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Community Calendar

TODAY | 26

Affordable Care Act workshops: A free health insurance marketplace workshop begins at 5 p.m. 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 Monday. 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.

Cooking class: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers “Taste of Mexico,” an Express Culinary Class where participant will learn to make chicken mole and Mexico City rice, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Ridge CTC Technology Center off U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg. For cost and other information, call 304-260-4380, ext. 2411.

 

THURSDAY | 27

Chamber of Commerce luncheon: The Jefferson County’s monthly membership meeting starts at noon at The Anvil restaurant at 1290 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. Speaker Michele Goldman of the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic will talk about changes happening at the clinic in response to the Affordable Care Act. To get more information or reserve a seat, call 304-725-2055.

Blood drives: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 301 N. King St. on the campus of Shepherd University. Other blood drives coming up: from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Oakland United Methodist Church at 70 Oakland Terrace in Charles Town and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Jefferson Medical Center at 300 S. Preston St. in Ranson. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Kindergarten registration: Jefferson County Schools’ kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year continues at South Jefferson Elementary. Other dates on the schedule: Friday, North Jefferson Elementary; Monday, T.A. Lowery Elementary; April 4, Blue Ridge Primary; April 7, Ranson Elementary; and April 8 and 9, Page Jackson Elementary.

Parents should bring their kindergartners-to-be with them to the registration; children will be asked to complete hearing tests and other assessments. For additional information, go online to boe.jeff.k12.wv.us or call the school system at 304-725-9741.

 

FRIDAY | 28

Pancake fundraiser: The Leetown Southern Baptist Youth Group will host a pancake dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church at 11511 Leetown Road. For more information, call 304-261-3315.

 

SATURDAY | 29

Animal adoptions: The nonprofit Dakota’s Dream Animal Rescue holds an “Adopt-a-thon” at Petsmart at 2310 Legge Blvd. in Winchester, Va., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Animal lovers can meet pets in need of homes from 30 area animal shelters and rescues.

Art classes: Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative hosts workshops, including classes with potter Denise Kupiszewski. To learn about tuition and fees for materials or to sign up, go to washingtonstreetartistscooperative.org. Classes meet at the Cooperative, 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.

Rabies clinic: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County’s annual spring rabies clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. 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.

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.

 

SUNDAY | 30

Special service: Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town holds a unity service at 10 a.m., with special music and readings with a time of fellowship afterward at Asbury Center. Learn more by calling 304-725-5513 or going online to myasburychurch.org.

“Community Bridges”: The public is invited to a convocation on building community bridges at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Jefferson High. Pre-register by emailing Arthena Roper at aroper@access.k12.wv.us.

Speakers include 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.

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.

 

MONDAY | 31

“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.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Market vendors: With the new season at the Morgan’s Grove Market set to start May 3, organizers are asking individuals and business reps to attend a vendor meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at MGM, 3988 Kearneysville Pike just outside of Shepherdstown. The market is open to food growers, farmers, bakers, artists, crafter, service providers and others for $20 per week with no commitment. Vendors also may sell their items without having a worker onsite. To learn more, call 304.283.2467 or go to MorgansGroveMarket.com.

Anyone may sign up for next week’s trip to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets for the April 5 trip cost $30.

Anyone may sign up for next week’s trip to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets for the April 5 trip cost $30.

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.

Miss West Virginia Nationwide 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.

Small business forum: Small Business Development Center business coaches Tom Halverstadt and Bob Margraff will offer strategies for local business leaders at the next Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum on April 3. The event, free and open to anyone, begins with a networking hour at 5:30 p.m. at The Inn at Charles Town at 100 Hollywood Drive. To know more, go online to jcda.net/entrepreneurs-forum/ or call 304-728-3255.

Corn hole: Charles Town Middle School at 193 High St. hosts a corn hole tournament April 5 to raise money for computers for students studying agriculture, art, business, music, health, phys ed, Spanish and home ec. For rules and other details, go to boe.jeff.k12.wv.us/ctms or contact Nicole Reed (nreed@access.k12.wv.us or 304-725-7821).

Race: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s 12th-annual “This Race is for the Birds!” happens April 5 on the 538-acre campus of the National Conservation Training Center just outside Shepherdstown. Proceeds from the event go to the PVAS programs for children, and all fees are tax deductible. To register or learn more, go to raceforthebirds.org or contact Nan Johnson (race4birds@potomacaudubon.org or 304-274-5057).

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.

Audubon outing: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society offers a free birding field trips coming up, one to to the historic Claymont property outside Charles Town April 6. To sign up or get details, go to potomacaudubon.org.

Brain Games: The Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle’s fun annual trivia fundraiser begins at 1 p.m. April 6 at James Rumsey Technical Institute in Hedgesville. Teams of three to six compete, at a cost of $25 per team member. To learn more, emailLVEPBrainGames@aol.com.

Washington D.C. trip: Anyone may sign up for next week’s trip to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets for the April 5 trip cost $30. The bus leaves the Jefferson County Parks and Rec headquarters in Shenandoah Junction at 8 a.m. To reserve a spot or get details, call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.

Historical Society: The Jefferson County Historical Society’s 2014 spring membership meeting begins at 2 p.m. April 6 at the Old Opera House, at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. William Theriault, director of the West Virginia GeoExplorer Project, will present the latest information on the innovative geographically-based web resource for exploring the history, culture and architecture of West Virginia. The public is invited to join the Historical Society and attend the talk. A year’s membership costs $20. To join, go online to jeffersonhistoricalwv.org; mail a check to JCHS, P.O. Box 485 Charles Town 25414; or bring cash and a completed membership form to the April 6 meeting.

Send your news: Have an item for next week’s Community Calendar? The newspaper offers this space for free as a service to our readers. Send submissions to christine@spiritofjefferson.com by 2 p.m. Monday. Items also may be faxed to 304-728-6856 or mailed to the newsroom, 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414. Questions? Call 304-725-2046, ext. 22.

 

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