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Calendar of Events for Feb. 25

By Staff | Feb 25, 2011


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.

FEB. 26

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. The retreat is free. Donations are welcomed.

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 yankee_in_virginia@yahoo.com or 304-535-1319. In case of inclement weather contact Ms. Weatherby to see if the trip is still on.


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.

FEB. 27

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.


The Shepherd University Women’s Studies Program will sponsor author and marketing expert Susan Benjamin in “You’re Better Looking Than You Think: How Commercials Undermine Self-Esteem” at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Legislative Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Betty Ellzey at 304-876-5208 or bellzey@shepherd.edu.


First Friday Coffeehouse will feature Philadelphia songwriter and multi-talented musician Charlie Phillips.The concert will be at the Trinity United Methodist Church Orchard House on Route 45, four miles from the four-way stop in Shepherdstown. The show will be preceded by a one-hour open mic where performers do two songs for an appreciative, listening audience. Doors open for social time and open mic sign-up at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.reverbnation.com/charlierphillipsmusic for more information about Charlie and to enjoy videos of his live performances. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, contact Steve Warner at 304-676-4422 or 304-876-2915.


Shepherd University presents “The Vagina Monologues.” Shows March 4 and 5 are 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.


The Course in Miracles study group will meet on Saturdays starting March 5 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Moon Cafe at the corner of Princess and High Streets. For more information, visit www.heartoftruth.org.


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.


The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk at Cool Spring Farm in southern Jefferson County. There is no fee and anyone who is interested is welcome to participate. Participants will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Martin’s Supermarket in the Jefferson Crossroads shopping Center off Route 340 in Charles Town. For more information, contact trip leader Kate Weatherby at yankee_in_virginia@yahoo.com or 304-535-1319. In case of inclement weather, contact her to see if the trip is still on. trip details may change depending on weather and recent bird sightings.


The Shamrock Scrambler will take place at the T.A. Lowery Elementary School to raise awareness and collect donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The race will feature a 5K and a 1-mile fun. There will also be a 200-meter “Tot Trot,” which will begin at 9:15 a.m. Registration and post-race awards will take place in the school’s cafeteria. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The 1-miler will start at 9:30 and the 5K will begin at 10 a.m. There will be prizes for top finishers in the different age divisions. The entry fee for preregistered runners by March 1 is $15; race-day registration is $20. You can register at www.active.com. For more information, contact Michelle Miller at michellemiller1234@frontier.com.


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.