A flu vaccination clinic will be held
MARTINSBURG — Martinsburg VA Medical Center’s (VAMC) drive-thru flu shot clinic is now open to provide seasonal flu shots to veterans. If you are a veteran enrolled in VA health care and have a VA ID card, you have several options for getting your flu shot:
• Convenient drive-thru is located in parking lot “Z” Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please follow the directional signs from the main entrance door.
• Veterans can also get their flu shot at their Community Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in the following locations: Cumberland, Fort Detrick and Hagerstown, Maryland; Harrisonburg and Stephens City, Virginia; and Franklin and Petersburg, West Virginia.
Veterans who choose to get a free flu shot at participating Community Care Network pharmacies or urgent care centers can learn more about www.va.gov/CommunityCare/flushot.asp.
The COVID-19 Primary Vaccination Series and Bivalent Booster are also offered at the medical center drive-thru. Due to much improved protection, receiving a vaccine (or an updated booster) is essential to protect against Covid-19.
Calendar of Community Diabetes Education Programs
MARTINSBURG — Community diabetes education program events will take place at the following locations on designated days and times:
• November 7, noon to 2 p.m., Martinsburg Library, 101 W. King Street, Martinsburg
• November 17, 2-4 p.m., North Berkeley Library, 1233 TJ Jackson Drive, Falling Waters
• November 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hedgesville Library, 207 N. Mary Street, Hedgesville
• November 29, noon to 2 p.m., Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington Street, Charles Town
There will be a pop-up farmer’s market at all locations and cooking demonstrations at the Martinsburg and Charles Town Library events. Fresh products will be available as well as recipes to prepare healthy meals for diabetics. All locations will have blood sugar and blood pressure screening tests as well as information on how to prevent and manage diabetes. WVU Extension will also offer indoor herb gardening classes as well as supplies to start a garden.
To draw attention to the importance of foot health for people with diabetes, a sock drive will be organized to benefit local community organizations serving those in need. New or slightly worn socks can be brought to any location.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dana M. DeJarnett, [email protected], 304-264-1287, ext. 31814.
Blood drive on November 18
RANSON – A community blood drive will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 18 at the Ranson Civic Center located at 432 West Second Avenue in Ranson.
There is an urgent need for donors given the critical shortage of blood across the country. Donors must make an appointment in advance using referral code JC2020 to participate. Appointments can be made by phone at 800.733.2767 or online at redcrossblood.org. Walk-in donations will not be accepted.
The American Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of donors and staff. For more information on American Red Cross enhanced blood donation security protocols or changes to donor eligibility, visit redcrossblood.org.
Chronic pain self-management program
MARTINSBURG — Living Well is a free six-week workshop designed to help people with chronic pain take daily responsibility for their care, develop the skills to manage their pain, and work effectively with their healthcare professional.
Two new in-person sessions will begin in October. Living Well will be offered every Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. until Nov. 9 at the Berkeley Senior Center in Martinsburg. The other session will be Mondays from 1:30 p.m. starting today through Nov. 21 at Senior Life Services of Morgan County in Berkeley Springs.
To register or for more information, contact Dana M. DeJarnett at 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or [email protected].
Indoor walking programs held on Wednesdays
• INWOOD — Walk with Ease in Inwood will take place at the Randy Smith Recreation Center from 9:30 am to 10:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday through November 22. This is a free program. To register, call the Berkeley County Extension Office at 304-264-1936 or contact [email protected].
Scheduled yoga classes
HEDGESVILLE — Community yoga classes scheduled with instructor Elizabeth Mauck will take place as follows:
• Cardio Yoga, every Monday from 9 to 10 am at the Hedgesville Public Library.
• Gentle Yoga, every Wednesday 6-7pm at Christ Reformed UUC and every Friday 9-10am at the Hedgesville Public Library.
No pre-registration required. A donation of $5 is suggested. If you have yoga equipment, bring it with you. A limited number of supplies will be available for those without equipment.
Covid tests, vaccines will take place weekly
MARTINSBURG — The PAAC Covid-19 Surge Testing and Vaccine Team recently announced changes to its free weekly Covid-19 Testing and Vaccine Clinics for children five and older.
Every Monday, the clinic will be held at Destiny Baptist Church, 115 N. Raleigh St., Martinsburg. Every Friday, the clinic is at Hope City Church, 115 Royal Crest Dr. in Martinsburg. All testing and vaccinations will be done on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rapid Covid-19 tests, vaccines and free boosters are available to all members of the community. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children five and older will be available. All children under 18 wishing to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No insurance is required.
For more information send an e-mail [email protected] or call 304-610-6820. Visit the PAAC Covid-19 Surge team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PAAC.Surge for updates.
Good Samaritan Free Clinic Schedule
MARTINSBURG — The Good Samaritan provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured people. The main clinic is located at 601 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg. She does not make appointments and provides family medicine care in all clinics except Women’s Health Night.
Clinic hours are:
• Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
• First Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m.
• Women’s Health Clinic on the third Tuesday at 5 p.m.
• Rescue mission every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information, visit goodmaritanfreeclinic.org.
Community COVID-19 testing will take place
MARTINSBURG – Shenandoah Community Health is providing free Covid-19 home testing kits to all community members. PCR testing is available for SCH and non-SCH patients after evaluation by HealthExpress at 99 Tavern Rd., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Meditation for all held on Tuesday
MARTINSBURG — Meditation for All: Walk, Stand, and Sit every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Martinsburg Library on the top floor.