Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 15 — special meeting for work session (rescheduled from Dec. 1), 5:30 p.m., BOE office; and Tuesday, Dec. 22 — regular meeting, 6 p.m., BOE office.
Cultivate West Virginia — The communities of Montgomery and Smithers, along with the West Virginia Development Hub, invite you to Cultivate West Virginia. Join the group of community visionaries working together to improve the Upper Kanawha Valley for the long haul. Submissions are being sought for multiple $2,000 mini-grant awards for community development projects. To get involved, please contact Amanda Workman at A.Workman@wvhub.org. Virtual community meetings are set for 12 to 1 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. For log on details, visit wvhub.org/cultivateukv. Password is wvhub.
Decorating Contest — The City of Montgomery’s Park Board will once again sponsor the house decorating contest for Christmas. This year, a business decorating contest also will be held. Judging will take place between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Please have your lights on between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Prizes for the house decorating contest will be as follows: 1st place, $100; 2nd place, $75; and 3rd place, $50. There will also be three consolation prizes of $25 each. For the business decorating contest, certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and help spread Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas!
Historic Fayette Theater Production — The Historic Fayette Theater is pleased to announce its Holiday Virtual Production of “Gift of the Magi” Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Performed through the Zoom platform, this virtual production is based on O. Henry’s holiday favorite and is recreated in this touching adaptation. Jim and Della, newlyweds with their whole lives before them, have vivid imaginations and tell fantastic stories, creating a storybook world for themselves. But then hard times come and Christmas approaches with little money at hand. Jim and Della each end up selling their most valuable possessions in order to buy the other’s Christmas present. The ironic O. Henry ending is both humorous and bittersweet as both characters discover a more realistic world, one dominated by their love. Tickets will be available for purchase by calling the theater at 304-574-4655; if no one answers please leave a message and your call will be returned. All tickets are $5 and upon purchase you will be given log on and password information. For more information, contact the theater at 304-574-4655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Food Give Away, Luncheon — The UKVSAC at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in London has two upcoming events planned. There will be a food giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. until the food runs out. Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the community drive-by luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. One meal per person.
Eagles Christmas Party — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 will host its community Christmas party for children of the Montgomery and surrounding areas (babies through 12 years of age) on Sunday, Dec. 13. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be a “drive-thru” party. Line-up begins at 1 p.m. in the Valley School parking lot in Smithers. Children must be in the car to receive presents which will be gender/age specific. Tickets for drawings of the bicycles will be given and will require a name and telephone number. Bicycle winners will be notified later by phone. Santa will be visiting. Watch for him. For more information, call the Eagles Aerie at 304-442-8151.
Fayette County Christmas Toy Fund — The annual Fayette County Christmas Toy Fund/Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Canyon Rim Rotary Club, will be a drive-thru event this year. Toy distribution is on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Lewis Christian Community Center in Oak Hill. In addition to monetary donations for the party, the club is accepting volunteer help for the week of the event to fill bags and for the distribution day. Anyone interested in making a donation or volunteering is asked to contact Cassandra Ortiz at email@example.com.
Winter Wonderland Light Display — The Fayette County Park’s annual Winter Wonderland Light Display runs through Dec. 30. The drive-through tour of the light displays in the park at Beckwith will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each night. While visitors remain in their vehicles to see the lights, they will also have the chance to “wave and blow kisses” to Santa Claus (instead of the normal up-close-and-personal visit with the jolly old Elf in the dining hall). Santa will be onsite at the park house on Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Other popular activities from the past, such as wagon rides, won't be held this winter, and there will be no inside activities at all. Snacks will be available for purchase at the pool office through a pick-up window Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Those making purchases are urged to wear a mask and social distance. Parking is available at the pool area. Admission fee to the lights display is $5 per car. Visitors have the option of paying at the gate (exact change is encouraged), or they can purchase a ticket online at https://fcpark.recdesk.com/Community/Program to allow for a limited contact check-in. If buying a ticket online, individuals must do so 24 hours in advance of the date on which they wish to attend. A 15-cent credit card fee will be charged. Those taking the tour can also tune their radio to 93.5 and hear the park's Christmas music as they view the lights and enjoy new and old displays alike.
Fayette County Public Library — Following is the schedule of programs planned at the county’s branch libraries for the remainder of the year. Ansted — storytime, 1 p.m., Dec. 11, 18; penny games, 12 p.m., Dec. 12; wrapping stations, all of December, call to register; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Administrative Office — adult book group, 6 p.m., Dec. 10; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Fayetteville — storytime, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 16, 30; adult book group, 6 p.m., Dec. 28; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Meadow Bridge — storytime, 3 p.m., Dec. 16, 23, 30; stocking decorating, all day, Dec. 11; build a snowman, all day, Dec. 14; bring your sweater and make an ugly sweater, all day, Dec. 15; wrap presents, all day, Dec. 22; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Montgomery — storytime, 5 p.m., Dec. 16, 23, 30; spot the Santas, Dec. 22; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Mount Hope — wreath making, 1 p.m., Dec. 15; storytime, 11 a.m., Dec. 11, 18; dollar decorating, 11 a.m., Dec. 14, 21; ornament making, all day, Dec. 16; recycled book art, 1 p.m., Dec. 10; movie day, 12 p.m., Dec. 11; cookie exchange, 3 p.m., Dec. 17; wrap and yap, 11 a.m., Dec. 23; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Oak Hill — storytime, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 17; livestream storytime, 11 a.m., Dec. 11, 18; livestream lapsit, 11 a.m., Dec. 22; Harry Potter craft drop-in, 12 to 7 p.m., Dec. 10; NYMBC juvenile book group book pick-up, Dec. 14; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1.
State Fair Drive-Thru Light Display — The State Fair of West Virginia will host Christmas at the Fair, its first-ever Christmas Light Drive-Thru experience. Set to take place on Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m., Christmas at the Fair will allow patrons to safely drive through the property while enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays. “This has been an extremely difficult year for everyone and we hope this display is able to bring some joy as we enter the holiday season,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins said. “We have worked really hard to make this event something special and we hope to make it a tradition that continues to grow every year.” Christmas at the Fair is available for donations only and will begin behind the livestock barns. Patrons are asked to enter Gate 5 on 219 North beside the horse barns. Free hot chocolate will be available on several sponsored evenings. For more information and a full calendar of events, please visit www.statefairofwv.com/christmas-at-the-fair.
Blanket Blitz for the Holidays — Rivermont Presbyterian Homes in Montgomery is once again planning holiday festivities for its residents. “While 2020 has been unlike any year we have seen, we will still try to keep a sense of normalcy for our elderly residents,” said Nikki Burrough, one of the hosts of the festivities. “In the past years, gifts were given by many of you ‘Secret Santas.’ This year, with Covid, we are planning to prepare a dinner for our elderly residents and deliver door to door. We are wanting to include a small blanket and candy as a gift.” Rivermont has 95 residents and organizers are requesting donations of blankets and any kind of packaged candy. If you are unable to purchase items, but would like to mail a gift card or monetary donation, staff members can purchase the items. Call Burrough at 304-442-9469 or 304-442-4767 with any questions. All donations are requested to be in by Dec. 14. If you wish to ship something from an online retailer, packages can be mailed to: Rivermont Presbyterian Homes, 60 Fourth Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136 (attn: Nikki Burrough).