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 the following dates: Jan. 17 and 31; Feb. 5, 10, 13, 14 (special election canvass), 18 and 21; March 6, 13, 20 and 27 (all budget); April 10 and 21; May 8 and 18 (primary canvass); June 5 and 26; July 10 and 24; Aug. 7 and 21; Sept. 4 and 18; Oct. 2, 16 and 30; Nov. 9 and 20; and Dec. 4 and 18. Following are dates for closure of the Fayette County Courthouse for holidays and/or elections: Jan. 20 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Feb. 17 — Presidents Day; May 12 — primary election; May 25 — Memorial Day; June 19 — West Virginia Day (observed); July 3 — Independence Day (observed); Sept. 7 — Labor Day; Oct. 12 — Columbus Day; Nov. 3 — general election; Nov. 11 — Veterans Day; Nov. 26-27 — Thanksgiving; Dec. 24 — close at noon for Christmas Eve; Dec. 25 — Christmas; Dec. 31 — close at noon for New Year’s Eve; and Jan. 1, 2021 — New Year’s Day.
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 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.
Early Voting — Early voting for the special law enforcement, fire and library levy election in Fayette County will begin Jan. 25 and run through Feb. 5, according to County Clerk Alicia Treadway. Early voting will be available at the Fayette County Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville, Montgomery Town Hall and the Danese Community Center from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. Election Day is Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Mobile Office Hours — Members of the staff of Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) will be available during stops by her mobile office to help Third District residents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Constituents are encouraged to bring along documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues. Locally, the mobile office will make stops in both Summersville and Oak Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The office will be available from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Summersville City Hall, 400 Broad Street, Summersville, and from 1 to 2 p.m. at Oak Hill City Hall, 100 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill.
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
Master Naturalist Courses — The New River Gorge Master Naturalists have the following courses scheduled in the opening months of 2020: Terrestrial Habitats — Saturday, Feb. 1 at 12 noon at Oak Hill City Hall; Nature Interpretation and Teaching — Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Canyon Rim Visitors Center, Lansing; GIS (Global Information System) — Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Hill City Hall; Name, Classification and Identification (plants and animals) — Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m., Oak Hill City Hall; Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics — Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m., Oak Hill City Hall; and Wildflowers and Weeds (two parts) — Wednesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing (classroom portion), and Saturday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grandview Shelter 4 at Grandview (field lab) or Sunday, April 26 from 2:30 until 5 p.m. at Stone Cliff Trail near Thurmond (field lab), must attend one field lab session. For more extensive information on each session, including cost, instructor and instructions for signing up, visit the New River Gorge Master Naturalists Facebook page and click on the Events tab at the left of the page, or visit the group’s website at newrivergorgemasternaturalist.org and click on Schedule.
Hike with a Master Naturalist — Take a 1.2-mile hike and learn about tree aging and identification with a master naturalist on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Burnwood Trail in an event hosted by Get Active in the Park and Active Southern West Virginia. The hike is an opportunity to meet and learn from New River Gorge Ranger Chance Raso who is extremely knowledgeable about trees. The plan is to learn to identify trees in winter and better understand what has happened in the life of each tree. Measuring tapes and a tree growth rate handout will be available to help hikers consider the ages of some of the trees at Burnwood. Along the way, Master Naturalist and Active SWV Community Captain Linda Stein will show you how to measure trees to determine age. Please wear covered toe shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the trailhead for the Burnwood Trail, directly across Route 19 from the Canyon Rim Visitor Center.
New River Birding & Nature Festival — The 2020 New River Birding & Nature Festival is scheduled for April 27 through May 2 in and around the New River Gorge. To discover more on the annual non-profit event, which raises funds for the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund, visit the festival website at birding-wv.com, or www.facebook.com/NewRiverBirdingNatureFestival.
Art Exhibit Opening Reception — Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia will hold the opening reception for its newest art gallery exhibition, Critters & Hollers: Art Celebrating the Beauty of Appalachia, on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 12 to 2 p.m. Critters & Hollers is an art exhibition that not only represents, but celebrates the flora and fauna that rest in the majestic mountains of West Virginia. The reception will feature Appalachian-inspired hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by Tamarack. This event is free to attend. Featured artists are Paul R. Adkin, Kathryn W. Boland, Lynsi Boyd, Cindy Caroline, Frank Ceravalo, Karen Chamblin, Linda K. Clifford, Kilsong Cox, T. Paige Dalporto, Joseph Dangerfield, Stephanie Dulaney, Ann Gilligan Elmore, M. Jane Holt Emmons, Brian Fencl, Sharon Dennis Fuerst, Tonie Garrett, Leiane Gibson, Earl Gray, Linda S. Gribko, Rosalie Haizlett, Woody Harman, Sharon Harms, Melvin Hartley, Frederick D. Hays, Beni Holley, Anne Johnson, Kevin King, Linda Jo Knowles, Pamela Lake, Kathryn Lehotsky, Deborah Lester, Marietta Lyall, Ric MacDowell, Leona Mackey, Adam E. Mathews, Sidney McCoy, Robby Moore, Roy Morum, Laura Moul, Jill Moles Mullins, Misty Murray-Walkup, Jared Musgrave, Shari O'Day Mann, Nan Perry, Carrie Petry/Heart of Glass, Psychoflauge, Ed Rehbein, Henry Riffe, Randall Sanger, Randy Selbe, Debbie Kalt Sisson, Jason Sly, Patty Solari, Maggie Starcher, Linda Stonestreet, Regina G. Swim, Nicole Talbott, Jesse Thornton, Krys von Tornado and Molly Wolff. The exhibition runs through Feb. 23.
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.
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.
BBQ Sale — The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Montgomery #1040 Auxiliary will have a BBQ sale at the Eagles Building, 408 Ferry Street, Montgomery, on Friday, Jan. 10 from 11 am. until sold out. BBQs are $4 each. Desserts will also be available. To place an order, call 304-442-8151.
Balls for Paws — Pinheads of the New River Gorge in Oak Hill is hosting a six-week bowling league, Balls for Paws, to benefit the New River Humane Society. The league starts Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. Each team should consist for 4 to 6 players. Cost is $12 per person per week. The best four scores each game count. This is a handicapped league so you don’t have to be a great bowler to help your team and have fun. Proceeds benefit the New River Humane Society. Each bowler also is asked to donate a bag of dog or cat food. There will also be 50/50 drawings with proceeds going to the Humane Society. Pinheads also will be an after hours drop off location for NRHS donations during January and February.
GSC Winter Open House — Glenville State College invites future Pioneers to attend its Winter Open House on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. on the GSC campus. The day’s schedule starts with check-in on the third floor of the Mollohan Campus Community Center at 9 a.m., followed by a welcome and information session at 10 a.m., academic department tours and information sessions at 10:30 a.m., a campus tour at 11:30 a.m., a tour of the Waco Center at 12:30 p.m., and lunch at the Waco Center at 1 p.m. Prospective students and their families are then invited to cheer on the Pioneers at the men’s and women’s basketball games beginning at 2 p.m. in the Waco Center. For more information or to sign up for GSC’s Winter Open House, contact the Admissions Office at 800-924-2010 or visit www.glenville.edu/admissions/events to register.
Gloryway Concert — The Gloryway Quartet will sing in a free concert on Friday, March 6 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Dixie.