Community Calendar

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

Car Show: The Ranson Convention and Visitor Bureau hosts the Ranson Festival and Car Show June 16 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vendors will be able to setup at 8 a.m. Tables will be provided. Site with electricity will be $50 and without will be $35. The Ranson Car Show registration will begin at 8 a.m. and cars will be parked on Fairfax Boulevard. For details, call the Ranson Visitor Center at 304-724-3862.

Sports Camps: The Ranson Civic Center will host summer sports camps for students from second to ninth grades. A girls softball camp will be held June 18 to 21 and a co-ed basketball happens June 25 to 28. Camps will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration forms and camp brochures are available at the Ranson Civic Center or at Ranson City Hall.  For details, call 304-283-4432 or 304-616-8998.

Racquetball tournament: Shepherd University will host the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic racquetball tournament June 23 at The Wellness Center. The event is open to anyone 50 or older. The first four finishers qualify to take part in the 2013 National Senior games in Cleveland. The state qualifying event is the only way to qualify for the national games. Other events will be held in Charleston June 21 through 23 including golf, tennis, bowling, bike races, track and field, and swimming. Sign up for any event at the WVSSC website at and write “racquetball” on the entry form. For questions, go to or call 304-886-9075.

Princess tea: Jefferson County Parks and Rec offers a Mother/Daughter Princess Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday 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

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 to register or call 304-725-5972 for details. A 10-by-10 vendor space costs $25. Animal rescues will be provided space free of charge.

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.

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.

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 or contact Jenn Jensen at 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. Any foods not included in local baskets will be delivered to the Jefferson County Food Bank. Send questions to

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

“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

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 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.

Poetry contest: A $1,000 grand prize is being offered to the last poet standing in a contest sponsored by Rainbow Poets. Poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style are welcome. The contest is free and open to all. Fifty prizes totaling more than $5,000 will be awarded. Send one poem only by June 10 to Free Poetry Contest, PO Box 761, Medford OR 9750. Include name and address on same page as poem. For questions, 541-621-4252 or

This week

Martin Delany presentation: African-American Civil War officer Martin Delany will be portrayed by Joseph Bundy as part of the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. The presentation will start at 7 p.m. on Friday at Fisherman’s Hall in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-7852. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society.

Cancer benefit: A cancer benefit for Jennifer Grove Campbell will be held on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Fire Department. A spaghetti dinner, bake sale, silent auction, cake walk, raffles and a DJ will be among the offerings. $10 per person, children 4 and under free.

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 Saturday. 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

Cycling fundraiser: The CASA River Century, a self-paced bike ride in Shepherdstown, happens Saturday starts on the campus of Shepherd University. The fundraiser 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. Full support is provided. To sign up or find out more about the race, go to

Republicans to meet: The Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will meet Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Turf Restaurant in Charles Town. All registered Republicans are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit or call 304-535-6914.

Salute to the military: American Legion Jackson-Perks Post 71 invites active-duty service personnel and veterans and their families to an outdoor party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday 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

Fire department open house: The Shepherdstown Fire Department is hosting an open house in celebration of National Emergency Medical Services Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Activities include fingerprint kits for their children; blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar monitoring stations as well as information on heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure; the chance to meet the character Spongebob and Sparky the Fire Dog; balloons; safety information; activity books; tours of the fire trucks and ambulances; free hot dogs and soda; information about how to help the community by volunteering with the Shepherdstown Fire Department; and information about the junior firefighter program. For questions, call 304-270-0383.

Historical Society program: Dr. Gordon E. Dammann, the chairman/founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., will be guest speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the Sharpsburg Historical Society. He will present “Evacuation of Wounded from Antietam — The Letterman Plan.” The event begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 106 E. Main St. in Sharpsburg, Md. It’s free and open to the public. For details, call 301-992-9767.

“SouperTuesday”: The SouperTuesday dinner menu will include ramp and potato soup, bread and amish butter. The event happens at the Bolivar Community Center on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $15. Reservations suggested. For details, call 304-535-3009.

Looking ahead

Bird walk: Participants should plan to meet at 7:30 a.m. May 23 at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park main Visitor Center off U.S. 340. Park Service will charge a fee of $6 per vehicle to enter the park. Contact trip leader Deb Hale at or 304-535-1528 for more information.

Historic Shepherdstown: The fourth lecture in the Historic Shepherdstown Commission series happens May 24 at 7 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church. The topic will be “Brown v. Board of Education and Integration in Shepherdstown.”

Soccer signup: Jefferson County Youth Soccer League signups will be held at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine May 24 and June 14 starting at 7 p.m. The early bird discount of $70 will apply only to the May 24 date. Starting May 25, the fee will be $85. Please complete the online registration application at prior to registration and bring two signed copies to the event for each player. More information can be found at

Car show: The Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Club hosts a classic car and motorcycle Cruise-In May 26 from 5 p.m. until dusk at Mill Creek Intermediate School in Bunker Hill. $2 donation per vehicle. Food concessions will be available. For questions, call 304-229-5003 or 304-262-1972.

Ride and barbecue bash: The Brunswick (Md.) Eagle Riders group, a sub-group of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1136, invites the public to help honor the troops with a patriot ride and barbecue bash on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The event is open to the public with a registration cost of $20 for each bike and $10 for each passenger. General admission to the barbecue bash following the ride is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Registration will be open from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on the morning of the ride at the Brunswick Eagles, located at 401 Central Ave. Entry fee includes a barbecue lunch and festivities throughout the day. For questions, call the Brunswick Aerie at 301-834-6415.

Yard sale: Meals on Wheels of Jefferson County will hold a yard sale May 26 and May 27 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., rain or shine, in the vacant lot next to Harpers Ferry Middle School at the corner of Washington Street and Elm Street in Bolivar.

All proceeds will go to support the Meals on Wheels program, which serves lunch to home-bound citizens of Jefferson County. For questions or to arrange for a donation drop off or pickup call 304-725-1601 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Capito visit: A staff member from the office of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will be at the Jefferson County Senior Center in Ranson May 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Residents are invited to comment on problems they are having with a federal government agency such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare or the Veterans Administration.

Birding trip: Those interested in taking part in a birding trip to Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area will meet at 7 a.m. on May 30 in the parking area by the WMA’s boat launch site. Directions to the meeting place can be found on the Birding Trail Map on the PVAS website ( For more on the trip, contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or

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. For details or to register online, go to or email

Strawberry festival: A strawberry festival and community rummage sale will be held at the Rohrersville (Md.) Ruritan Community Park on June 9 and 10, starting at 9 a.m. both days. Yard sale, flea market and craft spaces available. For details, call 240-818-1038

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. Contact Wood at for details and a registration form.

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