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 email@example.com 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.
NAACP candidates’ forum: The Jefferson County NAACP will sponsor a candidates’ forum on April 24 starting at 7 p.m. in the St. Philip Episcopal Parish Hall, 411 S. Lawrence St. Candidates for House of Delegates and Senate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
EPCD meeting: The monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District will be held on Wednesday 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 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 Saturday 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.
Bus trip to New York City: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College will be sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on April 28. The bus will begin loading at 4:15 a.m. and leave promptly at 5 a.m. from the Dunn Building on the BRCTC campus. The trip is $65 per person. The trip will include eight hours in the city. For details, call 304-260-4380, ext. 2107.
Celebrate 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.
Yard sale to benefit pet adoptions: The Briggs Animal Adoption Center, 3731 Berryville Pike, Charles Town, will hold a yard sale on April 27 and Sunday, April 29. All proceeds to benefit the BAAC and Spay Today, a reduced cost spay/neuter program. Stop by between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday and on Sunday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Items for sale include books, furniture, clothes, toys, tools and kitchen items. Donations will be accepted. For details, call 304-724-6558 or visit www.baacs.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.
Caregivers Golf Classic: Good Shepherd Caregivers will be sponsoring the 19th annual Caregivers’ Golf Classic on May 4 starting at 10 a.m. A “marshmallow driving contest” will be held between 10 and 11:30 a.m., with funds going to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Registration is needed by April 27. For details, 304-876-3325 or email@example.com.
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.
Aging well workshop: The fourth annual Aging Well Workshop will be held on May 15 at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop, “Thinking Outside the Box,” is presented by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. The Honorable Robert Edwin Roswall, of Huntington, is this year’s keynote speaker. Workshop topics include “Playfully Aging,” “Creative Engagement Programs for Elders,” and “70, the new 50 ‘I got a new attitude.’” Registration for participants interested in obtaining CEUs is $30 and $10 without CEUs. Registration is due May 8. The registration form is available online at http://www.shepherd.edu/swweb/documents/AgingWellWorkshop2012.pdf. For details, 304-876-5337 or 304-876-5268.
Bully prevention workshop: Shepherd University and the Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education will host a workshop “Bullying Prevention: Making Our Schools a Safe Place to Learn” for middle and secondary educators, administrators, social workers, parents, and the community on Saturday, May 19. The workshop will feature nationally known expert Dr. Dorothy Espelage, a professor of child development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Pre-registration is necessary. Cost is $114 for teachers (to receive 3 credit graduate-level EDPD credits), $228 for inclusive (6 credit-level EDPD credits), and $40 for others. To register, visit http://www.shepherd.edu/graduate-studies/bullying. For details, 304-876-5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.