Community Calendar

TODAY | 15

Blood drive: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at Gold’s Gym at 64 Somerset Blvd. in Charles Town. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Heritage tourism: Today’s the deadline for papers, presentations, workshops, exhibits and posters addressing cultural heritage tourism trends, issues and concerns to be presented at the West Virginia Association of Museums’ annual conference March 20 to 22 in Beckley. For details, email museumsofwv@gmail.com.

Science fair: Public and private school students and homeschoolers in the county must register for this year’s Jefferson County Schools Science Fair by today. The fair will be held Jan. 25 at Charles Town Middle School. In case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled for Feb. 1. For details or to register, contact Ian Hillman (ihillman@access.k12.wv.us) or Denise Lykens Dlykens@access.k12.wv.us).



Blood drives: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 108 W. Stephen St. in Martinsburg. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Other upcoming blood drives in the area happen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 Shepherd University; on Jan. 24 in Martinsburg at Berkeley Business Park at 5550 Winchester Ave. (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Blue Ridge Community & Technical College at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive (from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Fellowship Church of the Brethren at 505 Blossom Drive (from 1 to 7 p.m.); from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Martinsburg Mall, 800 Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg; from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Gold’s Gym, 167 Eagle School Road in Martinsburg; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at Berkeley Medical Center, 2500 Hospital Drive in Martinsburg.



“Run For God”: The “Run For God 5K Challenge” begins at 9 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town. Part Bible study, part fitness training program, the class is aimed at helping participants “learn to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ while understanding the parallels of enduring a sport like running and enduring your faith,” organizers say. Open to anyone, including fitness novices, the class will conclude with the Asbury UMC Rise and Shine 5K on April 19. The church is located at 110 W. North St. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.

Garden party: Any avid gardener in Jefferson, Morgan and Berkeley counties and the nearby areas of Maryland and Virginia is welcome to become part of the Gardeners Exchange Group, which meets next at 1 p.m. The group’s winter potluck will include a presentation from Fountainhead Irrigation in Frederick, Md. For directions and details, go to g-e-g.org or call Carole Brooks at 240-405-7013.

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



MLK breakfast: Kendra Brown will speak on “Team Work Makes the Dream Work” at the annual MLK Scholarship Prayer Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. The cost is $15 for adults or $5 for students. There’s no cost for children under 5.

For tickets and other information, call 304-229-6447 or 304-725-4094. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Black Clergy Association.



Mini-med school talk: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease will be the focus of the next community mini-medical school program put on by University Healthcare.

The free seminar with Dr. Phillip Aguila, a pulmonologist with University Pulmonary Medicine Associates and a staff member at BMC, begins at 7 p.m. in the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus. To reserve a seat, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31760.



Breakfast fundraisers: Kabletown United Methodist Church hosts a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at the church at 3481 Kabletown Road. Menu items include pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, coffee, tea and orange juice. Suggested donation is $7 or $3 for children under 12. The church also will hold pancake breakfasts on Feb. 22 and March 22.  For takeout, call the church at 304-725-5956. For other details, call Mike Nemec at 304-725-1399.

Close-knit: A new crochet and knitting ministry at Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church connects experienced and beginning crafters who will pray for strangers and create handmade gifts of comfort. Susan Wogan leads the group, which is open to anyone. The initial meeting happens at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the church at 110 W. North St. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.

Honoring the DuBoses: Organizers are asking that anyone planning to attend next month’s farewall party for the Rev. Georgia DeBose and her husband Bob DuBose let organizers know by Jan. 25.

The DuBoses have been fixtures in the community for 15 years. Georgia DuBose is the minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harpers Ferry and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Leetown. Her last Sunday at the Jefferson County churches will be Feb. 9.

Bob DuBose is a former Harpers Ferry Town Council member who has been active with Jefferson County Community Ministries and many other good works.

The DuBoses are headed west to be closer to family. Starting in March, she will serve as vicar at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Florence, Ore. The party happens from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the fellowship hall at Camp Hill Wesley United Methodist Church at 660 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. Meat, bread, dessert and drinks will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a casserole, veggies or a salad.

To RSVP, contact Shirley Caniford (304-535-6922 or shirleycaniford@aol.com).

“Purrfect” event: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County holds its fifth-annual “Purrfect Valentine Buffet” Feb. 15 in the Skyline Ballroom at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races with a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions and raffles, all to benefit the society’s capital campaign and shelter renovation fund. Tickets cost $45 and may reserved by calling 304-876-2161 or 703-509-0986. For details on the event, go to awsjc.org.








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