Community Calendar

This week

Picnic: The Jefferson County Chapter of AARP meets on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the pavilion at Glen Haven, near Bakerton, for an old-fashioned corn roast. Members should bring main dishes, salads, and desserts suitable for a picnic. The program will be a square dancing demonstration. Members are requested to bring a guest to the meeting who might be interested in joining AARP. Questions? Call 304-671-3183 or email

Softball tryouts: The Summit Point Tsunami softball team will hold tryouts at 4095 Leetown Road in Summit Point on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon; and Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Arrive 30 minutes early to register and warm up. Bring a copy of birth certificate, glove and bat. Questions? 703-928-1162 or 304-989-0063.

EPBA meeting: The monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Business Association will be on Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town. Please RSVP by Aug. 8 if planning to attend.

Audubon birding trips: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip Saturday. Participants will meet at 7 a.m. just inside the entrance to the Archer’s Rock subdivision off Harlan Springs Road north of Martinsburg. Details can be found at No pre-registration required. For questions, contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or

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

Healthy families fun fest: Shenandoah Valley Medical System, Inc. is celebrating National Health Center Week with a healthy families fun fest. The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Shenandoah Community Health Center, 99 Tavern Rd., Martinsburg. For questions, contact Amy Castle at 304-263-4999, ext. 1338.

Republicans to meet: The Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will meet on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Turf Restaurant in Charles Town. All Republicans are encouraged to attend. Visit or call 304-535-6914 for more information.

Shepherd faculty recital: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, in association with the Shepherd University Music Department, will present a faculty recital on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow the recital. The event costs $5 for non-members and is free for members and children under 12.

Historical presentation: Local author and historian Bob O’Connor will present Martin R. Delany’s role in John Brown’s Provisional Constitutional Convention in Chatham, Canada as the next in the Delany 200th Birthday series. The event will be held at Fisherman’s Hall in Charles Town on Monday at 7 p.m. The Hall is located at the corner of South West and Academy streets in Charles Town. The series is sponsored by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Rep. Shelley Capito (left): Congresswoman’s mobile office at the Berkeley County Senior Center, Martinsburg on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bag sale: The Op Shop, 115 N. Charles St. in Charles Town, will be holding a $5 bag sale starting Tuesday. Only clothing will be included in the “all you can stuff” bag for $5.

Looking ahead

Ag Progress Days 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

Blood drive: 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

U.S. 340 Corridor public workshop: 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. Route 340 corridor from Washington Street in West Virginia to Maryland State Route 67.

Free tire collection: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will be sponsoring a free tire collection event on Aug. 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Department of Highways garage located on Leetown Road. Tires can be on or off rim. No businesses allowed. Up to 10 tires can be dropped off by anyone with a W.Va. driver’s license. For questions, call 304-940-0258.

Living history presentation: Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library, Aug. 17 starting at 7 p.m. Karen Vuranch will portray Julia Child. Vuranch will give a monologue and take questions from the audience. For questions, call the library at 304-535-2301.

Local book event: Shepherdstown resident Robert Danno will host a presentation of his book, “Worth Fighting For,”on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Charles Town Library.

The book is an account of the author’s fight against federal bureaucrats’ decision to allow a billionaire to cut down a stand of protected trees while serving as a National Park Service Ranger. The public is invited to the free presentation. For questions, call 304-725-2208.

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

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