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Children welcome to Putnam children's chorus

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- The Putnam County General Children's Chorus is an upcoming (created by the youth, for the youth) chorus for children in Putnam County, grades one through eight.

This will be a non-audition and non-profit chorus, meant to offer an experience in the choral arts, as well as help to develop social skills in Putnam County's youth.

All children are welcome and no experience is required. Rehearsals are expected to be held at St. Tymothy's in the Valley, two nights a week, beginning in the fall.

For more information, or to sign up your child, please email pcgchildrenschorus@gmail.com.

Church to expand after school program

SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Valley Church of God announces the expansion of its After School program to include students of Mountain View Elementary School. The church also serves Eastbrook and Scott Teays Students.

Students in the program will receive a snack, homework assistance, and a variety of recreational opportunities all in a caring, Christian environment. TVCOG'S After School care features part-time options along with full-time care until 6 p.m. The program runs on Putnam County School's calendar.

Space is limited, and students are enrolling now. For more information, visit www.tvcog.org. or call 304-757-9222. Teays Valley Church of God is located at 4430 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot just east of exit 39.

Hurricane City-wide Yard Sale set for Aug. 17

HURRICANE -- The annual City-wide Yard Sale is planned for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Hurricane.

For those who want to sell items, but live outside of Hurricane, spaces may be rented at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. Cost is $10 per parking space.

Call Jan at 304-562-2053 to reserve a space.

Putnam park board hosts photography class

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting a photography class taught by Laura Moul. Classes will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 6, 13, and 20, at the Commons of Putnam County.

For more information, call Moul at 304-743-8281 or visit www.moulphotography.com.

To register, call the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

Summer Gardening Series starts July 20

HURRICANE -- The WVU Extension Service, Putnam County Master Gardeners, and Town and Country Supply, Inc., began a Putnam Summer Gardening Series beginning on July 20.

The classes are 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays at Town and Country Supply. They are open to the public and free of charge.

The titles of the remaining classes are: Growing Perennials, July 27; Introduction to Square Foot Gardening and Integrated Pest Management, Aug. 3; Attracting Pollinators in your Garden with Flowers, Aug. 10; and Back Care for Gardeners and Farmers on Aug. 17.

For more information, call Town and Country Supply Inc. at 304-755-3520 or the WVU Extension Service Office in Putnam County 304- 586-0217.

TEAYS VALLEY -- West Teays Elementary School will host new student registration from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on July 26 at the school.

Parents or guardians should bring proof of residency, child's immunization records, birth certificate and Social Security card.

TEAYS VALLEY -- The Greenhouse of Teays Valley is hosting an Uncork and Create benefit for Tri-County YMCA on Aug. 8.

Participants will enjoy wine and learn how to create their own work of art. Tickets are $75; $25 of each ticket goes to the YMCA for its Financial Assistance Campaign, which provides to individuals and families for YMCA programs and memberships.

For more information, contact Development Director Jennifer Piercy-Igo at Tri-County YMCA at 304-757-0016.

RED HOUSE -- Hometown Elementary School new student registration will be 9 a.m. until noon on Monday, Aug. 5.

Parents or guardians should bring the child's birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card and proof of residency.

HURRICANE -- The Putnam Farmers' Market is in full swing and now open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Most of the participating farmers pick their produce just before coming, so it's as fresh as possible.

The market is also accepting EBT and debit cards.

The market is located at Hurricane City Park.

For more information, call 304-924-1736.

HURRICANE -- The Putnam Farmers' Market has planned an inaugural 5K run/walk.

The "Veggie Disaster" will be 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 10 at Hurricane City Park.

The Early Bird discount period has passed, but you can still save some money by registering soon:

Late Bird Rate: $45 after June 30

Angry Bird Rate: $50 on Aug. 9

Looney Bird Rate: $55 day of race.

For more information, contact Mike Null at immiken@gmail.com or 304-437-6802, or Chrissy Foster at clfoster1974@frontier.com or 304-743-0684.

You can also visit PFMVK.weebly.com.

HURRICANE -- Teays Valley Tennis Center is going to offer a special 10-and-under USTA program on July 22-25. Limited number of spots available. Four hours of tennis instruction for $35.

Call 304-757-0086 to reserve your spot.

HURRICANE -- The elementary schools in Putnam County will be hosting kindergarten registration later this summer for those who missed it in the spring or who are new to the area.

Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Mountain View Elementary in Scott Depot, and on Friday, Aug. 9, at George Washington Middle School in Eleanor.

Students can register at either location to attend the Putnam County school for which they are zoned. Parents who are unsure of their school zone can call 304-586-0500, ext. 1103.

Registration is by appointment at both locations. Call 304-586-0500, ext. 1178 to make an appointment. Children must be 5 years old prior to Sept. 1.

Parents and guardians must bring their child, an official birth certificate, up-to-date immunization records, the child's Social Security card, proof of residency, completed packet and completed physical examination form.

CHARLESTON -- The Kanawha State Forest Foundation has announce its Kanawha State Forest Photography Contest for 2013.

If you have an interest in nature photography, now is a good time to get out to Kanawha State Forest and try your skills at capturing the beauty and appeal of the area. All submissions due by Aug. 1.

For more information and contest rules, visit www.kanawhastateforest.com/events.html

SCOTT DEPOT -- Leaps & Bounds Early Learning Center at Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, 4122 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year.

The half-day preschool program is for children 18 months to 5 years. Registration forms are available at the school or online at www.teaysvalleypresby.com.

For questions or more information, call 304-757-6073.

SCOTT DEPOT -- Huntington native Judith Cavendish has returned to West Virginia after spending the last 15 years performing and teaching in Baltimore and Columbia, Md. She has music degrees from Marshall University and did her doctoral studies at WVU's Creative Arts Center.

She has opened a private studio in voice/piano/keyboard at her home at 203 Summit Drive, Scott Depot. For more information, call 304-757-5201 or email jlcav777@aol.com.

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.

"We believe that regardless of your past or current situation, there is hope for a brighter future. If your desire for your life is peace and freedom from bondage, come join us on this Road to Recovery," a news release from the group stated.

For more information, call the church at 304-727-4907 or visit www.kingsriver.org.

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: putnamanimalshelter@frontier.com.

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 putnamliteracy@yahoo.com.

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 -- 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.

The group is taking a break for the rest of the summer, but plans will be announced for a September meeting.

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.

For reservations, contact Ginny Ochsner at ochsner@suddenlink.net or 843-247-6803, or Vyvyanne Gilliland at avonvyvy@yahoo.com.

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 putnamliteracy@yahoo.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.

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 billybh@suddenlink.com.

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 edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564.

New Zumba classes (Zumba Gold and Zumba). Email edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.

Yoga classes. Email edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.

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 debarm@suddenlink.net.

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.