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HOMESTEAD WORK DAY: Workers are needed at the Homestead Community and Event Center in Dailey on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. to help with improvement projects including completion of the fence around the walking trail, painting the goalposts on the football field, and helping to clear rocks and debris from a freshly plowed community garden space. Anyone available to volunteer some time to help may contact Ellen at 304-642-1228.
BOWLFEST: The Arts Center will host Bowlfest 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors will have a choice of Thai or Chinese noodles, plus your choice of a handmade, artisan ceramic bowl made by one of our talented artists for $20.
USED BOOK SALE: The Elkins Bookhounds, Friends of the Elkins- Randolph County Public Library will hold a used book sale Friday and Saturday at the Elkins YMCA at 400 Davis Ave., next to the library. Hours for the sale are from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Come and pick up some great reading material for a donation and join the Elkins Bookhounds. Membership and renewal forms are available at the sale or in the library. Beginning on July 1, donations of gently used books in good condition may be dropped off at The Elkins/ Randolph County Public Library. No dated material such as textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or damaged books will be accepted for the sale.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Calvary Assembly of God on Route 219 in Valley Head will be having Vacation Bible School 5:30 to 8 p.m July 27-30, from. The theme will be “S’More of Jesus.”Activities include a meal, crafts, games and lesson. Youth from 3 years old to 17 years old are welcome. For more information, please call 304-339-4037.
BASIC READING TUTORING TRAINING: Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County will hold a free two day Basic Reading Tutor Training 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 from and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug.7, at the Wood Training – Development Office at 10 Eleventh Street in Elkins. No prior experience is required and all materials are provided. There will be snacks on Friday and lunch on Saturday. To register and for more information, call 304-516-9225, go online at http://bit.lv/4tutoring or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE TYGART VALLEY CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION: Will be holding their 24th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Aug. 7 at the Gandy Theatre. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. There will be a dinner, live and silent auctions, games, raffles and more. Early bird tickets and registration cutoff date is July 31. For an evening of fun, contact Ray at 304-338-6025 or Don at 304-636-6454.
ELKINS PURPLE MAJESTIES: All “nifty after fifty” ladies are invited to join the Elkins Purple Majesties Red Hats for their monthly luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 9, at Lambert’s Winery in Weston. The menu includes steak hoagie with peppers and onions, potato wedges, Caesar salad, beverages and blueberry wine cake for dessert. All Red Hat Members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. New members are always welcome. For additional information, reservations or cancellations please call Queen BJ McKenzie at 304-614-3079. Reservations must be made by Aug. 2.
HARMAN HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: will be for the classes of 1969, 1970 and 1971 will be at noon Aug. 15. The location will be at 8337 Seneca Trail in Mill Creek. For more information call Jeff Cooper at 304-642-5555.
PICKIN’ IN THE PARK: Pickin’ in the Park will take place each week at Elkins City Park on Wednesday nights co-sponsored by the Augusta Heritage Center and Elkins Parks & Recreation. The country music jam Sessions take place from 5-7 p.m. or later in the Small Pavilion. The old-time music jam sessions are in the raised Sycamore Street Pavilion from 7-9 p.m. or later. All acoustic instruments are welcome, as well as singers, dancers and listeners.