The Washington Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday (Dec. 8) at town hall. Agenda highlights include appointment of a council member to temporarily fill the vacancy on the council until a special election is held, consideration of an ESS wastewater plant maintenance proposal and announcement of the solicitation of letters of interest from residents interested in being appointed to the planning commission at the council’s January meeting.
The Rappahannock County School Board holds its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 9) in the high school band room. For the agenda, visit the school website at rappahannockschools.us.
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission meets at 1 p.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 10) at the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission Offices, 420 Southridge Parkway, Suite 106, Culpeper.
Virginia Cooperative Extension offers Food Safety Training ServSafe Food Handler Course from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Culpeper Extension Office, 101 S. West St.. Registration deadline is Dec. 9. The course covers why food safety is important, personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross contamination and cleaning and sanitizing, and was developed by the National Restaurant Association for employees of food service operations such as hotels, restaurants, schools and institutions. The cost is $12. For more information, call 540-727-3435.
Girl Scout Troop 890 is working on a coat drive for the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. The troop is working with SAFE (Services to Abused Families Inc.) on a coat drive through Dec. 30. Drop off coats at Union First Market Bank’s branches in Rappahannock, Warrenton and Culpeper; Living Sky Foundation; Mayhugh’s; Reynold’s Memorial Baptist Church; Rappahannock County Elementary School; Trinity Episcopal Church; and Culpeper’s Gold’s Gym and Boston Store. Collections also at the Washington Christmas parade Dec. 7. Call Beth at 540-987-8708.
Raffle tickets to benefit the Rappahannock Free Clinic (prizes are certificates for dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington and a free weeknight stay at Flint Hill Public House & Country Inn) are now available at the Public House, Horse N Hound, Hackley’s Store, Mayhugh’s Store, Coterie Shop, Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Rappahannock Real Estate Resources and offices of the county administrator and commissioner of the revenue. Tickets are $10 (or three for $25); the drawing is Jan. 14 at The Inn. For more information, call Brion Patterson at 540-987-8933.
The Amissville Area Community Christmas (AACC) group will assemble boxes of donated food on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Bethel Baptist Church, to be delivered Saturday, Dec. 20, along with fruit baskets and flowers. If you know of anyone in need or anyone who needs to be thought of in the Amissville area during the Christmas season, please contact Amy Hitt at firstname.lastname@example.org, Frank Fishback at 540-937-4910 or Sandi Carter at email@example.com. You can also check us out on Facebook (facebook.com/AmissvilleAreaComChristmas).
The 4-H Horse Club meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. every other Monday at 10 Estes Mill Rd., Sperryville, to ride horses and ponies. The next meeting is next Monday (Dec. 1). Open to ages 9 to 18; free. Enrollment forms are available at the Rappahannock County Elementary School and the Rappahannock County 4-H website and Facebook page. For more information, call 540-675-3619.
All students of Rappahannock County are invited to take part in the United Daughters of the Confederacy annual essay contest. Categories and prizes are awarded for first through 12th grade: first place, $50; second, $35; third, $25. Essay topics and rules are at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School and the county library. The deadline is next Monday (Dec. 1). For more information, contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregivers Support Group meets 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month at Reynold Baptist Church in Sperryville. The next meeting is today, Dec. 4. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or email@example.com.
The Rappahannock County Relay for Life committee meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Washington Baptist Church. The next meeting is Dec. 9. Those interested can register online at RelayForLife.org/RappVA. For more information, contact Karen Williams (540-635-4673), Phyllis Grogg (540-364-2640) or Ellen Timbers (540-987-8402).Members of the Culpeper NAACP Chapter are looking for candidates for its president, vice president and treasurer. If interested, visit naacpculpeper.com or call 540-727-1305.
The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee will present the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday celebration at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Theatre at Washington. This year features student essays, and winners of the contest will be announced. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 15 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to MLK “Essay Competition,” c/o Box 346, Sperryville, VA 2270. Entries must include name, age, grade, school, home address, telephone and email address. Contest open to public, private and home-schooled students, first through 12th grades. (No more than 250-300 words, typed, double-spaced.) For more information, contact Lillian Aylor (540-987-8064) or Nan Butler Roberts (540-661-2013 or email@example.com).
Master gardener volunteer training starts Jan. 7 at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, 24 Pelham Street, Warrenton, and continues each Wednesday until mid-April from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more information or to register, call 540-341-7950 ext. 3.
The Knit Wit Yarn Shop’s Sit-n-Knit now meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the shop’s new home: 45 Main Street in Sperryville (between Hopkins Ordinary and the post office). All knitters are welcome, beginners to advanced. Bring your current project or start a new one. For more information, call the shop at 540-987-8251.
Rappahannock County 4-H is offering eight clubs: 4-H Hooves Horse Club (ages 9 to 18), Amissville Community Club (5 to 18), Cloverbud Club (5 to 8), Dog Club (10 to 18), Creative Club (9 to 18), Holiday Activities Club (5 to 8), Livestock Club (9 to 18), Super Sitters Club (11 to 15). All are free. For more information or to register, call the Rappahannock County Extension office at 540-675-3619.
People Inc. is seeking volunteers to work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Volunteers are needed in several capacities for the site in Warrenton (which also serves Rappahannock County taxpayers). Volunteers will be trained using the IRS’ Link and Learn Taxes program, after which IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. A site coordinator with some experience in tax preparation, and volunteers to serve as greeters, are needed. Call Jeanne at People Inc. (571-445-3021).
The Blue Ridge Running Club meets 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at Belle Meade School. The club is open to ages 10 and up, of all skill and experience levels. The fee is $50 per family. Workouts include endurance, speed and hill training. For more information, contact coach Alex Forte at 203-615-4459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blue Ridge Singers, Front Royal’s newest chamber choir, hold rehearsals from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Front Royal Presbyterian Church (for a December performance). Audition forms are available at blueridgesingers.com; interested singers are welcome to sit in on rehearsals.
The Order of Daughters of the King, a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to prayer, service and evangelism, meets on the first and third Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. in the Gathering Room at St. Stephen’s (third floor above the Food Closet) in Culpeper. For more information, call 540-825-8786 or visit ststephensculpeper.net.