Meetings and notices / Sept. 10

Washington Town Council meets 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 14) at town hall. Agenda includes updates on Avon Hall and a possible water and sewer rate increase; public hearing on a special use permit application  by Rappahannock Investment Partners for adaptive re-use of part of the Washington School for professional offices.

Washington Architectural Review Board meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 10) at town hall. Agenda includes Trinity Episcopal Church Rectory, by Spotswood Williams, agent; modifications to 423 Mount Salem Ave.; MP 30-11 LLC, by Madison Spencer Architects, agent, review of plans for 30 Mount Prospect Lane.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 11) due to an in-service training.

Rappahannock County Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 15) at the courthouse. Agenda: a special-exception permit application by Hopkins Ordinary B&B to expand the hours and allowable customers at its brewery.

Do you love to sing? Join Bel Canto, an auditioned, mixed-voice community chamber choir directed by Lauren Estes and accompanied by Fay Utz, which meets Tuesday nights at Piedmont Episcopal Church in Madison. The repertoire ranges from the silly to the sublime, and the group meets from September to January for a winter concert, March to June for a summer concert. Currently seeking one soprano, one alto, two or three tenors and one bass. Auditions are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 15) at Piedmont Episcopal Church (214 Church Street, Madison). Auditions consist of pitch-matching, a range check and a few vocal exercises. For more information visit or contact

The NAACP Culpeper Branch meets at 7 p.m. Sept 17 at Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center. For more information, call 540-727-1305.

Rappahannock County Little League girls softball holds an annual board membership meeting at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at Rappahannock County Elementary School. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. Call Angela Jenkins at 540-675-3172 for more information.

The Blue Ridge Singers welcome adventurous singers 16 and older. The group’s repertoire spans contemporary composers (e.g. Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Runestad), the Renaissance, the 17th through 20th centuries and Broadway musicals. The ability to read music is a plus; a fast ear works, too. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights in Stephens City; concerts are presented in December and April in Frederick, Warren and Prince William counties. Contact artistic director Jeffrey Alban via to arrange vocal placement.

Culpeper NAACP hosts a bus ride to the Million Man March 20th Anniversary to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10 (refreshments will be served). Tickets are $35; deadline to sign up is Sept. 17. Bus leaves Culpeper Library at 6:30 a.m. and departs D.C. at 5 p.m., with a stop to eat on the way home; it arrives in Culpeper at about 9:30 p.m. For more, visit

If you are interested in joining a free once-a-week Spanish-language class in Rappahannock, contact  Cathie Shiff, who is organizing one for this fall, at or 540-219-8396.

Piedmont Softball Association is now accepting registrations for all area girls (born 1996-2009) at all skill levels interested in its fast-pitch programs this fall. Registration is $40 for those who did not play with PSA this past spring ($5 discount for each additional player from the same household). For more information or registration forms, check the PSA website You may also email or call 540-522-3675.

Sit-n-Knit at the Knit Wit Yarn Shop, 45 Main Street, Sperryville (next to the post office) is every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (until 8ish). All are welcome, from beginners to the most skilled and experienced knitters. Bring your current project or let us help you find a new one. Call the shop at 540-987-8251 for more information.

Blue Ridge Singers seek vocalists interested in performing fun and challenging repertoire. Based in Front Royal, the BRS rehearses Tuesday evenings and presents in three counties. Basses and tenors are sought with limited positions for altos and sopranos. Contact artistic director Jeffrey Alban at to arrange an audition for correct voice placement.

Free Affordable Care Act (ACA) assistance is available (by appointment) from 2 to 6 Tuesday afternoons at the Rappahannock County Library. For questions or appointments, call 703-216-5262 or email

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 Sept. 17.) For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or

Rappahannock Quilt Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Amissville Methodist Church, 14567 Lee Hwy. All are welcome. For more information, call 540-937-4338.

A Photography Meet-Up Group “Documenting Your Experience” meets once a month, every fourth Saturday, at 3 p.m. at the Loft Studio & Gallery, 107B East Davis St., Culpeper. Email or phone 540-717-0647 ahead of time to let us know you are planning to participate.

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