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Children's chorus is open to Putnam kids, no experience required

Aug. 09, 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 expands 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.

Park board hosting ballet/tap classes

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting a Ballet/Tap class from 4-7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Sept. 9, in the Commons at Valley Park in Hurricane. Sign-ups will be 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Commons. For more information, call 304-380-3352.

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.

ELEANOR, W.Va. -- Putnam County Schools Title I program will have its annual Back to School Blast from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center in Eleanor.

Community members will provide information about special programs and services that are available in Putnam County. Also, students who attend will receive free school supplies. School supplies are available for all grade levels kindergarten-12.

Non-profit groups that offer free services to Putnam County residents are encouraged to attend the Back to School Blast by calling 304-586-0500, ext. 1107, to learn how to participate.

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: 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.

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.

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.