Community Calendar


Building workshop: The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library hosts a free workshop with Eric Leppanen covering design, construction, home improvement, green building, energy efficiency and historical preservation. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 151 Polk St. in Harpers Ferry. Reserve a seat by calling 304-535-2301.



Flower sale: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County holds its annual Easter flower sale from 2 to 6 p.m. and continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Domino’s Pizza in Shepherdstown.

Hyacinths, tulips, hydrangeas, mums, lilies, azaleas, mini roses, hanging baskets and much more will be sale, along with Animal Welfare Society merchandise. For details on the no-kill shelter, go to awsjc.org.

Impact fee discussion: The public is invited to attend the Jefferson County Commission’s stakeholders meeting on impact fees. The session begins at 10:30 a.m in the lower level of the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. For more information, call 304-876-3158.



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.

“Run For God”: Asbury United Methodist Church’s Rise and Shine 5K begins at 8 a.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. Proceeds from the race benefit Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.



Nature hike: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s free hike at the Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County begins at 10 a.m. and will be led by local Master Naturalist Mary Youngblood. The hike is open to anyone, including children and no pre-registration is needed.

For more information, contact Youngblood at 304-258-9888.

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.



College seminar: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers a free hour-long seminar, “Returning to College is Easy!” at 4 p.m. at the main campus at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg.

The seminar is for adults considering returning to college and is sponsored by the Plus 50 grant. To register for the seminar, go to blueridgectc.augusoft.net or to get more information, call 304-260-4380 ext. 2411 or email askme@blueridgectc.edu.

Voter forum: The Jefferson County NAACP will host a voter forum with candidates for the Jefferson County school board at 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church at 411 S. Lawrence St. in Charles Town. For details, email info@jcwvnaacp.org or go to jcwvnaacp.org



Clean water forum: The Jefferson County chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Jefferson County Health Department are collaborating on a public forum, “Lessons from Elk River,” at 7 p.m. April 25 in the Charles Town Library downstairs meeting room.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, the executive director of Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, will be in Charles Town next week for a clean water forum. The Jefferson County chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Jefferson County Health Department are collaborating on “Lessons from Elk River.”

Dr. Rahul Gupta, the executive director of Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, will be in Charles Town next week for a
clean water forum. The Jefferson County chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Jefferson County Health Department
are collaborating on “Lessons from Elk River.”

Dr. Rahul Gupta, the executive director of Kanawha-Charleston Health Department who residents in the Kanawha Valley turned to for direction following the January spill of coal-cleaning chemicals into the Elk fouling the drinking water for 300,000 in West Virginia, will speak, along with Mary Sell, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Water Advisory Committee, and Dr. David Didden, the physician in charge at th Jefferson County Health Department.

The three will discuss the spill and its implications for Jefferson County as well as the challenge of public water supply exposure to contamination.

Audience members will have the chance to ask questions after the presentations.

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County is a nonpartisan organization open to men and women interested in promoting good government through education and advocacy.

For information on the forum, contact Didden (304-728 8416 or david.didden@wv.gov).

Earth Day: Organizers of the free April 26 Panhandle Earth Day Celebration continue to take donations to cover expenses including paying for bands, security and other needs. Make donations online at pedc.earthvibeproductions.com or in person at The Local Source at 133 1/2 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.

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.

Old Opera House: Make plans to see the Old Opera House’s latest, ”The Dinner Party,” by Neil Simon starting April 25 at the historic theater at 204 N. George St. Glenn Frail directs a cast that includes Jennifer George, Shannon Spears, Christine Brewer, Robert Allen, Rick Harner and Steven Brewer. For details, go online to oldoperahouse.org or call 304-725-4420.

Garden group: The Gardeners Exchange Group resumes its monthly schedule April 26 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. 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. April 26 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.

Garden tours: The Shenandoah Potomac Garden Council will sponsor its annual tour of homes and gardens in Jefferson and Berkeley counties April 26 and 27. Learn more at shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org.

Endurance race: The Civil War-themed Sam Michaels 5K Obstacle Race happens April 26 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.

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.

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. Destinations will include the Tamarack Cultural Center, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, the Whipple Company Store, Matewan (with re-enactment of the May 19, 1920 shootout), the Blair Mountain Battlefield, the Buffalo Creek Memorial, the McDowell County Courthouse, the World War I Black Soldiers Memorial, and the town and mansions of Bramwell. The cost of $395 includes transportation, five meals, all admissions and two nights lodging at Twin Falls Resort State Park Lodge. For details, go online to coalcountrytours.com or call Estepp at 540-233-0543.

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.

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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