Community Calendar

This week


NARFE 2250 to meet: The Jefferson County Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at noon on Wednesday at Billies Restaurant in Ranson. Guest speakers will be candidates for Assessor and County Commission.


AARP meeting: The Jefferson County Chapter #799 of AARP will meet on Thursday in the social hall of the Asbury United Methodist Church on North Street in Charles Town. The board of directors will meet at 10: 30 a.m., with the general membership meeting following at 11 a.m. For questions, call 304- 671-3183 or email peggy.burcker@ long&


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. The program’s first workshop will begin Thursday 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 or contact Matt Orsie at 304-261-5602 or


Cathedral State Park birding trip: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is planning a field trip to West Virginia’s Cathedral State Park on Saturday. To register, go to or contact Kelly Wolf at 304-229-6229 or


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


Free community workshops: The Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter will host a set of three community workshops at Fisherman’s Hall in Charles Town on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The free informational workshops are designed to provide caregivers and community members with information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. To RSVP, call 304-599-1159. For questions, call 1-304-725-2128.


Insect walk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor an evening “insect walk” along the C&O Canal in the Sharpsburg area on Sept. 15 starting at 7 p.m. Register at or contact Kelly Wolf at or 304-229-6229.


Memorial service: The Shepherdstown Chapter 128, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will be holding a memorial service to honor the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown on Saturday at Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown. The service will start at 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be Nicholas Redding.


Trip planned to Montpelier: Pack Horse Ford Chapter, DAR, is offering a trip to Montpelier on Saturday. The trip costs $80 per person, which includes chartered bus, all admittance fees and tours, boxed lunch, and gratuities. For questions and to obtain a reservation form, call 304-876-3817 or email Seating is limited and paid reservations should be received by Aug. 31.


Commemorative walk: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam on Sunday 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


Meet the candidate: The Jefferson County African-American Non-Partisan Political Action Committee invites all to meet Howard Swint, 2nd Congressional Candidate for West Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Fisherman’s Hall, 320 S. West Street in Charles Town.


National Conservation Training Center tour: 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The tour will be followed by a wine and cheese tasting event.


Hawk-watching trips: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor two hawk-watching trips in mid-September. The first trip will be Monday to the Washington Monument on South Mountain just outside Boonsboro, Md. The trip will begin at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is essential. To pre-register and get specific directions, contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or The second trip will be on Sept. 20 to Snicker’s Gap in Virginia. No pre-registration is required. For questions, go to or contact the phone or email address shown above.


Martin Delany presentation: The Jefferson County Black history Preservation Society and the Martin Robison Delany 200th Anniversary Commemoration Celebration Committee will sponsor a presentation on Delany’s life in South Carolina after the Civil War. James Surkamp will be the featured speaker. The program will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at Fisherman Hall in Charles Town. For questions, call 304-725-9610.


Community Ministries luncheon: Jefferson County Community Ministries is holding a luncheon on Tuesday to recognize longtime President Jim Keel, and the many volunteers who keep the program going. The luncheon is pot luck, and will commence at noon at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town. All are invited.


Heart disease seminar: West Virginia University Hospitals-East will sponsor a community mini-medical school program on ways to prevent heart disease. The seminar, titled Preventing Your Heart Attack 101, will be held on Tuesday in the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the City Hospital campus. Sign-in for the community mini-medical school program begins at 6:30 p.m., with the program to follow from 7 to 8 p.m. For questions or to register for this program, phone 304-264-1287, ext. 1760.


Looking ahead


Bolivar Heights bird walk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk in the Bolivar Heights section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Sept. 19. The trip will begin at 8 a.m. and last two to three hours. The event is free and no pre-registration will be required. For questions, go to the PVAS website at or contact Deb Hale at or 304-535-2346.


Lecture on the U.S. Constitution: “Manufacturing Intent: Five Ways to Abuse History While Pretending to Interpret the Constitution” is free and open to the public on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium, 213 N. King St., Shepherdstown.


SAIL’ invites community: Shepherdstown Area Independent Living or “SAIL,” invites members of the community to join friends and neighbors for coffee and conversation to learn more about the organization. SAIL is a non-profit whose mission is to enable its members to remain active, connected, independent and in their homes and community as long as possible. For details and reservations call the office at 304-870-7245. Meetings will be held on Sept. 19 and 26 at 10 a.m. at the homes of current members. Other sessions will be scheduled as needed. Visit the website at


Benefit concert: The 8th annual concert for the benefit of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association will be held Sept. 21 at the train station at Shepherdstown. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Don Oehser and Todd Coyle will provide the entertainment. A $10 donation is requested at the door. There will be free food, adult beverages for a small donation and soft drinks. An auction with Civil War interest is also planned. For questions, visit


Pancake breakfast fundraiser: The Jefferson County Council on Aging will host a pancake breakfast on Sept. 21 from 7 to 9 a.m. Menu will consist of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, fried potatoes, baked apples, juice and coffee. Cost is $3 for ages 60 yrs. and up; $4 for ages 59 yrs. and under. Carryout will be available. All proceeds will go towards the Jefferson County Conquerors of Alzheimer’s. For questions, contact Chasidy Rosa Morales at 304-725-4045.


Battlefield tour: In order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shepherdstown, the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. plans to hold a tour of the site of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. On Sept. 22, two tours of the battlefield will be led by two Civil War historians. The first tour will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the second tour at 3:30 p.m. The cost will be a donation of $30 per participant. Tickets for the battlefield tour are available on SBPA’s website at: http://www.battleofshepherdstown.or.


Swift water rescue class: RESA 8 will offer a Swift Water Rescue Technician Class on Sept. 22 and 23. Classes will start at 8 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Mt. Volunteer Fire Company in Harpers Ferry. The course fee is $20. Participants must provide a swift water helmet and PFD. To register online, visit For questions, contact Dave Plume by phone at 304-267-3595, ext. 112, or email


Car show: Rock Spring Church, 114 Poor Farm Rd., Kearneysville on Sept. 29 starting at noon. Street rods, muscle cars, antique and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Live music, door prizes, 50/50 drawing, children’s activities, food and craft vendors will be offered. For questions, call 304-724-1942 or email or


Spaghetti supper: Leetown United Methodist Church, Sept. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost for the all-you-can-eat supper is $7 for adults; $4 for children 12 and under. Carry out will be available. For questions, call 304-725-8304.


Stauffer’s Marsh birding trip: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to its Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve in Berkeley County on Sept. 30.

The trip will begin at 7:30 a.m. The event is free. No pre-registration will be required. For questions, go to the PVAS website at or contact Sandy Sagalkin, at 240-291-6465 or


Annual life chain: Corner of Washington and George Streets in Charles Town on Oct. 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participant’s are asked to hold a pro-life poster at intersection for 1 1/2 hours. For questions, 304-728-0993 or email


Vendors needed: The Friends of the Shepherdstown Library will hold the annual arts, attic and antiques bazaar at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will support library programs. Sellers may rent an empty space $25. Twelve spaces are available for sellers. Anyone wishing to rent a space or a table should contact the library by calling 304-876-2783 or dropping by the library to make arrangements.


League of Women Voters candidate forums: Two forums will be held. The first will be at The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University on Oct. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Candidates running for State Delegate Districts 66 and 67, county commission and assessor will participate. The second forum will be at the Bolivar Community Center, Harpers Ferry on Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Candidates running for State Delegate District 65, magistrate, sheriff and state senate will participate. Questions about the forums should be directed to



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