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Compassion lecture: Anyone may attend a free lecture Thursday at Shepherd University that is part of the daylong “Diversity and Cultural Competence: Create and Cultivate with Courage and Compassion” seminar

Beverly Malone, chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing, will present the keynote address at 11 a.m. at the Butcher Center.

Malone is a leader in the national conversation about the nursing and nurse educator shortage, and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality, culturally competent care to diverse patient populations, domestically and globally.

This professional development opportunity is supported by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Zumba news: A new Zumba class starts in Shepherdstown Monday, and April also will bring a pair of Zumbathons to Martinsburg.

Liliana Robeson will lead Zumba sessions at Asbury Church, 4257 Kearneysville Pike, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. A monthly pass is available with classes costing $5 per week or anyone may pay $7 for an individual class. For more details, call 304-876-3112 or email

A Zumbathon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 105 W. John St., will help send at-risk youngsters to camp this summer. A donation of $5 is suggested for adults and anyone 12 and younger can Zumba for free. For details, contact Sara Koontz at 304-263-0603.

West Virginia University Hospitals-East will sponsor a Zumbathon April 21 to benefit the March of Dimes. Held in the parking lot of The Wellness Center on the City Hospital campus from 9 a.m. until noon, the event is open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Each participant is asked to donate $10. All proceeds will be donated to the March for Babies. For details, call The Wellness Center at 304-264-1232 or email

Free running clinics: Runners, whether novice or experienced, can get tips during free monthly running clinics at City Hospital’sWellness Center in Martinsburg. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a nationally ranked distance runner and a family physician based in Harpers Ferry, will conduct the monthly clinics for runners of all levels on the first Friday of every month. The clinics will focus on promoting proper form, preventing injuries and improving performance. Cucuzzella also is the founder and organizer of autumn Freedom’s Run and the spring Two Rivers Heritage Half Marathon. A 4 p.m. clinic will focus on stability, mobility and strength. The 5 p.m. clinic will focus on running form. Participants can attend one or both clinics each month. The next clinic will be April 6. Clinics will take place in the Wellness Center’s aerobics room. To register, call 304-264-1287, Ext. 1814 or email For information on group runs and ongoing clinics, go to the Freedom’s Run headquarters’ website at Two Rivers Treads at

Yoga workshop: Jala Yoga, the yoga studio at Mellow Moods Cafe and Juice Bar at 117 W. German St. in Shepherdstown, is offering a Core Power workshop from 5 to 5:45 p.m. April 6. The cost is $10 (or $8 for Jala Yoga class card holders). For details, visit or call 304-263-5367.

Health Expo: Anyone can get free screenings, health and nutritional information and more April 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the McCormack Center on the City Hospital campus in Martinsburg.

The annual health expo, which is normally held in May, has been moved to April to coincide with the annual Martinsburg Noon Rotary Club’s health fair. Other offerings include West Virginia University Hospitals-East trauma services and cancer program information, home health services and Wellness Center information.

Event coordinator Jesi Graham said that in addition to free blood pressure checks and physical therapy screenings, free chair massages also will be available. For details, call The Wellness Center at 304-264-1232.

Scholarship fund 5K: The Miana Stewart Scholarship 5K on April 14 benefits a scholarship fund created by Randy and Mary Stewart of Gerrardstown in memory of their only child. Miana was killed Oct. 13, 2005, when she came home from Musselman High School and interrupted a burglary at the family’s home. The 5K on the track at Musselman’s football stadium begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for those who sign up by April 5 or $25 the day of the race. Those who pre-register get a T-shirt. There are discounts for students and members of the Shenandoah Valley Runners. For a registration form or get more details, call 304-229-5299.

Foster care fundraiser: The annual “Walk With Me … for Youth In Foster Care” starts at 1:30 p.m. May 13 at Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown. For more on the walk, which raises awareness and funding for foster care programming, visit or call 866-call-mwv.

Diabetes program: Endocrinologist Sheila Ramirez will present “Diabetes 101” – an update on the signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of diabetes – at 7 p.m. April 17 on the City Hospital campus in Martinsburg.

Sign-in at the West Virginia University Hospitals-East Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center begins at 6:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served at the program’s conclusion at 8 p.m. To reserve a seat for the free mini-medical school program or ask questions, call 304-264-1287, Ext. 1760.

Shepherdstown 5K: This Race Is For The Birds happens April 21 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. The event includes two professionally timed trail races: one 4.9 miles long and another that covers 7.7 miles. A self-timed, two-mile run/walk for families and a free, one-mile fun run for children also are offered. Proceeds benefit the Potomac Valley Audubon’s programs for children. For more on the race, which begins at 9 a.m., go to

Cycling fundraiser: April 22 is the early-bird deadline to register for the CASA River Century, a Shepherdstown fundraiser that benefits the Eastern Panhandle chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocate, which provides volunteers to aid children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect.

The self-paced bike ride on May 19 starts on the campus of Shepherd University. Cyclists can choose from routes of 25, 50 or 100 miles. There also is a 25-mile off-road option.

Full support is provided, including breakfast, lunch, a swag bag, aid stations and a sag wagon for those who sag behind and need a hand getting back to the starting line.

The event raises money through sponsorships and fees paid by riders. Early-bird fees range from $20 for either of the 25-mile routes or $40 for the longer trips. Starting April 23, fees increase to $35 or $50. To sign up or find out more about the race, go to

“Thunder” 5k: The Thunder Over the Blue Ridge air show and open house doesn’t happen until September, but a running event at the Martinsburg air base happens next month. The C-5K happens April 28 at the 167th Airlift Wing at 9 a.m. This 3.1-mile fun race offers a unique opportunity to run alongside the unit’s C-5 Galaxy aircraft. New this year: a kids’ one-mile fun run is free for all children under the age of 12. Proceeds from the race will help fund Kids Village activities. Last year the Kids Village presented $1,000 to the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle. For details, go to

Harpers Ferry Half-Marathon: The Harpers Ferry Half Marathon May 12 includes the 13-mile race as well as a four-mile trail run and a free kids’ run. The race is part of the Two Rivers Heritage Partnership, with proceeds going toward the Harpers Ferry-based For the Love of Children organization’s outdoor education center and to Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children. Details may be found at or by calling Two Rivers Treads at 304-876-1100. The website is

Healthier young people: BodyWorks, a program for parents of young adolescents, is offered in the Panhandle through West Virginia University Hospitals-East, the Berkeley County Health Department, the WVU Extension and Shenandoah Community Health.

Families who enroll in the BodyWorks Program will receive a BodyWorks tool kit and will attend regular group meetings to help maintain behavior change. The kit includes a video on healthy shopping and cooking strategies, a recipe book, food and fitness journals, a weekly meal planner refrigerator magnet and more.

There is no fee for the program, but registration is limited. For more information or to register, call 304-264-1287, Ext. 1814 or email

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