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Blood drives set: Panhandle residents have three opportunities to donate blood to the American Red Cross in the coming week: 1 to 7 p.m., Thursday at Fellowship Bible Church, 160 Daniel Road, Shenandoah Junction; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday at Independent Bible Church, 2306 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, 750 Hollywood Drive. To make an appointment or to get more information, call the Red Cross at 800-733-2767.

Jefferson Memorial Park offerings: Children’s tennis registration will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park tennis pavilion rain or shine. Late registration will continue on June 11 and 12 at 8:15 a.m. each day. The program is open to boys and girls ages 3 to 18 of all skill levels. The lessons camp will run June 11 through 15 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, followed by league play and tournaments through August 8. The cost is $65 for the first child in the family and $35 for each additional child. Mail checks to City of Charles Town. For questions, contact Glenn Edwards at 304-725-7929. The park swimming pool is open for the season. For questions about hours and rates, season passes, private pool parties and private swim lessons, contact MaryBeth Anderson at 304-725-8313. Free swimming lessons sponsored by the red Cross will be held June 25 through July 6. Registration will be in the morning on July 21 at the pool house. Registration forms are available at the pool house, Charles Town City Hall and the Red Cross office and must be signed by a doctor. Picnic pavilion rentals are available by contacting Marybeth Anderson at 304-820-2735.

Summer youth programs: Teens and children looking for a special summer week can check out YMCA Camp Horseshoe’s summer schedule, which includes a Teen Entrepreneurship Summit starting on Sunday, adventure camps for boys and girls ages 7 to 12 and more. For details, call 304-478-2481 or email

Jefferson County Council on Aging bus trips: The Jefferson County Council on Aging and Jefferson Capital Tours will be offering bus trips throughout the year. Trips offered include: WV Mining Tour — June 26-27; Philadelphia City Tour — July 12; Pennsylvania Opry: Remembering Elvis — August 15; Cape May, N.J. — Sept. 4 and 5; Inner Harbor Gospel Cruise — Oct. 13; Antietam Cowboy Christmas Show — Nov. 14; Christmas in Williamsburg, Va. — Dec. 5 and 6. For questions or to register, contact Chasidy Rosa-Morales at 304-725-4045 or stop by JCCOA, 103 West 5th Avenue, Ranson.

Low cost veterinarian service offered: Do you have a dog or cat that needs to be spayed or neutered? Spay Today is the area’s reduced-cost spay and neuter program. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can also be obtained at lower rates. To find vets and more information, go to or call 304-728-8330.

Ranson Festival and Car Show: The Ranson Convention and Visitor Bureau will be having the Ranson Festival and Car Show on June 16 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vendors will be able to setup at 8 a.m. Tables will be provided. Site with electricity will be $50 and without will be $35. The Ranson Car Show registration will begin at 8 a.m. and cars will be parked on Fairfax Blvd. For details, contact the Ranson Visitor Center at 304-724-3862.

Ranson Summer Sports Camps: The Ranson Civic Center will be hosting summer sports camps in June for all 2nd — 9th grade students. A girls softball camp will be held June 18 to 21, and co-ed basketball June 25 to 28. Camps will run from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration forms and camp brochures are available at the Ranson Civic Center or at Ranson City Hall. For details, 304-283-4432 or 304-616-8998.

Shepherd to host senior racquetball tournament: Shepherd University will host the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic racquetball tournament on June 23 at the Wellness Center. The event is open to anyone 50 or older. The first four finishers qualify to participate in the 2013 National Senior games to be held in Cleveland. The state qualifying event is the only way to qualify for the national games. Participation is by age group in five year increments. Other events will be held in Charleston June 21 through 23 including golf, tennis, bowling, bike races, track and field, and swimming. Sign up for any event at the WVSSC website at and write “racquetball” on the entry form. For questions, go to or call 304-886-9075.

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 or 304-919-1681.

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