Poca Yard Sale: The Town of Poca is having a town-wide yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event will last all day.
Lions' Harvest Festival: The Liberty Lions Club will have a harvest festival on Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. On Friday, entertainment will be provided by Sounds of Bluegrass. On Saturday, The Lordsmen and Prayer and Faith Singers will perform. Molasses, apple butter and concessions will be available for purchase at the festival.
Art Trading Cards: From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, the Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Huntington, will hold a ATC Party & Swap. "ATC" stands for "Art Trading Card." This event will have an autumn theme. For more information, contact the Renaissance Art Gallery at 304-525-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Needs Support: The Caregivers and Friends of Special Needs People Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Teays Valley Church of God. Do you have a special needs child, friend or family member regardless of age? Come join us as we offer listening ears, support, ideas and share information. Come meet with others in similar situations. For more information or to let us know you are coming, call 304-755-3976.
Hurricane Harvest Festival: The Hurricane Harvest Festival is slated for 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hurricane City Park. Activities will include a Jupiter Jump, Super Slide, face painting, pony rides, hayride, fireworks, vendors, carnival games, pet parade with prizes and a chili cookoff. To register for the chili cookoff, receive vendor applications or receive more information, contact Brenda Campbell at 304-562-5896.
MU Homecoming Parade: The 2012 Marshall University homecoming parade starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Huntington.
Democrats' Meeting: The Putnam County Democrat Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 on the second floor of the old Putnam County Courthouse. Democratic candidates for the Nov. 6 election have been invited. Bring a covered dish. For more information, call 304-755-7139.
Eleanor Craft Show: Crafter and vendor reservations are being accepted for the annual Eleanor Craft Show, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department building. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Nazarene Church Ladies Aide organization. For an application, call Linda, 304-937-3427.
Nitro Wastewater Meeting: Nitro Regional Wastewater Utility will meet in the Nitro City Council chamber at 3 p.m. Oct. 16. A copy of the agenda will be available in the Sanitary Board office on the 16th.
Art 'Fashion' Show: The Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington, has a new fall "fashion show" of autumn-themed art. This includes abstracts, watercolor and photography by local artists. For more information, call the gallery at 304-525-3235.
Trick-or-Treat Hours: The Putnam County Commission has set Trick-or-Treat hours in Putnam County for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Scouting: Milton Baptist Church sponsors Cub Scouts for boys in grades one through five. The meetings are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings. Milton Baptist also sponsors a Boy Scout program for boys in grades six through 12. The Boy Scouts meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Alzheimer's Support Group: An Alzheimer's Association support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's disease patients meets at 12:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 First Ave., Hometown. Information shared is kept confidential. For further information or directions, call 304-586-2745.
Belly Dance Classes: Samadhi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance will start a new session of belly dance classes on Oct. 30. Tuesday evening classes are: Beginner Level I at 6:10 p.m., Beginner Level II at 7:10 p.m. and Troupe Practice at 8:10 p.m. The six-week session costs $60. Classes are being taught at Kryptonite, 4030 Washington St., W., in Charleston, which is near The Cold Spot off the Dunbar exit of Interstate 64. Advance registration is required, as class size is limited. For more information on classes or performances, contact Amira at 304-552-4168 or visit www.wvbellydance.com.
'La Bayadere': The Charleston Ballet will present "La Bayadere" ("The Temple Dancer") at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets are $20 to $25. For more information, visit www.thecharlestonballet.com or call 304-342-6541.
Poll Workers Sought: If you are a registered voter in Putnam County and would be interested in working as a poll worker in the Nov. 6 General Election, contact the Putnam County Clerk's office at 304-586-0202. All poll workers will receive $50 for training and $150 for Election Day work. Applicants will be taken on a first-come basis. Morning and evening training sessions will be available.
ADHD/ADD Support: An ADHD/ADD skills group is starting again in the Teays Valley area. Strategies and topics of discussion will cover organization, procrastination, attention, social skills, anxiety, depression and anger/frustration. Limited spaces are available. All ages are welcome. Call 304- 972-6097 for more information.
WVU Football: RJ Tours will offer bus trips to all seven West Virginia University home football games this season, as well as a chartered, 12-day trip, Thursday, Oct. 4-Monday, Oct. 15, for the Texas and Texas Tech games in Austin, Texas, and Lubbock, Texas, respectively. For more information, contact Robert "Red" Jones at 304-610-6179 or 304-925-2286.
Putnam County Ringers: The Putnam County Ringers community hand bell choir is open to all interested in joining. The group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Eleanor Presbyterian Church. The group will also schedule bookings for all occasions in advance. For more information, call Kathy at 304-546-0259 or Sharon at 304-586-4131.
Utility Assistance: If you are having a problem with a utility company and been unable to resolve the problem, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia maintains a staff of consumer affairs technicians who can answer questions and may be able to help. For more information, call 1-800-642-8544 or log on to www.psc.state.wv.us.
Cub Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 586 meets on Tuesdays in the Eleanor First Baptist Church on W.Va. 62, Eleanor. Meetings include games, character-building exercises and other activities. For more information, call Cub Master Glen Armstrong, 304-586-1157.
NHAR Meetings: New Hope Animal Rescue (formerly the Putnam County Humane Society) meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at its thrift store, Paws and Shop, 2806 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane. NHAR is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue. The group is seeking new members, volunteers, foster homes or anyone who would like to help. Call 304-562-0300 for more information.
Literacy Training: Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County offers a free training session to provide the skills needed to become a literacy volunteer and aid adults in improving their basic academic skills. To find out more, call 304-757-1550.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 3430 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane. Several other meetings are available each day. For more information, visit www.aawv.org or call 1-800-333-5051.
Landlords: The West Virginia Landlords Association meets at Little Creek Country Club in South Charleston every second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. (Social Hour) and 7 p.m. for dinner and a guest speaker. For more information, call 304-342-4343 or visit www.wvlandlords.com
Winfield Building Rental: The Winfield Lions Club building is available to rent for showers, birthday parties and other functions. Overlooking the Kanawha River, with an outdoor grilling area and picnic space available, the building is air-conditioned, has a complete kitchen and seats up to 50. For rates and more information, call 304-755-5539.
Milton Golf League: Milton Baptist Church has a golf league which plays on Thursday evenings, with starting times from 4 to 6 p.m. You do not have to be a member of Milton Baptist to participate. To sign up, contact Bill Sanders at 304-743-3969 or e-mail email@example.com
Caregiver Support: The Family Caregiver Support Program offers support, training and relief to those providing full-time caregiving for a loved one. Services include in-home respite and counseling. Putnam Aging, the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and the Metro Area Agency on Aging sponsor the program. For more information, contact Sally Halstead, 304-562-9451.
Henson Senior Center: The John Henson Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Lunch is served daily at 11:30 a.m. Regular activities include rook, spades, dominoes and pool daily; preventive exercise with Wilma Bennett, 10:15 a.m. Monday and Wednesday; Fit Start, provided by the YMCA, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; crafts with Glenda Black, 10 a.m. Tuesday; and line dancing, 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The center also offers in-home respite to caregivers of all seniors 60 and older and caregivers who are caring for those of all ages diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. The center is also available to rent on evenings and weekends. For more information, contact Sally Halstead at 304-562-9451.
Infant Care Classes: Once a month, FamilyCare offers a two-hour class to help new parents learn to care and feed their newborn babies. Topics include diapering, swaddling, SIDS prevention, bathing, signs of illness, cord and circumcision care, breastfeeding and more. To register, call Debi Ellis at 304-757-6999, ext. 80, or e-mail Debi.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childbirth Education Classes: FamilyCare offers ongoing childbirth education classes in the Teays Valley area. These classes discuss birth options, the labor process, medications and more. This class series meets for four Mondays each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required, and Medicaid patients are welcome. To register, contact Debi Ellis at 304-757-6999, ext 80, or Debi.email@example.com.
Moms/Tots Playgroup: Teays Valley Moms and Tots offer weekly activities for children 4 and younger, as well as monthly Mom's Night Outs for mothers. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectant Parents' Program: The CAMC Family Resource Center conducts a "Becoming a Family" program at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. Programs, services and classes are designed to help expectant parents gain as much information as possible on parenthood. Attendees (including family and friends, depending on the nature of the class) will leave feeling supported and more confident during the process. The program includes special classes on preparing for childbirth, preparing siblings, pediatric CPR, breastfeeding, infant massage and pregnancy massage (for couples). Contact the hospital for more details.
Hometown Space Rental: The Hometown Senior Center is available for rental for showers, birthday parties and other social functions. Reasonably priced, the center has catering available and its dining room seats 75. For reservations or more details, call 304-586-2745.
NWC Event Planning: The Nitro Woman's Club can assist in the planning and staging of special events (weddings, meetings, receptions, birthdays, etc.). Call 304-755-9091 or 304-727-7801.
HLC Volunteers: The Putnam County Commission seeks citizen volunteers to serve on the county's Historic Landmark Commission, which undertakes and assists others in various historic programs and meets at the Putnam County Courthouse monthly. Contact Sherry Otey, Putnam County Commission, 304-586-0201, or Linda Bess, Putnam County Office of Planning and Infrastructure, 304-586-0237, for an application.
Silver Sneakers Class: The Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot hosts the Silver Sneakers Muscular Endurance Class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Move to music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Certified instructors lead classes. For more information, call 304-757-0016.
Senior Fitness Classes: Senior fitness classes are held at the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A certified fitness instructor leads the class. For more information, call 304-757-0016.
CASA Volunteers: The Court Appointed Special Advocate program for Putnam County seeks volunteers to serve as advocates for children who have been abused and neglected. Volunteers must have flexible schedules (some daytime hours are required), complete a 30-hour training session and undergo a background check. For more information, call Kim Runyon Wilds at 304-523-9587, ext. 307.
History Books: The Upper Vandalia Historical Society of Putnam County has several books and publications for sale. They include "Paradise Journals," "Poca-Raymond City Story," "Putnam County Cemetery Survey," "Putnam County Marriages 1848-1882," "1899 Map of Putnam County," "History of Putnam County Volumes I & II," "Nitro: The WWI Boomtown," "Annals of the Great Kanawha," "Recollections and Reflections of Mollie Hansford," "The Course of History of the Kanawha Valley" and "Two Rebel Sisters." To purchase any of the books, call Cheryl Wintz Withrow at 304-760-2121.
Nitro Senior Center: The Nitro Senior Citizen Center, Second Avenue and 21st Street, is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. All seniors are invited to visit, have lunch, play pool or cards, use exercise machines and enjoy other activities. For those needing a ride, the senior van is available by calling 304-755-5502 before 9 a.m.