In the know … key events


This week, the first “Third Thursday” event of summer coincides with West Virginia’s 150th birthday. From 5 to 9 p.m., come to the 100 blocks of North and South Charles Street for an array of free, special fun centered on the theme, “Mountaineer Mania.” Learn details at the Discover Downtown Charles Town website,


When the curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Friday, theater lovers will get their first chance to see four brand-new one-act plays as Charles Town’s Old Opera House debuts its 12th annual New Voice Play Festival. The performances continue at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Judges winnowed four finalists from more than 80 entries and those who attend the festival will vote on an ultimate champion. To reserve tickets or get more information, go online to


Jefferson County’s Relay For Life starts with a special lunch and continues through Saturday morning at Charles Town Middle School. Organizers say anyone may stop by to cheer on the walkers as they raise money for the American Cancer Society.


Head to Ranson for a day of free fun as the annual Ranson Festival unfolds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a car and motorcycle show and bring the kids for free pony rides, moon bounces and other fun. For details, contact the city’s visitors center at 304-724-3862 or


Good News Mountaineer Garage, the non-profit that provides reliable transportation for West Virginians in need, offers a free car wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Charles Town’s Somerset Village Plaza, near Gold’s Gym.

At the event, those who stop by can talk with representatives from the organization about state and federal tax breaks available when a car or truck is donated. More information also is available by calling 304-754-8539 or at

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