-- SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District monthly board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at the SCD Building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, at 9:45 a.m. Normal business will be conducted. The agenda will be posted at the SCD office. For any questions concerning the above mentioned meeting, please call 304-253-0261.
-- Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will convene as follows: statutory/regular meeting — Tuesday, April 17, BOE office, 6 p.m.; and special meeting (Local School Improvement Councils — Meadow Bridge area schools) — Monday, April 30, Meadow Bridge High School, 6 p.m.
-- Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Monday, April 2 (regular session); Tuesday, April 17 (special session, lay levy); and Friday, April 20 (regular session and election test) with each meeting at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
-- 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.
-- FARSE — Fayette Association of Retired School Employees (FARSE) will meet April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Quality Inn in Fayetteville. The group also will meet May 19. 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.
-- 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.
-- Southern Cross Chapter, UDC — The Southern Cross Chapter #2001 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Saturday of each month at Chico’s in Oak Hill.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Fayette Square Make it Shine Clean-Up — Volunteers across the state are rallying to improve their local parks, public spaces, waterways, hiking trails, sidewalks and streets by participating in the Department of Environmental Protection’s WV Make It Shine statewide cleanup. These events take place through April 15. Plateau Action Network (PAN) will kick off its activities with a cleanup of the wetlands in front of Kroger/Kmart shopping center in Oak Hill. This cleanup will take place Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. until about 2 p.m. For more information, contact Kerren Hall at 304-731-8063, check out PAN’s Facebook page, or just show up wearing boots and long pants. Gloves, bags, beverages, snacks and gratitude will be provided. Last year’s PAN event cleaned up over 3,000 pounds of trash from the New River by Hawks Nest Dam thanks to the hard work from the 53 volunteers who participated.
-- ARC Classes — American Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED class will be offered April 19. For more information, call Jane Hardy at 304-640-1120.
-- Sobriety Checkpoint — On Friday, April 6, the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of WV 16 and Scarbro Road in Glen Jean. The checkpoint will be in operation from 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, until 2 a.m. Saturday, April 7. The purpose of this checkpoint is to deter impaired drivers, as well as to educate the public about the dangers of driving an automobile while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The motoring public is urged to assist the State Police in their efforts to stop driving under the influence incidents by reporting impaired drivers.
-- Leadership Fayette County Graduation — Rocket Boy Roy Lee Cooke will be the special guest speaker at this year’s Leadership Fayette County graduation on Sunday, May 13. Special tickets have been set aside to enable additional Fayette County students to hear Cooke’s address. The tickets can be purchased as a tax-deductible contribution of $75 each and include dinner for the selected students. Anyone interested may contact the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at 304-465-5617 and ask to speak to Sharon or Cindy.
-- Relay for Life — The local Wal-mart in Fayetteville is raising funds for this year’s Relay for Life, Friday, June 14 at Oak Hill High School football field beginning at 6:30 p.m. The store is once again sponsoring the Celebrate, Hope and Remember Tree at the store. Located on the grocery side entrance, this tree is touching, heartwarming, sad, all at the same time. Each heart, that is rustically handmade, hangs in memory of your loved one, in hoping and support for a cure for someone who is battling and in celebration of those who fought the battle and won. Each costs just $3 at the store’s service desk and all proceeds go to the relay and ACS. For more info, call 304-574-1086.
-- Indoor Flea Market and Hot Dog/Beans Sale — There will be an indoor flea market and hot dog/beans and cornbread sale on Saturday, April 14 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nazarene Church in Oak Hill beside Kountry Korner. There will be 30 tables to rent for $10 each. All proceeds go to Relay for Life. Entry forms are available at the service desk at the Fayetteville Wal-mart. Also sold will be hot dogs with all the fixings, beans and cornbread, nachos, desserts and more. Items already set to sell include furniture, Nascar items, and appliances. For more information, call 304-574-1321.
-- Volleyball for Autism — High school girls teams and adult co-ed teams are invited to register for a volleyball tournament on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Place in Beckley. Register a team of 8 for $80. Contact Kelli White at 304-673-1539 for information. All proceeds benefit the Autism Angel Fund at the Autism Recovery Resource Center.
-- Spring Cleanup at Huse — The annual spring cleanup at at Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Fayetteville is now under way. New decorations may be placed May 1, or call 304-574-3760 to see if the area in which you wish to place new decorations has been completed.
-- Applications Accepted — The Greater Mount Hope Community Fund Inc. is seeking applications for its 2012 discretionary mini-grants. Fund officials will consider grant requests for projects in the City of Mount Hope and surrounding communities. Requests are limited to no more than $1,200. In order to benefit a greater number of projects, requests for amounts smaller than the maximum are encouraged. To be eligible for a GMHCF grant, either the applicant or the proposed grant recipient must be a non-profit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution such as a school or municipality. Grant application packets are available from GMHCF, 211 Bluestone Road, Mount Hope, WV 25880 or by calling 304-877-9191 or 304-877-6603. Completed applications and all requested supporting information must be postmarked or received in the Fund office no later than April 27 to be eligible for consideration.
-- YouthBuild — Southern Appalachian Labor School has 40 YouthBuild training slots available for youth between the ages of 16 and 24. The criteria for eligibility is that the applicant be out of school or has dropped out of school and does not have a high school diploma or GED certificate. The program is focused on the youth developing job skills and obtaining the GED certificate. Also available is a certificate from Home Builders Institute for completing the PACT construction training and Green Building certifications. The youth will receive a stipend for the training and additional education funds from AmeriCorps good for 10 years. Please call 304-779-2280 or 304-779-2772 if interested and ask for Kathryn South or Artie Mullins. Applications may also be picked up at the Fayette Institute of Technology in Oak Hill or Room G21, COBE Hall, WVU Tech.
-- White Oak Rail Trail Expo — The first ever White Oak Rail Trail Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, on the White Oak Rail Trail in Oak Hill. Vendor spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a fee of $10. Any businesses, community organizations, or individuals are invited to rent vendor spots to sell their products, get the word out about their group, or even have a yard sale or flea market. For more information, e-mail Vicki Setterl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristi Atha-Rader at email@example.com.
-- Golf Tournament — Saints Peter & Paul will host its annual golf tournament on Saturday, April 28 at Bridge Haven. Contact the school at 304-465-5045 for additional information and/or to reserve your team.
Places to Go/Things to Do
-- Health Fair — Join the American Red Cross at the Spring Into Health Fair 2012 on Wednesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Red Cross office in Beckley on Industrial Drive (across from John Eye’s Big Sandy). Come spend the day visiting with various organizations. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
-- Murder Mystery Dinner Theater — Get ready for an evening of songs and shenanigans as the Historic Fayette Theatre presents “Dream of Murder,” an audience participation murder mystery presented by The In Cahoots Players April 27- 29 as a dinner theater. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner at Diogi’s, Gumbo’s, Pies and Pints or The Vandalian. You will need to specify where you wish to dine and you will be given $20 voucher for that restaurant. The dinner offer is good through April 24. Or you can purchase a ticket for the show only for $10 a person. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 304-574-4655 on Tuesday or Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m. or go to www.brownpapertickets.com.
-- Sunrise Service — Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, 6952 Gatewood Rd., Fayetteville, will have a sunrise service Easter morning at 6:30 a.m. The service will be held across the street from the church on the hill with the three crosses. Everyone is invited to the church fellowship hall for breakfast afterward.
-- Ministers’ Wives & Widows Gala — Women of Valor, a Ministers’ Wives and Widows Gala, will be held Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at the Hilltop Baptist Center, Hilltop. Ticket price is $20. Everyone is invited.
-- Cross Walk — The Mount Hope Ministerial Alliance will host a cross walk through Mount Hope on Good Friday, April 6. The walk will begin at The Clinton Apartments and end at The Christian Church. The event is geared to show what Jesus Christ went through. Anyone who would just like to be part of the crowd that followed Jesus is invited to meet at the Clinton Apartments at 5:30 p.m. on April 6. Church services will follow the event at The Rock Church in Kilsyth at 7 p.m. with Pastor Les Allen. For more information, please call Marvin Prevost, president of the Mount Hope Ministerial Association, at 304-573-0339, or Johnnie Smith at 304-237-3490.
-- 40-Day Revival — Liberty Baptist Church of Victor will hold a 40-day revival through May 10. Services will begin at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching and singing will be provided each night. Please call 304-640-1568 for more information or directions.
-- Ladies Night Out — Ames Heights Bible Church will hold its annual Ladies Night Out on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Doris Bowman. Come, bring a friend and spend an evening filled with fun, fellowship and praise. For more information, call Suzie at 304-574-2131.
-- Indoor Sale — Seniors at Twin Oaks Plaza Apartments are having an Indoor Sale at 201 Oak Hill Avenue on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Many household items will be for sale. Come to back of the building for entry.
-- Goldeneers — The Goldeneers Seniors will hold the group’s April fundraiser on April 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the O.C. Rushing Center at the Nazarene Church. For sale will be hot dogs, barbecues, beans and cornbread and the usual great selection of homemade baked goods. Come, welcome spring and enjoy the day. Thanks for supporting your senior citizens.
-- Fayette County Starting Points — The Fayette County Starting Points will stage a hot dog/bake sale fundraiser on Friday, April 30. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the banquet hall of the center, which is located in the old Falls View School on Rte. 60. Hot dogs will cost $1.25 each. Dine in or carry out. A meal including a hot dog, chips, drink and dessert will cost $2.50. Orders of 10 or more will be delivered. Orders can be placed now at 304-779-3109.