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Street fair, author appearance among upcoming library events

The following is a list of upcoming events scheduled at Kanawha County Public Library locations. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.kanawhalibrary.org.

St. Albans Riverfest kicks off this week at Roadside Park

Sternwheelers, live music and more will greet visitors to St. Albans Riverfest, which kicks off Thursday, June 25, and continues through Sunday, June 28 at Roadside Park in St. Albans.

Nitro, Hurricane soccer players obtain Green Memorial Scholarships

The third annual recipients of the Richard (Dick) Green Memorial Scholarships are Lauren London from Hurricane High School and Mariah Cook from Nitro High School.

Charleston Montessori to host Children’s Art Colony camp

Charleston Montessori School will offer a one-week camp for rising first- through sixth-grade students the week of July 27-31.

EBHS Alumni Association awards 25 scholarships to Riverside graduates

At the 16th annual awards ceremony at Riverside High School May 14, the East Bank High School Alumni Association awarded scholarships of $4,000 each to 25 RHS graduating seniors.

233 West Virginia students dubbed Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

Two-hundred-thirty-three eighth-grade students from across West Virginia received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture on May 1.

Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century
Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century

Adults and children may debate from now ‘til the end of time the existence of Santa Claus.

WVSU 4-H camp for youth set

The annual National Summer Transportation Institute 4-H camp for students entering seventh through ninth grades continues to accept applications for the June 15-26 camp hosted by West Virginia State University Extension Service.

Piedmont kindergarten teacher gets bubbly send-off
Piedmont kindergarten teacher gets bubbly send-off

Bubbles burst like gentle kisses on the face of Piedmont Elementary School kindergarten teacher Janet Lutz.

Ground broken for Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream near Shops At Trace Fork
Ground broken for Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream near Shops At Trace Fork

Construction has begun on what will become Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream, a new, family-owned business between the Shops At Trace Fork and Dudley Farms Plaza in South Charleston.

Judge grants halt to managed-care mental-health expansion

Representatives from one of West Virginia’s Medicaid managed care organizations fear that a court order barring them from expanding their coverage into behavioral health services will negatively impact patient care coordination for thousands of...

WVU Extension Service to sponsor teen arts camp

Budding teenage artists will get the opportunity to blossom at West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy July 22-25 in Morgantown.

UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp
UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors and seniors and college undergraduates to participate in an intensive, three-day summer camp for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy.

Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston
Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston

The smokers will be stoked and sizzling, the sauces will be stirred and seasoned expertly, and the senses will be spellbound for the 17th year next week at Ribfest.

Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie
Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie

When faced with a choice, I usually choose pie over cake for dessert.

Family-friendly Greenbrier Pool open for season in Kanawha City
Family-friendly Greenbrier Pool open for season in Kanawha City

For those seeking a bit of wooded seclusion and spirited recreation in a highly family-oriented atmosphere, Greenbrier Pool in Kanawha City is a trusty summertime destination.

Church’s 5K nets footwear for needy
Church’s 5K nets footwear for needy

Numerous individuals laced up their shoes earlier this month for a brisk morning exercise at the fourth annual Shoes 4 Strangers 5K race at Kanawha State Forest.

Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids
Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids

If Freddy the Fish was a real brook trout, he wouldn’t have been too happy swimming in a polluted aquarium, but for a group of fifth-grade students from St. Albans and Tornado, the annual Coal River Water Festival was an all-around good...

Protecting your pets from outdoor threats
Protecting your pets from outdoor threats

An agile, young outdoorswoman named Annie didn’t fare quite the same way as Marvel comic book character Peter Parker when she was bitten by a spider a few months ago.

South Carolina author pens book about Morgan family history
South Carolina author pens book about Morgan family history

After gathering material for most of her life and almost four years in the writing and production processes, 81-year-old Mary Griffith Bird has published her pictorial history book, “The Lives and Adventures of Our Morgan Pioneers,”...

Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre
Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre

Now in its third year of ministry on Charleston’s West Side, Living Water Worship Center declares itself “A place you can come and thirst no more.”

Shawnee Clubhouse Grill opens at Shawnee Park in Dunbar
Shawnee Clubhouse Grill opens at Shawnee Park in Dunbar

Sitting near the big, stone fireplace in the Shawnee Park Lodge, Executive Chef Wayne Poythress talked about sandwiches that exceed expectations and his larger vision for his new restaurant, the Shawnee Clubhouse Grill.

Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

“The West Virginia Farmers Market Vendor Guide,” produced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia Farmers Market Association, outlines the items that may be...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power
Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power

The shortstop for the West Virginia Power this season, Cole Tucker, comes to the team with excellent playing credentials.

Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season
Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season

The Coal River has had a history of commerce as well as environmental concerns.

Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon
Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon

Live in West Virginia long enough and you’ll likely hear the declaration that its unofficial 56th county is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side
Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side

There’s just something magical about playing in the woods, even if your lungs are burning, your hips ache and your feet feel like they’re about to drop off.

Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State
Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State

My introduction to paddling was in a rented kayak in the Coal River Group’s Tour de Coal a few years ago. I realized I loved paddling. Because I also like to fish, combining the two seemed a natural enough endeavor.

Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction
Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction

For those hard-wired to experience an adrenalin rush while on two wheels, the Snowshoe Bike Park offers one of the best trail systems in the United States.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association
Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association

The discographies of Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Styx and Christopher Cross display no songs referencing the glories of sailing in West Virginia.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish
Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish

The muskellunge, or musky/muskie, can be one of the most elusive fish to catch in West Virginia.

Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers
Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers

The Elk River is one of the best waterways in West Virginia to haul in a big musky.

Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey
Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey

If one needs a reminder of just how beautiful the Mountain State is, take a hike on the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge near Fayetteville.

Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options
Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options

For as long as there have been motorized vehicles, people have taken advantage of them to improve their enjoyment of the outdoors.

Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations
Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations

Three years ago, Scott Smith had modest expectations for the inaugural Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament.

Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia
Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia

Below is a calendar of just a small sampling of some of the outdoors-related activities open to the public throughout West Virginia through the end of August:

Foot golf coming to Coonskin; disc golf may be in eventual mix of links options

For the nontraditional golfer who’d prefer to move his or her legs more than his or her arms on the greens, a new foot golf course is coming soon to Coonskin Park to make it so.

Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp
Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp

Soon ramp season will be over, but don’t fret. Green garlic, another hallmark of spring, is ready for harvest.

Triathlons bring out best in athletes
Triathlons bring out best in athletes

Triathlons promote perhaps some of the most challenging athletic endeavors in the world.

Carbide Camps set to close
Carbide Camps set to close

The Union Carbide Hunting and Fishing Lodge campground on Blue Creek is facing extinction soon, after decades of being a choice, close-by, back-to-nature getaway location for generations of Union Carbide employees, their families and friends.

Central Elementary School in St. Albans hosts ‘Meet the Authors’
Central Elementary School in St. Albans hosts ‘Meet the Authors’

The second grade of Central Elementary School in St. Albans hosted a “Meet the Authors’ Celebration” on Friday, April 11, with about 75 family members of the students attending the morning celebration.

Fundraising effort underway to purchase new police dog
Fundraising effort underway to purchase new police dog

If Bullet, a K-9 service dog with the Nitro Police Department were human, he’d be 60-something and ready to retire from the high stress of police work.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Week observed on West Side
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Week observed on West Side

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Charleston on the capital city’s West Side was one of among 4,000 or so Boys & Girls Clubs around the United States who marked National Boys & Girls Club Week recently with a variety of...

South Charleston Public Library seeks presenters, sponsors for summer reading programs

The South Charleston Public Library is planning summer reading programs for children, teenagers and adults and is seeking sponsors and presenters.

Furniture Mission at First Presbyterian Church going strong
Furniture Mission at First Presbyterian Church going strong

Beginning May 23, area residents with good, usable furniture and appliances that they’d like to donate to a good cause, can do so by contacting the Furniture Mission.

DAR names St. Albans teacher named Outstanding Teacher of American History 2015
DAR names St. Albans teacher named Outstanding Teacher of American History 2015

Vickie Underwood Hensley, an American history teacher at St. Albans High School, has been selected as Outstanding Teacher of American History for 2015 by the West Virginia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Scout installing fishing line recycling stations
Scout installing fishing line recycling stations

When Devyn Dodd was fishing around for ideas for an Eagle Scout project, he remembered a family vacation in Florida a few years ago.

Bridgeport Equipment & Tool opens in South Charleston off Corridor G
Bridgeport Equipment & Tool opens in South Charleston off Corridor G

A shiny reproduction of an 1871-era Gatling gun stood outside the newly opened Bridgeport Equipment & Tool in South Charleston, drawing visitors to the store’s April 17 ribbon cutting.

Farmer’s Table: Fish Chowder
Farmer’s Table: Fish Chowder

In the past month, I have attended two conferences at Pipestem State Park. The first, the West Virginia Master Gardeners’ Conference, took place on a cold, snowy spring weekend, but there were plenty of great indoor sessions to occupy my time.

Couple donate $1 million to support UC center construction
Couple donate $1 million to support UC center construction

The University of Charleston has announced a $1 million gift from John and Fonda Elliot to support the innovation activities that will be anchored in the Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center.

Nine area schools recognized for high performance, progress

Nine schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties were honored recently for being at the top of their class.

Alum Creek clean-up celebrates 20th year of clearing litter from roadsides

Fill a bag, eat a hot dog.

Those are two activities that the Alum Creek Lions Club is hoping will draw volunteers to its 20th annual Alum Creek Clean-Up on Saturday, April 25. The purpose of the event is to pick up litter along the roads in Alum...

Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday
Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday

The Mountain State Kayak Anglers will host a fishing tournament on Saturday, April 18, along the Coal River.

Farmer’s Table: Polish Cheesecake
Farmer’s Table: Polish Cheesecake

It has been more than 25 years since Poland’s Solidarity movement defeated the Communist Party, leading to the fall of communism across central and Eastern Europe.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsors bowling tournament

Whether you’re rolling strikes or gutter balls, homeless animals will be the winners during this Saturday’s annual Bowl-A-Thon at Venture Lanes.

Third annual fun and fitness fair Saturday in Clendenin
Third annual fun and fitness fair Saturday in Clendenin

This Saturday in Clendenin, there’s going to be a whole lot of shaking going on.

Challenger League baseball provides outlet for special needs youth
Challenger League baseball provides outlet for special needs youth

Josh Taylor sang the national anthem and received a kiss from his mother and looks of admiration from a team of young baseball players.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week
Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week

A holiday, of sorts, is occurring this week for excited baseball fans in the Charleston region.

Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU
Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU

Ratio Christi at Marshall University will welcome J. Warner Wallace, an author, converted atheist, cold case homicide detective and apologist, to Gateway Christian Church and Marshall University on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28 for two free...

MS Walk scheduled for April 18

Over 12,000 of us in West Virginia and Virginia and untold numbers around the world need your help. We have Multiple Sclerosis.

Farmer’s Table: Bara Brith Shortbread Cookies
Farmer’s Table: Bara Brith Shortbread Cookies

This is the time of year when I am reminded of my Friendship Force trip to Wales. My hostess lived alone in a small bungalow atop a hill in Newport. She was a great cook. She baked and sold pastries once a week at the Women’s Institute Market,...

Master Gardeners educating, beautifying, feeding
Master Gardeners educating, beautifying, feeding

While the educational value of the Master Gardeners Program can’t be seen right away, you don’t have to go far in Charleston to see its work on full display.

New co-directors named to head Mountaineer Montessori School
New co-directors named to head Mountaineer Montessori School

Jennifer Carriger and Suzanne Sanders have been named co-directors of Mountaineer Montessori School at 308 20th St. in Charleston.

Pickers Paradise Antique Mall packed, stacked with quality collectibles
Pickers Paradise Antique Mall packed, stacked with quality collectibles

Plenty of prized possessions from the past pack the Pickers Paradise Antique Mall collectors’ haven between Charleston’s West Side and Sissonville on W.Va. 21.

South Charleston Public Library seeks presenters, sponsors for summer reading programs

The South Charleston Public Library is planning summer reading programs for children, teenagers and adults and is seeking sponsors and presenters.

Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday
Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday

This weekend’s “Run for the River Sprint, Spoke and Splash” triathlon will provide an early springtime challenge on land and water.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley sponsoring golf outing fundraiser

To help in its goal of promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Kanawha Valley is sponsoring the “Hot Rod” Hundley Golf Outing.

Dog obedience competition coming to Dunbar

The Kanawha Obedience Training Club invites you to experience the world of dog obedience competition this weekend.

West African brings drums and dance to South Charleston Library
West African brings drums and dance to South Charleston Library

Sogbety Diomande speaks more than 40 languages, but it’s his goatskin-covered drums that do most of the talking. The infectious beat is a language that everyone understands.