Culpeper in Brief

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Food Closet shares needs

Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: pancake mix and syrup, single serving microwave meals, single serve cereal. There were 75 families helped and 2,061 meals were handed out last week. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 115 N. East Street, Culpeper, VA 22701. Phone: 540-825-1177.

Healthgrades awards CRH for orthopedic excellence

Culpeper Regional Hospital (CRH) has received awards for Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacements from Healthgrades, a national organization that independently analyzes over 4,500 hospitals each year, by focusing on strictly clinical outcomes and utilizing transparent methodology. Healthgrades recognizes the top-performing hospitals in the nation that have achieved quality excellence in particular specialties, clinical excellence, and patient safety.

Culpeper Regional Hospital has been awarded “Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, 2013 – 2014, and Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award, 2014. CRH is the only hospital in Virginia to rank among 100 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, two years in a row.

Culpeper Regional Hospital’s Quality and Patient Safety Officer Karen Harris says, “We are very proud of this award. It takes a great deal of hard work and dedication to be among the best. Our patients and their families can feel confident that the care they receive at CRH is top (five stars) in the nation.”

People searching for physicians can also find our providers through the CRHS website at or at

Learn to live a happy, more productive life

W. E. Mindfulness Community of Culpeper. Feel like life is passing you by? Feel like you don’t have enough time? Mindfulness is about living a happier, more productive life. Join us every Friday at noon in the Culpeper Library Conference Room, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701. For more information contact Michele at

Hospice seeks volunteers

Hospice Support needs volunteers (men volunteers are especially needed) to fill out the ranks of our wonderful group of volunteers. Free volunteer training classes will begin March 12 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The classes will run 5 consecutive Wednesdays. The following subjects will be explored, Body Mechanics, Grief, Hospice, Family Dynamics, Patient Care Coordination along with a host of other topics.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with office duties, events and our famous loan closet. Please call 540-347-5922 or email, to register. Hospice Support of Fauquier County, 42 N. Fifth Street, Warrenton, VA 20186.

Virginia Commission for the Arts to present workshops

Virginia Commission for the Arts Application Assistance Workshops will be held in the following locations:

Norfolk, Area 6
Feb 5, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, 745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. Contact 757-664-6200.

For more information contact Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator at 804-225-3132 or

The Blue Ridge Chorale starts season

The Blue Ridge Chorale has started its new season. Rehearsals are held each Monday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Hwy. Culpeper, VA. Concerts will be in late April or early May. We are a non-affiliated, not for profit community chorale. We draw singers from Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties and perform throughout those areas. See the website at or call 540-717-9023.

St. Stephen’s offers workshop

This six-week course offered by the Rev. Lizabeth Smith, CJT, will be offered on Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Jan 25 – March 1. This course includes 18 journaling techniques to deepen your inner journey, express your creativity and enhance your personal growth. It is a good spiritual practice for the winter months, ending just before Lent. Your offering of $120 will be tithed to the ministries at St. Stephens. To register for the course or for more information, contact Lizabeth at 540-272-9470 or email her at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East Street, Culpeper, VA 22701.

VirginiaFIRST supports STEM

VirginiaFIRST is the Virginia affiliate of FIRST, an international non-profit organization that organizes robotics events to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathetmatics.

Two dozen middle and high school robotics teams from around the region square off in the FIRST Tech Challenge North Central Qualifier, competing for the right to go to the Virginia FTC Championship in March.

This family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public. It will be held at Locust Grove Middle School, 6368 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove, VA 22508 on Saturday, Feb 8. Best public viewing: 11 a.m. – noon, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information go to

Red Cross holds Volunteer Open House

The Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross – Culpeper Branch is holding a Volunteer Open House on Jan. 30 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. It will held at 118 East Piedmont Street, Culpeper, VA 22701. People are invited to come and learn more about volunteering for the Red Cross and what’s in store for 2014. To register or ask questions, call 434-282-3818 or email

Learn about Culpeper Reiki Shares

Reki is a gentle, hands-on energy healing technique. For men, women and children accompanied by a responsible adult. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m & 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Culpeper County Library meeting room, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For more information contact Desy Campbell at 540-825-0681or Donation: Friends of the Library or the Food Closet.

Seminar offered in Fredericksburg

Connections is an educational seminar for parents whose children have ADD/ADHD, Austism, Sensory Processing Disorders, frequent emotional outbursts and other neurological diagnosis. Parents will learn all about brain development and what areas of the brain need to be connected in order to improve and in many cases eliminate these conditions and symptoms. By implementing a daily movement and exercise routine, the neural network in the child’s brain will be changed and so will the behaviors. Results have shown children are being taken off of some or all of their medications after doing the movements. Connections offers help, hope and answers! This event will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. & Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg, 3625 Latimers Knoll Ct, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Cost is $250. Contact or call 757-717-7187. For more information see their website:

Jefferson Ruritans host “Groundhog Day” dinner

The Jefferson Ruritan Club will hold its 28th annual Groundhog Day Pancake & Sausage Supper from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Road, Jeffersonton, VA The menu features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, fried apples, coffee & tea. The cost is $6.75 for adults & $3.00 for children 12 and under. This is the primary fund-raiser for our IRS-certified non-profit Jefferson Ruritan foundation. 100% of proceeds go toward the Jefferson Ruritan Memorial Scholarships awarded to college bound students. Direct donations are fully tax-deductible. For more information call 540-937-4541.