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A Roadmap to Estate Planning


with Katherine Charapich

Calendar Apr 5, 2018 at 10:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

Legal issues often seem so complicated or confusing that we neglect dealing with them. Questions arise surrounding the key estate planning documents known as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, or advanced medical directives. The questions range from the basic to the more complex:  What is a revocable trust? What if I don’t have a will in place when I die?  Can I keep assets in my bloodline?  Do I have to leave assets to my children?  Do I need a power of attorney if I have made my adult-child joint owner with rights of survivorship on my bank account?  Attorney Katherine Charapich’s classes will address these questions and more, and will aid in understanding estate planning documents that can help provide protection for persons as well as their financial investments. Ms. Charapich will discuss protecting individuals’ interests and well-being should they become incapacitated and protecting assets for their care. She will also address ways to ease the transfer of remaining assets to beneficiaries.

Katherine Charapich, a lawyer with the Estate Law Center based in Culpeper, Virginia, focuses on estate planning, elder law matters, and business formation and contracts. Ms. Charapich obtained her Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Liberty Legal Journal. She earned a reputation for excellence in client service during her 20 years of prior business experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia that she continues to build upon in her practice today. For more information, please visit

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An Introduction to Fly-Fishing


with Roger Flinchum

Calendar Mar 20, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This course will allow individuals to understand the popular sport of fly fishing by providing small-group hands-on instruction in both an indoor class setting and outdoor practical application and experience. Each class will expose students to new layers of information and experience including history, equipment, casting and fishing techniques and fishing opportunities (local and distant).  An instructor-written booklet is provided as well as examples of periodicals and books for student use.  The last class is planned for a local pond to get that real fishing experience.

Roger Flinchum is a retired teacher, having taught 42 years at the local high school.  He has been a fly fisherman for over 45 years and has taught dozens of people to fly fish.  He has fished in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, the Bahamas, Montana and Colorado.  He also builds fly rods and ties flies.

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Art of Walking


with Jon Henry

Calendar Mar 19, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

This course will look at the prevalence of Walking within contemporary art. It will be part theory and making. The course will culminate in the formation of an art walk by each participant. We will be begin the course by examining what is walking: perfection of falling? sculpture? performance? time travel? movement? dance? etc. The class will be dependent on weather as we hope to venture outdoors to engage in creative movements. Other classes will be indoors with slide lectures and group discussion. The discussions will center around Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking, which can be read fully before class begins or in parts over the course. Skills are open-ended. Movement abilities are open: some walks may be less than 10 feet.

Note: It is recommended that each participant read Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit.  Other suggested books include The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, and Literature of Pedestrianism by Geoff Nicholson, The Art of Walking: A Field Guy by David Evans, and A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Reccan Solnit.

Jon Henry grew up in Rappahannock Co and moved to urban centers to pursue degrees at University of Richmond (BA), New York University (MA), and James Madison University (MFA). He is currently based in the Shenandoah Valley managing the Old Furnace Artist Residency and the vegetarian products of Jumpin Run Farm. Henry has received grants and fellowships from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Shenandoah Valley Arts Council, and Mildred's Lane. He is currently a Critical Collaboration Fellow for New York University.

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Beginner Golf Instruction


with Tom Johnson

Calendar Apr 18, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Students will learn the basics of the golf swing, chipping, and putting.  The instructor will explain and demonstrate the skill, watch the student swing or putt, and give advice on how to improve.

Note: each student will need an eight iron, a wedge, and a putter.  Practice balls will be provided.

Dr. Tom Johnson played intercollegiate golf for the University of Richmond and played in many amateur tournaments in the Southeastern United States.

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Birding for Beginners


with Ralph Bates

Calendar Apr 24, 2018 at 7 am, runs for 5 weeks

This class is designed to make you a more effective birder using techniques, equipment, books/references, and your ears and eyes.  You will sharpen your skills at observation and identification of birds we’ll find on four “field outings” of 90 minutes each at a nearby farm well-known for its biodiversity and diverse avian habitat.  The fifth class, our first,  will bring us together inside to get to know each other, share why each of us joined the class, our experience with birding, and what we hope to learn.   Each of our viewing and searching spots will familiarize you with the relationship between species inhabiting that habitat.  Each class date will be weather dependent. 

Students will need binoculars for field viewing (8x42 suggested).  A bird reference book or Smart Phone application is also suggested but optional.

Note: The first session will meet at RappU at 1 p.m. for the classroom session on Tuesday, April 24.

Ralph Bates became interested in identifying birds in 4th grade – inspired by his 4th grade teacher.  Since then he has been a casual, but frequent, birder in the US and many foreign countries.  He is self-taught and always learns and sharpens his skills through other, more experienced, birders.  He, and his wife Gwen, have been on guided birding outings in Belize, Peru, the Amazon, Alaska, Arizona, Portugal,  West Virginia and Virginia.  He’s also done birding in Guatemala, England, Ireland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Canada, Italy and many states here.  His life list is modest: around 900 species. 

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Bridge for Beginners


with Tammy Gill

Calendar Mar 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

In this class you will learn the basic rules for playing bridge.  You will learn the meaning of a trick, book, and bid.  After a short lesson, you will play bridge.  Most importantly, you will have fun while learning this great game.

Tammy Gill and her husband, along with ten friends, started taking bridge lessons seven years ago when they became empty nesters.   The lessons continued for five years, and the group of twelve still play together every other week.

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Chair Yoga


with Miranda Hope

Calendar Apr 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

No matter what age you are or what condition you are in, you can experience the health benefits of yoga.  Even if you are the laziest person in the world, you’ll love Chair Yoga and get many of the benefits of yoga -- relaxation, peace of mind, increased flexibility and strength in the body.

Miranda Hope is a certified yoga instructor who has taught since 2001.  Most recently, she has taught classes at Stonewall Abbey, Rappahannock County Elementary School, White Flower Studio in Warrenton, and the YMCA.  She taught chair yoga for four years at the Veterans Administration Hospital and frequently substituted in an elderly living facility.  She loves chair yoga because it's all the best of yoga--the stretching and strengthening, the meditation and breath work--without all the sweating and pretzeling.

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Chess: The Basics and Beyond


with Tac Tacelosky

Calendar Apr 22, 2018 at 5 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Have you ever watched people playing chess, and thought "I'd like to be able to play"?  Or maybe you know the rules and how the pieces move but aren't sure what to do next?  This class is for you.  You'll learn (or review) the rules, then move to how to coordinate the pieces, with a smattering of tactics, strategy and opening theory.  By the end of the class, you'll be able to confidently sit across the board and say "Let's play!"

Note: While participants may bring any chess set, a tournament chess set is recommended: $17 on Amazon (green roll-up vinyl chessboard).  

Tac Tacelosky co-hosts a Monday Night Chess Meetup in Dupont Circle, where he lives during the week.  He's been enjoying chess for more than 4 decades.

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