This week’s Community Calendar

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. today at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The second will be held at the Lions Center in Ranson from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday. 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. tonight. 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

Public meetings: Shepherd University will sponsor a series of public meetings to seek input from the community, faculty, staff and students on the development of the university’s master plan. The master plan team and the architects advising the group will hear comments at 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. today, 6 to 8 p.m. tonight and at 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. All sessions will be held in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium. Attendees do not have to stay for the entire session and may come and go as schedules permit.

Dine and donate: Dine at Bob Evans in Ranson from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Jan. 18 and 15 percent of the sales will be donated to the Animal Welfare Society. Participants must present a copy of the flyer posted at or pick up a flyer at the AWS shelter or Petco in Ranson.

EPBA to meet: The Eastern Panhandle Business Association will meet at noon on Friday 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. Friday 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. Saturday at CraftWorks at Cool Spring Farm. 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.

Republicans to meet: The Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Turf Restaurant. Call 304-535-6914 or visit for more information.

Freedom march: The Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP will sponsor an event honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday. 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. Sunday. 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

Looking ahead

Meeting announcement: The monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the conference room of the USDA Service Center, 151 Aikens Center, Martinsburg. Agenda will be posted at the office three days prior to meeting.

Bible study for couples: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town will sponsor a four week Bible study on how to stay in love, starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Williams Fellowship Hall. There is no charge for this event. Please call 304-725-5513 or visit for more information.

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.

Democratic Women event: The Jefferson County Organization of Democratic Women announces that Simone Campbell will be the keynote speaker at the annual Almost Heaven event starting at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Skylight Restaurant and Ballroom at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Sister Campbell, of “Nuns on the Bus” fame, is an activist for social justice. Local singer songwriter Kipyn Martin will provide entertainment. Tickets can be purchased by calling 304-728-9991 or 304-261-5293.

Benefit fundraiser: A benefit concert for Gary Whittington will be held starting at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at Charles Town Baptist Church. All proceeds will go to Whittington’s medical expenses. Whittington is currently undergoing dialysis until a match can be made for a kidney.

Appreciation dinner: The men of Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town will honor mothers, daughters, wives and significant others from the Jefferson County community with an appreciation dinner starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 9. Ladies are encouraged to bring their sweetheart along for a delightful and entertaining evening. There is no charge for this event. Please RSVP by calling 304-725-5513.

Job fair: The Career Development Center will host its annual CareerFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at Shepherd’s Wellness Center. This is a free event. This event is designed to provide an opportunity to discuss part-time and full-time employment opportunities within your organization with students and alumni from Shepherd University. To register, go to Contact Jamie Fry at the Career Development Center with any questions at 304-876-5122.

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