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TODAY | 26

Nutrition talk: Nutritionist Barbara Gerwatosky will discuss strategies for diet and exercise at 5:15 p.m. at Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. The free talk is part of the library’s observation of February as Heart Month. For details, call the library at 304-725-2208.

Birding trip: Today is the deadline for children and anyone else interested to sign up at potomacaudubon.org for Saturday’s free birding trip to the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown. Sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, the walk begins at 8 a.m. The PVAS also is offering its popular “Birding 101” course for beginners. Space is limited and details are available at the organization’s website.



Cake-baking contest: Thursday is the deadline to sign up for a weekend cake-baking contest, part of the fun planned as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy marks its 89th birthday.

Next week brings Citizens Fire Co.’s daylong pancake fundraiser. Hundreds of local residents will visit the fire hall at 245 Citizens Way off U.S. 340 in Charles Town Tuesday for pancakes, whole-hog sausage, sausage gravy and more. Shrove Tuesday pancake fundraisers also are planned at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ in Kearneysville and in Middleway to benefit the Jefferson County Community Ministries’ food bank. Find details on all three below.

Next week brings Citizens Fire Co.’s daylong pancake fundraiser. Hundreds of local residents will visit the fire hall at 245 Citizens Way off U.S. 340 in Charles Town Tuesday for pancakes,
whole-hog sausage, sausage gravy and more. Shrove Tuesday pancake fundraisers also are planned at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ in Kearneysville and in Middleway to benefit
the Jefferson County Community Ministries’ food bank. Find details on all three below.

The party happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the ATC Visitor Center at 799 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.

The public is invited to bake a cake with the theme, “Leave No Trace,” for the chance to win prizes, including ATC gear and apparel. Those interested in entering must email Anne Baker at abaker@appalachiantrail.org.



Free screenings: As part of West Virginia University Healthcare’s observation of February as Heart Month, free blood screenings will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in the lobby of Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson. For details, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31760.

Blood drive: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at Leetown United Methodist Church. Other upcoming drives happen from 1 to 7 p.m. March 10 at Lions Center, 310 S. George St. in Ranson, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at American Public University System, 111 W. Congress St. in Charles Town. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Relay For Life event: Bob Evans in Ranson hosts a Spirit Night to benefit Relay For Life of Jefferson County. Anyone who wants to take part should visit relayforlife.org/jeffersonwv to download a flyer to present at the counter. For additional information on getting involved with Relay, call Chanti Davenport at 304-279-5706.



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 Saturday.

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. Attendees will select a hand-crafted bowl to keep and enjoy homemade soups, breads and desserts. Tickets cost $30. For more information, email vista@gsivc.org or call 304-876-3325.

“Tree Walk”: Arborist Shawn Walker will lead a free Potomac Valley Audubon Society-sponsored Tree Walk along the streets of Charles Town. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St. The two-hour walk will highlight the city’s diverse tree population, with an emphasis on identifying species by bark, branching habits and other winter characteristics. Space is limited; to reserve a spot or learn more, contact Kelly Wolf (kheldreth@hotmail.com or 304-229-6229).

“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.



Murphy Farm hike: Snow on President’s Day weekend postponed until 1 p.m. Sunday the Trail and Town Alliance of Bolivar and Harpers Ferry’s plans for a hike to the Murphy Farm. The farm was home to John Brown’s Fort from 1895 to 1909 and it’s where Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill flanked the Union during the siege of Harpers Ferry in 1862.

Those interested can meet at the Harpers Ferry National Park Visitors Center at Cavalier Heights.

For more information or to carpool, contact Chris Craig (304-535-2886 or ccraig@laurellodge.com).

Prom fashions: Washington High hosts its first-ever Prom Fashion Show with the latest dresses and tux styles as well as the chance to bid on prom-related auction items and win prizes, including a dress chosen at The Barn in Bunker Hill. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $6.

Knitting ministry: 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 and begins at 2 p.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.



Affordable Care Act forum: The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County hosts an educational forum and community conversation with experts weighing in on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion and more. Audience members will have the chance to ask questions at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the lower-level meeting room of the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.

To learn more about the League (a non-partisan group open to men and women interested in promoting good government through education and advocacy), email anncoulter@comcast.net or go online to lwv-jcwv.org. For details on the forum, email Tina Burns at tinaburns1@frontier.com.

Organic workshop: A six-week “Grow Your Own Organic Food” class starts at the Berkeley County Adult Learning Center at 3635 Winchester Ave. in Pikeside. Each session runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone may register for the $50 class by calling the Berkeley County Board of Education at 304-267-3510, ext. 3518. For other questions, call instructor Eldon Winston at 304-264-4783.

Art classes: A new round of art classes put on by the Berkeley Arts Council begins Monday at Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg. Classes for adults include intermediate acrylic painting, colored pencil drawing, intermediate drawing and sketching, watercolor painting, pottery, plus a class on writing a mystery novel. There are also youth classes, including drawing for ages 8 to 16 and the Junior Art Academy for ages 7 to 10. For details, go to artworks.berkeleyartswv.org or call 304-620-7277.

“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.



Citizens’ Pancake Day: Citizens Fire Co.’s daylong fundraiser – with pancakes, whole-hog sausage, sausage gravy, coffee and iced tea – begins at 6 a.m. at the fire hall at 245 Citizens Way off U.S. 340 in Charles Town.

The meal, served until 7 p.m., costs $8 for those 13 and older or $4 for children from age 6. It’s free for younger kids. Scrambled eggs and orange juice also are on the menu until 11 a.m.

Hungry patrons may pay cash at the door or buy tickets online at citizensfirecompany.com. For other information, call 304-725-2814 (the fire hall’s non-emergency number).

Shrove Tuesday dinner: Grace Reformed United Church of Christ in Kearneysville hosts a pancake supper and bake sale from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal – pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, chipped beef gravy, and coffee or tea – costs $7 for adults or $3.50 for children from 7 to 13. It’s free for those 6 and younger.

The bake sale will include candy, breads, pies, cookies and more. The church is located at 421 Kearneysville Pike, less than one-quarter mile from the stoplight on old W.Va. 9. For details, call Anna Mary Walsh at 304-876-6828.

Pancake supper: Admission to the Shrove Tuesday pancake and sausage supper at Grace Episcopal Church in Middleway is by donation, with proceeds aiding the Jefferson County Community Ministries’ food bank. The supper at the church at 159 East St. happens from 4 to 7 p.m. Assisting church members are leaders from Triluminar Lodge No.117 A.F.& A.M. For details, call the church at 304-725-7073.

Publishing class: Charles Town author Bob O’Connor, the award-winning author of 10 books, will share tips as as a new session of his popular “Publishing 101” begins at 6 p.m. at Charles Town Middle School. The class, meeting for two hours each Tuesday for 10 weeks, is offered through the Jefferson County Schools Adult and Community Education and costs $75. Those who want to sign up or get more information may call 304-728-9237 or 304-728-9224.


Ash Wednesday services: Area churches will host special services for Ash Wednesday. Middleway United Methodist Church hosts its service at 7 p.m. March 5 at the church at 7435 Queen St. Additional details may be found by calling the church at 304-728-4770.

Leetown United Methodist Church plans a joint service with Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Leetown chapel at 11133 Leetown Road. For details, call the church office at 304-725-8304.

Animal Welfare Society: Restaurant patrons can help the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County at Applebee’s in Charles Town on March 6 and from Saturday through May 31 at Glory Days in Ranson. To take part, diners can print a flyer or get details at awsjc.org or mention Animal Welfare Society when ordering.

Relay committee meeting: As Relay for Life of Jefferson County leaders prepare for the June 21 event at Charles Town Middle School, they invite anyone interested to join the effort. A committee meeting begins at 6 p.m. March 6 at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Washington St. For details, call Chanti Davenport at 304-279-5706.

Marketing tips: The Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum on March 6 hosts “Effective Marketing for Small Business,” with experts Ruby Avey from Chick-fil-A in Martinsburg, Darla Gaige of Growth Media Services, Melanie Miller of Sonic Promotions and Sandy Sponaugle of Platinum PR. The free event, open to anyone, begins with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. at The Purple Iris, 1956 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg. For details, go to jcda.net/entrepreneurs-forum/ or call the Jefferson County Development Authority at 304-728-3255.

Forum for Rural Innovation: March 7 is the deadline to sign up for the 10th-annual, daylong Forum for Rural Innovation happening at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Motor Inn & Conference Center in Winchester, Va. The March 14 event is being organized by the Small Business Development Center of the Eastern Panhandle along with economic development and agriculture officials in Loudoun, Fauquier and Clarke counties in Virginia and in Jefferson and Berkeley counties. The event begins at 8:15 a.m. and showcases conservation models as well as projects that can add profit to farms and other rural businesses. The $40 fee includes morning refreshments and a buffet lunch. Register at bizloudoun.gov by calling 703-777-0426.

Running clinic: Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, family physician and top marathoner, offers running tips from 4 to 6 p.m. March 7 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 are geared to runners of all levels. Pre-registration is required (call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or email ddejarnett@wvuhealthcare.com). For more information, go to tworiverstreads.com.

Free concert: Indiana-based singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the historic Presbyterian Meeting House, 100 W. Washington St. in Shepherdstown, with local artist Kipyn Martin as her opening act. The free concert is sponsored by Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church and the Shepherdstown Religious Society of Friends. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For details, call 304-876-6466 or go to shepherdstown Presbyterian.org.

Middleway event: The Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. hosts a homemade meatloaf dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8 followed by a “you pick it” bonanza with a grand prize jackpot. The cost is $8 for anyone 12 and older or $6 for those 3 to 12. The fire hall is located on Leetown Road, across from Hinton Road, a half-mile south of Middleway. For details, call 304-725-0006

Bingo for scholarships: The Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Organization hosts a 21-game cash bingo March 9 at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall, 8052 Martinsburg Pike. Admission is $20. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and bingo starts 90 minutes later. If 75 or more players are present, payout will be $50 for 15 games; $100 for five games and $250 for one game. Tip jars and concessions will be available. For details, call 304-582-5115.

Mine wars: Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program offers a six-week course on the West Virginia mine wars starting March 10. The classes are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. To learn more, go to shepherd.edu/lifelonglearning.

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform March 7 in Shepherdstown.

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform March 7 in Shepherdstown.

Museum preview: The Jefferson County Museum holds a free opening preview reception March 15 with refreshments, the chance to see highlights from the collection, children’s activities and more. The event happens from 
1 to 4 p.m. at the museum at 
200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. For details, call curator Jane Rissler at 304-725-8628 or email 

“Spring Fling”: Washington High’s Band Boosters host Spring Fling, a vendor fair with chili and chicken wing cook-offs, a silent auction, raffles and giveaways from 5 to 8 p.m. March 15 in the school’s cafeteria. Admission is $5 and the school’s jazz band will perform at 7:30 p.m. For details, call Lisa Carmody-Ring at 304-728-8140.

2015 dog calendar: Barbara Keech of Keech Photography begins free, in-home photo sessions for any Jefferson County dog owners to get images for a 2015 Jefferson County Canine Calendar that will benefit the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. To schedule a portrait session, call at 304-582-1953.

Scholarships: Local seniors can apply for a McDonald’s McEducates Scholarship at

McDonaldsEducates.com. The deadline is March 21.

Volunteers needed: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County is seeking donations as well as volunteers to deliver meals. For more information, call 304-725-1601 or email mealsonwheelsjc@frontier.com. 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 horseshoe@yla-youthleadership.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 splchild@martin.lib.wv.us.

Support group: A Lyme disease support group meets on the second Wednesday each month at the train station on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. To learn more, email lymesided@comcast.net 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. the second Thursday of each month in the social hall of the Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. The group is open to anyone 50 and older. For details, contact Peggy Burcker at 304-671-3183 or peggy.burcker@longandfoster.com.

Book club: Anyone is welcome to join the Charles Town Library Book Club, which meets monthly at 200 E. Washington St. For more information, call the library at 304-725-2208.

Square dancing: Carl Odell works with beginners interested in learning to square dance in Charles Town. The lessons are a fun way to get aerobic exercise with help from friendly experienced dancers. To learn more, call 304-724-9955 or email carlodell@aol.com.


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