Meetings and notices for Jan. 7

The Washington Town Council meets Jan. 11 at 7  p.m. at the Town Hall. Agenda includes the continued discussion of marketing and sale of Avon Hall property, and a review of the Special Use Permit for the Meuse Tourist Home.

Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Agenda includes: Deborah Winsor, sign at 195 Main St., and Deborah Winsor, sign at 199 Main St.

Rappahannock County School Board meets Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. in the high school band room.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services meets on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at 15361 Bradford Rd., Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend and participate should contact Laura Wohlford at 540-825-3100, extension 3146 RRCS is an equal access and opportunity organization.

The NAACP Culpeper Branch meets Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper. For more information, call 540-727-1305.

Rappahannock County 4-H will begin accepting summer program registrations on Monday, Feb. 1, starting at 8 a.m. at the Extension office. These programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 540-675-3619.

The Front Royal Oratorio Society welcomes new singers for its new season! Come sing with us. No audition necessary. Rehearsals Mondays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Happy Creek United Methodist Church (1652 Happy Creek Road, Front Royal). We are learning Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Faure’s “Requiem” for our spring concerts. For more information, call 540-635-4842.

Rappahannock County Democratic Committee Biennium Reorganization Caucus (Note: this will replace the general meeting for January). The committee will hold a Biennium Reorganization Caucus on Jan. 9, at 9 a.m. in the Washington Town Hall. Registration and application for membership will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. At 10 a.m., registration will be closed and the Caucus will convene for the election of officers and the approval of the Bylaws for the 2016 – 2017 Biennium. All who are interested in running for office are encouraged to contact the current chair, Ross O’Donoghue, at 540 987-8019.

The Blue Ridge Chorale starts its spring season at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Open Door Baptist Church (754 Germanna Hwy., Culpeper). The Youth Chorus starts its rehearsals 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. Visit for more.

Bluemont is looking for volunteers to help plan, support and present this year’s First Night Warrenton, family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Year’s Eve in historic Old Town Warrenton. The event features more than 45 outstanding live performances at several indoor locations, all within walking distance. Contact Marsha Melkonian at or 540-270-5434 to volunteer or discuss other opportunities.

The Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association (NPBA) again hosts a seven-week class for those interested in becoming beekeepers. Classes begin Feb. 2 and and are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville. The class “meet-and-greet” is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Texts, handouts and a one-year membership in NPBA are included in the course fee of $100 per person or family. Pre-registration required. Visit or contact Karen Hunt at or 540-937-4792.

Free VITA income tax preparation is available on Saturdays, Jan. 30 through April 9, at St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton, throughout the tax season with IRS trained volunteers. An appointment is needed. Call 571-445-3020 to schedule a time for your appointment. Open to residents in Rappahannock County.

Cub Scout Pack 316, meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville (ages 6 to 11). For more information, call cubmaster Will Spear at 540-937-4149.

Kids Bible Club (for first- through fourth-graders) of Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church meets after school, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., every Wednesday. Healthy snacks, music and song, Bible lessons, crafts and monitored outdoor activities and games. We promote and extol the virtues of good manners at Reynolds Baptist (3948 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville). For more information, call Pastor Jon Heddleston at 540-987-9101.

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.

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.

Free Affordable Care Act (ACA) assistance is available (by appointment) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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, next meeting is tonight, Jan. 7. 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.