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.
GLASS RECYCLING NOTICE: The glass recycling center located at 31 Jones Drive will be closed until Jan. 21. City officials request people do not place glass at the drop off location until it opens Jan. 21.
BUCKWHEAT AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST: Randolph Lodge IOOF will host a sourdough buckwheat cakes and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. – noon Saturday at the Lodge Hall on the Beverly Five-lane. The menu will consist of sourdough buckwheat cakes, regular pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, and coffee, milk or orange juice. Take out will be available.
QUARTER SALE: Clothes Closet thrift store, 47 Sedgwick St. in Buckhannon, will host a quarter sale from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. All used shirts and pants will be on sale for one day only.
MLK CELEBRATION: Join Randolph County’s Cultural Awareness and Enrichment Group’s celebration of Dr. King’s legacy Sunday with speakers, music and dance, including the Rev. Martin White, artist Laurie Goux, Michael and Carrie Kline and candidate for West Virginia Attorney General Sam Petsonk. There will be an art-centered children’s program held upstairs. March from the Federal Building in Elkins at 3:45 p.m. Program begins at 4 p.m. at Woodford United Methodist Church, First Street and Kerens Avenue. A community potluck supper will follow. Those attending are asked to bring a dish.
CITY HALL CLOSED: Elkins City Hall will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Garbage service will run on regular schedule.
DARDENFEST 2020: DardenFest, a fundraiser for ArtsBank Inc., will be Jan. 25, upstairs at the Darden Mill at the corner of First Street and Railroad Avenue in Elkins. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the music begins at 7 p.m. There will be limited seating and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to be there on time or a little early. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
CONCERT: The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus will present a concert at First United Methodist Church, 52 S. Florida St., corner of S. Florida and Latham streets, Jan. 26, 5 p.m. in the main sanctuary. Everyone is invited to this celebration of great music. There will be a free-will collection received to defray the chorus’s expenses.
INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Phil Hudok will host an information meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Homestead Community and Event Center in Dailey to discuss a class-action lawsuit. The event is free and open to the public.
SPAY TODAY: A local reduced-cost spay and neuter program, offers locations in nearby Hardy County. At the time of surgery, initial tests and shots can be obtained at lower rates, too. Contact Spay Today, our area’s nonprofit, reduced-fee spay and neuter program. There are many vets to chose from in nearby Hampshire, Hardy and Mineral counties. For more information, contact www.baacs.org or call 304-728-8330.
WHAT’S HAPPENING TO MY TREES? PRESENTATION: The Elkins Tree Board and Elkins Friends of Trees will sponsor a free presentation on “Diseases and Insect Infestations of Urban Trees” by Linda Burke, U.S. Forest Service forester and silviculturistat 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Darden House on Davis Avenue. Find out how to better take care of your trees and learn more about several of the Friends of Tree programs.
BOOK CLUB MEETING: The UCPL book club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the library at Tennerton. The next meeting selection is “The Coffin Quilt” by Ann Rinaldi. The book is available on loan from the Library Commission limiting the cost of purchasing new books. New friends are always welcome so pick up a copy of the book and join us – there will be cookies! For more information, call the library at 304-473-4219.
AUCTION AND CAKEWALK: A silent auction and cakewalk fundraiser will be from noon – 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Leading Creek Fire Department. Michael Bonnett will sing from noon – 1 p.m. Proceeds will go to Linda and James Newlon who lost their home in a fire on Christmas Eve.
CHOCOLATE FRIENDZY: The Elkins Bookhounds is celebrating the accomplishments of the past year with a party. All members of Friends of the Library are invited to enjoy a decadent evening of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate from 4 – 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. There will be live music, fruit punch and a vast array of chocolate desserts and candies. In addition to the freebies, there will also be a selection of items available for purchase (hint: Valentine’s Day). New members may join that evening or pick up registration forms at the Library.