Calendar of Events for Feb. 18
The Shepherd University Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center. Free with admission is a pre-concert lecture beginning at 7 p.m. Admission and seating for the concert is on a first-come, first-serve basis; advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $10, $5 for students 18 and under and free to Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit “http://www.shepherd.edu/musicweb”>www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.
The Shepherdstown Film Society in partnership with the Shepherd University Scarborough Society presents “Serial Mom” at Reynolds Hall at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more info go to www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org. See you at the movies!
THROUGH FEB. 20
Full Circle Theater Company presents “Claudie Hukill,” a family drama by award-winning local playwright Sean O’Leary. “Claudie Hukill” is the story of a family in a small West Virginia mining town, torn by a showdown between competing virtues. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For tickets call us at 304-268-7798 or go online at www.fullcircletheaterco.org.
“For Your Consideration Film Series” Presents: “Exit Through the Gift Shop” which tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art. Produced by the internationally infamous street artist known as “Banksy,” it was nominated for “Best Documentary Film” in the 2011 Academy Awards. The film will be screened in the ballroom 3rd floor of the Shepherd University Student Center a 7 p.m. Discussion to follow the film. Sponsored by the Shepherd Student Environmental Action Coalition.
The Vagina Monologues presents the first ever Clam Jam at Blue Moon Saloon starting at 9 p.m. The event features Chelsea McBee, Witchgrass and Chick Salad. All proceeds benefit Shenandoah Women’s Shelter and Haiti Sorority Safe House.
Br. Stefan Andre Waligur, world musician, composer and a new monasticism contemplative, will lead a retreat day, “Songs of Peace,” at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St., from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. In song and silence, solitude and community, participants will explore the question: In the midst of violence and war, how can we become bearers of peace? Waligur has been a teacher, music director, and college chaplain; more recently he has been a pilgrim, traveling the U.S. and throughout the world, sharing his music and his vision of a new Community of Peace. In Washington, D.C., Br. Stefan leads a monthly gathering of Sacred Chant on the second Friday evening of each month at the Washington National Cathedral. The retreat is free. Donations are welcomed. Please contact church office at 304-876-6466 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 20 to register. Participants should bring a bag lunch if staying for the afternoon session.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a three-mile winter bird walk along the C&O Canal between Antietam Creek and Shepherdstown. Participants should plan to meet at 8 a.m. at the large National Park Service parking lot on Canal Road, just east of the railroad trestle. For more information or directions contact Kate Weatherby at email@example.com or 304-535-1319. In case of inclement weather contact Ms. Weatherby to see if the trip is still on.
THROUGH FEB. 26
MARTINSBURG – Ten Shepherd University students in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater will highlight their work in the “Emerging Artists” group exhibition curated by Professor Sonya Evanisko, coordinator of the painting and drawing program at Shepherd. The students will present during the opening reception Feb. 18 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Centre on the corner of King and Maple Streets in downtown Martinsburg. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Arts Centre at 304-263-0224.
The Shepherdstown Opera House will broadcast this year’s Academy Awards live and free of charge. Everyone is welcome to attend. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The usual food and beverages will be available. The Shepherdstown Rotary Club will use the event to raise funds for Shepherd University’s 2011 Relay for Life. Members will seek donations at the door. They will also be selling Oscar scorecards for $5, and the Club will award prizes to those who are best at picking winners. Dress for the event will be casual, but those who would like to emphasize the festiveness of the occasion by wearing black tie or a costume will be encouraged to do so, and the Club will also award a prize for “best attire.” Since 2003, Shepherd University’s students have raised over $350,000 for this cause through their annual Relay For Life activities. The Shepherdstown Rotary Club has strongly supported their efforts. This year’s Relay for Life at Shepherd will take place the night of April 15 and 16. For more information about the Rotary Club’s Oscar Night efforts, contact Rotarian Heather Hovermale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A memorial concert of organ, piano and vocal music will be presented at 4 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church in honor of the life and music of organist Barbara King who passed away one year ago. The performance will include Bach, Mendelssohn, spirituals and traditional music. Featured musicians include organists Dianne Holliman, Elaine Rendler, Greg Shook, Wayne Wold and vocalists and instrumentalists from the Shepherdstown community. Barbara King served as organist for both St. Agnes Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church for more than 20 years.
THROUGH FEB. 28
CHARLES TOWN – The photographic exhibit “Give Praise” opens with a reception tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall Gallery and Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George St. The life and times of the tri-county African American community are presented in 18 black and white photographs taken in 1993 by artist in residence Ann Zelle. Excerpts from interviews with the individuals accompany the photo exhibit. Color landscape photographs of Jefferson County taken during that time period by Zelle will also be on exhibit. “Give Praise” is a project of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society in cooperation with the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, AHA!
Shepherd University presents “The Vagina Monologues.” Shows March 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. with a silent auction on Saturday. The March 6 show is at 1 p.m. The shows take place in Reynolds Hall on the corner of King and German Streets. Admission is $5. All proceeds go to Shenandoah Women’s Center and the Women and Girls of Haiti. Contact Mindy Sizemore at 304-807-6236 for more information.
A Square Foot Gardening class will start Tuesday March 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and run six weeks. Classes held at Wildwood Middle School. To register call Jefferson County Adult Education 304-728-9237 or for questions on content call Eldon Winston at 304-264-4783.
Shepherdstown Elementary School Longaberger Basket Bingo will take place at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Games begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets call 304-876-6270 or 304-876-3275.
The New Street United Methodist Church, on the corner of New and Church Streets, will host an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast and Brunch in its lower level dining hall from 8 a.m. Until 1 p.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausage gravy, bacon, applesauce and various drinks. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Carry out is available.
Spay Today is this area’s low cost-, non-profit program for spaying and neutering cats and dogs. At the time of surgery, initial tests and shots can be obtained at lower rates. To find a participating vet near you, visit www.baacs.org or call 304-728-8330.
HARMONY HEALING ARTS
FEB. 11, 18 & 25
Free Class: No-Excuse Yoga, 7-8:15 p.m. Want to try yoga but not sure you can commit the time or money? Come once or more to this Wednesday evening class to see if yoga is right for you. Learn to cultivate health, awareness, and serenity in your life through the practice of yoga. We even provide the mats. Donations accepted. Each Wednesday through March 16, at Harmony Healing Arts Center, 207 E. New St., Shepherdstown. No registration necessary. Arrive early to find parking and assure space in class. More info at www.ssyoga.org (click on “Free Events”), or call 304-283-6188 or 304-876-6918.
Free: Healing Didgeridoo Concert, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A free introduction to the didgeridoo, including shamanic journey for healing “dis-ease” of spirit, plus a coherence exercise intended to effect positive changes in one’s life. Instructor Joe Gentile is well known in the Washington, D.C., area as a master with the didgeridoo and its spiritual realm. His wife, Margaret, joins him with her crystal bowls in the concert portion of this special program. No registration necessary.
Also on March 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Didgeridoo Workshop: pre-registered participants will learn how to play the didgeridoo in an instructional workshop. Joe Gentile will give practice didges to each person to keep. Space is limited for the one-hour instructional event, so please register by sending contact information and $25 check (suggested donation; check made out to “Joe Gentile“) to SS Yoga, P.O. Box 1457, Shepherdstown WV 25443. All money collected goes to Joe Gentile’s “loving kindness” work. Both workshops at Harmony Healing Arts Center, 207 E. New St., Shepherdstown. Arrive early to find parking and assure space in class. More info at www.ssyoga.org (click on “Free Events”), or call 304-283-6188 or 304-876-6918.
SHEPHERDSTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; (closed Fridays); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Outreach: The Shepherdstown Public Library will supply books and/or audio recordings to those who cannot get to the library. Access to the Library of Congress talking books and large print books are also available to those who qualify. Call 304-876-2783 to make arrangements.
Library Board: For meeting dates and times, call 304-876-2783. The public is welcome to attend. Look for Friends of Shepherdstown Library on Facebook and become a friend.
TWO RIVER TREADS
Free weekly running training, injury evaluation and prevention and group runs hosted by Two River Treads.
Current groups meet at the C&O Canal, Cushwa Basin, Harpers ferry and Antietam. See www.trtreads.org for times. Come learn the basics of efficient movement, proper posture and core strength for running. Video gait analysis hosted by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Laura Bergman ATC and running specialist James Munnis. Tuesday 8-10 a.m. and Thursday 4-6 p.m. or by appointment 304-876-1100. This skilled service is offered free to our local community.
– From staff reports