This week’s Community Calendar

Conservation meeting: The monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District begins at 7 tonight in the conference room of the USDA Service Center, 151 Aikens Center, Martinsburg.


Blood donors: A blood drive happens from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at Leetown United Methodist Church. Sign up at


Fundraiser: The 12th Annual Pedal for Pooches bike ride starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds go to Briggs Animal Adoption Center and Spay Today. For details, go to or call 304-724-6558.


GOP meeting: The Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will meet at the Turf Restaurant in Charles Town at 9 a.m. Saturday. For details, call 304-535-6914 or visit


Rummage sale: The First Baptist Church of Ranson will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Rental spots will be available to the public at $10 per table. Call 304-725-8078 for details.


Audubon hike: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a hike at the Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County at 10 a.m. Sunday. For details, call 304-258-3197.


Farmland input sought: Citizens may weigh in on the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board’s proposed strategic plan during three public workshops: two on Monday at 5:30 and 7 p.m., and one at noon Tuesday. The sessions will be held at the Jefferson County Public Services Center building at 1948 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville. For questions, call 304-724-1414 or email


Looking ahead


Bird walk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to the Murphy’s Farm section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at 7:30 a.m. April 24. The trip is free and open to anyone. For details go to, email or call 304-535-2346.


Church concert: The Arts Chorale of Winchester, Va., will present a concert titled “Mass Appeal,” featuring Louis Vierne’s “Solemn Mass” and accompanied by organist

Richard McPherson at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town. Tickets are not required, although a $10 donation will be accepted. Visit for more details.


Blood donors needed: A blood drive will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. April 29 at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. Sign up at


Audubon hike: Hikers of all ages are invited to a hike along the trails of the South School House Ridge section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at 9 a.m. May 2. No pre-registration is required. The hike is free but entry to the park costs $10. For more information, call 804-398-8052 or email


Fundraiser: Grace Episcopal Church in Middleway will sponsor a pig roast from 4 to 8 p.m. May 4 with pork barbecue sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drinks. Cost is $15 per person, $25 for couples or $35 for families.


Plant sale: Members of the Potomac-Mecklenburg Garden Club will have their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown.


Rabies clinic: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County holds its spring rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 4 at Tractor Supply in Charles Town. Dogs and cats over three months of age are eligible to be vaccinated. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. The cost is $10 per pet. For details, go to


Plant fair: The annual plant fair sponsored by the Morgan County Master Gardeners at Berkeley Springs State Park happens May 10 and 11. Items offered will include flowers, vegetable plants, herbs, shrubs, garden art, crafts and garden tools.


Workshop: An officer from U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services will be at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town from 1 to 4 p.m. May 14 to answer questions about immigration for service providers. A presentation for the general public about the naturalization process will begin at 7 p.m. RSVP to or call 304-876-3611.


Barbecue benefit: The annual Camp Frame 4-H chicken barbecue will be held from 3 until 7 p.m. May 18 in the dining hall at Camp Frame 4-H Camp, three miles west of Hedgesville. Chicken barbecued by the South Jefferson Ruritan will be featured with baked beans, cole slaw, bread and cakes. Cost is $8 for adults or $5 for children 12 and under. Carryout orders will be available.

— Compiled by Robert Smith

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