[cleeng_content id="766522945" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]THURSDAY | 6
Marriage class: “Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage,” a four-week Bible study, begins next week at Asbury United Methodist Church. The class kicks off at 7 p.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go online to myasburychurch.org.
Entrepreneurs event: Another Entrepreneurs’ Cafe begins in the Shenandoah Room at the Inn at Charles Town, 750 Hollywood Drive, with a networking hour and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum, the formal program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Attendees pay $10 for heavy hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to hear short presentations from five local entrepreneurs: Tony Martirano of Tony M Music, Daniel Hayes of The Garden of Urban, Sarah Schottler of Blakeley Street Bakery, Brian Tanguay of Tangy Produce and Christy Jaeger, Fans of Southern Charm.
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 more about the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum, go to jcda.net/entrepreneurs-forum/.
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Running clinics: Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, family physician and top marathoner, offers running tips from 4 to 6 p.m. 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 advice on proper form, injury prevention and ways to improve performance.
The free clinics, geared to runners of all levels, normally are held the first Friday of each month. Pre-registration is required (call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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.
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“Breakfast With the Delegates”: The nonpartisan 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 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.
Spaghetti dinner: The Knights of Pythias at 105 Sixth Ave. in Ranson host a fundraiser dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Adults pay $8 and children ages 6 to 12 pay $4. Carryout will be available. For details, call 304-728-6734 or email email@example.com.
GOP gathering: Organizers say all Republicans are encouraged to attend a breakfast meeting of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee. The gathering begins at 9 a.m. at the Quality Hotel at 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway in Harpers Ferry. Those interested in the breakfast buffet breakfast should buy a ticket at the front desk before meeting in the dining room. For details, go to jcwvgop.org or call 304-535-6914.
Clay class: Potter Denise Kupiszewski offers a two-hour Valentine’s Clay Class where participants can create a usable Valentine mug with decorative texture, color and message. The $17 fee includes all supplies and firing afterward.
The class begins at 11 a.m. at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. For more information, email Martha LeRoi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to reserve a seat in the class with a credit card, call Joe Bourgeois a 304-839-8016. Learn more at washingtonstreetartistscooperative.org.
Valentine breakfast: Ebenezer United Methodist Church will host a by-donation Valentine breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. 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.
“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.
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Knit idea: 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 needles start flying at 2 p.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.
Wellness event: Harpers Ferry Chiropractic at 43 Panama St. in Bolivar hosts a free wellness workshop at 3 p.m. For details, go online to harpersferry-chiropractic.com or call 304-535-3009.
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Blood drives: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Snyder Environmental at 270 Industrial Blvd. in Kearneysville. Another happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Sign up at redcross.org.
County’s future: An open house for “Envision Jefferson 2035” happens from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Page Jackson Elementary School at 370 Page Jackson Road in Charles Town. Residents can learn details about seven “preferred growth areas” in the county and make comments on each. No formal presentation will be made; residents may come and go at their leisure. For details, go online to envisionjefferson2035.com or call the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department office at 304-728-3228.
Spanish for kids: The Shepherdstown Library offers its free monthly Language Immersion Story Time courtesy of Shepherd University’s Language Department. The program, for children from birth to age 5, begins at 4 p.m. at the library at 100 W. German St. A craft follows the story. To register, call 304-876-2783 or email email@example.com.
“Biggest Loser”: Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. 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.
Support group: A Lyme disease support group meets Feb. 12 and on the second Wednesday each month at the train station on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Lyme Disease Support Group Eastern Panhandle WV on Facebook.
AARP to meet: Jefferson County’s AARP Chapter No. 799 meets at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 in the social hall of the Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. The group, which meets monthly, is open to anyone 50 and older. For details, contact Peggy Burcker at 304-671-3183 or email@example.com.
Audubon workshops: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a two-hour workshop on winter tree care at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown. Arborist Shawn Walker will provide an overview of pruning, including demonstrating techniques. The fee is $10. Anyone is welcome but pre-registration is required. Details may be found at potomacaudubon.org.
Other upcoming PVAS events include a free birding field trip on the historic Claymont property outside Charles Town at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22 (trip leader, Joette Borzik can offer details at 240-440-4221 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and in April its popular “Birding 101” course for beginners Space is limited and details are on the PVAS website.
Fundraiser dinner: The Rohrersville (Md.) Ruritan Club holds a dinner buffet with ham, oysters, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, sauerkraut and dessert from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Ruritan Schoolhouse, 20123 Rohrersville School Road. Carryout offered, but patrons should bring containers. Meal costs $16 for adults or $8 for those 6 to 12. For details, call 240-432-8517 or 301-432-5541.
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.
“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. For details, email email@example.com or call 304-637-0245.
“Mini-medical school”: Anyone may attend a free community mini-medical school program on peripheral artery disease at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on Berkeley Medical Center’s campus in Martinsburg.
Dr. Farrukh Jalisi, a cardiologist with University Cardiovascular Associates in Martinsburg and director of the cath lab at BMC, will speak on the causes, symptoms and treatment options available for those diagnosed with PAD, the common circulatory problem where narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs.
For details or to register, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31760.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-620-7277.
Breakfast fundraisers: Kabletown United Methodist Church hosts a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the church at 3481 Kabletown Road. Menu includes 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 will hold another pancake breakfast March 22. For takeout, call the church at 304-725-5956. For other details, call Mike Nemec at 304-725-1399.
Clay play: Children as young as 8 – and anyone older, too – can take part in a two-hour clay class at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.
The $17 fee includes all supplies for two projects and firing afterward. For more information, email Martha LeRoi (email@example.com) or to reserve a seat in the class with a credit card, call Joe Bourgeois a 304-839-8016. Learn more at washingtonstreetartistscooperative.org.
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 get $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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature exploration: The children’s section of the Shepherdstown Library has a new “Nature in Winter Explorer Pack,” with info on winter constellations, instructions for identifying animal tracks, ideas for feeding wild birds and other projects. Put together by Suzanne Taylor of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and made possible with money from the Nora Roberts Foundation, the pack may be borrowed for three weeks. Seven other kids’ kits also are available at the library at 100 W. German St. For details, call 304-876-2783 or email email@example.com.