-- Caregiver Support Group — The Caregiver Support Group at the Oak Hill Senior Center has scheduled several upcoming sessions as follows: Monday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. — How to Communicate with Someone who has Alzheimer’s Disease; and Monday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. — How to Manage Medications.
-- Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, Aug. 10 (regular); and Friday, Aug. 31 (regular) at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse.
-- Auditions — Charleston Stage Company is holding auditions tonight for the musical “Animal Farm.” Roles are available for a young child (narrator), a minimum of 10 men and 3 women, plus various ensemble roles, ages 17 and up. This production uses mime, music, masks and puppets in this retelling of Orwell’s classic novel. Auditions are being held at WVSU Capitol Center, 123 Summers Street in Charleston from 7 to 9 p.m. The show dates are Oct. 18-20, 25-27.
-- Food Pantry — The Ministerial Association Food Pantry will distribute food to those who qualify on Aug. 22 at the Lewis Community Foundation Christian Community Center (the old Armory) on Central Ave., Oak Hill, from 9 to 11 a.m. Please bring identification and proof of current address. If you are unsure of the qualifications, come and talk to one of the workers. This service to the area is sponsored by the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association.
-- Canning and Freezing Workshop — Learn to can and freeze food. There will be a canning and freezing workshop, open to the public, Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day at the Historic Oak Hill School, 140 School Street, Oak Hill. The workshop is free to the first 20 participants; $5 to anyone after that. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Call 304-574-4253.
Places to Go/Things to Do
-- New River Hummingbird Festival — The annual New River Hummingbird Festival will be hosted this year by Hawks Nest State Park on Aug. 10-11. Join master bander and hummingbird expert Bill Hilton Jr., and local gardening specialist Terri Johnson, as they help those in attendance to discover the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds’ feeding, nesting, migration, and behavior, and how to design a hummingbird habitat in your backyard, schoolyard or nature center. The event will begin Friday, Aug. 10 with dinner at 5 p.m. at the lodge restaurant; limited seating is available. At 6 p.m., Hilton, who is the consulting director of the New River Birding & Nature Center at Wolf Creek Park, will offer a presentation entitled “Ruby-throated Hummingbirds: From Your Yard to Costa Rico and Back!” The next day brings the chance for learning a plethora of information related to the welcome summer visitors. Beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m., both Hilton and Johnson will offer information on topics ranging from hummingbird banding to the native plants that can best be used to attract the hummingbirds. The Midland Trail Pavilion at Hawks Nest is the site of the Saturday activities. There is no admission fee required for the Hummingbird Festival, but donations are accepted to benefit the 501-C3 Fayette County Education Fund. Donors of $25 or more will receive a Perky-Pet Hummingbird Feeder; and those who donate $50 or more will receive a Perky-Pet Hummingbird Feeder and a New River Birding & Nature Festival T-shirt.