Community Calendar

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Blood drive: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Public University System, 111 W. Congress St. in Charles Town. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.



Budget forum: Citizens are invited to attend the Jefferson County Commission’s community forum at 7 p.m. for a discussion on the budget for fiscal year 2015 in the County Commission Meeting Room of the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.

Tim Stanton, the county’s finance director, will present a budget summary. Anyone who wants to comment may do so at the meeting or provide written comments at the meeting or by emailing info@jeffersoncountywv.org. To see more on the budget, go online to jeffersoncountywv.org or call county administrator Debbie Keyser at 304-728-3284.

AARP to meet: Jefferson County’s AARP Chapter No. 799 meets at 11 a.m. (and every 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.

Mental health help: The Unitarian Universalist congregation of Frederick, Md., is sponsoring a Mental Health Resources Evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the church at 4880 Elmer Derr Road. For details, e-mail SAC@frederickuu.org.



Volunteers sought: Officials from Regional Education Service Agency 8 are looking for volunteers to serve as judges at this month’s Regional Social Studies Fair 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. March 29 with the judging beginning at 10 a.m. Those interested in volunteering should click on “Regional Social Studies Fair” under announcements at RESA8.org.



Pancake breakfast: Bolivar United Methodist Church hosts a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 for pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, eggs and juice or coffee. The church is located at 1215 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. For details, call 304-279-6586.

Museum preview: As the Jefferson County Museum reopens for the season, the public is invited to attend a free preview reception 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. 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. 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.

“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.



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

The Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival gathered dozens of bags of trash from the Shenandoah during a cleanup last spring. On March 22, the nonprofit holds its sixth-annual Whitewater FilmFest.

The Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival gathered dozens of bags of trash from the Shenandoah during a cleanup last spring. On March 22, the nonprofit holds its sixth-annual Whitewater FilmFest.

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).

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.

Co-op art classes: A new round of classes are set to begin at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative, including beginning woodcarving with Nancy Streeter (three two-hour sessions start at 2 p.m. Sunday and continue March 23 and 30); drawing for adult beginners with Annette Verna (five two-hour sessions starting at 10 a.m. March 22) and pottery classes for young people with Denise Kupiszewski March 29 and April 19. To learn about tuition and fees for materials or to sign up, go to washingtonstreetartistscooperative.org. Classes meet at the Cooperative, 108 N. George Street in Charles Town.



“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.

ACA forum: The League of Women Voters invites the public to an educational forum and community conversation on the Affordable Care Act, the online marketplace and the Medicaid expansion Panelists will discuss the Eastern Panhandle ACA Enrollment Collaboration, the impact of Medicaid expansion in the Eastern Panhandle and the potential long-term outcomes of the ACA on U.S. Health Status. Questions from the audience are welcome. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Charles Town Library, 200 E Washington St.



“Community Bridges”: It’s the deadline to RSVP for a convocation on building 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 talk about how people of all races and ethnicities in our community can engage each other to build trust and understanding.

The event begins at 4 p.m. March 30 in the auditorium at Jefferson High. Pre-register by emailing Arthena Roper at aroper@access.k12.wv.us.

Author event: Author Bob O’Connor will announce the winner of the 2013 Charles and Wilhelmina O’Connor Author Competition at a 6 p.m. reception at the Charles Town Library’s Perry Room.

The prize package, worth nearly $1,000, includes the winner having his or her book professionally published. The author and two of his siblings who live in other parts of the country plus a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society’s board of directors judged the competition.

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. at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Washington St. For details, call Chanti Davenport at 304-279-5706.



School board forum: The American Federation of Teachers hosts a school board candidate forum at 7 p.m. March 19 in the auditorium of Jefferson High, 4141 Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction. Candidates will be asked questions crafted by AFT-Jefferson members, with a q.-and-a. from the audience to follow. He event is free and open to the public. For details, contact Jill Jones (304-767-4834 or jjones@atfwv.org).

Miss West Virginia competition: Organizers are seeking candidates from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties ages 17 to 27 to compete for the county titles and the chance to be Miss West Virginia Nationwide. For details, go online to MissWVNationwide.com.

Environmental forum: West Virginia Wesleyan professor Eric Waggoner (right) presents, “Going Viral,” his response to Freedom Industries’ Jan. 9 chemical spill that fouled the Elk River.

He’ll discuss social media, mass media and local activism at 5 p.m. March 20 in the auditorium at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University.

Following Waggoner’s presentation, a panel discussion, “The Environmental Ethics of Mining Coal” will include Mary Ann Hitt of The Sierra Club and Mark Madison of the National Conservation Training Center. Both events are free and open to the public. For details, go to shepherd.edu/commonreading/.

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

McDonaldsEducates.com. The deadline is March 21.

Film fest: The sixth-annual Whitewater Film Extravaganza begins at 5 p.m. March 22 at the Bolivar Community Center, 60 Panama St. in Harpers Ferry. 

Admission is $5 and includes a chili cookoff, contests, a silent auction and more. The event, put on by the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, benefits statewide river conservation efforts. Details may be found at harpersferryoutdoorfestival.org.

Ukraine talk: Nadia Ayoub presents a free talk about her Christian service among children and families of the Roma in Ukraine at 2 p.m. March 22 at Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall at 372 Dominion Road. For details, call 304-229-2316.

Middleway meal: A homemade soup, sandwich and bake sale happens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at Middleway United Methodist Church, 7435 Queen St. The church’s United Methodist Men will sell country ham and chicken salad sandwiches, sloppy joes (with or without hot dog); soups (bean and ham, potato, chicken noodle and vegetable). Carryout available. For details or to place an advance order, call 304-725-3979.

Bingo for baseball: Jefferson High’s Baseball Boosters hosts an afternoon of bingo at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall with concessions, raffles and door prizes. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25

at the door. Doors open at noon on March 23, with bingo starting at 2 p.m. For details, contact Kim Hamilton (khamilton8@aol.com or 304-876-3511).

Church dedication: Members of Summit Point Baptist Church are inviting the communityto an open house and dedication of their new fellowship hall from 2 to 4 p.m. March 23. Light refreshments will be served. For details, call Pastor James Holt at 304-725-0619.

Affordable Care Act workshops: A free health insurance marketplace workshop begins at 5 p.m. March 26 at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg.

Enrollment sessions in two of the college’s computer labs will also be offered. The Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is March 31. For details or to RSVP, go to getcoveredamerica.org.

The college is partnering with Enroll America, the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Primary Care Association.

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.

Autism workshop: A free public workshop – “How to include children and adults with autism in worship and other church activities” ­ begins at 9:30 a.m. April 5 at the Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St., Shepherdstown. Presenters will include the Rev. Richard Work of Avery United Methodist Church in Morgantown, whose son has Asperger’s; Chris and Julia Barney, church members at The Bridge in Ranson who have a son and daughter with autism; and Peggy Hovatter, Positive Behavior Support Trainer with the West Virginia Autism Training Center. The two-hour forum is free but organizers ask attendees to pre-register by March 28 by calling 304-876-6466 or emailing Kathy@shepherdstownpresbyterian.org.

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.

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.

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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