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DONATED SUPPLIES. The Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown and the West Virginia Kiwanis Foundation teamed up to purchase supplies and equipment for the Shepherdstown Day Care Center.  The Kiwanis Club has partnered with the center over many years to fill some of its needs. 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications is hosting a free showing of a documentary film on criminal court reform as its first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic. The film “The First Step” will show at 6 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater on Shepherd University. The documentary, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, follows activist and political commentator Van Jones as he works on criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. 

After the film, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the film with several people involved in making it. Registration is required through the website eventbrite.com

MUSIC RECITAL. On Monday, Nov. 29, young composers at Shepherd University will present a free recital of ensembles, which will present the musicians vision of tomorrow’s music. The recital takes place at 7:30 p.m. at W.H. Shipley Recital Hall on the university’s campus.

DONATING BLOOD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expecting a severe flu season this year, and that could have a negative impact on the nation’s already struggling blood supply. The American Red Cross continues to address an emergency blood shortage, and donors of all blood types, especially those with Type O blood, are needed. Blood donations require appointments, however. To make an appointment, or for more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

HOLIDAY GIFTS. The Washington Street Artists Cooperative and the Jefferson Arts Council are making lots of various artistic gifts for the Holidays, from paintings and photography to fabric crafts, jewelry, baskets and holiday decorations. 

The gallery on North George Street will remain open until 8 p.m. during the Charles Town holiday tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5 at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Otherwise, the gallery’s holiday shopping hours from Dec. 2 through Dec. 27 will remain 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

WORKSHOP ON CHILDREN. On Saturday, Nov. 27, the Peace Kingdom Mountain Top Family Education and Re-creation Center in Harpers Ferry will offer an in-person and online workshop in Harpers Ferry. The workshop will feature a presentation by Rebecca Friedrichs, an expert on the sexualization of children and the author of “Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers’ Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country.” 

The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, including lunch. Registration is required by Nov. 24. For more information and to register, visit visionroot.org.

FITNESS FUNDRAISER. The Friends of Shepherdstown Library are sponsoring a November fundraiser to purchase a bicycle rack for the new Shepherdstown Public Library, which is set to open during the summer of 2022. The Fall Fitness FUNdraiser is a virtual “Choose your own Adventure Event.” 

Anytime during the month of November, get active and pledge $1—or any amount you choose—per minute or mile of activity to fund a bicycle rack for the new library. Select any fitness activity you enjoy—choose a beautiful fall day, gather family and friends, get out on a run, hike or bike ride. All ages are welcome to participate. 

Details and a pledge form are available at www.foslwv.org

TRANSIT SURVEY. The Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority and the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization have released a public survey on proposed commuter bus service to the Ashburn Silver Line Metrorail station in Virginia.

The public survey, open to receive comment until Dec. 15, is available online at https://forms.office.com/r/DUTEqBGxgA

The survey seeks input on possible bus departure and arrival times from Eastern Panhandle to Metrorail Station in Virginia, as well as information on work destinations and current commuting patterns.

Questions and all written comments should be directed to Matt Mullenax at 240-313-2081, emailed to mmullenax@hepmpo.net or mailed to the HEPMPO office at 33 W. Washington St., Suite 402, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Only written comments will be accepted.

PARADE MARCH. Families are invited to join the Shepherdstown Library’s group and march in the Christmas parade in Shepherdstown on Saturday, Dec. 4. Look for our banner in the parade line-up along South Church Street in town at 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin (rain, snow or shine) at 10 a.m. 

CHURCH EVENT. Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown will host a community party for children, young adults and their families after Shepherdstown’s holiday parade on Dec. 4. Games, arts and crafts, a firepit chat and other activities are planned. The church is located at 4257 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown. 

THANKSGIVING TREE. Leaves of thanks will be displayed on Thanksgiving Trees at the Charles Town Library. Children are invited to come to the library to draw or write about what they are thankful for this year. Their work will be placed on “leaves,” which will be displayed on Thanksgiving Trees in the Children’s Section of the library.

STRESS WORKSHOP. WVU Medicine’s Jefferson Medical Center and Berkeley Medical Center, along with Healthy Berkeley and WVU Extension, are sponsoring the annual Sleigh the Holidays Maintain Campaign. The program helps participants navigate the stressful holiday time by maintaining health, healthy habits and overall well-being.

To register go https://runsignup.com/Race/WV/Martinsburg/MaintainCampaign. The campaign runs from Nov. 14 through Jan. 8. For more information, contact Dana DeJarnett at dana.dejarnett@wvumedicine.org

SUBSTANCE ABUSE FORUMS. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will host eight virtual public forums to allow residents to review and provide comment to the 2022 West Virginia Substance Use Response Plan. The plan describes the substance use environment in West Virginia, highlights existing activities and initiatives to date, and presents strategies to address the current gaps and needs.  

The virtual public meetings will be held this month at 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 18, 23 and 30. Next month the meetings will take place Dec. 7, 9 and 14. Pre-registration at helpandhopewv.org/odcp is required. 

 

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