Culpeper in Brief for the week of June 21

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Book Club discusses “Nothing Daunted”
The Third Thursday Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 21 at Culpeper County Library to discuss Dorothy Wickenden’s nonfiction book titled “Nothing Daunted.” Copies of the book are available for a 10-day loan or book club members may purchase them at a discount from The Corner Shelf Bookstore by calling 825-4411 or visiting:

Camp Med accepting applications
Camp Med I is for rising eighth- and ninth-graders and is a five-day healthcare career exploration camp. Applications are now being accepted for the 20 positions and must be submitted no later than June 30. Students participate in hands on activities throughout the hospital from ambulance to X-ray. Applications are available at the Culpeper Regional Hospital first floor reception desk. For more information call Kim Stewart at: 829-4280.

St. Stephen’s begins fundraising effort
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church has officially launched its “Generous Hearts” fundraising campaign to raise money to pay for the extensive restoration needed as a result of the Aug. 23 earthquake. If you would like to organize a fundraiser, help with current events or make a donation toward this effort please contact the parish office at: 825-8786. Current events scheduled include the sale of red St. Stephen’s logo polo shirts. Shirts are $18 for women and $25 for men; A donation of 20 percent of gross evening (after 4:30 p.m.) receipts by Atheneans Family Restaurant each Wednesday from now through Aug. 29; a seven-night cruise to Bermuda sailing on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore May 17, 2013. Call Cheryl Clear at Battlefield Travel (825-1393) for details. Also, Generous Hearts reminder bracelets for $1 are available in the church office.

Registration open for bike/car show
Pre-registration is now open for the 13th Annual Fourth of July Car and Bike Show presented by Culpeper Renaissance in downtown Culpeper from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Davis Street and the Depot. The show is open and free to spectators and will feature classic Mustangs (1964 to 1973). Registration for participants is from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4, but pre-registation is suggested. Judging begins at 10 a.m. and the award presentation begins at 2:30 p.m. with more than 50 trophies to be given out. For more information call: 825-4416, e-mail: or visit:

Food closet shares needs
Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: Pancake mix and/or syrup, jelly (small jars, please), canned meat such as Treet or Spam, chicken helper, beef stew and canned peaches. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Phone: 540-825-1177.

Pet Food Pantry needs more food
Pet food donations are accepted twice a week at the Humane Society of Culpeper.
Medium to large bags of cat or dog food are needed. Please, no treats or biscuits. Volunteers always appreciated. Hours are: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Office is located at 415 S. Main St. No. 203. Phone 540-727-7554.

Clothes Closet ready to help
Anyone in the Culpeper community needing assistance with clothing is welcome to stop by the Community Clothes Closet at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West St., on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Clothes Closet is an independent organization. For more information call 540-825-8192.

Teen-run book club starts
A teen-run book club will be held July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Culpeper County Library. Pick up your copy of “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers now so you can read it in preparation. Teens will be running the discussion with a library staff member present. Snacks will be served!

Students chosen for summer camp
Two area students are being sponsored by the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District to attend summer camps. Kate Ryals of Culpeper County Middle School will attend Holiday Lake Forestry Camp at the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. Eric DeLoriea of Orange County High School was chosen to attend Youth Conservation Camp at Virginia Tech.

Rain barrels for sale
The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District’s rain barrel program has been popular since it began in May 2007. CSWCD has held 10 workshops and sold almost 1,000 barrels. Due to an inconsistent supply, the district found a new supplier. These barrels are made in Kentucky by the Earth Minded Company. The new barrels are for sale for $75 each or two for $135. For more information call Stephanie DeNicola at: 825-8591 or e-mail:

Talking mule visits camp
The talking mule, Amazing Grace, will be at the Camp Shenandoah Springs open house, beginning at 6:30 p.m. June 28. This mule has been cited by actor Robert Duvall for its ability to count, paint and sing and it appeared with him in the movie “Get Low.” The camp is located at 740 Stage Coach Lane in Madison. For more information call: 540-923-4300.

Reception planned for Marching Through Culpeper

Celebrate “Marching Through Culpeper” coming to life on stage at the “World Premiere Reception” Aug. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Daniel Technology Center. Attendees will enjoy wine, food, and music, as well as have the opportunity to meet honored guests Dr. James Robertson, Civil War historian; two descendants of real characters in the show — Dr. Frank Stringfellow, great-grandson of Confederate scout, Frank Stringfellow and Jeb Stuart IV, great-grandson of the famous Confederate general; plus the show’s original music and lyric writer, Rod Stone.
Package price of $95 includes not only the reception but also admission to the premiere performance with priority seating and parking, and an exclusive intermission dessert buffet . Business or period attire is requested. The public is invited, but space is limited at the reception.
Reception and show tickets are on sale at the Museum of Culpeper History and Stellar One banks, downtown and at Lake of the Woods. See for information on mail orders. Checks should be made out to FCMB and mailed to FCMB, PO Box 1853, Culpeper, VA 22701. Proceeds to benefit battlefield preservation.

Barbershop chorus seeks members

The Culpeper Minutemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus meets every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Oak Regular Baptist Church (June 21 through Aug. 16) at 10532 Eggbornsville Road. Experience the thrill of four-part harmony in a collegial setting. For more information visit:, e-mail: or call: 540-937-3710.

Transportation is available
If you need transportation the One-Call Transportation Center provides free information and referral on all public, private and volunteer transportaion services available in the Rappahannock-Rapidan region. To find a ride, or for more information, call 540-445-1VAN. More information is available by calling: 829-7450 or by e-mail at:

Master Gardeners on call to help
Master Gardener volunteers are ready to answer gardening questions from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from this month through September. If you have a question call: 727-3435, ext ) or e-mail: Samples or questions may also be left at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 101 S. West St. When calling or bringing a plant or insect sample to the office include informatin such as: What plants are affected? When did you first find the insect or notice the problem? Is the plant growing in shade or sun, wet or dry soil?

Library announces signup times, dates
Bedtime storytime is every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. These family-oriented programs feature stories, rhymes, songs and activities. Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas and to bring a favorite stuffed animal. No registration necessary.
Walk-in storytime is every Friday at 10:30 a.m. This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers. No registration necessary.

‘Bug Zone’ is theme for Flat Run Bible school
Flat Run Baptist Church in Locust Grove will host Vacation Bible School June 25 through 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. with the theme “Bug Zone: Transformed by Our Big God!” The program is for children age 4 through rising sixth graders. The church is located at 2736 Germanna Highway. For more information call: 540-423-9415 or e-mail:

Registration open for Shenandoah Springs camp

Shenandoah Springs summer camp in Madison opens June 25 to 30. “America – You’re Beautiful” is this year’s theme. Children and youth ages 7 to 16 will follow a faith-based program seeking to impart a Biblical worldview, leadership skills and new memories and lilfetime friendships. There will be country-style home-cooked meals, experienced counselors, a six-acre lake for swimming, fishing and canoeing and instruction in fundamentals of football, basketball, soccer and volleyball as well as camping under the stars, hiking, cookouts and trail rides. For more information call: 540-923-4300 or visit:

‘Winemaker Wednesday” series returns
The Frenchman’s Cellar is bringing back its “Winemaker Wednesday” series. Aimed at making wine fun and approachable to all, you can join local wineries for a “taste and teach” about popular pairings, recipe options and more. Those who attend the discussions can then go to The Stable or Piedmont Virginia Steakhouse which will stay open late and waive the corkage fees for anyone who brings in a bottle of Virginia wine purchased as the event, hosted by owner Jeffrey Mitchell. The event is free to anyone over the age of 21. The next event at 129 E. Davis St., from 6 to 8 p.m. will be June 27 with Michael Shaps. For more information call Sonja Wise at 540-273-6667.

Job coaching available at library
The Culpeper County Library continues to host volunteer job coaching services with Brenda Curlee, a former counselor with the Fairfax County Government Department of Family Services. As a result of feedback received, Curlee will now provide a free, personal assessment of your resume at the Culpeper County library on the following days: June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Registration is required. For more information call the library at 825-8691 or visit: