EDITOR’S NOTE: The Datebook is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. Unless otherwise noted, events listed should be considered free and open to the public. Due to numerous entries, items may appear for only one week. Entries appear in chronological order and as there is space. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AND MEETING: Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild annual Christmas party and monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. today at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 181 St. Brendan Way in Elkins. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share for the Christmas dinner. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome. For more information, call Deb at 304-636-3908.
LESSONS AND CAROLS: The Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir and Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church will present the annual gift of music to the community with Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. today at the church. The event, which is free and open to the public, shares the themes of light, hope and the birth of Christ through lyrics, hymns and readings. Davis & Elkins College Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Laura Brekke will deliver the Christmas message “Hope Interferes with Dinner.” The choir, under the direction of Liz Marshall-MacVean and accompanied by Donna Baroudi-Huffman, will present the musical selections. Music will also be provided by Dr. Renaud Stauber on violin, Bryan LaFollette on bagpipe and Deb Super, Rose Harvey and Joyce Hutton on handbells. A reception will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall. The evening’s offering will go toward local food pantries.
CHRISTMAS DINNER: Valley Livestock 4-H Club will host its annual Christmas dinner at 6 p.m. today at the Russell Memorial Library in Mill Creek. The club will provide drinks, plates, silverware and ham. Members are asked to bring a side dish, vegetables or a dessert that will serve about 40 people. Members who wish to participate also are asked to bring an ornament for the ornament exchange. They also will collect for the Angel Tree child. Each family is asked to contribute $5. Each member also is asked to bring either two cans or two boxes of food for the Tyrand Cooperative Ministries food bank. For more information, call Jaime or Jessica Swecker at 304-339-2866.
PURPLE MAJESTIES: The Red Hat Purple Majesties group will host its Christmas dinner Monday at the Elks Club. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a sit-down traditional holiday dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Each Red Hatter attending is asked to bring new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program. For more information, reservations or cancellations, call Queen Carole Helmick at 304-614-0359 or Queen Debbie Cook at 304-940-0067 today.
WEEKEND REVIVAL: The Independent United Brethren Church, 6 Latham St. in Buckhannon, will host a weekend revival at 7 p.m. today through Saturday with Evangelist Scott Krepps. The Rev. Junior B. Harris is pastor of the church.
TOYS FOR TOTS REGISTRATION: Registration for Toys for Tots will continue through Monday for low-income families with children ages 2-13. To register, call 304-636-4365, 304-704-8062 or 304-704-5758 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Calls cannot be accepted after these hours. Toy distribution will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 20-21. Families must be registered to receive toys and will be designated a date, time and place to pick up toys. Toys cannot be delivered and must be picked up. The event is sponsored by Elkins Marine Corps League Detachment 956.
CHRISTMAS BASKET APPLICATIONS: American Legion Post 29 will accept applications for Christmas dinner baskets, for Randolph County residents only, on the following dates/times: 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. through Friday Mondays through Fridays (office closed from noon to 1 p.m.) at 326 Railroad Ave. in Elkins. Proof of physical residency, ID and all forms of income are required. Applications must be filled out in the office. Applications do not guarantee a dinner. Baskets will be given out Dec. 16. Letters to recipients will be mailed out beginning Dec. 12. For more information, call 304-636-3930. Donations of canned goods, other non-perishable food items and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Post.
RCARSE MEETING: Randolph County Association of Retired School Employees monthly luncheon meeting will begin at noon Friday at the IOOF Lodge on the Beverly Five-lane. The menu will be baked steak and all the fixings. The program will be a Christmas concert by the Elkins High School Choir. Those attending are asked to bring cookies for the choir reception. For more information, call Libby or Judy at 304-636-3980.
OPENING RECEPTION: The Log Cabin Quilters Exhibit opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at The Randolph County Community Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
HONKY-TONK AND SQUARE DANCE: The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College will host a Holiday Hoedown honky-tonk and square dance Friday in Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons (former Pit Dance Studio). Music will be provided by Jesse Milnes & Friends with calling by Tyler “T-Claw” Crawford. A beginners’ workshop is set for 7:45 p.m., and the dance starts at 8 p.m. All dances are beginner- and family-friendly and participants do not need to bring a dance partner.
ORGANIZER TRAINING: Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, with help for a grant from the Center for Health, Enforcement and Justice, will sponsor free organizer training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Lewis County at the Senior Center. To register, go to https://organizertraining1.eventbrite.com. For more information, call April Pierson-Keating at 304-642-9436, visit www.mountainlakespreseervation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Buckhannon Choral Society will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Saturday in Wesley Chapel. This is a sing-along for those who have sung the “Messiah.” If you have a copy of the music, bring it with you. Choral Society practice is at 7 p.m. every Monday at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Ladies Auxiliary to the American Legion will host a children’s Christmas party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the upstairs hall of the Post Home in Elkins. The free party is for children 12 and younger. They must be accompanied by an adult. Santa Claus will give out craft bags and stockings. Pizza, cookies and cupcakes will be served. For more information, call Becky at 304-591-5186.
COOKIES AND MORE WALK: First United Methodist Church, 52 S. Florida St. in Buckhannon, will host a cookies and more walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Homemade cookies, candy and crafts will be offered for sale. Proceeds support mission projects of the United Methodist Women.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Landes Arts Center will present Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Bob Thompson in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Petersburg. For tickets and information, call 304-257-1725 or go to www.bownpapertickets.com/event/3105711.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Relay For Life Circle Of Hope Team will sponsor a Holiday Bazaar craft show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Junior Community Building in Junior. Activities will include crafters, vendors, food, face painting, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Santa will be taking pictures with the kids from noon to 2 p.m.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER: The annual Christmas dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mill Creek Senior Center. The menu will consist of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, macaroni and cheese, hot rolls, dessert and drinks. Carryouts only will be available for shut-ins.
WEST VIRGINIA SHEPHERD’S FEDERATION: West Virginia Shepherd’s Federation will host a winter short course program Saturday at the Pendleton County Building in Franklin. This event will cover a variety of topics relating to sheep and goat producers. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There will then be a Shepherd’s Federation at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be drawn at the conclusion. To register, call 304-445-1516 or email email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND BAKE SALE: Coffman Chapel Church will host its annual ornament/Christmas decorations and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, located one half mile on Stalnaker Run Road on the left. All proceeds will benefit the local community.
BUCKWHEAT CAKES AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST: Orlena United Methodist Church’s buckwheat cakes and sausage breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church in Gilman. The menu will include sourdough buckwheat cakes, regular pancakes, sausage and coffee, milk or orange juice.
BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER: A benefit spaghetti dinner for cancer patient Martha Walters will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ellamore recreation center. The menu will consist of spaghetti with meatsauce, salad, Italian bread, dessert and tea or coffee. Soft drinks and other concessions will be available for sale separately.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Elkins First United Methodist Church will present its Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church.
FREE DEVICE WORKSHOP: U.S. Cellular will offer a free device workshop in Elkins at 9 a.m. Saturday at 766 Beverly Pike, Suite 114B. Attendees can learn how to use their device to organize tasks and recipes while also learning how they can control their lights and monitor their home. The workshop is open to everyone, and attendees do not need to be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA: The Mt. Carmel Baptist Church’s adult choir will present the annual Christmas Cantata at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. The church is located across the road from the Randolph Co. 4-H Camp in Beverly. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge for the program.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Valley Chapel United Methodist Church will host “a Night in Bethlehem” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the church on Becky’s Creek Road near Huttonsville. Refreshments will be served.
TYGART VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE MEETING: Tygart Valley Little League member meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Tygarts Valley High School cafeteria. This meeting is a Southeast Regional directed meeting to vote on the constitution and get it submitted so the little league can be chartered.
JAMBOREE: Century Jamboree featuring The Century House Band with special guest Brandon Howdershelt and Suquoia Linton will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Century Community Center. The kitchen opens at 1 p.m. For more information, call 304-844-2449.
CONCERT SERIES: Tucker Community Chorus will present “Christmas Grace,” 2017 Concert Series, at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Davis and at 7 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Parsons. Donations will be accepted, including nonperishable items for local food pantries.
FREE MEAL: Feed the City will offer a free meal from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at the Railyard Restaurant in Elkins. Soups, sandwiches, clothing, face painting for the kids and more will be offered.
REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE: A consumer representative from the Attorney General’s Office will conduct public events throughout the north central counties. The office representative will educate consumers on the latest scams in their area, provide tips on how to guard their personal information and answer questions about consumer protection settlements. Scheduled events are: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Barbour County Senior Center, Philippi; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Upshur County Courthouse Annex, Buckhannon. The sessions are open to the public; reservations are not required. For more information, call Pam Krushansky at 304-741-5834.
AIRPORT AUTHORITY MEETING: Elkins-Randolph County Regional Airport Authority will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the terminal building.
STAFF FROM CONGRESSMAN ALEX X. MOONEY’S OFFICE: Staff from the congressman’s office will host mobile office hours to assist constituents having trouble with a federal agency. Mooney’s staff will answer questions from problems with Social Security and Medicare benefits to obtaining a passport or questions about the IRS. Scheduled events are: 10-11 a.m. Dec. 14, Elkins-Randolph Co. Public Library, 416 Davis Ave., Elkins.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Elkins High School Choir will perform its Christmas program beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Randolph County Community Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
CHRISTMAS DINNER: Dr. Farukh Khan and staff will sponsor a dinner for their patients 55 and older from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Chinese restaurant on Harrison Avenue, near Taco Bell. To RSVP, call 304-636-5426.
CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE: St. Brendan Holy Rosary Guild will host a Christmas bake sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church.
GROCERY BINGO: Ellamore Recreation Center will host grocery bingo beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Other activities will include a hot dog sale, 50/50 drawings and soft drinks and refreshments available for purchase separately. Proceeds will benefit the Ellamore Community Building.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA: First Baptist Church in Elkins will host a Christmas Cantata, “At Last Noel,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17 at 412 Randolph Ave.
FARM BUREAU CHRISTMAS DINNER: Randolph County Farm Bureau will host a covered-dish Christmas dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 in the dining hall at Camp Pioneer. The Farm Bureau will provide the meat, and those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. Speakers will be Scott Campbell, discussing coyote trapping and his new slaughter house; and Dwayne O’Dell, West Virginia Farm Bureau director of public relations. Also, anyone interested can be placed on the Farm Bureau’s email list at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Portia at 304-338-6010.
BROWN BAG CONCERT: Pianist Raymond Godwin will perform Christmas songs at the December Brown Bag Concert at noon Dec. 20 at The Randolph County Community Arts Center. The event free and open to the public.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Ring in the New Year at American Legion Post 29 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Cin’s Karaoke will provide music. There will be party favors, snacks and a champagne toast at midnight. Limited tickets are available for a small cover charge. Must be 21 with photo ID to attend the party. For more information, call 304-636-3930.
BEGINNING BEEKEEPERS COURSE: S & T’s Bees at 222 Davis Ave. in Elkins will host a free six-week beekeeper course from 10 am to noon Saturdays from Feb. 3 through March 10. Those attending can learn beekeeping or brush up on their skills. Participants must be pre-registered by calling 304-637-2335.