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Jefferson County Parks and Rec on Saturday hosts a free showing of the 1971 Gene Wilder classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on the big screen in the field at Sam Michaels Park. The showing will begin at dusk, around 8:45 p.m. Admission is free, but pets and glass containers are forbidden. For more information, call 304-728-3207 or go to jcprc.org.


Art show: “Visual Voices,” a mixed-media art show sponsored by the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative and featuring works by Joanna Athey, Jewell Hellems and Suzanne Ravgiala, continues through Aug. 27.

The works may be viewed at the Fire Hall Gallery
at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town during the gallery’s regular hours. For details, call 304-724-2090.


Funk: Baltimore funk band Freedom Enterprise performs Friday at the Tap House Sports Bar on Keyes Ferry Road in Charles Town. Hear the band online at freedomenterprise.org/music.html.

Advance tickets costs $8 (no service fee) at theticketchoice.com or admission is $10 at the door. For details, call the bar at 304-728-1001.


Third Thursday: “Life is a Beach” is the theme for the next Discover Downtown Charles Town’s Third Thursday event on Aug. 15.

Activities unfold from 5 to 9 p.m. along the hundred blocks of North and South Charles Street and at other participating downtown businesses. For details, go online to charlestownwv.us.


Civil War presentation: Local historians Steve French and Jim Surkamp will be at Four Seasons Books next week to discuss “Rebel Chronicles” and their recent collaboration.

The Aug. 15 presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the bookstore at 116 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.

Steve French, author of an award-wining book and more than 70 articles on the Civil War, will speak, answer questions and sign his most recent book, which focuses on events that happened in and around Shepherdstown.

French’s work also can been seen via videos on the educational website, civilwarscholars.com. For details, call Four Seasons Books at 304-876 3486 or email info@fourseasonsbooks.com.  Cultural-heritage fest: Everyone’s welcome at the 21st annual African-American Cultural and Heritage Festival, happening Aug. 16 to 18 on South Lawrence Street across from Wright Denny Intermediate School at 209 W. Congress St.

The free festival, put on by the Jefferson County NAACP, includes live music, food and other vendors as well as an Aug. 17 parade with bands and dance troops. The parade begins at noon in Ranson and continues down North George Street to West Washington Street.


Jefferson County Fair: The Jefferson County Fair happens Aug. 18 to 24. Exhibitions from kids and adults, food vendors, entertainment including the Miss Jefferson County competition, live bands, a mud bog, a demolition derby, tractor and truck pulls, contests, games, rides, more.

The fairgrounds is located at 1707 Leetown Pike in Kearneysville. For details, see jeffersoncountyfairwv.org.


Library events: Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. will host a scrapbooking presentation this week as part of its special programs for August.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. On Aug. 15, the program will feature local author Bob O’Connor.

The library also offers a book club and new members are always welcome. The club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Members next will discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, 1925’s “The Great Gatsby,” on Aug. 20.

Other upcoming titles include “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou (September) and “March” by Geraldine Brooks (November).


Puppet show: “Cinderella’s Soc Hop” continues at Martinsburg’s Wonderment Puppet Theater. Weekend shows begin at 1 p.m. at the cozy theater at 412 W. King St. After the show, puppeteer Joe Santaro hosts a free Sock Hop Dance Party with balloons, animal cracker, drinks and more. For ticket info and other details, go online to wondermentpuppets.com.


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