Community Calendar


Book fair: Ranson Elementary’s Scholastic Book Fair is open to the public from 3:15 to 4 p.m. today and again Thursday. Money raised will help purchase books for the school’s media center.

Thanksgiving craft: Children spend an hour making a “Thankful Thanksgiving” craft this afternoon at the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission’s Community Center in Shenandoah Junction. The class starts at 3:45 p.m. and costs $14. To get more info, call 304-728-3207 or go to

FFA food orders: Today is the deadline to place an order for beef jerky, cheesecakes or citrus fruit with members of Wildwood Middle School’s FFA, but orders will be accepted online through Dec. 1.

Those interested should visit Orders will be delivered on Dec. 16 to the school at 1209 Shenandoah Junction Road in Shenandoah Junction. For details, contact FFA adviser Charity Marstiller (304-728-1988 or



Toss the cigs: It’s time for the Great American Smokeout, a day sponsored by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit cold turkey or make a plan to quit.

The effort dates to 1971 when Arthur P. Mullaney asked people in Randolph, Maine, to give up smoking for a day and donate what they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund.

For help in finding stop-smoking resources, go to or call 877-966-8784.



Hunger awareness gathering: Trinity Episcopal Church at 200 W. King St. in Martinsburg hosts “A Simple Supper” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

A variety of soups, breads, desserts will be served and the event also will feature live entertainment and a silent auction. Adults pay $10 while children under 12 pay $5. Proceeds go to local nonprofit causes including Community Networks, Bethany House and HOPE Living-Learning Center.

For tickets or more information, call 304-263-6614, ext. 19.



Farm market: Shoppers can pick up local pasture-raised meats, eggs, milk, yogurt, goat cheeses, jams, fresh-baked bread, pies, pastries and other goods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Bolivar Heights Farmers Market on Washington Street near Harpers Ferry Middle School.

For updates, connect with “Bolivar Heights Farmers Market” on Facebook.

Arts grants workshop: The Morgan Arts Council along with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will host a free grant-writing workshop.

The workshop begins at 10:30 a.m. in the second-floor Community Room at the Ice House at 138 Independence St. in Berkeley Springs. To pre-register or get more information, contact Debbie Haught (304-558-0240, ext. 714 or



Thanksgiving service: New Street United Methodist Church at 202 W. New St. in Shepherdstown hosts a community Thanksgiving service at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association, the service will include special music from the chorus at Shepherdstown Elementary School, prayers, readings and a time of thanks to be followed by a reception.

An offering will benefit Caring Cupboard (which provides nutritional weekend meals for Shepherdstown schoolchildren in need) and Jefferson County Community Ministries (a faith-based ministry with a food pantry, clothing closet and other help for Jefferson County residents).

For more information, call 304-876-2362.


Thanksgiving Eve service: The Jefferson County Black Clergy hosts a community Thanksgiving service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Kingdom Life Cathedral at 551 Willow Spring Road in Charles Town. For more information, call the Rev. Paul Brown at 304-229-6447.


Gobbler Hobbler 5K: Asbury United Methodist Church’s second-annual Gobbler Hobbler begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 28 on the bike path at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Currie Road in Ranson. A kids’ dash starts at 9 a.m.

In lieu of a registration fee, a donation box will be set up for Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County.

Register at or at the starting line the day of the run beginning at 7 a.m. For details, call 304-725-5513 or email Megan Derrick at


Chili tradition: As part of the Christmas in Shepherdstown celebration, the Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown will hold its annual chili and cornbread dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 on the top floor of the War Memorial Building.

The dinner will include more than a dozen varieties of homemade chili. Adults pay $6 and children 6 to 12 pay $4. Younger children eat for free.

Baked goods will also be for sale. Funds raised go to projects that benefit children in the community and elsewhere. For details, call Adele Knott at 304-725-8084.



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