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Culpeper in Brief for the week of July 5

Please e-mail your items for community briefs at least two weeks prior to the event to Ray Finefrock at: rfinefrock@timespapers.com Please include contact information for the public.

Food closet shares needs
Food Closet "Needs of the Week": rice side dishes, canned vegetables (except for corn or green beans) and pancake syrup. 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: 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.

Reception tickets on sale for MTC musical
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 www.marchingthroughculpeperonstage.com/tickets/ 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.

Safren Summer League starts tenth year
The Safren Summer League basketball camp enters its 10th year starting July 5 with sessions each Thursday through July 26. Camp time is 6 to 8 p.m. The basketball camp is for girls and boys entering grades sixth through ninth in the fall. This year's counselors are former NBA player Keith "Mister" Jennings, J.T. Thompsonm, head boys basketball coach at Culpeper County High School, Dr. Brooke Miller of Rappahannock Fame Team Miller, Josh Majors of the Miller School and Quinton Hunter of James Madison University. Camp is free and is located at 20399 Miller Dr. In Culpeper. Registration is limited. For more information call: 829-9953.

Register for teen-run book club in July
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!

Hospital offering diabetes seminar
Culpeper Regional Hospital is offering a three-week class from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning July 10 in the hospital board room. The class is designed to provide a better understanding of diabetes, provide skills needed for its managment and improve quality of life. The cost is $5 for the three-class series. For more information call Meador Horne at: 829-8867.

Take in 'Winemaker Wednesday'
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 July 11 with North Gate Vineyard. 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: 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: www.cclva.org

Women's defense course at Powell Wellness Center
Beginning July 14, a four-week personal defense course designed for women in a comfortable and safe environment will be provided at Powell Wellness Center. Registration ends July 6. Learn street awareness, verbal command and body positioning, defense from grabs, chokes, holds strikes and how to deal with multiple attackers, both armed and unarmed. Cost is $100 for members, $89 for students and $165 for mother/daughter duos. Non-members pay $15 extra. Each class of the four-week program must be attended to graduate. For more information call: 829-4741

Scholarships available
The Phoenix scholarship is offered to currently enrolled college students who are permanent residents of Culpeper or Rappahannock counties and in clear need of financial assistance in order to continue a course of study leading to a degree or professional certification. The program of study may be at any accredited institution. Applications are available from high school guidance offices or from Foundation Scholarship Committee members Linda Murphy (540-547-2589), Helen Williams (540-937-4279) or Sanford Reaves (540-547-4210. Application deadline is July 16.

Meeting will focus on shitake production
Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University, in collaboration with Fauquier County farmer Francis Ngoh, owner of Rock Run Creek Farm, will conduct a small farm field meeting on July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the farm. The meeting is free and open to the public and will focus on organic production of fingerling potatoes and shitake musrooms. For more information contact Jim Hankins, VSU Small Farm agriculture managemennt agent, at 540-533-6500 or e-mail: jhankins@vsu.edu or Ngoh at: 703-628-8447 or e-mail: fenogh2010@gmail.com

District offers 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: stephanieD@culpeperswcd.org

One-call transport help here
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

Master Gardeners on call for questions
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: culpepermg@gmail.com. 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.

'Marching' tickets now on sale
Tickets for the multimedia, musical performances of "Marching Through Culpeper" scheduled for Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 5, 12 at 2:30 p.m. are now on sale at the following locations: the Museum of Culpeper History, Stellar One banks, Main and Davis Streets and at Lake of the Woods. Tickets are $18 for adults ($20 at the door) and $9 for age 18 and under ($10 at the door.) Tickets are good for any performance in the 950-seat Eastern View High School auditorium. Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance. Groups of 15 or more will be seated in reserved sections. See www.marchingthroughculpeperonstage.com/tickets/ for information on group prices and mail orders. Checks should be made payable to FCMB and mailed to FCMB, PO Box 1853, Culpeper, VA 22701. Proceeds to benefit battlefield preservation. The production is looking for more community assistance for its production. The group is asking that others from the community step forward to aid the Business Manager, Dale Duvall (540-547-2373), with sponsors and donations, as well as developing an official events program and getting advertisers. Production Manager Diane Logan (540-727-8849) is also looking for more help with sound and lighting.Contact Johncie Carlson at:johncie@studiocphoto.com with questions or to volunteer to help on stage.
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