Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville on Dec. 20.
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. for regular meetings at the BOE office in Fayetteville.
Montgomery City Council — The Montgomery City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.
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/charleston/php
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.
Smithers Volunteers Needed — Smithers officials and volunteers are working hard every day to bring residents the best little city and an amazing new community center complete with day care, health care, senior services, art and learning classes, healthy indoor and outdoor activities, a better city hall with enough room so city employees don’t have to share desks, and caring events for area children. To accomplish all that must be done, your help is needed. Can you stuff goody bags for all the 458 children at Valley PK-8 at the current City Hall on Dec 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.? Can you paint or be a gopher for painters at the new Smithers Gateway Center (former Valley Elementary School) on Dec 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.? Or deliver/loan a ladder for use those days? Or donate paint brushes/short nap rollers? Or make and deliver sandwiches, coffee/cold drinks, cookies to help fuel the workers? Anyone interested is invited to attend one of the sessions.
Toy Drive — City National Bank of Gauley Bridge is hosting a toy drive for Gauley Bridge Elementary School for this Christmas. Items needed include unused and unopened toys, hats, gloves, coats or stocking stuffers. All items donated will be taken to Gauley Bridge Elementary to help local families. Please have all donations in by Dec. 16.
Toy Drive — MGH Physical Therapy Department will be accepting toys for a local toy drive through Dec. 13. When you donate a toy, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 VISA/MasterCard gift card. Let’s help make Christmas better for the children of this community.
Burning Law Still in Effect — Although the state of emergency related to drought-like conditions across West Virginia has been canceled, residents are reminded that regular burning laws are still in effect. Until Dec. 31, no burning is allowed from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Any fire at other hours must be attended at all times. The area used for burning must be cleared down to the mineral soil for a minimum of 10 feet around what is being burned. If your fire escapes, you are liable for the costs of fighting the fire and any damage the fire may cause to others. Willfully setting fires is a felony and is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. To report suspicious fires, call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE.
Oak Hill Christmas Parade — Oak Hill’s annual Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Storefront Christmas.” Entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 13. Line-up for the parade begins at 4 p.m. at Highlawn Cemetery in East End. Entries will line up in the order of arrival. Each entry will be given a number for judging purposes. Upon arriving, a designated person from each group should wait in a prearranged spot to guide the rest of the group to the appropriate area. The parade route is approximately two miles in length. As the parade is scheduled for the evening, each entry is recommended to have some type of lighting. Types of entries welcome include personal, business, social group, church, etc. in vehicles, on floats, walking or marching. For an application, visit City Hall or call 304-469-9541 and a form can be sent to you via fax, email or the U.S. Postal Service. Forms also are available at www.oakhillwv.gov.
Hope’s Christmas Town — The Hope’s Christmas Town events will be held in Mount Hope Saturday, Dec. 14. Following is the schedule of events: 1 to 4 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Mountainair Hotel; 4 to 9 p.m. — Hope’s Christmas Town Giving Stations; 5 to 6 p.m. — Winter Wonderland Parade; 6 to 9 p.m. — Live Christmas music at the Mount Hope Community Center; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Community Christmas caroling from Mountaineer Mart; and 8 p.m. — official tree lighting ceremony. For more information, visit the Hope’s Christmas Town and Winter Wonderland Parade event page on Facebook.
Waste Tire Collection — The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection’s REAP program sponsor a waste tire collection the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Walmart off Route 19 at Fayetteville. The final collection date (as weather permits) for the year is Dec. 18. Only tires from state residents will be accepted, so please have your West Virginia ID ready at sign in. A 10-tire limit per person will be enforced. Tires (only car or light truck tires, 16 inches or less) must be off the rim. For more information, call 304-574-4339.
VA in Need of Volunteer Drivers — The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance is looking for individuals to volunteer one day a month to transport veterans to medical appointments for the Veteran Transportation Network. This program is designed to ensure that veterans without transportation have access to the health care they need. It is free to the veterans. Anyone wishing to volunteer to become a driver of veterans should contact the Voluntary Service Office at the Beckley VA Medical Center: 304-255-2121 ext. 4162 or 4556.
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
Santa’s Corner and Christmas Parade — The Town of Gauley Bridge’s Christmas activities will be staged on Saturday, Dec. 14. Santa’s Corner will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at its normal location in the Ruby Winebrenner Community Center, the former Gauley Bridge High School. At Santa’s Corner, every child gets a toy, and there are drawings for cash prizes for adults and bicycle drawings for children. Also during the event, a free community meal will be available. The annual Christmas parade will be held beginning at 6 p.m., with line-up at 5:30 p.m. at the tennis courts up Scrabble Creek. Two high school bands — Riverside and Clay County — are expected to participate. Anyone wanting to have an entry in the parade is asked to call town hall at 304-632-2505 before 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.
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. 15. The party will start 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.
On Christmas Day in the Morning — The Historic Fayette Theater’s production of “On Christmas Day in the Morning,” written by Faye Couch Reeves, will conclude this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, the lights will come up at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students under 12 and senior citizens over 55. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Brown Paper Tickets to order at 800-838-3006 or order online at www.brownpapertickets.com, or call 304-574-4655 and leave a message. The Historic Fayette Theater is located at 115 South Court Street, Fayetteville.
Senior Luncheons — The Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA hosts senior luncheons the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All senior citizens are invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish.
Free Community Luncheon — The UKVSAC and the Booker T. Washington Community Center host a free community luncheon the third Tuesday of each month (no luncheon in November) at the community center, 24 Wyatt Street, London. Everyone is invited for free food and drinks. For more information, please call 304-389-0934.
Christmas Wrap Party — The Oak Hill Public Library will host a Christmas Wrap Party Thursday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Don’t wrap presents by yourself. Bring your wrapping supplies or use some of the library’s to wrap all your gifts. Bring a friend or a group to wrap together (adults only). Enjoy gift wrapping tips from your librarians, coffee and refreshments. For more information, call 304-469-9890.
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.
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.