TODAY | June 25
Train talk: Jay Hurley will be the star of the next Shepherdstown Speaker Series when he talks about “Trains and Shepherdstown” at the Shepherdtown Train Station at 100 Audrey Egle Drive. For details, call 304-876-0910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Shepherdstown, the Shepherdstown Train Station and the Jefferson County Historical Society are sponsoring the free event.
Free history tours: Learn “the rest of the story” about famed abolitionist John Brown as park rangers from Harpers Ferry National Historical 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: The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is offering weeks of special programs, crafts and learning activities, including a Thursday talk by Darlene Hassler Godwin, an archaeologist with the National Park Service. Reserve a spot by calling 304-535-2301.
THURSDAY | June 26
Cannons baseball: It’s another chance to see the Charles Town Cannons play at home. The matchup with the team from Front Royal, Va., begins at 7 p.m. at Sager Field behind Jefferson High in Shenandoah Junction. Following that game, the Cannons plays at home again Saturday and Tuesday. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for those 65 and older, or $2 for kids 12 and younger. See the full season schedule and get other info online at Charlestowncannons.com.
Online yard sale: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town continues its online yard sale through month’s end, 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.
FRIDAY | June 27
Music in the Park: Bolivar’s free Music in the Park series continues from 6:30 to 8:30 in Bolivar Community Park. The Jimi Cupino Project, an acoustic threesome from Frederick, Md., is the featured performer. The group plays tunes from artists from Hank Williams and B.B. King, and Skip James to John Denver and Jimmy Buffett.
In case of rain, the concert will move to the Bolivar Community Center.
For more information, contact Bolivar Town Hall (304-535-2476 or email@example.com).
SATURDAY | June 28
Bike race: Expect street closures – and fast-moving cyclists – in parts of Charles Town and Ranson as the first Two Cities Criterium begins at 9 a.m. Learn more at teamintegritycycling.com.
Artist reception: A free reception for Linda Briganti’s needlework exhibition begins at 2 p.m. at the Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St. The exhibition remains on display through July 22. To learn more, call the library at 304-725-2208 or go to ctlibrary.org.
NYC trip: Jefferson County Parks & Recreation’s “New York, Your Way” bus trip delivers guests to NYC around 10:30 a.m. for a day of exploration. The cost is $68. To get details or reserve a spot, call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.
Farm market: Visit the Charles Town Farmers Market 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.
SUNDAY | June 29
Special music: “An Afternoon of Music” featuring musicians and vocalists from both Asbury United Methodist Church and the local community begins at 2 p.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town.
The benefit concert is open to the public and will aid the church’s August mission trip to a Native American reservation. There’s no cost to attend; a freewill offering will be collected. , but a Refreshments will be served in Williams Hall after the concert. To learn more, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.
Farm market: The Shepherdstown Farmers Market behind Shepherdstown Public Library happens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MONDAY | June 30
Chamber dinner: West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant delivers the keynote address 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.
Woman’s Club membership drive: The Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club is looking for new members from anywhere in Jefferson County. For information on joining the fun volunteer organization that works for community betterment, contact Shirley Caniford (304-535-6922 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julie Gregg (304-535-2351 or email@example.com). Yearly dues cost $25.
Arts volunteers sought: The Jefferson Arts Council – previously the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County – is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors. Anyone interested is encouraged to firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
TUESDAY | July 1
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.
LOOKING AHEAD |July 3 and beyond
July 4 run: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town hosts an Independence Day 5K and Kids’ Dash starting at 8 a.m. The race begins and ends at the church and the race will go through historic Charles Town. Pre-register at myasburyfunruns.com and also on the morning of the event between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Call 304-725-5513 for details.
Holiday picnic: The public is invited to Shepherdstown’s free annual July 4 community picnic at Morgan’s Grove Park on W.Va. 480) southwest of town. The picnic is set to start at noon, immediately after the town’s annual holiday parade at 11 a.m. downtown.
The picnic will include music from the Speakeasy Boys and the Gypsy Ramblers. The Speakeasy Boys will play from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the Gypsy Ramblers will play from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Shepherdstown’s Rotary Club sponsors both the parade and picnic. Organizers say the goal is to provide “a wholesome, family-oriented Fourth of July celebration for the town.” For details, contact Peter Smith (304-876-1139 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 feehh 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 Martinsburg. Healthcare leaders, educators and community nonprofits are working together on the summit. For details, go to 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Call 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.
Gardening group: The Gardeners Exchange Group welcomes new members. The group is open to men and women of any age and any experience level with gardening. For details, go to g-e-g.org or call 240-405-7013.
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.