We’re your community newspaper; we hope we’ll always be the place to express, in writing, an opinion or a thought to share with the community. We’d also like to meet you face-to-face, and this Friday (Jan. 25), the news staff is again back at Tula’s Off Main, on Gay Street in Washington, for our usual Fourth (Estate) Friday public story conference. We look forward to hearing your ideas, complaints or suggestions from 9 until 10 a.m. (which is when the free coffee runs out).
Though the annual fundraising walk doesn’t take place until May 18, now’s the time to get involved in Rappahannock County’s yearly Relay for Life, part of the annual global effort by some four million people in more than 20 countries to raise needed funds, and awareness, to save lives from cancer.
Local Relay for Life team captains meet the second Tuesday of the month here in Rappahannock, and the next meeting is 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Washington Baptist Church (180 Gay St., Washington). For more information about joining the local Relay event, visit rapprelay.org. (Be sure to check out the gifts available to team captains who register by Feb. 5.)
When you walk at a Relay, it’s an opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember lost loved ones, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer.
The Book Barn, operated by Friends of the Library and adjacent to the Rappahannock County Public Library on U.S. 211, continues its sale of used and donated children’s books from 9 to 3 p.m. this Saturday. Lois Snead, Frieda Herman and Helen Williams, who oversee the Book Barn, explained that the sale is an opportunity to offer books of special interest to young people that may help interest them in reading.
The Book Barn, which is regularly open Saturdays, offers many other volumes of interest at low cost – fiction, non-fiction, biographies, mystery, how-to guides, history, travel, cookbooks and much more (paperbacks are only 50 cents).
While jazz pianist John Eaton is holding court Sunday at the Theatre in Washington with a show of favorite 1940s standards, jazz singer Stephanie Nakasian holds forth Saturday night (Jan. 26) at Castleton Farm’s Theatre House in an 8 p.m. show billed as a “fantasy swing voyage,” a romantic and exciting tribute to the Great Ladies of Song.
Nakasian “swings and scats with authority,” says The Washington Post, and evokes Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan with an extensive repertoire that reaches from jazz classics to Broadway. She performs at Castleton with the Hod O’Brien Trio. For tickets ($35 to $50), call 866-974-0767 or visit chateauville.org.
For the months of January and February the Flint Hill Public House is offering a special rate for guests. Stay at the inn any evening (except Feb 14) for just $75 and get a second night for just $40. To take advantage of this special, book your reservation at flinthillva.com and enter the promotion code “JAN2013,” or call 540-675-1700.
The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) holds its annual meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 28) at the Rappahannock County Library. The meeting is open to the public, and topics of discussion include a summary of 2012 activity and achievements as well as goals for RAWL in 2013. RAWL members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed slate of directors for 2013. (Alternatively, proxy ballots were recently mailed to current RAWL members.) For more information, call 540-937-3336 or visit rawldogs.org.
Less than a week after Super Bowl XLVII, Rappahannock County High School (RCHS) hosts “Super Saturday,” where free professional and one-to-one assistance in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is offered. Super Saturday is open to any high school senior and parent, as well as any adult planning on attending college or a trade school. A financial aid professional will be on hand to present the basics of applying for aid; computer access is also available. There will be a chance to win a $100 book scholarship.
Super Saturday is Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 to 2 p.m. at RCHS. To register, call Paula Howland at 540-227-0745 (ext. 3459).