Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited — Join the Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited (ENCTU) Thursday evening, Feb. 6 for the monthly meeting at the South Charleston Public Library. The meeting is open to everyone; and provides a social period at 6:30 p.m., and the business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Program speaker for February will be Jeff Nelsen and other members who will make a presentation on their recent fishing trip to Alaska's Legend Lodge where they encountered beautiful landscapes, lots of trout, and a bear or two.
WVU Extension Service Fayette County — The Fayette County WVU Extension Committee will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Fayette County WVU Extension Service in Fayetteville. All Extension Service committee meetings are open to the public.
FARSE — The Fayette Association of Retired School Employees will meet Saturday, March 28 (backup date April 25 if canceled by weather) and May 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Whitewater Bar and Grill, Quality Inn, Fayetteville. For more information, please contact Joel Davis, president, at 304-222-6984 or Martha Aliff, treasurer, at 304-573-1224.
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: Feb. 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: 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 Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. for regular meetings at the BOE office in Fayetteville. There also will be a special meeting/public hearing on the proposed school calendar for 2020-2021 on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the BOE office.
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.
Montgomery Election — The City of Montgomery municipal election will take place on Tuesday, June 9 with early voting running from May 27 through May 30 and June 1 through June 6. Anyone wishing to file for the office of mayor, recorder, or council may do so at Montgomery City Hall beginning Monday, March 9 and running through Saturday, April 4. Office hours for filing are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 2 by appointment only. To register on April 4, please call 304-552-8185; if no answer, call 304-553-6686. A notary will not be available on Saturday so please have paper notarized in advance. Candidates must be residents of the City of Montgomery for at least 30 days prior to the filing period. The filing fees are as follows: mayor, $50; recorder, $25; and council, $15. For further information, please contact Recorder David White, Angela Tackett or Heather Arthur at 304-442-5181.
WVU Master Gardener Class — A Master Gardener class will be offered beginning in March at the Fayetteville Lowe’s. The 11-week class, starting March 16, will run each Monday (March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 and May 25) and Wednesday (March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27) from 6 to 8 p.m. Call the Fayette County WVU Extension office at 304-574-4253 to get your name on the list.
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
Quilted Tote Bag Workshop — The GRID at BridgeValley will host a quilted tote bag workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Resident artist Pat Mason will lead students in making a beautiful quilted tote bag to keep for yourself or give as a gift. All materials are included and there is a wide array of fabric to choose from. This is an intermediate level class and some sewing experience is suggested. Workshop fee is $20 and you must pre-register for this class through Eventbrite (see The GRID’s Facebook page for a link). The workshop is limited to six registrations. You may bring your own machine or use one at The GRID.
Kanawha Valley Model Train & Craft Show — The 15th annual Kanawha Valley Model Train & Craft Show, presented by the Kanawha Valley Railroad Association, will be held Feb. 22-23 at The Arena Event Center at 6400 MacCorkle Ave., Saint Albans. Hours Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5, and free for children under 12.
Live Library Clue — Remember the board game Clue? The Oak Hill Branch of the Fayette County Public Library will feature its version of the mystery game called Live Library Clue on Friday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. If you are into mystery, murder and mayhem, then register at the front desk or call 304-469-9890 for one of the 10 spots available. Once you are registered you will receive a character profile and game information. You must be 18 and older to participate.
Great Backyard Bird Count — Honeysuckle Hill Nature Discovery Center will host the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, Feb. 8 beginning at 1 p.m. Bring your children and learn how to identify and feed birds so that you can participate together. Those in attendance will learn basic backyard bird identification, easy feeding projects to make at home and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. Honeysuckle Hill Nature Discovery Center is located at 1151 Terry Avenue, Fayetteville. Price of admission is pet food or supplies to be donated to the Fayette County Animal Shelter. For more information or to register, please call 304-465-8974.
Disc Golf Tournament — Fayette County 4-H will host its second disc golf tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Fayette County Park. This will be a doubles tournament beginning at 11 a.m. Admission will be $15 per person which includes lunch. Register online by following this link: https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Fayette_County_4_H_Tournament_2020?fbclid=IwAR2A5cp88z4fR69l8OmLlsKLqYHg2h3jdlYc8WbHDf82oIzutltm0zRISyM
Art Exhibit — Marshall University Libraries’ annual art exhibition, titled “Reframing Appalachia: Images, Stories and Dreams for the Future,” is currently on display at Marshall’s Drinko Library and Information Center on the Huntington campus. “Reframing Appalachia” features 78 pieces of art by 20 artists, including Marshall faculty, students and community members. The exhibition will be open to the public through May 11. The exhibit’s digital library may be viewed at https://libguides.marshall.edu/c.php?g=963739&p=7186415.
Kaymoor Trail Hike — Join Active SWV Community Captains for a moderate hike on the Kaymoor Trail on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Please bring water, snacks, good shoes, warm clothing, and rain gear. Meet at the Brooklyn Trailhead. To reach the trailhead from Route 19, follow Route 16 south through the town of Fayetteville. Take a left on Gateway Road (sign indicates Kaymoor and Cunard). Follow Gatewood Road for 4.6 miles and turn left at the sign for Cunard. Go 1.8 miles and turn left at both of the signs indicating Cunard River Access Road. The parking area is just past the trailhead, located 0.5 miles further on the right. The hike is hosted by Get Active in the Park and Active Southern West Virginia.
West Virginia Can’t Wait Town Hall — As part of West Virginia Can’t Wait’s End the Damn Corruption Town Hall Tour, Stephen Smith, candidate for governor, will visit the old Nuttall School Gym in Lookout on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12 to 2 p.m. This is Smith’s fourth trip around the state, visiting small communities to hear from residents about what the state most needs. There will be a free lunch and opportunity to tell Smith what is important to you. Childcare can be arranged by calling 304-237-3443. To learn more, visit the Town Hall - Fayette County event page on Facebook.
Master Naturalist Courses — The New River Gorge Master Naturalists have the following courses scheduled in the opening months of 2020: 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.
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.
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.
Men’s Pancake Breakfast — The Gauley Bridge Baptist Church will host its Men’s Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. The meal is prepared by the men of the church and the ladies are invited, too. Everyone is invited to attend. Guest speaker is Scott Carpenter. If you plan to attend, please respond on the Facebook event page or message Mark Fordyce.
Hot Dog Sale — The League of Riders Motorcycle Club will hold a hot dog sale on Friday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the club in Smithers. Cost is $5 for two hot dogs, chips and a drink. Walk in or call 304-419-4357 for local delivery.
BBQ Sale — The FOE Montgomery Aerie #1040 Eagles Auxiliary will have a BBQ sale at the Eagles Building, 408 Ferry Street, Montgomery on Friday, Feb. 14 starting at 11 a.m. and running until sold out. BBQs are $4 each and there will be desserts and baked goods for sale as well. To order, please call 304-442-8151. The Auxiliary’s charity this month is the Heart Fund. Your patronage is much appreciated.
Spaghetti Dinner — The Swiss Missionary Baptist Church will hold a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. until sold out in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Meals will include spaghetti, garlic bread, cole slaw, a drink and dessert for $8. Additional desserts also will be available for sale. All proceeds will go toward the church’s current building project.
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.