Community Calendar

Bible study: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town hosts a three-week Bible study on “Finding Forgiveness” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 304-725-5513 or visit for more information.


Crab feast: Martinsburg Sunrise Rotary Club will sponsor a crab feast from 5 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Whitacre Farm next to the Air National Guard entrance. The event will feature all-you-can-eat crabs, shrimp and chicken for $40 per adult, $20 for kids under 10, and free for ages 3 and under. For more information, call 304-267-8933 or 304-274-5959.


Dine and donate: Dine at Applebee’s in Charles Town from 11 a.m. until closing Thursday and 20 percent of the bill will be donated to the Animal Welfare Society. Bring in a flyer printed from or mention Animal Welfare Society to the server.


Presentation: The Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum will present the free program, “A Conversation with the Small Business Administration: Current Opportunities for the Small Business Owner” at The Inn at Charles Town at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 304-728-3255 or email


Workshop: The West Virginia University Extension Service will present a free workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday on practical, low-cost and easy-maintenance techniques for growing produce in all seasons of the year. The workshop will be held at the Ranson community garden located at 308 South Buchanan St. For more information, call 304-728-7413.


Bird watch: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is organizing a free Chimney Swift watch in Shepherdstown at 7 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 304-268-8050 or email


Birding trips: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two free birding trips. The first trip will be to the Altona Marsh west of Charles Town on Saturday.

The second will be to the historic Claymont property on Tuesday. For more information, call 240-440-4221 or email


Market: The Shepherdstown Community Club will host an event featuring handmade items and crafts at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.


Rabbit show: The Blue Ridge Rabbit and Cavy Club will host a rabbit show at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.


Yard sale: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is having an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Episcopal Church Parish House in Charles Town. All proceeds will benefit the Animal Welfare Society shelter.


Bible study: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town will host a six-week Bible study on “The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Hear For?” at 7 p.m. Monday. Call 304-725-5513 to RSVP or visit for more information.


Public input needed: Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Jefferson County Commission meeting room to address the concerns of the public.


Special service: An Ecumenical service of prayer and healing hosted by the Episcopal Church Church Street in Shepherdstown will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the church fellowship hall. For more information, call 301-667-1165.


Looking ahead


Special speaker: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s program at the National Conservation Training Center will feature a free presentation by Connie Mahan, the National Audubon Society’s Grassroots Outreach Director. The program will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building.


Benefit dinner: Friends of Happy Retreat and the Claymont Society will host a Harvest Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 14 at the historic Claymont Mansion. The event is $100 per person and is limited to the first 125 people. Table sponsorships for tables of eight are available for $1,000. Call 304-724-7956 for information and to make reservations. RSVP by Saturday. For more information visit


Bus trip: Jefferson County CEOS will sponsor a bus trip to “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” Sept. 14 at The Allenbury Theater in Boiling Springs, Pa. Ticket price of $90 includes bus transportation, buffet and performance admission. For tickets, call 304-283-3223.


Breakfast fundraiser: Ebenezer United Methodist Church will host a breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Neersville Firehouse, located at 11762 Harpers Ferry Road. Biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fried potatoes and pancakes will be offered. A free will offering will be collected.


Fundraiser: The Independent Fire Company is holding the third annual Sportsman’s Cash and Gun Bash from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the fire station in Ranson. Prizes will be awarded every 10 minutes.

Tickets include raffle entry, food and drinks for the entire afternoon. Only 500 of the $50 tickets will be sold and are available at the station or from members. For more information, call 304-279-2938.


Seminar: Property Management People Inc. will present an educational workshop for West Virginia homeowner association board members and homeowners from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Comfort Inn, 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd., Martinsburg.

Seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis and must be reserved by emailing For more information, call 301-694-6900, ext. 1013 or email


Tour: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a free tour of Martinsburg’s Grapevine Road Recycling Center at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

Participation is limited to 15 people and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, go to, email or call 304-229-6229.


Community Discussion: The Jefferson County Homeless Coalition will hold a community discussion at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Rippon on the use of the church as a temporary shelter to protect the homeless during the winter.


Martial arts class: A 10-week T’ai Chi class starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wright Denny Intermediate School in Charles Town. To register, call 304-728-9237 to register.


Birding trips: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will host free two birding trips. The first will be a hawk-watch, happening at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain just east of Boonsboro, Md. To register and get directions for this trip, call 240-291-6465 or email The second trip will be a bird walk set for 8 a.m. Sept. 19 in the Bolivar Heights section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. For more information on this trip, email or call 304-535-2346.


Tree walk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold a free tree identification walk at Shepherdstown’s Morgan’s Grove Park at 5 p.m. Sept. 18. To pre-register or get more information, email or call 304-229-6229.


Benefit concert: A concert for the benefit of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Shepherdstown Train Station. Entertainment will be provided by “Tri Funk.” A donation of $10 is requested at the door.


Dinner: The Woman’s Club of Harpers Ferry will hold a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Camp Hill Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry. For more information, call 304-535-2241.


Festival: The Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival will be held in and around Berkeley Springs the weekend of Sept. 20-22. For full details, go to or contact the Nature Niche store at 168 North Washington St. in Berkeley Springs at 304-258-0992 or email


Meeting: The Gardeners Exchange Group will meet at Jefferson Orchards at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21 to discuss the care of apple trees. For more information, or call 240-405-7013.


Seminar: Camp Hill-Wesley Methodist Church will host a discussion at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 to learn how to keep loved ones at home despite advancing age or when falling ill. Professionals from various public and private service agencies will provide information and answer questions. For more information, call 304-885-4577.


Workshop: The Town of Bolivar is hosting a free rain garden workshop at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the pavilion of the Bolivar Community Children’s Park. To register, call 304-535-2476.


Benefit: A Christian motorcycle benefit ride and lunch, sponsored by Asbury United Methodist Men, will be held at noon Oct. 19. Registration is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. For more information, go to or call 304-725-5513.


Benefit dinner: The annual Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County’s “Paws and Claws” dinner and auction will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Skyline Ballroom. Tickets are $50 per person and available at or by calling 703-509-0986.


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