Community Calendar

This week

Softball tryouts: Summit Point Tsunami 12U girls softball tryouts will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tryouts will be at 4095 Leetown Rd in Summit Point. Please arrive 1/2 hour early to register and bring a copy of birth certificate. For further questions, contact cenate@frontiernet.net.

Veterans career fair: The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center Gaining Occupational and Life Skills Program will host a veterans career fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday. This event provides veterans an opportunity to explore future careers and educational opportunities. The event is open for all veterans. For questions on the event, call 304-263-0811, ext. 3852 or email roberta.wilson@va.gov.

Movie night: The Shepherdstown Community Club is presenting the family movie HUGO at Morgan’s Grove Park on Friday. The showing will begin at dusk. All members of the community are invited. The movie is appropriate for all ages. There is no admission fee. Donations are accepted. Popcorn, candies and water will be sold.

WVU alumni night: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Total cost is $40 per person. The fifth race will be the alumni association trophy race. For tickets, or to become a sponsor, call 304-725-9787 or email ian.gingold@cityholding.com. Sponsored by Eastern Panhandle WVU Alumni Chapter.

Audubon event: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a “Pledge to Fledge” event at the Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve on Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. “Pledge to Fledge” is a new international initiative designed to promote greater interest in birds and birding. The event is free to everyone with an interest in birding. For questions about the event, contact monsansagalkin@myactv.net or call 240-291-6465.

Classic automobile and motorcycle cruise-in: Mill Creek Intermediate School, Bunker Hill on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Sponsored by Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Club. $2 donation per vehicle. Food concessions will be available. For questions, call 540-533-6697 or 304-262-1972.

Kids celebration: Community Combined Ministries will be holding a Kidz Power Pacs Celebration Packing on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Fellowship Church of the Brethren, 505 Blossom Dr., Martinsburg. Help pack the food, meet new friends, and kick off the new school year. Bring the children to enjoy music, face painting, snacks, and lots of fun. Please bring a non-perishable food item. For questions, call 304-268-8778 or go to www.communitycombined.org.

Rubber ducky classic: Good Shepherd Caregivers’ second annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Run in Shepherdstown. To purchase tickets, call 304-876-3325.

Family reunion: All descendants of John Jacob Link and their families are invited to attend the 60th Link Family reunion on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Elk Presbyterian Church in Duffields. Please bring a dish for the potluck luncheon and a serving spoon. Beverages and utensils will be provided. The church has invited all to attend the 11 a.m. service. For questions, call 304-724-7594.

Looking ahead

Annual yard sale: The Shenandoah Valley Chorus annual yard sale is scheduled for Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon at 500 Lanny Dr. in Winchester just a few blocks from the Winchester Medical Center. The fundraiser is for the women’s a capella chorus, with used clothing, household items, books, antiques and other quality items offered for sale. A handmade quilt will also be raffled. A free mini-chorus will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Boot drive and barbecue: Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Department will be having a boot dive and barbecue event on Sept. 1 starting at 9 a.m. Pulled pork, cole slaw, “boardwalk fries” and fresh-squeezed lemonade will be on the menu. The public is invited to come out and support the fire department.

Birding trips announced: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor two early September birding trips to view migrating shorebirds. The trips are scheduled for Sept. 1 and Sept. 5. For both trips, participants will meet at 7:30 a.m. just inside the entrance to the Archer’s Rock subdivision off Harlan Springs Road — from Route 9 just north of the intersection with I-81, go right on Harlan Springs Road about 1.5 miles. The trips are free and open to anyone with an interest. No pre-registration will be required. For questions, go to www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net.

Labor Day picnic: The Shepherdstown Community Club’s annual community Labor Day picnic at Morgan’s Grove Park will begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 3. While food is provided at nominal cost, bringing a side dish to share is appreciated. The Rohrerville Band will perform. Speakers will be County Commissioner Lyn Widmyer and Diane Melby of Shepherd University.

Council on Aging cash bingo: The Jefferson County Council on Aging will host a cash bingo on the first and third Tuesday of each month starting Sept. 4. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For questions, call 304-725-4045.

Children’s nature walk: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a children’s nature walk along the C&O Canal in the Shepherdstown area on Sept. 8. The walk will be for children ages 6 to 9. The walk will last from 9 a.m. until noon. It will start in the large C&O Canal parking lot on Canal Road, three-tenths of a mile south of the Shepherdstown/Sharpsburg Bridge. There will be a $5 fee for each child. To register or get more information go to www.potomacaudubon.org or call 304-676-8739 or email Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org.

Fire dept. breakfast: Neersville firehouse located at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd. — Route 671 — on Sept. 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. Country biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, home fried potatoes, pancakes and more will be on the menu. A free will offering will be collected. For questions, call 540-668-7005.

Tennis fundraiser: The West Virginia University Hospitals-East City Hospital Foundation will sponsor its ninth annual tennis classic on Sept. 8 at Saint James School in Saint James, Md. In order to participate, registrants must be 18 years old by Sept. 1. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the St. James School tennis courts, with play to begin at 9 a.m. The individual player entry fee is $100. For questions about participating, contact the City Hospital Foundation at 304-264-1223.

Trainfest: Washington Co. Ag Center, Sharpsburg on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Model train sale hosted by the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum. Admission is $4 for adults; under 12 free. For questions, call 301-800-9829 or go to www.antietamstation.com.

Elks Run public meeting: All residents of the Elks Run watershed and others who are concerned about the water quality of Elks Run are invited to participate in a public meeting to learn about local water quality and become part of a watershed group for the Elks Run watershed. The meeting is being held on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elk Branch Presbyterian Church in Duffields. For questions, contact Suzy Lucas at rlucas@wvca.us or 304-263-4376, ext. 2.

Day of Caring in need of volunteers: The 18th Annual Day of Caring will begin Sept. 11 starting at 8 a.m. The organization is currently recruiting individuals, businesses, agencies, groups, and civic organizations who are interested in getting a team together to complete projects for Day of Caring. Those who are interested in volunteering for Day of Caring, email atahill@gsivc.org.

Master birder program: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is offering a new “Master Birder” program. The program is intended for experienced birders who want to take their knowledge and skills to a higher level. The program’s first workshop will begin Sept. 13 with a 7 to 9 p.m. classroom session. The cost will be $75 per person for PVAS members and $100 per person for nonmembers. On-line registration is available on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org. or contact Matt Orsie at 304-261-5602 or wvbirder@comcast.net.

Cathedral State Park birding trip: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is planning a field trip to West Virginia’s Cathedral State Park on Sept. 15. To register, go to www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Kelly Wolf at 304-229-6229 or kehldreth@hotmail.com.

Concert season debut: Friends of Music will launch the 2012 — 2013 season with a performance by the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Guest conductor Jed Gaylin will be at the podium in the Frank Arts Center at Shepherd University.

Trip planned to Montpelier: Pack Horse Ford Chapter, DAR, is offering a trip to Montpelier on Sept. 15. The trip costs $80 per person, which includes chartered bus, all admittance fees and tours, boxed lunch, and gratuities. For questions and to obtain a reservation form, call 304-876-3817 or email frankk5600@aol.com. Seating is limited and paid reservations should be received by Aug. 31.

Commemorative walk: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. The walk will start in Sharpsburg, Md. and end in Shepherdstown. For questions and to register for this free event, go to http://www.antietamremembrance.org.

National Conservation Training Center tour: 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown on Sept. 16 starting at 2 p.m. The tour will be followed by a wine and cheese tasting event.

Benefit concert: The 8th annual concert for the benefit of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association will be held Sept. 21 at the train station at Shepherdstown. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Don Oehser and Todd Coyle will provide the entertainment. A $10 donation is requested at the door. There will be free food, adult beverages for a small donation and soft drinks. An auction with Civil War interest is also planned. For questions, visit http://www.battleofshepherdstown.org/.

Car show: Rock Spring Church, 114 Poor Farm Rd., Kearneysville on Sept. 29 starting at noon. Street rods, muscle cars, antique and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Live music, door prizes, 50/50 drawing, children’s activities, food and craft vendors will be offered. For questions, call 304-724-1942 or email kelli.kramer@rockspring.net or sap66@frontiernet.net.

League of Women Voters candidate forums: Two forums will be held. The first will be at The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University on Oct. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Candidates running for State Delegate Districts 66 and 67, county commission and assessor will participate. The second forum will be at the Bolivar Community Center, Harpers Ferry on Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Candidates running for State Delegate District 65, magistrate, sheriff and state senate will participate. Questions about the forums should be directed to jaergin@frontier.com.

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