The Rapp for Jan. 6

What’s to do this weekend?

Well, there’s a movie Friday evening — “Cairo Time” — at the Theatre in Washington, courtesy of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC). Details in the Rapp Happenings event calendar, along with a lot of other stuff.

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On Sunday, the Theatre resumes its own season of music with a wind-and-fortepiano concert by the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, which includes bassoonist Andrew Schwartz, pictured here with a few of his instruments. The Smithsonian concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25, $10 for students 17 and younger. Call 540-675-1253.

Spotlight(s) on deer

Why is that truck with the flashing orange light shining a spotlight into the field next to your place? Over the next three weeks, it’s most likely part of a nighttime survey of deer populations possibly suffering from chronic wasting disease. The survey is a joint effort by the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal and the University of Virginia to study populations for signs of the disease in Rappahannock and Frederick counties this winter. Trucks with a DGIF or UVa. insignia will be out between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., two or three nights total during the next few weeks.

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease caused by a prion, an abnormal protein. Disease symptoms include emaciation, a poor fur coat, stumbling, and wide posture in deer. Eventually, the sick deer dies.

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Roberta Anderson is shown here being honored at an annual holiday tea after her six years of service representing Rappahannock County on the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board and Area Agency on Aging (RRCSB-AAA). Anderson was an active advocate for Rappahannock County citizens and served the board in a variety of leadership capacities. The RRCSB-AAA is a regional agency serving the needs of individuals with disabilities and senior citizens in the five-county region of Planning District 9. For more about RRCSB-AAA, visit

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