Community Notes

Bridge, Bunco & Mahjong Party: 10 a.m. today at Cress Creek Country Club, Shepherdstown. The 11th annual event benefits Good Shepherd Caregivers. Tickets cost $30, which includes lunch. Reservations required. For details, see www.gsivc.org or call 304-876-3325.

Blood drives: Several blood drives are scheduled in the Panhandle for the coming week, including from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 510 Butler Ave. in Martinsburg; from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rocky Knoll School, 52 Advent Drive in Martinsburg; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd University, 301 King St., Shepherdstown; 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co., 4217 Hedgesville Road; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shannondale Community Center, 58 Mission Road, Harpers Ferry. For more information, go to www.redcrosswv.org or contact the Red Cross’s Eastern Panhandle office at 1948 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville. The phone number is 304-725-5015.

Monthly meeting: Eastern Panhandle Conservation District meets 7 tonight. USDA Service Center, 151 Aikens Center, Martinsburg. For details, call 304-263-4376.

Ribbon cutting: Officials from the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the Hampton Inn & Suites’ official grand opening at 5 p.m. today at the hotel at 157 Pimlico Drive in Charles Town.

Birding trip: Nature lovers can meet at 8 a.m. today at Martin’s at 190 Flowing Springs Road, Charles Town, for a birding trip to the Shenandoah River sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. For details, email monsansagalkin@myactv.net or call 240-291-6465

4-H meeting: The Shenandoah Mountaineers 4-H meeting starts at 7 tonight at Middleway United Methodist Church in Kearneysville.

Business leaders: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership meeting starts at noon Thursday at the Quality Hotel Conference Center, 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway, Harpers Ferry. For details, email info@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or call 304-725-2055.

Food fundraiser: The Brothers of Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 42 F&AM will sell lunch Saturday from noon until the food is sold out at the lodge on North Maiden Lane in Shepherdstown. Choice of fish or fried chicken with baked beans, cole slaw, green beans, applesauce and rolls for $10. Carryout is available as is free delivery for anyone who pre-orders five or more meals. For details, call 304-267-2588 or 304-240-9102.

Ghost tours: Charles Town Ghost Tours’ 2012 season kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town. Admission costs $10 for those 12 and older or $5 for younger children. For details, call 304-724-6741.

Dinner-dance: Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Club’s annual Spring Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tobin’s Banquet Hall, 6332 Winchester Ave., Inwood. Tickets cost $25. For details, call 304-229-7949.

Stories from Iraq: Beth Pyles, a former lawyer and minister, has worked extensively in Iraq since 2005 as a member of Christian Peacemaking Team. The free talk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church at 100 W. Washington St. For more on Christian Peacemaking Teams, see www.cpt.org.

Spay Today fundraiser: Walk or run the Tails on Trails, a non-competitive 5K & 10K that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Blandy Farm State Arboretum in Boyce, Va. $25. For details, call 304-724-6558 or go to www.baacs.org.

Medical seminar: West Virginia University Hospitals-East experts present information for those considering a lap-band procedure for losing weight. The free talk starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the campus of City Hospital, 2500 Hospital Drive in Martinsburg. Reservations must be made by Friday. To sign up or get more information, call 304-596-6900.

Learn about coffee: A coffee tasting event happens from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St. The coffee experts at Charles Town’s Jumpin’ Java will help participants learn to distinguish different beans and roasts. Free coffee and treats will be served and coffee also will be available for purchase. For details, call 304-725-2208.

Dinner meeting: The Henry Kyd Douglas Camp Sons of the Confederacy hold its monthly dinner meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Independent Fire Co., 200 W. Second Ave., Ranson. For details, email p.lutz007@gmail.com.

Coming up

Basketball signup: Boys and girls ages 4 to 18 must sign up by April 13 to take part in the Ranson Parks and Recreation and Jefferson County Parks and Recreation’s basketball league. The cost is $60 per child, with a discount for multiple youngsters from the same household. Register online at www.jcprc.org. For more information, call 304-728-3207.

Help for Coach Mike Grant: Next month brings a Cash Bonanza to benefit Mike Grant, the assistant Washington High football coach who has been fighting cancer since late 2011. The April 14 fundraiser, held from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Ranson Civic Center, will offer $6,500 in cash prizes, including a grand prize of $2,500. Also planned: a silent auction, a mini-corn hole tournament, a DJ and other fun. Each $50 ticket includes dinner for two and one chance for the cash drawing. Because the event will include gambling and beer sales, it is not kid-friendly. To buy tickets or drop off items for the silent auctions, stop by Studio M, 132 W. Washington St., Charles Town; Jefferson Asphalt, 9390 Middleway Pike, Charles Town; or the Spirit of Jefferson, 210 N. George St., Charles Town. Direct questions to Ronda Lehman at 304-261-8070.

Poetry sought: Anyone can submit a poem to be displayed during the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s April 14 Wildflower Festival. The festival will focus on spring themes. Poems may be dropped off at Four Seasons Books, 116 W. German St, in Shepherdstown, emailed to 4seasons@citilink.net or mailed to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, P.O. Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 6. The Wildflower Festival will happen at the Audubon Society’s Yankauer Nature Preserve, north of Shepherdstown. For more information, call the Audubon Society at 304-676-3397 or send an email to pvas-mail@aol.com.

Spaghetti Night: Martinsburg High’s Band Boosters will hold its third-annual Jazz/Spaghetti Night April 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the high school at 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg. The night will include a silent auction, a regular auction, the spaghetti dinner, live jazz from students and more. For details, 304-707-1812.

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Planning an event that’s open to the community? Send your Community Notes submissions to Christine Miller Ford at Christine@spiritofjefferson.com. Items may be faxed to 304-728-6856 or mailed to the Spirit of Jefferson newsroom, 210 N. George St., Charles Town, WV 25414. Questions? Call Ford at 304-725-2046.

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