Drivers, team members, friends, family and volunteers participate in last month’s STEM Gravity Challenge at Paul Bates Raceway. The Piedmont Area Soapbox Derby will be held this Saturday at the same location.

Kaine to host gun violence discussion in Fredericksburg

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will hold a roundtable discussion on Monday in Fredericksburg on gun violence prevention as he continues his push for Congress and Virginia’s General Assembly to pass gun safety legislation in the aftermath of the Virginia Beach shooting, according to a news release from Kaine’s office.

The U.S. Senator from Virginia will be joined by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Moms Demand Action members, local faith leaders, and families affected by gun violence.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. on June 17 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 25 Chalice Circle.

Learn how to use a computer

The Culpeper Library is hosting a series of free classes on how to use a computer starting at 10:30 a.m. today, “Internet Basics with Tiffany Hodge,” for beginning users with basic computer skills. Desktop computers will be provided, but those wishing to use their own laptop should arrive 10 minutes early to set up. Hodge will lead a second class, “Internet Security,” at 10:30 a.m. on June 21 at the library for beginning users.

Need help with Excel? Sign up at the circulation desk for a session in the computer lab with Betty Katt. Have PC questions? Sign up at the circulation desk for session with Evelyn Fenley. Have a Macintosh or Apple question? Sign up at the circulation desk for help with a Learn How to Use Computer instructors with flexible hours.

To volunteer to help teach these classes or others, contact Susan Keller at 540/825-8691 or Class space is limited. Sign up in advance by calling the library.

Youth Summer Jam, Friends & Family Day

The NAACP Culpeper Branch #7058, also representing Madison and Rappahannock Counties, will host its 2019 Youth Summer Jam, Friends & Family Day from noon to 3 p.m. on on Saturday, June 29 at Yowell Meadow Park in Culpeper.

The annual celebration will include a cookout, musical entertainment, games, prizes, and information on joining the NAACP. Special guests will include Greg Stroman, Jr., cornerback for the Washington Redskins. Prior to playing as a rookie for the Redskins in 2018, Stroman played for Virginia Tech, where he was a first-team All ACC player and graduated with a degree in Consumer Studies.

The event is free and open to all NAACP members and their friends and families. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation. The organization’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. For more information, visit

Carnival pageant contestants sought

Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. is now seeking contestants for its carnival happening June 26-29 in the following categories Queen (ages 14-20), Junior Miss (ages 8-13) and Little Miss (ages 3-7).

For tickets and information, contact 540/937-4218. The parade will be held on Thursday, June 27. To enter, contact 540/937-4218.

Bowl for Seniors Fundraiser

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services is now accepting sponsorships for its upcoming fundraiser, Bowl For Seniors. The annual event will be held noon to 4 p.m. on June 22 at Mountain Run Bowling Center in Culpeper.

All proceeds will benefit RRCS Aging Services Programs in Culpeper, Orange, Madison, Rappahannock and Fauquier counties. These programs include Senior Center Services, Home Delivered Meals, Adult Day Healthcare, Senior Advocacy, Options & Insurance Counseling, Care Coordination and Transportation Services.

Multiple levels of support and/or participation are available for Bowl to Seniors including Monetary Sponsorship, Door Prize Donation, Bowling (team of four with a $30 pledge or more per bowler, shoes and event T-Shirt included). There will be $200 cash prize for the team with the highest pledge total and Raffle Ticket Purchases ($1/ticket; $500 prize). For information, contact RRCS Aging Services at 540/825-3100.

Free local screening of “African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”

The Piedmont Race Amity Project is sponsoring the free local screening of the six-part PBS series by Henry Louis Gates, “African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17 in room 313 at Culpeper Baptist Church on West Street in town.

The rest of the series will show at the same time and place on the subsequent Monday nights of June 24, July 1, July 15, July 22 and July 29. The series guides viewers on a journey across two continents to explore the history of African-Americans, encompassing five centuries of events, visiting key sites, and engageing in debates with historians and eyewitnesses like school integration pioneers Ruby Bridges and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, former Black Panther Kathleen Neal Cleaver and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. For information, contact or 540/718-4132.

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