Calendar

Meetings

Fayette County Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Thursday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the conference room of the FCHD at its new location at 5495 Maple Lane, Fayetteville. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

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

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 Thanksgiving Meal — The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will not be held in 2021 because of Covid-19, according to organizer Lesley Taylor. The dinner had to be canceled in 2020 as well. “The pandemic has hit so many people so hard. I worry about the folks who counted on the Community Thanksgiving Meal because they didn’t have anything else. It’s just heartbreaking on so many levels, from the folks who are in need to the folks who don’t have anyone else so they ended up volunteering and/or dining with us for the fellowship,” Taylor said. Taylor added, however, that the Community Thanksgiving Meal is not finished. “We’ll be back,” she said. “We will be back.”

Gauley Bridge Thanksgiving Dinner — The Town of Gauley Bridge will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Gauley Bridge Senior Center. The meal will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans and roll and, for dessert, pumpkin cheesecake or cupcakes. Coffee, tea, water and punch will be available.

Fayetteville Christmas Parade — The Fayetteville Christmas parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

Christmas Food Box — The 7th annual Christmas food box giveaway (no contact, drive-through) will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Gauley Bridge across from Gino’s. Food boxes are available to residents of the Gauley Bridge, Swiss, Jodie, Dixie and Twentymile areas. One box per car, per family. For more information, email vunderwood63@hotmail.com. Donations may be made via Go Fund Me, Facebook Pay, PayPal, Venmo or by cash or check. This event is supported by City National Bank and the United Way of Southern West Virginia.

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.

Blood Drive — Brookside Ministries will host an American Red Cross blood drive, Communities Coming Together, on Friday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church’s fellowship hall, 18419 Deepwater Mountain Road, Mount Carbon. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter to schedule an appointment. Maximize your blood donation and help more patients. If you are an eligible type O, B- or A- donor, consider making a Power Red donation. Red blood cells are the most commonly transfused blood component. Download the blood donor app at redcrossblood.org.

A Storybook Christmas Parade — The Town of Ansted will host A Storybook Christmas Parde on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Decorate your float like your favorite Christmas story or your favorite book with your own holiday twist.

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.

Free Covid-19 Testing — There will be free Covid-19 testing at the Gateway Center, 2 Greyhound Lane, Smithers on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required (wv.getmycovidresult.com). The event is supported by the West Virginia DHHR, WVU and WVCTSI.

Montgomery Christmas Parade — The Montgomery Christmas parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Lineup will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Montgomery Fire Department. Please enter the lineup from the fire department end of town. The theme this year is “Songs of the Season.” Bands, floats, military personnel, cheerleaders, walkers, classic cars and more all are welcome to take part. If you would like to participate, please contact Angela Tackett by Nov. 23 to be included in the lineup. You can email atackett@montgomerywv.gov or smitchell@montgomerywv.gov. For more information, call 304-442-5181.

Shining Hope Christmas Decorating Contest — Harmony for Hope is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Shining Hope Christmas Decorating Contest for those living within Mount Hope City, annexed. The event is free to enter and you may do so online at https://harmonyforhope.org/christmaslights/. New this year will be a special award for Most Festive Street in the Annexed City of Mount Hope. This year’s prizes include: first place – $100; second place – $50; and third place – $25. Gift cards will be awarded to the houses which come in as runners-up based on the judging criteria listed at https://harmonyforhope.org/christmaslights/.

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

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 November. All branches will have grab and go craft bags for the kids. Scheduled events for November 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 Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving. Fine Free Week runs through Saturday, Nov. 20. Ansted (FA, 102 Oak Street, Ansted, 304-658-5472) — storytime (Thursday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.), movie night (Tuesdays, Nov. 23 and 30, 6 p.m.), micro greens (Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — baby lapsit (ages 0 to 12 months, Mondays, Nov. 22 and 29, 11 a.m.), 4-H (Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m.), Girl Scouts (Tuesday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m.). Administration Office (FC, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, 304-465-0121 or 304-465-5664) — book club (Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — Family Game Time (Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.) and book club (Monday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m.). Mount Hope (FH, 500 Main Street, Mount Hope, 304-877-3260) — Dollar Decorations (Mondays, Nov. 22 and 29, 11 a.m.), Crafternoon (Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m.), family movie (Friday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.), storytime (Friday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.), Power of Play (ages 1-5, Friday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.), adult canvas painting (Monday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m.), Libratory (Thursday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m.), Lego/Knex (Thursday, Nov. 18, all day), Choose Your Own Adventure book club (Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.) and Make it and Take it (Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23, all day). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — Lego/Knex (Thursday, Nov. 18, all day), adult coloring club (Friday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.), find the turkeys (Friday, Nov. 19, all day) and Hanukkah craft (Monday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m.). Oak Hill (FO, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, 304-469-9890) — scavenger hunt (all month), storytime (Thursday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.) and baby lapsit (Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.). Bookmobile (FP, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, 304-465-5664) — Week 2 (to Nov. 19 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 3) and Week 1 (Nov. 22 to Nov. 23).

WVU Extension Service Book Club — The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) holds a virtual book club discussion on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. To join the Zoom discussion, visit https://wvu.zoom.us/j/97316133152?fbclid=IwAR19x7Nvm0XVIh8ai6N-QwVVVZv2dAi6daQyAUcdsQuWIHt_Vw309tQT9Vg#success, dial in by cell phone at 1-646-558-8656 or dial in by landline toll-free in the U.S. at 877-853-5257. The meeting ID is 973 1613 3152. Following is the remainder of the year’s scheduled book topics: Nov. 23 — Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.

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