Community Thanksgiving Meal — The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will not be held in 2021 because of Covid-19, according to organizer Lesley Taylor. The dinner had to be canceled in 2020 as well. “The pandemic has hit so many people so hard. I worry about the folks who counted on the Community Thanksgiving Meal because they didn’t have anything else. It’s just heartbreaking on so many levels, from the folks who are in need to the folks who don’t have anyone else so they ended up volunteering and/or dining with us for the fellowship,” Taylor said. Taylor added, however, that the Community Thanksgiving Meal is not finished. “We’ll be back,” she said. “We will be back.”

Fayette County Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Thursday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the conference room of the FCHD at its new location at 5495 Maple Lane, Fayetteville. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

Gauley Bridge Thanksgiving Dinner — The Town of Gauley Bridge will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Gauley Bridge Senior Center. The meal will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans and roll and, for dessert, pumpkin cheesecake or cupcakes. Coffee, tea, water and punch will be available.

Fayetteville Christmas Parade — The Fayetteville Christmas parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

Blood Drive — Brookside Ministries will host an American Red Cross blood drive, Communities Coming Together, on Friday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church’s fellowship hall, 18419 Deepwater Mountain Road, Mount Carbon. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter to schedule an appointment. Maximize your blood donation and help more patients. If you are an eligible type O, B- or A- donor, consider making a Power Red donation. Red blood cells are the most commonly transfused blood component. Download the blood donor app at

A Storybook Christmas Parade — The Town of Ansted will host A Storybook Christmas Parde on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Decorate your float like your favorite Christmas story or your favorite book with your own holiday twist.

Montgomery Christmas Parade — The Montgomery Christmas parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Lineup will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Montgomery Fire Department. Please enter the lineup from the fire department end of town. The theme this year is “Songs of the Season.” Bands, floats, military personnel, cheerleaders, walkers, classic cars and more all are welcome to take part. If you would like to participate, please contact Angela Tackett by Nov. 23 to be included in the lineup. You can email or For more information, call 304-442-5181.

Shining Hope Christmas Decorating Contest — Harmony for Hope is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Shining Hope Christmas Decorating Contest for those living within Mount Hope City, annexed. The event is free to enter and you may do so online at New this year will be a special award for Most Festive Street in the Annexed City of Mount Hope. This year’s prizes include: first place – $100; second place – $50; and third place – $25. Gift cards will be awarded to the houses which come in as runners-up based on the judging criteria listed at

Beckley VAMC Needs Volunteers — Looking for purpose or a way to give back to your community? The Beckley VA Medical Center needs you. The Beckley VAMC needs additional volunteers to help in various roles, including helping veteran patients who are in wheelchairs get to appointments in the Medical Center and becoming Disabled American Veterans (DAV) volunteer drivers. Due to Covid-19 concerns, many of our dedicated volunteers are unable to come to the Medical Center. Volunteers push more than 120 veterans – on a light day – to appointments through the Medical Center. They average between 14,000 and 24,000 steps a day! Because of visitation restrictions, these volunteers are needed more than ever. They fill a vital role in our everyday operations, ensuring veterans arrive to the right place at the right time. They put veterans at ease and make them comfortable. More than 1,300 southern West Virginia veterans rely the DAV Drive Network program. That is more than 10 percent of Beckley VAMC’s enrolled population of veterans. More than 20,000 miles are driven a month with an average of 500 veterans, many who are rural and without other transportation, riding along. If you are interested in stepping up to be a volunteer, please contact the Voluntary Service Office at or call 304-255-2121 ext. 4556. Beckley VAMC thanks the current volunteers, and hopes to welcome you soon.

High Fitness Class — Active Southern West Virginia and the Fayette County Memorial Building have partnered to offer a weekly high fitness class. Active SWV utilizes its free Community Captain program to improve the lives and wellness of community members.  The goal of Community Captains is offering free fitness programming for all skill levels. For the full list of monthly programming opportunities, visit  Community Captain Sarah Edwards offers a free, fun class that incorporates interval training with pop music, and intense easy-to-follow routines. High fitness produces a high caloric burn and full body toning through moves that alternate between cardio peaks and toning tracks. High fitness can be modified to fit your level of fitness. No equipment is needed; just bring water. Classes are ongoing on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville. If you would like more information about this topic or starting a free fitness program of your own, please contact Elizabeth Raney at 304-254-8488 or email at

Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library has released its branches’ schedule of events for November. All branches will have grab and go craft bags for the kids. Scheduled events for November are listed alphabetically by designation. Patrons are asked to call to register for all programs or to make an appointment and for times. All branches will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving. Fine Free Week runs through Saturday, Nov. 20. Ansted (FA, 102 Oak Street, Ansted, 304-658-5472) — storytime (Thursday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.), movie night (Tuesdays, Nov. 23 and 30, 6 p.m.), micro greens (Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — baby lapsit (ages 0 to 12 months, Mondays, Nov. 22 and 29, 11 a.m.), 4-H (Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m.), Girl Scouts (Tuesday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m.). Administration Office (FC, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, 304-465-0121 or 304-465-5664) — book club (Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — Family Game Time (Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.) and book club (Monday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m.). Mount Hope (FH, 500 Main Street, Mount Hope, 304-877-3260) — Dollar Decorations (Mondays, Nov. 22 and 29, 11 a.m.), Crafternoon (Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m.), family movie (Friday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.), storytime (Friday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.), Power of Play (ages 1-5, Friday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.), adult canvas painting (Monday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m.), Libratory (Thursday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m.), Lego/Knex (Thursday, Nov. 18, all day), Choose Your Own Adventure book club (Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.) and Make it and Take it (Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23, all day). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — Lego/Knex (Thursday, Nov. 18, all day), adult coloring club (Friday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.), find the turkeys (Friday, Nov. 19, all day) and Hanukkah craft (Monday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m.). Oak Hill (FO, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, 304-469-9890) — scavenger hunt (all month), storytime (Thursday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.) and baby lapsit (Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.). Bookmobile (FP, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, 304-465-5664) — Week 2 (to Nov. 19 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 3) and Week 1 (Nov. 22 to Nov. 23).

WVU Extension Service Book Club — The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) holds a virtual book club discussion on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. To join the Zoom discussion, visit, dial in by cell phone at 1-646-558-8656 or dial in by landline toll-free in the U.S. at 877-853-5257. The meeting ID is 973 1613 3152. Following is the remainder of the year’s scheduled book topics: Nov. 23 — Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.

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