Community Calendar


This week

Audition: Old Opera House’s Summer Youth Production auditions for The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be held on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. Rehearsals for this production will start in mid-June in the afternoons. Performance dates are July 26, 27, 28 and 29. All young performers, age 8-18 are encouraged to audition. For questions, call 304-725-4420.

Dine and donate: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is participating in Applebee’s Dining to Donate program. Dine at Applebee’s in Charles Town this Thursday from 11 a.m. until closing and Applebee’s will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Animal Welfare Society. Bring in the flyer printed from the AWS website – or mention Animal Welfare Society to your server. Enjoy an evening of delicious food and help the shelter dogs and cats that are waiting for new homes.

Senior citizen picnic: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday. Jefferson County Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park. Admission is $2 per person. Pre-registration is required. For questions or to pre-register, call 304-728-3207 or go to

EPBA meeting: The next Eastern Panhandle Business Association meeting will be held on Friday at the Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino from noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Mona Kissel at by 3 p.m. Wednesday if attending. The program is to hear from all contested House of Delegates races in the Eastern Panhandle, including three in Jefferson County and two in Berkeley.

Retreat: The non-profit Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment retreat happens at Shepherd University beginning Friday. Activities include intuitive readings and energy work. For details or to register online, go to or email

Stop bullying walk: 8 p.m. Friday. St. Agnes Catholic Church in Shepherdstown. This is a chance to show support for those who have been bullied and the need to bring it to an end. The walk will last an hour. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Please wear purple to support those who have been victims of bullying. For questions, call Lexi Openshaw at 304-728-9463.

Actors needed: Auditions for Richard III will be held on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Full Circle Theater Company, Shepherdstown. No material will need to be prepared or previous experience needed. For details, contact Danielle Guy at

Book signing: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. St. Andrews Mountain Community Center. Authors Bob O’Connor, C.W. Whitehair, Ronald Zeitz and Rick Hemphill will be present to sell and sign their books retelling the story of the Civil War. For details,, 728-7575 or

Republican platform meeting: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn. All Republicans are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting to update and revise the state’s platform. Copies of the platform can be found at For questions, contact John Overington at 304-274-1791.

Jefferson High 25th class reunion: 6 p.m. Saturday. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Skyline Ballroom. For questions, go to or call 304-279-6709. To prepay or RSVP, go to

Bake sale: The Relay For Life team Second Chance holds a bake sale with cookies, cupcakes, brownies and more Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on East Washington Street in Charles Town. For details, call Judi Brunswick at 304-725-7895.

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

Money bonanza: The VFW 896 and Relay for Life team Charlie’s Angels and Friends holds a Money Bonanza Saturday. The doors open at 5 p.m., with a 6 p.m. dinner of fried chicken, baked ham, baked beans, cole slaw and canned beer. Payouts range from $50 to $1,500. For details, contact Missy Bittinger at or 304-261-1024.

Basket bingo: Barb’s Blessings and T.A. Lowery Relay for Life Teams are sponsoring a basket bingo with new and retired Longaberger baskets and pottery at T.A. Lowery Elementary School, 103 Shenandoah Junction Road in Shenandoah Junction on Sunday. Doors open at noon and bingo starts at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 at the door. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For details, contact Ginger at 304-876-2753 or

Basketball Camp with the Shepherd Rams: JCCC Gym at Jefferson County Community Center, Monday through June 14. Residents, $75, non-residents, $80. Open to youth 6 to 17 years of age. The camp is designed for boys and girls, beginner to advanced. Register Online at or call 304-728-3207.

Looking Ahead

Birdwalk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk in Harpers Ferry on June 13. Participants will meet at 7 a.m. in the parking area on Shenandoah Street just below the intersection with Route 340. The walk will be free and no pre-registration is required. For questions, contact Deb Hale at 304-535-1528 or Further details can be found at

AARP meeting: The June meeting of Jefferson County AARP Chapter #799 will be held on June 14 in the fellowship hall of Asbury United Methodist Church on North Street in Charles Town. The chapter’s board of directors will hold their meeting at 10 a.m. and the membership meeting will be called to order at 11 a.m. A light luncheon will be served. For questions about the chapter and AARP membership, please contact Peggy Burcker at 304-671-3183.

Historical society presentation: The Jefferson County Historical Society will present an illustrated talk by John C. Allen Jr. on his research on Middleway Homes. The talk will be held June 15 at 7 p.m. at Grace Parish Hall, Middleway. Admission is free.

Alzheimer’s training program: Area families are invited to attend free Alzheimer’s CARE training workshops that will be offered in various counties across the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The workshops will be held at the following locations: June 16 and June 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Home Instead Senior Care offices located at 803 W. King St. in Martinsburg. For questions about free family caregiver training or to obtain a free copy of the Helping Families Cope booklet, contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 304-263-4472 or visit

Farm tour: A free, self-guided tour of local farms will be held June 16. For questions, contact Jane Tabb at 304-728-7413, ext. 4 or email For details about the tour, go to

Juneteenth celebration: Evitt Run Park, Charles Town. June 16, noon until ? Bring a chair and enjoy free food, games, socializing and more. For questions, 304-725-4094 or 304-728-6576.

Blood drive: 1 to 7 p.m., June 18. St. James Catholic Church, Charles Town.

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 for details and a registration form.

Blood drive: 2 to 7 p.m., June 22. Leetown United Methodist Church, Kearneysville.

Breast cancer fundraiser: Meadow Farms will be hosting Pink Day, a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at all locations June 23. The goal is to raise $20,000. Highlights of the day will include raffles, silent auctions, and special discounts for their customers making a donation at the time of purchase or online. For questions, go to

Calling all artists: Steam at Harpers Ferry announces a call to all artists to submit work for selection for its next exhibit “Gadgets, Guns and Gears” in Harpers Ferry June 23 through August 26. Artists must be from W.Va., Va., Md., Pa. or the District of Columbia. Submission deadline is June 8. For questions or to submit artwork, email

Summer concert series: Proceeds benefit Jefferson County nonprofits. The first in the series will be held June 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Morgan’s Grove Market. Bands to perform: Tom Principato, Don Oehser, Singh Birdsong and Old Indian.

Family reunion: The annual Drish family reunion will be held at Jefferson Memorial Park on June 24. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. after a brief business meeting.

Blood drive: 2 to 7 p.m., June 25. Shepherdstown Fire Hall

Blood drive: 11 to 5 p.m., June 29. City Hospital, Martinsburg.

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