In Brief, Sept. 29


Pocket Park makes its debut


The community is invited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the E.B. Wood Community Park. This is sponsored by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. and the Wood Family. The pocket park is located at 118 N. Main Street in historic downtown Culpeper. Event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. Light refreshments served. Contact or 825-4416.

What do we want in a college president?

The Germanna Community College Local College Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 to review the results of the Presidential Search Survey.

The meeting is open to the public. It will be held in Conference Room 225 of the Dickinson Building on the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania at 10000 Germanna Point Dr. Members of the public who wish to speak should sign in by 9 a.m.

Germanna President David A. Sam, who recently  announced his retirement plans, said the chancellor of the Virginia Community College System and GCC’s Local College Board will work together to hire a new president, probably making a choice by March. Sam will continue as president till June 30, 2017.  He said GCC students, community members and Germanna’s faculty and staff are being asked what they are looking for in a new president.

Anyone wishing to participate in the survey online may do so here:

Germanna currently has people serving on an interim basis in several other leadership positions because it’s traditional for a new college president to be able to choose his cabinet. Sam said the positions should be filled soon after the new president is selected.

“I am very confident that the people here can do this work,” he said.

William Thomas, the chair of Germanna’s College Board from Culpeper County, said, “We’re going to come out of this in great shape because we have a great staff.”

Germanna serves the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Orange, King George, Caroline and Madison.

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Foothills Express changes schedule


Beginning Oct. 4, the Foothills Express Shuttle bus will be operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.  There will still be three round trips per day, but Wednesday service will no longer be available.  Please schedule your appointments accordingly.  For more information please contact (540) 829-5300 or visit

Hospital renovations continue

Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center began renovations earlier this summer to provide additional cardiology clinic space and enhance the lobby.

As a continuation of the enhancements, the main lobby entrance will temporarily close beginning Monday, Sept. 26. Patients, guests and staff will enter through the glass doors to the side of the cafeteria. A temporary wall will house the construction, and guests and staff will access the second floor, the public elevator, and the Auxiliary Gift Shop through the back hall.

Cardiac patients will continue to be seen in the outpatient office, located inside the medical center on the second floor near the medical outpatient department, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until renovations are complete. Renovations are tentatively expected to be completed in early 2017.

To make an appointment with Culpeper Medical Center cardiology services, call 540-829-4400.

A+ School Rewards Program returns

GIANT/MARTIN’S announced Tuesday that their A+ School Rewards Program is back. With one swipe of their bonus card, customers can earn cash for local schools through the A+ School Rewards program at  MARTIN’S Food Markets and GIANT Food Stores. Customers can sign up now to participate in the program and designate up to two local community schools for funds.

“We’re committed to being a Better Neighbor, and our A+ School Rewards brings us together with our customers to help local schools,” said GIANT/MARTIN’S President Tom Lenkevich. “Over the years, A+ School Rewards has helped build healthier school communities by funding educational programs, field trips, scholarships, playgrounds and more.”

Customers who designated schools last year do not need to re-designate their school(s) but are encouraged to confirm their school IDs by going to the store’s respective websites. Customers do not need to have a child in school to support their local community. A+ School Rewards is open to everyone and customers can sign up to support a school outside of their local community in order to support a friend or family member’s school.

All registered schools will earn points from Oct. 7, 2016 through March 16, 2017.

GIANT/MARTIN’S has donated more than $25 million to hundreds of public and private schools since 2005.

What is a “Death Café” and why talk about Death?


Death is a normal part of life; it is not a failure to be avoided or hidden. At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather in an open, respectful place to eat dessert, drink coffee and to discuss whatever they wish on dying and death.  Death Café is part of a global movement whose main objective is to increase awareness of death while helping people make the most of the rest of their lives.  A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes – no products or services are sold or endorsed. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

See for more detailed information. Join us for coffee, cake and conversation on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 3 – 4:30 in the Library meeting room.  RSVP by calling 540.718.5323 or email


Yoga and stress management offered for children

Kidding Around Yoga is excited to announce they are offering regularly scheduled children’s Yoga teacher trainings worldwide, as well as online specialty courses. The next local training is in Culpeper at Golden Harmony Fitness Studio (120 West Culpeper Street) on Nov. 12 and 13, 2016.

Kidding Around Yoga trainings provide adults interested in teaching Yoga and stress-management to children the unique skills required for building strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. Through interactive games, original music, and traditional Yoga practices, KAY instructors teach the whole child – body, mind, and spirit. Participants also have the option of enhancing their teaching skills through KAY’s specialty online courses, designed to introduce Yoga to special populations.

“Our program provides educators, parents, therapists, and coaches methods to teach Yoga and stress management techniques to children so they can find peace on the inside, regardless of what is happening around them,” says Haris Harini Lender, founder of Kidding Around Yoga.

Kidding Around Yoga teacher training is available to anyone interested in developing peaceful, confident, compassionate children. There are no prerequisites for the training and no Yoga experience is necessary.

Anyone interested in learning about the in-person teacher training, or the online courses can find out more by visiting the Kidding Around Yoga website or by contacting the trainer, Marcie Robinson, at  or 414-736-9786.

About Kidding Around Yoga: Kidding Around Yoga is an international children’s Yoga teacher training company. Online and in-person trainings are available to prepare participants to guide children through classic Yoga, breathing, mindfulness, and meditation practices. KAY’s mission is to change the world, one peaceful child at a time. Contact Kidding Around Yoga at or 855-KID-YOGA.

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