Community Calendar


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



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




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


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 For more information, contact Bob Speelman (540-247-2482 or 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


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