- SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District board will hold its monthly meeting on Sept. 12 at 9:45 a.m. at the SCD Building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley. Normal business will be conducted. The agenda will be posted at the SCD office. For any questions, please call 304-253-0261.
- Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: special meeting (LSIC) — Monday, Sept. 16, Fayetteville High School (for Fayetteville area schools), 6 p.m.; and special meeting (LSIC) — Monday, Sept. 23, Oak Hill High School (for Oak Hill area schools), 6 p.m.
- Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, Sept. 27; Friday, Oct. 11; Friday, Oct. 25; Friday, Nov. 1; Friday, Nov. 22; and Friday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
- Oak Hill Lions Club — The Oak Hill Lions Club meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dory’s Grille, Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill. For more information, call 304-574-2836.
- Oak Hill Rotary — The Oak Hill Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the LifeBridge Fellowship Hall in East End Oak Hill. Call 304-640-1497 for more information. The first Tuesday of each month is Business Meeting day, and each following Tuesday has a member program scheduled, with guests invited to visit.
- Southern Cross Chapter, UDC — The Southern Cross Chapter #2001 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Saturday of each month at noon for luncheon and meeting, alternating between Oak Hill and Beckley. For information and location of the meeting, call Earldine Robinson at 304-575-0905 or Joan Dickerson at 304-574-0692.
- Cancer Support Group — The Fayette County Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays, then meetings are held the second Monday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Summit at Hidden Valley, 438 23rd Street, Oak Hill (next to Hidden Valley Nursing Home). Call Ann Perry at 304-465-1224.
- Vandalia Garden Club — Vandalia Garden Club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from March through November at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m. Prospective members are welcome.
- Nar-Anon Support Meeting — Nar-Anon support meetings are held each Friday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. For more info, call Vicki at 304-222-0284.
- Quota Club — Quota Club International of Plateau Area meets the third Thursday of each month for a business luncheon at Holiday Inn, Oak Hill, at 12 noon. Quota Club welcomes new members. For membership information, call 304-469-3618.
- West Virginians for Life — The Fayette County Chapter of West Virginians for Life meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Mount Hope United Methodist Church. For more, visit the chapter’s Web site at www.savingthebabies.com.
- Nimble Thimbles — Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday every month at the American Legion in Fayetteville. Bring something to work on or show off.
- Bridge Day Commission — The Bridge Day Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the county commission room at the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Cindy at 304-465-5617.
- Hidden History Photo Contest — There is still time to capture a snapshot of history and enter the Hidden History Photo Contest. This amateur photo contest and the exhibits to follow will showcase the talents of local photographers (adult and youth), while emphasizing the rich historical treasures found in southern West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded. Coordinated by New River Gorge National River and the National Coal Heritage Area, see complete contest rules and information at http://www.nps.gov/neri and http://www.coalheritage.org. The contest entry deadline is Sept. 10.
- Free Diabetes Education — The time is now to take control of your diabetes. Are you a Medicare patient living with diabetes or know someone who is? If so, a new program called Everyone with Diabetes Counts, can help you or your loved one live a healthier life. Everyone with Diabetes Counts offers free diabetes education classes, taught by trained health care workers, right here in your area. This program is hosted by West Virginia Medical Institute. There will be an Everyone with Diabetes Counts education class at Senior Circle, 501 Main St. W., Oak Hill (across from Plateau Medical Center) on Sept. 11, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 from 1-3 p.m. The free classes are for diabetics, friends, family and anyone who is interested in learning more about diabetes. Through a series of classes, you can expect to learn about: diabetes and its risks; the importance of regular doctor exams and annual foot and eye exams; how to maintain willpower in a world of temptations; how to manage medication and much more. For more information, call 855-376-9382 or visit www.wvdiabeteseducation.org.
- Bridge Day Chili Cook-Off — The Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau (Fayetteville CVB) is sponsoring the 5th Annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-Off in conjunction with the annual Bridge Day celebration, on Saturday, Oct. 19. Contests will include a chili and cornbread cook-off. Judges will award cash prizes to the cook-off winners, along with a People’s Choice winner for chili. The chili competition includes professional and amateur categories with traditional and non-traditional recipes for both chili and cornbread. The cook-off begins just as activities on the bridge are winding down. Live music provided by The Wild Rumpus starts at 2:30 p.m. and the chili tasting and judging begins at 3:00 and runs until about 5:30. Awards are presented at 5:30 p.m. For information on how to register as a cook and/or for other questions concerning the Bridge Day Chili Cook-off, contact the Fayetteville CVB at 304-574-1500 or visit www.VisitFayettevilleWV.com.
- Auction — The Rotary Club of Oak Hill will hold a fundraiser auction on Sept. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. at LifeBridge Fellowship Hall (across from King Coal). In case of rain, the auction will be held inside; otherwise, it will be on the parking lot. There will also be a hot dog sale at the same time. Donations are appreciated. Call 304-640-1497 to arrange for pick up.
Places to Go/Things to Do
- Benefit Dance — USA Dance-Beckley will host a benefit dance at the Mount Hope Center of Hope (former Mount Hope High School gym) Sept. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. All proceeds and donations collected will be contributed toward the medical expenses of a local man, who, while on his honeymoon, suffered an incident which has left him partially paralyzed. Andrew Li married the girl of his dreams, Elizabeth Pemberton of Oak Hill, on Saturday, July 20. While on their honeymoon in the Outer Banks, Andrew had a severe pain in his lower back. His legs would not move and he collapsed. His bride rushed him to the local emergency room, where it was discovered he had suffered a stroke of the spinal column. Andrew is diagnosed with Surfers Myelopathy, a very rare medical condition. Much appreciation goes to Jan-Care Ambulance Service who transported Andrew back to West Virginia where he is undergoing treatment and therapy. The Beckley Chapter of USA Dance holds a ballroom dance the second Saturday of each month, and had already scheduled the September event to be themed a “Great Gatsby Night,” with decoration and costumes of the roaring ‘20s era when members discovered the need and determined to make the dance a benefit. The public may attend the dance for an admission price of $10 per person. The club’s dances are always non-smoking, and non-alcoholic; and those who attend are encouraged to bring a snack or covered dish to share in a pot-luck style dinner. Dancers are urged to wear slick-bottomed shoes, and attire for the monthly dances are typically dressy/casual; but 1920s era costumes are encouraged for the September dance. The dance club also meets each Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Center of Hope for weekly dance lessons and practice. For more information on the ballroom dance club, phone 304-469-6401 or 304-877-2751, or visit www.usadance-beckleywv.com. For more information on Andrew Li, email email@example.com.
- Cash and Carter — On Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Cash and Carter will be together again at Nicholas County High School in Summersville. Ivy & Stone presents a tribute and a journey through the life and music of one of the most recognizable couples in the world. Advance sale tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be $3 more at the door on the night of the performance. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-872-4228.
- MHS Class of 1948 — The Montgomery High School Class of 1948 will have its 65-year class reunion Sept. 13-15 at Hawks Nest State Park. Open house will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 13, with a dinner on Sept. 14. Reservations are required. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Vera Halsey Craigo at 513-753-5494.
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