The Charleston Town Center Wee Trick-or-Treat runs 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday throughout the mall and is followed by a costume contest at 7 p.m. in Macy's Court. (Registration for it begins at 5:30 p.m.) Mall gift cards will be awarded to winners in seven categories: best baby (baby must be carried); best family theme (must include a parent); best princess or fairy, best superhero and most original for ages 7 and under and favorite movie, music or TV character and most original for ages 8-13. Call 304-345-9526.
Arts Council of Kanawha Valley will partner with Americans for the Arts for "Creative Chats," which begins with a free networking social from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at TSG Consulting, 118 Capitol St. "Creative Chats," which will focus on the arts in the region, will then continue throughout FestivALL Fall at various downtown venues. Visit www.artskv.org
K.I.D.S. Zombie Zoo
Kanawha Individual Development Solutions will host a free zombie painting workshop for children with Charly Jupiter Hamilton from 2 to 5 p.m. at its location, 216 Washington St. W. All supplies are provided, and costumes are encouraged.
Call Zachery Miller at 304-205-3045 or visit www.wv-kids.com
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's production of Shostakovich's "The Nose" screens live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Regal Nitro Stadium 12. Runtime on the satirical opera based on Gogol's comic story is about two hours and 15 minutes. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for children and $18 for children. Call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com
Capitol Flea Market Halloween Festival
The Capitol Flea Market, 2101 Greenbrier St., will hold a free Halloween Festival from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. It includes a costume contest and trick-or-treat for children ages 12 and under, as well as music and more. Call 304-342-1626 or 304-548-5055.
Dunbar Boo Bash
The City of Dunbar and Bayer Crop Science sponsor a free Boo Bash from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Dunbar Landing (the old Ames lot at the 10th Street shopping plaza). It includes hot dogs, games and inflatables for all ages from 4 to 6 p.m. and a bonfire and screening of "Hocus Pocus" from 6 to 9 p.m. Call Aaron Settle or Jo Ann Cornell at 304-766-0223.
South Charleston Boo Bash
A Boo Bash begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Little Creek Country Club in South Charleston. It features costume contests, dancing, a silent auction, psychic, photo booth and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
The third annual event is a fundraiser for the South Charleston Chamber of Commerce's Educational Foundation. Tickets are $50 for singles, $85 for couples and $300 for tables of eight. Open to those age 21 and up only.
Contact Amanda Ream at 304-744-0051 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dancing with the Tri-State Stars
The fifth annual Dancing with the Tri-State Stars begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12 and Marshall students. Proceeds benefit medical services provided by Ebenezer Medical Outreach to the needy in the Tri-State. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
Huntington Boo Bash
Huntington's Heritage Station will host a Boo Bash from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. It includes a costume contest with nearly $2,000 in cash and prizes as well as music by country singer/songwriter Stephen Salyers. Call 304-696-5954.
Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music historian Marshall Ballew will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Ave. W., as part of FOOTMAD's Wandering Minstrel House Concert Series. His show explores the many different roots and branches of American folk music from colonial times to present day.
Tickets are $8. Call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org
Sons of the Soil Music Festival
The new hard rock Sons of the Soil Music Festival runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Schoenbaum Amphitheater at Coonskin. Acts performing are: Forever in terror, Fallen Captive, Deadfacedown, Disillusion Effect, Below the Tide, Left Behind, Zeroking, Let the Guilty Hang, Fall Before Your Creator, Stychntyme, Elysium and Awakening the Revenant.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Visit www.sonsofthesoil.com
Kevin Pollak in Huntington
Comedia Kevin Pollak will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Huntington's Keith-Albee Theater as part of the Marshall Artist Series. Among other things, fans will be treated to Pollak's impressions, which include Christopher Walken, Johnny Carson, Robert De Niro and William Shatner.
Tickets are $35 and $51. Call 304-696-6656 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
. Read an interview with Pollak by Bill Lynch in Sunday's Gazette-Mail Life & Style section.
Culture Center Halloween Bash
The Culture Center will hold a free Halloween Bash from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday that includes seasonal games, storytelling, costume contests, refreshments and more. Prizes will be given for best boy and girl costume. All children who attend get a Halloween goody bag. Call 304-558-0220.
West Virginia author Marilyn Sue Shank, who recently won a Christy Award for her Christian young adult fiction novel "Child of the Mountains," will speak at the Cross Lanes Branch Library, 5449 Big Tyler Road, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. She will talk about the writing process and the experience of winning such a prestigious award.
A book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served. Call 304-776-5999 or visit www.kanawhalibrary.org
Eagles tribute concert
7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium in Beckley. The band recreates the experience of an Eagles concert from The Eagles' most prolific period and also includes a few hits from Don Henley and Joe Walsh.
Tickets are $20. Call 800-285-7273 or visit www.beckleyconcerts.org
UC Builders luncheon
The University of Charleston Builders will host a luncheon with "Shadows and Mountains: Tales from the Dark Heart of Appalachia" authors Jessie Grayson and Ellen Thompson Wednesday in the school's Erma Byrd Art Gallery. Meet the authors at 11:30 a.m., then the lunch begins at noon.
Halloween costumes are welcome but not required. You do not need to be a member of the UC Builders to attend.
Admission is $18. RSVP to Jamie DeYoung at email@example.com
Elkview Halloween party
The Elk River Community Center on Main Street in Elkview will host a free Halloween party for children from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Activities include a fishpond, fortune teller and face painting. There will also be door prizes and refreshments. Call 304-965-3722.
'Les Miserables' box office open
The box office for the Charleston Light Opera Guild and Clay Center co-presentation of "Les Miserables" is now open. All tickets are $25. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org
The Animal Planet show "Finding Bigfoot" will be in Fayette County in early November and is currently seeing eyewitnesses with unique stories for its town hall meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
Applications are being taken for the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship. West Virginia instrumental music students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra by Nov. 15.
Selected fellows will sit alongside WVSO musicians in rehearsals for the second half of the symphonic concert season and will conduct personal research about the music being performed. They will meet guest artists and interact with Maestro Grant Cooper. The program takes place primarily outside school hours from January through May.
Candidates should be serious instrumental music students whose primary instrument is part of a modern symphony orchestra. Applications were mailed to all West Virginia public and private high schools in October and are also available at www.wvsymphony.org/education/
Painted violins auction
The West Virginia Youth Symphony's Painted Violins auction is now open at www.biddingforgood.com/WVYS
. Bidding ends at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 15, just before the group's winter concert at the Scottish Rite Temple.
Unsuable instruments -- 11 violins and a cello -- were donated and painted by these local artists: John Auge, Kathy Boland, Helen Chilton, Kathi Whelan Dery, Traci Higginbotham, Roger Lucas, Susan Poffenbarger, Emily Roles, Jennifer and George Snyder, Betti Bland Volkers, Betty Warner and Barbara Marsh Wilson. Auction proceeds will benefit the youth symphony.
Clay Center app and mobile site
The Clay Center has announced its new mobile website and smartphone app. The website includes four segments -- events, museum, performances and information -- where users can look up show times, admission prices, descriptions and more. The app, which can be found by searching "Clay Cener" in the Apple App Store and Android Market, allows users to share information on Facebook, Twitter and through texts as well as get driving directions, schedules and parking information.
Singer inducted into barbershop hall of fame
Longtime local barbershop singer Kenneth D. Stevens was inducted into the Johnny Appleseed District of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Hall of Fame on Oct. 19 during the JAD Fall convention and contest in Lima, Ohio. He has also been awarded a Director's Key Man award from the Kanawha Kordsmen (JAD's Greater Kanawha Valley chapter) and was named 2009 Barbershopper of the Year by the ThunderTones (JAD's Huntington Tri-state chapter).