News in brief
Church sponsoring annual Fall Festival
HURRICANE -- The United Methodist Women of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, are sponsoring the Fall Festival annual Arts, Crafts and Book event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the church.
Crafters and vendors will sell a wide variety of merchandise, including dolls, jewelry, wood items, hand crafted bags, unique fabric gifts and much more.
There will also be baked goods and candies, hot dogs and drinks for sale. Come visit with friends and look for gifts and decorations for the holidays.
This is the 43rd anniversary of the Annual Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts at Forrest Burdette.
For directions to the church, check out the web site, www.forrestburdette.com.
High school to host memorial service
BUFFALO -- Buffalo High School will have a community memorial service in honor of Rebecca Crockett at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20.
If there are any BHS students, alumni, and friends who would like to share their memories of Ms. Crockett, contact Debbie Martin via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shot choir to sponsor 5K run/walk Oct. 26
HURRICANE -- The Hurricane High School Red Hot Show Choir will sponsor the First "Red Hot 5K" Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The 5K Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. at the Wave Pool in Valley Park, Hurricane. Race day registration starts at 7:45 a.m. directly in front of the Wave Pool Office.
All proceeds go to support the activities of the HHS Show Choir during the 2013-14 season.
Any questions can be directed to Tom Smith at 304-206-7547, or email: email@example.com.
Local church set to host costume party
HURRICANE -- The Hurricane Church of Christ at 600 Midland Trail (the church on the hill by Hurricane Middle School) is hosting a Trunk & Treat Costume Party at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
It will be a fun evening for all with Trunks and Treats, costume contests, pumpkin decorating contests, lots of games with prizes to be won.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy all the food and fun plus a chance to win the grand prize.
For information call 304- 562-6491.
Community to host Trunk or Treat
SCOTT DEPOT -- All of the kids in the community through the fifth grade are invited to "Trunk or Treat" from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will be held at Kmart in Teays Valley and will feature decorated car trunks and characters in kid-friendly costumes who will give out candy to all of the "Trunk or Treaters."
Trunk or Treat is sponsored by the Teays Valley Church of God.
"We're expecting 1000 kids this year," the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt said in a news release. "We enjoy the opportunity to connect with the families in Teays Valley. The kids always have a blast. We appreciate Kmart being such a great community partner."
Kids are encouraged to dress in costume for this fun, Fall Harvest event.
Call 304-757-9222 for more information.
Kanawha Valley DAR set to meet Saturday
CHARLESTON -- The Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Conference Room of the Alzheimer's Association West Virginia, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, for a pizza luncheon and workshop.
Jed Bratcher, a member of the Lincoln County High School ROTC and the Kanawha Salines Sociey Children of the American Revolution will demonstrate the proper procedure for retiring the American Flag.
After lunch, members will have an opportunity to "Get to Know All About DAR." All committee chairman should be prepared to discuss the objectives of their committee.
People are invited to donate old American flags with embroidered stars to the chapter's "Stars "For Our Troops" project. Chapter members will cut the stars from the flag and place them in small bags with a note that says, "I am a part of our American Flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A. I can no longer fly. The sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are remembered." The stars are sent or given to Armed Forces and veterans.
Please let the telephone committee know if you will be attending. Hostesses are Connie Bowling and Donna Walker.
DUNBAR -- The City of Dunbar, along with Bayer Crop Science, is sponsoring a Boo Bash from 4-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 26. This event will be free to the public, and will include hot dogs, games and inflatable activities for all ages from 4 to 6 p.m., and then a bonfire from 6-9 p.m. and outdoor movie ("Hocus Pocus").
Everyone is welcome with or without a costume.
The event will be held at Dunbar Landing, which is the old Ames lot on the 10th Street Shopping Plaza.
CHARLESTON -- The Children's Theatre of Charleston will continue its 81st Season with a production of "Christmas in the Land of Oz." Auditions will take place at the CTOC workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 20. The workshop is located at 1007 Bigley Avenue in Charleston.
Roles are available for all teens, boys, and girls, ages 8 to 18. Every child/student is encouraged to audition. There are no fees to participate in CTOC productions.
You may register for an audition slot at CTOC.org. Walk-ins are also welcome during the audition times. Those who register are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to your audition time to complete your registration.
Performance dates for "Christmas in the Land of Oz" are Dec. 12 through 15.
An audition workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 18, also at the Bigley Avenue location.
For additional information on both the auditions and the workshop, visit CTOC.org.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Do friends and family not understand your illness? Do you feel alone with your pain and fatigue?
The Teays Valley Fibromyalgia Self Help Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at the FamilyCare meeting room, 301-Great Teays Blvd. in Scott Depot.
All those whose lives are impacted by fibromyalgia or would like to know about this disorder are invited to attend.
For further information, call Michelle Kosa, MSW, at 304-757-6999, ext. 23.
HURRICANE -- Christmas is coming early to the Putnam Farmers Market with Christmas in October, a day of fun for the family.
Planned for 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, the day will include games and prizes for children, and a crafts show that will provide inspiration for Christmas presents for family and friends.
Crafts selections will include woodworking, sewing crafts like aprons, quilts, crochet, homemade wreaths, floral decorations, scarves, hair bows, primitive wood crafts, jewelry, rugs, baby items, baskets and more.
The market will also offer its usual selection of baked goods, fresh produce and honey.
The Farmers Market is at Hurricane City Park.
HURRICANE -- A Craft Fair is planned at Lakeview Christian Church, 108 Lakeview Drive, Hurricane, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26.
Six-foot tables may be rented for $10; 8-foot tables for $15. Outside spaces (bring your own tables) $5.
All must be prepaid and no refunds.
There will be craft items, hot dogs, chili, chips, pop and homemade baked goods for sale.
For more information, call Penny Casto at 304-932-5544.
Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat
SCOTT DEPOT -- The Scary Creek Church of God, Scott Depot, is hosting a Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Activities include cake walk, face painting, hay rides, inflatables, a chili cookoff, crafts and bake sale, and Trunk-or-Treat beginning at dusk.
For more information, call 304-755-2840.
HURRICANE -- West Teays Elementary School in Hurricane is looking for crafters/vendors for its 13th Annual PTO Craft Fair.
The event is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and admission is free to the public. The vendor registration fee is $35 for a 10-by-8-foot (or equivalent) space.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Kellie Cook at 304-562-2665.
HURRICANE -- A Writers' Group is meeting from 5-6:45 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Putnam County Library, 4219 W.Va. 34, Hurricane.
The group is led by a published writer. Writers of all levels -- whether previously published or aspiring to become published -- are invited to this free group. Bring samples of your work for voluntary reading and group critique.
ELEANOR -- The GED will end on Dec. 31. The new high school assessment will begin in January 2014.
The Putnam Adult Learning Center in Eleanor wants to help interested individuals earn their GED before the format changes.
Call 304-586-2411 to register.
HURRICANE -- EnAct Putnam County has partnered with Hurricane Fire Department Auxiliary for a Winter Coat Drive.
New and gently used coats of all sizes for men, women and children will be collected through Nov. 15, then distributed to Putnam County families in need this season.
Drop-off locations are:
EnAct, Inc. 2727 Main St., Hurricane, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 304-562-6037.
Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department, 2716 Main St., Hurricane, anytime
HURRICANE -- Scary Creek Church of God will host a Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat, beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 26.
There will be inflatables, games, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, chili cookoff, cake tasting contest, crafts (spaces for rent $10), hot dogs and desserts for sale. There will be Trunk or Treating on the church parking lot.
Contact the church at 304-755-2840 or Angie at 304-755-1706.
BUFFALO -- The 26th Annual Buffalo Octoberfest is planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Buffalo.
Crafters, vendors, businesses, civic groups and church groups may reserve space for free to sell their goods or share information with the festival crowd.
Admission to the festival is also free for attendees.
There will be free music, living history demonstrations, a Family Funfest, WVU Tailgate, a cruise-in and more.
To reserve free vendor space, call 304-937-2747.
HURRICANE -- Applications are now available for the Arts and Crafts Fall Festival at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., in Hurricane.
The event is 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Call Jan at 304-562-2053.
HURRICANE -- Glad Tidings Assembly of God at 121 Mill Road in Hurricane will host its annual Shoe & Coat Giveaway from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
For more information, or to donate new or gently-used shoes or coats, call the church office at 304-562-3074 or email email@example.com.
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 campouts, 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.
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).
ELEANOR -- The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC or NSCC) is a congressionally chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals 13 to 17 years old about the sea-going military services, U.S. Naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. Another version of the NSCC, the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), exists for youth between the ages of 11 and 13.
The unit in Eleanor, W.Va., is currently forming and seeking adults with Navy experience to lead and children interested in joining. All interested should contact Chief Petty Officer McNeely or LCDR Totoro at 304-586-0326. Visit www.seacadets.org/public/ for more information.
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 -- Cavendish Music Studio's fall classes in voice, piano and keyboard are now in session, 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long. Winter and Spring recitals included, although participation is optional.
Call Judy Cavendish at 304-757-5201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and appointments. Located at 203 Summit Drive, Leslie Place, Scott Depot.
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.
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