This week’s Community Calendar

This week

Climate change discussion: The National Conservation Training Center will host a panel discussion on climate change at 7 p.m. Thursday. Called “Engaging Youth About Climate Change,” the talk will be held at the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road, in Shepherdstown. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call at 304-876-7276, or email Mark Madison at or visit

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. Saturday.  To pre-register or get more information, call 703- 973-6435 or email

Looking ahead

Birding trips: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor two birding trips in Jefferson County in early March.  Both trips are free. The first trip will be at 8 a.m. March 6 in the South Schoolhouse Ridge Battlefield section of the Harpers Ferry National Park. For questions about this walk, email or call 304-535-2346. The second walk will start at 8 a.m. March 9 in the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. For details about this event, email or call 540-686-2056.

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. For more information, go to or call Jamie Fry at the Career Development Center at 304-876-5122.

EPBA meeting: The Eastern Panhandle Business Association will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 8 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. RSVP by March 6 to

Potluck and movie night: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town will show the Easter classic “Ben Hur” starting at 5 p.m. March 9. There is no charge for this event. Call 304-725-5513 or visit for more information.

Blood donations needed: A blood drive will be held at the Lions Center in Ranson from 1 to 7 p.m. March 11. Sign up online at

Book signing dinner: The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc. are co-sponsoring a book signing dinner at 6 p.m. March 16 at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown. The cost is $45 per plate. More details and reservations can be made at For questions, call 732-930-3132.

Country music 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 per person. For questions or to reserve seats, call 304-7243862 or email


MARTINSBURG — The deadline to register in this year’s annual Soap Box Derby is March 15. The race will be held June 8 on South Queen Street in Martinsburg. There are three age/weight divisions and Stock/Super Stock division winners will go to Akron, Ohio, to compete with racers from all over the world. Registration kits can be picked up at Maxlock Locksmith Service, 45 Meadow Lane in Martinsburg. For more information about sponsoring or building a car, contact Trey Knepper at 304-886-3630.

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