Community Calendar


Middleway rehab: The Middleway Bad Buildings Project kicks off with a meeting at 7 p.m. at 112 East St. in Middleway. Leaders from West Virginia University’s Brownfield Assistance Center will lead the workshop and training session to start the Historic District BAD Buildings Project. Historic District property owners, stakeholders and others interested in helping with this assessment and re-development planning project should attend. For details, call 304-728-6400

                Tech business seminar: There’s still time to sign up for the workshop. “Product Development/Technology Commercialization Fundamentals,” that starts at 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Economic Development Authority, 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville.

The $35 workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program. To sign up or learn more, go to wvsbdc.com or contact Justin Gaull (304-957-2082 orjustin.m.gaull@wv.gov).

Clean water forum: The Jefferson County chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Jefferson County Health Department host a public forum, “Lessons from Elk River,” at 7 p.m. April 25 in the Charles Town Library downstairs meeting room. For details, call 304-728-8416 or email david.didden@wv.gov.




Garden group: The Gardeners Exchange Group resumes its monthly schedule 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.

Bullskin Farm (above) in Charles Town, and Tuscarora (right) in Martinsburg are two of the six homes on this weekend’s annual House and Garden Tour of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

Bullskin Farm (above) in Charles Town, and Tuscarora (right) in Martinsburg are two of the six homes on this weekend’s annual House
and Garden Tour of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

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. 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.

Fundraiser dinner: Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6 will hold a fried chicken and/or chicken nuggets dinner starting at 4 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. An auction and “You Pick It” bonanza also are planned, with a “Fast Cash” board as the last drawing of the night. For details, call 304-725-0006.

Garden tours: The Shenandoah Potomac Garden Council will sponsor its annual tour of homes and gardens in Jefferson and Berkeley counties Saturday and Sunday. Visitors may tour all six homes or pay admission to individual homes. Learn more at shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org.


Bullskin Farm (above) in Charles Town, and Tuscarora (right) in Martinsburg are two of the six homes on this weekend’s annual House and Garden Tour of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

Endurance race: The Civil War-themed Sam Michaels 5K Obstacle Race happens 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.

Spring clean: Volunteers wishing to help Middleway Conservancy’s Adopt-a-Highway program collect trash should meet at 9 a.m. at 154 East Street, Middleway. In case of rain, the cleanup will happen at 1:30 Sunday. To know more, call 304-728-6400.

Library celebration: The South Jefferson Public Library will celebrate its 10th year at 49 Church Street in Summit Point with an anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers plan refreshments, music, games, a “story walk”  for children provided by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, door prizes, face painting, library tours, entertainment from Bubble B the clown and a barbershop quartet, and more. For details, call 304-725-6227.




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.

Financial planning: Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church hosts  weekly Financial Peace University classes taught on video by Dave Ramsey starting at 2 p.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. Call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org for more information.



School board candidates forum: The Jefferson County Education Association hosts a community forum with school board canddiates at 6:30 p.m. at Wright Denny Elementary School at 209 W. Congress St. in Charles Town. Candidates running in the non-partisan May 13 election will address the audience, with a question and answer period to follow.

County Commission hopefuls: The Jefferson County League of Women Voters sponsors a candidate forum for the open seat on the Jefferson County Commission. The forum begins at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.

Republicans Eric Bell and Peter Onoszko are facing off in the May 13 primary and will oppose Democrat Ronda Lehman in November for the seat now held by Democrat Lyn Widmyer. For more information, contact Tina Burns (tinaburns1@frontier.com or 410-963-2958).




“Lunch & Learn”: Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers “Lunch & Learn” with tips on emergency financial planning and preparedness at noon April 30 in the Charles Town Library’s downstairs meeting room. Michael Murphy from Charles Town’s BB&T Bank will discuss personal financial planning and preparedness for emergencies.

Organizers say the event is free and open to the public and does not require preregistration. Two emergency preparedness first aid kits provided by the West Virginia Citizen Corps Council and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be given away as door prizes at this event. For details, call Jessica A. Owens

at 304-724-8914.

Plant sale: The Potomac-Mecklenburg Garden Club’s annual plant sale happens from 9 a.m. to noon May 3 at a new location, in the side garden at 105 W. New St. in Shepherdstown.

Club members will offer a large selection of perennials and small shrubs from their gardens, including popular natives, all at modest prices. Gardening advice and pamphlets will be available. Customers should park on New Street or in St. Agnes Parish parking lot.

The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at St. Agnes Parish Center and welcomes new members. For details, contact Suzy Yates at pyatescpa@yahoo.com.

Jefferson High reunion: 1974 Jefferson High grads are asked to connect with organizers of the 40-year class reunion coming up in September. Contact Carol Smoot Cooper at 304-725-1584, Karen Gageby at 304-725-2345 or Betsy Barker at 304-725-8510.

Shorebirds trip: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is encouraging experienced birders to sign up now for a natural history workshop on shorebirds to be held July 30 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown with a weekend field trip to Delaware to follow. For details, call 304-261-5602 or email wvbirder@comcast.net.

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 dougjccm@gmail.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.

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.

Children’s benefit auction: The Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown and the Key Club of Jefferson High School will host their 11th-annual Children’s Benefit Auction May 9 in the cafeteria of Jefferson High. The preview and silent auction begin at 6:30 and the live auction with Densil Nibert starts at 7 p.m. Auction items include gift certificates, baked goods, jewelry, sporting equipment, tickets and a Myrtle Beach, S.C., resort vacation week. Food will be available for purchase.

For details, cal Bernard Wayne Knott at 304-725-8084.

Football boosters: Jefferson High’s Football Spirit Night happens form 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 8 at Chick-fil-A in Ranson, with 15 percent of sales from those who mention Spirit Night donated to the football program. A Spirit Night is planned for Glory Days on May 21. Go to jeffersonfootball.com or email jhsfootballboosters@gmail.com to learn more.

Flower sale: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County holds its annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale from 2 to 6 p.m. May 9 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at Domino’s Pizza in Shepherdstown. Geraniums, new guinea impatiens, gerbera daisies, begonias, hanging baskets and much more will be for sale.

AWS merchandise also will be available with all proceeds to benefit the Animal Welfare Society. Learn more at awsjc.org or by calling 304-725-0589.

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. For details, go online to coalcountrytours.com or call Estepp at 540-233-0543.

Plant fundraiser: Members of the Tuscawilla-Locust Hills Garden Club will host the group’s sole fundraiser of the year, a plant and bake sale happening rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 on the soccer field near the entrance to Tuscawilla off W.Va. 51. Members say items are homemade and reasonably priced, with proceeds to benefit local beautification efforts and other nonprofit groups.

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.

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.

Homebuyer education: The Partnership for Affordable Housing sponsors a homebuyer education class the third Saturday of each month. To sign up for this week’s 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.


                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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