Meetings

Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting — special meeting for work session — Monday, Dec. 20, Meadow Bridge High School, 11:30 a.m.

Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee — The Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Girl Scouts — The Girl Scout Troop 10451 in the Gauley Bridge area will meet Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church. The group will be making Christmas crafts, playing games and more. All girls K-12 are welcome.

CHS/OHHS Alumni Association — The Collins High School/Oak Hill High School Alumni Association holds its meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Alumni House at 103 Kelly Avenue across from city hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the alumni association.

Charleston Coin Club — The Charleston Coin Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Kanawha City Community Center at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 304-727-4062, email clff635@aol.com or visit the website at www.kvcc.eznetway.com/charleston/php.

Announcements

Community Christmas Party — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 will host its annual Community Christmas Party for children (baby through 12 years of age) of the Montgomery and surrounding areas on Sunday, Dec. 19. The party will be held at Valley Pre K-8 School. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be offered to the attendees while the children visit with Santa. An age-appropriate present will be given to each child in attendance. Tickets for drawings of the bicycles to be given away will be presented at the door. For more information, call the Eagles Aerie at 304-442-8151.

Wreaths Across America — Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum will host its Wreaths Across America ceremony and placement of 708 Christmas wreaths on Saturday, Dec. 18 at noon.

East Bank Sports/Activities Breakfast — All former East Bank High School athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, majorettes and band members are invited to a breakfast reunion Saturday, Dec. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. at East Bank Middle School in East Bank. Cost is $10 per person paid at the door. Proceeds go to East Bank Middle School. No reservation is necessary. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with old Pioneer friends and meet new ones.

Free Literacy Help — The Booker T. Washington Community Center in London hosts online help for adults who want to learn to read and write or improve their skills. Tutoring is one-on-one and free. Individual help is available for things like earning GEDs or passing driver’s tests. Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County, a Charleston-based non-profit, has supplied the center with Chrome books and virtual tutors. The Booker T. Washington Community Center donates the use of its internet service and a staff person to help first-time Zoom users get connected. Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County (LVKC) is tutoring virtually because of the pandemic. “We know many people who need reading help have been left out because they don’t have a computer or internet connection. We hope this will helps bridge the digital divide in Eastern Kanawha County,” Susan Leffler, vice president of the board of directors, said in a press release. The tutoring service is available to students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Booker T. Washington’s Executive Director Gloria Rhem says she welcomes the chance to help people in her community. “Our part of the county is often left out when it comes to services from Charleston. We know there are people in our area who need help with reading,” she says. The community center is located on U.S. Route 60 across from the cemetery in London. To sign up for tutoring, call Rhem at 304-389-0934. Covid vaccinations are recommended. Masks are required. Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County is an all-volunteer organization that has been teaching basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) for 40 years. Partial funding for their programs is provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Beckley VAMC Needs Volunteers — Looking for purpose or a way to give back to your community? The Beckley VA Medical Center needs you. The Beckley VAMC needs additional volunteers to help in various roles, including helping veteran patients who are in wheelchairs get to appointments in the Medical Center and becoming Disabled American Veterans (DAV) volunteer drivers. Due to Covid-19 concerns, many of our dedicated volunteers are unable to come to the Medical Center. Volunteers push more than 120 veterans – on a light day – to appointments through the Medical Center. They average between 14,000 and 24,000 steps a day! Because of visitation restrictions, these volunteers are needed more than ever. They fill a vital role in our everyday operations, ensuring veterans arrive to the right place at the right time. They put veterans at ease and make them comfortable. More than 1,300 southern West Virginia veterans rely the DAV Drive Network program. That is more than 10 percent of Beckley VAMC’s enrolled population of veterans. More than 20,000 miles are driven a month with an average of 500 veterans, many who are rural and without other transportation, riding along. If you are interested in stepping up to be a volunteer, please contact the Voluntary Service Office at vhabecvavs@va.gov or call 304-255-2121 ext. 4556. Beckley VAMC thanks the current volunteers, and hopes to welcome you soon.

Proper Disposal of Used U.S. Flags — The West Virginia Challenge Academy-South has agreed to accept damaged flags from the community and will dispose of them properly. This is a wonderful way for the cadets to serve the community and to teach proper flag protocol. There are two disposal locations. Please bring any old U.S. flags to Montgomery City Hall, 321 4th Avenue, Montgomery, or to Smithers City Hall at the Smithers Gateway Center, #2 Greyhound Lane, Smithers. Each location has a depository bin to accept tattered and damage flags, and they will be delivered to the academy for proper disposal. Mayor Greg Ingram of Montgomery and Mayor Anne Cavalier extend their joint appreciation to the WV Challenge Academy-South for this valuable and needed service to the community.

Bookmobile Available for Site Visits — The Fayette County Public Library is looking for businesses or groups that would be interested in having a visit from the Bookmobile. The Bookmobile can visit weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or whatever suits your group’s needs. The Bookmobile has a wide variety of items and if you need something in particular or an author you like officials can arrange for it to be onboard. Everyone is invited to visit the bookmobile to see what it has to offer. If you are interested in a visit from the Fayette County Bookmobile, please call 304-465-5664 to discuss scheduling.

Places to Go/Things to Do

Holiday Bazaar — The Gallery on 4th will host a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at its location at 414 4th Avenue, Montgomery.

Mount Hope Christmas Parade — The Mount Hope Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.

Walk 2 Wellness — Anyone interested is invited to take part in a Walk 2 Wellness on Mondays, Dec. 20, 27 and Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Smithers Gateway Center. The two-mile walk on the new urban walking trail, hosted by Active Southern West Virginia, is appropriate for all ages and experience levels. The trail is well lit, but feel free to wear reflective clothing or carry flashlights. Please dress appropriately for the cold weather.

Roll & Read — The New River Parents as Teachers (PAT) will host Roll & Read at the Fayette County Park, Beckwith, on Friday, Dec. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The group invites everyone to stop at the dining hall while driving through the park to view the Wonderland of Lights. PAT will offer a free book, activities and other goodies and Santa Claus will be on hand.

High Fitness Class — Active Southern West Virginia and the Fayette County Memorial Building have partnered to offer a weekly high fitness class. Active SWV utilizes its free Community Captain program to improve the lives and wellness of community members. The goal of Community Captains is offering free fitness programming for all skill levels. For the full list of monthly programming opportunities, visit www.activeswv.org/calendar Community Captain Sarah Edwards offers a free, fun class that incorporates interval training with pop music, and intense easy-to-follow routines. High fitness produces a high caloric burn and full body toning through moves that alternate between cardio peaks and toning tracks. High fitness can be modified to fit your level of fitness. No equipment is needed; just bring water. Classes are ongoing on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville. If you would like more information about this topic or starting a free fitness program of your own, please contact Elizabeth Raney at 304-254-8488 or email at volunteer@activeswv.com.

Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library has released its branches’ schedule of events for December. All branches will have grab and go craft bags for the kids. Scheduled events for December are listed alphabetically by designation. Patrons are asked to call to register for all programs or to make an appointment and for times. All branches will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25 for Christmas; and Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 for New Year’s Day. All libraries will be open for only 4 hours on New Year’s Eve. Ansted (FA, 102 Oak Street, Ansted, 304-658-5472) — storytime (Thursdays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30, 3:30 p.m.), movie night (Tuesdays, Dec. 21 and 28, 6 p.m.), intro to micro greens (Saturday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.), storytime (Thursdays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30, 3:30 p.m.), and adult book discussion (Friday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — storytime (Thursdays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30, 3 p.m.), present wrapping (Wednesday, Dec. 22, all day), Christmas crafting (Monday, Dec. 20, all day) and old fashioned Christmas (Tuesday, Dec. 21, all day). Administration Office (FC, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, 304-465-0121 or 304-465-5664) — adult book club (Thursday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — storytime (Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m.), Family Game Time (Saturday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.), Kitchen Witchery (Monday, Dec. 20, 5:30), and adult book club (Monday, Dec. 27, 6 p.m.). Mount Hope (FH, 500 Main Street, Mount Hope, 304-877-3260) — science and stories (Wednesday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.), wreath making (Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m.), Libratory (Thursdays, Dec. 16 and 23, 4 p.m.), Lego/KNEX (Thursdays, Dec. 16 and 23, all day), Deco (Monday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m.), Christmas parade (Saturday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m.) and adult book club (Tuesday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — storytime (Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 29, 5 p.m.), Lego/KNEX (Thursdays, Dec.16, 23 and 30, all day), adult coloring club (Fridays, Dec. 17 and 31, 3 p.m.), Christmas kisses candy guess (until Friday, Dec. 17), and Make Christmas Ornament Print (Friday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.). Oak Hill (FO, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, 304-469-9890) — Maker Space (make advent calendars, drop in all month, December), Christmas passport book (all month, December), storytime (Thursdays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30, 11 a.m.), baby lapsit (Tuesday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m.), and Frozen escape room (Tuesday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m., registration required).

Church

Christmas Eve Service — Witcher Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Friday, Dec. 24 beginning at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2206 E. DuPont Avenue, Belle, at the mouth of Witcher Creek. Everyone is invited to attend.

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