Community Calendar

This week

Entrepreneurs forum: The Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Country Inn in Berkeley Springs. The program will be “key legal issues for small business.” Display tables are available for $5. Contact Whitney Barrett at 304-728-3255 or info@jcda.net to reserve. Free and open to the public.

Evening nature walk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor an evening nature walk at Cacapon State Park on Thursday. The walk will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the park’s nature center and last about two hours. The walk is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along. No pre-registration is needed. For questions, contact Ellen Murphy at 304-676-8739 or Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org.

Delaware shore birding trip: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a birding trip along the Delaware shore Friday through Sunday. Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate, including children. There is no fee but participants will have to cover their own travel expenses and make their own room reservations. For questions, 304-261-5602 or wvbirder@comcast.net.

Basket bingo benefit: Moose Lodge #120, Martinsburg, offers bingo to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Sunday starting at noon. Tickets cost $20 at the door or $15 in advance. No outside food allowed in the Moose Lodge. No one under the age of 18 permitted. For tickets, call 304-263-5522.

Blood drive: Jefferson Memorial Hospital hosts a blood drive Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one at Walgreens, 101 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org.

Book bag program: Jefferson County Community Ministries, Inc. is offering children a backpack containing school supplies necessary for the start of the school year.

To be eligible, families must qualify for the free school lunch program and provide proof of income. Come to the Community Ministries office in Charles Town on the following dates: Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon; Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon; Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring proof of Jefferson County residency and of income and a picture ID.

Blood drive: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has a blood drive on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org.

Flower arranging demonstration: Charles Town Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A $10 donation is requested to aid the operation of the library. For questions, call 304-725-2208.

Looking ahead

Chamber of Commerce/Farm Bureau picnic: Sam Michaels Park, Aug. 8 starting at 6 p.m. Catering by The Clarion. This is a pre-pay event. Tickets are $16 per adult; $8 for children ages 4 to 8; under 3, free. Register by calling 304-725-2055 or email info@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

Audubon birding trips: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor two mid-August birding trips to Eastern Panhandle sites.

For the Aug. 11 trip, participants will meet at 7 a.m. just inside the entrance to the Archer’s Rock subdivision off Harlan Springs Road north of Martinsburg.

The second trip, on Aug. 15, will begin at 7 a.m. at the Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve on Back Creek Valley Road. Detailed directions to both sites can be found at www.potomacaudubon.org. No pre-registration will be required. For questions, contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net.

Charles Town Ghost Tours benefit: Beginning at 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Aug. 11. The event will benefit the Shenandoah Women’s Center. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for those under 12. For reservations or questions, call 304-724-6741.

Painting exhibition: South Jefferson Public Library, starting Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. with a reception. W. S. “Bill” McGinnis is the featured artist for the months of August and September. For questions, call 304-725-6227.

Trail anniversary celebration: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Friends of the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry-Bolivar are hosting a weekend celebration for the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail on Aug. 11 and 12 at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry.

For questions, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/75. For more information about the weekend celebration in Harpers Ferry, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/HarpersFerryATCelebration.

Capito mobile office visit: Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito’s office will be at the Berkeley County Senior Center, Martinsburg, Aug. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ag bus trip: MidAtlantic Farm Credit is hosting a bus trip to Ag Progress Days at Penn State University on Aug. 15.

The cost of the trip is $20 per person and includes transportation, morning snacks and dinner on the way home. RSVP online at www.mafc.com/ag-progress-days-bus-trip.php.

Blood drive: A blood drive happens at Walmart in Martinsburg from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Mather Training Center in Harpers Ferry from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 15. Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org.

U.S. 340 Corridor public workshop: A public workshop on the future of U.S. 340 happens at Bolivar Community Center on Aug. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. WVDOH officials will seek public input regarding operational improvements within and adjacent to the U.S. 340 corridor from Washington Street to Maryland State Rt. 67.

AARP safe driving course: The Jefferson County Council on Aging will host an AARP Safe Driving Course Aug. 18 at 103 W. 5th Ave. in Ranson.

The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one must take all eight hours of the course in order to complete. The price for the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For enrollment or questions, call Roger Kryger at 304-876-0249.

Tennis fundraiser: The West Virginia University Hospitals-East City Hospital Foundation will sponsor its ninth annual tennis classic on Sept. 8 at Saint James School in Saint James, Md. In order to participate, registrants must be 18 years old by Sept. 1.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the St. James School tennis courts, with play to begin at 9 a.m. The individual player entry fee is $100. An awards ceremony with lunch will immediately follow the conclusion of play. For questions about participating, contact the City Hospital Foundation at 304-264-1223.

Trainfest: Trainer lovers can come to the Washington County (Md.) Ag Center, Sharpsburg on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $4 for adults; under 12 free. Call 301-800-9829 or go to www.antietamstation.com.

Master birder program: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is offering a new “Master Birder” program. The program is intended for experienced birders who want to take their knowledge and skills to a higher level. There is no age requirement but participants under 16 must be accompanied a parent. The program’s first workshop will begin Sept. 13 with a 7 to 9 p.m. classroom session. The cost will be $75 per person for PVAS members and $100 per person for nonmembers. On-line registration is available on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org. or contact Matt Orsie at 304-261-5602 or wvbirder@comcast.net.

Friends of Music concert season debut: Friends of Music will launch the 2012 — 2013 season with a performance by the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Guest conductor Jed Gaylin will be at the podium in the Frank Arts Center at Shepherd University.

Commemorative walk: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. The walk will start in Sharpsburg, Md. and end in Shepherdstown. For questions and to register for this free event, go to http://www.antietamremembrance.org.

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