Community Calendar

Ash Wednesday: A special Ash Wednesday service at Summit Point Methodist Church starts at 7 tonight.

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

Animal 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. Saturday 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 fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Menu will include ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, roll, drink and dessert. Cost is $8 per person; children 12 and under $4.

Free dinner: Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church offers a free community dinner with soup and sandwiches from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fundraiser dinner: Rohrersville (Md.) Ruritan Schoolhouse holds a fundraiser dinner with ham, oysters and turkey from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Carryout is available, but bring containers. For details, call 301-791-2369 or 301-432-5541 the day of the supper.

Looking ahead

Conservation meeting: The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District’s monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the conference room of the USDA Service Center, 151 Aikens Center, Martinsburg.

Civil war talk: Local author Bob O’Connor will discuss President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and how the law affected West Virginia at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Fishermen’s Hall in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-9610.

Blood donors: Blood drives are scheduled for 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Leetown United Methodist Church in Kearneysville and from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. Sign up online at

Business workshops: Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management will hold two free business continuity planning workshops from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Hampton Inn in Charles Town. To sign up, call 304-724-8914 or email

Blue Ridge hike: Hikers of all ages and abilities are invited to join veteran hiker Dave Michener for an easy hike along the Appalachian Trail in the Keys Gap area of the Blue Ridge starting at 9 a.m. March 2. To pre-register or get more information, call 703-973-6435 or email

Job fair: The Career Development Center will host a free 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.

Book signing: The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc. are co-sponsoring a book signing dinner starting at 6 p.m. March 16 at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown. The dinner will celebrate the publication of Tom Clemens’s second volume of Ezra Carmen’s “The Maryland Campaign of September 1862” and Dennis Frye’s “September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril.” The cost is $45. For details and reservations, go to or call 732-930-3132.

Concert: The Ranson Civic Center will host Dean Crawford & the Dunn’s River Band from 7 to 11 p.m. March 16. Tickets are $20. For questions or to reserve seats, call 304-724-3862 or email

Photography workshop: Martinsburg photographer Rip Smith offers “The Why and How of the Photographic Project” starting March 21. For details, go to or call 304-596-0873.

— Compiled by Robert Smith

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Planning an event that’s open to the community? Send submissions to Robert Smith at Deadline for submitting calendar items is 2 p.m. Monday. Items may be faxed to 304-728-6856 or mailed to the newsroom, 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414. Questions? Call 304-725-2046.

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