Community Notes

Artists’ Cooperative moves to visitors center: The Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative has announced that the gallery has moved to the Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. For more information, 304-724-2090 or The Visitors Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 or call 540-662-1473, Ext. 235.

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.

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 or contact the event coordinator at or 240-291-6465. Registration due by May 11.

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. 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

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.

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

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 ft. by 10 ft. vendor space will cost $25. Vendors must provide own set up. Animal rescues will be provided space free of charge.

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

Ranson Festival and Car Show: The Ranson Convention and Visitor Bureau will be having the Ranson Festival and Car Show on 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 Blvd. For details, contact the Ranson Visitor Center at 304-724-3862.

Ranson Summer Sports Camps: The Ranson Civic Center will be hosting summer sports camps in June for all 2nd — 9th grade students. A girls softball camp will be held June 18-21, and co-ed basketball June 25 — 28. Camps will run from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration forms and camp brochures are available at the Ranson Civic Center or at Ranson City Hall.  For details, 304-283-4432 or 304-616-8998.

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