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News in brief: Church to give away free frozen turkeys

Nov. 11, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

Church to give away free frozen turkeys

HURRICANE -- Centerpointe Church is giving away 100 free frozen turkeys to any family that needs help this Thanksgiving.

The giveaway is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the church, 3218 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane (the old NAPA building).

Centerpointe Church, a new church, features a regular attendance of around 50, including many young families. It hosts modern worship services and encourages casual dress.

Kids on Mission to host Used Book Sale

HURRICANE -- The Kids on Mission group from Mount Vernon Baptist Church will sponsor a Used Book Sale and Lunch in the church gym at 2150 Mount Vernon Road, Hurricane, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Items for purchase include books, videos and CDs. Soup, desserts and drinks also will be available for purchase.

All proceeds will be used by the Kids on Mission to support a needy family at Christmas.

For more information, call Melissa at 304-553-3593.

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.

Yuletide in the Park to offer activities

HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks and Recreation's "Yuletide in the Park" will open Friday, Nov. 25, through Jan. 1, 2012. Stop by and see the animated lights throughout the park from 6 to 9 p.m.

Family activities are planned on Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 6 in the Community Center and The Commons.

Visit the County Park in Eleanor on Sunday, Dec. 4, and enjoy hay rides and activities for the whole family in the Old School House.

Dates, times and activities are subject to change.

Livestock Care and Standards Training workshops to be offered

WINFIELD -- The Putnam County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service are conducting two workshops to examine issues concerning animal well-being and abuse.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Fireside Grill in Teays Valley.

9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Old Winfield Courthouse.

Dr. Paul Lewis, associate dean, WVU Davis College of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, and Dr. Holly Spooner, WVU Extension equine specialist, will discuss ways to assess an animal's degree of well-being based on its body condition and overall appearance.

Clara Mason, a local DVM, will provide examples of court cases where she has served as an expert witness.

This workshop is intended to assist volunteers who will serve on the Putnam County Livestock Care and Standards Committee and be a guide for litigation concerning animal mistreatment.

Registration is mandatory. Call the WVU Extension Office for Putnam County at 304-586-0217.

Valley Park outdoor ice skating rink opens

HURRICANE -- The Valley Park outdoor ice skating rink is now open.

Admission is $5. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2-9 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays.

Call 304-562-0518 ext. 10 for more information.

Teays Valley Church of God to host Fall Fest

SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Valley Church of God is hosting a communitywide Fall Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Crafters and other vendors are welcome. To reserve a table for $15, call 304-757-4729.

Hot dogs, baked beans, and desserts will be available for purchase.

Teays Valley Church of God is located at 4430 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot, just east of exit 40 off I-64.

"For This We Give Thanks" luncheon open to public

HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Putnam County Rotary and the Teays Valley Lions Club annual "For This We Give Thanks" Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.

The cost of lunch is $20 per person, and it is open to the public. This event serves as an opportunity to gratefully acknowledge significant events and community progress in Putnam County during the past year.

Chet Marshall, an active Rotarian, church leader and pulpit guest, will speak. He is an executive coach, entrepreneur and public speaker who has many years experience in the medical and private management field, both as an executive and owner of several companies.

Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to help replenish the various community food cupboards throughout the county.

Reservations are required by noon Friday, Nov. 11, by calling the Chamber office at 304-757-6510 or emailing Chamber@putnamcounty.org.

Wreath-making class scheduled

HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & the Jr. Master Gardeners are sponsoring a wreath-making class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Valley Park Community Center located at Valley (Wave Pool) Park. The fee is $15.

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

Seminars to discuss animal behavior

TEAYS VALLEY -- The Putnam County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service are conducting a regional seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Fire-Side Grill in Teays Valley.

Dr. Paul Lewis, associate dean of WVU Davis College of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, and Dr. Holly Spooner, WVU Extension equine specialist, will discuss "Understanding Animal Behavior for Optimum Performance and Production."

Call the WVU Extension Office for Putnam County at 304-586-0217 to register.

Rotary Club selling poinsettias

The Putnam County Rotary Club is selling festive poinsettias as part of their fundraising efforts.

Proceeds will help support community projects.

Poinsettias come in a variety of colors and sizes. For more information, contact any Putnam County Rotary member or call Tri-County YMCA at 757-0016.

Annual turkey dinner scheduled Nov. 12

HURRICANE -- A Community Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

Carry-out dinners will be available.

The cost is $9 for adults; $5 for children under 12 and free for children under.

For more information, call the church office at 304-562-5903 or Jan Rowsey at 304-562-2053. There will be limited tickets at the door.

ADHD/ADD skills group being created

TEAYS VALLEY -- An ADHD/ADD skills group is being created in the Teays Valley area.

Strategies and topics of discussion will cover organization, procrastination, attention, social skills, anxiety, depression and anger/frustration. Limited spaces available.

If you are interested, call 304-972-6097 for more information.

PTO craft fair planned for Saturday, Dec. 3

TEAYS VALLEY -- West Teays Elementary School in Hurricane is looking for crafters and vendors for its 11th annual PTO Craft Fair. The event is planned for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Vendors may reserve a 10-by-8-foot space for $25. Set up will be available from 6 until 8 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Admission to the fair is free to the public. Vendor spaces are limited; to register or for more information, call Jessika Fisher at 304-412-1322.

Rock Around the Christmas Tree Dance scheduled

HURRICANE -- A Rock Around the Christmas Tree Dance is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hurricane Valley Community Center.

The free dance will include wagon rides and a disc jockey.

For more information, call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

Kids Fun Day offered at Hurricane Valley Community Center

HURRICANE -- A Kids Fun Day is set for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hurricane Valley Community Center.

The free event will include wagon rides, activities and crafts.

For more information, call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

Reindog Parade scheduled for Dec. 3

TEAYS VALLEY -- Dress up your pooch (or a really brave cat) and parade them with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at Valley Park Community Center in Teays Valley.

Prizes will be given for top dogs in three categories (small, medium and large breed).

Christmas brunch scheduled for Dec. 7

CHARLESTON -- Charleston W.Va. Christian Women offer a "Walking in a Winterland" Christmas brunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., SE, Charleston.

Tickets are $16, and reservations are required by calling Tina at 304-546-8215 or emailing CWVCW@yahoo.com by Monday, Dec. 5.

Rod Truman a former basketball coach from Ivy Dale in Clay County, W.Va., will speak on "How he learned winning isn't everything." The Little Big Band Trio will perform.

Columbia Gas will accept new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Receive a ticket for each toy for a special drawing.

Child care is available, but reservations must be made.

Putnam parks looking for class instructors

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for instructors to teach classes.

Anyone who has a trade and would like to teach a class is encouraged to contact the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

Putnam schools taking applications for Pre-K

WINFIELD -- Putnam County Schools is still taking applications for free Putnam County Pre-K. Pre-K services are delivered at 18 sites throughout the county, including elementary schools, collaborative private pre-k sites and head start centers.

To learn more about Putnam County Pre-K or obtain an application packet, log on to www.Putnamschools.com and select parents/community or contact Becky Meadows at 304-586-0500, ext. 1107 or rlmeadow@access.k12.wv.us.

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 recently opened April 1 at 2731 Main St.

Contact instructors directly for information: Loren Amsbary (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums), 304-208-7508; Bob Brown (guitar, bass, mandolin) 304-380-2853; Roger Copen (drums), 304-389-4853; and Valerie Betterton (piano), 304-757-1592.

Discounted pool passes are available

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation is offering discounted passes to the Wave Pool and County Pool for the 2012 season.

Individual or family season passes purchased now until Dec. 21 will be discounted by 25 percent.

Call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

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.

Beginning this month, the agency, in conjunction with Fred Clark, will begin weekly 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 has been formed 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.

New Zumba classes in Teays Valley

TEAYS VALLEY -- New Zumba classes are being offered at Slender You Toning and Tanning Salon, 3990 Teays Valley Road.

Zumba Toning on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Zumba All Levels on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Contact Edith Bourne at 304-881-7564, or at edithalva5@hotmail.com. Complete schedule at www.zumba.com .

Zumba Gold at Hansford Senior Center

St. ALBANS -- A new Zumba Gold class is offered at Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Zumba Gold is recommended to beginner and senior participants. Low impact and fun dance workout. Cost $5, no previous registration. You can contact instructor Edith Bourne at 304-881-7564, or at www.zumba.com.

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.

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