Community Calendar

TODAY | Sept. 3

Grave presentation: Shepherd University historian Keith Alexander’s talk, “History from the Ground Up: What Our Cemeteries Tell Us About Shepherdstown’s Past,” begins at 7 p.m. at the school’s Byrd Center. Part of Historic Shepherdstown’s annual speaker series, the talk is free and open to anyone; refreshments will follow. For details, call 304-876-0910 or email hsc1786@gmail.com.

Race prep: The free training program for anyone interested in completing this fall’s Apple Trample 5K continues. The hourlong sessions start at 5:30  p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 15 in Martinsburg. To register, contact Dana DeJarnett (304-264-1287, ext. 31814 orddejarnett@wvuhealthcare.com).

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 | Sept. 4

Red-letter day for dog lovers Dog lovers are asked to mark their calendars for Sept. 20, when they can help select the 12 winning portraits for a 2015 benefit calendar for the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. See details under the “Looking ahead” header.

Red-letter day for dog lovers
Dog lovers are asked to mark their calendars for Sept. 20, when they can help select the 12 winning portraits for a 2015 benefit calendar for the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. See details under the “Looking ahead” header.

“Meet the teachers”: Jefferson High holds its “Meet the teachers” night from 6 to 8 p.m. 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” 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 amy@jcda.net).

“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 by visiting the restaurant starting at 11 a.m. Find out more about Applebee’s “Dining to Donate” program at the AWS website, awsjc.org.

Clog lessons: A beginner clogging class designed for dancers of any age begins at 7 p.m. at 38327 Charles Town Pike in Waterford, Va., just past Hillsboro. The cost is $25 per month. For details, call 540-454-8639 or 304-876-6276 or go to brtc.us.


FRIDAY | Sept. 5

40-year reunion: A social at the H Lounge at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races kicks off the two-day class reunion for Jefferson High’s Class of 1974. The fun continues Saturday with a social hour and dance at the Moose Lodge in Ranson. Tickets cost $25 per person or $40 for two. To learn more, call  Carol Smoot Cooper at 304-725-1584.

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.

Agricultural Field Day: It’s the deadline to sign up for Eastern Panhandle Agricultural Field Day coming up Sept. 13 in Sleepy Creek. The cost is $5 and includes dinner and a raffle ticket for a door prize. The daylong event will include programs on agricultural productivity and sustainability. To sign up, call Suzy Lucas at 304-263-4376, ext. 2 or email rlucas@wvca.us.


SATURDAY | Sept. 6

Animal benefit: The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County hosts its annual indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

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. 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 friendsofnra.org.

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.

Ghost tour: Charles Town Ghost Tours offers a Victorian Cemetery Stroll at 7 p.m. in front of the historic Zion Episcopal Church and cemetery. The cost is $12 and only adults may attend. To reserve a spot or get details, visit Charles Town Ghost Tours on Facebook or call Ann Khiel Fern at 304-724-6741.


SUNDAY | Sept. 7

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

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


MONDAY | Sept. 8

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 jrissler@frontier.com.

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 (mealsonwheelsjc@comcast.net or 304-724-7901).

TUESDAY | Sept. 9

Community Choir: Love to sing? Rehearsals for the Jefferson County Community Choir start at 7 p.m. at the social hall at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town. The group plans a patriotic concert Nov. 16, with proceeds to benefit Jefferson High’s drama department. Learn more on Facebook or email judithpharr@gmail.com.



LOOKING AHEAD | Sept. 10 and beyond

Retired fed employees’ lunch: The Jefferson County Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at noon on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at Paddy’s Irish Pub, 210 W. Liberty Street, Charles Town.  The guest speaker will be a representative from Independent Fire Company.  Lunch will follow at 12:30 (order from menu). For more information visit http://jefed.homestead.com.

Frog talk: Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s “Disappearing Frogs” lecture begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Hospice of the Panhandle at 330 Hospice Lane in Kearneysville (off the Short Road exit of W.Va. 9). The program is free and open to anyone. For details, contact the Audubon Society’s Krista Hawley (adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026).

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 shepherdstownSAIL.org.

Spaghetti fundraiser: A spaghetti dinner is set for Sept. 13 at the Pythian Sisters Shenandoah Chapter No. 131 at 105 Sixth Ave. in Ranson. The meal will be served from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and carryout will be available. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 7 and older and free to younger kids. Proceeds will be used to buy Christmas gifts for children in need.

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 curator@jeffctywvmuseum.org).

Breakfast fundraiser: Ebenezer United Methodist Church holds a country breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 with made-from-scratch biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, fried potatoes, pancakes, fruit, coffee cake, bagels and more at the firehouse at 11762 Harpers Ferry Road in Purcellville, Va. Patrons are asked to make a freewill offering. For details, call 540-668-6504.

Summit Point fundraiser: Summit Point United Methodist Church hosts a spaghetti fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the church at 46 Steptoe St. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children and free for children younger than 4.

Living history program: Joseph Bundy of Bluefield will portray Osborne Perry Anderson in a free living history program that begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at O’Hurley’s General Store at 205 E. Washington St. in Shepherdstown. Anderson was the only African-American participant to survive abolitionist John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. The talk is made possible through the “History Alive!” program of the West Virginia Humanities Council and Friends of the Shepherdstown Library.

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 ctlibrary.org or call 304-725-2208.

“Canine Calendar Gallery”: Check out portraits of dozens of dogs from the area taken by Barbara Keech of Keech Photography and help decide which 12 pets will be immortalized in the 2015 Animal Welfare Society fundraiser calendar. The free event happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown.  Learn more at awsjc.org or email Keech at keechbw@yahoo.com.

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 VoicesAgainstDomesticViolence.org or call organizer Patricia Greenley at 304-839-9649.

Special talks: As part of author Homer Hickam’s appearance at Shepherd as its 2014 Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence, the school’s history professor Matthew Foulds will speak on “Whom God Hath Hedged In: The Social World of the Company Town,” at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. At 7 p.m., Fred Powers will deliver “Tales from the Coal Mines” at the center. The Shepherd University Foundation hosts a reception after the talks.

Cycling event: There’s still time to sign up for the Sept. 27 “Pedal through the Past,” a 36-mile bike ride through three national parks that benefits the David L. Larsen Memorial Fund. For details or to register, go to active.com/harpers-ferry-wv /cycling/.

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 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 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.

“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.


Send your news: The newspaper offers space in the Community Calendar 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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