February is National Career & Technical Education Month and DECA Advocacy Month. King George County will celebrate its commitment to education on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at King George High School as part of the county’s 300th anniversary events.

Look at the career and technical education programs and labs in the school. Listen to guest speakers including Superintendent Dr. Robert Benson and KGHS alumni and Super Bowl champ Jermon Bushrod. Enjoy fine cuisine and celebration cake. Network with King George business professionals and industry leaders, elected officials and county staff, teachers and students of King George.

Tickets are free and available at Eventbrite.com, eventbrite.com/e/king-george-commitment-to-education-cte-night-tickets-88700310015?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

For more information, email dstrauss@kgcs.k12.va.us.


Ryan Murray is a student at Stafford High School and a Boy Scout in Troop 199. For his Eagle Project, he has partnered with the Friends of the Rappahannock to plant an acre of urban trees, 300, in Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.

Trees are available in any quantity. If you need 10 trees or more, the Scouts will plant small trees on the property of your home or business at no cost to you.

Red maple, river birch, paw paw, persimmon, black gum, white oak, red oak, pink dogwood, white dogwood, redbud, American holly, sweet bay magnolia, serviceberry, fringe tree, hackberry and American hornbeam are available.

Email ryan.p.murray07@outlook.com; or visit Friends of the Rappahannock at www.riverfriends.org/free-trees/ for more information.


The Power of Change from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative is accepting applications from local nonprofits seeking funding to support their communities. Across REC’s service territory, there are thousands of nonprofits that could benefit from funding, and The Power of Change is the perfect opportunity to help meet some of those community needs.

If your nonprofit needs funding to complete or start a project, apply to The Power of Change. Visit thepowerofchange.org, fill out the application and return it to REC by 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

“REC’s member–owners donate to make a difference in their communities,” added Hollins. “Apply today so those collective donations can make a difference for your nonprofit.”


Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold the Virginia Master Food Volunteer Training on March 6–27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The training will consist of lessons in basic nutrition, meal planning, healthy cooking techniques and food safety, with an opportunity to sample delicious recipes. Special guests include Virginia Tech and Virginia State University Cooperative Extension specialists, registered dietitians and other lecturers from around the state.

After training, volunteers will have the opportunity to volunteer in food demonstrations and displays at health fairs or farmers’ markets, food preparation and food safety classes, assisting with nutrition education programs or volunteers will have the opportunity to create their own forum for outreach in the community.

The $100 enrollment fee includes a notebook with educational materials, an apron, a tote bag, light refreshments and lunch each day of the training. The training will be held at the American Legion, 10021 Dahlgren Road, King George, VA 22485.

Registration deadline is Feb. 21, or until the class is full. For more information or to enroll, call 540/775-3062; or email lvwright@vt.edu.


The Stafford Diamonds college showcase baseball team is seeking two 17-or 16-year-olds to showcase their talents in front of college coaches this summer and fall. The team is looking for pitchers or utility players who will not turn 18 before May 1.

The club’s fees/dues are reasonable. It also has its own indoor facility for winter workouts. Email fanatic1965@yahoo.com to schedule a personal work out to see if you would be a good fit.


Redeemer Lutheran Christian Preschool, 5120 Harrison Road, is now registering students for the 2020–21 school year. For more information, call 540/898-4748, visit embracedbyhim.org/school or send an email to preschool@embracedbyhim.org.


The Stafford Regional Choral Society has begun preparing for its spring concert “Sing, Sing, Sing!” Under the direction of Jason Michael, the show will feature swing and big band music from the 1940s in an old-time radio hour. Rehearsals are Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1201 Courthouse Road, Stafford.

The group will accept new singers, ages high school through adult, through today. Registration fees are $60 for adults and $30 for students to help offset music, direction and other costs. Come a little early to register.

For information about joining and other details, visit staffordchoral.org; email staffordregionalchoralsociety@yahoo.com; or phone 832/398-6718.


Join Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg in April to celebrate the Month of the Military Child at a father/daughter, mother/son dinner dance at Ristorante Renato, 411 William St.

Tickets are $55 per couple and $25 for each additional individual in your party. For tickets, mail a check payable to Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg to Box 91, Fredericksburg, VA 22404; write “father/daughter, mother/son dinner dance” on the memo line of the check.

Proceeds will be used for care packaging program postage. For more information, contact Teri Reece at trreece@yahoo.com.


The Rappahannock Choral Society holds rehearsals on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Zoan Baptist Church, 5888 Plank Road. Interested singers should arrive about 15 minutes prior to the rehearsal to complete an application. Further information is available by calling 540/412-6152, or visiting rappahannock-choral-society.org. Rehearsals are open to the public, and interested singers should feel free to stop by to observe or sit in and sing.

The Spotsylvanians rehearse at the Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Road, on Mondays, 7–9 p.m. For more information, visit spotsylvanians.org/join.

The Voices, a small choral group directed by Mandy Carr, is recruiting treble voices. No audition is necessary. Rehearsals are twice a month on Tuesday evenings and include techniques on stage presence as well as skills in vocal training. Contact Denise Luck at thevoicesinfo@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.

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