Schools audit seeks residents’ feedback

Culpeper County Public Schools is conducting a survey to determine if its employees, students’ families and community members are receiving the information they need.

Keeping stakeholders informed is important to the school system, the school division said.

Responses to the survey are welcome on Monday, Dec. 2.

Community members can also take the survey online, in English and Spanish, at

‘Cocoa With a Cop’The Madison Strong Community Coalition invites the public to an evening of holiday cheer while honoring local law enforcement and first responders by recognizing their service to the community.

“Cocoa with a Cop” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Madison Volunteer Fire Company, 1223 N. Main St., in the town of Madison.

Everyone is welcome to have hot chocolate with a first responder, and cookies with Santa. Santa will be available for photos taken with personal cameras.

Lights of Love at Culpeper HospitalThe Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Lights of Love tree lighting event at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, outside the Culpeper Medical Center emergency room.

The Dec. 3 program will feature holiday music by Jewell Tone Music Children’s Chorale as well as holiday treats and hot chocolate.

Community members can donate in honor or in remembrance of a loved one by purchasing a light on the tree for $10 or a light in the star for $50.

Forms are available in the first-floor lobby reception area at the main entrance of Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, the gift shop in the main lobby, the coffee shop on the second floor next to the waiting room or in the Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop at 513 Meadowbrook Shopping Center.

Pen to Paper meetingPen to Paper will hold its next monthly morning meeting 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Culpeper County Library and an evening session from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fran Cecere’s house. People attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Members’ significant others are invited.

December writing prompts are Christmas future and describing a “colorful” holiday (use as many colors as possible). Writers are asked to keep prompt stories to 500 words. Writers will share their work and receive constructive feedback.

Pen to Paper, a writing club of Windmore Foundation for the Arts, meets the first Tuesday of each month in the library conference room.

Be a Local Hero fundraiserThe Team Jordan suicide prevention and support coalition will host its annual fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Pepper’s Grill in Culpeper.

Admission is free, so all are welcome to grab a friend or neighbor and come out for fun evening to support a great cause. There will be food, live music and a deejay, a silent auction, a raffle-prize battle table, and a $10,000 grand-prize raffle drawing. All 300 tickets for the big drawing have been sold.

Town of Culpeper leaf vacuuming

The Town of Culpeper will perform loose leaf vacuuming Dec. 2-3 in the areas along Route 229, Route 29N and Old Rixeyville Rd. as well as the Belle Parc, Mosby Meadows & Hidden Fields areas.

Loose leaves should be placed in piles at the edge of the street behind the curb or ditch line and away from parked vehicles to facilitate vacuuming. Leaves should not be placed in the street, roadside ditches or block storm drains, according to a town news release.

Piles of leaves must be free of bottles, cans, rocks, sticks, brush or other debris that could damage the equipment. Residents with small amounts of leaves may place them in their container for regular refuse collection; however, it is the Town’s desire to keep as many leaves as possible out of the transfer station. Bags of leaves will not be collected.

Vacuuming on the town’s west end will be collected Dec. 4-6 from the Sperryvile Pike Bridge to the corporate limits including LakeView, Redwood & Lesco areas. For information, contact the Public Works Department at 540/825-0285.Community Services Board Meeting

Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at 15361 Bradford Rd. in Culpeper.

Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend and participate should contact 540/825-3100, extension 3146. RRCS is an equal access and opportunity organization.

Jingle Bell Trot

CrossFit Culpeper will host a Jingle Bell Trot 5K Run at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Yowell Meadow Park in Culpeper.

The annual, heart-healthy event will benefit the Culpeper Toy Chest and its efforts to help needy families provide toys for children. Registration is $35 and sponsorships are $100 with all proceeds to benefit the Toy Chest. Register by Dec. 5 at to guarantee receipt of an event t-shirt. Children 12 and younger can participate for free.

Toys can also be dropped off at CrossFit Culpeper, located at 115 Walters St. and there will be a box at the park on race day as well. Medals will be given to first, second and third place overall for men and women.

Jefferson Ruritan Christmas Dinner

The Jefferson Ruritan Club will hold its annual Christmas Dinner, Installation of 2020 officers and board and Christmas Sing-Along at 7:00pm on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Jeffersonton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (behind the church), 18498 Springs Rd., Jeffersonton.

All are welcome to attend this free program, including fellowship starting at 6:30 p.m. The Jefferson Ruritan Club is a local community service organization helping the community to be a better place. New members of all ages are always welcome. To RSVP or for information, contact 540/937-5119 or see

Change in Culpeper Neighborhood Watch meeting

The next Combined Neighborhood Watch Group meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Culpeper Police Department. At the meeting will be a presentation of the latest Amazing Citizen Award.

The December meeting is being held earlier than usual due to the Christmas holiday. In February, the Combined Neighborhood Watch meetings will once again be held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

The meeting will include a special speaker and an update from the Criminal Investigations Division, upcoming traffic enforcement campaign and events from our Community Policing Unit, and door prizes. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Culpeper Police Department invites community members to attend. For information, contact Sgt. Brittany Jenkins at 540/727-3430 extension 5536.

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