Zoning meeting: Members of the Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 3 p.m. in the conference room at the Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.
Town meetings: Republican Delegate Paul Espinosa holds two hour-long town meetings to get citizens’ input. One forum begins at 7 tonight in the Blue Ridge Primary School cafeteria while a second session starts at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point. To learn more about Espinosa, go to PaulEspinosa.com.
Farm market: Shoppers can pick up local pasture-raised meats, eggs, milk, yogurt, goat cheeses, jams, fresh-baked bread, pies, pastries and other goods at the Bolivar Heights Farmers Market on Washington Street near Harpers Ferry Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For updates, connect with “Bolivar Heights Farmers Market” on Facebook.
Open house: Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg holds a holiday open house with bonfire, free s’mores, music from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band, a visit from Santa, a gift-wrapping station, lunch vendors and more. For details, call 304-263-1168.
Library holiday hours: The Charles Town Library has announced a change in hours as the holidays near. The library at 200 E. Washington St. will be closed Sunday through Christmas and will open at 1 p.m. Dec. 26. The following week, the library will be closed Dec. 29 to Jan. 1 and will reopen at 1 p.m. Jan. 2. For more information, call the library at 304-725-2208.
Blood drive: The Knights of Columbus holds a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church at 49 Crosswinds Drive in Charles Town. To make an appointment or get more information, go to redcrossblood.org.
Writers wanted: Aspiring writers may submit an application for the Charles and Wilhelmina O’Connor Author Competition through Dec. 31.
The contest is offered by award-winning local author Bob O’Connor in memory of his parents. “My mother and father were huge supporters of my writing from elementary school on,” he said. “This is a way for me to keep their legacy alive.”
The third-annual competition is open to Jefferson County residents or members of the Jefferson County Historical Society who haven’t published a book before but are close to completing a book, play or children’s tale centered on county history.
The prize package includes a professionally published book, an e-book and marketing materials to promote the work. The contest happens in cooperation with Infinity Publishing of West Conshohocken, Pa., and the Historical Society.
For details, go to jeffersonhistoricalwv.org.
Beekeeping opportunity: Local residents ages 12 to 17 interested in beekeeping may apply for a special deal being offered by the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association through Jan. 1.
Three scholarships are available to Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan county residents. Winners get free tuition to a beginner’s beekeeping course for themselves and two family members, two eight-frame hives with bees and queens, a beekeeper’s suit and gloves, a smoker, mentoring from an experienced beekeeper plus membership in the EPBA and the West Virginia Beekeepers.
The application may be found at wvepba.org. For more information, contact Bob Speelman (540-247-2482 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Others interested in learning about beekeeping also will find details on upcoming classes at the EPBA site.
Master Naturalist deadline: Applications for the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Master Naturalist Program are due Jan. 14 for classes beginning in March.
Enrollment will be limited to 20. Tuition is $300; some scholarships will be available. Space in some individual classes will cost $30. To get details, go online to potomacaudubon.org.