Meetings and Notices for Dec. 20

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center is only open for holiday weekends during the months of January to March. The center is open during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend (Jan. 18-21), President’s Day weekend (Feb. 15-18) and St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 15-18).

During the remaining weekends in December, the center is open this weekend (Dec. 21-23) and next weekend (Friday, Dec. 28-Sunday, Dec. 30). The center is closed both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The center reopens for the 2013 tourism season with its regular weekend schedule on April 5.

Rappahannock County government offices are closed Monday, Dec. 24 in observance of the Christmas holiday and reopen Thursday, Dec. 27.

Rappahannock County Public Schools close 11 a.m on Friday Dec. 21 and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Union First Market Bank closes at noon Monday, Dec. 24, and reopens Wednesday.

BB&T in Flint Hill closes at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 and reopens Wednesday.

The Rappahannock News is closed Monday, Dec. 24, and reopens Wednesday.

The Rappahannock News has an early deadline for its Thursday, Dec. 27 edition due to the Christmas holiday. All items for publication should be submitted no later than tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 21) at 3 p.m.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (Dec. 24-26) in observance of Christmas.

The Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority meets tonight (Dec. 20) at the courthouse on Gay Street in Washington at 5:30 p.m.

Gray Ghost Winery, 14706 Lee Hwy., Amissville, is sponsoring a special holiday food drive for the month of December to benefit the Culpeper Food Closet. All non-perishable food and monetary donations qualify you for a drawing to receive free tickets to one of Gray Ghost’s popular events. For more information, call 540-937-4869.

The Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association (NPBA) announces its spring 2013 seven-week course for all those interested in honeybees. Classes begin Feb. 5 and are held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville. The class “Meet-and-Greet” event for students is held Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Verdun. Texts, handouts and a one-year membership in NPBA are included in the course fee of $100 per person or family. Registration is open; class size is limited and fills quickly each year. Registration forms are available at or by contacting Karen Hunt at or 540-937-4792.