Community Calendar


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.

Animal benefit: Ranson’s Glory Days Grill will donate a percentage of participants’ food bill to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County daily through May 31. For details, call 304-725-0589 or go to

Memories of Mom: Signups for Hospice of the Panhandle’s Grief Support Services’ “Reflections of Mom” continues through today. The special program and brunch happens from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The pre-Mother’s Day event is free and open to any woman whose mother has 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. To reserve a spot, call Jennifer Newman at 304-264-3902, ext. 1112.

Blood drive: A blood drive happens from 1 to 7 today at Arden United Methodist Church 4464 Arden Nollville Road. Donors may sign up at

Book sale: Donations of fiction or nonfiction books as well as children’s books are being accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday just ahead of the annual Friends of Shepherdstown Library Book Sale.

Boxes may be brought to the War Memorial Building at the corner of King and German Streets. The sale happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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. Friday. Admission to the reception is $10 per person and books may be purchased at that time.

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



Community conversation: Jefferson County Schools’ “Building Community Bridges,” the effort to improving racial relations throughout the local community that kicked off March 30 with a convocation at Jefferson High, meets again at 6 p.m. at the school board office at 110 Mordington Ave. in Charles Town.

Other upcoming meetups include May 22 and June 5, both at 6 p.m. at the school board office. The sessions last an hour and participants are invited to bring along dinner or a snack.

To learn more, contact Arthena Sewell Roper, the school system’s Cultural Diversity Facilitator, at (304-728-9240 or

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



Community Ministries drawing: It’s the final day to buy tickets for the Jefferson County Community Ministries’ drawing for 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 Monday. To learn more, call 304-725-3186 or email

Health seminar: It’s the deadline to register for Dr. Mark Cucuzzella’s presention, “The Right To Bear Farms: Agriculture, Health and Nutrition” set for next week in Martinsburg.

The free seminar begins at 7 p.m. May 13 at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus.

The talk 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 two will discuss how local farms can be a resource for healthy foods. Brief healthy cooking demonstrations will follow the presentation. To sign up, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31760.

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 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.

Flower sale: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County holds its annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 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 or by calling 304-725-0589.

Plant Fair: The Morgan County Master Gardeners’ annual Plant Fair happens Friday and Saturday 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.



Chili competition: A chance to judge firefighters’ chili is part of the fun as Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6 holds a fundraiser starting at 4 p.m. Dinner – pork loin and/or chicken nuggets – costs $8 for adults or $6 for children. A “You Pick It” bonanza begins at 5:30 p.m. with a drawing every 15 minutes. The Fast Cash Board is the last drawing of the night, with a progressive pot of $790. For more information, call the fire company at 304-725-0006.

Farm market: Deane Kern is the musical guest at this week’s Charles Town Farmers Market on the 100 block of South Samuel Street. For information on vendors and other details, go to

Books-as-art event: Nineteen art students from Charles Town Middle School worked with visiting artist Elizabeth Goins to create Charles Town Library’s new exhibit, “Books, Monotypes & Poetry.”

The show debuts at the library at 200 E. Washington St. with an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. For details on the exhibit, email Goins at or call the library at 304-725-2208.

Diabetes awareness: The Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter offers a free Diabetes Awareness Workshop at 10 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, Kearneysville Pike, Shepherdstown. The workshop will cover topics such as how to prevent, recognize and live with Type II diabetes. To learn more, email

Herb Fair: The Woman’s Club of Harpers Ferry will hold its annual Herb Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

Half-Marathon: The fourth-annual BCT Harpers Ferry Half Marathon – the spring companion race of Freedom’s Run – includes a half-marathon, 5K and a free kids fun run. Proceeds go to community projects that boost young people’s health. Freedom’s Run participants get $5 off registration. Sign up at

GOP gathering: All Republicans are invited to the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee’s meeting at 9 a.m. at the Quality Inn in Harpers Ferry. Learn more by emailing

Paintings on display: An opening reception for painter Marian Buckner’s exhibition of paintings of flowers, wildflowers and woodlands happens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bridge Gallery on Shepherdstown Pike. To learn more, call 304-876-2300.



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

Farm market: The Shepherdstown Farmers Market will draw names to give away a Mother’s Day plant every half hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market behind Shepherdstown Public Library offers flowers, plants, meats, produce, cheeses, artisan breads, non-GMO eggs, gourmet vinegars, hand-blended teas, cake, herbs and even wasabi arugula. Musician Don Oehser entertains starting at 10 a.m.



Pizza for Relay: The Sisters with a Cause Relay for Life team hosts a Spirit Night from 5 to 8 p.m. at King’s 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.



Vultures in the spotlight: 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.”

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 or call 304-535-2582.

Game show: Try your luck at a game show and help the Jefferson County Parks and Rec raise money for Independence Day fireworks. The “Win It in a Minute” Game Show and Dinner begins at 6 p.m. May 16 at the Ranson Civic Center.

Dinner is provided by Timber Ridge BBQ. Tickets cost $10. To reserve a spot or get details, email Kim Spangler at or go online to

Church yard sale: New Street United Methodist Church at the corner of New and Church streets in Shepherdstown hosts a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17. Baked goods will be available, with lunch served in the church dining room starting at 10:30 a.m. To learn more, call 304-876-2362.

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.

Homeowners association workshop: The Eastern Panhandle Organization of Homeowners Associations 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 or call Nance Briscoe at 304-728-2201 for location and other information.

Family hike: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society on May 17 hosts a three-hour “Outdoor Explore!” nature hike for families with children at its Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve near Shanghai in Berkeley County. Natural science educator Jan Hummer will help explain the preserve’s plants, animals and other natural features. The cost is $5 per child, and pre-registration is required. To register or get more information on the 10 a.m. hike, go or contact Hummer ( or 304-839-5128).

Movie Night: There’s no charge to attend Asbury United Methodist Church’s Family Movie Night May 17 at the handicapped-accessible church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. On the big screen: the 1998 animated musical, “The Prince of Egypt.” The fun, which includes snacks and drinks, starts at 6 p.m. Organizers ask parents to stay with their children, and kids are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring along a blanket and pillow to get comfortable. To learn more, call 304-725-5513 or go online to

Community Baby Shower: New parents and anyone preparing to welcome a baby are welcome to attend Jefferson Medical Center’s second-annual Community Baby Shower from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the Ranson hospital.

The free event, part of University Healthcare’s National Hospital Week celebration, will include door prizes, refreshments, tours of the hospital, health screenings and the chance to connect with vendors. For details on attending or being a vendor, contact Arlene Fernandez-Anderson (304-728-1707 or

Gospel concert: Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church Asbury on May 18 hosts the internationally known gospel group The Jacobs Brothers along with local favorites The Men In Black Gospel Singers at a free gospel concert that begins at 6:30 p.m. May 18. The church is located at 110 W. North St. To learn more, call 304-725-5513 or go online to

Self-defense workshop: NRA-certified instructor Stephanie will lead her co-ed “Refuse To Be A Victim” crime prevention/personal safety seminar May 24 in Summit Point. The $50 course, happening from noon to 4 p.m. at South Jefferson Public Library at 49 Church St., is appropriate for anyone from teens and older. The class covers the psychology of criminal predators, security at home, in the car and during out-of-town travel, and much more. To get more information or to sign up, contact DiGennaro of Responsibly Armed Women ( or 304-671-1615) or go online to

Shepherdstown alums: The annual banquet and business meeting of the Shepherdstown High School Alumni Association begins with a social hour at 4:30 p.m. on June 7 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. Reservations must be made by May 27. To sign up, contact Wayne Goodrich (304-876-2797 or

Bicycling fundraiser: A poker run by bike? The Panhandle Pedalers, a local group of cycling enthusiasts, hosts a unique fundraiser for Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County on May 31. Cyclists travel along the W.Va. 9 bike path and roads in Bardane, Leetown and Shepherdstown, drawing a playing card at each card station. Those with the best hands at the end of the ride win cash prizes.

Registration costs $20. Learn more or sign up at panhandlepedalers or call organizer Josh Hughes at 301-788-3072.



1949 reunion: Charles Town High School Class of 1949 will celebrate its 65th class reunion June 20 with dinner at Paul’s at Oakland, the restaurant in the church at Oakland United Methodist Church in Charles Town. Learn more or reserve a spot by calling D.A. Myers at 304-725-3255.

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

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 Contributions may be mailed to Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 565, Charles Town 25414.

“Bark” nearing: 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 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 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

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

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.


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