Community Calendar

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             Book sale: Donations of fiction or nonfiction books as well as children’s books are being accepted starting today as the annual Friends of Shepherdstown Library Book Sale nears.

Boxes may be brought to the War Memorial Building at the corner of King and German Streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Thursday or Friday and again May 7, 8 and 9. The sale happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11.

Organizers allow book lovers to get a jump start on the regular sale through a wine and cheese preview reception at the War Memorial Building from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 9. on Friday, May 9 from 6:30-8:00pm. Admission to the reception is $10 per person and books may be purchased at that time.

Some items aren’t accepted for the sale, including Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, textbooks, computer manuals, encyclopedias and books on tape. All proceeds from the Book Sale help to fund programs and services at the Shepherdstown Public Library.

             “Lunch & Learn”: Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers “Lunch & Learn” with tips on emergency financial planning and preparedness at noon 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. For details, call Jessica A. Owens

at 304-724-8914.

             Wedding venue ribbon-cutting: Today is the deadline to RSVP for a special event at Sam Michael’s Park. Park officials will hold a ribbon-cutting for the park’s new wedding venue at 4 p.m. Friday at the park at 235 Sam Michael’s Lane in Shenandoah Junction. Reply to Jennifer Myers at jmyers@jcprc.org.



             Applebee’s offering: Dine at Applebee’s in Charles Town starting at 11 a.m. and the restaurant will donate 20 percent of the bill to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. Customers should mention AWS to their server or print the flyer at awsjc.org The nonprofit, no-kill shelter and United Way agency located on Leetown Pike near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds has been helping homeless and neglected pets since 1952.

             Publishing how-to: Charles Town author Lauren Carr and Beth Rowland of Berkeley Springs present tips at this month’s Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum, “Getting Published: Books as Business Tools.”

The program, free and open to the public, begins with a networking hour at 5:30 p.m. at Panorama at the Peak in Berkeley Springs. (The event happens on the second floor of the restaurant, which may be reached only by stairs.)

For more information, email epef@jcda.net, call 304-728-3255 or go to jcda.net/entrepreneurs-forum.



             Blood drives: A blood drive at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg happens from noon to 6 p.m. Sign up at redcrossblood.org. Other blood drives are set for 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at both Lions Center at 310 S. George St. in Ranson and Fellowship Bible Church at 160 Daniel Road in Shenandoah Junction.



             Tree planting extravaganza: Anyone is welcome to help plant trees during the West Virginia Project CommuniTree happening from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moulton Park located at 716 Bloomery Road on the shore of the Shenandoah River, just north of the Bloomery Bridge.

Volunteers can come for all or part of the day and are encouraged to wear work clothes and boots and to bring a snack and water to drink, gardening or work gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, a bucket and a spade or shovel. Learn more by contacting project leader Tom Romero of the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition at 703-675-4625.

             Plant sale: The Potomac-Mecklenburg Garden Club’s annual plant sale happens from 9 a.m. to noon 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.


             Millville reunion: All alumni of Millville Graded School are invited to a reunion at 2 p.m. at the school. Organizers ask those who come bring chairs and tables if they can as well as a dish to share. For more information, call Nicola Bastian at 304-535-6907.

             “Mental Health and Dignity” March: As part of Shepherdstown’s “Mental Health and Dignity Day,” people in recovery from mental health disorders and their supporters will gather for a march starting at 6 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Train Station, 100 Audrey Egle and ending at Town Hall.

Organizers invite those interested to bring a picnic and something to share. For details, contact Susan Kraber (614-593-2229 or motivationandrecovery@gmail.com).

             Knitting ministry: A 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.

             Health talk: Simone Miller delivers a free natural health talk at 6:30 p.m. at O’Hurley’s General Store in Shepherdstown. For more on “Vibrant Body, Peaceful Mind and Joyful Heart – Creating Well Being From the Inside Out,” call 240-320-5528.



             Washington High growers: Agriculture students at Washington High will sell plants through May 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. For details, call the school at 304-885-5110.



             Remembering departed mothers: Hospice of the Panhandle’s Grief Support Services offers a special program and brunch, “Reflections of Mom” from 10 a.m. to noon on May 10.

The pre-Mother’s Day event is free and open to any women whose mothers have passed away. Participants will enjoy brunch, music, a brief presentation and a craft. “Your mother did not have to be a Hospice patient and it does not matter how recently or how long ago she may have died,” organizers say.

The program happens in the education center at Hospice of the Panhandle at 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. Participants are asked to sign up by May 7 by calling Jennifer Newman at 304-264-3902, ext. 1112.

             Healthy Eating seminar: Dr. Mark Cucuzzella will present “The Right To Bear Farms: Agriculture, Health and Nutrition” at 7 p.m. May 13 in the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus.

The free seminar is sponsored by University Healthcare and the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division.

Cucuzzella is a hospitalist at Jefferson Medical Center and professor with the WVU School of Medicine. He will be joined by Gus Schumacher, executive vice president of Wholesome Wave and the former USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture.

The value of vultures Katie Fallon, a birder and writer based in Morgantown, will discuss the ways in which vultures provide a key and valuable service for the ecosystems in which they live during a lecture May 14 in Shepherdstown. The free presentation is the latest in the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s monthly series of programs open to anyone interested. “The Vulture: Invaluable Friend, Unfortunate Underdog” begins at 7 p.m. at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown. Fallon, who has taught creative writing at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech, is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization devoted to conserving birds through research, education and rehabilitation. The special presentation will mark the culmination of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s 10-day celebration of International Migratory Birding Day. The theme for this year’s IMBD is “Why Birds Matter.

The value of vultures Katie Fallon, a birder and writer based in Morgantown, will discuss the ways in which vultures provide a key and valuable service for the ecosystems in which they live during a lecture May 14 in Shepherdstown. The free presentation is the latest in the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s monthly series of programs open to anyone interested. “The Vulture: Invaluable Friend, Unfortunate
Underdog” begins at 7 p.m. at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown. Fallon, who has taught creative writing at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech, is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization
devoted to conserving birds through research, education and rehabilitation. The special presentation will mark the culmination of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s 10-day celebration of International Migratory Birding Day. The theme for this year’s IMBD is “Why Birds Matter.

The two will discuss how local farms can be a resource for healthy foods. Brief healthy cooking demonstrations will follow the presentation.

Sign up by May 9 by calling 304-264-1287, ext. 31760.

             Golf fundraiser: Golf lovers are asked to sign up now for the Rotary Club of Charles Town’s15th-annual J.B. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament.

The event happens May 23 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club and the Locust Hill Golf Course. A post-tournament reception will be at The Anvil Restaurant in Harpers Ferry.

Over the years, $375,000 in proceeds from the tournament has bolstered the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, high school baseball in Jefferson County, the walking trail at Jefferson Memorial Park and other efforts.

To secure a spot in the tournament, find the entry form at jbsmithmemorial.com/2014signupsheet.html or call 304-535-2582.

             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: There’s still time to 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.

             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.

             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, call Bernard Wayne Knott at 304-725-8084.

Herb Fair: The Woman’s Club of Harpers Ferry will hold its annual Herb Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 in the Town Park on Washington Street. Shoppers may select plants from a wide selection of herbs, flowers and vegetables.

Club members also will offer a delicious assortment of homemade baked goods for sale including fresh herb breads, butters and cakes, as well as tempting desserts and jellies.

Members will also offer free advice on annuals, perennials and other strategies for getting the best results from herbs and flowers this year.

The event happens rain or shine.

             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.

             Pizza for Relay: The Sisters with a Cause Relay for Life team hosts a Spirit Night from 5 to 8 p.m. May 13 at Kings Pizza on W.Va. 51 in Inwood. A portion of the restaurant’s proceeds from the evening will go to the American Cancer Society and Jefferson County Relay for Life.

             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.

             Free homeowners association workshop: The Eastern Panhandle Organization of Homeowners Associations next month hosts a free workshop on how to obtain, read and amend homeowner association-governing documents.

The session begins at 9 a.m. May 17. To RSVP, go to epohoa.org or call Nance Briscoe at 304-728-2201 for location and other information.

             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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