This week’s Community Calendar

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

Ballroom dance lessons and party: The Ballroom for Beginners 7-week course begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday 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. For questions, call 503-309-7250 or go to

Club meeting: The Tri-State Base of submarine veterans will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ryan’s restaurant in Martinsburg. The meeting begins with a lunch and a business meeting will follow. If you are a Navy veteran and qualified on a submarine, please join us. The Tri-State Base of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania meets every month, rotating between states. For more information about the group, go to For questions, email, or call 304-229-8000.

Farmers market meeting: The Charles Town Farmers Market will be holding its first annual community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the large meeting room at the office of the Jefferson County Development Authority, 1948 Wiltshire Blvd. in Bardane. RSVP to

Special church service: An Ecumenical service of prayer and healing hosted by the Shepherdstown Episcopal Church will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the church fellowship hall. This is a new service of prayer, song and healing. For more information, call the Rev. Susan MacDonald at 301-667-1165.

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 hand building (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.

Blood donors needed: Two blood drives are being held in Jefferson County. The first will start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The second will be held at the Lions Center in Ranson from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Sign up online at

Photography program: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a program titled “Conservation Photography: Saving the World One Image at a Time” starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 9. The program will be held at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown, in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building. Admission is free. For questions, call 304-676-3397 or email

EPBA to meet: The Eastern Panhandle Business Association will meet at noon on Jan. 11 at the Epic Buffet in the Hollywood Casino, Charles Town. Dues for 2013 are payable at this meeting, by cash or a personal check (no company checks allowed for PAC membership) in the amount of $100. RSVP by Jan. 9 if planning to attend.

Spaghetti dinner: Good Shepherd Caregivers will hold a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. Menu includes spaghetti (with or without meatballs), salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and beverages. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children (under 5 are free) and tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd’s free services for seniors and those with disabilities. For questions, call 304-876-3325.

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.

Freedom march: The Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP will sponsor an event honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 13. Marchers will assemble at the Charles Town Public Library at 2:30 p.m. Marchers, led by the youth, will walk along Washington Street, stopping briefly at the Jefferson County Courthouse where highlights from the Emancipation Proclamation will be read. Marchers will continue to Wright Denny Elementary School where the program will take place, beginning at approximately 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a sign identifying their group.

Recital: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present violinist Dr. Laura Kobayashi and pianist Susan Gray for the annual Hamilton Memorial Recital at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13. The concert is a ticketed event, $5 for non-members and free for members and children 12 and under. For questions, call 301-739-5727 or email

Audubon children’s program: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a special program about the stars and constellations starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 18. The event will be for children ages 6 to 9. The program will help youngsters learn how to identify the different stars and constellations, and introduce them to the old stories behind them. The event will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church’s Orchard House, which is located at 4599 Shepherdstown Rd. about half way between Shepherdstown and Martinsburg. There will be a $5 fee for each child. To register or for questions, go to, call 304-676-8739 or email

Ham-oyster-turkey dinner: Rohersville Ruritan Club from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Meal includes mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, sauerkraut and dessert. Dinner is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children under age 5 are free. Carry out available — please bring containers. For questions, call 301-791-2369 or call 301-432-5541 the day of the supper.

Divorce care for children: Are your children angry, hurt and confused about your divorce? Finding help for your children can be frustrating. DivorceCare for Kids, provides a safe, fun place where your children will learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, develop coping skills and be introduced to biblical concepts that will bring comfort. The group will meet at Rock Spring Church, 114 Poor Farm Rd. in Kearneysville, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Materials fee will be $15. Register online at or call the church office at 304-724-1942.

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