July Fourth closings: All Rappahannock County government offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, reopening Thursday, July 5. Also closed Wednesday and reopening Thursday are Union Bank & Trust, BB&T, Rappahannock News and Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation.
Foothills Forum meets on Thursday, June 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the 4-H Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Tula’s Building in Little Washington. The meeting is open to the public. Call for more information, 540-675-1207.
Amissville Community Prayer at Payne’s Auction House, 10 Maddox Lane, Amissville, west of Mayhugh’s Store by Ladybug Ballfield) on Tuesday, July 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. Calling any and all Christians to a time of prayer for our families, neighbors, volunteers, churches, troubles, government, soldiers, and enemies. Feel free to join us every first Tuesday.
The Rappahannock Extension Office invites all to attend a series of in-orchard meetings scheduled for July. Meet at the host orchard at 11 a.m. for a tour of the orchard, followed by a discussion of current orchard management recommendations. The meeting will adjourn at 2 p.m. For more information call 540-675-3616: Orchard schedule: July 25, Graves Mountain Farm, Jimmy Graves, 3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, Syria.
Rappahannock County Public Schools are looking to identify students from birth to age 21 who have or are suspected of having educational disabilities. If you have concerns about the development of a preschool aged child, please call the early childhood/VPI coordinator at 540-227-0200 to arrange for a screening. If concerned about a school aged student, please call the principal at the public school the student attends or would attend, or if the student is currently home-schooled or enrolled in a private school.
Cub Scout Pack 316 meets at 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.
Hearthstone School Summer Camp (ages 3-12) will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 23-27 and again July 30-August 3 at the school. This camp includes storytelling, watercolor painting, beeswax sculpture, candlemaking, rhythmic movement and dance, felting, basketry, beadwork, paper making, drumming, baking, art from nature, nature walks, and plant dyeing of costumes. View full details and registration forms for upcoming camps at www.hearthstoneschool.org/camps.htm. Or call 540-987-9212. For scholarships and the Counselor-In-Training Program info email/call: firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-987-8670 (Janet Kerig) or 540-675-1940 (Kitty Keyser).
Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Schedule is here. Registration for Summer Activities is now open. Athletics: Little and Teen Tigers Karate, Recreation Gym (ages 6-15); Summer Youth Basketball Clinic (ages 6-15); Swim Lessons (ages 6 months to adults). Summer Camps: Amazing 4 in 1 Robot, Buried Egyptian Treasure, Creative Engineering, Harry Potter Magic Science Camp, Impressionist Works and Culinary Art Camp, Little Tigers Karate Camps, Outdoor Camp at Verdun, Young Explorers Camp, Creative Expressions. Art Jam: Making Marks (ages 1-5), Summer Sketchbooks (ages 6-16), Zentangle workshop (ages 8 to seniors), Beginning Figure Drawing for Teens. Enrichment: AARP Smart Driver, American Girl Doll Book Club, Disaster Readiness and Safety for Kids/Teens, Up Close & Personal, the Art of Street Photography, Moonlight Paddle Health and Wellness, Child and Babysitting Safety, CPR/AED & First Aid Training, Hot Hula Fitness, Strong By Zumba, Tai Chi, Transform Fitness, Zumba. Paws and Hoofs: Dog Obedience, Puppy Kindergarten, Agility Tracking, Obedience and Rally, Pony Riding (ages 4-12). For more information visit: CulpeperRecreation.com or call 540-727-3412. Like us on facebook.com/CulpeperRecreation
Culpeper County Parks and Recreation is again offering the free Recreation Gym program — Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for ages 6-15. Pre-registration is required. A parent must call to register or stop by the Parks and Recreation office. Details are posted at CulpeperRecreation.com
Fauquier Hospital will host a new support group called Helping Hands at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. All sessions will be held in the hospital’s Chestnut Room. The group is for those 18 and older who suffer from a life-limiting illness or chronic pain. The intent is for the group to be educational, but also offer an opportunity for participants to talk about feelings and issues. For more information, call Fauquier Health’s Community Link at 540-316-3588.
Based in Amissville, Piedmont Softball Association (PSA) offers fastpitch softball for all girls ages 5 through 18 years old (born anytime in the years 1999-2011). Teams will be available in all age groups for which there is enough interest. Experienced players — as well as beginners — are welcome. Teams play games in Amissville and beyond. Tournament play is also offered. Details at www.piedmontsoftball.net
Volunteer drivers needed for Aging Together’s local transportation services. Join volunteer teams in Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fauquier, 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. Must be a safe, licensed Virginia driver with at least five years’ experience; must be compassionate and interested in working with seniors and those with disabilities. 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 contact Danny W. Wilson at 540-547-4126 or email@example.com.
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 noon. Wednesday Centering Prayer at 11 a.m. followed by Healing and Holy Communion at noon. Please call 540-825-8786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art of Living Together at 5 p.m. Thursdays in the meeting room of St. Peter Catholic Church. The ongoing one-hour discussions each cover a chapter of John 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 (themonksoftibhirine.net). Those 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 email@example.com.