The Washington Planning Commission hosts two public forums this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 1) and Monday evening (Oct. 3), seeking ideas and feedback from town and county residents as the town revises its comprehensive plan, which lays out a strategic vision for the town’s future. At the town hall forums — 2 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday — Milton Herd, an expert in town planning, will facilitate the discussion. “This is the best time for community members to get involved in helping to form a vision for the town and to have a say about the town’s future direction,” said Fred Catlin, who was this Monday elected the new chair of the planning commission.
Rappahannock County Democratic Committee meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 4) at the Rappahannock County Library. All are welcome. Contact Ross O’Donoghue at 540-987-8019 for more information.
Learn how to reverse an overdose: Amissville United Methodist Church hosts a free training program to teach local residents how to use Naloxone to revive people who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids. The training, by Ginny Atwood Lovitt of the Chris Atwood Foundation, is 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 4) in the church (14670 Lee Hwy.) To attend, call 202-802-6994 to provide your name and contact information; participants should register in advance to ensure adequate training supplies.
Conversations on Aging is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 5) at the Rapp at Home office (in the Washington School at 567 Mount Salem Ave.). Join Danny Wilson for a discussion on aging-related topics, particularly those related to aging in Rappahannock County. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-937-4663 for more information.
Rappahannock County School Board’s public hearing on its Comprehensive Plan is during the board’s Oct. 11 meeting in the high school auditorium. Open session begins at 6 p.m., followed by closed session, and the public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Disposal program is Oct. 13 at the CFC Farm & Home Center, 12645 Lee Hwy., Sperryville. For more information, contact Kenner Love of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540-675-3619.
There’s a RAWL Fundraiser at The Inn’s Village Market (in the Parsonage Garden between Main and Gay streets) from 10 to 1 Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Meet RAWL dogs available for adoption and purchase raffle tickets to win a three-night stay at Captain’s Landing Waterfront Hotel Suites in Ocracoke, North Carolina. (Drawing is Oct. 17; tickets also available at Ginger Hill Antiques, Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Magnolia Vineyards, the RAWL shelter and online at rawldogs.org/events.html. For more information, call RAWL at 540-937-3283.
Virginia Cooperative Extension offers an eight-week LIFT program Oct. 25-Dec. 15, meeting 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Washington School (603 Mt. Salem Ave.). LIFT promotes balance and flexibility with the goal of improving functional fitness and independent living for older adults. Cost is $5 for the entire program, which is cosponsored by Rapp at Home. For more information, contact Becky Sheffield at email@example.com or call 540-727-3435, ext. 344. To register, call 540-675-3619.
Scrabble School Preservation Foundation’s $5,000 fall raffle fundraiser will sell only 200 tickets; the $50 per ticket investment might just pay off with a first prize of $2,500, second prize of $1,000 or third prizes (there are three) of $500 each. For raffle details and tickets, contact any SSPF board member, find us on Facebook or contact SSPF President Nan Butler Roberts at 540-661-2013 or firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com).
Rappahannock County students are invited to take part in the annual essay contest held by the Culpeper Chapter #73 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Categories for high school, middle and elementary students; private and home-schooled students also encouraged to enter. Prizes for each grade category include a $50 first place, $35 second place, $25 third place.. If you have an interest in history, pick up a copy of the essay topics and rules at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School or the Rappahannock County Public Library. Submission deadline is Dec. 1. Contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8043 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Women In Worship Ministries presents gospel recording artist and evangelist Karen Clark-Sheard as the special guest for the 2016 conference Oct. 7-8 at the Fredericksburg EXPO center. Friday night is Open Worship (anyone may attend, free will offering) featuring the preached word by Rev. Miranda Williams, musical guests Sister Juanita Williams and family. Registration is required for Saturday workshops and the closing session with Ms. Clark-Sheard. Register at womeninworshipministries.org/conference by Oct. 1. Onsite registration at a higher fee, lunch is not guaranteed. Vendors still needed. For more, call 540-661-2013 or 540-786-8736 or email email@example.com.
Blue Ridge Heritage Project’s upcoming meetings are 6:30 p.m. 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.
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity holds a community meeting 5 p.m. every Thursday at Willis Chapel United Methodist Church, 1804 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly, to discuss the Habitat Home being built at 2650 Zachary Taylor Hwy.. The meetings are open to all; attend for construction updates, volunteer opportunities and more. Call 540-341-4952 for more information.
The Inn at Little Washington Farmer’s Market is open 10:30 to 2 every Sunday through Oct. 30 at the Parsonage Garden. Weekly rotating roster of local vendors and artisans offer meats, cheeses, soups, produce, tea, jewelry, pottery and more; the Inn’s kitchen provides a selection of breads, pastries, jams and pickles as well as North Carolina-style pulled pork barbeque. For more information, visit theinnatlittlewashington.com/market.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or phone 540-717-0647 ahead of time to let us know you are planning to participate.
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 culpeperdowntown.com.