CENTRAL VIRGINIAN OF THE WEEK: Orange County High School senior Hannah Howard (left) visits with teacher Whitney Milbourne in this 2019 photo. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, recently honored Howard, of Gordonsville, as the “Central Virginian of the Week” for the student’s ongoing work to increase awareness about addiction and expand training on the use of the life-saving Narcan. Howard’s 27-year-old brother, Devon, died last year from a fentanyl overdose; since that time the local teen has put forth substantial efforts to promote mental health resiliency in the area, including interning at a local rehab. Said Spanberger, in a recent speech on the House floor, “In the nine months since Devon’s death, Hannah has shown tremendous courage by studying addiction and educating her peers … I admire Hannah’s empathy and determination. Through unimaginable loss, she has created a framework within the Orange community to prevent tragedies like the one she and her family have faced. Madam Speaker, please join me in thanking Hannah for her selflessness and her service to Virginia’s Seventh District.”

Yoga relaxation workshop

A free yoga relaxation workshop will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 13 in the group exercise room at Powell Wellness Center, 1005 Golf Dr. in Culpeper.

Join yoga instructor Amy Biddle for a yoga nidra deep relaxation class focusing on stress relief. This program is open to the public. For information, contact 540/445-5395 or

Hospice of the Piedmont volunteer training

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Can you make one visit a week to help a hospice patient or family member?

Hospice of the Piedmont will be hosting volunteer training during the evenings of May 5, 7, 12 and 14 at its headquarters, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway Suite 300 in Charlottesville. All volunteer roles are non-medical. To register or for information, contact Tina Hughey-Commers at 1-800-975-5501.

A Valentine’s Day to remember

A special sweetheart’s dinner for a good cause will be held at 5 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 14 in the parish hall at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East St. in downtown Culpeper.

Town resident Lina Marengo-Frank is hosting the event with proceeds to benefit a 13-year-old cancer patient. The dinner will include live music by pianist Daniel Grotz. For information, contact 540/497-4180 or

Valentine’s Day Pizza & Paint

Couples and individuals are invited to join Creative Crafts with Amy for an evening of fun and creativity while celebrating the day of love at 6 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 14 at Elevate, upstairs on the second floor at 107 E. Davis St. in downtown Culpeper.

For couples, two canvases will combine to form one. There will also be a 16x20 canvas option for solo painters. Expert instruction, supplies, pizza and wine provided—$30 for individuals, $50/couple. Register by February 12 at or 571/278-7182.

Women in Innovation conference

Biochemist, STEM advocate and Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier will be the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Women in Innovation conference March 17 at the Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond.

The conference, coinciding with Women’s History Month, celebrates the achievements of Virginia women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and aims to inspire the next generation of women innovators.

It will focus on the exchange of knowledge and ideas. This year, through a unique collaboration with CodeVA, the event will also include a session designed for K-12 women. Featured guests will also include National Correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America Adrienne Bankert and a performance by American Idol finalist Shayy Winn.

Dr. Gladys West, a mathematician known for her integral role in the development of GPS, will be recognized with the 2020 Honorary “Powerhouse” Female Innovator Award. Registration is $75 at the Women in Innovation website.

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