Meetings

Fayette County Commission — Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at follows for 2018: Dec. 7 and 21. The agenda for the Dec. 7 meeting is as follows: 9 a.m. — exonerations (Assessor Eddie Young), approve vouchers and invoices, approve first half payroll for December 2018, approve minutes of prior meetings, approve estate settlements (Debbie Berry, county administrator); 9:15 a.m. — HAVA grant contract (Alicia Treadway); 9:30 a.m. — USDA grant partnership agreement (Kelly Jo Drey); 10 a.m. — CD options with the county (Jonathan Grose, City National Bank); 10:30 a.m. — radio issues (Kevin Walker); and 11 a.m. — financial update (Ruth Lanier, staff accountant).

KFPSD — The regular board meeting of the Kanawha Falls Public Service District is the second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the office in Gauley Bridge. The public is invited to attend.

Gauley Bridge — The Gauley Bridge Town Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Council meets on the second Tuesday at Town Hall and on the fourth Tuesday at the Community Center (old GBHS). The town committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. For more information, call 304-993-1914.

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/

New River Humane Society — The New River Humane Society meeting will be held at Los Vaqueros on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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.

Announcements

Canned/Boxed Food Drive — The 4th annual Canned/Boxed Food Drive hosted by Vicky Underwood and Missy Kise will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Belva. All donations will be delivered to EnAct in Montgomery to share with local residents in needed. Monetary donations can be mailed to Vicky Underwood at PO Box 1003, Gauley Bridge, WV 25085.

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. 16 starting 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.

Pictures with Santa — Santa is coming to town. Santa will be at Cabin Creek Health Center, Dawes, on Friday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Come out and get your free picture taken with Santa.

Swim with Santa — Swim with Santa on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA (5:30 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for non-members). The event is free for YMCA members with a $2 fee for non-members. There will be music and gifts for the kids. For more information, call 304-981-2517.

East Bank Christmas Parade — The East Bank Christmas Parade, sponsored by the East Bank Middle School Pioneer Band, will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

Montgomery Christmas Parade — The Montgomery Christmas parade, The Magic of Christmas, will be held Friday, Dec. 7. Santa Claus will be at community center from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with the parade following at 7 p.m. For information on registering, please call City Hall at 304-442-5181.

Gauley Bridge Christmas — Santa’s Corner is set for 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Ruby Winebrenner Community Center (old high school). There will be a free dinner for everyone and you may take photos of your children with Santa Claus. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., with line-up beginning at 5 p.m. at the tennis courts up Scrabble Creek. To register for the parade, call Town Hall at 304-632-2505.

Mega Christmas Market — There will be a Mega Christmas Market at Valley High School in Smithers Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. The second annual event is hosted by Fish Insurance Group, LLC and The City of Smithers. Everpulse will perform and there will be lots of opportunities for Christmas shopping, food and drinks, prize drawings and the youngsters can meet Santa Claus. All vendor fees will go to support Aiden’s Antics. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Fish Insurance Group at beth_fish@farm-family.com. Cost is $20 per table or $25 with power. There will also be a canned food drop off point. For more, or to see a list of vendors, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/401816926973785/.

Mount Hope Christmas Parade — The It’s A Charlie Brown Christmas Parade in Mount Hope, hosted by Harmony for Hope, will be Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Anyone wanting to have a group in the parade is asked to please contact Carrie Kidd at 304-860-7843.

Winter Wonderland of Lights — The always popular Fayette County Park Winter Wonderland of Lights runs through Dec. 30 at the park in Beckwith. Entry is $5 per vehicle (not per person). Santa Claus will drop in for visits on the grounds every Friday and Saturday until Dec. 22, before he has to begin gathering his forces for his long Christmas trip. He will be available to pose for photos with the children on those dates. Special appearances also will be staged on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Elsa and Olaf, characters from Disney’s Frozen, will appear on Dec. 9, and the Grinch will make a visit on Dec. 16. The Winter Wonderland will feature live caroling, with participation by the Collins Middle School band and choir. There will also be free holiday crafts sessions for the children on select nights. Visit the park's Facebook site at www.facebook/FayetteCountyPark1268 or call 304-574-1111 for updated information. Concessions such as hot chocolate and popcorn will be available.

Fundraisers

Fur Ball Fiesta — The New River Humane Society Fur Ball Fiesta 2019, hosted by the Fayette County Animal Control Center, will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Holiday Lodge Hotel and Conference Center, 340 Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill. Tickets are now available for the biggest, most fun event of the year. This year’s Mexican Fiesta-themed Fur Ball will be colorful and full of life with an award winning auctioneer, entertainment with dancing, a cash bar and food by Cathedral Cafe. So build your auction arm muscles and get your dancing shoes ready because this is one event you won’t want to miss. For more information, please call the shelter at 304-574-3682. Tickets are $50 each. Recommended attire is semi-formal. The Humane Society also is asking for donations to auction off in the live and silent auctions, along with event sponsors. Please contact the group if you would like to donate.

Church

Now, Behold the Lamb — Brookside Ministries COGIC, under the leadership of Pastor Bruce E. Hogan, presents its annual Christmas extravaganza, “Now, Behold the Lamb,” on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Join the church as artists from Charleston and surrounding areas lend their voices to create a sweet sound pleasing to God’s ear. The concert is free to all. The church is located at 18419 Deepwater Mountain Road, Mount Carbon.

Prince of Heaven — The Gauley Bridge Baptist Church will present its annual Christmas cantata, “Prince of Heaven,” on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. followed by the Church Outreach Christmas Dinner. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Shepherd’s Monologue — Scott Carpenter and Family will present the drama, The Shepherd’s Monologue, on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church.

Christian Revival Center Christmas — The Christian Revival Center in Robson is planning a pair of Christmas events. The church’s Christmas program will be staged on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The program will be held in conjunction with the Covenant Promise Christian Academy Choir led by Beth Duncan. The program will include “Come to the Manger,” “The Church Disciple Bus,” “Three Wise Guys,” “Search for Christmas,” “Scrooge Revisited” and “Where’s Your Jesus?” There will be special readings and music. Also, the CRC Christmas dinner is set for Sunday, Dec. 16. The church is located at 12490 Deepwater Mountain Road in Robson. The pastor is Leroy Gray. For more details on the activities or regular services, call 304-779-5195.

Back 2 Bethlehem — Join Grace Baptist Church of Fayetteville to go back to Bethlehem for a glimpse of what might have happened on the night Jesus was born. The Broadway-style musical comedy Back 2 Bethlehem tells the story of the infamous innkeeper, his wife and an inn full of guests. Don’t forget the “rag-tag” shepherds who came looking for a baby after seeing a sky full of angels. The play will be performed Dec. 14-16 at 7 p.m.

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