Community Calendar

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Free history tours: Learn “the rest of the story” about famed abolitionist John Brown as park rangers from Harpers Ferry National Park lead free daily walking tours of downtown Charles Town. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Charles Town Visitors Center at 108 N. George St. A new partnership with the city and other entities is enabling the tours, which will be offered twice daily through Aug. 17. From Aug. 23 to Nov. 2, the tours will happen on weekends. To learn more, call 304-535-2627.

Library signups: Young readers 12 and younger can still sign up for the Charles Town Library’s free summer reading program registration at the library at 200 E. Washington St. The library will celebrate consistent readers at an end-of-program party Aug. 6. To learn more, go online to ctlibrary.org or call 304-725-2208.

Special library programs: Six weeks of special programs, crafts and learning activities kick off today at the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library. Reservations are being taken now for the June 26 talk by Darlene Hasler-Godwin, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, on a dig at the Murphy Farm. Young readers can also track the number of books they read and redeem points for prizes. More information is available by calling 304-535-2301 or going online to bolivarharpersferrylibrary.com.



Third Thursday: Downtown Charles Town offers up its latest special “Third Thursday” event with live music, stores open late, special deals and other fun. For updates, find “Discover Downtown Charles Town” on Facebook.

YoungLives fundraiser: YoungLives of Jefferson County hosts a trivia night with dinner and silent auction starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Purple Iris at 1956 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg. You can buy tickets online Facebook.com/Younglives Jefferson County or at the door or call 304-876-3117.

Cannons baseball: The Charles Town Cannons play at 7 p.m. at Sager Field behind Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction. Following Thursday’s game, the team plays at home again Friday and Sunday. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for those 65 and older or $2 for kids 12 and younger. Learn more at Charlestowncannons.com.

Nutrition lecture: Anyone can attend a free nutrition lecture at 6 p.m. in the Cardiac Rehab of The Wellness Center on the campus of Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Joan Starliper’s “The Traveler’s Guide to Healthy Choices” is part of the hospital’s quarterly nutrition lecture series. The event will include a taste test of foods related to the topic.

The series continues in September and December on the topics of family meal planning and healthy nutrition for the holidays. To sign up or get more information, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or email ddejarnett@wvuhealthcare.com.

Online yard sale: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town continues its online yard sale through the end of June, with proceeds going to missions and ministries of the church. A 45-piece set of fine china from Japan, a covered bicycle trailer and World War II submarine binoculars are among the goods now on sale, with more items being added as they come in. For details, go to myasburychurch.org.


No fare! To celebrate West Virginia’s June 20, 1863, admission to the Union, PanTran is offering free rides on its Red, Blue and Oranges lines all day. To learn more, call 304-263-0876.

For the ’49ers: Charles Town High’s Class of 1949 will celebrate its 65th class reunion June 20 with dinner at Paul’s at Oakland, the restaurant inside Oakland United Methodist Church in Charles Town. Learn more or reserve a spot by calling D.A. Myers at 304-725-3255.



Rain garden lecture: Mary Palmer, the landscape design instructor for the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardener program, will discuss rain gardens during the Gardeners Exchange Group’s June meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the home of Jane Blash. The group is open to men and women of any age and experience level. For directions to Saturday’s meeting, go to g-e-g.org or call 240-405-7013.

Farm Day: The 13th-annual Jefferson County Farm Day offers visitors an up-close look at Drilake Farm, Green Horizons Turf Farm, Miller Farms and Mars Hall Farm. The free self-guided tour happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Organizer Jane Tabb says the purpose of Farm Day is to inform the public about farms, farmers and farmland. Sponsors include the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, the Potomac Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Small Business Development Center and the Jefferson County office of the West Virginia University Extension Service. Learn more at jeffersonfarms.org.

NCTC birding trip: Anyone, including families with children, can sign up for the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s free birding trip to the 538-acre National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown. Sparrows, juncos, raptors, bluebirds, woodpeckers and waterfowl are among the creatures that may be seen during the two-mile trek.

Register online at potomacaudubon.org or contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin (monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465).

Library storytime: Young book lovers (infants through second grade) can attend a special Storytime & Craft at 10 a.m. at the Charles Town Library. Other sessions are offered July 12 and July 26. To learn more, go online to ctlibrary.org or call 304-725-2208.

Relay For Life: There’s still time to come and be part of Relay For Life of Jefferson County’s annual Relay, which begins at 1 p.m. at Charles Town Middle School. To learn how to get involved, contact Chanti Davenport (cdport115@frontiernet.net or 304-279-5706).

Farm market: The Charles Town Farmers Market happens on the 100 block of South Samuel Street from 8 a.m. until noon. For information on vendors and other details, find Charles Town Farmers Market on Facebook.



Drish Reunion: Anyone related to Jim Wilt and Mattie P. Drish are invited to attend the annual Drish Reunion and lunch that begins at 2 p.m. at Pavilion No. 1 at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town. For details, call Donald Drish at 304-728-6926.

Farm market: The Shepherdstown Farmers Market behind Shepherdstown Public Library happens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Arts volunteers sought: The Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors. Anyone interested is encouraged to email info@ahajc.org. Organizers say people with skills in finance, business, arts education, fundraising, marketing, public relations and grant-writing are particularly in demand.

Leadership Jefferson class forming: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce officials are taking applications for the next class of Leadership Jefferson. The 10-month class starts in September and completed applications are due by July 31. More information on the program is available at jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or by contacting Kimm Spencer at kimm@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.



Farm market: Morgan’s Grove Market isn’t just for Saturdays anymore. The Tuesday afternoon market has begun, with dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables for sale from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the market at 3988 Kearneysville Pike. For updates, find Morgan’s Grove Market on Facebook.

Reading with dogs: The Charles Town Library’s Reading Education Assistance Dogs program continues at 5:30 p.m. at the library at 200 E. Washington St. Reluctant readers benefit from reading to a non-judgmental therapy animal. To learn more about the program presented by WAGS for Hope, go online to ctlibrary.org or call 304-725-2208.

Extended library hours: The Charles Town Library this summer will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, two hours earlier than usual. The library at 200 E. Washington St. will continue to close at its regular time of 7 p.m. To learn more, go online to ctlibrary.org or call 304-725-2208.



June 25 and beyond

Train talk: Jay Hurley will be the star of the next Shepherdstown Speaker Series when he talks about “Trains and Shepherdstown” June 25 at – where else? – the Shepherdtown Train Station at 100 Audrey Egle Drive. For details, call 304-876-0910 or email hsc1786@gmail.com. Historic Shepherdstown, the Shepherdstown Train Station and the Jefferson County Historical Society are sponsoring the free event.

Chamber dinner: West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant delivers the keynote address June 30 as the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce holds its 55th annual awards banquet at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown. The event begins with a social hour with cash bar at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29 for chamber members or $34 for non-members. To get more information or to reserve a seat, call the chamber at 304-725-2055.

Gardening training: Interested in becoming a West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? Applications for the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardener Training Course must be submitted by July 7.

The training happens from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays from Aug. 25 to Nov. 10 and include lectures, reading assignments and class presentation at the West Virginia University Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center.

The fee is $100. For more information or to request an application by mail, call the WVU Berkeley County Extension Office at 304-264-1936.

Understanding autism: Mark Ellison, the head of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University, will be the speaker at the next mini-med school program at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg. The July 15 program begins at 7 p.m. There’s no cost to attend but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31760.

Autism Summit: The nonprofit Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children will sponsor the first Eastern Panhandle Autism Summit July 15 and 16 at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Martinsbug.

Healthcare leaders, educators and community nonprofits are working together on the summit. For details, go to epic-wv-autism.org<http://www.epic-wv-autism.org.

Asbury VBS: Signup for Vacation Bible School at Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church begins at 5:30 p.m. July 21. The church is at 110 W. North St. Learn more by calling 304-725-5513 or going to myasburychurch.org.

Volunteers needed: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County is seeking donations as well as volunteers to deliver meals. For more information, call 304-725-1601 or email mealsonwheelsjc@frontier.com. Contributions may be mailed to Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 565, Charles Town 25414.

Low-cost vet help: Learn more about Spay Today’s reduced-cost spay and neuter program at baacs.org or by calling 304-728-8330.

Square dancing: Carl Odell works with beginners interested in learning to square dance in Charles Town. The lessons are a fun way to get aerobic exercise with help from friendly, experienced dancers. To learn more, call 304-724-9955 or email carlodell@aol.com.

2015 dog calendar: Barbara Keech of Keech Photography is offering free, in-home photo sessions for any Jefferson County dog owners to get images for a 2015 Jefferson County Canine Calendar that will benefit the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. To schedule a portrait session, call at 304-582-1953.

Homebuyer education: The Partnership for Affordable Housing sponsors a homebuyer education class the third Saturday of each month. To sign up for this week’s class, call 304-725-6189. One-on-one homebuyer credit counseling, Spanish translation and other help also is available. To learn more, go to pahwv.org.

Jefferson High reunion: 1974 Jefferson High grads are asked to connect with organizers of the 40-year class reunion coming up in September. Contact Carol Smoot Cooper at 304-725-1584.

Lyme disease support: Lyme Disease Support Group of the Eastern Panhandle meets the second Wednesday of the month at the train station on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. Learn more at Lymesided@comcast.net or find the group on Facebook.

Jefferson County Fair: The Jefferson County Fair begins Aug. 17. Established in 1953, the fair in Kearneysville will include agricultural and animal displays, carnival rides, games and contests, a demolition derby, live music, an array of food and other vendors and more. Learn more at jeffersoncountyfairwv.org.


Send your news: Have an item for next week’s Community Calendar? The newspaper offers this space for free as a service to our readers. Send submissions to christine@spiritofjefferson.com by 2 p.m. Monday. Items also may be faxed to 304-728-6856 or mailed to the newsroom, 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414. Questions? Call 304-725-2046, ext. 22.

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