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 at or (540) 351-1161.

January to May
Parent/Child Group ongoing enrollment at Hearthstone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:45 to 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.
Thursday, Jan. 28

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.

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

Saturday, Jan. 30
Open registrations of the Piedmont Softball Association, a girls’ fast-pitch league, Amissville, also on Feb. 6, from 9 to noon each day at Bill Payne Auctions, U.S. 211 between Early’s Carpet and Mayhugh’s Store, Amissville.
All girls ages 7 through 18 (born anytime in 1991 – 2003) are invited to participate; regular and post-season programs are available from beginner level through most experienced. Registration fees are $40 per girl age 12 and under and $45 for girls playing 13 and up; there is a $5 discount for the second and subsequent players registered from the same household. Financial assistance is always available for those needing it and will not bar any girl from participation in PSA. Residents of Rappahannock and all surrounding counties are eligible to participate in PSA’s programs. A copy of each girl’s birth certificate is necessary at time of registration. For more information, please email or phone Donna Sheffield at 540-937-5595.

Sunday, Jan. 31
Open House sponsor by Mountain Laurel Montessori School from 1-3:30 p.m., at both campuses: 155 Biggs Drive, Front Royal and 23 Sunny Slope Lane, Flint Hill. Mountain Laurel provides ideal learning environments for children from preschool through 9th grade. Offering bus service to/from Marshall and Warrenton. Please visit our website for more information and directions:

Sunday Jan. 31
“American Casino,” acclaimed movie by local producers Andrew and Leslie Cockburn will be screened at The Theatre at Washington, 3 p.m. Sunday, and will be followed by a reception with the producers at The Meadows. Price for the movie and reception is $30 and proceeds go to support the work of the Piedmont Environmental Council. Please RSVP to Karen Lamond at 540-341-0175 ext #4. Some tickets may be available at the door.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Meeting of the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee, at 7 p.m., at the Rappahannock County Public Library in the Jamieson Room. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Steve Beatty at

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Meeting of the Rappahannock County Republican Committee, at 7 p.m., at Rappahannock County Library, Washington. All interested parties are welcome. Please contact Terry Dixon by email ( or phone 540-937-7940 with questions or comments.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Basic Flower Arranging 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 basic 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, 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.

Saturday, Feb. 6
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.

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Meeting of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board and Area Agency on Aging (RRCSB-AAA) at 1 p.m., at its office at 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting should contact Kimberley Martin at 540-825-3100, ext. 3146 or TTY 540-825-7391.

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.

Saturday, Mar. 27
Annual auction and wine tasting hosted by the Mountain Laurel Montessori School at the Phillip Carter Winery in Hume, Va. All proceeds from the auction benefit the school. Event tickets are $25 at the door/$20 in advance. The evening features a silent auction and wines from Phillip Carter Winery. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and award-winning wines while bidding on l services, travel packages including a Broadway theater weekend and Florida and South Carolina beach weeks, gift baskets and other unique items. Bidding starts at 7 p.m.. MLMS is currently soliciting donations for auction items. To donate items or to purchase advanced discounted admission to the event, e-mail or call 540-636-4257. Additional updates about auction items and artists can be found at the MLMS web site at

Saturday, Mar. 27
Spring 2010 Soccer registration early bird special for (U-6 and up) begin March 27. Uniforms must be ordered by Feb. 14 to guarantee delivery. Registration: $50, on time, late registration: $80, $5 off for siblings and $10 coaching discount. No games on April 3 or Memorial Day weekend. Uniform Prices: Socks $5, shorts $10, Jersey $20
Late registration runs Feb. 14 to Feb. 27.

Saturday, Mar. 27
Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department is selling raffle tickets on 887 Remington shotgun and a 22 Rueger deluxe long rifle. Tickets are $5 each, first ticket winner will get to pick their choice of gun. Guns will be raffled at 8 p.m. March 27, following a fundraiser chicken dinner at the Flint Hill Fire Department. You can purchase tickets from members of the fire department.