This week’s Community Calendar

Blood donors needed: A blood drive will be held at the Kearneysville United Methodist Church starting at 1 p.m. Friday. Sign up online at

Special service: The Millville Pentecostal Church will host a New Year’s service starting at 6 p.m. The Knight Family from Mt. Airy, Md. ,will serve as special guests. Everyone is welcome. A free will offering will be received. For more information, call 304-725-5155.

Polar Bear plungers needed: Ann Khiel Fern, of the Charles Town Ghost Tours, will be leaping into the icy waters of the Potomac River to raise money for the Humane Society of Washington County during the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge starting at noon on New Year’s Day. Fern is recruiting members for the Charles Town Ghost Tour team and is also asking for sponsors for herself or one of her team members. Spectators are welcome at the event at River Bottom Park in Williamsport, Md. To sponsor Fern, call 304-724-6741.

Looking ahead

Ballroom dance lessons and party: The Ballroom for Beginners 7-week course begins at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown. Cost is $125 per person. No dance partner is required. A ballroom dance party will start at 7:30 p.m. The ABCdancesport-sponsored event will cost $12 per person. Great music and dancing, lots of fun for all. For questions, call 503-309-7250 or go to

Art classes available: The Berkeley Arts Council will be holding an introduction to watercolor painting class. The class begins Jan. 9 and continues for six weeks. It will be held at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday. Registration is available online through Jan. 2 at and the fee of $75 can be paid by credit card or Paypal. Other classes being offered include pottery and handbuilding (Monday evening), introduction to oil painting (Tuesday evening), jewelry design (Wednesday evening) and a class for home school students in art exploration (Monday morning). For more information, visit, email or call 304-262-1611.

Birding workshop: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a workshop on backyard birding starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 12. at CraftWorks at Cool Spring Farm, in southern Jefferson County. Participants will learn how to attract and feed birds, and how to build a simple platform feeder. There will also be instruction in identification and recording techniques. For this workshop, there will be a fee of $20 for Master Naturalist Program members and trainees, and $25 for members of the public. Enrollment for each workshop will be limited, and pre-registration is essential. To register and get more information, go to, email or call 304-676-8739.

Business networking: The monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum will start at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Purple Iris in Martinsburg. The cost is $10 per person. For questions, call 304-728-3255 or email

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