Out&about

Almost time for Pickin’: Back Creek Valley next weekend hosts its sixth-annual bluegrass and barbecue festival, with dozens of bands on the lineup including nationally known acts such as the Kentucky HeadHunters and local favorites including the Back Creek Valley Boys, Lonesome Highway, Stoney Creek, the Speakeasy Boys, Drymill Road and Joe Taxi.

Besides music and the barbecue cookout, Pickin starting Sept. 7 and continuing through Sept. 9 features children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden for those 21 and older, camping and more. Kids 12 and younger get in free. To get ticket information, go to www.PanhandlePickin.com or call the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 304-264-8801.

‘Dirty’ deeds: The musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels based on the hit 1988 film with Steve Martin and Michael Caine comes to Charles Town’s Old Opera House next week. Performances at 204 N. George St. begin Sept. 6 and continue through Sept. 9. The show resumes Sept. 13 to 16. For those who missed the movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the story of a pair con men on the French Riviera, one suave and sophisticated and the other not-so-much. When the two can’t work together, they begin to battle each other. To reserve seats, call the OOH box office at 304- 725-4420.

Blood drives: American Red Cross blood drives are slated for Thursday at Fellowship Bible Church, Shenandoah Junction from 1 to 7 p.m. and at Wal-Mart, Charles Town from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another is planned at City Hospital in Martinsburg from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. To be eligible to donate, you must be 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in reasonably good health. A person can give every 56 days. To donate, bring a Red Cross donor card or other form of positive ID. Sign up on-line at www.redcrossblood.org.

Bonnie’s Bus: Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit the Eastern Panhandle Sept. 8, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to area women. Bonnie’s Bus will be parked at the Martinsburg Mall in the former Sears merchandise pick-up lane near Walmart from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. A physician’s order is required in order to schedule a mammogram and space is limited. For appointments or questions, call 304-264-1232 or go to www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.

Donations sought: Members of the Charles Town Police Department and local federal law enforcement agencies will be participating in the Tough Mudder Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. in Frederick, Md. Participants are collecting donations to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to injured military service members. To find out how to help, call Detective R. Kerns at the Charles Town Police Department at 304-283-6256 .

Square dance lessons: For free classes in the Charles Town area, call 304-724-9955 or email carlodell@aol.com. For classes in the Martinsburg area, call 301-606-1714 or email jerry-betty.roberts@comcast.net.

Free trees: Those who join the Arbor Day foundation in August will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped at the correct time for planting in each member’s area, between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The trees are guaranteed to grow or replaced free of charge. To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Friday or join online at arborday.org/august.

Bus trips: Upcoming tours sponsored by the Jefferson County Council on Aging include Cape May, N.J. (Sept. 4 and 5); Inner Harbor Gospel Cruise (Oct. 13); Antietam Cowboy Christmas Show (Nov. 14); and Christmas in Williamsburg, Va. (Dec. 5 and 6). To register, contact Chasidy Rosa-Morales at 304-725-4045 or stop by JCCOA, 103 W. Fifth Ave., Ranson.

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