Meetings and notices for Dec. 15

Rappahannock County Public Schools close at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday,  (Dec. 21) and will reopen Jan. 5.

The Rappahannock News will be closed Monday, (Dec. 26)  for the Christmas holiday, reopening the following Monday (Jan. 2); All county government offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday next Thursday,  Dec. 22 at noon,  remaining closed Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26, reopening Tuesday, Dec. 27; and closed Jan. 2, for the New Year’s holiday, reopening Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Union First Market Bank and BB&T in Flint Hill will be closed Monday,  (Dec. 26) for the Christmas holiday, reopening Tuesday,  (Dec. 27); and closed New Year’s holiday, Monday,  (Jan. 2), reopening Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Washington Planning Commission rescheduled its December meeting to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 20), at town hall, to continue discussion of the town’s comprehensive plan. Open to the public.

Recertification session for Rappahannock County private pesticide applicators is 9 to noon today, (Dec. 15) at the Jeffersonton Community Center. If your license expires Dec. 31 or if you wish to add credits to your private applicator’s license for category 90 or 91, plan to attend. For more information, call Kenner Love at 540-675-3619.

Foothills Forum meets 10 a.m. today  (Dec. 15) in the 4-H conference room, second floor, Tula’s Building in Washington. Open to the public. For more information, call 540-675-1207.

Gray Ghost Winery continues to collect food for its annual food drive 11 to 5 Fridays to Sundays through December. Your food or monetary donations enter you in a contest to win tickets to one of Gray Ghost’s popular events. Donations benefit the Rappahannock and Culpeper food pantries. For more information, call 540-937-4869.

Father Tuck Grinnell and John Kiser host a series of discussions titled “The Monks of Tibhirine: The Art of Living Together” 5 p.m. Thursdays in the meeting room of St. Peter Catholic Church. The ongoing one-hour discussions each cover a chapter of Kiser’s 2003 book, “The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria.” Anyone interested in the art of living harmoniously in community can learn something from the monks ( Anyone interested in understanding better what is happening in the Muslim-Arab world today can learn something from the complex history of Algeria, its descent into Hell during the 1990s, and its recovery — without Western help. For more, contact Father Tuck Grinnell at

Culpeper County Parks & Recreation has discounted ski/snowboard packages to Massanutten for sale at the new Parks & Recreation location at 131 N. Main St. (in the Giles Miller Building). Details online at or call 540-727-3412.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Revelation Youth Group is a group of middle and high school students who enjoy a modern way of prayer and study and meet the second Sunday of every month at noon for light lunch and discussion, followed by a community project or social activity, at 115 N. East St., Culpeper. For more information, email

Rappahannock County 4H Livestock Club invites prospective members to join. Ages 8-18 (must be age 9 by Sept. 30 to show that year). You do not need to live on a farm or have an animal to participate. The club meets on the third Monday of every month at the Extension Office (311-J Gay St., Washington), including the next meeting 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 21). 

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew offers men and boys the discipline of prayer, study and service; to follow Christ and bring others into his kingdom. Newcomers welcome at breakfast 7 a.m. every Tuesday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East St., Culpeper. For more information, call 540-825-8786.

All are welcome at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (115 N. East St., Culpeper) Healing and Holy Communion service at noon every Wednesday. Come as you are and receive healing prayers and an anointing. (Parking at 120 N. Commerce St.). For more information, call 540-825-8786.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Forage and Grassland Council will be held in Roanoke, VA.  This unique conference brings together agency and industry personnel and top forage and livestock producers from across the country.  The conference provides a unique platform for integrating the science and practice of grassland management. The theme of this year’s conference is “Turning Grass into CA$H: Opportunities in Grassland Agriculture”.  The conference will include workshops on mob-grazing, beef cattle, dairy grazing, small ruminants, restorative grazing, pasture raised meats and more.   There are two registrations options, full registration for the entire conference OR a one-day registration for Monday Jan. 23 our “Producer Day”.  Although everyone is welcome to come for the entire conference, we have negotiated a reduced price got MONDAY Jan. 23.  See the registration link for details.  AFGC Annual Meeting Conference and Registration Information

The NAACP Culpeper Branch meets on Dec. 15,  at 7 p.m.  at the Culpeper County Library,  271 Southgate Shopping Center Culpeper. For more information, call 540-727-1305.

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