News in Brief
Chamber plans annual golf tournament June 24
HURRICANE -- Plans are being made for the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament, taking place on Monday, June 24, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
Major sponsors of the 2013 tournament are AEP John Amos and Baker Bonhert.
The Chamber is now accepting teams, hole sponsorships and door prize donations. Team sponsorships will be $650 for members, $725 for non-members. Confirmation numbers will be assigned for all registering teams and will be required the day of the tournament.
Hole sponsors are $175 for members, $200 for non-members. Businesses that sponsor golf holes or donate door prizes will be listed in the official tournament program. Door prize gifts provide an excellent means for businesses to showcase their products and services.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-757-6510.
Pipesounds concert set at Forrest Burdette church
David F. Donathan will accompany the Marshall University Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. David Castleberry, performing the Duruflé Requiem in the next Pipesounds concert, planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.
Cost for tickets is $10 for adults; $5 students; children younger than 5, free. Tickets are available at the church office, or at Hurricane Floral, 2757 Main St., Hurricane.
For more information call 304-562-5903 or visit www.pipesounds.org.
Kanawha Valley DAR set to meet April 13
CHARLESTON -- The Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at noon on Saturday, April 13, for a covered dish luncheon at the South Charleston Public Library.
Members are asked to bring a salad, a vegetable or dessert. The meat will be provided by the chapter.
Reservations are not required, but it is helpful for the hostesses to know how many to expect so please tell your contact person whether you plan to attend.
Jack Crutchfield, an amateur historian from Huntington, will speak on "Cemetery Research & Preservation." Hostesses will be Carolyn Rabalais and Patty Young.
The Chapter's two Good Citizen contest winners will be in attendance to receive their awards, accompanied by their parents.
Those attending are requested to bring Campbell product labels and Box Tops for Education for the Schools Committee and canceled postage stamps for the Veterans Committee.
Newcomers meeting set in Teays Valley
HURRICANE -- The next monthly meeting of the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, in the basement of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road.
The speaker will be past president Lori Armstrong, who will lead an introduction to yoga. Armstrong is a certified instructor who teaches yoga at the YMCA. Come learn about the health benefits of this activity. If you plan to participate, please dress casually.
The ladies of the church will prepare a full lunch and would appreciate a $15 donation per person. Please make reservations by the preceeding Thursday. All attending are also requested to bring a non-perishable item for the Community Cupboard.
Those new to this area or established residents just wishing to join a social group are welcome to join in Newcomer's activities throughout the year. Opportunities include: day trips, bowling, day and evening card games (Euchre), movie day, lunch bunch and shopping, book discussions, day and evening bunco, quilting, coffee bunch, library landscaping and more.
Celebrate Recovery group meets Thursdays
St. ALBANS -- Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that can help addicts overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. By applying the biblical principles of conviction, conversion, surrender, confession, restitution, prayer, quiet time, witnessing, and helping one another, the goal is that each person will find both a deep peace and a lasting freedom in Jesus Christ as they walk their own road to recovery.
A Celebrate Recovery group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at King's River Worship Center, 777 Mallory Lane, St. Albans. This group is open to anyone who is either suffering from an addiction, living with domestic violence or any other hurts in your past or present.
For more information, call the church at 304-727-4907 or visit www.kingsriver.org.
Generation Putnam to host Paul Daugherty
HURRICANE -- Generation Putnam will host Paul Daugherty of Generation WV for its April Speaker Series, planned for noon on Friday, April 12, at First State Bank.
Generation West Virginia is a statewide network of young talent organizations established to serve as a source of action and a voice for young talent across the Mountain State. The group represents the current and future generation of young leaders who want to contribute to our state's present and future success with energy, ideas, collaboration, and most importantly action.
Chamber to host women's conference
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Putnam County Chamber NOW (Network of Women) will host the 3rd Annual Women's Conference and Business Showcase, titled "Woman Up," from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Valley Park Community Center in Hurricane.
This conference is designed to provide women with the tools they need to continue to climb the ladder of success, according to a news release from the Chamber.
The schedule of events includes: an all-day Business Showcase; a panel discussion, keynote address and two additional presentations. Lunch catered by the FireSide Grille will be provided. Admission is $40 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members.
There are sponsorship and business showcase opportunities available. To become a sponsor, business showcase participant or to purchase tickets, contact the Chamber office for details at 304-757-6510 or email@example.com. You can also visit www.PutnamChamber.org for more information.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Putnam County residents are invited to enjoy a free hot dog dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Teays Valley Acres in Scott Depot. Teays Acres is located just east of Rocky Step on Teays Valley Road and is a community service of Teays Valley Church of God.
This community park is open daily from dawn to dusk and features a playground, restrooms, walking trails, sand volleyball courts, and a large picnic shelter.
"I think we are all ready for spring," said the church's pastor, Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt, said in a news release. "We want to celebrate the official opening of the park for the season by offering the community free cookout."
Bring a lawn chair, yard games and get ready for some spring fun. For more information, call 304-757-9222.
SCOTT DEPOT -- A support group for anyone who is related to or provides care for a special needs person of any age is invited to attend the Caregivers and Friends of Special Needs People Support Group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Teays Valley Church of God.
The support group aims to be a forum where people can offer listening ears, support, ideas and share information.
For more information or to RSVP, call 304-755-3976.
HURRICANE -- The Scott/Teays Lions Club is sponsoring a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Teays Valley Applebee's from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6.
Applebee's is furnishing the food for this event and club members will be your servers. The breakfast will consist of pancakes, bacon, juice, milk and coffee. Sugar-free syrup will be available.
The cost is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Scott Teays Lions Club Foundation Inc. and be used to furnish eye exams and eyeglasses for Putnam County citizens with a financial need. Except in special cases, Medicaid and Medicare do not provide eye exams nor eyeglasses for their subscribers.
For more information, call 304-757-8599 or 304-389-9724, or write the Scott/Teays Lions Club, PO Box 430, Scott Depot, WV 25560.
SCOTT DEPOT -- The XTREME Fitness Class at Potential Plus, a division of Teays Physical Therapy Center, offers a power and conditioning program to help people get in "the best shape of your life."
According to a news release from Potential Plus, "you will be pushed to your physical limits and will develop XTREME levels of: conditioning, core strength, power, speed and agility."
XTREME Fitness starts on Tuesday, April 9, and runs from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for seven weeks. Team discounts are available as well as private team training and personal training.
Visit www.potentialpluswv.com or call Matt or Brad at 304-757-7293 for more.
CHARLESTON -- A screening of the 1925 version of "The Phantom of the Opera" with an improvised organ accompaniment will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Charleston's St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street East.
Concert Organist Todd Wilson will be improvising the music as the movie unfolds. Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio; he is also director of music and worship at Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral, and House Organist for the newly-restored Aeolian organ at the Stan Hywet Home and Gardens, Akron, Ohio.
This event is co-sponsored by the Kanawha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Kanawha Organ Works.
Tickets will be available at the door for $5.
For more information, contact: Chris Nagorka at 304-727-5022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Co-ed teams are being accepted to begin play at Teays Valley Acres beginning Tuesday, April 16. The cost is $30 per person for the eight-week season. Ages 15 and up. All skill levels are welcome.
Form teams from your business, church or community group. Teams may have no more than three men on the court at one time.
Teays Valley Acres is located just east of Rocky Step Road off of Teays Valley Rosd. The site offers a playground for children, concession stand, restrooms, and hiking trails and is alcohol and tobacco free. Call 304-415-6198 to register or for more information.
WINFIELD -- Volunteers are needed to walk dogs at the Putnam Animal Relief Center, 1 Sabre Road, Winfield.
Walkers are needed from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is closed on Sundays.
Call 304-586- 0249 or Email: email@example.com .
HURRICANE -- Hurricane Little League will celebrate its 40th Anniversary May 4 and 5.
Plans include cookout on Saturday, Alumni Game on Sunday. Past and present players are welcome to attend.
For more information contact Lee Price at 304-395-3883 or go to facebook and request to join Hurricane Little League Group. Requests will be accepted immediately.
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting a beginners guitar class in the Commons at Valley Park, Hurricane.
Classes will be 6-7 p.m. Fridays, April 5 through May 17, and 3-4 p.m. Saturdays, April 6 through May 18.
The class is for ages 7 through adults. Cost is $52.
For more information, call instructor Neil Curry at 304-541-5793. To register, call the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
HURRICANE -- Parents are invited to bring children up to 12 years old to Super Saturday at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Valley Park.
Children can meet Batman, Spiderman and Captain America. The military, police and firemen will also be present, along with several more.
There will be games and activities. Kids are welcome to dress like their favorite superhero or like the real heroes of today, a fireman, soldier, or policeman.
The activities will be held in the Commons of Putnam County (formerly the Museum in the Community). For more information, call Karen Haynes at 304-757-7584 or the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 11.
HURRICANE -- The much-anticipated Once Upon a Time Princess Party has been planned for 10 a.m. until noon on April 27 at Valley Park, Hurricane.
This free event is open to girls ages 1 through 12. They are invited to come dressed as their favorite princess and have their pictures taken with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, Tiana, the Frog Prince, Tinkerbell and the Fairy Godmother. There will be princess-theme activities and refreshments.
No reservations are required.
For more information call Karen Haynes at 304-757-7584 or Putnam County Parks at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
WINFIELD -- Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is now training adults who would like to help other adults learn to read, or who would like to teach English to a non-English speaker. No experience is required and free training is provided.
Call 304-757-1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music lessons offered at Hurricane studio
HURRICANE -- Music lessons are now being offered at the Main Street Music Studio in Hurricane. Private lessons are offered for guitar, bass, drums, piano and mandolin.
The studio has moved next door to its previous location, and is now at 2729 Main St.
Contact instructors directly for information: Loren Amsbary (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums), 304-208-7508; Bob Brown (banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin) 304-380-2853; Roger Copen (drums), 304-389-4853; and Valerie Betterton (piano), 304-757-1592.
HURRICANE -- The Hurricane Civic Chorus has begun practice for the spring semester at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane.
The chorus is under the direction of Dr. Larry Stickler with Mr. Tom Minshall at the piano and organ. Rehearsals are held on the second and fourth Tuesday each month, and dues are $30 each semester. No auditions are required and membership is not restricted to Hurricane residents.
The choir's next performance is planned for 6:30 p.m. March 22, during Civil War Weekend at the Putnam Commons.
For more information, call Pamela Tabor at 304-562-6539.
HURRICANE -- Those new to this area or established residents just wishing to join a social group are welcome to join Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Activities throughout the year include: day trips, bowling, day and evening card games (Euchre), movie day, lunch bunch and shopping, book discussions, day and evening bunco, quilting, coffee bunch, library landscaping and more.
Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the basement of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road. The ladies of the church will prepare a light lunch and would appreciate a $10-$15 donation per person, proceeds going to mission work. Please make reservations for the meal the Thursday prior to meeting. All attending are also requested to bring a non-perishable item for the Community Cupboard.
HURRICANE -- VFW Post 9097 Hurricane has Bingo and grill open every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. Also there is Karaoke with Dynomite every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Saturday afternoons feature free food at the bar.
HURRICANE -- Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is accepting new students. Literacy Volunteers offers free, private reading tutoring to adults, ages 16 and older. All reading levels and abilities are accepted.
Call 304-757-1550 or email email@example.com for more information.
HURRICANE -- Zumba classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7- 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Commons located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park. Cost is $5 per class.
For more information, call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
HURRICANE -- Isshinryu Karate classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult at the Valley Park Community Center located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park.
Cost is $40 per month. Call 304-757-3442 for information.
SCOTT DEPOT -- The Scott/Teays Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Lions Clubs throughout the world -- totaling 1.3 million -- accepted the challenge issued by Helen Keller to be Knights of the Blind.
The Lions motto is "We Serve." All monies raised by the club are used to benefit the community.
If you would like to learn more, call Bill Hensley at 304-757-8599 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMETOWN -- A support group for caregivers of those with Alzhiemers Disease meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday every month at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 1st Ave. N.
Discussions are confidential. For information, call 304-586-2745.
HURRICANE -- Bob Ingargiola (7th Dan) will teach Isshinryu Karate classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult at the Hurricane Valley Community Center.
Cost is $40 per month.
Call 304-757-3442 for more information.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation is having Zumba aerobic dance classes from 7-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
Classes will be at the Commons located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park. Cost is $5 per class.
Call 304-562-0518, ext.10 for information.
CHARLESTON -- Free Zumba workout classes are offered to the public at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Union building conference room at West Virginia State University.
Advanced registration is not required.
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for instructors to teach classes. If anyone has a trade and would like to teach a class, please contact the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
Fitness studio offers new classes
HURRICANE -- Isla Bonita Fitness Studio, 3544 Teays Valley Road, across from Hurricane City Park, behind Ace Hardware, is offering a few new classes.
Belly Dance Basic Course, 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Email Edith Bourne at email@example.com or call 304-881-7564.
New Zumba classes (Zumba Gold and Zumba). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.
Yoga classes. Email email@example.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.
Boy Scout Troop seeks members
HURRICANE -- Boy Scout Troop 36, based in Hurricane, invites area youth to come to a meeting and learn more about scouting.
The troop stays active with camp outs, summer camp, games, food drives, community service projects and more.
The troop meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the First Baptist Church of Hurricane, 2635 Main St., Hurricane.
For more information, call David Miller, 304-562-9271, ext. 6115, or Steve Caldwell, 304-562-9233.
Program offers help to problem gamblers
TEAYS VALLEY -- The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, the program that operates the statewide 1-800-GAMBLER help-line for problem gamblers and their loved ones, is offering a support group in Teays Valley to help individuals struggling with a gambling addiction.
The agency, in conjunction with Fred Clark, offers therapy group sessions for one and a half hours a week for the duration of three months. Clark, a longtime mental health therapist and Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor, will facilitate the group.
Through the 11 years of operating the 1-800-Gambler helpline, the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia has received nearly 10,000 calls from problem gamblers and their loved ones. One of the main reasons Teays Valley was chosen as a site for this type of treatment is the helpline receives many calls from the Cabell, Kanawha, and Putnam county areas. Kathleen O'Neil, coordinator of this project for the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia said, "Teays Valley is in close proximity of where we receive calls from this three-county area."
Anyone who thinks they or a loved one may have a gambling problem is urged to call 1-800-GAMBLER to find out more.
Huntington's Disease support group formed
CHARLESTON -- A peer-led Huntington's Disease support group meets in Charleston for patients, families, caregivers and those at risk. The meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital.
For more information, call 304-549-3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hometown Senior Center offers activities
HOMETOWN, W.Va. -- The Hometown Senior Center, 100 1st Ave., Hometown, has several new announcements to share.
The Center is looking for quilters, singers for the senior choir and volunteers for various help. The Center is also offering a free scrapbooking class at 10 a.m. every Monday and Thursday.
A number of other activities are also available.
Transportation is available for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The service can also include stops at the grocery store, post office or pharmacy after lunch.
For more information, call the Center at 304-586-2745.
Swim classes available
SCOTT DEPOT -- The Tri-County YMCA continues to conduct SwimAmerica School at the Toyota Aquatic Center.
SwimAmerica holds classes for children ages 5 and older Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pre-School SwimAmerica classes for children ages 3 and 4 are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Cost is $55 for members and $75 for non-members. For more information regarding SwimAmerica or for information regarding infant and parent and adult swimming instruction, call the Tri-County YMCA at 304-757-0016 or visit the website at www.wildwaves.org.
Boys invited to Cub Scout meetings
ELEANOR -- Cub Scouts Pack 586 invites boys to come check out their meetings and learn more about scouting.
Pack 586 holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays at Eleanor First Baptist Church. Activities include games, character building activities and more.
For more information, call Cub Master Glen Armstrong at 304-586-1157.
Boy Scout Troop 164 invites youth to meetings
ELEANOR -- Boy Scout Troop 164, based in Eleanor, invites area youth to come to a meeting and learn more about scouting.
The small troop stays active, with campouts, merit badge work, summer camps, games, lock-ins, food drives and more.
The troop is led by Scoutmaster John Snedegar, with assistant Scoutmasters Marty Fertig, Markel Fertig and Jake Fertig. The troop meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Presbyterian Church on Roosevelt Boulevard in Eleanor.