Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville on the following dates: Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. for regular meetings at the BOE office in Fayetteville.
Montgomery City Council — The Montgomery City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.
Montgomery Historical Committee — The Montgomery Historical Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Community Building, 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery. The public is invited to attend.
Montgomery Area Lions Club — The Montgomery Area Lions Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Community Building, 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery, beginning at 6 p.m. Prior to the meeting, members are invited to gather at Gino’s at 5:15 p.m. for dinner. New members are always welcome.
Kanawha Valley Coin Club — The Kanawha Valley Coin Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the South Charleston Library, 312 4th Avenue, South Charleston, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the meetings. For more information about the upcoming coin show or club meetings, you can call 304-727-4062 or visit the website at http://www.kvcc.eznetway.com/charleston/php
Gauley River PSD — The Gauley River Public Service District meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the office at 29 S. Swiss Road, Swiss.
Morris Creek Watershed Association — The Morris Creek Watershed Association’s monthly meeting is the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the watershed office located at 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery.
Free Toy Drive — Bell Creek Baptist Church will host a toy give away on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be free toys for children ages infants to teens for parents and guardians to give to their children for Christmas. The toys will be available for adults to pick up and will not be handed out to children during the give away times.
Food Drive — The 5th annual canned/boxed food drive is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. across from Gino’s in Gauley Bridge. All donations will be given to EnAct Community Action located in the YMCA in Montgomery. Items may be dropped off early at Gauley Bridge Town Hall (ask for Pam) and New River Gorge Harley Davidson in Hico (ask for Kristen). Monetary donations are accepted as well. Send to Vicky Underwood at paypal.me/VickyUnderwood and mark as food donation.
Thanksgiving Meal — The 2019 Community Thanksgiving Meal will be held at the Lewis Christian Community Center at 469 Central Avenue in Oak Hill. Those dining at the center are invited to join the meal from 12 to 2 p.m. Anyone wishing to volunteer in any manner is asked to call Lesley Taylor at 304-382-1421 or send a message via the 19th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal page on Facebook. Financial contributions, as well as donations of items for the meal are welcome as well. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the meal can contact Taylor at the phone number above. Financial donations can be sent to Community Thanksgiving Meal, c/o St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901, noting “Thanksgiving meal” in the memo.
Toy Drive — City National Bank of Gauley Bridge is hosting a toy drive for Gauley Bridge Elementary School for this Christmas. Items needed include unused and unopened toys, hats, gloves, coats or stocking stuffers. All items donated will be taken to Gauley Bridge Elementary to help local families. Please have all donations in by Dec. 16.
Toy Drive — MGH Physical Therapy Department will be accepting toys for a local toy drive through Dec. 13. When you donate a toy, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 VISA/MasterCard gift card. Let’s help make Christmas better for the children of this community.
Burning Law Still in Effect — Although the state of emergency related to drought-like conditions across West Virginia has been canceled, residents are reminded that regular burning laws are still in effect. Until Dec. 31, no burning is allowed from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Any fire at other hours must be attended at all times. The area used for burning must be cleared down to the mineral soil for a minimum of 10 feet around what is being burned. If your fire escapes, you are liable for the costs of fighting the fire and any damage the fire may cause to others. Willfully setting fires is a felony and is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. To report suspicious fires, call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE.
Christmas Market Vendors Wanted — The City of Smithers and Fish Insurance Group will host the annual Christmas market again this year. The market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley PK-8 (former Valley High School). Vendors and food vendors interested in participating should send a message to the event host from the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/454648791808600/. There will be shopping, food and drinks, entertainment, prize drawings and Santa will be on hand with a gift for kids. Table rental is $20 with an additional $5 charge if power is needed. All proceeds will benefit the Fayette Starting Points Resource Pantry.
Oak Hill Christmas Parade — Oak Hill’s annual Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Storefront Christmas.” Entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 13. Line-up for the parade begins at 4 p.m. at Highlawn Cemetery in East End. Entries will line up in the order of arrival. Each entry will be given a number for judging purposes. Upon arriving, a designated person from each group should wait in a prearranged spot to guide the rest of the group to the appropriate area. The parade route is approximately two miles in length. As the parade is scheduled for the evening, each entry is recommended to have some type of lighting. Types of entries welcome include personal, business, social group, church, etc. in vehicles, on floats, walking or marching. For an application, visit City Hall or call 304-469-9541 and a form can be sent to you via fax, email or the U.S. Postal Service. Forms also are available at www.oakhillwv.gov.
Hope’s Christmas Town — The Hope’s Christmas Town events will be held in Mount Hope Saturday, Dec. 14. Following is the schedule of events: 1 to 4 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Mountainair Hotel; 4 to 9 p.m. — Hope’s Christmas Town Giving Stations; 5 to 6 p.m. — Winter Wonderland Parade; 6 to 9 p.m. — Live Christmas music at the Mount Hope Community Center; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Community Christmas caroling from Mountaineer Mart; and 8 p.m. — official tree lighting ceremony. For more information, visit the Hope’s Christmas Town and Winter Wonderland Parade event page on Facebook.
A Country Christmas — The Town of Ansted's Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join. The theme this year will be “A Country Christmas.” If you are interested in being in the parade, please contact Kathi Miller or Ansted Town Hall at 304-658-5901. Awards will be given out for first, second and third place votes.
Fayetteville Gingerbread Festival — Nestled in the picturesque mountains of West Virginia you can step back in time and enjoy Fayetteville’s Gingerbread Festival. Fayetteville gets all dolled up for the holidays celebrating with true small-town flair. Escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoy a getaway with your family. You can shop small and enjoy strolling around historic downtown as the town is transformed into a candy land with gingerbread decor throughout town. The festivities kick off Dec. 6 and run through the weekend. Included in the activities is the 2nd annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest. The gingerbread contest is open to those of all ages and all skill levels. Entries will be on display during the festival. Enjoy holiday shopping at the Fayetteville Women’s Club’s Christmas Craft show with over 50 craft vendors and at the Fayetteville Arts Coalition’s Holiday Sampler. Have breakfast with Santa at Cathedral Café. Watch your favorite Christmas characters come to life with Fayetteville’s Christmas parade Saturday Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Visit with Santa and his elves after the parade and enjoy cookie decorating, a craft, caroling, story time, hot cocoa, write letters to Santa and much more! Parade, vendor, and gingerbread contest registration forms are available at the Fayetteville Visitor Center and Town Hall. Or, for forms and a complete schedule of events, visit https://visitfayettevillewv.com/events/fayettevilles-gingerbread-festival-2/. For more information, call 304-574-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waste Tire Collection — The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection’s REAP program sponsor a waste tire collection the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Walmart off Route 19 at Fayetteville. The final collection date (as weather permits) for the year is Dec. 18. Only tires from state residents will be accepted, so please have your West Virginia ID ready at sign in. A 10-tire limit per person will be enforced. Tires (only car or light truck tires, 16 inches or less) must be off the rim. For more information, call 304-574-4339.
VA in Need of Volunteer Drivers — The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance is looking for individuals to volunteer one day a month to transport veterans to medical appointments for the Veteran Transportation Network. This program is designed to ensure that veterans without transportation have access to the health care they need. It is free to the veterans. Anyone wishing to volunteer to become a driver of veterans should contact the Voluntary Service Office at the Beckley VA Medical Center: 304-255-2121 ext. 4162 or 4556.
Harm Reduction & Recovery Program — The Fayette County Health Department hosts a harm reduction and recovery program every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. Many services are offered, including STD testing, needle exchange and supplies, immunizations, wound assessment and treatment, Naloxone training, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please call 304-574-1617.
Food Pantry — The North Fayette Food Pantry is operating a food pantry on the third Wednesday of each month for two hours, from 10 a.m. to noon, providing free USDA commodities to those who qualify, located at 5407 Midland Trail, Falls View, in accordance with federal and USDA policy. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
East Bank High School Alumni Association — The East Bank High School Alumni Association annually presents the Dana and Ethel Ervin Scholarships to deserving graduates of Riverside High School. For more information, or to support the fund, please contact President Bill James at 304-389-7251, Hope Stanley at 304-949-2931 or Nancy Pat Maloney at 304-595-1040.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Annual Children’s Community Christmas Party — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 will host a Community Christmas Party for children of the Montgomery and surrounding areas (baby through 12 years of age) on Sunday, Dec. 15. The party will start at 2 p.m. at Valley High School. The doors will open at 1 p.m. There will be gifts specific to the age groups. Pizza and fruit juice will be served. Santa will be there for a special visit. Bicycles will be awarded. For more information, call the Eagles Aerie at 304-442-8151.
Senior Luncheons — The Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA hosts senior luncheons the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All senior citizens are invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish.
Free Community Luncheon — The UKVSAC and the Booker T. Washington Community Center host a free community luncheon the third Tuesday of each month (no luncheon in November) at the community center, 24 Wyatt Street, London. Everyone is invited for free food and drinks. For more information, please call 304-389-0934.
Roll and Read — New River Health Association, in conjunction with Parents as Teachers, will join with the Fayette County Public Library system to present Roll and Read on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fayette County Library Headquarters building, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill (behind the Oak Hill Public Library). There will be a hot chocolate station and those in attendance will be able to watch “Frosty,” take part in a photo opportunity, visit different stations to make crafts and, at the end of the program, all children under age six will receive a copy of “The Itsy Bitsy Snowman” book to take home. Representatives of the WIC program and MountainHeart/Birth to 3 also will be on hand with information.
Drop-in Ornament Making — The Oak Hill Public Library will host its annual ornament drop-in on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Several different ornament crafts will be laid out all day long with instructions for you to make and take home for your tree. Drop in whenever you can. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 304-469-9890.
FAC Holiday Arts Sampler — Join the Fayetteville Arts Coalition’s 9th annual Holiday Arts Sampler on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Vitality Building next to Pies & Pints. Kick the event off on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. with a Sip and Shop experience; cash bar available. If you’re unable to make it on Friday, or you forgot someone on your list, you can shop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features art offerings including jewelry, pottery, photography, paintings, textiles, stained glass, handmade clothing and more. The Holiday Arts Sampler is part of Fayetteville’s Gingerbread Festival weekend.
Breakfast with St. Nick — Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School will host Breakfast with St. Nick on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost of admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Come take your photo with Santa. He’ll arrive at 8:30 a.m. There will be a silent auction to include front row seats at the school’s Christmas program and for other items, as well as a 50/50 drawing. There will be Christmas caroling by the SSPP students, as well as a writing station for the children to write letters to Santa. Vendor tables are available for rent to sell your merchandise, crafts, baked goods, etc. for $25 a table. If interested, call 304-465-5045 for more information.
Christmas Wrap Party — The Oak Hill Public Library will host a Christmas Wrap Party Thursday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Don’t wrap presents by yourself. Bring your wrapping supplies or use some of the library’s to wrap all your gifts. Bring a friend or a group to wrap together (adults only). Enjoy gift wrapping tips from your librarians, coffee and refreshments. For more information, call 304-469-9890.
Breakfast with Santa — Hawks Nest State Park will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 9 a.m.
Chair Yoga — There will be a chair yoga class each Monday and Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. at the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA in Montgomery. The class is free for YMCA members.
UKV Walking Group — Join the UKV Walking Group every Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. at the YMCA in Montgomery to walk a mile with the group. Community captains Jo Harris and Joyce Surbaugh will lead this weekly walking group to help provide a free opportunity in their community to be active. This is a beginner-friendly weekly walking group sponsored by Active Southern West Virginia that everyone is welcome to join. For more about Active SWV programs, visit https://activeswv.org/ and click on the Events Calendar.