Community Calendar

This week

Birdwalk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk in Harpers Ferry on Wednesday. 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

Civil War roundtable: The Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable will be having a dinner and program on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at Camp Hill Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry. Music from the Civil War era will be performed by The Tuckhoe Travelers. The cost of the meal is $15 per person. Call Kyle Wichtendahl for reservations at 301-639-8855 or email The meal will consist of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, iced tea, rolls, butter and dessert.

AARP meeting: The June meeting of Jefferson County AARP Chapter #799 will be held on Thursday 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 Friday 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: Saturday 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 Saturday. 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. Saturday, 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., Monday. 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 Monday through Friday 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.

Market House committee to meet: As planning continues for a new building, the library board is seeking input about library services to be offered at the current location. Library patrons and residents of Shepherdstown are encouraged to attend a meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library to discuss the many possibilities. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Market House committee or have questions, contact Libby Sturm at 304-608-2009 or

Looking Ahead

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

Audubon birding trips: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two birding trips for late June. No pre-registration will be required. Both trips will begin at 7 a.m. The first trip will be a June 23 bird walk in the southern part of the Antietam National Battlefield. The second trip will be a June 27 trip to the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. More details can be found on the Society’s website or contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or

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

Republicans to meet: The Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will hold a convention at 12:30 p.m. on June 23 at 43-F Ruland Road, Kearneysville (behind the DMV and next door to King’s Pizza). The purpose of the meeting is to elect Jefferson County’s delegates to the State Republican Convention to be held on Aug. 4 in Beckley. All registered Republicans are invited to attend. For questions, visit

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.

Civil War workshop: The Charles Town Library, Jefferson County Historical Society, and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission will offer a workshop entitled “Jefferson County and the Civil War, 1862” on June 25, 26 and 27. Topics and locations will be different each day. The workshop is open to the public, but all participants must register for one, two or all three days. Each session (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will be free with the exception of a modest entrance fee to Harpers Ferry National Park on June 27. To register, contact Donna Northouse at or 304-876-8177. Teachers in Jefferson County schools will earn staff development credit for attending any or all of the sessions. Teaching materials will be provided.

Annual Chamber of Commerce banquet: The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 53rd Annual Chamber Banquet on June 27 at the Skyline Terrace at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The Spirit of Jefferson will be honoring the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award. Guest speaker for this year’s banquet will be Rick Adams from United Bank. Social hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. and awards to follow. The banquet is a reservations and a pre-pay required event, with limited seating; Reservations prior to the event are required. For questions, call the chamber office at 304-725-2055.

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

Children’s asthma camp: Camp Catch Your Breath will hold a week-long camp July 22 to 27 for children ages 8 to 13 who suffer from asthma. The camp will be held at Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp. Registration for camp is currently being accepted. The cost is $70 per child. To learn more, visit Registration for the camp can be accomplished by calling the American Lung Association at 304-342-6600; UHC Pharmacy at 681-342-1560 or emailing UHC pharmacist Sonny Hoskinson at

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