Community Calendar

TODAY | 14

                Healthcare workers’ blessing ceremonies: Jefferson Medical Center this week is offering its staff as well as any healthcare workers in the community the opportunity to have their hands blessed as part of National Hospital Week. University Healthcare’s Spiritual Care Services and its chaplains will offer the “Blessing of Caring Hands” ceremonies through Saturday. For details, call Arlene Fernandez-Anderson at 304-728-1707.

                Washington High growers: Agriculture students at Washington High will sell plants from 3 to 5 p.m. today and Thursday. For details, call the school at 304-885-5110.

                Vultures in the spotlight: A free talk on vultures’ role in the ecosystem begins at 7 p.m. at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown. It’s the latest in the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s monthly series of programs open to anyone interested.

                Organic garden: Spots are available at the Sustainable Shepherdstown Organic Community Garden behind the Saturday Morgans Grove Market. The cost starts at $30. For details, contact Ellen Smith (esmithart30@gmail.com or call 301-467-9516) or visit sustainableshepherdstown.org.

 

THURSDAY | 15

                Help homeless pets: 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 awsjc.org.

FRIDAY | 16

                Animal benefit: Charles Town’s Briggs Animal Adoption Center holds a benefit yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday outside the center at 3731 Berryville Pike. Shoppers can browse housewares, clothing, Christmas items and more, and fill a bag for $2, with all proceeds benefitting the nonprofit animal rescue facility. For detials, call 304-724-6558.

 

                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. at the Ranson Civic Center. Tickets cost $10.

Dinner will be provided by Timber Ridge BBQ. To reserve a spot or get details, email Kim Spangler at kspangler@cityofransonwv.net or go online to jcprc.org.

 

SATURDAY | 17

                5K fundraiser: There’s still time to sign up for the Race for Recess 5K, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Park and winds through historic Charles Town. The sixth-annual event raises money to buy recess equipment for local schools.

Race-day registration is $25 and happens from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at the park. A short fun run for children who do not run the 5K also is planned. To learn more, contact organizer Kathy Skinner (skinner_kathy@hotmail.com or 304-268-9876).

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. 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. 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. To RSVP, go to epohoa.org or call Nance Briscoe at 304-728-2201 for location and other information.

                Family hike: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society 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 to potomacaudubon.org or contact Hummer (janhummer@hotmail.com or 304-839-5128).

                Movie Night: There’s no charge to attend Asbury United Methodist Church’s Family Movie Night 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 myasburychurch.org.

                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. 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  arfernan@wvuhealthcare.com).

                Spaghetti supper: Summit Point Methodist Church hosts a spaghetti supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church on Steptoe Road. The meal (pasta, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea) costs $4 for ages 5 to 11 or $8 for anyone 12 or older. Proceeds go to the Relay for Life team, the Carroll Crusaders.

Farm market: It’s Health and Wellness Day at the Charles Town Farmers Market on the 100 block of South Samuel Street. Special offerings planned include a group run, running tips, health screenings and vendors offering massage, yoga, nutritional counseling and more. For information on vendors and other details, go to charlestownfarmersmarket.net.

 

SUNDAY | 18

                Gospel concert: Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church      Asbury 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. at the church at 110 W. North St. To learn more, call 304-725-5513 or go online to myasburychurch.org.

                Women’s Day: The public is invited as the women of St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Charles Town offer their annual Women’s Day program at 3 p.m. at the church at 411 S. Lawrence St. Women from a number of churches in the community will take part with readings, poems, inspirational activities and more. Singers from Wainwright Baptist Church and Betty Washington of Shepherdstown will provide special music. A reception will follow the program.

                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.

                Farm market: Megan Webber talks about attracting butterflies to your garden and raising caterpillars at 9:45 a.m. at Shepherdstown Farmers Market behind Shepherdstown Public Library. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starting at 10 a.m., musicians Sam Jannotta and Lisa Lafferty will perform.

 

MONDAY | 19

                Help for students: Anyone 16 and older who is out of public school can get free help in preparing for their high school equivalency diploma at the Jill S. Weekley Learning Center at the James Rumsey Technical Institute in Hedgeville.

Students must attend an orientation. Upcoming sessions happen from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday and from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. For details or to sign up, call 304-754-9712.

 

LOOKING AHEAD IN MAY

                Golf fundraiser: The Rotary Club of Charles Town’s15th-annual J.B. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament 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.

                Football boosters: Jefferson High’s Football Spirit Night happens May 21 at Glory Days. Go to jeffersonfootball.com or email jhsfootballboosters@gmail.com to learn more.

                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 May 22 at the school board office at 110 Mordington Ave. in Charles Town.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Another session is set for 6 p.m. June 5, also 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 aroper@access.k12.wv.us).

Violence awareness: The Rev. Bruce Langwiser, chairman of Faith Communities in Action’s Domestic Violence Prevention Committee in Fairfax, Va., is the guest speaker at a free special program next weekend in Halltown.

Put on by Voices Against Domestic Violence, the “Lunch and Learn” orientation to domestic violence awareness happens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at Victory Freewill Baptist Church.

The event at 76 Amanda Court in Halltown is open to anyone, but pre-registration is required by calling Pat Greenley 304-839-9649 or at VoicesAgainstDomesticViolence.org.

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 (rawtraining@comcast.net or 304-671-1615) or go online to responsiblyarmedwomen.com.

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 dmbertazzoni@comcast.net).

                Railroads tour: Clark Dixon of Ranson next month hosts a West Virginia Scenic Railroads Tour through Berkeley County Adult and Community Education. The deadline to sign up for the June 10 to 12 trip comes May 30.

The $350 fee includes travel by deluxe motor coach, excursions on scenic railroads, a visit to the West Virginia Railroad Museum in Elkins, lodging, lunch and more. To register or learn more, call 304-267-3585.

                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 Route 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.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE, BEYOND

                Car wash-meal fundraiser: Harpers Ferry’s Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church on June 7 hosts a car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event also will include a bake sale (cakes, cookies, fruit pies, bread and candy), breakfast starting at 8 a.m. (egg sandwiches with sausage or bacon, plate breakfasts, drinks) and lunch starting at 11 a.m. (burgers, hot dogs, sloppy joes, country ham, cole slaw, potato salad and more).

The church is at 1497 Hostler Road, at the intersection of Hostler and Chestnut Hill roads. For details, call 304-876-6992 or 304-725-4157.

                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 wvbirder@comcast.net.

                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.

                “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 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.

                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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