Community Calendar

TODAY | Aug. 27

Race prep: It’s the start of the free training program for anyone interested in completing this fall’s Apple Trample 5K. 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

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. 28

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

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 ( or 304-724-7901).

FRIDAY | Aug. 29

’84 reunion: Jefferson High’s Class of 1984 hold their 30-year reunion. To learn more, email or call 304-607-2101.

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

SATURDAY | Aug. 30

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 tours begin 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.

Bake, yard sale: Elk Branch Presbyterian Church hosts a bake sale and yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at the corner of Flowing Springs Road and Luther Jones Road at Duffields. All proceeds go to Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County.

Hymn sing: A hymn sing at Silver Grove United Methodist Church will feature Virginia’s The Traveling Pilgrims. For details, email Jessica Thompson at


SUNDAY | Aug. 31

Outdoor concert: South Jefferson Library hosts the finale of its Summer Music Series from 3 to 5 p.m. on the lawn in

Revved up for the weekend Looking for a unique way to have fun this Labor Day weekend – and help CraftWorks at Cool Spring at the same time? Visit Summit Point Raceway for the Sports Car Club of America’s big annual event and all proceeds from the gate go to Charles Town’s arts hub. CraftWorks also will have an area set up at the speedway with a moon bounce, arts and crafts activities, games, a bake sale, silent auction, book sale and more. Admission to the race event costs $25 for all three days or $20 for just Sunday and Monday or for Labor Day alone. Children 12 and younger get in free. For details, call CraftWorks at 304-728-6233.

Revved up for the weekend Looking for a unique way to have fun this Labor Day weekend – and help CraftWorks at Cool Spring at the same
time? Visit Summit Point Raceway for the Sports Car Club of America’s big annual event and all proceeds from the gate go to Charles Town’s arts hub. CraftWorks also will have an area set up at the speedway with a moon bounce, arts and crafts activities, games, a bake sale, silent auction, book sale and more. Admission to the race event costs $25 for all three days or $20 for just Sunday and Monday or for Labor Day alone. Children 12 and younger get in free. For details, call CraftWorks at 304-728-6233.

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. 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

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

MONDAY | Sept. 1

Happy Labor Day: The Spirit of Jefferson’s office at 114 N. Charles St. in Charles Town will be closed in observance of the holiday.

TUESDAY | Sept. 2

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.

Bingo: The Jefferson County Council on Aging holds its regular monthly cash bingo at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center at 103 W. Fifth Ave. in Ranson. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Concessions will be available.



Sept. 3 and beyond

“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.

Media marketing workshop: The public is invited to the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum’s latest program, “You’ve Got News! How to Work with the Media to Market your Business” Sept. 4 at The Inn at Charles Town, 100 Hollywood Drive. The panel discussion will feature local media representatives, including Robert and Christine Snyder from the Spirit of Jefferson. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. with networking, refreshments and exhibitors; the program begins at 6:30 p.m. To learn more, call or email Amy Ruth Allen (304-728-3255 or

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

Friends of the NRA event: Tickets cost $35 for one or $60 for two for the Friends of the National Rifle Association’s annual banquet that begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Heritage Hall in Inwood. The nonprofit distributes grants to 4-H Clubs,  Scouts, Junior ROTC units and other organizations and programs. The evening includes a dinner buffet, live and silent auctions, and games and raffles where participants can win guns and other goods. For details, call 304-724-6205 or visit

Lyme disease documentary: See a free double feature, “Under Our Skin” and “Under Our Skin Part II” starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library. Space is limited, so those interested are asked to reserve a spot by emailing

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

SAIL event: Shepherdstown Area Independent Living hosts another “Coffee and Conversation” open to anyone interested. The event, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11, provides information about the nonprofit that aims “to enable its members to remain active, connected, independent and in their homes and community for as long as possible.” Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call 304-870-7245. To learn more, go to

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

Reading with dogs: The Charles Town Library’s monthly Reading Education Assistance Dogs program begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 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.

Fighting domestic violence: Sept. 21 is the deadline to sign up for the annual Walk Against Domestic Violence happening Oct. 4. For more on the nonprofit’s event, go to or call organizer Patricia Greenley at 304-839-9649.

Church celebration: Bolivar United Methodist Church holds a special service at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 in celebration of its 165th anniversary. Pastor John Unger will lead the service, with a light lunch to follow. To RSVP for the lunch, call 304-535-1520 or 304-535-1529.

Lyme disease support: Lyme Disease Support Group of the Eastern Panhandle meets the second Wednesday 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 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 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 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

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

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


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