Rare horses: The Przewalski’s horse and other rare animals will be on view June 22 as the Potomac Valley Audubon Society takes a special tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation Biology Institute near Front Royal. The world-renowned zoological research facility at 1500 Remount Road is not normally open to the public. The two-hour tour costs $10 and starts at 1 p.m. Reserve a spot on the PVAS website (www.potomacaudubon.com) or by contacting Kelly Wolf at email@example.com or 304-229-6229. For more on the Center, go to www.nationalzoo.si.edu.
CareJam concert: A concert to benefit the community healthcare initiative Care Jam happens next week at Morgan’s Grove Market on W.Va. 480 outside Shepherdstown.
The summer concert series, each aiding Jefferson County non-profits, happens each week following the market, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays near Morgan’s Grove Park.
First up is Care Jam 2012 and the Morgan’s Grove Health Foundation from 1 to 5 p.m. June 23 with performers including Singh Birdsong, Tom Principato, Don Oehser and Old Indian. Anyone 21 and younger gets in free. Tickets cost $8 in advance (and are on sale at Morgan’s Grove Market and the Blue Moon eatery in Shepherdstown) or $10 at the door. For details, visit www.morgansgrovemarket.com. (Organizer Peter Corum continues to welcome vendors, who may come for the morning market and the concert, without a fee.)
Bluegrass in the Square: Come out for traditional bluegrass Friday from the Back Creek Valley Boys as Martinsburg hosts another in its Fridays at 5 series. Beer and wine will be for sale during the free summer concerts, which happen from 5 to 7 p.m. on the newly revamped Town Square. For more, go to www.TravelWV.com.
Ranson Fest: Saturday’s the big day for car lovers and fans of fun as the annual Ranson Festival and Car Show unfolds from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Expect carnival food, games, kids’ activites and vintage cars to be viewed along Fairfax Boulevard. For details, call the Ranson Visitor Center at 304-724-3862.
New on the C&O: Visitors to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park can enjoy a free canal launch boat tour this weekend.
The tours leave from Cushwa Basin to Lock 44 in Williamsport, Md. Until the program’s start this spring, no such boats had traveled that route since March 1924.
Canal launch boat tours are scheduled for 10:30 a.m.,12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the summer. Trips are weather-dependent. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. Anyone interested is asked to stop in the visitor center to sign up for a scheduled program. For details, call the C&O Canal’s Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813.
Danny Boyd’s back: Martinsburg-born filmmaker and author Danny Boyd will talk about his latest project, the graphic novel “Chillers” (based on his 1988 cult hit film) from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Shepherdstown at Four Seasons Books. He’ll also perform with his band, Buddy Black, at the store at 116 W. German St. Later in the weekend, Boyd – a professor at West Virginia State University near Charleston – will appear in Morgan County at Berkeley Springs Books and the Troubadour Lounge. For more on the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at 304-876-3486.