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The Friends of Music of Shepherdstown donated music-education materials for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Blue Ridge Elementary School. The materials, published by KIDSounds, include teachers’ curriculum guides and accompanying books for students for each grade. The curriculum combines music and literature lessons for students. 

The Friends provided the school with the same guides and books last year for the school’s students in kindergarten through second grade. This year music teacher Cheryl LaVigne asked for the same materials for her upper grades as well.

“I love to use literature and music together,” LaVigne said in a release about the donation. “The books that come with these curriculum guides are wonderful, and I’m looking forward to using them with the upper grades so I can build upon some of the things I am doing with the younger children.”

Founded as a nonprofit in 1999, the Friends of Music supports the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the only professional classical music orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle and one of only three such orchestras in the state.

SHOWCASE APPEARANCES. This Friday the Charles Town Middle School Jazz Band and Washington High School Synergy Dance Ensemble will participate in the statewide 2022 Arts Alive showcase in Charleston.

The Charles Town Middle School Jazz Band, led by director Rachel Allen will perform as the first middle school jazz band from Jefferson County to receive an invitation to the showcase. Meanwhile, Washington High’s Synergy Dance Ensemble, led by Andrea Kilmer, was also invited to perform during the event.

The showcase will begin with a visual art exhibit featuring works by more than 200 students statewide, followed by a live stage performance.

FLOWER SALE. Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the annual Animal Welfare Society Mother's Day Flower Sale is moving up one day. The fundraiser sale will now be Thursday May 5, from 1 to 6 p.m. The location will remain at Dominos in Shepherdstown. The sale will feature hanging baskets, geraniums, gerbera daisies and begonias. 

PRESERVATION STORY. Next Wednesday, May 11, the Historic Shepherdstown Commission will feature a free discussion on the preservation and restoration of the Shepherdstown Opera House. The talk will be given at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Shepherd University’s Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, and it will be streamed online on Zoom. 

Steve and Harriet Pearson, owners of the Opera House, will present “Shepherdstown Opera House: A Place of Many Dates.” When they learned that the Opera House needed new ownership, the Pearsons committed to restoring the building and reviving its performance space. Hear their story as they look forward to re-opening the Opera House this summer.

The discussion, which will include a presentation of the commission’s annual historic preservation awards, is free and open to the public. To register for the Zoom presentation, email Historic Shepherdstown’s office at hsc1786@gmail.com or call 304-876-0910.

CEMETERY GRANT. Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission has received a $5,000 grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation—Helen Parker Willard Fund for Historic Cemeteries in Jefferson County. The funds will support the removal of standing dead ash trees in the Kearneysville Methodist/Boyd Carter Memorial Cemetery, a cemetery where unmarked graves of former slaves are believed to be buried. Any remaining funds will be used to clean and reset fallen headstones and use ground penetrating radar to identify additional unmarked graves.

FRIDAY MOVIES. This Friday starting at 8:30 p.m., the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission will offer a free outdoor family movie “Jungle Cruise” at the AMP amphitheater at Sam Michaels Park. 

Also this Friday at 7 p.m., the Shepherdstown Film Society will show a free movie “Blinded by the Light,” the story of a poor teenager in a traditional Pakistani family in 1980s England who encounters Bruce Springsteen. The PG-13 film will be shown in Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall. Post-film discussion will also take place.

BREAST CANCER EVENT. This Saturday in Charleston, the West Virginia Breast Health Initiative will hold its Race for the Ribbon walking event, which is offered to provide financial and emotional support for families facing breast cancer. The race takes place at the West Virginia State Capitol complex. An opening ceremony kick off will begin at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. For information and to register, visit wvbhi.org.

HOOPING IT UP. “Hula Hoops,” the 1950s fad, have been around, in one form or another, since the Ancient Greeks used them for tumbling, dancing and rolling games. This Saturday, the Cacapon Resort State Park will offer a workshop on making and decorating a basic Hula Hoop and how to use them. The workshop takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the park in Berkeley Springs.

The attendance fees are $35 for park non-members and $30 for park members. Materials will be supplied. Register online at macicehouse.org. Limited places in the workshop are available.

FUNDRAISER AUCTION. This Friday the Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown will hold its 19th Annual Children’s Benefit Auction at Wildwood Middle School in Shenandoah Junction. A preview and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction following at 7 p.m. Featured auction items include a weeklong resort stay from July 16-23 in Garden City Beach, South Carolina, as well as jewelry, home decor, restaurant gift cards, special baked goods and sporting event season tickets at Shepherd University.

MUNICIPAL GRANTS. The Ranson City Council recently awarded “mini grants” totaling $98,000 to 26 community organizations. These organizations received a grant:  

• Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers—$10,000

• Jefferson County Community Ministries—$10,000

• Pantran—$10,000

• Meals on Wheels—$7,500

• Ranson Community Gardens Association—$5,000

• Charles Town Race Track Chaplaincy—$5,000

• Jefferson County Council on Aging—$5,000

• Old Charles Town Library—$5,000

• Renewed Life Ministry—$5,000

• Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center—$5,000

• Morgan-Berkeley-Jefferson Lodge 83 Fraternal Order of Police—$5,000

• Pythian Sisters of West Virginia—$2,000

• Blue Ridge Lodge, Knights of Pythias—$2,000

• Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County—$2,500

• Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff’s Reserve Inc.—$2,500

• Birthright—$2,500

• Community Combined Ministries—$2,500

• Knights of Pythias—$2,000

• The Cat’s Voice West Virginia Inc.—$2,000

• Mountain Cats Trap, Neuter, Release—$2,000

• Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Veterans (Honor Roll Memorial)—$1,500

• Jefferson County African American Culture & Heritage Festival—$1,000

• Ranson Elementary School STEM program—$1,000

• Ranson Elementary STEM It Up—$1,000

• Ranson Elementary School Little Hands—$1,000.

YARD SALE. On Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., an indoor and outdoor Community Yard Sale takes place at the Ranson Civic Center in Ranson.

DATE NIGHT. On Saturday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission is offering an outdoor dancing “Sweethearts Under the Stars” night at the amphitheater at Sam Michaels Park. Tickets are $10 per person. Register online at jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207.

ART CONTEST. The State Fair of West Virginia announced that it’s conducting its First Annual State Fair Art Contest, with entries due by June 1. The winning entry will be featured as the 2022 State Fair Print of the Year, and will receive a cash prize, as well as a percentage of sales.

The official State Fair print should portray a positive image of the State Fair of West Virginia or reflect activities in anticipation or preparation of the annual event. For information or to send a picture of artwork, contact the State Fair Office at 304-645-1090, or email kellyt@statefairofwv.com.

BINGO FUN. On Tuesday, May 17, bingo nights return to the Independent Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Early Birds start at 6:30 p.m.

AGING WORKSHOP. Next Tuesday, May 10, Shepherd University will host a free aging workshop, “Holistic Approaches to Aging Well: The Mind-body Connection.” The health workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium and virtually via Zoom. Register online by May 6 at agingwellworkshop.totalcamps.com/shop/product/75843.

CHICKEN DINNER. The Bethesda United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown will hold a chicken dinner this Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The menu will be chicken with green beans, macaroni and cheese, bread, dessert and drinks. Donations will be appreciated. The church is located at 22 Knott Road. Call 304-876-6764.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST. This Saturday the New Street United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown will hold its Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its 202 West New St. church dining hall, lower level. The meal offers all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, applesauce, coffee, tea and juice. The cost is $10 and children ages 4-12 can eat for $5. Eat in the newly remodeled dining hall or carry out. Call 304-876-2362 for information.

PHOTO EXHIBIT. Starting Tuesday, May 10, the Jefferson County Photography Club has an exhibit running through June 29 at the South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point. The exhibit includes some of the latest images from eight members of the club. A reception for the exhibit is scheduled at the Library for Sunday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

DINNER AND HISTORY. Next Wednesday, May 11, the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table will hold a dinner-program at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Hill United Methodist Church at 601 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. The lecturer will be author-historian Carleton Young, who will speak on “Voices from the Attic,” a book about two brothers who were members of the celebrated Vermont Brigade in the 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

The program is free and open to the public, but attending a family-style dinner available as part of the program will help financially support the history group. The family-style dinner this month will consist of meatloaf and mashed potatoes with all the sides for only $20, payable at the door. Reserve a dinner by Sunday, May 8, by contacting Chris Craig at ccraig@laurellodge.com.

BOOK SALE. The Friends of Shepherdstown Library’s annual book sale takes place from May 13 to 15. The fundraising event at the War Memorial Building involves a $15 cash admission fee for the preview and presale May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Browse the books for free on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book donations will be received at the War Memorial Building on May 11 and 12.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP. On Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Berkeley Arts Council will offer a free workshop called “Collage for Self Discovery.” The workshop will be a guided exercise in self-awareness, accessing your inner mind and innate wisdom. The workshop takes place at the Berkeley Art Works at 116 N. Queen Street in Martinsburg. Pre-registration is required at berkeleyartswv.org/instruction.

LIBRARY LANDSCAPES. On Saturday, May 21, and on Sunday, May 22, landscaping designs for the new Shepherdstown Library, which is now completing construction, will be on public display at Evolve Shepherdstown, located downtown at 106 W. German Street. A grand opening for the library at 145 Higbee Lane is planned for Friday, July 22. The library is also seeking volunteer gardeners.

HALF MARATHON. The Harpers Ferry Half Marathon and 5K footrace in and around Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is scheduled for May 21. The races take place from 8 a.m. to noon. For information, visit harpersferryhalf.org.

ORCHESTRA CONCERTS. The Friends of Music of Shepherdstown will offer two concert performances by the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra during the May 21-22 weekend.

Cellist Christine Lamprea will be the featured guest artist for a Saint-Saëns concerto. 

The orchestra’s first performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21; its second performance will be a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 22. Both performances will take place at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, at 100 West Washington St. in Shepherdstown. The location is different from other locations used for Friends of Music concerts.

Admission will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org. If space is available, tickets will be sold at the church before each performance. 

Friends of Music members are asked to go to the Friends’ website or call 304-876-5765 to reserve a seat at the performance of their choice.

FARMERS MARKET. The Southside Farmers Market in Martinsburg will reopen for its fifth season on Sunday, May 15. The market will operate in the 600 block of Winchester Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 19.

VENDORS SOUGHT. The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is looking for vendors to participate in its Bark in the Park event on June 4 at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town. Vendors are sought for the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the society’s website at awsjc.org to register, or call 304-725-5972.

RANSON FESTIVAL. On June 4, the all-day Ranson Festival will take place on Fairfax Boulevard in the city. The family event’s marquee draw is a large car show. But the festival also features live music, craft and food vendors, a photo booth and a petting zoo among its activities. For more, visits www.ransonwv.us.

SHEPHERDSTOWN HIGH REUNION. On June 4, the Shepherdstown High School Alumni Association plans to hold its annual banquet and business meeting at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. The gathering will start with a social hour at 4:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by May 24 by contacting Wayne Goodrich at 304-876-2797 or dmbertazzoni@comcast.net.

CHAPEL PRESERVATION. The Halltown Historical Landmark Preservation Association, previously known as the Halltown Memorial Chapel Association, is seeking members to help preserve and restore the Halltown Chapel and School. Current membership is $20 annually; however, first-year membership fees by June 1 will be waived. If interested, call the association at 540-877-3568.

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