Yuletide Princess Program: The Putnam County Parks Department is sponsoring "Yuletide In The Park with the Princesses" from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, at Valley Park Community Center, Hurricane. The free event includes hot cocoa and cookies. Also, donations of hats and gloves for needy children will be accepted. For more information, call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
West Teays Fair: West Teays Elementary School in Hurricane is hosting its 12th annual PTO Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. More than 50 vendors will be selling everything from woodcrafts to jewelry. Admission is free. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessika Fischer, 304-412-1322.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner: Putnam County area volunteers will be offering a free Thanksgiving Dinner for those who have no one to spend the holiday with or who would otherwise not enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The dinner will be held at the Eleanor Fire Department upstairs facility on Thursday, Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. The volunteers would like to say a special "thank you" to the following businesses who provided the funds to make this dinner possible: Parkline Inc., Toyota Motor Manufacturer West Virginia Women's Leadership Forum, Tammy's Country Kitchen, Town of Eleanor Mayor and Town Council, Town of Buffalo Mayor and Town Council and Foodland of Eleanor. For more information or to volunteer, call 304-586-2319.
Art Classes: At the Renaissance Art Gallery in Huntington on Wednesday, Nov. 21, Scott Depot artist Susan Tschantz will teach an Adult Drawing class from 1 to 3 p.m., a Junior Art class from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and another Adult Drawing class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 24 at the gallery, Fern Christian will lead a Painting class from 10 a.m. to noon and Pati Payne will instruct a Watercolor class from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Tschantz at 304-552-2006 or email@example.com
Thanksgiving Day Workout: From 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, a Thanksgiving Day workout will take place at the Tri-County YMCA, 200 Carl's Lane, Scott Depot. Admission is $5 or a donation of nonperishable food items for the Community Cupboard. For more information, call Marty Bavetz at 304-757-0016.
Reindog Parade: The Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is having its annual Reindog Parade from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8 (registration from 9:30 to 10 a.m.) at the Valley Park Community Center by the Wave Pool. The registration fee is $10; proceeds will go to support the new Putnam County animal shelter. For more information or to register early, call the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
Hurricane Hot Dogs: The Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will have a hot dog sale at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Hurricane Fire & Rescue, 2716 Main St., Hurricane. Two hot dogs with your choice of topping, a single-serving bag of chips and a drink will cost $5.
Hunting Safety Program: The Kiwanis Club of Putnam will sponsor a free, public program on hunting safety, featuring Sgt. Jerry Payne of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Payne will also explain the various hunting seasons for different game and the required licenses, and he will answer questions afterward. The program will be approximately 20 minutes long. It will be held at the First State Bank Community Room, 3754 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane. Please use the entrance at the rear of the building.
KVRA Open House; The Kanawha Valley Railroad Association is having a Holiday Open House at its clubhouse in Coonskin Park, beginning Thanksgiving weekend. The hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24. The clubhouse will also be open throughout December on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. each week until Christmas. Admission is free. Parking is free. For more information, call 304-539-6721 or visit www.kvrailroad.org.
County Events Calendar: The Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau is compiling the 2013 Putnam County Calendar of Events. If you have or know of any activities, festivals or events taking place in Putnam County in 2013 and would like them printed in the calendar, free of charge, fax to 304-562-0728, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CVB office at 304-562-0727 by Dec. 10. More than 12,000 calendars will be printed and distributed to area locations in Putnam County. Items can include special or nonprofit, fundraising events of interest to the general public or tourists. Contact the CVB office if you have questions.
Green Craft Show: An "upcycled," recycled and eco-friendly craft show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the South Charleston Recreation Center. For crafter applications or information, contact Tabitha at 304-550-4912 or email@example.com
Scouting Programs: Milton Baptist Church sponsors Cub Scouts for boys in grades one through five. The meetings are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. Milton Baptist also sponsors a Boy Scout program for boys in grades six through 12. The Boy Scouts meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Alzheimer's Support Group: An Alzheimer's Association support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's disease patients meets at 12:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 First Ave., Hometown. Information shared is kept confidential. For further information or directions, call 304-586-2745.
Santa Breakfast/Vendor Fair: Conner Street Elementary School in Hurricane will host a Breakfast With Santa and Vendor Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pancake breakfast is $5 and runs from 8 to 10 a.m., and photographs with Santa will be available. The fair boasts more than 30 vendors, from locally made crafts and clothing to all of your favorite direct sales companies. Lunch items will be available, as well. There is no entry fee and several raffles will be held. For more information, contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFW Activities: VFW Post 9097, Hurricane, has bingo and a grill open every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. Also, there is Karaoke with Dynomite every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday afternoons feature free food at the bar.
ADHD/ADD Support: An ADHD/ADD skills group is starting again in the Teays Valley area. Strategies and topics of discussion will cover organization, procrastination, attention, social skills, anxiety, depression and anger/frustration. Limited spaces are available. All ages are welcome. Call 304- 972-6097 for more information.
BAN Support Group: The Beyond Affairs Network (or BAN) is a confidential, nonprofit group that provides a way for people dealing with a partner's extramarital affair to meet for mutual support, share helpful resources and discuss personal experiences. Meetings are open to all whose spouse had an affair, whether or not the marriage survived. The support group's e-mail address is email@example.com, for more information.
Putnam County Ringers: The Putnam County Ringers community hand bell choir is open to all interested in joining. The group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Eleanor Presbyterian Church. The group will also schedule bookings for all occasions in advance. For more information, call Kathy at 304-546-0259 or Sharon at 304-586-4131.
Utility Assistance: If you are having a problem with a utility company and been unable to resolve the problem, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia maintains a staff of consumer affairs technicians who can answer questions and may be able to help. For more information, call 1-800-642-8544 or log on to www.psc.state.wv.us.
Cub Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 586 meets on Tuesdays in the Eleanor First Baptist Church on W.Va. 62, Eleanor. Meetings include games, character-building exercises and other activities. For more information, call Cub Master Glen Armstrong, 304-586-1157.
NHAR Meetings: New Hope Animal Rescue (formerly the Putnam County Humane Society) meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at its thrift store, Paws and Shop, 2806 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane. NHAR is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue. The group is seeking new members, volunteers, foster homes or anyone who would like to help. Call 304-562-0300 for more information.
Literacy Training: Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County offers a free training session to provide the skills needed to become a literacy volunteer and aid adults in improving their basic academic skills. To find out more, call 304-757-1550.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 3430 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane. Several other meetings are available each day. For more information, visit www.aawv.org or call 1-800-333-5051.
Landlords: The West Virginia Landlords Association meets at Little Creek Country Club in South Charleston every second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. (Social Hour) and 7 p.m. for dinner and a guest speaker. For more information, call 304-342-4343 or visit www.wvlandlords.com
Winfield Building Rental: The Winfield Lions Club building is available to rent for showers, birthday parties and other functions. Overlooking the Kanawha River, with an outdoor grilling area and picnic space available, the building is air-conditioned, has a complete kitchen and seats up to 50. For rates and more information, call 304-755-5539.
Milton Golf League: Milton Baptist Church has a golf league which plays on Thursday evenings, with starting times from 4 to 6 p.m. You do not have to be a member of Milton Baptist to participate. To sign up, contact Bill Sanders at 304-743-3969 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Caregiver Support: The Family Caregiver Support Program offers support, training and relief to those providing full-time caregiving for a loved one. Services include in-home respite and counseling. Putnam Aging, the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and the Metro Area Agency on Aging sponsor the program. For more information, contact Sally Halstead, 304-562-9451.
Henson Senior Center: The John Henson Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Lunch is served daily at 11:30 a.m. Regular activities include rook, spades, dominoes and pool daily; preventive exercise with Wilma Bennett, 10:15 a.m. Monday and Wednesday; Fit Start, provided by the YMCA, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; crafts with Glenda Black, 10 a.m. Tuesday; and line dancing, 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The center also offers in-home respite to caregivers of all seniors 60 and older and caregivers who are caring for those of all ages diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. The center is also available to rent on evenings and weekends. For more information, contact Sally Halstead at 304-562-9451.
Infant Care Classes: Once a month, FamilyCare offers a two-hour class to help new parents learn to care and feed their newborn babies. Topics include diapering, swaddling, SIDS prevention, bathing, signs of illness, cord and circumcision care, breastfeeding and more. To register, call Debi Ellis at 304-757-6999, ext. 80, or e-mail Debi.email@example.com.
Childbirth Education Classes: FamilyCare offers ongoing childbirth education classes in the Teays Valley area. These classes discuss birth options, the labor process, medications and more. This class series meets for four Mondays each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required, and Medicaid patients are welcome. To register, contact Debi Ellis at 304-757-6999, ext 80, or Debi.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moms/Tots Playgroup: Teays Valley Moms and Tots offer weekly activities for children 4 and younger, as well as monthly Mom's Night Outs for mothers. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Expectant Parents' Program: The CAMC Family Resource Center conducts a "Becoming a Family" program at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. Programs, services and classes are designed to help expectant parents gain as much information as possible on parenthood. Attendees (including family and friends, depending on the nature of the class) will leave feeling supported and more confident during the process. The program includes special classes on preparing for childbirth, preparing siblings, pediatric CPR, breastfeeding, infant massage and pregnancy massage (for couples). Contact the hospital for more details.
Hometown Space Rental: The Hometown Senior Center is available for rental for showers, birthday parties and other social functions. Reasonably priced, the center has catering available and its dining room seats 75. For reservations or more details, call 304-586-2745.
NWC Event Planning: The Nitro Woman's Club can assist in the planning and staging of special events (weddings, meetings, receptions, birthdays, etc.). Call 304-755-9091 or 304-727-7801.
HLC Volunteers: The Putnam County Commission seeks citizen volunteers to serve on the county's Historic Landmark Commission, which undertakes and assists others in various historic programs and meets at the Putnam County Courthouse monthly. Contact Sherry Otey, Putnam County Commission, 304-586-0201, or Linda Bess, Putnam County Office of Planning and Infrastructure, 304-586-0237, for an application.
Silver Sneakers Class: The Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot hosts the Silver Sneakers Muscular Endurance Class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Move to music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Certified instructors lead classes. For more information, call 304-757-0016.
Senior Fitness Classes: Senior fitness classes are held at the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A certified fitness instructor leads the class. For more information, call 304-757-0016.
CASA Volunteers: The Court Appointed Special Advocate program for Putnam County seeks volunteers to serve as advocates for children who have been abused and neglected. Volunteers must have flexible schedules (some daytime hours are required), complete a 30-hour training session and undergo a background check. For more information, call Kim Runyon Wilds at 304-523-9587, ext. 307.
History Books: The Upper Vandalia Historical Society of Putnam County has several books and publications for sale. They include "Paradise Journals," "Poca-Raymond City Story," "Putnam County Cemetery Survey," "Putnam County Marriages 1848-1882," "1899 Map of Putnam County," "History of Putnam County Volumes I & II," "Nitro: The WWI Boomtown," "Annals of the Great Kanawha," "Recollections and Reflections of Mollie Hansford," "The Course of History of the Kanawha Valley" and "Two Rebel Sisters." To purchase any of the books, call Cheryl Wintz Withrow at 304-760-2121.
Nitro Senior Center: The Nitro Senior Citizen Center, Second Avenue and 21st Street, is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. All seniors are invited to visit, have lunch, play pool or cards, use exercise machines and enjoy other activities. For those needing a ride, the senior van is available by calling 304-755-5502 before 9 a.m.