News in brief
Boy Scout Troop invites area youth to meetings
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 Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2438 U.S. 60, Hurricane.
For more information, call David Miller at 304-562-9271, ext. 6115, or Steve Caldwell at 304-562-9233.
Free group fitness trials offered at YMCA
SCOTT DEPOT -- Tri-County YMCA, 200 Carls Lane, Scott Depot, is offering free trials of its group fitness classes from Sept. 3 through Sept. 7.
The YMCA offers a variety of group fitness classes, including Boot Camp, Zumba, Kickboxing, Step, Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, and Silver Sneakers. Classes begin at 6 a.m. continuing through noon and at 4:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m.
For information on class schedules, call 304-757-0016.
Adult 5-on-5 basketball league now registering
SCOTT DEPOT -- Tri-County YMCA, 200 Carls Lane, Scott Depot, is hosting an Adult 5-on-5 Basketball League on Sundays, starting Sept. 15.
There will be an eight-week season plus single-elimination playoffs to determine the league champion. Teams will supply their own matching jerseys with numbers. Players must be at least 18.
Cost is $500 per team. Registration deadline is Sept. 5. Call 304-757-0016.
Registration deadline for racquetball is Sept. 3
SCOTT DEPOT -- Tri-County YMCA, 200 Carls Lane, Scott Depot, is hosting an Adult Racquetball League.
Games begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be a set schedule, but games can be rescheduled as long as all games are made up by the end of the season. There is an eight-week season and single elimination playoffs.
A-League is for players who have played in either an "A" or "B" bracket in a State Tournament. The tournament winner and/or regular season B-League winner has the option of moving up to the A-League next season.
Cost is $20 for YMCA members; $40 for non-members. A-League games begin Sept. 10; B-League games begin Sept. 12. Registration deadline is Sept. 3. Call 304-757-0016.
Arts in Action registering for autumn classes
HURRICANE -- Arts in Action, a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization that teaches artistic expression with a Christian influence, is registering now for group classes in dance, theater, art, percussion, cheerleading, music and martial arts.
Programs are located in Hurricane, St. Albans, Poca, and Charleston.
Call 304-419-4HIM (4446).
Dog Swim planned for Labor Day at Wave Pool
HURRICANE -- The annual Valley Park Wave Pool Dog Swim is planned for 6:15-8 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
The dog swim is a fundraiser and a chance for dogs and owners to enjoy the wave pool before it is closes for the season.
Donations will be accepted at the door for the Valley Park Dog Park. For more information, call 304-757-7584 or 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
Civic Chorus to being practice Aug. 27
HURRICANE -- The Hurricane Civic Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Larry Stickler from Marshall University and accompanied by Tom Minshall, will begin fall practice on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church.
No auditions are necessary. There is a $30 fee for the semester.
Women invited to self-defense course
HURRICANE -- The Hurricane Police Department will conduct a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class for women starting on Oct. 2. Classes will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks at Hurricane City Hall, 3245 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane.
"Our goal is to not only teach physical techniques in the event of an attack, but also to educate the women on how to prevent these encounters," Hurricane Police Cpl. J. R. Payne said in a news release.
The class fee is $50 and comes with a lifetime return policy. Any student who pays the fee can return to train at any RAD program in the country, free of cost.
For more information or to enroll in RAD, contact Cpl. Payne at 304-741-4872.
Church of God offers Divorce Care class
SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Valley Church of God, 4430 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, will host a new Divorce Care class.
The class will meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will need to purchase a $15 workbook, but the class is free.
"Don't go through the aftermath of a divorce alone. Let us offer support, encouragement and practical tools to help you get focused on a healthy future," the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt said in a news release.
Childcare is provided through the children's ministry of Teays Valley Church of God.
For more information call 304-757-9222.
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. Class will be held in the Commons at Valley Park in Hurricane.
For more information, call 304-380-3352.
HURRICANE -- Tennis lessons are available at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Lessons for beginners will be given from 2-4 p.m., and for intermediate players from 5-7 p.m.
The cost $8 per hour. For more information, call Tyler Newman at 304-553-9011 or Jon Knight at 304-541-4913.
To register, call the Park Office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission and Convention & Visitors Bureau is planning a Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Valley (Wave Pool) Park. Awards will be given at 4 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair and fall back into time with the music of the 1950s and '60s. There will be concession, special music and entertainment.
For more information, call 304-562-0727, ext. 101.
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 email@example.com.
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 the Putnam County Schools 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 -- The Giant Parking Lot Sale is planned for 8-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park.
Call the Putnam County Parks and Recreation office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10, to reserve a space for $15.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.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 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 -- 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.
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.
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 email 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.
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.