TODAY | Aug. 20
Jefferson County Fair: The Jefferson County Fair continues through Saturday night with carnival rides, games and contests, a demolition derby, live music, an array of food and other vendors, hundreds of agricultural, animal, craft, art and other displays, and more. Learn more at jeffersoncountyfairwv.org.
Midweek farm market: Vendors from the Charles Town Farmers Market offer their wares outside Kearneysville’s Black Dog Coffee Shop from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Black Dog is located at 800 Charles Town Road, near the Department of Motor Vehicles. For details, call 304-724-9040.
THURSDAY | Aug. 21
“Meet the teachers”: Washington High School hold its annual “Meet the teachers” open house for parents at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. Learn details by calling the school at 304-885-5110.
Call for volunteers: Charles Town’s Jefferson County Museum, home to an extraordinary collection of artifacts, books and documents relating to the history of the county, needs reliable volunteers to help catalog books and periodicals into an electronic database. Database training is provided but potential volunteers must be experienced with computers, attentive to detail and able to volunteer for five hours at least one day per week. To apply, contact curator Jane Rissler at 304-725-8628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft fair nears: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County is seeking 20 vendors to be part of its annual fall Soup and Sandwich Sale With Craft Fair. The event happens from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Charles Town Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. To apply or get details, contact MOW President Roger Dailey (email@example.com or 304-724-7901).
FRIDAY | Aug. 22
Marketing get-together: A free “It’s All About You” networking/marketing event begins at 9 a.m. at Black Dog Coffee at 8801 Charles Town Road, Shenandoah Junction. The program will include refreshments and time for participants to highlight their business. Also planned: A discussion of the vision for this new initiative, which is sponsored by Cameo Commercial Real Estate, Strategic Resolution Experts Inc., Edwards Staffing & Management Consultants, Choice Staffing Inc., Bankers Life & Casualty, Integrity Home Mortgage Corp. and Dave Ranck, an independent recruiter and consultant. For details, contact Ranck (304-676-6103 or at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Free gospel concert: Asbury United Methodist Church hosts a free gospel concert by Adam Crabb, the lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, at 7 p.m. at the church in Charles Town. During the concert, being organized by the Ministry of HOPE, donations will be accepted to benefit Jefferson County Community Ministries and the Forgotten Children Ministries of Jefferson County. Asbury is located at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. For details, call the church at 304-725-4461.
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.
SATURDAY | Aug. 23
Middleway fundraiser: Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6 hosts a fried chicken dinner and “You Pick It” bonanza from 4 to 7 p.m., with a new grand prize of up to $1,220. Dinners are scheduled for the second and fourth Saturday of each month and cost $8 for adults or $6 for children 3 to 12. To learn more, call 304-725-0006.
Free tours: Free tours of downtown Charles Town continue Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2. Led by experts from the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the tour begins at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Charles Town Visitors Center at 108 N. George St. and offers details about abolitionist John Brown’s trial and execution. To learn more, call 304-535-2627.
Free car care: Single mothers, widows and seniors are invited to a new community outreach offered by the Asbury United Methodist Church’s United Methodist Men from 8 to 10 a.m. “Membership in the church is not required,” organizers say. “Services will include checking fluid levels, topping off oil and other fluids, inspecting tires, checking windshield wiper blades and visually giving the vehicle a ‘once over.’ The Asbury UMM wants to support and bless the single moms and seniors of our community in any way we can.” The church is located at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. Call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org for details.
Hollywood workshop: It’s the start of the West Virginia Film Office’s two-day Production Assistant Training Seminar in Harpers Ferry 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 (email@example.com or 304-957-9366).
Animal fundraiser: Registration for the second-annual Friends Fur Life motorcycle run fundraiser begins at 10 a.m. at JT’s Lounge in Darkesville. Following the ride, the organization will host a bash with bands, food, raffles and more. Riders and passengers pay $15 while those who come only to the after party starting at 5 p.m. are asked to pay $5. Donations of pet food are welcome. Learn more at friendsfurliferescue.com.
Free yard “sale”: The public is invited to Cedar Grove Christian Church for a yard “sale” at 9 a.m. at the church at 2320 Sulphur Springs Road in Inwood. Actually, there’s no sale involved as all the items will be available for free. Everyone’s welcome, but shoppers are asked not to arrive early. Refreshments also will be provided. “We want to bless our community through the abundance given to us through Christ,” said organizer Libby Lemaster. To learn more, call her at 304-229-3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Butterfly walk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s bird and butterfly walk on the Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge in Jefferson County begins at 7:30 a.m. The walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register or get more details by going online to potomacaudubon.org or contacting trip leader Joette Borzik (240-440-4221 or email@example.com).
SUNDAY | Aug. 24
Open gym: Want to give gymnastics a once over? Flip N Cheer in Kearneysville offers a free open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at its site at 111 Edmond Road, a half-mile from T.A. Lowery Elementary. For details, call 304-725-6551 or go to flipncheer.com.
Farm market: The Shepherdstown Farmers Market behind Shepherdstown Public Library happens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MONDAY | Aug. 25
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. 26
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.
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. 27 and beyond
Race prep: A free training program for anyone interested in completing this fall’s Apple Trample 5K kicks off Aug. 27. The sessions happen from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 15 at The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg. “Our training program will give you the opportunity to get in shape, gain cardiovascular endurance, improve running or walking form and/or improve your time,” organizers say. The sessions also will include tips aimed at those with arthritis. For details, contact Dana DeJarnett (304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
’84 reunion: Members of Jefferson High’s Class of 1984 are asked to make plans to attend their 30-year reunion Aug. 29. To learn more, email JHSClassof84@aol.com or call 304-607-2101.
Hymn sing: A hymn sing Aug. 30 at Silver Grove United Methodist Church will feature Virginia’s The Traveling Pilgrims. For details, email Jessica Thompson at email@example.com.
Outdoor concert: South Jefferson Library hosts the finale of its Summer Music Series from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 on the lawn in front of the library at Church Street and Summit Point Road in Summit Point. Jennifer Maghan, the county’s chief elections officer who’s also a talented singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will perform. There’s no charge to attend, and music lovers may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on as well as refreshments, though alcoholic beverages are forbidden. If it’s raining, the show moves inside. Call 304-725-2208 for details.
Special church services: Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town invites the community to “Rally Sunday” at 10 a.m. Aug. 31. The special joint service at the church at 110 W. North St. will highlight the church’s Sunday School department and educational programs and will feature music from the Shepherd’s Choir, Bell Choir, Praise Band and more. Learn more at 304-725-5513 or at myasburychurch.org.
“Meet the teachers”: Jefferson High holds its “Meet the teachers” night from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4. For details, call the school at 304-725-8491.
Animal benefit: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County hosts its annual indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Zion Episcopal Church Parish House at 221 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. All proceeds benefit the homeless pets at the shelter on Leetown Pike. For details, go to awsjc.org.
Community Choir: Love to sing? Rehearsals for the Jefferson County Community Choir start at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the social hall at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town. The group plans a patriotic concert Nov. 16. Learn more on Facebook or email Judith Pharr (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Museum reception: The opening reception for the Jefferson County Museum’s latest exhibit – on the career of retired Brig. Gen. Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd – begins at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the museum at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, contact Curator Jane Rissler (304-725-8628 or email@example.com).
Lyme disease support: Lyme Disease Support Group of the Eastern Panhandle meets the second Wednesday of each month at the train station on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. Organizer Kelly Edmonds urges those newly diagnosed or dealing with Lyme as a chronic illness to attend. For details, email her at Lymesided@comcast.net or find the group on Facebook.
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 next month. Call Carol Smoot Cooper at 304-725-1584.
“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. 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.
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.
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