Community events: July 9, 2014

Photo courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre
This handcrafted, maple bar chair is one of the pieces going up for public bid at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s 20th annual art auction on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Sesame Street Live
On the set of Sesame Street Live, old friends like Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster and Grover, meet new friends like Chamki, Grover’s friend from India.
Photo courtesy of Southern Raised
The three sisters and one brother who make up Southern Raised have been honored in the Singing News Fan Awards, Front Porch Fellowship Gospel Awards and 31 nominations by the Midwest division of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

Art auction

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s 20th annual Live Art Auction will be held Saturday at the theater, located at 113 E. Washington Street in Lewisburg. A preview party starts at 6 p.m. and the live auction opens at 7 p.m., featuring artists from the Greenbrier Valley and around West Virginia who have donated a piece of their work to help the GVT continue to produce live, professional theater. Donations include wall art, handcrafted jewelry, a Fender Squier Bullet Strat guitar autographed by Jimmy Buffett and a handcrafted bar chair made by sculptural furniture maker John Williams. Select items will be on through Thursday, July 10. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the theater. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the GVT box office in person or by phone at 304-645-3838.

Book signing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Graphic novelist and filmmaker Daniel Boyd will be on hand to sign copies of his newly released book, “Carbon,” at Empire Books, located at 30 Pullman Square in Huntington, on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Set in the southern West Virginia coalfields, Carbon tells the story of what happens when an evil coal operator unwittingly awakens then releases a cursed and banished underground civilization onto the surface. The only thing that stands in the way of the end of the world is a disgraced, ex-pro baseball pitcher and a community of courageous coal miners.

Sesame Street tickets

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 9, for the Sesame Street Live production of “Make a New Friend” in Huntington, set for Nov. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Tickets start at $15. For more information, call 304-696-5990 ext.3503, or visit the Sesame Street Live website at

Children’s theatre troupe

Act!vated Story Theatre, a touring children’s theatre troupe, will perform “3,2,1…Act!vate!” at seven branches of Kanawha County Libraries, as part of the library’s summer reading program.

The free performances will be presented as follows:

- Wednesday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m.: Nitro Library, 1700 Park Ave., Nitro

- Wednesday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m.: Cross Lanes Library, 5449 Tyler Road, Charleston

- Thursday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m.: Riverside Library, 1 Warrior Way Suite 104, Belle

- Thursday, July 10 at 2 p.m.: Clendenin Library, 104 Cardinal Street, Clendenin

- Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m.: Elk Valley Library, 4636 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston

- Friday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m.: Marmet Library, 9303 Oregon, Marmet

- Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m.: Kanawha County Main Library, 123 Capitol Street, Charleston

The 45-minute program is appropriate for all ages and open to the public; preferred seating will be given to summer reading participants. For information about the event and the summer reading program call the Main Library at 304-343-4646. For more information about the show please visit

There are also parts reserved for up to 12 kids to play in each show. These parts will be cast 30 minutes before the show begins. Children ages 6 and up are invited to participate in the free 30 minute pre-show workshop to learn the roles. No experience necessary, but space is limited to 12 participants. Call the children’s librarian to sign-up for the pre-show theatre workshop. The performance is open to all ages.

Calligraphy exhibit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — An exhibit titled Huntington Calligraphers’ Guild: Celebrating 30 Years will go on view July 12 at the Huntington Museum of Art and continue through Oct. 12. An opening reception for the exhibit takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. July 22, at HMA. Admission is free.

The Huntington Calligraphers’ Guild was established in September of 1984 and the group has held monthly meetings in the studios of HMA since that time. The exhibit will feature 20 to 30 works. For more information on events at HMA, visit or call (304) 529-2701.

Open mic

Unity of Kanawha Valley will host its monthly Open Stage and Coffee House with guest host Roger Rabalais on Friday, July 11. All local musicians are welcome to come and share their talents in a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. The performers sign up at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $5.00. Admission for performers, seniors, and children is $2. Various coffees, teas, soft drinks, and homemade treats are available at a small cost. Unity of Kanawha Valley is located at 804 Myrtle Road , at the corner of Bridge and Myrtle Roads in Charleston. Ron Sowell’s Coffee House and Open Stage takes place on the second Friday of every month.

Laughter Yoga

Unity of Kanawha Valley will hold a Laughter Yoga class with Janet Prince on Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. The class includes stretching, rhythmic clapping, and of course plenty of laughter. Laughter has been proven to relax and provide health benefits. The class is on a “love offering” basis only: Give what you desire. Unity of Kanawha Valley is located at 804 Myrtle Road , at the corner of Bridge and Myrtle Roads in Charleston. Laughter Yoga is on the second Saturday of each month.

Bluegrass Gospel performance

MILTON, W.Va. — Bluegrass gospel group Southern Raised hits the stage at the Milton Performing Arts Center in Milton at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The four member, award winning band performs original songs such as “Soul Going Somewhere,” “The Perfect Time” coupled with renditions of classics, such as “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “What Child is This.”

Tickets are available in advance for $15, or $20 at the door. Church and group rates are offered and spots in the Artist Circle are available for $20.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets at the Milton Performing Arts Center office at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton, W.Va., online at or by calling (304) 654-1339.

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