Calendar: Rapp Happenings

The Rapp Happenings section lists events sponsored only by non-profit groups. Events must be received by 3 p.m. Monday to be included in the next edition. Email and 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, 8:45 to noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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: 540-987-9212.

Saturday, Feb. 6
The Scrabble School’s open house and unveiling of the Rappahannock African-American Heritage Center is postponed to March 6.

Saturday, Feb. 6
Second Annual Snow Ball at the Link in Sperryville has been cancelled due to snow and will be rescheduled.

Saturday, Feb. 6
Open registration for the Piedmont Softball Association, a girls’ fast-pitch league in Amissville, from 9 to noon 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, email or phone Donna Sheffield at 540-937-5595.

Sunday, Feb. 7
First-Sunday Community Music, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge, starts 11a.m. at The Link in Sperryville. Please join us in making music — no experience necessary. This 90-minute gathering will be casual, improvisational, collaborative and fun. We’ll offer a bit of structure with traditional songs and music and also the space in which to create something unique. In addition to your voice, bring: instruments, lyrics, sheet music and song books if so moved. Our guest facilitator is Frances Miller, a multi-instrumental improviser, teacher, performer, composer and singer-songwriter. Details at

Sunday, Feb. 7
The Northern Piedmont Beekeepers’ Association (NPBA) hosts a Registration Social from 2 to 4 p.m. at Verdun Adventure Bound (on Route 229 north of Rixeyville) to kick off the NPBA’s spring 2010 seven-week course for all those interested in honeybees — which begins Tuesday, Feb. 9, with a 7 to 9 p.m. class at Verdun Adventure Bound. 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.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 10
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

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Griffin Tavern is hosting a Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance (RCCA) fund-raiser, 6 to 9 p.m., with three guest bartenders. All tips will go to RCCA.

Friday, Feb. 12
Master craftsman and local resident Edmund Kavanagh will be the featured speaker at the Rappahannock County Library Series at 8 p.m., sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC). Mr. Kavanagh has created one-of-a-kind gold and silver pieces for dignitaries ranging from the members of the British House of Commons to the president of the United States, plus ceremonial maces for military bands and 15 Super Bowl trophies.

Saturday, Feb. 13
The 27th Annual James A. Bland Music Contest, sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club, 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 Bob Lander at for information and an application.

Saturday, Feb. 13
Flint Hill United Methodist Church invites everyone to a free movie at 4 p.m. “Fireproof” is about a firefighter who uses a 40-day experiment known as “the Love Dare” to try to save his marriage. It is a Christian-produced feature, rated PG primarily for the theme (a troubled marriage) and some of the action/fire scenes — they are intense! Young children may not enjoy it. Recommended for married couples to watch together.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Spring 2010 soccer registration will go through Saturday, Feb. 14 for (U-6 and up). Uniforms must be ordered by Feb. 14 to guarantee delivery. Registration: $50 on time, $80 late; $5 off for siblings and $10 coaching discount. No games April 3 or Memorial Day weekend. Uniform prices: Socks $5, shorts $10, jersey $20. Late registration after Feb. 14 will run to Feb. 27. All registration is online at

Monday, Feb. 15
RLEP meeting, 7 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend to learn more about helping the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) in its work to sustain and enhance the county’s natural resources and rural character. For more information: or 540- 317-1499.

Wednesday, Feb. 17
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. Details from the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.

Friday, Feb. 26
Area youth are invited to participate in a Youth Choir Workshop, 7 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Culpeper. The workshop with Sister Octavia “Missy” Yates, recording artist and Mt. Olive minister of music, is in preparation for the upcoming 33rd annual Black History Month program at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Center, 15044 Ryland Chapel Rd., Rixeyville. There is no workshop fee. Black History Month T-shirts will be available for sale. Tickets for Sunday’s program available, $5 for adults. (Student tickets are $1 at the door.) More detail at 540-547-3969 or 540-399-9815 or email

Thursday, March 4
Hospice of the Rapidan is offering a free four-week Coping with Grief Winter Support Group on Thursdays, March 4 through March 25. The support groups meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center at 33 N. Calhoun St. in Warrenton. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Reservations and additional information are available from Craig Wilt at 540-825-4840.

Saturday, March 6
Open house (postponed from Feb. 6). The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation and the Rappahannock Senior Center at Scrabble School invite school alumni and the public from 1 to 3 p.m., for an open house. Free 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. Contact Bob Lander ( or Darcy Canton at 540-987-3638.

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 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 of 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

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