Community events: July 2, 2014

Photo courtesy of AWARE
“Don’t Drink the Water” by Ginger Danz has been donated and will be up for sale at Thursday’s event.
Photo courtesy of Mission West Virginia
Laci Claypool of Meadow Bridge High School won first place in the high school division poster contest by the Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Taskforce of West Virginia.
Photo courtesy of Mission West Virginia
Sydni Smith of Huntington East Middle School won first place in the middle school division poster contest by the Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Taskforce of West Virginia.

Environmental fund raiser

“Restoring America Beginning in West Virginia,” will be held at the Woman’s Club of Charleston from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on July 3, and will feature music by the Carpenter Ants, Qiet, and local singer/songwriters Colleen Anderson with George Castelle, Patricia Ansley, Jeff Ellis, Paul Epstein, and Andy Park.

It will also include an art sale with works by Mark Blumenstein, Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Stephanie Danz, Ginger Danz, Al Peery, Marium Bria and David Pahl. Ginger Danz will bring a piece entitled, “Don’t Drink the Water,” inspired by the recent water crisis in Charleston and nine surrounding counties.

The event is sponsored by AWARE, Artists Working in Alliance to Restore the Environment. AWARE was formed in March as a project of West Virginia Citizen Action Group in the wake of the January chemical leak into the Elk River.

Paul Epstein, a retired teacher, founder, and director, hopes to organize or assist in organizing a variety of events around the state to raise money for the West Virginia Environmental Council and its member groups, which include West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Sierra Club of West Virginia, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and the Greenbrier River Watershed Association.

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $25 at Taylor Books, Cornucopia and online at For more information, visit the website, email or call 304-343-5074.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign

The Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Taskforce of West Virginia has announced the winners of a poster contest for middle and high school students. The competition was part of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a nationwide campaign to increase awareness about the consequences of teen pregnancy.

“The kids were really excited about the opportunity to create their own awareness posters.” said Torri Childs, program director for Mission West Virginia’s THINK (Teaching Health Instead of Nagging Kids).

“It was obvious that the participants put a lot of thought and creativity into their work,” she added.

As a part of this month-long campaign, students were asked to create a poster about the prevention of teen pregnancy in West Virginia. The theme for the contest was #myfuture and participants were asked to include statistics or information from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy website.

“This contest provided a fun opportunity to create awareness throughout West Virginia while also getting the youth involved,” Childs said.

The winners were:

n Middle School

First Place: Sydni Smith, Huntington East Middle

Second Place: Tabitha Gill, Anstead Middle

Third Place: Maddison Carte, Fayetteville Middle

n High School

First Place: Laci Claypool, Meadow Bridge

Second Place: Kati Angle, Herbert Hoover

Third Place: Lilly Neff, Midland Trail

To learn more about the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, visit To learn more about the Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Taskforce of West Virginia, please contact Deena Ellison, APPI Director at (304)558-5388. The posters can be viewed on Mission WV’s website,

Inner Listening Class

The monthly Inner Listening Class at Unity of Kanawha Valley will be held on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Marianne Gettman will teach the class, which consists of mindful breathing exercises, stretching, meditations, and Qigong Flow. Participants are asked to give what they want, on a love offering basis. Unity of Kanawha Valley is located at 804 Myrtle Road (corner of Bridge and Myrtle Roads) in Charleston, WV. For more information call (304) 345-0021 or email

Christmas in July

On July 5 at Haddad River Front Park from 3 to 5 p.m., the Great Kanawha River Navy and the Kanawha River Power Squadron are accepting bicycles, summer dolls and strollers, baseball equipment and other outdoor toys for kids of various ages.

The toy drive is part of Tony’s Kids “Christmas in July,” and all donations will be received by Mountain Mission for local distribution to underprivileged children.

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair

Ripley, W.Va. — The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will run July 3 through 5 on the grounds of the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, where exhibitors will have the opportunity to demonstrate and sell their wares. Products available will include those made from wood, glass and metal, as well as one-of-a kind clothing, fine art and much more.

This year’s fair will also offer traditional Appalachian music and concerts, food, heritage exhibits and interactive family activities. Visitors will find a Civil War Encampment, kite making, stunt kite flying and safety demonstrations. New this year the versatile dog demo and youth fishing derby will be held on July 4, with the Firecracker Chili Cook-Off and archery tournament held on July 5.

For more information visit or visit their Facebook page at To contact organizers, call (304) 372-3247 or email fair board president Karen Facemyer at

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