Cultural-heritage fest: Everyone’s welcome at this weekend’s 21st annual African-American Cultural and Heritage Festival in Charles Town.
Events are slated Friday through Sunday on South Lawrence Street across from Wright Denny Intermediate School at 209 W. Congress St.
The free festival, put on by the Jefferson County NAACP, includes live music, food and other vendors as well as Saturday’s parade with bands and dance troops. The parade begins at noon in Ranson and continues down North George Street to West Washington Street. For details, email organizer George Rutherford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Thursday: “Life is a Beach” is the theme for this week’s Discover Downtown Charles Town’s Third Thursday.
Activities unfold from 5 to 9 p.m. along the hundred blocks of North and South Charles Street and at other participating downtown businesses. For details, go online to charlestownwv.us.
Civil War presentation: Local historians Steve French and Jim Surkamp will be at Four Seasons Books this week to discuss “Rebel Chronicles” and their recent collaboration.
Thursday’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the bookstore at 116 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.
Steve French, author of an award-wining book and more than 70 articles on the Civil War, will speak, answer questions and sign his most recent book, which focuses on events that happened in and around Shepherdstown.
French’s work also can be seen via videos on the educational website, civilwarscholars.com, which is funded by American Public University System and maintained by Surkamp.
For details, call Four Seasons Books at 304-876 3486 or email email@example.com.
Jefferson County Fair: The Jefferson County Fair begins Sunday and will feature exhibitions from kids and adults, food vendors, entertainment including the Miss Jefferson County competition, live bands, a mud bog, a demolition derby, tractor and truck pulls, contests, games, rides and more. The fairgrounds is located at 1707 Leetown Pike in Kearneysville. For details, see jeffersoncountyfairwv.org.
Library events: Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. will host a presentation by local author Bob O’Connor this week as part of its special programs for August. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The library also offers a book club, with new members always welcome. The club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.
Members next will discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, 1925’s “The Great Gatsby,” on Aug. 20. Other upcoming titles include “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou (September) and “March” by Geraldine Brooks (November).
To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 304-725-2208.
Art show: “Visual Voices,” a mixed-media art show sponsored by the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative and featuring works by Joanna Athey, Jewell Hellems and Suzanne Ravgiala, continues through Aug. 27.
The works may be viewed at the Fire Hall Gallery
at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town during the gallery’s regular hours. For details, call 304-724-2090.
History museum: Visit the Jefferson County Museum on the ground floor of Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Admission costs $3 for adults while children, students and Charles Town Library patrons get in free. For details, call 304-725-8628, go to jeffctywvmuseum.org or find “Jefferson County Museum” on Facebook.
Puppet show: “Cinderella’s Soc Hop” continues at Martinsburg’s Wonderment Puppet Theater. Weekend shows begin at 1 p.m. at the cozy theater at 412 W. King St.
After the show, puppeteer Joe Santaro hosts a free Sock Hop Dance Party with balloons, animal cracker, drinks and more. For ticket info and other details, go online to wondermentpuppets.com.
Kids’ museum: For the kids, by George – West Virginia’s newest children’s museum – is open on Saturdays at the historic Caperton Train Station at 229 E. Martin St. in Martinsburg
For ticket information or other details, call 304-264-9977 or visit forthekidsbygeorge.org.