Helping hungry schoolchildren: Caring Cupboard, a program that provides food baskets for struggling Shepherdstown elementary and middle school children on weekends, is requesting donations. Launched by Shepherdstown Lutheran Church and now endorsed by the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association, the program initially gave out four baskets each week at the start of the 2011-12 school year and now provides more than 70. Anyone may leave contributions or cans of soup, peanut butter, tuna and other non-perishable foods addressed to “Caring Cupboard” at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St., Shepherdstown. Any foods not included in local baskets will be delivered to the Jefferson County Food Bank. Send questions to Johncase4218@gmail.com.
Volunteers sought: YoungLives, which provides resources and support for young mothers, is looking for volunteers to provide childcare from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Thursday of each month. Volunteers can help on just one Thursday a month or all three. Volunteers must be 18 or older and pass a background check paid for and completed by YoungLives. They will be helping with children ages newborn to age 3. YoungLives is also looking for mentors and committee members. For details, contact Jill Bevins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-919-1681.
Parenting help: The Eastern Panhandle Relatives as Parents Program invites grandparents or other relatives raising a child to take part in monthly support group meetings. The Berkeley County meeting is held the third Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berkeley County Boys and Girls Club. The Jefferson County meetings are held the fourth Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.
Republican Executive Committee meeting: The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will be held at the Turf Restaurant in Charles Town on Saturday at 9 a.m. All registered Republicans are encouraged to attend. For more information call Anne at 304-535-6914 or visit www. jcwvgop.com.
AARP Meeting: The April meeting of Jefferson County AARP Chapter #799 will be held on Thursday in the fellowship hall of Asbury United Methodist Church. The board of directors will hold their meeting at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting and program for members and guests will follow at 11 a.m. The featured program will be a square dancing demonstration by the chapter-sponsored square dancers’ group. A light luncheon will be served afterwards. Members are reminded that those who have not yet paid their 2012 dues should do so at this meeting. Members are requested to also pay for the annual chapter banquet to be held on Thursday, May 10. Members not attending the April meeting, who are planning to attend the banquet in May, should call Isabelle Ebersole 304-725-1279 to make their reservation by May 7.
NAACP candidates’ forum: The Jefferson County NAACP will sponsor a candidates’ forum on Monday starting at 7 p.m. In the meeting room at the Charles Town Library. Candidates for county commission, board of education, magistrate, sheriff and prosecuting attorney have been invited to attend. The public is invited to meet and question the candidates.
Adopt-A-Highway volunteers needed: The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting registrations for the Saturday, April 28 Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup. Volunteers have until Saturday to register. Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies and communities can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road or main route. Private roads and interstate highways cannot be adopted. The Adopt-A-Highway program provides garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests to volunteers. The state also takes care of disposing of collected trash. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate. To register, call 1-800-322-5530 or send an email to email@example.com. If you reach the REAP voicemail, please leave your ID, phone number, group name, date of cleanup, number of participants and the county where your adopted road is located.
County Democrats to meet: The Jefferson County Democratic Convention will take place Saturday in the Judicial Building, 110 N. George St. in Charles Town at 3 p.m. The convention is open to all registered Democrats. Jefferson County will select 34 delegates plus alternates to represent the county’s five magisterial districts at the state convention. The delegates and alternates must be divided between men and women from each of the districts. The county convention also will elect members to each of the three state convention committees from those elected as state delegates. The state convention will be held in the Charleston Civic Center June 13 – 14. For details, www.jcdems-wv.org. The national convention will be held in Charlotte, N.C. From Sept. 3 through 7. Anyone interested in being a delegate to the Democratic National Convention must file with the state party by May 8. Forms are available on the website www.wvdemocrats.com or by contacting the party headquarters at 304-342-8121.
Black iron cook-off: Black iron cooking enthusiast Cliff Thrasher will fire up the first annual Appalachia Trading Company Black Iron Cook-Off. This culinary challenge will begin at noon on Saturday in the Gilmer County Farmer’s Market Pavilions. Teams of up to three people will be able to use only black iron cookware and an open fire to prepare traditional Appalachian dishes. The deadline to register is April 12. Winners of the Black Iron Cook-Off will receive a plaque and an ATC apron. All Black Iron Cook-Off rules and regulations along with a schedule of ATC events can be found at www.glenville.edu/community/atc. For more information, contact Tashua.Allman@glenville.edu or phone 304-462-6051.
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.
Focus on child abuse from a child’s perspective: Eastern Panhandle Child Watch initiative’s aim is to bring attention to abused and neglected children in the Eastern Panhandle community that suffer due to the poor decisions of parents and caretakers. When the abuse is brought to the attention of authorities, a new nightmare begins for the child. Child Watch will provide an opportunity to see actual locations where children enter the system and receive services. Through the eyes of a child, we will create a new awareness and provide insight into the current crisis in the child welfare system. The goal of this collaborative project is to heighten community awareness of the plight of abused and neglected children, and to mobilize the community to direct energies and resources to these issues. The event happens on April 23. Space on the bus is limited to the first 30 people, two people per agency (wait list available). Please call the Family Resource Network at 304-263-0603 ext. 29 or ext. 28 by Friday, April 13 to reserve a place. Lunch will be provided and there is no charge to participate.
Book presentation: Local young adult author Malcolm Ater will speak about his book Tyler’s Mountain Magic on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Mountain Community Center to celebrate the dedication of the Community Center’s Children’s Library. Tyler’s Mountain Magic was selected as the Best Book Length Story of 2011 by the West Virginia Writers, Inc., and was recently selected as a 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner for sports. An open house will run from 1 – 4 p.m., with the dedication at 1:30 p.m. The program is sponsored, in part, by a grant from AHA, The Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County.
Friends of Scouting Dinner: The Mannahoac District, Boy Scouts of America will host its 2012 Friends of Scouting Dinner for Jefferson County on Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town. The highlight of the dinner will be honoring John Sherwood as Scouting’s Distinguished Citizen. For more information on the FOS Dinner, contact the Shenandoah Area Council at 540-662-2551 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sac-bsa.org.
River cleanup: Volunteers are asked to come out from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to clean up the shoreline of the Potomac River. The cleanup, to be held rain or shine, is being organized by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and River and Trail Outfitters, BTI Whitewater and River. Trash bags will be provided, but volunteers should be prepared to get dirty. Long pants and work gloves are suggested attire. For details, email Samantha_Zurbuch@nps.gov or call 304-535-5017.
Help for “Coach Mike”: There’s still time to buy tickets to a cash bonanza to benefit Mike Grant, the assistant Washington High football coach who has been fighting cancer since late 2011. The Saturday fundraiser, to be 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 cornhole 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 auction, 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.
EPCD meeting: The monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the USDA Service Center, 151 Aikens Center, Martinsburg. Agenda will be posted at the office.
Free movie: Sustainable Shepherdstown will show the movie “Good Food” on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Opera House. The 73 minute film is free and open to the public. The film is an intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest.
Spaghetti fundraiser: 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, call 304-707-1812.
Celebrating Earth Day: Mark your calendar for April 28 and the fourth annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration at Morgan’s Grove Park on the corner of Kearneysville Pike and Morgan Grove Road just outside of Shepherdstown. The family-friendly event, happening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., is free to those who walk or bicycle to the park or $10 per car. The fun includes art, crafts, kids’ activities, demonstrations from environmental and conservation groups, vendors, a farmers market and more. Musicians performing will include Paul Pfau Trio, Acoustic Burgoo, Zion Hearts, Bob Keel & Chelsea McBee and Todd C. Walker. To donate time or money toward the event, call 304-702-2620. More information is available a www.pedc.earthvibeproductions.com.
Rabies clinic: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County will be holding a rabies clinic on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. with Dr. Gallup at AAAA Storage located at 1186 N. Mildred Street in Ranson. The cost of the rabies shots will be $10 per animal. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. There will be a secure, enclosed area available to safely vaccinate cats. The vaccination cost is $10.00 for each pet. Show you care by vaccinating your pet on April 28. For details, visit the AWS web site at www.awsjc.org.
DOT to discuss Statewide Bicycle Connectivity Plan: The West Virginia Department of Transportation is holding public meetings throughout the State to gather input for a bicycle plan to make strategic connections between neighboring states, state regions, municipalities and points of interest. The public meeting will focus on the geographic region where the meeting will be held, but will also present and receive comments on the other regions of the State. All meetings will be from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be brief presentations at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. followed by an opportunity to give comments in a workshop style setting. A public meetings will be held in Jefferson County at Ranson City Hall on May 3. Written comments can be dropped in a comment box at the workshop, or mailed to: Robert Pennington, P.E., Director, Program Planning and Administration Division West Virginia Department of Transportation Capital Complex Building Five, 8th Floor 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East Charleston, WV 25305-0430.
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, visitwww.walkwithmewv.com or call 866-call-mwv.
Vendors needed: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is having their sixth annual Bark in the Park on June 2 at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town. Vendors are needed to set up for the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who would like to set up a booth to display a craft or business, visit the AWS website at www.awsjc.org. to register or call 304-725-5972 for more information. A 10 ft. by 10 ft. vendor space will cost $25. Vendors must provide own set up. Animal Rescues will be provided space free of charge.