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Help Out: Feb. 17, 2013

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Caregiver workshopsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The PalliativeCare Center, a division of HospiceCare, will conduct a free, two-hour workshop for those who care for someone with a serious illness.Attendees will receive tips on how to make caregiving easier and safer, and information on planning ahead and on specific resources in their community that can help.Workshops are scheduled at the following locations:Rainelle Medical Center, 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18, 645 Kanawha Ave., Rainelle, 304-438-6188St. Timothy in the Valley Church, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, 3434 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, 304-562-9325Calvary United Methodist Church, 10 a.m. March 16, 205 Court St. S., Ripley, 304-372-3203Winfield Presbyterian Church, 2 to 4 p.m. March 16, Ferry Street, Winfield, 304-586-4536Hometown Senior Center, 7 p.m. March 21, 100 First Ave. N., Hometown, 304-586-2745Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 a.m. to noon, March 23, 305 E St., South Charleston, 304-744-5523HospiceCare's Lewisburg office, 10 a.m. to noon, March 30, 223 Maplewood Ave., 304-645-2700For more information about the PalliativeCare Center's workshops, programs or services, contact director Vickie Powell or program coordinator Carol Matheny at 304-941-1950.Food bank benefitHURRICANE, W.Va. -- FireSide Grille will host a "Dine Out for Hunger" event at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank. The Huntington Area Food Bank provides food to children, senior and families in need in Putnam County as well as nearly 100,000 people in 16 other counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.The Bob Thompson Unit will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. FireSide Grille is off the Teays Valley/Winfield exit off Interstate 64. For more information about the food bank, visit or Facebook.
Bootlegger's BallLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Carnegie Hall is throwing itself a fundraiser -- Bootlegger's Ball II -- from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 23. Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., will become a 1920s speakeasy, featuring musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, minstrels and other diversions.Period clothing is encouraged but not required. Admission is $60 in advance, $70 at the door.For details or to buy Bootlegger's Ball II tickets, call Carnegie Hall at 304-645-7917.Tickets also can be purchased at
Children's clinic galaCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Oscars gala Feb. 24 will benefit the Children's Therapy Clinic in Charleston.The fundraiser starts at 6:30 p.m. at Charleston Embassy Suites and features a Hollywood atmosphere complete with a red-carpet entrance and paparazzi, hors d'oeurves, legal beverages and desserts, a celebrity costume contest, an Oscars trivia game and a big-screen broadcast of the Academy Awards show.Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. For tickets, call clinic director Valicia Leary at 304-342-9515.
The annual Shining Star Award will be shared this year by Lia DiTrapano Fairless and her mother, Martha DiTrapano, for their volunteerism and philanthropy toward the clinic. The women helped initiate the Jules Burt High Heel Hike for Autism as a major fundraiser for the clinic.Ashley Elizabeth King will receive the Reaching for the Stars Award, a new award that honors a former or current client of the clinic. King attended West Virginia State University, where she took part in many extracurricular activities, and now volunteers in the medical records office at Montgomery General Hospital.Children's Therapy Clinic is a private, nonprofit organization that provides speech, occupational and physical therapy services and an autism socialization program to children with special needs who have inadequate insurance and/or income.Hospice for faith leadersCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Hospice Foundation will fund a faith-based workshop for religious leaders and lay leaders of all faiths at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W.Space is limited for the workshop "Help for the Hurting: How to Help Those Who Are Seriously Ill or Grieving." Lunch will be served. To register, call Carol Matheny at 304-941-1950.The PalliativeCare Center is a division of HospiceCare.Sojourner's style showCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Friends of Sojourner's will present its annual style show, luncheon and basket auction at 11:30 a.m. March 9 at the Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E.Fashions will be provided by Talbots, White House Black Market and Kelley's Mens Shop. Tickets are $25. Contact Wanda Crooms at, call 304-205-6004 or visit to volunteer at the YWCA Sojourner's Shelter and Education Readiness Center include volunteer opportunities for tutoring from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, data entry, daily meal preparation (breakfast and lunch), office support and children's after-school program.Contact Miranda Williams at or call 304-340-3562, ext. 411.Landau Murphy to singCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tickets are for sale for an April 6 Charleston concert by Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to benefit the Charleston Community Music Association and the Junior Achievement of West Virginia.The winner of the television show "America's Got Talent" has new songs and surprises in his performance, according to his manager, Burke Allen: "But you'll still get to experience the same warm, fun, friendly Landau that won America's hearts and represents West Virginia so well."Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium are $25, $35 and $40. They may be purchased at the Charleston Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or at nominationsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nominations are being taken for the 2013 Governor's Service Awards that recognize outstanding individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary service and commitment to their communities.Nomination forms are available through Volunteer West Virginia's website,, or by calling 800-984-3577. Nominations must be postmarked by April 12.Recipients of the Governor's Service Awards will be recognized during a banquet at Faces of Leadership, the state volunteerism conference, Aug. 7 in Charleston.Volunteer West Virginia, the state's Commission for National and Community Service, is a state agency dedicated to promoting the spirit of volunteerism by enabling West Virginians of all ages to strengthen their communities through service and volunteerism.Earth Day fairCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In celebration of Earth Day, Habitat ReStore is hosting "Mixed Greens: A Reused, Recycled and Repurposed Arts & Craft Show" on April 20 and 21 in the ReStore, 301 Piedmont Road.Habitat for Humanity is recruiting vendors for the fair; applications are available at or by calling Amy at 304-720-0141, ext. 22. The deadline for application is March 3. All proceeds from booth fees will go to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam counties.The deadline for submissions to Help Out is noon Wednesday for the following Sunday. If you would like a response from the public, please provide the name and telephone number of a person who can be listed in the newspaper. Send information via email to, by fax to 304-348-1233, or by regular mail to Help Out, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. 
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