Community Calendar

Candlemas: The Rev. Georgia Dubose will bless candles for daily use and for use during prayers in the coming year at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Leetown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Bring candles. For details, call 304-725-7387.

Free clothing: American Heritage Girls Troop No. 0082 and St. James Catholic Church will host their second-annual clothing giveaway from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the basement of the church at 49 Crosswinds Drive in Charles Town. All types of clothing, coats and footwear will be available for free. Sizes will range from infant to adult. For details, call 304-725-5558.

Submarine vets: Tri-State Base officials will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Golden Corral at 5621 Spectrum Drive in Federick, Md. All Navy submarine veterans from West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are welcome. To learn more, go online to or contact Thom Peschke ( or Glen Sherrard ( or 304-229-8000).

Buffet: The Shepherdstown Fire Department will serve a Super Bowl Sunday buffet from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday with fried chicken, ham and trimmings. Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 7 and older. Kids under 6 eat free. Questions? Call 304-876-2311 or 304-876-6038.

Bingo: The Jefferson County Council on Aging hosts bingo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For details, call 304-725-4045.

Looking ahead

Bird walk: Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a free bird walk on the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry at 8 a.m. Feb. 6. Email or call 304-535-2346 for details.

Vendor meeting: Morgan’s Grove Market invites those interested in having a stand at the market in 2013 to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown.

Nature presentation: The Potomac Valley Nature Photographers will host Jim Clark at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. “Life through the Lens: Notes from the Field, Lessons from the Heart” is free and open to the public. Learn more at

Appreciation dinner: The men of Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town will honor mothers, daughters, wives and significant others with a free appreciation dinner starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 9. RSVP by calling 304-725-5513.

Audubon for kids: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a special children’s program about waterfowl from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9. The program will help youngsters ages 6 to 9 learn about the ducks, geese and other waterfowl that can be found in our area this time of year. The event will be held in the Shannnondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. Cost is $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. Go to, call 304-676-8739 or email

National debt talk: Hannah Geffert of Shepherd University delivers “The Debt Crisis: How We Got Here and Some Possible Solutions” to Jefferson County Organization of Democratic Women at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Old Charles Town Library. Following her presentation, there will be opportunity for questions and discussion. The presentation is open to the public.

Lenten celebration: Saint James Church in Charles Town will celebrate Carnevale at 7 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12. Three choirs from Shepherd University — Chamber Singers, Women’s Camerata, and Men’s Choir — will be guests for pre-Lenten festivities. Desserts and beverages follow afterwards in the social hall.

Wild bird conservation: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s monthly program at the National Conservation Training Center will feature a presentation about wild bird conservation and research at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building. Admission is free.

Animal Welfare Society benefit: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County offers its fourth-annual Purrfect Valentine Buffet – with a buffet, silent and live auctions and raffles to benefit the society’s Capital Campaign and Shelter Renovation Fund – at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Skyline Ballroom at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Tickets cost $45 and can be reserved by calling 304-725-0589. To see pets needing homes, visit

Dinner fundraiser: Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Company hosts a dinner fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Menu will include ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, roll, drink and dessert. Cost is $8 per person, children 12 and under $4.

Ham-oyster-turkey dinner:Rohrersville (Md.) Ruritan Schoolhouse from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16. Carryout available, but patrons should bring containers. For details, call 301-791-2369 or 301-432-5541.

Job fair: The Career Development Center will host its free, annual CareerFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at Shepherd’s Wellness Center. Questions? Go to or call Jamie Fry at the Career Development Center at 304-876-5122.

— Compiled by Robert Smith

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