Community Calendar

TODAY | July 2

Mini farm market: Maybe Saturday morning zips past without you getting to the Charles Town Farmers Market? Or you shop there, but need replenishments by midweek? Many market vendors set up outside Kearneysville’s Black Dog Coffee Shop from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Black Dog is located at 800 Charles Town Road, just up from the Department of Motor Vehicles. For details, call 304-724-9040.

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: 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. For details, call 304-535-2301.



Cannons baseball: The Charles Town Cannons play next at Staunton, Va., on Thursday. The team will be back at Sager Field behind Jefferson High in Shenandoah Junction on July 9. Games start at 7 p.m. 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.

Fruit-drying workshop: It’s the deadline to sign up for “Drying Fruit for Fun and Profit,” put on by experts from the West Virginia University Extension Service and West Virginia Department of Agriculture. The hands-on workshop happens from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 8 at the Jefferson County WVU Extension office at 1948 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville. The $15 fee includes all materials and lunch. To learn more or sign up, contact April Blaker (304-728-7413, ext. 0 or alblaker@mail.wvu.edu).

Leadership Jefferson: 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 atkimm@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

“Dining to Donate”: Patrons of Applebee’s at 129 Jefferson Crossing Way in Charles Town can help the no-kill, nonprofit Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County starting at 11 a.m. Find out more about Applebee’s “Dining to Donate” program at the AWS website, awsjc.org.

FRIDAY | July 4

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 or 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 Independence Day community picnic at Morgan’s Grove Park. 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. 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 pvsmith@frontiernet.net).



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 | July 6

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


MONDAY | July 7

CraftWorks chorus: Charles Town’s CraftWorks hosts anyone interested in musicians and singers from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays. The new CraftWorks Players will give two concerts each year. Organizers promise: “Everyone in the community is welcome. No auditions, just a desire to sing and perform.” For details, call 304-728-6233.

Gardening training: It’s the deadline to sign up for the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardener Training Course.

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.

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 shirleycaniford@aol.com) or Julie Gregg (304-535-2351 or jgregg@frontiernet.net). Yearly dues cost $25.

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


TUESDAY | July 8

Farm market: Morgan’s Grove Market isn’t just for Saturdays anymore. The Tuesday afternoon market offers dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables 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 opens 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 10 and beyond

’84 reunion: Members of Jefferson High’s Class of 1984 are asked to make plans now to attend next month’s 30-year reunion. The event begins Aug. 29 with a social at the Rumsey Tavern Patio at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown. A dinner-dance with social hour happens the following night at the Clarion and then Sunday brings a picnic at Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road. To learn more, email JHSClassof84@aol.com or call 304-607-2101.

EPBA luncheon: The Eastern Panhandle Business Association meets next at noon July 11 at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg. Lunch costs $12. RSVP to Mona Kissel (monakissel@gmail.com) by July 9.

Gay pride event: The Eastern Panhandle LGBTQ Alliance will hold a first-ever Panhandle Pride Celebration July 12 at Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown.

The event, happening from noon to 6 p.m., will feature music from Shepherdstown’s award-winning Kipyn Martin and drag performers Jackson Nite and Stephanie Michaels as MCs.

Also on tap: Food and other vendors, representatives of gay-affirming churches, free HIV tests from the Jefferson County Health Department as well as information on breast cancer and other health issues.

Organizers say the theme for the event is “Equality for all” and the event is open to anyone, including children. For details, contact John Mason, president of the Panhandle Alliance (304-728-0247 or PanhandleAlliance@yahoo.com.call).

Beauty contest: Girls can register for the Jefferson County Fair’s Little Miss and Junior Miss competitions starting at 9 a.m. July 12 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Organizers say the ages have been changed this year, with the Little Miss contest for ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 as of the contest date and Junior Miss Contest for ages 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Registration for the Miss Contest will be at 10:30 a.m.. The ages for the Miss Contest have changed to ages 13 to 18. For details, call the fair association’s entertainment chairman Dennis Barron at 304-876-6686.

Shepherdstown festival: Instead of the traditional weeklong carnival, the Shepherdstown Fire Dept. plans a festival Friday starting at 5 p.m. July 18.

The event at the fire department at 8052 Martinsburg Pike will include a hog roast, raffles, ice cream and festival food for sale, a baked goods auction at 7:30 p.m., a silent auction, a moon bounce and entertainment from the clowns Bubble B and Mr. B. No bingo or fireworks are planned. To make plans to donate to the event or for additional information, call organizer Doug Pittinger at 304-876-6038.

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. Learn more by emailing mealsonwheelsjc@frontier.com or calling 304-725-1601. 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.

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.


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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