Bald eagle

A bald eagle will be among the raptors on view during the weekend events celebrating the birthday of noted American bird scientist and painter John James Audubon. The event is part of a series of activities sponsored by the Morris Creek Watershed Association and the Three Rivers Avian Center. The free event begins at 10 a.m. outside watershed headquarters at 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery.

Meetings

Montgomery City Council — The Montgomery City Council has changed the time of its regular council meetings to 7 p.m. Meetings still will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. Because of a scheduling conflict, however, the May meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting — Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m., BOE office; and regular meeting — Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m., BOE office.

Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission has released its schedule of meetings for 2019. All meetings are held at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville. Meetings scheduled are: April 26, May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 11, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.

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.

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

Sobriety Checkpoint — On Friday, May 3, the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on WV State Route 41, Broad Street, near the Pizza Hut in Summersville from 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 until 12 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The purpose of the checkpoint is to deter impaired drivers, as well as to educate the public about the dangers of driving an automobile while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The motoring public is urged to assist the State Police in efforts to stop driving under the influence incidents by reporting impaired drivers.

White Oak Rail Trail Expo — The White Oak Rail Trail Expo in Oak Hill now is accepting applications for the June 1 event. If you’re interested in setting up as a vendor, send a message to the White Oak Rail Trail Facebook page with your email address for an application or visit the New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Bureau on Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, to pick one up. Vendor spots are only $20.

Strawberry Festival Horse and Carriage Parade — The clip-clop of hooves will echo on the streets of Buckhannon on May 11 as horse equestrian teams, carts, carriages and individual riders proceed along the 2.5-mile route for the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Horse and Carriage Parade. Set for Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m., this year’s parade expects entries from across the Mountain State as well as several out-of-state entries. To date, verbal commitments have been received from 32 carriage, wagon or cart owners. At this time, 16 West Virginia counties will be represented with carriages, wagons and carts as well as teams from Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina. Dozens of individual horse riders will also be participating. Cash prizes totaling $3,000 will be awarded to winners in various categories along with plaques. All participants will be offered a “down-home” meal of cornbread, beans, ham, fried potatoes, applesauce and shortcake, sponsored and provided by B&L Friendly Kitchen. At noon, visitors can see a trick riding and drill show by Shadow Montag of Ohio and the Mid America Cowgirls Drill Team. The show will take place in downtown Buckhannon. Live entertainment and additional activities will take place throughout the day. For additional information on parade applications, contact Susie Sheets at 304-613-0103 or email to wildwood0103@gmail.com. Applications are also available at www.wvstrawberryfestival.com

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

Watershed Events — The Morris Creek Watershed Association has a busy week ahead. On Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., watershed members and any volunteers willing to pitch in will help Make Montgomery Blossom by planting a community garden of 1,000 lavender plants. Helpers and watchers are welcome. Saturday’s celebration of the birth date of famous American naturalist and painter John James Audubon will begin with a guided bird watching walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the watershed headquarters, 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery. At 10 a.m., there will be a presentation of live birds of prey by representatives of the Three Rivers Avian Center as well as a butterfly show. Local art will be offered for sale and there will be an auction. Those who attend are invited to bring a picnic lunch which will be enjoyed at 11:30 a.m., followed by a drive through the area for another session of guided bird watching at 12:30 p.m. From 2 to 4 p.m., planting of the lavender garden will continue. All events are free for those of all ages and visitors can drop in and out as they wish. Donations are appreciated for the MCWA’s continued conservation and educational outreach. The MCWA’s headquarters is about a mile above the Montgomery Dairy Queen. The lavender field is approximately another 100 yards up the road. Dress for the outdoors, but there is an indoor space and public restrooms.

Trout Derby — The 2nd annual Trout Derby, free for ages 3 to 14, will be held Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayette County Park. Bring your own fishing pole and bait. Registration is open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants are asked to register 30 minutes before the fishing time applicable for their age group: 9 to 9:45 a.m. — fishing for ages 3 to 5; 10 to 11:15 a.m. — fishing for ages 6 to 10; and 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. — fishing for ages 11 to 14. For more information, please call 304-574-1111.

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.

Gauley Bridge Walking Group — People of all ages, abilities, and residences are welcome to join Community Captain Darla Keenan for a free walking group each weekday morning at 6 a.m. at the Ruby Winebrenner Community Center (former Gauley Bridge High School). For more about Active SWV programs, visit https://activeswv.org/ and click on the Events Calendar.

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.

Fundraisers

Ramp Dinner — There will be a ramp dinner Saturday, April 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sims Memorial United Methodist Church, Swiss. Menu will include ham, pinto beans, fried potatoes with and without ramps, scrambled eggs and ramps, fried ramps, meat loaf with and without ramps, ramp casserole, cornbread, desserts and drinks. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for those under age five.

Schools

RHS Majorette Tryouts — Majorette clinics will be held at Riverside High School in the gym on April 30 and May 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tryouts will be May 13-15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Health Science Summer Academy — BridgeValley CTC and Montgomery General Hospital are hosting a Health Science Summer Academy June 11-13. The academy will be held at both the Montgomery and South Charleston campuses and at Montgomery General Hospital. Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply. Students interested in health care such as becoming a lab tech, registered nurse, medical assistant or EMT will benefit from attending the academy. Learn how to apply splints, casts, wraps and bandages; put in and remove sutures and staples; set up and maintain a sterile field; use medical lab equipment; and use sonography equipment. Tuesday and Wednesday activities will take place on the Montgomery campus with some activities at Montgomery General Hospital. The Thursday events will take place on the BridgeValley South Charleston campus where students will visit the nursing simulation lab, medical laboratory technician (MLT) lab, sonography lab and EMT lab and participate in fun activities. Deadline to apply is May 3 and space is limited to 15 students. For more information, call or text Krista Wiseman at 304-421-2634 or email krista.wiseman@bridgevalley.edu.

Graduation Ceremonies — Graduation ceremonies for Fayette County Public Schools are scheduled on the following dates: Friday, May 10 — Fayetteville High, Midland Trail High and Oak Hill High; and Saturday, May 11 — Meadow Bridge High and Valley High. Times and locations will be announced.

Church

Missions Conference — A missions conference, “The World Cannot Unite the Nations; The Gospel Can,” will be held at Lookout Baptist Church Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 with services at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be Steve Leston from To Every Tribe (ToEveryTribe.org).

GloryWay Quartet — The GloryWay Quartet will appear in concert Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted. For more information, please call 304-658-4992.

This Week's Circulars