your checkbook because the waiters will be trying to sell you all manner of things as well as providing entertainment and dinner. After covering the costs of the event, all funds will be used for the Benevolent Fund. There are no overhead costs associated with the Fund. Administrative costs are donated by the churches and individuals involved. For more information, call Beverly Atkins at 540-675-3843 or Delma Bagley at 540-987-8604 or e-mail

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Rappahannock Free clinic is open at the County Health Department on Main Street in Washington. Registration time for patients is between 5-6 p.m. Also will be open Wednesday, Feb. 17. For more information, call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Second Annual Snow Ball at the Link in Sperryville, at 7:30 p.m. Come join the Gourdvine String Bank and caller DeLaura Padovan for a night of contra dancing. Beginners welcome! Admission is $10 (kids under 12 are free). For more information call Kendra Hendren at 540-937-7818 or The Link at 540-987-9750.

Open house by The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation and The Rappahannock Senior Center at Scrabble School, invites school Alumni and the public at 1-3 p.m., at Scrabble School. The no charge event is to say thanks to the community for its support of the Scrabble School project over the past several years. Additionally, The Foundation will unveil the Rappahannock African-American Heritage Center at the grand opening of this newest point of interest in the county. A program, light refreshments and conversation are highlights of the event. For more information contact, Bob Lander ( or Darcy Canton 540-987-3638. new

Tuesday, Feb. 7

The Northern Piedmont Beekeepers’ Association (NPBA) announces their spring 2010 seven-week course for all those interested in honeybees. Classes begin Feb. 7 and are held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Verdun Adventure Bound (on Route 229, north of Rixeyville). Texts and a one-year membership in NPBA are included in the course fee of $100 per person (or family). Registrations are now being accepted, with forms available at or by contacting Mike King at or 540-937-4792. A Registration Social will also be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 at Verdun Adventure Bound.

Saturday, Feb. 13
The 27th Annual James A. Bland Music Contest, sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club, at 2 p.m., at The Theatre , Washington. Conducted exclusively for Rappahannock County students and/or residents in grades 1-12, the contest for vocal and instrument students is open to the public at no charge. Family, friends and the public are invited to be entertained by the county’s talented musicians. Students can contact Lion Bob Lander at email: for information and application.