Meetings and notices for May 12

The Washington Planning Commission holds a special meeting 7 p.m. Monday (May 16) at town hall to consider the proposed Avon Hall purchase as it relates to the current comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance.

The Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority (RCWSA) meets at 5:30 p.m. May 12 at the Rappahannock County courthouse.

The School Board has been invited to attend a Headwaters meeting at 5 p.m. May 16 at the Rappahannock County Library.

The NAACP Culpeper Branch meets at 8 p.m. May 19 at the Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center. For more information, call 540-727-1305.

4-H is offering daylong summer trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for 6- to 13-year-olds at Valley Star Farm and the Luray Zoo (June 14); Wilson’s Animal Park (June 21); Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock (CMR) Farm Show and the Castleton Festival Theatre House, Williams’ Orchard and NOVA 4-H Poo (July 12); Splashdown Water Park (July 19) and Graves Mountain Lodge (July 26). Busing will be provided at locations throughout the county each morning. Participants will need to be picked up at the RCES auxiliary gym each afternoon at 4 p.m. Space is limited. Thanks to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation; for only $25, participants will receive busing to each field trip, entry fees, daily supervision and snacks.

Hearthstone School’s Summer Camp (for ages 3-12) is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5 at the school. This camp includes storytelling, watercolor painting, beeswax sculpture, candlemaking, rhythmic movement and dance, water play, cooperative games, felting, basketry, beadwork, paper making, drumming, baking, art from nature and nature walks. View full details and registration forms for upcoming camps at Or call 540-987-9212 for questions.

Mountain Adventures camp (swimming, rock climbing, hiking, nature studies, games, crafts and outdoor activities) offers three spots: The Day Camp for ages 5-9 is 9 to 3 June 27-July 1; and the Day Camp/Beginner Backpacking Camp (ages 10-13) is July 25-29. Geared toward the “in-betweeners,” features hiking, swimming, wildlife and plant identification, survival skills and back-country living skills. The Backpacking Camp is for ages 14-17 from July 5-10. Includes backpacking trip planning and packing, navigation skills, back-country living skills, and group problem solving. View full details and registration forms for Mountain Adventures camps at

Rappahannock County School Sports Association (RCSSA) hosts two soccer camps this summer at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s soccer fields. RCSSA’s British Soccer Camp is June 20-24, with Mini-Kickers (ages 3-5) from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Half Day Camp (ages 6-17) from 9 to noon. RCSSA TetraBrazil Soccer Academy Camp is July 18-22, with a Half Day Camp for ages 6-17 from 9 to noon. Sign up early (at least 45 days prior to camp) to get your camper’s free jersey. All campers will receive a T-shirt, soccer ball, player evaluation form, international soccer poster and access to online coaching resources. Register online at

The Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Inc. is seeking contestants for its carnival June 22-25: Queen (ages 14-20), Junior Miss (ages 8-13), and Little Miss (ages 3-7). Parade is Thursday, June 23. Entries contact J.B. at 540-937-4218; tickets and information, call Sandi 540-937-4218.

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 8-week LIFT program on improving the health of older adults continues through May 25, 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesday at Washington School, 603 Mt. Salem Avenue. The program promotes balance and flexibility with the goal of improving functional fitness and independent living in older adults. To register, call 540-675-3619. Cost is $5 for the entire program. Co-sponsored by Rapp at Home. For more information, contact Becky Sheffield at or call 540-727-3435 est. 344.

4-H Summer Camp (June 6-10) is for children 6 to 12 years of age. Campers spend five days at the Northern Virginia 4-H Ed Center where they participate in morning workshops.They swim every day and participate in afternoon activities such as a giant game of capture the flag, a talent shop and a carnival. Teen counselors and adult volunteers help lead. School buses transport campers to the 4-H center. Cost is $80 for campers.

The 4-H Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock Overnight Camp is July 31 through Aug. 4 at the 4-H Center in Front Royal for 9- to 13-year-olds. Campers arrive Sunday evening and spend the next four days swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, and performing in the talent show and ending each day at the campfire circle. Cost is $265. For more information, call 540-675-3619 or email Jenny Kapsa at

The Culpeper Market is open every Saturday until Nov. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The market (on Davis Street) offers a one-stop shop for all things local and features more than 30 vendors this season. For more information, contact Culpeper Renaissance at 540-825-4416 or visit our website at .

Beulah Baptist Church free conference call Bible Study is every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dial in (302-202-1118, access code 862090) with renowned teacher Dr. Kenneth Pitts to study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Dr. Pitts is the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Rixeyville. For more information, call 540-937-5563 or email

Skyline CAP Head Start is a free preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds from income eligible families. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are now being accepted. Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 30. Children with special needs are encouraged to apply. Please call 540-635-2362.

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.

Blue Ridge Singers seek vocalists interested in performing fun and challenging repertoire by contemporary composers such as Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Runestad, Paulus, Wilberg, Whitacre and Hogan in addition to selections from the Renaissance, 17th-20th centuries, and Broadway classics. All voices are welcome. Auditions (for vocal placement) are being held until July 31. Visit for more information.

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. 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 Highway. 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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