Community Notes

Applicants needed: Individuals and organizations interested in seeking funds through the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County’s (AHA) Community Arts Impact Award (CAIA) Program have until midnight on Jan. 15 to submit their application. The CAIA Program offers financial support for projects that aim for a significant impact on arts and humanities in the region. Interested parties should consult the CAIA Program Guidelines on the AHA website ( Awardees will be contacted and announced by Feb. 15. All inquiries about the CAIA Program can be submitted to For group and membership information, visit or like us on Facebook.

Gardening classes to start: The Berkeley-Jefferson Master Gardener program is currently recruiting for the 2013 spring class. Classes will be held Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the WVU Tree Fruit Research and Education Center in Kearneysville. For more information or an application go to or call the Berkeley County Extension Office at 304-264-1936. Deadline for receiving application for the 2013 class is Jan. 15. Registration fee for the 10-week class is $100 and includes the manual and all handouts for the class.

Volunteers needed: Good Shepherd Caregivers is currently recruiting volunteer drivers for critical transportation needs and members of churches willing to serve as part of a care team for an individual in need. Persons interested in volunteering should call 304-876-3325 or email

Art submissions needed: Entries for the Third Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit, sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and The Redbrick Gallery in Martinsburg, will be accepted starting on Jan. 3. Deadline for submission will be Feb. 19. Details, including entry forms and the full schedule, are posted on the Berkeley Arts Council web site. For questions, call 304-596-0873 or email

Beekeeping classes available: The West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is now accepting registration for its 2013 beginner beekeepers course. Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday starting Feb. 4 at the West Virginia Fruit Research and Education Center in Kearneysville. Classes end March 11. The course fee is $70. For beekeepers who have completed the beginners course or have at least two years beekeeping experience, a three week advanced class will be offered. These classes will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb 2, 9 and 16. More information and registration forms for classes are available at or by calling 540-247-2482.

Calling all artists: Steam at Harper’s Ferry is looking for artists to submit work for selection for its next exhibit, “Big Top Steam,” in Harper’s Ferry starting on Feb. 23. Artists are requested to submit work related to Victorian Era circuses, ideally with a steampunk twist. Artists may submit up to three works for selection. There will be a $30 fee if selected. Artists from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania or the District of Columbia are preferred. For more information, email

Low-cost veterinarian service offered: Spay Today is the area’s reduced-cost spay and neuter program for dogs and cats. 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.

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