SHEPHERDSTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Nov. 20 It's "Read to Me Day," celebrated during "West Virginia Family Reading Week," (Nov. 16 to 22), plus November is "Picture Book Month." Families are invited to borrow some Thanksgiving stories or some brand-new, award-winning picture books.
Wednesday, Nov. 26 The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 27 Closed to observe Thanksgiving.
Friday, Nov. 28 The Library will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lots of books on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Solstice for children to borrow.
Dec. 5: New members are always welcome at the FOSL (Friends of the Shepherdstown Library) Book Club. The group usually meets the last Friday of each month at 4:00 in the Shepherdstown Library, but will not do so in November. They plan to discuss The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on Dec. 5. Visit 100 E. German Street or call (304) 876-2783 to find out how you can borrow a copy of this "mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written" novel.
Need to get the cat or dog spayed or neutered? Contact Spay Today -- our area's non-profit, reduced-fee spay and neuter program. Many vets to choose from covering a wide area. New vets added. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can also be obtained at lower rates. Contact Spay Today: www.baacs.org or 304-728-8330.
Intermediate Bridge players are invited to join an informal group meeting every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Chapel. All are welcome and walk-ins are encouraged. For more information, contact 304-876-6244.
The Shepherdstown Museum, at the corner of German and Princess streets, is open on weekends from April through October, on July 4, and during Christmas in Shepherdstown. Public hours are: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Visits can be arranged at other times by calling 304-876-0910 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Ricco Gallery announces a timely exhibit of photos of daily life in Syria before the war, featuring the work of Shepherdstown photographer Hyang Suk Oh. The works in the show depict everyday life in Damascus, based on Oh's month-long visit there in 2009. Subjects of the photos range from children playing or eating ice cream cones, to vendors of spices and food in the bazaars. For more information, call 304-870-4175 or email: email@example.com. Exhibit will run through Dec. 24.
"Story Time: Transforming Your Life Through the Power of Story" is a gathering for individuals of any faith or no faith who wish to open themselves to the power of their imagination to make significant changes in their lives. Each week we explore story from a different approach and we see where each of us "comes in" to the story. Besides shifting our personal stories, this gathering also serves to increase the bonds of community. The co-facilitators of Story Time are Bill & Linda O'Brien both of whom have been involved with the care of souls for decades and have lived in Shepherdstown since 2005. Story Time meets on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. in Hendrix Hall in the St. Agnes Parish Center at 106 S. Duke Street in Shepherdstown. A donation of $10 per night is requested to defray expenses. This is a drop-in event that will continue every Thursday through December 11th. If you have questions phone 304-876-6071.
"The Lost Roads of Jefferson County" is a talk by David Bullock. At Middleway Community Center, 112 East St., Middleway at 7 p.m. Bullock will describe and discuss 18th and 19th Century roads that have been abandoned in the county. Sponsored by the Middleway Conservancy Association and admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 304-728-6400 or check www.MiddlewayConservancy.org.
Jefferson County Parks and Recreation will host their annual Wee Warrior Dash at 10:30 a.m. at Sam Michael's Park. Kids ages 3-15 are invited to join in this one-mile obstacle fun run. There is no cost to participate. Afterward, visit the Community Center for the annual craft fair and chili cookoff.
A tree planting is scheduled at Morgan's Grove Park. The Shepherdstown Community Club is initiating the planting and volunteers are still needed. Please contact Art Wineberg or come out to the park.
Join the Shepherdstown Community Club for their annual Thanksgiving meal and program. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal and stay for a presentation by story-teller Adam Booth. Cost for the meal is $15. Please RSVP to Toni Milbourne, 304-702-30026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County invites you to Breakfast With the Delegates, at 9 a.m. at the Bavarian Inn. The breakfast is an annual League-sponsored event that allows legislative leaders to interact on issues of interest to the League and to the public. There will be questions from the League, and there is always time for questions from the attendees. Breakfast is $11 for the classic meal or $6 for continental breakfast, payable at the door. There will be room for people who do not wish to eat. Replies are appreciated in order to arrange for adequate seating. RSVP with breakfast choices to Dannie Wall, email@example.com or 304 728-7181.
The Shepherdstown Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association, will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at the corner of King and High streets and will be hosted by the Shepherdstown Society of Friends (Quakers). The service begins at 4 p.m. and will celebrate our shared harvest of gratitude, giving thanks for those events and moments that have enriched our lives and raised our spirits in the past year. The Shepherdstown Elementary School Chorus, Chelsea McBee with Lucia Valentine, and St. John Baptist Church will provide music.
The offering of non-perishable goods and monetary gifts will benefit both the Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM) and Caring Cupboard, a faith-community supported program that provides nutritional weekend meals for Shepherdstown school children. The offering for Caring Cupboard should be in the form of checks or cash. The JCCM Food Pantry seeks non-perishable food items. For more information contact Marie Tyler-McGraw at (304) 876-3540 or Joan Fisher at (301)416-2827
Prajnaparamita means "Heart of Understanding." It is recited daily in Buddhist temples all over the world yet it can be difficult for westerners to comprehend. The wisdom it contains though can be life changing. From 7-9 p.m., Bill O'Brien will offer an evening of reflection and explanation of this central Buddhist scripture (or "sutra"). Participants will receive a copy of the sutra in the form of a two-page handout. A period of Loving Kindness Meditation will be included. No previous experience necessary. A deeper and more energizing experience of life is the key gift of this sutra. Bill O'Brien is the founder and director of the non-denominational Nathaniel Center for Spiritual Growth. The evening on Prajnaparamita will take place at his home, 318 Shepherd Lane off 480 by Morgan's Grove Park. Fee for the evening is $25. To register phone 304-876-6071.
Contra Dance: Nils Friedland calls lively contra dances at our annual holiday dance to the fine music of Elke Baker on fiddle, Paul Oorts on guitar, mandolin, accordion, and more and Marc Glickman on piano at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building. Beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m., dance starts at 8 p.m. All levels welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Admission is $10 adults, $7 SMD members, $4 dancers under 12 years old. Community Potluck supper at 6 p.m. For information contact Becky at 876-2169 or see the web page at www.smad.us.