Coming up: May 7, 2014

Spring plant sale

Members of the nonprofit Living AIDS Memorial Garden, located on the corner of Washington Street East and Sidney Avenue in Charleston, will host the garden’s spring plant sale on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The garden was established in 1998 in memory of those who have died of AIDS, provide a place of reflection for those who are living with AIDS, and for those who are survivors.

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Arts Awards Gala

The Community Music Association, which works to bring world-class performances the Charleston area, will hold its fourth annual Arts Awards Gala on May 7 at Berry Hills Country Club, beginning at 6 p.m.

The evening will honor contemporary artist Barrie Kaufman, chef Otis Laury and Selina Midkiff, director of the Appalachian Children’s Chorus.

Tickets are $100 per person. For more information contact Pat Schillings at (304) 345-9003 or by email at

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In recognition of 31 years of service, the Hospice of Huntington Board of Trustees will host a retirement celebration party for president and CEO Charlene Farrell.

Those who support the Hospice of Huntington mission — to relieve physical discomfort and emotional stress for terminally ill patients and their families — are invited to attend.

Reservations can by made by calling Brittany Asbury at (304) 529-4217 or by emailing For more information, please visit

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Backyard Farming

Writer, entrepreneur and farmer Suzanne McMinn will present Backyard Farming at the Clendenin Branch of the Kanawha County Public Library on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 1 p.m., and at the Elk Valley Branch on Monday, May 19 beginning at 6 p.m.

The presentation is geared toward anyone thinking of starting a hobby farm for fun or profit, and will cover how to start, grow and manage a small farm.

It will also include a variety of farming topics such as starting a flock of chickens and sheep or a herd of cows and goats, or how to sell at the farmers market or online, as well as tips and resources for getting started, networking and how to not take it all too seriously.

A live chicken and a tutu-wearing pet goat will be on hand, so bring the kids!

For more information call the library in Clendenin at 304-548-6370 or the branch in Elkview at 304-965-3636.

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