History hike: Hikers and history lovers are asked to sign up by Thursday for the second-annual African-American History Hike, a free event put on by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Saturday’s one-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. in the ATC’s Visitor Center at 799 Washington St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; RSVP to Claire Hobbs at chobbs@appalachiantrail.org . Learn more at appalachiantrail.org.

Wild food tips: Herbalist Kristen Dorsey will offer lessons on how to identify edible wild plants, harvest them and use them in meals and beverages.

Next weekend’s event at the North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville costs $180 and includes overnight camping, a bonfire, lunch and dinner. To get more information or to sign up, email Kristen@divine-journeys.comor go to divine-journeys.com.

Help homeless pets: Saturday brings the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County’s seventh-annual Bark in the Park fundraiser.

Held at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the day includes a Blessing of the Animals from the Rev. Melanie McCarley of Zion Episcopal Church, canine demonstrations with Karen Fellers, Debbie Kay and Stephen Rafe, doggie games and contests. A $10 donation fee gets your pet registered and also nets him or her a souvenir doggie bandana.

Also on hand: vendors (dog rescues, crafts, products such as Scentsy, 31 Gifts, Miche Bags, Pampered Chef, photography, grooming, pet supplies and more) and food for sale from Big Daddy’s BBQ.

A centerpiece of the event is a pledge walk, with suggested pledges starting at $5 per lap. Print the pledge form and registration form from the awsjc.org. For more info, call the AWS at 304-725-5972.

Golf fundraiser: Golfers on Monday will gather at Cress Creek in Shepherdstown for the 26th-annual Bernie Hutzler Golf Classic fundraiser.

Committee chairs Montie Hicks, Chris Colbert and Selwyn Persad say the tournament will raise money for University Healthcare, Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg and Ranson’s Jefferson Medical Center.

The annual tournament has raised more than $1.2 million for the hospitals since 1988. To sign up for morning or afternoon play or to get more information, call University Healthcare at 304-264-1223.

Historic cemetery tours: “Night life” in Frederick, Md., extends even to the city’s grave sites. Starting Saturday, history lovers can pay $10 for a 90-minute, candlelight guided tour of Mount Olivet Cemetery, founded in 1852 and home to the final resting place of Francis Scott Key, author of the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as well as Maryland’s first governor, Thomas Johnson, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, war heroes and other notable figures.

For times, group rates and other details, call the cemetery at 301-668-8922 or go to marylandghosttours.com.

History on display: Visit the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town to see a new exhibit on Frank Buckles, the nation’s last World War I vet when he died in 2011. Other highlights: a letter written by George Washington months before his death in 1799, the wagon that took abolitionist John Brown to his hanging, guns and other Civil War artifacts, antique toys and more.

The museum at 200 E. Washington St. is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission costs $3 for adults while children, students and Charles Town Library patrons get in free. For details, call 304-725-8628, go to jeffctywvmuseum.org or find “Jefferson County Museum” on Facebook.


FOR MORE upcoming local events, see the calendar section included in the summer Living Well special section inside this week’s paper.


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