TODAY | July 9
Free meals for kids: Anyone 18 and younger can visit St. John Lutheran Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bolivar United Methodist Church, the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Jefferson County Council on Aging’s senior center in Ranson for free meals, snacks and activities.
For details, contact the Rev. John Unger at 304-535-3105 or PastorUnger@frontier.com.
EPBA luncheon: Today’s the deadline to RSVP for the Eastern Panhandle Business Association’s luncheon at noon Friday at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg. Lunch costs $12. RSVP to Mona Kissel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lyme disease support: Lyme Disease Support Group of the Eastern Panhandle meets from 6 to 8 tonight and every second Wednesday of the month at the train station on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. Learn more by contacting Kelly Edmonds at Lymesided@comcast.net or find the group on Facebook.
Midweek farm market: Vendors from the Charles Town Farmers Market will be 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.
Fresh-baked history: Today is the deadline to place an order for artisan bread made at the Peter Burr Farm as it would have been in Burr’s time. Loaves may be picked up from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the living history farm at 176 E. Burr Blvd. in Kearneysville. Choices include rustic sourdough ( a two-pound loaf for $5), cranberry orange ($6) and Kalamata olive ($7). Place orders with Wayne Braunstein at email@example.com.
Library signups: Readers 12 and younger can still sign up for the Charles Town Library’s free summer reading program. Register 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.
THURSDAY | July 10
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.
Extended library hours: On Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer, the Charles Town Library opens at 11 a.m., 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.
FRIDAY | July 11
Middleway street light project: Every July, residents are asked to chip in toward the cost of illuminating the village’s 12 street lights, which typically runs $80 or more. For details, call Elsie Dunlap at 304-725-4469 or Katherine Dawson 304-725-5156.
Cruise-in: The County Roads Car Club hosts Friday Night Cruise-In from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays through September in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Ranson. Learn more at countryroadscc.com.
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 month’s end. More information on the program is available at jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or by contacting Kimm Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY | July 12
Cannons baseball: The Charles Town Cannons play next at home on Saturday. The 7 p.m. contest against the team from Winchester, Va., begins at 7 p.m. at Sager Field behind Jefferson High in Shenandoah Junction. 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.
Car wash: Jefferson High’s Football Boosters host a by-donation car wash and Spirit Night from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roy Rogers at the Marketplace at Potomac Towne Center in Ranson. Players, coaches and parents will be on hand to wash cars, and Roy Rogers will donate 25 percent of the cost of each food order to benefit the Cougars’ football program. Learn more by calling Angie Hill at 304-283-6183.
Gay pride event: The Eastern Panhandle LGBTQ Alliance will hold a first-ever Panhandle Pride Celebration 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 Micheals as MCs.
Vendors selling food and other wares will also be part of the day, along with representatives of gay-affirming churches, free HIV tests from the Jefferson County Health Department, information on breast cancer and more.
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, at 304-728-0247 or PanhandleAlliance@yahoo.com.
Beauty contest: Girls can register for the Jefferson County Fair’s Little Miss and Junior Miss competitions starting at 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds.
Organizers say the age brackets have been changed this year. The Little Miss contest will be for those ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 as of the contest date while the Junior Miss Contest will be for children ages 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Registration for the Miss Jefferson County Fair contest begins at 10:30 a.m. That competition is for girls ages 13 to 18. For details, call the fair association’s entertainment chairman Dennis Barron at 304-876-6686.
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.
“Second Saturday”: The Harpers Ferry Market District hosts a new series of special events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the second Saturday of each month with guest artists at Westwind Potters at 144 High St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event also features live acoustic music outside 180 High St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Harpers Ferry Merchants Association says Second Saturdays will continue through October. To learn more, call HFMA president Lisa Kovatch at Westwind Potters at 304-535-2511.
Spaghetti dinner: A free spaghetti dinner will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Benny Hardy Fellowship Hall at Millville Pentecostal Church. Pastor Mark Compton and his wife Janet Compton host the event at the church at 226 Millville Road. For more information, call 240-772-2217.
SUNDAY | July 13
Yoga workshop: Jala Yoga in Charles Town offers “Fundamentals: Strengthen Standing Postures” with Kimber Hyatt from 2 to 4 p.m. at the studio at 307 W. Washington St.
In the intimately sized class suitable for all levels of practitioners, yogis will learn “alignment, modifications and benefits of Warriors 1, 2 and 3 and Extended and Revolved Triangle.”
Another special workshop, “Yoga Fundamentals: Relax into Back-Bending” with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce, is set for July 27. To sign up for the $25 workshop or to learn details, call 401-440-0279, email email@example.com or go online to jalayogaflow.com.
Farm market: The Shepherdstown Farmers Market behind Shepherdstown Public Library happens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
MONDAY | July 14
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY | July 15
Bird walk: A free, three-hour bird and butterfly walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in Loudoun County, Va., at 11661 Harpers Ferry Road, just south of U.S. 340 opposite the Neersville Fire Department, begins at 8 a.m.
Sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, the walk is free and open to anyone, including children accompanied by an adult. To preregister, go to potomacaudubon.org or get details from walk leader Deb Hale (email@example.com or 304-535-2346).
Farm market: Morgan’s Grove Market offers a Tuesday afternoon market with dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables from 3 to 7 p.m. at 3988 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown. 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.
LOOKING AHEAD | July 16 and beyond
Bible study: Asbury United Methodist Church’s “Half Hour of Power” summer Bible study begins at 8 a.m. July 17 at McDonald’s at 606 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. The four-week study focuses on current events and is open to the community. To learn more, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.
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.
Rubber Ducky race: The annual Rubber Ducky Classic happens July 19 at Shepherdstown’s Town Run. The event benefits Good Shepherd Caregivers, the nonprofit that provides free help for seniors and the disabled in Jefferson County, from yard work to fix-it projects to transportation to doctor’s appointments and other needs.
Anyone can be part of the 4:30 p.m. race by buying tickets for a single rubber duck for $5 or a family of five for $20. Ticket holders needn’t be present to win.
There is $600 in prize money at stake, including $300 for the ducky that finishes first. Learn more by calling 304-876-3325.
Public hearing: The Jefferson County Planning Commission hosts a public hearing on the new comprehensive plan at 7 p.m. July 22 at 200 E. Washington St. at the Charles Town Library’s downstairs meeting room. For more information, contact the Envision Jefferson project staff (EnvisionJefferson2035@jeffersoncountywv.org or 304-728-3228).
Football boosters’ bingo: Jefferson High’s Football Boosters host a Longaberger Basket / Thirty-One Bag Bingo Extravaganza Aug. 3 at Shepherdstown Fire Hall. The event will include 18 games, three specials, raffles, door prizes, King Tut, food sales and more.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with games starting at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or get details, call Jae Anderson at 703-656-5190 or Liz Hostler at 304-279-0714.
’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.
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.
Fighting human trafficking: American Public University System’s American Military University will co-host the second annual International Summit on Combatting Human Trafficking, “Widening the Net: Together Let’s Stop Traffick” in Charles Town this fall.
The nonprofit International Police Training Institute will co-host the conference Nov. 17 to 20 at the APUS Finance Center. For details, go to apus.edu.
Volunteers needed: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County is seeking donations as well as volunteers to deliver meals. Learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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.