Out & About

Fun with “The Lorax”: Youngsters who sign up to hear the Dr. Seuss classic “The Lorax” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Charles Town Library also will learn to finger-knit their own Truffala Tree book mark and try their hand at planting seeds. Sign up for the program in person at the library at 200 E. Washington St. or call 304-725-2208.

Discounts for going out: Taking in a show at the Old Opera House in Charles Town can get you a 10 percent discount at select restaurants and on select works at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative Gallery at 235 W. Washington St. in Charles Town. The gallery will be open until 7 p.m. Friday. For details, call the gallery at 304-724-2090 or see www.wstreetgallery.com.

Ghost tours: Charles Town Ghost Tours start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town. Admission costs $10 for those 12 and older or $5 for younger children. For details, call 304-724-6741.

“Home Games” continues: Charles Town’s Old Opera House presents the comedy/drama “Home Games” by Tom Ziegler at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The theater is at 204 N. George St. Tickets: $8 for students; $17 for evening shows; $15 for matinees. For details, go to www.oldoperahouse.org. To reserve seats, call 304-725-4420.

Sips some Vandalia: West Virginia’s newest draft beer is in the spotlight Saturday at Good Natured Market and Vegetarian Café, 209 S. Raleigh St. in Martinsburg. The India pale ale, brewed in Martinsburg, is part of “A West Virginia Evening” where $15 gets you one Vandalia draft, samples of the beer and other locally made products, a choice of Good Natured’s gourmet salad or soup plus music from Chelsea McBee and Calvin Smith. For details on the event, go to www.goodnaturedllc.com or call 304-262-9978. For more on the beer, call 304-995-6605 or go to www.vandaliabrewery.com.

Put your brain to the test: There’s still time to put together a team for the 15th annual Brain Games, the popular trivia tournament that raises money for Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle. Sunday’s competition begins at 1 p.m. at the James Rumsey Technical Institute on W.Va. 9 east of Hedgesville. Teams can have three to six members, and registration costs $30 per person. Brain Games questions? Call 304-264-0298 or email LVEPBrainGames@aol.com.

Feeling blue: The Bluegrass Music Alliance’s free Tuesday jams are open to musicians of all levels as well as to anyone who wants to listen to bluegrass. Jams happen from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. For details, see www.BluegrassMusicAlliance.org or contact Jenn Jensen at Jenn@TravelWV.com or 304-264-8801.

Remembering Rumsey: Learn about steamboat pioneer James Rumsey’s ties to Shepherdstown at 7 p.m. Thursday when the long-time president of the Rumseian Society delivers a lecture at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German St. in Shepherdstown. Nick Blanton’s talk is entitled, “Stubborn Advocates: How Shepherdstown Came to Carry a Torch for James Rumsey.” Though Robert Fulton is widely credited with developing the steamboat, Rumsey showed off a steam-powered boat on the Potomac in 1787 – decades before Fulton’s Claremont began ferrying passengers in New York. The talk is part of Shepherdstown’s 250th anniversary celebration. For more information, call 304-876-0910 or go online to www.historicshepherdstown.com.

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