Community Calendar

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Blood drives: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shepherd University. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org. Other upcoming blood drives in the area happen Friday 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. Monday 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.



Homeless forum: Sherri Bartin, president of the Jefferson County Coalition for the Homeless, will inform residents about who is homeless in the county and the wheres and whys that led them here, as well as the help available, during a free community forum that begins at 7 p.m. at the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. To know more, call the library at 304-725-2208.




Dinner and raffle: The South Jefferson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization invites the public to a spaghetti dinner with bread, salad and dessert from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school at 4599 Summit Point Road.  Advance tickets cost $7 for adults or $5 for child; admission at the door is $2 more. The raffle and auction includes gift certificates to restaurants, spas, wellness businesses, gymnastics classes and automotive shops.   RSVP to sjespto@gmail.com, via Facebook to South Jefferson Elementary PTO or call 304-995-6743 and ask for Tara.



Breakfast fundraisers: Kabletown United Methodist Church hosts a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. 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 Feb. 22 and March 22.   For takeout, call the church at 304-725-5956. For other details, call Mike Nemec at 304-725-1399.

Autism and worship: A free public forum on including autistic children and adults in worship and other church activities begins at 9:30 a.m. at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St. in Shepherdstown.

Presenters will include the  Rev. Richard Work of Avery United Methodist Church in Morgantown, who has a son with Asperger’s; Chris and Julia Barney, church members at The Bridge in Ranson whose son and daughter have autism; and Peggy Hovatter, positive behavior support trainer with the West Virginia Autism Training Center. Organizers ask those who plan to attend the two-hour session to RSVP ASAP to Kathy Reid at 304-876-6466 or kathy@shepherdstownpresbyterian.org.

Honoring the DuBoses: Today’s the deadline for anyone planning to attend next month’s farewell party for the Rev. Georgia DuBose and her husband Bob DuBose to RSVP to Shirley Caniford (304-535-6922 or shirleycaniford@aol.com).

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 salad.

“Run For God”: There’s still time to take part in the “Run For God 5K Challenge” 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.

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.

Bird survey: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society invites interested citizens to help with the 16th-annual C&O Canal Midwinter Bird Survey on Jan. 25.

The District of Columbia Audubon Society is coordinating the effort to provide a snapshot count of birds present along the entire, 185-mile length of the canal. Locally, volunteers will count birds on a three-mile section of the canal between Antietam Creek and the Rumsey Bridge at Shepherdstown. Participants should gather at 7:45 a.m. at the large National Park Service parking lot on Canal Road just south of the railroad bridge (not the first, small parking lot at the base of the hill below the Rumsey Bridge). The work should be done by 11:30 a.m. PVAS leaders say anyone with an interest, even novices, is welcome to join in. Register at potomacaudubon.org or contact count leader Nancy Kirschbaum (nancyk500@comcast.net or 240-347-7751). She can arrange for binocular loans.



Fundraiser for photographer: Supporters of Eric Fargo, the popular photographer for Around the Panhandle magazine who is battling a rare type of cancer, have organized a fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. at Les’ Station Grill, 127 E. King St. in Martinsburg.

The $10 admission fee includes food and the chance to win a flat-screen TV and other prizes. Fargo, who graduated from Jefferson High and Shepherd University, is a resident of Ranson. For details on the event or other efforts to support Fargo, contact his wife Tiffany Fargo (304-820-4906 or tiffany@fargoins.com).

Knitting: 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. at the church at 110 W. North St. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.



“Biggest Loser”: Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North Street in Charles Town offers its Biggest Loser Challenge at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday with exercise, support and other help available to anyone. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go online to myasburychurch.org.



Opportunity for college students: The Horseshoe Leadership Center in Parsons seeks college students “who want to use their skills, energy and passion for shaping a better world” working with kids 7 to 12 this summer at civic leadership and entrepreneurship camps. The work provides a living allowance, an AmeriCorps Education Award, meals and lodging. For details, call 304-478-2481 or e-mail horseshoe@yla-youthleadership.org.

Quilt exhibition: Any Panhandle resident who has completed a quilt in the past four years is invited to submit it by Jan. 30 to the Berkeley Arts Council’s first quilt and fiber art exhibit, “Connecting Threads.” The non-juried exhibit will go on display at the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg Feb. 13. For details, go to artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/threads/or call 304-620-7277.

Beekeeping class: A new round of beginning beekeeping classes put on by the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association begins Feb. 3. Find the registration form at wvepba.org or learn more by contacting Bob Speelman (540-247-2482 or wvbeeman2@gmail.com).

Entrepreneurs event: Feb. 1 is the deadline to apply for micro-funding through the Entrepreneurs’ Cafe

Set for Feb. 6 in the Shenandoah Room at the Inn at Charles Town, 750  Hollywood Drive. Co-sponsored by the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum, the evening begins with a networking hour and refreshments at 5:30 pm, followed by the program at 6:30 pm.

Attendees pay $10 for heavy hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to hear five local entrepreneurs each give a short presentation. After the presentations, attendees vote on their favorite business and the winning entrepreneur receives the proceeds from the event fee, raffle tickets and sponsorships.  At past Cafes, the micro-grant, which varies depending on the size of the audience, has ranged from $750 to $1,000.

For an application, email David Rosen at rosend@gmail.com. For more about the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum, go to jcda.net/entrepreneurs-forum/.

Running clinics: Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, family physician and top marathoner, continues to host free monthly Running Clinics at The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Cucuzzella, a nationally ranked distance runner and founder and organizer of Freedom’s Run and the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon, will share tips on proper form, injury prevention and ways to improve performance.

The clinics, geared to runners of all levels, normally are held the first Friday of each month. The next session happens from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Aerobics Room in The Wellness Center on the campus of the Berkeley Medical Center. Pre-registration is required and may be done by calling 304-264-1287, ext.31814 or emailing ddejarnett@wvuhealthcare.com. For details of group runs and ongoing clinics, go to Freedom’s headquarters’ website at Two Rivers Treads, Cucuzzella’s running gear shop, at tworiverstreads.com.

Valentine breakfast: Ebenezer United Methodist Church will host a  by-donation Valentine breakfast from  8 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8  with biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, home-fried potatoes, pancakes, fruit,  coffee cake and more at the  Purcellville, Va., firehouse at11762 Harpers Ferry  Road. For more information, call 540-668-6504.

“Experience Charles Town” event: Businesses are coming together Feb. 9 for a special event downtown with carriage rides, music, sales, samples and more from 4 to 7 p.m.. Learn more and RSVP at “Cupid’s Crawl Sip & Shop” on Facebook.

Call for artists: Apply by Feb. 15 to be considered for the juried Over the Mountain Studio Tour, which will mark a quarter-century this year. Organizers seek working artisans with a connection to Jefferson County who  have a working studio accessible to the general public or are willing to be a guest at another stop. Find details at studiotourwv.org or call 304-725-0567.

“Breakfast With the Delegates”: The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County invites the public to “Breakfast With the Delegates,” where legislative leaders, the League and the public can connect and ask questions. The Feb. 8 event, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, is free but the traditional German breakfast is available for $10 or a continental breakfast for $5 (payable at the door).  The county’s delegates and senators have been invited. RSVP to  Rennyts@aol.com or call 304-876-2583 to ensure a seat.

“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. For details on the event, go to awsjc.org.

Wildlife paintings sought: Artists face a Feb. 18 deadline to submit entries for the 2015 edition of West Virginia Wildlife Calendar. Officials with the Division of Natural Resources say the calendar is a popular showcase for artists and the wildlife they depict, including bats, turtles, salamanders, small mammals and nongame fish.

A $100 prize is awarded for each painting chosen. The cover artwork fetches $500 for the artist. Artists can send in multiple entries and resubmit previous entries. For details, email jerry.r.shinn@wv.gov or call 304-637-0245.

Med school program: Exceptional high school students interested in a career as a physician can apply to get on the fast track to medical school through MedSTEP, a program offered by the West Virginia School of Medicine and Shepherd University.  Deadline to apply is Feb. 21.  Details are available by calling 304-264-9202, option 1.

Valentines dinner: Boy Scout Troop No. 42 and the Methodist Men from Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church are partnering on a Valentine’s dinner fundraiser to raise money for scouts to attend summer camp. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb 8 at the church at 110 W. North St. Tickets $20 each or two for $35. To reserve seats, call Asbury at 304-725-5513.

Artists sought: Feb. 18 is the deadline for artists to submit entries to the Berkeley Arts Council’s fourth-annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit, which will open April 10 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg. For details, email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

Support group: A Lyme disease support group meets the second Wednesday of the month at the train station located on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. For more information, email lymesided@comcast.net or go to Lyme Disease Support Group Eastern Panhandle WV on Facebook.

Taco Takeout: Asbury United Methodist Church’s Missions Committee offers a “Taco Take-Out” fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23.  Tacos will be sold in the church’s Williams Hall and may be eaten there or taken to go. Proceeds will help send Asbury members on a Navajo mission trip in August. Asbury is located at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. More information is available at 304-725-5513 or online at myasburychurch.org.

Spotlighting seniors: Organizers of the Salute to Senior Service program are looking for West Virginia’s outstanding senior volunteers age 65 and older. Nominations and votes will be accepted through March 1.

Each state winner getd $500 and one national winner will get $5,000 to donate to his or her charity of choice. Details may be found at SalutetoSeniorService.com.

Potter’s Bowl: Good Shepherd Caregivers will hold its 14th-annual Potter’s Bowl at the Shepherdstown Firehouse at 5 p.m. March 1. Attendees will select a hand-crafted bowl to keep and enjoy home-made soups, breads and desserts. Tickets cost $30. For more information, email  vista@gsivc.org or call 304-876-3325.

Volunteers needed: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County seeks volunteers to deliver meals. For more information, call 304-725-1601 or email mealsonwheelsjc@frontier.com. The nonprofit also is seeking support due to budget cuts. Contributions may be mailed to Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 565, Charles Town 25414.

Low-cost vet help: Learn more about Spay Today’s reduced-cost spay and neuter program at baacs.org or by calling 304-728-8330.


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