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Calendar of Events August 3

By Staff | Aug 3, 2012


Families with school-age children are invited to view a free film to be projected on the back wall of the Shepherdstown Library at dusk on August 3 and 17. The films are sponsored by the Friends of Shepherdstown Library (FOSL).

The Library will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August. Every Friday all year round will still be a fine-free day! The Library is also open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Residents who are temporarily without power are reminded that they are welcome to visit the library to cool off, send emails, recharge cell phones, and so on.)

Children are encouraged to pick up a reading log in the Library’s Children’s Department, borrow library books, and earn prizes for reading (or being read to). Prizes include two movie passes, a swimming pass, a free bowling game, gift certificates to Four Seasons Books and One Two Kangaroo, and a treat from the Sweet Shop. August 6 is the first day to bring in a completed log and receive prizes. For more information, please call (304) 876-2783 or email splchild@martin.lib.wv.us.

The Library requests donations of gently used DVDs for adults and children. Either foreign or domestic films would be appreciated. Please drop off your donations at 100 East German Street.

The Library Board is seeking input about library services to be offered at our present location when it becomes a downtown annex to the new library. If you are interested in becoming involved in this Market House committee, or have questions, please contact Libby Sturm at (304) 608-2009 or libbysturm@comcast.net, or call the Library at (304) 876-2783.

Another committee is forming to study safety along Route 480 at Lowe Drive (the Clarion Hotel) which may become the entrance driveway to the new library. To join, please email Jeffrey Gustafson at gustafsonjm@gmail.com, or call the Library at (304) 876-2783.


Have a cat or dog that needs spay or neutering? Reduced prices available through non-profit Spay Today! NEW vets over a WIDE area! For more vets and MORE info: www.baacs.org or 304-728-8330.

Beginning and intermediate Bridge players are invited to join an informal group meeting every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church. All are welcome and walk-ins are encouraged. For more information, contact 876-2661 or 876-0751.

Come to the Clarion Fitness Center in Shepherdstown for SALGA YO, a new class with Jeanne Fisher which incorporates the gentle stretching of yoga before and after 30 minutes of Salsa and other Latin-based dance cardio will be held at the Clarion Fitness Center on Wednesdays at 9:10 a.m. Call for more information at 304-870-7011.

The Shepherdstown Museum, at the corner of German and Princess streets, is open on weekends from April through October and during Christmas in Shepherdstown. Hours are: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The museum tells the history of Shepherdstown and of the Entler Hotel, in which it is located. For more information, contact Cheryl Gregory, Historic Shepherdstown’s Administrator at 304-876-0910, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During July, the Museum will also be open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Blue Ridge Community and Technical College invites the public to visit the new campus from 2-5 p.m. for Friends and Family Day. The new Main Campus is located conveniently on Route 45 West, past The Commons at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. Courses begin at the new location during the Fall 2012 semester. Members of the community are welcome to visit the campus to learn about new programs and the Admissions process. BRCTC offers more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training. For more information, please call 304-260-4380 or visit our website at www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

August 4

Join The Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative (WSAC) for our one-year anniversary celebration as they open a new exhibit titled “Red, HOT & Cool” on with a reception open to the public from 1 5 p.m. at our gallery in the Charles Town Visitors Center.

Featured in the new exhibit are paintings, photographs, art glass, pottery, furniture, collage and multi-media works by Co-op member artists Bruce Chandler, Gary Bergel, Ginny Fite, Frank Ceravalo, Earl Mills, Mary Jo Bennett, Suzanne Ravgiala, Joe Bourgeois, Joanna Athey, Rip Smith and many others.

August 7

The Charles Town Library will host a program with Mary Koonce, who will demonstrate the art of flower arranging. The program will include a demonstration of flower arranging as well as a Power Point presentation. Koonce will present different flower arranging styles that were popular during various historical periods. A member of the West Virginia Garden, Inc., and past president of the Washington Daffodil society, Koonce has judged many flower shows in this country as well as abroad.

A $10 donation is requested to aid in the operation of the library. The event will be held in the downstairs meeting of the library from 7-8 p.m.

August 11

New Street United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Peach Festival on , from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade peach pie (by the slice), peach crisp, homemade peach ice cream as well as country ham and other sandwiches will be offered for sale. Whole pies may be available after 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

A reception will be held for Mr. Bill McGinnis from 2-4 p.m. at the South Jefferson Library. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.McGinnis is the featured artist for the months of August and September. This is the first showing of his paintings, which are mostly abstracts in acrylic. McGinnis, who is 78 years old, a former Marine, was a cattle rancher by profession for most of his work life and didn’t start painting until after he moved to West Virginia after his retirement — and a heart attack — to be closer to family and grandchildren. For further information contact Sue Floyd at the library, 304 725 6227.

August 16

The West Virginia Division of Highways has scheduled an informational public workshop to gather suggestions on improving U.S. 340. The department says the meeting in Bolivar from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bolivar Community Center will focus on congestion and mobility issues along Route 340 at Harpers Ferry. The public will be asked to offer their ideas.

Transportation officials in West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia are looking for ways to reduce congestion on U.S. 340. A study of traffic on the highway is planned from Charles Town to Frederick, Md. The study will include a section that runs through Loudoun County, Va. The West Virginia Division of Highways is conducting the study.

August 18

As part of an ongoing effort to serve our community by providing instruction about things that interest people, Oakland Church in Charles Town is offering book writing and publishing workshop as part of their community education. This workshop is in conjunction with author/publisher Lauren Carr of Acorn Book Services.

Lauren Carr’s Book Writing & Publishing Seminar: Make That Dream of Becoming an Author a Reality from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for $15. Lunch is included. Course fee to cover lunch and the cost of the class materials. For more information about these or upcoming courses at Oakland Church, located at 70 Oakland Terrace in Charles Town, contact the church office at 304-725-3737, or go to their website at oakland-church.net.

The Charles Town Library will host a presentation by Shepherdstown resident Robert Danno, author of the book “Worth Fighting For.” The event will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the community room at the Charles Town Library, 200 East Washington Street in Charles Town. “Worth Fighting For” is an account of National Park Service Ranger Robert Danno’s fight against federal bureaucrats’ decision to allow a billionaire to cut down a stand of protected trees. Danno will give a Power Point demonstration of the events discussed in the book. In addition, he will answer questions about the book. Books will be available for purchase.

All exhibits for the Jefferson County Fair must be entered between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Those without an exhibitor number should report to the Ruritan pavilion to obtain a number. Fair festivities begin later in the evening and run through August 25.

Sept. 4 and 6

A T’ai Chi class will be offered at Shepherdstown Elementary School 6:30-8 p.m. starting Thursday, September 6, 2012 for nine weeks. A second class is offered starting Tuesday, September 4, 2012 for nine weeks at Wright Denny Middle School 6:30-8 p.m. in Charles Town. To register for either class to improve your fitness and balance, call Adult Education 304-728-9237. For questions on content call Eldon Winston 304-264-4783.