SCD Special Meeting — The Southern Conservation District will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the SCD Building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, at 11 a.m. Agenda topic items will review the operation and maintenance of WVCA/SCD Flood Control structures and channels in the SCD area, along with any other new business related to the SCD operations. For more information, call the SCD office at 304-253-0261.
SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District board will meet Dec. 13 at the SCD Building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, at 9:45 a.m. The agenda will be posted at the SCD office. For more information, you may call 304-253-0261.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will convene as follows: regular meeting — Monday, Dec. 3, BOE office, 6 p.m.; and regular meeting — Monday, Dec. 17, BOE office, 6 p.m.
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, Dec. 7 (regular); Friday, Dec. 14 (regular, Courthouse Christmas dinner) at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
Fayette Association of Retired School Employees — FARSE meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Quality Inn, Fayetteville. Current meetings are scheduled for March 23, 2013; April 27; and May 18. Changes are made only when the date interferes with a holiday weekend. Please contact Mary Alice Casebolt, president, at 304-877-3488; Darlene Allen, vice president, at 304-469-4859; or Angelita Berry, secretary, at 304-438-5578, if you have questions. Please keep this in a convenient place and refer to it as needed to plan to attend all six of the meetings.
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.
Beautification Committee — The Beautification Committee for the Town of Fayetteville meets at 4 p.m. the last Monday of each month at the Visitors Center on Main Street, across from the Mexican restaurant. If you are interested in being a part of what the town does to make it stay one of the prettiest towns in West Virginia, you are invited to come join the committee. If you have any questions, call David Laudig at 304-575-9635.
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.
Oak Hill Lions Club — The Oak Hill Lions Club meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Lewis House, Main Street, Oak Hill. For more information, call 304-574-2836.
Al-Anon — Al-Anon meets every Monday night at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill. For more information, call 465-1523.
Fayetteville Junior Women — The Fayetteville Junior Women’s Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month.
AIM — Ansted Improvement Motivators Inc. meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ansted Methodist Church. Teenagers to golden-agers are invited to join. Do you have a couple of hours to donate to help your town? Join the hard-working people who are putting Ansted on the map as a wonderful place to live, play and visit. This can only be done with your help.
American Legion — LaFayette Post 149 of the American Legion meets each third Monday at 7:30 p.m. and hosts Bingo every Tuesday and Saturday at 5 p.m.
PAN — Plateau Action Network (PAN) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Gregg Studio, 104 Fayette Ave., Fayetteville (left side of the Public Defenders building). Call ahead at 304-574-4PAN (4726) if you would like to be on the agenda. Visit www.plateauactionnetwork.org to learn more about the local watershed group, which is working for responsible economic development and sustainable environmental management for the community. Everyone is welcome.
MH Housing Authority Board — The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Mount Hope Housing Authority is scheduled the third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the community room, Midtown Terrace, Mount Hope. Business discussed will include approval of minutes, approval of disbursements, and whatever business comes before the board.
Fayette County Chamber — The Fayette County Chamber board of directors meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. For meeting locations, call 304-465-5617.
Scouts — The Oak Hill Boy Scout Troop 1335 meets each Monday at 7 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. New members are being accepted. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Randy Dolin at 304-465-5087.
Humane Society — The New River Humane Society holds its regular meetings the second Tuesday of each month at Chico’s Restaurante, 2027 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, at 6:30 p.m. NRHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and welfare of animals. The public is welcome. Come support your local humane society and animal shelter. For more information, call 304-465-5062.
Free Workshop — New River Community and Technical College will host a free Home-Based Business – Keys to Success workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the former Bank of Glen Jean building in Glen Jean. Home-based businesses are growing rapidly across the nation. Many people start a home-based business as a way to provide additional income and to have more control over their destiny. If you are one of the 18 million individuals who have a home-based business, or if you are interested in learning how to start one, this workshop will give you important tips to make your business successful. For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Stiffler at 304-929-3313.
Oak Hill Christmas Parade — Entries are being accepted for the 2012 Oak Hill Christmas parade, “A Frosty Christmas,” set for Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. For an entry form, visit the website at www.cityofoakhill.homestead.com and click on “Misc. Info/Forms,” or stop by City Hall, 100 Kelly Ave. Parade line-up will begin at 5 p.m. at High Lawn Cemetery, and will be in the order entries arrive. All entries should have some type of lights/lighting. Deadline for entry is Dec. 3.
Christmas Parade — The Montgomery Christmas Parade will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Lineup will be at 6 p.m. at the Montgomery Fire Department. Bands, floats, military personnel, cheerleaders, walkers, classic cars, churches, etc. are all welcome. Anyone who would like to participate should call Angela Tackett or Terri Kees at 304-442-5181 by Nov. 29. Prior to the parade, Santa will be at City Hall from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. to visit with the children. Parents are welcome to bring their cameras and take as many pictures with Santa as they would like.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Fayetteville Community Chorus — The Fayetteville Community Chorus will perform its annual Christmas show on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Fayetteville Presbyterian Church. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Breakfast With Santa — Beckley ARH will host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 8 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the facility’s gymnasium (enter at back of hospital by ER). Tickets are $5 per person regardless of age. Advance purchase is recommended by calling Rhonda at 304-255-3456. Breakfast will be provided by Chick-fil-A and Beckley ARH. Special guests will include Santa Claus himself along with Santa Cow and Elf Calf. Funnybones will provide entertainment for the children. Santa will have a surprise for each child. Photo opportunities of children with Santa will be available form Shifoto. Proceeds from Breakfast with Santa will benefit the Beckley ARH renovation project capital campaign.
Christmas Fair — There will be a Christmas Fair featuring food, crafts and music Saturday, Dec. 8 from 12 to 7:30 p.m. at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville. The event is sponsored by the Fayetteville Woman’s Club. Call 304-574-2580 to get your booth space.
Christmas Play — A Christmas play, “When I Met Jesus,” will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., at Christian Revival Center, located by the Fire Department at Robson.
The EGG Project — Ames Heights Bible Church is breaking out The EGG Project (Exploring God’s Goodness) on Sunday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. for those in grades 1 to 6. Come, bring a friend and unscramble the mysteries of God’s Word. For more information, call Suzie at 304-574-2131.
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