Community Calendar

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Ash Wednesday services: Middleway United Methodist Church hosts an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. at the church at 7435 Queen St. Learn more 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. at the Leetown chapel at 11133 Leetown Road. For details, call the church office at 304-725-8304.



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



“Rural Innovation”: It’s 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 West Virginia and Virginia economic development and agriculture officials. 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 or by calling 703-777-0426.

Running clinic: 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 monthly 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 performs at 7:30 p.m. 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. 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

Washington High’s Baseball Boosters are planning a spaghetti dinner March 16 at the Charles Town Lions Club at 308 S. George St., Ranson.

Washington High’s Baseball Boosters are planning a spaghetti dinner March
16 at the Charles Town Lions Club at 308 S. George St., Ranson.

Middleway. For details, call 304-725-0006.

“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.



Youth concert: Young musicians Peter Donnelly, Abbie Main and Maura Ross of Charles Town and Kearneysville residents Julianna Perkowski and Luke Perkowski and others in the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra will perform modern, romantic, classical, baroque and other music at 6 p.m. at prestigious Weinberg Center for the Arts at 20 W. Patrick St. in downtown Frederick, Md. Tickets at cost $10 or $5 for students under 18. For details, call 301-695-1187 or go to fryo.org.

Bingo for scholarships: The Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Organization hosts a 21-game cash bingo 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.

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.



Mine wars: It’s the start of a six-week course on the West Virginia mine wars offered through Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program. The classes happen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. To learn more, go to shepherd.edu/lifelonglearning.

Blood drives: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. 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.

“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.



AARP to meet: Jefferson County’s AARP Chapter No. 799 will meet at 11 a.m. March 13 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.

Volunteers sought: Officials from Regional Education Service Agency 8 are looking for volunteers to serve as judges as the Regional Social Studies Fair March 29 at Musselman High School in Inwood. Prospective judges do not need a social studies background, but should be responsible adults willing to give something back to the community. Judges’ training starts at 9 a.m. with the judging beginning at 10 a.m. Those interested in volunteering should click on “Regional Social Studies Fair” under announcements at RESA8.org.

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 

Benefit ghost tour: Ann Khiel Fern’s Charles Town Ghost Tours hosts a benefit for the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County at 7 p.m. March 15. Twenty percent of proceeds along with all tips go to the no-kill shelter. Non-dog owners are welcome, too. For details, call 304-724-6741.

“Spring Fling”: Washington High’s Band Boosters host Spring Fling, a vendor fair with chili and chicken wing cookoffs, 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.

Spaghetti fundraiser: Washington High’s Baseball Boosters hold a spaghetti dinner and raffle from 2 to 6 p.m. March 16 at the Charles Town Lions Club at 308 S. George St., Ranson.

Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Raffle prizes include gift cards and items from Creekside Candles, Black Dog Coffee, Pampered Chef and more. Carryout available. For advance tickets or more information, contact Amanda Impellizzeri (301-928-0040 or amandai.ucpa@gmail.com).

2015 dog calendar: Barbara Keech of Keech Photography is offering 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.

Readying for “Bark”: Vendors and others can make plans for the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County’s eighth-annual Bark in the Park June 7 at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town. Those who would like to set up a booth for a craft or business may register at awsjc.org. More information is available by calling 304-725-5972.

Forum delayed: Because of Monday’s storm, the Affordable Care Act forum planned by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County will be rescheduled. For information about the League, contact anncoulter@comcast.net or go online to lwv-jcwv.org/.

Rabies clinic: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County’s annual spring rabies clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. March 29 at the Tractor Supply in Charles Town. Dr. Adrianne Doering will vaccinate dogs and cats 3 months and older for $10 per pet. For details, call 304-725-0589 or go to awsjc.org.

Relay for Life: 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 team meeting begins at 6 p.m. March 18 at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Washington St. For details, call Chanti Davenport at 304-279-5706.

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

McDonaldsEducates.com . The deadline is March 21.

“Community Bridges”: The public is invited to hear Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Dougherty, Superintendent of Schools Susan Wall, West Virginia NAACP president emeritus James Tolbert and the Rev. Randall Tremba of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church speak on building community bridges – specifically, how people of all races and ethnicities can engage each other to build trust and understanding – at 4 p.m. March 30 in the auditorium at Jefferson High. Citizens are asked to pre-register by March 18 by emailing Arthena Roper at aroper@access.k12.wv.us.

Garden tours: The Shenandoah Potomac Garden Council will again sponsor a house and garden tour of homes in Jefferson and Berkeley counties April 26 and 27. For details, go online to shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org.

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.

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.

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.

Earth Day: Organizers of next month’s free Panhandle Earth Day Celebration are asking supporters for donations to cover expenses including paying for bands, security and other needs. Donations may be made online at pedc.earthvibeproductions.com or in person at The Local Source at 133 1/2 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.



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