Senate insider’s talk

Get the scoop on 40 years of U.S. Senate history Tuesday as Ira Shapiro – former Capitol Hill staffer for Jacob Javits, Gaylord Nelson, Robert C. Byrd, Walter Mondale and others – discusses his book, “The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis.” The free 7 p.m. lecture at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the campus of Shepherd University will be followed by a book-signing and reception.

Turn the tables

There’s still time to nail down your spot in next month’s furniture designing class being offered through the Washington Street Artists’ Co-op at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. The four-week class costs $60 and will be held on Thursday evenings starting Feb. 14. The deadline to register is Feb. 2. To sign up or get details, contact instructor Joe Bourgeois of Bourgeois Furniture, Cabinets & More (bourgeois@springsips.com or 304-839-8016).

Easy as pie

Today is National Pie Day, and how to celebrate? Here’s one pie-sobility: Head to a local diner and order yourself up something sweet. Among the spots to select your slice: Grandma’s Diner (227 W. Washington St. in downtown Charles Town), Mountain View Diner (903 E. Washington St.) and Billie’s Restaurant (309 S. Mildred St. in Ranson).

Nutty idea

Susan Benjamin of Cool Confectionaries has what could be called a nutty ambition: She’d like everyone to take note of National Brittle Day, happening on Saturday. Her unique store at 144 High St. in Harpers Ferry sells a variety of the nutty, buttery, sweet-and-salty candy, including a 1903 version made from peanut innovator George Washington Carver’s original recipe. Benjamin is offering a 10 percent discount on all brittle purchases made through Jan. 31. For details, stop by or call 304-461-4714.

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