Community calendar

TODAY | 2

Market vendors: With the new season at the Morgan’s Grove Market set to kick off in May, organizers are asking individuals and business reps to attend a vendor meeting at 6:30 p.m. 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.

 

THURSDAY | 3

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. 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.

“Dining to Donate”: Help the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County by patronizing Applebee’s in Charles Town starting at 11 a.m. For details, go to awsjc.org or call 304-725-0589.

 

FRIDAY | 4

Kindergarten registration: Jefferson County Schools’ kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year continues at Blue Ridge Primary. Signups also are set for Monday at Ranson Elementary and Tuesday and April 9 at Page Jackson Elementary. Parents should bring their kindergartners-to-be with them to 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.

Cornhole tournament: It’s the final day to sign up for the American Public University System’s third-annual cornhole tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. For more on the April 12 event at the Ranson Civic Center, contact Teresa Williams (304-728-1486 or twilliams@apus.edu).

 

SATURDAY | 5

Spaghetti dinner: The Relay for Life team Sisters for a Cause hosts a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at Summit Point Baptist Church, 96 Hawthorne St. Adults pay $8; children 12 and younger, $4.

Spring cleanup: In the spirit of “many hands make light work,” the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association and the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission invites the public to a cleanup at the historic cement mill property outside Shepherdstown. A sign detailing the site’s preservation will be dedicated at 9 a.m., to be followed by the cleanup. For details, email Ed Dunleavy (edunleavy@frontiernet.net) or Martin Burke (martinburke@frontiernet.net).

Cornhole: Charles Town Middle School’s corn hole tournament to raise money for computers for students studying agriculture, art, business, music, health, phys ed, Spanish and home ec begins at noon. The school is located at 193 High St. 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 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. 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 calling 304-876-6466 or emailingKathy@shephedstownpresbyterian.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 | 6

Birding trip: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society offers a free birding field trip to the historic Claymont property outside Charles Town. 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. at James Rumsey Technical Institute in Hedgesville. Teams of three to six compete, at a cost of $25 per team member. To learn more, email LVEPBrainGames@aol.com.

Historical Society: The Jefferson County Historical Society’s spring membership meeting begins at 2 p.m. 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 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 meeting.

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.

New book study: Anyone interested is invited to a book study of Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon’s “Resident Aliens” that begins at 5:30 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.

 

MONDAY | 7

Jazz Branch: It’s the deadline to reserve tickets to the Eastern Panhandle alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 7th-annual Jazz Brunch with Baltimore’s Howard Burns Quartet. The event begins at 11 a.m. April 12 at the Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg. Silent auction items will be available for review starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $35, with proceeds funding scholarship awards and public service projects. To buy tickets or donate to the silent auction, call Doris Griffin (304-263-1625), Carolyn Togans (304-725-4735) or Cheryl Roberts (304-876-2277).

“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.

 

TUESDAY | 8

Blood drives: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Other upcoming blood drives: 1 to 7 p.m. both April 11 at Mountain View Church of the Brethren in Bunker Hill and April 15 at Rocky Knoll School in Martinsburg. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Skinner dinner: Delegate Stephen Skinner will report on the 2014 session of the Legislature, including the Elk River chemical spill, the Potomac Edison utility investigation and more at a 6:30 p.m. dinner at the Shepherdstown Community Club at the War Memorial Building at German and King streets. Admission costs $15. RSVP to ttpams@comcast.net or by phone at 304-702-3026.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Earth Day: Organizers of the free April 26 Panhandle Earth Day Celebration continue to take donations to cover expenses including paying for bands, security and other needs. Make donations online at pedc.earthvibeproductions.com or in person at The Local Source at 133 1/2 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.

Baltimore’s Howard Burns Quartet will perform next weekend at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Jazz Brunch in Martinsburg. Tickets may be purchased through Monday. See details below.

Baltimore’s Howard Burns Quartet will perform next weekend at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Jazz Brunch in Martinsburg. Tickets may be purchased through Monday. See details below.

SAIL event: The Shepherdstown Area Independent Living holds a “Coffee and Conversation” event at 10:30 a.m. April 9. SAIL is a nonprofit, member-supported organization focused on enabling members to remain active, connected, independent and in their homes for as long as possible. Those interested in joining or just attending to get information should call SAIL at 304-870-7245. SAIL’s website is shepherdstownSAIL.org.

Support group: A Lyme disease support group meets April 9 and 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.

Yard sale deadline: Anyone interested in securing space in this month’s Ranson Parks & Recreation community yard sale must register by 4 p.m. April 11. The yard sale happens from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 in the Ranson Civic Center at 431 W. Second Ave. Space is $15 or $20 to set up April 19. For details, go to cityofransonwv.net or contact Kim Spangler (kspangler@cityofransonwv.net or call 304-724-3865).

Harpers Ferry hike: The Trail and Town Alliance of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar hosts a two-mile hike along the Shenandoah April 12. Clark Dixon leads the excursion from the Harpers Ferry Train Station around Virginius Island and along the river to the National Park Visitors Center. There’s no charge for the hike, which begins at 9 a.m., but park entrance fees apply. For details, contact Dixon (dixonconsultants@aol.com or 304-725-9634).

Wildflower Festival: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society hosts its annual Wildflower Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at Yankauer Nature Preserve off Scrabble Road in northeastern Berkeley County. The free event will include a nature photography workshop led by Martinsburg’s Frank Ceravalo at 1 p.m., hourly guided wildflower walks, a Poetry Walk, children’s activities, refreshments and more.

Farmers market: The Charles Town Farmers Market opens for the season April 12 on the 100 block of South Samuel Street. Shoppers can buy locally made or grown vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish, honey, meat, baked goods, Black Dog coffee, goat cheese, pies, salsa, herbs, plants, seedlings, bath and body products, crafts, cut flowers and more. Live music is part of the fun, welcoming atmosphere. To learn more, find the market on Facebook, call 304-579-0924 or email charlestownfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Wellness fair: University Healthcare, the Martinsburg Noon Rotary Club and Martinsburg’s The Wellness Center will offer discounted wellness screenings for those 12 and older from 6 to 10 a.m. April 12 at the Dorothy A. McCormack Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus. Register online at wvuniversityhealthcare.com or call 304-264-1232.

Financial Peace University: Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church hosts a free preview session of Financial Peace University at 2 p.m. April 13 at 110 W. North St. Via video, Dave Ramsey teaches the course on budgeting, debt reduction, wealth building and more. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go online to myasburychurch.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. The next team meeting starts at 6 p.m. April 15 at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Washington St. For details, call Chanti Davenport at 304-279-5706.

Intensive Bible study: Asbury United Methodist Church hosts an intense, six-hour Bible study that begins at 7 p.m. April 18 at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go online to myasburychurch.org.

Homebuyer education: The Partnership for Affordable Housing sponsors a homebuyer education class the third Saturday of each month. To preregister for the April 19 class, call 304-725-6189. Help is available in Spanish and one-on-one homebuyer credit counseling and other help also is available. To learn more, go to pahwv.org.

Rise and Shine 5K: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town hosts its Rise and Shine 5K, which begins at 8 a.m. April 19 at the church is located at 110 W. North St. Anyone mY register at myasburyfunruns.com or between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. race day. All proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.

Garden group: The Gardeners Exchange Group resumes its monthly schedule April 26 with a 9:30 a.m. meeting at Betty and Don Nutall’s Shepherdstown home. Bob Hulburt of Turf Equipment will speak on best irrigation practices for ornamental and vegetable gardens. Members also will exchange plants. New members are always welcome. For directions and other details, go to g-e-g.org or call Carole Brooks at 240-405-7013.

Pancake brunch: Shepherdstown’s New Street United Methodist Church hosts an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast/brunch with sausage gravy, bacon, sausage, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the dining hall of the church at the corner of New and Church streets. Carryout will be available. The cost is $8 for adults or $4 for children 3 to 12.

Garden tours: The Shenandoah Potomac Garden Council will sponsor its annual tour of homes and gardens in Jefferson and Berkeley counties April 26 and 27. Find a story with sketches of the six houses on this year’s tour on Page B10 or go online to shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org for details.

Plant Fair: The Morgan County Master Gardeners’ annual Plant Fair happens May 9 and 10 at the Berkeley Springs State Park in downtown Berkeley Springs. Flowers, vegetable plants, herbs and shrubs will be for sale, along with garden art, crafts, garden tools and more, plus a children’s area with free plants and pictures for Mother’s Day. A “plant doctor” will also be available. For details, find “Morgan County Master Gardeners” on Facebook.

Southern West Virginia tour: Doug Estepp of Coal Country Tours will lead a tour that departs Shepherdstown May 16. Destinations will include the Tamarack Cultural Center, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, the Whipple Company Store, Matewan (with re-enactment of the May 19, 1920 shootout), the Blair Mountain Battlefield, the Buffalo Creek Memorial, the McDowell County Courthouse, the World War I Black Soldiers Memorial, and the town and mansions of Bramwell. The cost of $395 includes transportation, five meals, all admissions and two nights lodging at Twin Falls Resort State Park Lodge. For details, go online to coalcountrytours.com or call Estepp at 540-233-0543.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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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