Meetings and notices for Jan. 8


Washington Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday (Jan. 12) at town hall. Agenda includes: appointment of a planning commission member; consideration of two ESS proposals; and scheduling a review of Meuse Tourist Home special use permit.

Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority meets 5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 8) at the courthouse.

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center offers a 20-hour basic course in mediation and conflict resolution skills in Warrenton from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 and 8 to 5 Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24. The interactive course teaches practical, effective mediation skills applicable in general district court and many arenas requiring conflict resolution, interest-based negotiation, reflective listening, facilitation and structured problem-solving. PDRC executive director Lawrie Parker leads the course, certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The cost is $350. (Rebates are available to prospective community mediators). Contact PDRC at 540-347-6650 or for more information.

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 Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association (NPBA) will again host a seven-week class 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 3, at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville, for those interested in becoming beekeepers. The “Meet-and-Greet” event for students is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Verdun. Texts, handouts and a one-year membership in NPBA are included in the fee of $100 per person or family. Registration is open; class size is limited and fills quickly each year. Information and the registration form are available at or by contacting Karen Hunt at or 540-937-4792. NPBA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization serving Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange and Madison counties.

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. For more information, contact Lillian Aylor (540-987-8064) or Nan Butler Roberts (540-661-2013 or

The NAACP Culpeper Branch 7058 will be holding a special event at Antioch Baptist Church, Culpeper, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 19. The event is to commemorate the birthday of civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, visit

Old Rag Master Naturalists, a Virginia Master Naturalist chapter serving Madison, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Greene, Orange and western Fauquier counties, is accepting applications for its 2015 class. Training, which will be on Wednesday evenings beginning in March, is $140; apply by Jan. 31. For additional information, or to receive an application, visit, call Bill Clark at 540-364-0296, email or write to Old Rag Master Naturalists, General Delivery, Syria, Virginia 22743.

The Order of Daughters of the King, a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to prayer, service and evangelism, meets at 9 p.m. the first and third Saturday of every month at St. Stephen’s (third floor above the Food Closet) in Culpeper. The next meeting is Jan. 17. For more information, call 540-825-8786 or visit

The Blue Ridge Running Club meets 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at Belle Meade School. The next meeting is Jan. 13. 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

Caregivers Support Group meets 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month at Reynolds Baptist Church in Sperryville. The next meeting is Jan. 15. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or

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 Jan. 13. Those interested can register online at For more information, contact Karen Williams (540-635-4673), Phyllis Grogg (540-364-2640) or Ellen Timbers (540-987-8402).

The Knit Wit Yarn Shop’s Sit-n-Knit now meets 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the shop’s new home: 45 Main Street in Sperryville (between Hopkins Ordinary B&B 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.