Culpeper in Brief

Culpeper in Brief

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Food Closet shares needs

Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: canned soup, hamburger helper, flavored pasta sauce, canned fruit. Stats not available. 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.

Culpeper County Parks & Recreation

Spring activities are open for registration. Activities include: Horseback riding lessons for Adults & Pony riding lessons for ages 4-6 years; Dog Obedience, Quilting, Basketball for Men 20+years, Intermediate Guitar, Art classes for kids, Co-ed Field Hockey, Zumba, Tai Chi, and many more. For details and to register visit or call 540-727-3412.

First Robotics Competition Greater DC Regional

See tomorrow’s engineers in action and get in touch with Your Inner Science Geek! Student-built remote controlled robots face off in a two-day tournament at GMU’s Patriot Center. Winners qualify for World Robotics Championship. Free and open to the pubic. Kids can even test drive a robot. March 28-29, best public viewing both days: 9:30 a.m. – approximately 5 p.m. George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Go to www.dc-first-org for more information.

Annual Pansy and Spring Plant Sale

The Friends of Culpeper Library will hold their sale on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. – Noon. The sale will be held in front of the Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701. In addition to the always popular pansies there will be snapdragons, alyssum, petunia baskets, bleeding heart, candytuft, astilbe and dianthus. 6-pack of pansies – $5.00; 36-flat of pansies – $19.00; 2-1/2 inch & 4 inch pots – $3.00, 6 inch pots – $5.00. Come and shop for spring!!

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration starts in March

Kindergarten registration for children attending Culpeper County Public Schools will begin in March. Children entering kindergarten this fall must be 5 years of age on or before September 30, 2014. Please register your child on the date indicated at the elementary school he or she will be attending. If you are unsure which school your child should attend, please call the Public Schools Transportation Office at (540) 825-5446.

Yowell – March 28 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sycamore Park – April 1 – 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Farmington – April 4 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Emerald Hill – April 10 – 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. A-L and 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. M-Z
A.G. Richardson – April 24 – 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. A-L and 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. M-Z
Pearl Sample – April 25 – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parents must bring the following to registration: The child who is being registered for kindergarten; The child’s original birth certificate; (If you do not have one, school officials can help you apply.); The child’s immunization record that lists all shots the child has received to date; The child’s physical must be completed less than one year from the first day of school; Custody papers – court issued; Proof of residency – this may be a current utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage agreement, etc. School times vary. Contact Carla Finefrock (Culpeper County School Board), Linda Bowers (Preschool Coordinator). Phone: Carla Finefrock, 540-825-3677, ext. 3147; Linda Bowers, 540-825-3677, ext. 3424.

Rotary Club of Culpeper Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Culpeper will award two scholarships this year. The Club will award a $4,000 scholarship to one student, $1,000 dollars each year. The applicant must be enrolled towards a 4-year degree, but the first two years may be completed at a two year college. The second is named in honor of Jack Yowell and is a one-time $500 scholarship to a technical school. Applications are available at the guidance offices in the high-schools, or be emailing Both scholarships are based on merit. The student must be a resident of Culpeper and must have their applications in by April 1 so that a final decision may be reached on April 19. Applications should be mailed to Scholarship Committee, 141 Morningside Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Individual Job Coaching with Brenda Curlee

Bring your resume for a free, personal assessment. Brenda Curlee, “the job Coach”, continues to offer individual consultations, providing advice and assistance with resumes, interviewing, and networking skills. Currently scheduled dates and times of availability during April are: Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration is required. Call the Library at 540-825-8691 to make an appointment. Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Relay for Life Carwash/Bake Sale

The Central Office Relay for Life Team “No Cure Left Behind” is holding a carwash/bake sale on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tractor Supply Company, 588 Culpeper Town Square, Culpeper, VA 22701. For more information call 540-825-3677.

8th Annual Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Faire

The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire, featuring a variety of handmade arts and crafts and gifts, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 & 6 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: Adults $8, Senior (60+) $7, Online $7, Children 12 & under are Free. For more information call 540-548-5555.

CCHS and EVHS Present “Spring Spotlight”

A fine arts combined effort between four spectacular programs featuring: Culpeper County High School Choir “Red N’ Fusion”, Culpeper County High School “Voices of Men” and “Pride of Cecilia”, Eastern View High School’s Show Choirs “Innovation” and “Electrified” and Eastern View High School’s “Artistic Choir”. A special performance featuring the choral directors of Culpeper County!! Beautiful art from both of our high schools’ finest artist will be displayed in the lobby. On Thursday, April 10th at 7 p.m. State Theatre, 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper, VA 22701. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are for sale at the State Theatre Box Office. For more information or to purchase tickets please call 540-829-0292. Come out and support the arts in our public schools and in our community.

Jefferson Ruritan & Community Center Breakfast

The Jefferson Ruritan Club together with the Jeffersonton Community Center will hold its monthly all-you-can-eat Country Breakfast on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Menu will include: eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fried apples, biscuits & gravy, pastries, orange juice & coffee. Cost for the breakfast is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 and under 6 is free. Carry-out will be available. All proceeds go to scholarships, local public service organizations & charities and maintaining the Community Center. All are welcome. Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Road, Jeffersonton, VA 22724. For more information call 540-937-5119 or go to the website

Working Woods Walk at Montpelier

The walk will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Explore beyond James Madison’s Mansion and the lawn to the woods of Montpelier on a two-hour hike. The walk will be led by Virginia Master Naturalists through a state-of-the-art trail showcasing various forest & habitat tending methods. $10/person, or $5 with admission to the Mansion tour; children under 6 years old are free. The tour begins at the Visitor Center at Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957. For more information see In case of inclement weather, call 540-672-2728, ext. 141 or ext. 252 for more information.

Culpeper Astronomy Club

Amateur astronomer Myron Wasiuta will be leading fellow night sky watchers at the Monday, April 28 meeting of the Culpeper Astronomy Club in a discussion of the spring constellations Bootes Coma Berencies and Canes Venatici. There will also be a “show and tell” for the total lunar eclipse from April 15. The first part of the meeting will be held inside the library from 7 to 8 p.m. At 8 p.m., the club will then move outside to the front of the Library where there will be a telescope to observe the night sky, weather permitting. All ages are welcome, children, teens and adults. For more information call the Library at 540-825-8691.

Culpeper Soil & Water Spring Fever Rain Barrel Sale

Spring is almost here and we are having a Spring Fever Barrel Sale! We are selling our barrels for $65 each (normally $75 for 1 and $140 for 2) until April 15. Call 540-825-8591 or go to the website

Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District offers scholarships

Are you a high school senior planning to major in agriculture, environmental science/policy, horticulture or other conservation-related field. The Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District has scholarships available on their website, Individual awards are $500-$1,000. Scholarships are also available for current college students. Call 540-825-8591 for more information. College Scholarship Applications are due April 15.

Are you interested in fishing, camping and learning? The Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District has summer camp scholarships available on their website, The week long camps are Forestry Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center and Youth Conservation Camp at Virginia Tech. A total of four scholarships are given out annually. Applications are due April 1st. For more information see the website or call 540-825-8591.

Salem Ruritan Scholarships Available

The Salem Ruritan Club will once again award three $1,500 scholarships, one each to graduating seniors at Culpeper County High School, Eastern View High School and Rappahannock County High School. The scholarships are based on a combination of academic achievement, community service and financial need. Students are encouraged to pickup an application from their high school guidance department and submit the completed application form and narrative by the following due dates: CCHS April 1st, EVHS April 21st and RCHS April 14th. Ruritan is a civic service organization and through volunteer community service is dedicated to improving communities and building a better America. The Salem Ruritan Club gives thanks to the many citizens and businesses that support their fund raising activities, such as the “Annual July 4th Raffle.” That support, is what enables the Salem Ruritan Club to make the above scholarships possible. If you need more information, feel free to contact Max K. Weber, Secretary – Salem Ruritan Club, 540-547-4128,

Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

On Saturday, April 26, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will join with the Middleburg Business and Professional Association to host the second town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 40 local artists will be on display throughout the town from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Art in the Burg will also feature curator tours at the National Sporting Library & Museum, plein air artists, music, wine tastings, and special events hosted by local businesses. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase artwork, talk with the artists and enjoy the many venues that will have art on display. The historic Town of Middleburg also offers a variety of shopping and dining options. For more information go to the website

St. Luke’s School Spring Children’s Consignment Sale

St. Luke’s School Spring Children’s Consignment Sale will be open to the public on Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The sale will be held in the gymnasium (entrance behind the school) located at 1211 East Grandview Avenue, Culpeper, VA 22701. Questions call 540-825-8890 ext. 56 or email

Save May 6 for RappFLOW

On May 6, RappFLOW will join hundreds of nonprofit groups nationwide for a day of local giving. The national Give Local celebrates the 100th anniversary of community foundations. The local Give Local Piedmont is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. You can make a tax-deductible gift to RappFLOW by going to on May 6 to make your secure donation.

Verdun Adventure Bound Wounded Warriors Challenge & Family Day

On Saturday, May 10, Verdun Adventure Bound (VAB) will kick-off its first annual Wounded Warriors Challenge and Family Day. The benefit marks the beginning of the new VAB Wounded Warrior Family Program in partnership with Operation First Response, Inc., a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to assisting Disabled Veterans and their families. The Wounded Warriors Challenge and Family Day is a community event, free of charge to all non-competing guests and their families to enjoy the day. The Wounded Warriors Challenge encourages all individuals and teams to pre-register by April 15, to ensure each competitor receives a race packet of a VAB Wounded Warriors Challenge T-Shirt and bag of goodies. Each competitor is required to pay a $25 registration fee. Day of the race registration is available for individuals and teams without guarantee of a completed race packet. Verdun Adventure Bound is “Calling all Chili Chefs” to register for the Chili Cook-Off. For more information contact Honore Hastings, Verdun Adventure Bound at 540-937-4920 or or Peggy Baker, Operation First Response, Inc. at 1-888-289-0280 or

Free Tax Help in Madison County

VITA (Volunteer Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) volunteers help people complete their basic tax forms. Volunteers help people with low and fixed incomes and those 60 and older. There is NO CHARGE for this service. This service is available from Feb 3 to April 7. Mondays – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please call for an appointment and for more information on what to bring 540-948-6881. Madison County Extension Office, 2nd floor, War Memorial Building, 2 South Main Street, Madison, VA 22727.