Civil War history: Today and every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, anyone can visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., for free. The museum, which features historical objects from West Virginia and Virginia, is located at 901 Amherst St. and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The standard $10 admission fee includes the museum and gardens; seniors and youth pay $8. For details, go online to www.ShenandoahMuseum.org or call 540-662-1473, Ext. 235.
“Burning” issue: Author and expert John Hartig will deliver a free talk, “Burning Rivers: The Revival of Four Urban Industrial Rivers That Caught Fire”
at 7 p.m. tonight in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. Part of an ongoing conservation lecture series, Hartig presents a thoughtful look at one of our worst environmental horror stories of the 20th century when four urban-industrial rivers in North America were so polluted they actually caught fire. No tickets or reservations are required. For details, contact Mark Madison at 304-876-7276 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert at Shepherd: Come out at 7:30 tonight as Shepherd University’s Preparatory Chorus performs along with the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble in the Frank Arts Center Theater. Admission is $5 or free for Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC cardholders. For details, call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.
Town hall: A town hall meeting to discuss the prevention of underage drinking starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Washington High School, 300 Washington Patriot Drive. The event is sponsored by the Drug Free Coalition and BOLD. Light refreshments will be provided. For details, phone 304-886-1347 or email email@example.com.
Shepherdstown play: The drama “K2” debuts Friday at Full Circle Theater Company at 113 S. Princess St. in Shepherdstown. The gripping story of a pair who men who try to climb the second-highest mountain in the world, the play has been called “quite extraordinary.” For tickets, show times and other information, call 304-268-7798 or go online to www.fullcircletheaterco.org.
River history: Officials with the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society and living history rangers with the Harpers Ferry National Historical Saturday and Sunday for a series of special exhibits, demonstrations, period music and more at park. For more on “Batteaux on the Rivers: Highways of Trade 1812,” see www.historicharpersferry.com.
Bread workshops: Head to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park this weekend for Susan Journell’s workshops, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread,” to learn how bread was made in the early 19th century in the park’s bee hive oven. See www.historicharpersferry.com to learn more on the Harpers Ferry Historical Association and the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park workshops.
Adopt-A-Highway volunteers: The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting registrations for Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup until Saturday. Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies and communities can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road or main route. The Adopt-A-Highway program provides garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests and takes care of disposing of collected trash. Volunteers must be 12 or older. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus trip to New York City: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College hosts a bus trip to New York City Saturday. The bus begins loading at 4:15 a.m. and leaves promptly at 5 a.m. from the Dunn Building on the Blue Ridge campus in Martinsburg. The trip, $65 per person, will include eight hours in the city. For details, call 304-260-4380, Ext. 2107.
Fire company fundraiser: Charles Town’s Citizens Fire Company plans a Cash Bonanza Saturday at the fire company off U.S. 340 at 245 Citizens Way. Tickets cost $40 and include dinner (with roast beef or chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls, dessert and drink) as well as entry into the cash drawing (more than $3,000 in payouts with a grand prize of $2,000). Participants must be 18 to purchase a ticket or 21 to consume alcohol. There also will be a tip jars, raffles, a DJ and dancing. To buy tickets or get details, call Kara Money at 540-771-4386.
More on Shepherdstown: Visit the Shepherdstown Museum at the corner of German and Princess streets Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through October. The museum tells the history of Shepherdstown and of the Entler Hotel, with 18th- and 19th-century crafts, town artifacts and a replica of the steamboat launched in the Potomac by James Rumsey decades before Robert Fulton made headlines. Suggested admission is $4; children and students get in free. For details, call 304-876-0910.
Rabies clinic: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County will hold a rabies clinic Saturday from 10 a.m to noon at AAAA Storage at 1186 N. Mildred St. in Ranson. The cost is $10 per animal. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. For details, go to www.awsjc.org.
Up close with ghosts: Ann Khiel Fern leads Charles Town Ghost Tours at 7 p.m. Saturdays at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town. Admission costs $10 for those 12 and older or $5 for younger children. To make reservations or get details, call 304-724-6741.
Yard sale to benefit pet adoptions: The Briggs Animal Adoption Center, 3731 Berryville Pike, Charles Town, will hold a yard sale Friday and Sunday. All proceeds to benefit the BAAC and Spay Today, a reduced cost spay/neuter program. Stop by between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Items for sale include books, furniture, clothes, toys, tools and kitchen items. Donations will be accepted. For details, call 304-724-6558 or visit www.baacs.org.
Bicycle plans: The West Virginia Department of Transportation is holding public meetings throughout the state to gather input for a bicycle plan to make strategic connections between neighboring states, state regions, municipalities and points of interest. The public meeting will focus on the geographic region where the meeting will be held, but will also present and receive comments on the other regions of the state. All meetings will be from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be brief presentations at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. followed by an opportunity to give comments. A public meetings will be held at Ranson City Hall May 3. Written comments can be dropped in a comment box at the workshop, or mailed to Department of Transportation Capital Complex Building No. 5, 8th Floor 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25305-0430.
Caregivers Golf Classic: Good Shepherd Caregivers will host its 19th annual Caregivers’ Golf Classic at 10 a.m. May 4. A “marshmallow driving contest” will be held between 10 and 11:30 a.m., with funds going to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Registration are due Friday. For details, 304-876-3325 or email@example.com.
Plant and bake sale: The Tuscawilla Hills Garden club will have a plant and bake sale May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The sale will be held at the soccer field near the entrance to W.Va. 51.
Hiking season kickoff: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will celebrate the arrival of the spring hiking season May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experienced hikers will give presentations on long-distance hiking, kids will have the opportunity to get temporary A.T. tattoos, and displays will illustrate day-hiking and backpacking basics. The presentations will be held at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church located off of Storer College Place, adjacent to the ATC’s Visitor Center. For details, call 304-535-6331, Ext. 117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wind power hazards: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s free May 9 program at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown will focus on the hazards that wind-power turbines pose for migratory birds. The 7 p.m. program in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building. Rich Bailey, ornithologist with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, will speak. For details, call 304-876-1139 or email Peter Smith at email@example.com.
Mother-son dance: Jefferson County Parks and Recreation offers a mother/son dance in the gym of the Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane in Shenandoah Junction on May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per couple. For details, call 304-728-3207 or go online to www.jcprc.org.
Family Night: Jefferson County Parks and Recreation holds family night with a concession stand open for food purchase, a moon bounce, a DJ to dance to, karaoke and other fun. The May 11 event happens from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane in Shenandoah Junction. There’s a $12 cost for each family, regardless of size, but organizers note that only immediate family counts, For details, call 304-728-3207 or go online to www.jcprc.org.
Auction to benefit children: The Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown and the Key Club of Jefferson High School will host their 9th-annual Children’s Benefit Auction May 11 in the Jefferson High School cafeteria. The preview and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7 p.m. Many useful and decorative items, gift certificates, baked goods, jewelry, and sporting items will be offered. Food will be available for purchase. For details, call 304-876-3065.
Audubon Birdathon: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is accepting registrations for its second-annual Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon, slated for May 12 and 13. The Birdathon is open to all members of the public. Birdwatchers at all levels of experience or expertise are invited to participate. Teams will compete to identify the highest numbers of bird species they find anywhere within Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan counties or in Washington County, Md., within any consecutive 24-hour period during the weekend. There is no entry fee. To register, go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact the event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-291-6465. Registration due by May 11.
Half-marathon: The Harpers Ferry Half Marathon May 12 includes the 13-mile race as well as a four-mile trail run and a free kids’ run. The race is part of the Two Rivers Heritage Partnership, with proceeds going toward the Harpers Ferry-based For the Love of Children organization’s outdoor education center and to Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children. Details may be found at www.harpersferryhalf.org or by calling Two Rivers Treads at 304-876-1100. The website is www.trtreads.org.
Herb fair and bake sale: The 27th-annual herb fair and bake sale, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Harpers Ferry, comes May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Town Gazebo. Among the items for sale will be plants — annuals, perennials, herbs, heirloom, tomatoes and veggies – plus soups, breads, baked goods, herb vinegars, stepping stones and more. Proceeds go to make the community grow. For details, call 304-535-6900.
Foster care fundraiser: The annual “Walk With Me … for Youth in Foster Care” starts at 1:30 p.m. May 13 at Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown. For more on the walk, which raises awareness and funding for foster care programming, visitwww.walkwithmewv.com or call 866-call-mwv.
Free bluegrass: 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.
Helping hungry schoolchildren: Caring Cupboard, a program that provides food baskets for struggling Shepherdstown elementary and middle school children on weekends, is requesting donations. Launched by Shepherdstown Lutheran Church and now endorsed by the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association, the program initially gave out four baskets each week at the start of the 2011-12 school year and now provides more than 70. Anyone may leave contributions or cans of soup, peanut butter, tuna and other non-perishable foods addressed to “Caring Cupboard” at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St., Shepherdstown. Any foods not included in local baskets will be delivered to the Jefferson County Food Bank. Send questions to Johncase4218@gmail.com.
History showcase: Among the artifacts at the Jefferson County Museum are a bit of rope used in the 1859 hanging of abolitionist John Brown as well as the wagon used to transport him to the gallows. The museum at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $3 or free to anyone with a Charles Town Library card. For more information, call 304-725-8628 or go to www.jeffctywvmuseum.org.
“Making Art”: Top local artists will share how they create their amazing works through the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative’s monthly “Making Art” series. The Saturday sessions are informal and gallery visitors are invited to sit and watch each artist and ask questions about materials or technique or how an artist makes decisions as he or she works. For more on “Making Art” or on the gallery, call 304-294-2090 or visit www.wstreetgallery.com.
Volunteers sought: YoungLives, which provides resources and support for young mothers, is looking for volunteers to provide childcare from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Thursday of each month. Volunteers can help on just one Thursday a month or all three. Volunteers must be 18 or older and pass a background check paid for and completed by YoungLives. They will be helping with children ages newborn to age 3. YoungLives is also looking for mentors and committee members. For details, contact Jill Bevins at email@example.com or 304-919-1681.
Parenting help: The Eastern Panhandle Relatives as Parents Program invites grandparents or other relatives raising a child to take part in monthly support group meetings. The Berkeley County meeting is held the third Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berkeley County Boys and Girls Club. The Jefferson County meetings are held the fourth Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.
Aging well workshop: The fourth-annual Aging Well Workshop happens May 15 at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop, “Thinking Outside the Box,” is presented by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. Workshop topics include “Playfully Aging” and “Creative Engagement Programs for Elders.” Registration is due May 8. The registration form is available online at www.shepherd.edu. For details, call 304-876-5337 or 304-876-5268.
Bully prevention workshop: Shepherd University will host a workshop, “Bullying Prevention: Making Our Schools a Safe Place to Learn” for middle and secondary educators, administrators, social workers, parents and the community May 19. The workshop will feature nationally known expert Dorothy Espelage, a professor of child development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For details, call 304-876-5313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycling fundraiser: May brings the CASA River Century, a Shepherdstown fundraiser that benefits the Eastern Panhandle chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocate, which provides volunteers to aid children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect. The self-paced bike ride on May 19 starts on the campus of Shepherd University. Cyclists can choose from routes of 25, 50 or 100 miles. There also is a 25-mile off-road option. Full support is provided, including breakfast, lunch, a swag bag, aid stations and a sag wagon for those who sag behind and need a hand getting back to the starting line. The event raises money through sponsorships and fees paid by riders. Fees for the shorter races are $35 or $50 for the century. To sign up or find out more about the race, go to www.casarivercentury.org.
Salute to the armed forces and veterans: American Legion Jackson-Perks Post 71 invites all current active duty service personnel and veterans and their families to an outdoor party from 1 to 4 p.m. May 19 at Bloomery Plantation Distillery, 16357 Charles Town Road, The Air Force Brass Quintet will perform. Food and refreshments will be available. For more details, call 304-596-4126 or email email@example.com.
Princess tea: Jefferson County Parks and Rec offers a Mother/Daughter Princess Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. May 20 in the Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane in Shenandoah Junction. The cost is $10 per person. For details, call 304-728-3207 or go online to www.jcprc.org.
Vendors needed: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County has its sixth-annual Bark in the Park June 2 at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town. Vendors are needed to set up for the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who would like to set up a booth to display a craft or business, visit the AWS website at www.awsjc.org. to register or call 304-725-5972 for details. A 10 ft. by 10 ft. vendor space will cost $25. Vendors must provide own set up. Animal rescues will be provided space free of charge.
Retreat: The non-profit Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment retreat happens at Shepherd University beginning June 8. Activities include intuitive readings and energy work. Ford etails or to register online, go to www.aremidatlanticregion.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer youth programs: Teens and children looking for a special summer week can check out YMCA Camp Horseshoe’s summer schedule, which includes a Teen Entrepreneurship Summit starting on June 10, adventure camps for boys and girls ages 7 to 12 and more. For details, call 304-478-2481 or email email@example.com.
Show choir camp: Jefferson High vocal instructor Karma Wood along with choreographer Tosha Tillman plan a Blue Ridge Show Choir Camp June 18 to 22 in the auditorium of Jefferson High School. The camp consists of two sessions; one from 9 a.m. to noon and the other from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $100 for one session or $150 for both. Contact Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and a registration form.