Meetings and notices for Feb. 18

All children who will be five years old by Sept. 30,  may enter Kindergarten this August. Formal registration for new Kindergartners will be held at Rappahannock County Elementary School on Tuesday, April 12, Wednesday, April 13, Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15. The hours are 8:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m and 1 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. by appointment only. Please call the Elementary School Office at 540-227-0200 to schedule an appointment.

The Rappahannock County School Board will hold a public hearing on the budget tonight (Feb. 18) at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Local 2016 NAACP scholarship applications are now available for high school seniors interested in continuing their education at a 2- or 4-year postsecondary institution. Priority will be given to those students from traditionally underrepresented, underserved and marginalized populations who exhibit financial need and demonstrate academic promise and a dedication to improving their community. Students who reside in the service area of Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties can obtain an application from their high school guidance office. Applications can also be downloaded from the NAACP-Culpeper Branch website: Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble is holding auditions Feb. 23. Come join us at Bel Canto. Directed by Lauren Estes and accompanied by Fay Utz, our group meets on Tuesday nights at Piedmont Episcopal Church in Madison. It is an auditioned mixed voice community chamber choir that sings a wide variety of repertoire ranging in character from the silly to the sublime. Members of our group come from the surrounding counties, and meet from September to January for a winter concert, and March to June for a summer concert. We are looking for singers with all voice types. Auditions will take place Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Piedmont Episcopal Church, 214 Church Street, Madison. For more information visit: or contact

The Rappahannock County Republican Committee holds a mass meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at the county courthouse. Registered Republicans wishing to be a committee member/officer or an elected delegate to the Virginia State Convention and/or Fifth Congressional District Convention should contact Angela Deavers or 540-937-6212.

The NAACP Culpeper Branch meets tonight (Feb. 18), at 7 p.m. at the Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper. For more information, call 540-727-1305.

Thrift Shop, 10 Firehouse Lane, Washington, will hold a $10 Bag Sale for the entire month of February. They are packed with premium clothing for men, women and children. The sale includes clothing, shoes and boots and accessories. Individually priced items are not included.  We will be restocking the racks as the sale progresses. And, to add to the excitement, we are continuing the daily drawing for a chance to get your first bag at $5. During this sale, for the entire month of February, we will NOT be accepting donations. Thrift Shop is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Piedmont Softball Association in Amissville is registering players now. Girls from Rappahannock and surrounding counties born anytime from 1997 through 2010 are welcome to join us. PSA offers every opportunity to develop all fastpitch softball skills – beginner through advanced – while having fun: local-league through tournament play; weekly dedicated pitching/catching practices; and individual attention for every player. Teams will be available in all age groups for which there is enough interest. Registration fee is $55 or less, and covers the entire year (spring, fall). Player and equipment scholarships are always available.Girls may register in person Sunday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the ballfield (inside) at 10 Maddox Lane, Amissville. You may also go to, print out the registration form and mail it in. For questions, check out the website, email,, or call 540-522-3675.

Rappahannock County 4-H is accepting summer program registrations at the Extension office. These programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 540-675-3619.

All novels, hardback and soft cover, big and small, will be on sale at half price for the next six weeks.  Also on sale half price are all travel and science books. Certain higher priced interesting books are also on sale. Remember that all the profits from the Book Barn go to the Rappahannock County Library, all work is done by volunteers, and all books are donated. The Book Barn is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located next to the library on Library Road.

Free VITA income tax preparation is available on Saturdays, 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.

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, (Feb. 18). 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.

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.

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.