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.

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 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.

A Storybook Christmas Parade — The Town of Ansted will host A Storybook Christmas Parade 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.

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. 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 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

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 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.

Places to Go/Things to Do

Grand Opening — The Gallery on 4th, the city’s new art gallery located at 414 4th Avenue, Montgomery, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 4. The holiday bazaar, featuring the work of more than a dozen area artists, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a gallery reception at which visitors can meet the artists, is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. There will be fun, food, prizes and make and takes, in addition to the artwork offered for sale.

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 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

Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library has released its branches’ schedule of events for November and December. All branches will have grab and go craft bags for the kids. Scheduled events for November and 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. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 3:30 p.m.), movie night (Tuesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6 p.m.), intro to micro greens (Saturdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 10 a.m.), storytime (Thursdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 3:30 p.m.), recipe swap (Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.), Christmas parade (Saturday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m.), make scented pine cones (Wednesday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.) and adult book discussion (Friday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — baby lapsit (ages 0 to 12 months, Dec. 13, 12 p.m.), storytime (Thursdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 3 p.m.), wreath making (Tuesday, Dec. 7, all day), Christmas tie-dyeing (Thursday, Dec. 9, all day), present wrapping (Tuesday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 22, all day), recipe trading (Wednesday, Dec. 15, 12 p.m.), 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) — ornament making and watch holiday movies (Thursday, Dec. 2, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.), Christmas card tile making (Monday, Dec. 6, all day, drop in) and adult book club (Thursday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — storytime (Wednesdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m.), adult coloring (Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.), movie night (Monday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m.), STEM Club (Friday, Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m.), Lego Club (Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.), Family Game Time (Saturday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.), Kitchen Witchery (Monday, Dec. 20, 5:30), book club (Monday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m.) and adult book club (Monday, Dec. 27, 6 p.m.). Mount Hope (FH, 500 Main Street, Mount Hope, 304-877-3260) — science and stories (Wednesdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 10 a.m.), wreath making (Wednesdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 1 p.m.), Libratory (Thursdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 4 p.m.), Lego/KNEX (Thursdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, all day), Little Learners (Fridays, Dec. 3 and 10, 10 a.m.), Power of Play (Fridays, Dec. 3 and 10, 1 p.m.), Deco (Mondays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 11 a.m.), Make and Take (Tuesday, Dec. 7, all day), family movie (Friday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.), adult canvas painting (Monday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m.), ornament party (Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1 p.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. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 5 p.m.), adult book club (Thursday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.), Lego/KNEX (Thursdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, all day), adult coloring club (Fridays, Dec. 3, 10 17 and 31, 3 p.m.), Christmas parade (Friday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.), Christmas kisses candy guess (Monday, Dec. 6 until Friday, Dec. 17), adult movie night, Die Hard (Wednesday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m.) 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. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11 a.m.), baby lapsit (Tuesdays, Dec. 14 and 28, 11 a.m.), Mixed Minds group (Tuesday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m.) and Frozen escape room (Tuesday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m., registration required).

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