Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department host a meeting this Sunday (July 31) to discuss their community services and the urgent need for new volunteers to support these and other similar organizations in the county. All are welcome. Free lunch at 1 p.m. with meeting to follow at the Sperryville fire hall on U.S. 211. For further information, call 540-987-8085 and leave message for Raymond Boc.
Do you have a few hours each month to spare? If you would like to join a new volunteer group, RappRespite, to give caregivers in our community a break from being confined in their home while taking care of a loved one, join us for a short introductory meeting 2 p.m. Monday (Aug. 1) at the Rappahannock Library. For more information, call 540-937-4744.
The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 2) at the Rappahannock Library. All are welcome. For more information, call Ross O’Donoghue at 540-987-8019.
Interested in volunteering or just want to learn about a current home build project for a local family? Attend Fauquier Habitat for Humanity’s community meetings 5 p.m. every Thursday at Willis Chapel, 1804 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly. For more information, call 540-341-4952.
Blue Ridge Heritage Project’s upcoming meetings are 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Oct. 11 and Dec. 13 at the Rappahannock Library, for any and all interested in the memorial to be built in Rappahannock County honoring those displaced from their homes and land in Rappahannock when Shenandoah National Park was created. Light refreshments. For more information, contact Missy Sutton at 703-307-3630.
Back to School and Summer Clearance $10 Bag Sale at Firehouse Treasures Thrift starts Tuesday (Aug. 2). All women’s, men’s and children’s clothing included for the month of August. Specially priced items are excluded. Thrift is open 10 to 5 Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 to 1 Saturday at 10 Firehouse Lane, Washington. (Please hold onto your donations until September.)
Piedmont Softball Association is accepting registrations for all area girls (born 1996-2009) at all skill levels interested in its fast-pitch softball programs this fall. Register in person 9 to noon Saturdays (July 30 and Aug. 6) at the old Bill Payne Auctions building, 10 Maddox Lane, Amissville. 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, visit piedmontsoftball.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-522-3675.
The Inn Farmer’s Market is open 10:30 to 2 every Sunday through Oct. 30 at the Parsonage Garden. Each week a rotating roster of local vendors and artisans will be offering meats, cheeses, soups, produce, tea, jewelry, pottery and more. In addition, the Inn’s kitchen will provide a selection of breads, pastries, jams and pickles as well as North Carolina-style pulled pork barbeque. For more information, visit theinnatlittlewashington.com/market.
Mountainside Dance Center (12625 Lee Hwy., Washington) is offering summer Parent and Child Creative Movement classes on Saturdays for ages 3-5; cost is $10 per class. For more information and to register, call 540-987-9395.
The Youth Chorale needs at least 15 singers by Aug. 27. Registrations must be prepaid and mailed in — all fees paid will be held and returned if the minimum number of singers are not met. Youth Chorale rehearsals begin Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 4:14 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church. For more information, email Rosanne Gorkowski, at email@example.com; Sue Kinser, director; firstname.lastname@example.org .
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. Tuition is $220 a week. Camp directors Janet Kerig and Kitty Keyser are pleased to announce scholarships are available, made possible by a grant from RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund. View full details and registration forms for upcoming camps at http://www.hearthstoneschool.org/camps.htm. Or call 540-987-8670 for questions.
Culpeper’s State Theatre and Culpeper County Parks and Recreation have partnered to provide theater and visual arts summer camps for rising second- through ninth-graders throughout the Piedmont. Registration at apm.activecommunities.com/culpepercopandr/Home or at the theater box office. Camps continue through July 29 with half-day, full-day and extended-day options. For more information contact Tara Moylan at 540-812-5629 x100 or Culpeper County Parks & Recreation at 540-727-3412.
Women In Worship Ministries is pleased to announce the 2016 Women’s Conference, at the Fredericksburg Expo Center Oct. 7-8, featuring special guest Karen Clark Sheard. Registration online will open soon. Mail-in registration now available. Contact Women In Worship at email@example.com, 540-661-2013 or 540-786-8736 or find them on Facebook. Early-bird registration through July 31. Vendors are also needed!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 blueridgesingers.com for more information.
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 www.culpeperdowntown.com .
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 540-717-0647 ahead of time to let us know you are planning to participate.