Community Calendar

TODAY | July 30

                Sports physicals offered: Students can get $20 sports physicals at University Urgent Care Centers at 912 Somerset Blvd. in Charles Town and at 5047 Gerrardstown Road in Inwood through Aug. 30. For details, got to

Bible school: Middleway United Methodist Church hosts Vacation Bible School this week at the church at at 7435 Queen St. The theme will be “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” and leaders invite everyone in the community to attend. For more information, call the church office at 304-728-4770.

                Community VBS: This week brings the Shepherdstown churches’ joint community Bible school, happening from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday. Find a form and details at The event is for children 3 through middle school.

                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 weekdays for free meals, snacks and activities. For details, contact the Rev. John Unger at 304-535-3105 or

                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.

                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.

THURSDAY | July 31

Bible study: Asbury United Methodist Church’s “Half Hour of Power” summer Bible study begins at 8 a.m. 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

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 or call 304-725-2208.

Help for Community Ministries: It’s the deadline for United Bank customers and anyone else interested is invited to help out with the bank’s drive for Jefferson County Community Ministries. Needed items include Gatorade, juices, towels and socks. Donations may be dropped off at the branch at 106 W. Washington St. or at 71 Jefferson Crossing Way (near Martin’s) in Charles Town or in Shepherdstown.

Light up Middleway: Have you chipped in toward the cost of illuminating the village’s 12 street lights? Middleway residents who haven’t made their annual donations are asked to make arrangements with Elsie Dunlap (304-725-4469) or Katherine Dawson (304-725-5156).

Leadership Jefferson: It’s the cutoff for applications for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s next class of Leadership Jefferson. The 10-month class starts in September. For details, go to

FRIDAY | Aug. 1

Ghost tour: Haunted History and Legends Tours of Martinsburg holds a walking ghost tour of historic Martinsburg for those 13 and older starting at 9 p.m. at the town square. Organizer Justin Stevens says the walk will feature true stories about local spots. The cost is $12. To reserve a spot or get more information, call 304-261-7470.

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


                Breastfeeding event: Jefferson Medical Center hosts its fourth-annual Big Latch On at 10:30 a.m. in the Ranson hospital’s first-floor conference room. The World Breastfeeding Week gathering is part of a synchronized breastfeeding event designed to raise awareness of the benefits of nursing to moms and babies.

Hospital officials say all the area’s nursing mothers are invited to take part along with their babies and children. Last year’s Big Latch On involved some 8,862 children worldwide.

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life. For details, go to or call the hospital’s Obstetrics Unit at 304-728-1713.

Middleway concert: Middleway’s free summer concerts series continues with a 7 p.m. show outside Middleway Community Center at 112 East St. For details, call the association at 304-728-6400. Visitors should bring along lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the concert sponsored by the Middleway Conservancy Association will move indoors.

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 | Aug. 3

Church homecoming: Bishop-designate Ronald L. Paige – who grew up in Charles Town and graduated from Jefferson High in 1974 – will speak as part of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s 72nd-annual homecoming celebration.

The special service begins at 11 a.m. at the church at 411 S. Lawrence St. in Charles Town. The Rev. Joe Rivers will be the celebrant for Holy Eucharist.

Paige earned a master’s degree in religious education from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Essex, Mass., and then spent three years at Faith Christian Center in Seekonk, Mass., before his ordination in 2001.

He’s pastored churches in New England, Virginia and West Virginia. Today, he lives in Winchester, Va., and works at The Spirit of Praise Family Life Christian Cathedral /Community Development Corp. in Gainesville, Va., an entity he founded. For more information on the homecoming, call the church at 304-725-4236.

Special speaker: Elder Justin Brown, pastor of Kearneysville’s City of Hope, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service at House of Prayer Church of God, 501 W. Congress St. in Charles Town. Pastor Paul Brown is the pastor at House of Prayer. For more information, call the church at 304-725-7282.

Buckaroo bash: Everyone’s welcome as the South Jefferson Public Library celebrates National Cowboy Day with a celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. The Summit Point library’s Ginny Klejnowski said the guest speaker will be Bill McGinnis, who grew up on ranches in Montana and worked on ranches there, in Arizona and Argentina.

The free event at 49 Church St. also will include crafts and children’s activities. Learn more by calling the library at 304-725-6227 or emailing

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, get details or learn how to become a sponsor of the event, call Jae Anderson at 703-656-5190 or Liz Hostler at 304-279-0714.

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


MONDAY | Aug. 4

Library deadline: It’s the deadline for young readers to turn in their reading logs for the Charles Town Library’s “Fizz, Boom, READ!” summer reading program. The library’s celebration, “Fizz, Boom, PARTY!” happens at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 with refreshments, games, certificates and more. Says library director Marcella Genz: “With several hundred hours already logged, this could be our most successful summer yet!” For details, contact Genz at 304-725-2208 or

CraftWorks chorus: Charles Town’s CraftWorks hosts any interested 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.

TUESDAY | Aug. 5

Council on Aging bingo: The Jefferson County Council on Aging holds its regular monthly cash bingo at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center, 103 W. Fifth Ave. in Ranson. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with early bird bingo beginning an hour later and regular bingo starting at 7 p.m. Admission costs $25 for a nine-pack book that includes one bonanza, one quickie and one U-Pick-EM. For details, contact Nancy Ellis at

Film Office workshop: Sign up by Tuesday’s deadline and pay just $45 for the West Virginia Film Office’s two-day Production Assistant Training Seminar in Harpers Ferry. The workshop happens Aug. 23 and 24 at the Quality Inn and Conference Center at 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway. High school seniors and college students pay just $15. To reserve a spot: contact Lisa Wells ( or 304-957-9366).

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 or call 304-725-2208.

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.



| Aug. 6 and beyond

                The Jeff    SAIL get-together: Shepherdstown Area Independent Living on Aug. 6 holds another “Coffee & Conversation,” an informal gathering where anyone can learn more about the benefits of SAIL. The get-together starts at 10:30 a.m. For the location and other details, call 304-870-7245 or email

Entrepreneurs Forum: Peter Corum, the developer of Morgan Grove’s Market in Shepherdstown as well as a radio host and financial adviser, is among those set to speak at the Aug. 7 Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum, “So You Want to be a Star: Branding Yourself for the 21st Century.” The event also will include panelists John Diamondidis, a.k.a. Big John Greene, a professional wrestler and Internet entrepreneur; and Matt Hahn, a health activist, rock singer, family physician and owner of River Bend Family Medicine. Jeanne Mozier, an author, theater owner, astrologer and social entrepreneur, will be the moderator.

Thrift shop moving: Leaders of the Buried Treasures Thrift Shop next week will celebrate their new location at 807 N.
Mildred St. in the Ranson Square Shopping Center. The Aug. 9 grand opening is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store, which operates to provide funds for the Briggs Animal Adoption Center and Spay Today, had been located in Charles Town. For details, contact Heather Bowman


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