Special Olympics Kanawha County will host a bingo fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call Mary Means at 304-561-7478.Counseling association conference
West Virginia Counseling Association will feature Paul R. Peluso, Ph.D, as the keynote speaker at its WVCA Fall Conference held Nov. 7-9 at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport. Dr. Peluso is chairman of the American Counseling Association's DSM-5 task force. He served as the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga. He served as Marriage and Family Therapist at Odyssey Family Counseling Center in McDonough, Ga., and currently serves as Program Coordinator, Mental Health Counseling, Department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University. The conference is open to counseling professionals and other professionals needing 18-plus CE's and the general public. For more information, call Gene Defabio, WVCA Board of Directors, at 304-766-8661.
A new exhibition at West Virginia University's Watts Museum explores the lives of miners and their families in the coal towns of Appalachia. "Outside the Mine: Daily Life in a Coal Company Camp," focuses on social and cultural aspects of the mining industry, including social time and leisure, domestic activities, religion and faith, and commerce and the company store. The exhibit is on view through July 2014. The Watts Museum is located in Room 125 of the Mineral Resources Building on the Evansdale campus of WVU. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment. Admission is free, and parking is available at the WVU Coliseum. For more information, contact the museum at 304-293-4609 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry L. Rowe, a Malden lawyer and former state senator, will speak at the Culture Center at the Capitol Saturday, Nov. 2 about the history of Malden as an early American industrial center in a mountain frontier environment. Rowe's speech, "The Ruffner Family and the Kanawha Salt Industry," will begin at 10 a.m. "Old Malden," originally called Saltborough, was founded in the 1830s by the Ruffner family, who began making salt at their nearby salt works in the early 1800s. Rowe recently wrote a new tour booklet for Malden, which will be published shortly. Rowe was elected to two terms in the House of Delegates and one term in the West Virginia State Senate. In 2004, Gov. Joe Manchin appointed Rowe to the State Ethics Commission, where he served five years until he was appointed to the Board of Governors of West Virginia State University. He was chair of the university board for two years. Registration for Saturday's program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served after Rowe finishes speaking at 11:30 a.m. The Mining Your History Foundation, the group sponsoring Rowe's talk, will hold its annual meeting from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., which will be open to the public.Trail of life
Trail Life USA West Virginia Area Team will host an informational meeting for those interested in learning more about the Trail Life USA program at 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at 848 13th St. (Park Circle) in Kenova. Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character and leadership program. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allows him to grow on a personal level as role model and leader for his peers. For more information, contact Jesse McChristian at 304-942-8482, TrailLifeUSAWV@gmail.com
or call 304-942-8482.Food for profit
The West Virginia University Extension Service is hosting a Food for Profit workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 4 at its Kanawha County office at 4700 MacCorkle Ave. in Charleston. The cost is $30 to attend. Lunch is included in the price of admission. Food for Profit takes attendees through the beginning steps of starting small food businesses and combines presentations and guest speakers with an interactive learning environment. The registration deadline is Wednesday. To register or for additional information, contact the WVU Extension Service's Kanawha County Office at 304-720-9573 or e-mail Kerri.Wade@mail.wvu.edu
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