Community Calendar


Free flu shots: Anyone who works or lives in the county is invited to get a free flu shot starting at 8:30 this morning at the Jefferson County Health Department. The shots will be available as long as they last. The health department at 1948 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville closes at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact registered nurse Julie Gray (304-728-8416 or email at Julie.gray@wv.gov).

Support group: A Lyme disease support group meets from 6 to 8 tonight and every second Wednesday of the month at the Shepherdstown train station on Audrey Egle Drive. To learn more, email lymesided@comcast.net or find Lyme Disease Support Group Eastern Panhandle WV on Facebook.

Retirees’ gathering: The Jefferson County chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meets at noon at Paddy’s Irish Pub, 210 W. Liberty St. in Charles Town. More information may be found at jefed.homestead.com.

Business gathering: Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline to reserve a spot at Friday’s monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Business Association. The luncheon begins at noon at the Purple Iris, 1956 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, and costs $12 cash. To RSVP or get details, contact Mona Kissel at mona@monakissel.com.



Blood drive: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

$8 clothing bag: The Op Shop in downtown Charles Town holds another of its popular three-day bag sales. The special happening Thursday, Friday and Saturday allows shoppers to fill a plastic grocery sack with as many clothing items as they like for $8. All sales made at the thrift store at 115 N. Charles St. benefit the Old Opera House, the community theater in Charles Town. The thrift store is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For details, call the store at 304-725-6605.



Spaghetti dinner: Good Shepherd Caregivers holds its annual spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m., at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall at 8052 Martinsburg Pike, Shepherdstown. Tickets are sold beforehand, but they can also pick them up the night of the event. For more information, call 304-876-3325.

Prayer breakfast: Summit Point United Methodist Church at 46 Steptoe St. hosts a prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. The breakfast is free and open to anyone. For details, call the church at 304-725-6137.

Chili cookoff: Relay For Life of Jefferson County will kick off planning for its 2014 event starting at 5 p.m. at the Ranson Civic Center. The evening will include a chili cookoff, free games and activities for all ages, and information about cancer awareness and how to become part of Relay For Life. Anyone interested may pay $5 to sample chili and vote for a favorite. Learn more about the event at relayforlife.org/jeffersonwv or get details on entering the cookoff by emailing chanti.davenport@gmail.com.

Cartooning workshop: Kristina Hoffman leads a cartooning and comic book illustration workshop for adults and teens. The class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Works at 116 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg.

More information may be found at artworks.berkeleyartswv.org.

Breakfast fundraiser: Ebenezer United Methodist Church holds a country breakfast with biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, home fries, pancakes, fruit, coffeecake and more from 8 a.m. at the Neersville Volunteer Fire Department at 11762 Harpers FerryRoad in Purcellville, Va. Payment is by freewill offering. For details, call 540-668-6504.

Farm market: Find local pasture-raised meats, eggs, milk, yogurt, goat cheeses, jams, fresh-baked bread, pies, pastries and other goods at the Bolivar Heights Farmers Market on Washington Street near Harpers Ferry Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For updates, connect with “Bolivar Heights Farmers Market” on Facebook.

Gleaning help: Volunteers from the Society of St. Andrew are asking for help bagging a massive donation of apples – between 300 and 400 bushels previously in storage – so they can be given to local food pantries for those in need. The work begins at 10 a.m. at Rinker Orchards at 1156 Marlboro Road in Stephens City, Va. For details on this and other local gleaning efforts, call Betty Heishman at 540-336-2177 or learn more about the Society of St. Andrew online at endhunger.org.



Blood drive: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Living Room at 50 Monroe St. in Martinsburg. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

School board: The Jefferson County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at the school board office at 110 Mordington Ave. in Charles Town.


Master Naturalist deadline: Applications for the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Master Naturalist Program are due for classes beginning in March. Enrollment is limited to 20. Tuition is $300; some scholarships available. Space in individual classes costs $30. To get details, go online to potomacaudubon.org.



Blood drive: The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Gold’s Gym at 64 Somerset Blvd. in Charles Town. Anyone may sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Heritage tourism: Jan. 15 is the deadline for papers, presentations, workshops, exhibits and posters addressing cultural heritage tourism trends, issues and concerns to be presented at the West Virginia Association of Museums’ annual conference March 20 to 22 in Beckley. For details, email museumsofwv@gmail.com.

Science fair: The deadline for public and private school students and homeschoolers in the county to register for this year’s Jefferson County Schools Science Fair happens Jan. 15. The fair will be held Jan. 25 at Charles Town Middle School. In case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled for Feb. 1. For details or to register, contact Ian Hillman (ihillman@access.k12.wv.us) or Denise Lykens Dlykens@access.k12.wv.us).

Honoring the DuBoses: Organizers are asking that anyone planning to attend next month’s farewall party for the Rev. Georgia DeBose and her husband Bob DuBose let organizers know by Jan. 25.

The DuBoses have been fixtures in the community for 15 years. Georgia DuBose is the minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harpers Ferry and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Leetown. Her last Sunday at the Jefferson County churches will be Feb. 10.

Bob DuBose is a former Harpers Ferry Town Council member who has been active with Jefferson County Community Ministries and many other good works.

The DuBoses are headed west to be closer to family. Starting in March, she will serve as vicar at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Florence, Ore.

The party happens from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in the fellowship hall at Camp Hill Wesley United Methodist Church at 660 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. Meat, bread, dessert and drinks will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a casserole, veggies or a salad.

To RSVP, contact Shirley Caniford (304-535-6922 or shirleycaniford@aol.com).

Bird survey: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society invites interested citizens to help with the 16th-annual C&O Canal Midwinter Bird Survey on Jan. 25.

The District of Columbia Audubon Society is coordinating the effort to provide a snapshot count of birds present along the entire, 185-mile length of the canal.

Locally, volunteers will count birds on a three-mile section of the canal between Antietam Creek and the Rumsey Bridge at Shepherdstown.

Participants should gather at 7:45 a.m. at the large National Park Service parking lot on Canal Road just south of the railroad bridge (not the first, small parking lot at the base of the hill below the Rumsey Bridge). The work should be done by 11:30 a.m. PVAS leaders say anyone with an interest is welcome to join in, regardless of their birding experience. Register at potomacaudubon.org or contact count leader Nancy Kirschbaum (nancyk500@comcast.net or 240-347-7751). Kirschbaum can arrange for binocular loans.

Quilt exhibition: Any Panhandle resident who has completed a quilt in the past four years is invited to submit it by Jan. 30 to the Berkeley Arts Council’s first quilt and fiber art exhibit, “Connecting Threads.”

The non-juried exhibit will go on display at the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg Feb. 13. For details, go to artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/threads/or call 304-620-7277.

Beekeeping class: A new round of beginning beekeeping classes put on by the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association begins Feb. 3. Find the registration form at wvepba.org or learn more by contacting Bob Speelman (540-247-2482 or wvbeeman2@gmail.com).

Volunteers needed: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County seeks volunteers to deliver meals. For more information, call 304-725-1601 or email mealsonwheelsjc@frontier.com. The nonprofit also is seeking support due to budget cuts. Contributions may be mailed to Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 565, Charles Town 25414.

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.

Muslim exhibition: Shepherd University’s Scarborough Library hosts “The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys,” with books and films addressing Muslim beliefs, practices and cultural heritage.

The collection, all works selected with advice of librarians, cultural programming experts and distinguished scholars, will be available to Shepherd students as well as members of the public through Feb. 4.

Send your news: Have an item for next week’s Community Calendar? Send submissions by 2 p.m. Monday to christine@spiritofjefferson.com or fax or mail them (304-728-6856 or 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414). Questions? Call 304-725-2046, ext. 22.


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