Meetings and notices for Oct. 5

 County Buildings Task Force Subcommittee meets 9:30 a.m. Friday (Oct. 6) at the Visitors Center, 3 Library Rd., Washington. Agenda includes discussion of IT setup and needs in county building complex; courthouse electrical fire and mitigation; Visitors Center renovations; bids awarded and pending for work on county buildings and furnishings; and project priorities.

Rappahannock School Board meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10) in the band room at the high school.

Rappahannock County Democrats’ annual roadside litter pickup and party is Saturday (Oct. 7). More volunteers are needed; volunteers meet 10 a.m. at the Rappahannock County Library. Vests, bags and instructions will be given. Rain or shine. The crew reassembles at noon at the library for coffee and lunch. For more information, contact Jed Duvall at 540-522-9912.

Join us for a Sunday afternoon get-together 2 p.m. this Sunday (Oct. 8) at the Washington fire hall with the Rappahannock News, Foothills Forum, Aging Together and Rapp at Home to discuss and assess the findings of “A Troubling Diagnosis,” the recent three-part explanatory journalism series published in he News. Researcher/reporter Randy Rieland, your neighbors and the partnering nonprofits will open up this effort to give every voice a seat at the table. Local officials, experts and residents quoted in the series have been invited.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Fauquier Court House chapter will hold their monthly meeting this Saturday (Oct. 7). The social starts at 9:30 a.m., the meeting at 10. Historian and Friends of the Warrenton Cemetery Foundation board member Maggie, Lovitt is the speaker. This new 501(c)3 non-profit organization is educating the public about Warrenton’s rich history that lies behind the gates of its cemetery and is continuing its efforts to restore the tombstones vandalized April 12. All are welcome. Email Cat Schwetke at for more information and location.

Washington Town Council meets 7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 9) at town hall. Agenda includes: consideration of changing the town elections from May to November to concur with federal elections, per a request from the county registrar; update on a possible ordinance to address airbnb-type rentals; consideration of prepayment in full (about $6,000) of the note financing the town hall acquisition; consideration of a “Love” sign in town. Council may enter closed session regarding possible zoning and state code violations by a property owner.

Broadband Committee meets 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 9) at the library. Open to the public. Agenda includes postcard mailer status, broadband survey results to date, strategies.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate on Monday (Oct. 9) in observance of Columbus Day.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services meets 1 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10) at 15361 Bradford Rd., Culpeper.

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble, a group of 15 singers that recently performed at the Little Washington Theatre, begins rehearsals in October for its next concert. Its members are drawn from the surrounding counties and meet in Madison at the Piedmont Episcopal Church on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. If you are interested in joining this group, come to the auditions/rehearsal Oct. 10. For the first part of rehearsal, auditionees will rehearse with current choir members. Toward the end of the time period, singers will audition one-on-one with the director. Auditions will consist of pitch-matching, a range check and a few vocal exercises. For more information, call Lauren Estes at 434-962-5885.

Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority (RCWSA) meets 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12, at Washington Town Hall, 485 Gay St., Washington. Please note that this is a change in venue.

Land Use revalidation forms have been mailed and are due Dec. 5. If you did not receive a form please contact the county revenue commissioner’s office at 540-675-5370.

Culpeper County Department of Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for fall classes. Don’t miss out on October’s session of Recreation Gym, Tai Chi, Little Tigers Karate, Hot Hula, Creative Writing, Zumba, Toning, Strength & Flex, Together Time, Dance & Prance, Child Babysitter Safety, CPR/AED Training, First Aid Training, Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Making, Queso Fresco Cheese Making, Funky Flowers Acrylic Painting for Kids, Fun Florals Acrylic Painting for Adults, Herbal First Aid, Square Foot Gardening, Hydroponics, Straw Bale Gardening, and many more! Visit for a complete listing and more details or call 540-727-3412.

Players are now being accepted by Piedmont Softball Association for its fall 2017 season. Piedmont offers fastpitch softball programs that stress improvement, confidence, fun, and sportsmanship to all area girls. Teams will be formed for all age groups in which there is enough interest. Girls born anytime in the years from 1998 through 2011 are welcome, as are all skill levels from experienced to beginners. Player incentives are given for fall 2017 registrations; scholarships are available, as well. For more information, go to and check out Piedmont Softball Association, Amissville, on facebook. Call (540)522-3675 or email or

The Blue Ridge Chorale is rehearsing for their 50th anniversary show to be held in December. Rehearsals are held at Open Door Baptist Church in Culpeper every Monday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. No auditions, just a desire to sing. For more information, call Patti at 540 219 8837.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East St., Culpeper, offers three Holy Communion Services each week: Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Childcare from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday Centering Prayer at 11 a.m. followed by Healing and Holy Communion at 12 p.m. Please contact 540-825-8786 or email

Commit to Be Fit is a school-sponsored, grant-funded program that offers weekly exercise classes and wellness workshops for the Rappahannock County community. Through the generosity of the PATH Foundation, Commit to Be Fit was created to help promote healthier lifestyles for students, staff, and county residents/employees. All classes, workshops, and events are free of charge, open to the public, and held at the Rappahannock County Public Schools. For information on upcoming events, contact Holly Jenkins, Wellness Integration Specialist, at

Volunteer drivers needed for Aging Together’s local transportation services. Join our volunteer teams in Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Orange and Madison counties. Be a compassionate driving force, transporting your neighbors to their healthcare, legal or other urgent appointments. Training and support provided. Flexible hours and destinations. Basic requirements: you must be a safe, licensed Virginia driver with at least five years’ experience. You must be compassionate and interested in working with seniors and those with disabilities. The compensation is thanks and gratitude. Please call Lola Walker at 540-825- 3100, ext. 3358, for more information.

The Caregivers Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon at a new location (the Rappahannock Public Library) and on a different day (the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month). This group, started over 6 years ago, is free and open to all caregivers, whether they provide direct or long-distance care, and regardless of the reason that care is needed (e.g., dementia, long-term illness or disability, etc). Because we promise to guard each other’s confidences, group participants find a place to share and to support each other’s sorrows and joys. This support group is sponsored by Aging Together and the Alzheimer’s Association. For additional information, please feel free to contact Danny W. Wilson at 540-547-4126 or

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

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.

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), 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.

Photography MeetUp 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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