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MOPS accepting registrations

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is accepting registrations for the 2012-13 year at Culpeper Baptist Church. If you are a mother of a child ages birth through kindergarten and would like to get out of the house more, meet moms in the community and have fun then MOPS is for you. For more information, call the church at: 825-8192 or e-mail: culpeper.mops@yahoo.com

SAFE seeks volunteers

As a private, non-profit organization for more than 30 years, Services to Abused Families provides shelter, support and advocacy to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock and Fauquier counties. All SAFE services are free and confidential. SAFE appreciates the time and effort donated by volunteers. The next SAFE four-hour volunteer training is Aug. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the SAFE office, 501. E. Piedmont St. For more information or to register contact Gina Mullins, community outreach coordinator, at: 825-8891 or e-mail: gmullins.safe@gmail.com

Mountain View hosts sermon series

Mountain View Community Church will be presenting a sermon series titled: "Overcoming the Dog Days of Spiritual Wearniness" from this Sunday through Sept. 2. Everyone is invited to the church Sunday's at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m., at 16088 Rogers Road, behind Bruster's Ice Cream. Small groups also meet throughout the week. For more infromation visit: www.mountainviewcc.net or call: 727-0297.

Musicians needed at local ministry

New Life Annointed Ministries – West in Culpeper is looking for musicians for Sunday, Wednesday and special services. Musicians must be able to rehearse with the Praise and Worship Team on designated rehearsal days, as well as travel with the pastor for external ministry engagements. Musicians must be able to play traditional and contemporary gospel, as well as traditional and contemporary Christian with the ability to learn other worship styles quickly, if necessary. Musicians myst be committed, faithful and have, above all else, a heart for worship. Please contact Pator Eugene Logan or Elder Jennifer Barbee at: 829-9373 if interested and for further details.

Food closet shares needs

Food Closet "Needs of the Week": Rice or potato side dishes, single serving microwaveable main dishes and jelly. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Phone: 540-825-1177.

Soil and Water district seeks nominations

Each year the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes residents/landowners of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties for their dedication to environmental education, soil and water conservation, forest protection and environmental business practices. Awards are: Clean Water Farm Award, Environmental Educator of the Year, Forestry Award and Business/Industry Award. Recent winners have included Sam Fox, Becky Gore of the Orange County High School Anglers' Club and Wilhoits Mill Farm in Orange County.If you would like to make a nomination contact Stephanie DeNicola-Turner at: 825-8591 or visit: www.culpeperswscd.org

Battlefield tours depart from Graffiti House

A two-hour Kelly's Ford and Stevensburg tour will depart from the Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road in Brandy Station by personal vehicle at 10 a.m. Aug. 11. The tour covers the June 9, 1863 Union river crossing at Kelly's Ford and then follows the route of Union cavalry commanded by Col. Alfred Duffie to Stevensburg where JEB Stuart scout Capt. William Farley was mortally wounded. Cost is $10. Children under 12 are free. The tour is sponsored by the Brandy Station Foundation. The historic Graffiti House will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information visit: www.brandystationfoundation.com

'Ride for Care' at Bull Run Hunt Club

The "Ride for Care" fundraiser bike ride will be Aug. 12 at Bull Run Hunt Club, 12240 Mitchells Road in Mitchells. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and riders may start between 8 and 10 a.m. The fundraiser to benefit the Trauma and Critical Care Fund of Culpeper Regional Hospital is organized by Bull Run Hunt Club and Bike Stop Racing. There will be 10-, 20- and 30-mile routes with rest stops, refreshments and bike maintenance provided by Bike Stop. This is a fun group ride and not a race and cyclists of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Roads will be open to automobile traffic. Volunteers will be at intersections to help direct and asist cyclists. After the ride, riders are encouraged to go to the Bull Run Hunt Club for ride prizes, giveaways and food. The cost is $25 per person. For more information e-mail: bikestopteam@yahoo.com or call: 825-2105 for event director Alex Forte. If you wish to sponsor a cyclist contact Mike Alexander at Culpeper Regional Hospital at:malexander@culpeperhospital.com or: 829-8817.

'Doc' the latest read at Third Thursday book club

The Third Thursday book club will meet Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Culpeper County Library to discuss Mary Doria Russell's novel, "Doc." 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 at: www.cornershelfbookstore.com

Stardust Music Festival set at Hearthstone School

The Stardust Music Festival will be Aug. 18 from 2 p.m. to midnight at the Hearthstone School, just outside the town of Sperryville. There will be live music, vendors, kids games, activities, face painting and moun bounces all day. Area bands featured include: Roots Coalition, Cactus Moat, The Stink Bugs, Sleepfeeder, Shortness of Breath, Pigs From a Gun, Gold Top County Ramblers and others. Erik the Viking and Soolah Hoops will provide creative entertainment. There will be massages and wine, beer, ice cream and food will be for sale. Admission is $10 with children under 13 free. For more information visit: www.hearthstoneschool.org, e-mail: info@hearthstoneschool,org, call" 540-987-9212 or see the school's Facebook page.

Blue Ridge Chorale welcomes new singers

New singers are welcome to join the Blue Ridge Chorale under the direction of Carole Tomhave. The new members meeting will be Aug. 20 and rehearsals for winter concerts will begin Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway. For children age 7 and younger, the Youth Chorale, under the direction of Catherine ter Weele, will meet on Monday's from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. starting Sept. 17. The concerts will be performed Dec. 7 at Prince Michel Vineyards and Dec. 9 at Reynolds Baptist Church in Sperryville. For more information call: 540-948-4573 or visit: www.brcsings.com

Transportation 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: www.rrregion.org

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