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Kindergarten registration: Jefferson County Schools’ kindergarten registration continues 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.
SAIL event: The Shepherdstown Area Independent Living holds a “Coffee and Conversation” event at 10:30 a.m. 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 at 6 p.m. at the train station on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Lyme Disease Support Group Eastern Panhandle WV on Facebook.
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Blood drives: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at Mountain View Church of the Brethren in Bunker Hill. Another happens Tuesday at Rocky Knoll School in Martinsburg. For details or to sign up, go to redcrossblood.org.
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Bake sale: Members of the adult Sunday school class at Bolivar United Methodist Church will hold a bake sale with soup and sandwiches as well as a silent auction from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 1215 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.
Spaghetti dinner: Knights of Pythians hosts a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at 105 Sixth Ave. in Ranson. The cost is $8, $4 for children and free for those 4 and younger. Carryout will be available. Proceeds with benefit the Knights’ heart fund.
Personal safety class: Stephanie DiGennaro will lead a session of the NRA’s “Refuse To Be A Victim” program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Jefferson Public Library at 49 Church St. in Summit Point. Pre-registration is required for the $50 class. To get more information or sign up, call 304-671-1615, email email@example.com or visit www.responsiblyarmedwomen.com.
Harpers Ferry hike: The Trail and Town Alliance of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar hosts a two-mile hike along the Shenandoah. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-725-9634).
Wildflower Festival: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society hosts its annual Wildflower Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
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. at the Dorothy A. McCormack Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus.
Register online at wvuniversityhealthcare.com or call 304-264-1232.
Republicans gather: The Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown. The group holds its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at 6 p.m. April 26 at Citizens Fire Hall in Charles Town. Tickets cost $25 and may be reserved by calling 304-535-6914.
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Financial Peace University: Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church hosts a free preview session of Financial Peace University at 2 p.m. 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.
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.
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 atpedc.earthvibeproductions.com or in person at The Local Source at 133 1/2 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.
Community Ministries drawing: Help Jefferson County Community Ministries by buying a chance to win one of three beef prizes – each winners gets 185 pounds of top-quality, pasture-fed, 21-day-aged beef, packaged and delivered – or a $50 gift certificate to Final Cut, the high-end steak house at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Tickets cost $10 each or $25 for three. The drawing happens May 13. To learn more, call 304-725-3186 or email email@example.com.
Animal benefit: Ranson’s Glory Days Grill will donate a percentage of participants’ food bill to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County through May 31. For details, call 304-725-0589 or go to awsjc.org.
Building workshop: The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library hosts a free workshop April 17 with Eric Leppanen covering design, construction, home improvement, green building, energy efficiency and historical preservation. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 151 Polk St. in Harpers Ferry. Reserve a seat by calling 304-535-2301.
Homebuyer education: The Partnership for Affordable Housing sponsors a homebuyer education class the third Saturday of each month. To sign up for the April 19 class, call 304-725-6189. One-on-one homebuyer credit counseling, Spanish translation and other help also is available. To learn more, go to pahwv.org.
“Run For God”: Asbury United Methodist Church’s Rise and Shine 5K begins at 8 a.m. April 19 at the church at 110 W. North St. Proceeds from the race benefit Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.
Old Opera House: Make plans to see the Old Opera House’s latest, ”The Dinner Party,” by Neil Simon starting April 25 at the historic theater at 204 N. George St. Glenn Frail directs a cast that includes Jennifer George, Shannon Spears, Christine Brewer, Robert Allen, Rick Harner and Steven Brewer. For details, go online to oldoperahouse.org or call 304-725-4420.
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. Learn more at shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org.
Endurance race: The Civil War-themed Sam Michaels 5K Obstacle Race happens April 26 at the Shenandoah Junction park. The second-annual event is put on by Jefferson County Parks and Rec. For details or to sign up, go to jcprc.org.
Market vendors: The new season at the Morgan’s Grove Market kicks off May 3 at 3988 Kearneysville Pike just outside of Shepherdstown. The market features food growers, farmers, bakers, artists, crafter, service providers and others. To learn more, call 304-283-2467 or go to MorgansGroveMarket.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.
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. For details, call Chanti Davenport at 304-279-5706.