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Community briefs for Tuesday, July 15

Tea on Tuesday

“Tea on Tuesday” is a special new experience planned on Blennerhassett Island this summer. Teas are scheduled for July 15 and Aug. 12 at the historic Putnam-Houser House.

The Putnam-Houser House is also known as Maple Shade. The boat will depart at 11 a.m. from Point Park for the island. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to horse-drawn wagons, which will take them to and from Maple Shade for the tea. There will be special music by Scott Cain and a short program about the Putnam family following the tea. Attendees are welcome to spend the rest of the day exploring the island. The cost for attending this special morning tea is $22 per person. Advance reservations are required by calling 304-420-4800.

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Camp programs

Registration is now open for the final two-week session of “Best. Summer. Ever.,” a series of experiential learning and camp programs for children ages 3 to 12 presented by Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th St.

Faculty will lead a wide variety of specialty activities from Monday, July 21, to Friday, Aug. 1. All sessions are open to MMS and non-MMS students.

Students entering first through sixth grades may register for “MMS Arts & Sciences Camp.” Campers can choose from a menu of activities, including: academic skills; arts and crafts; cooking; drama; fiber arts and knitting; fitness and games; music and dance; nature studies; scrapbooking; sports; science; Spanish; track and field; and upcycling. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Registration is $400 for each two-week session ($200 per week).

“Summer to Grow On” is a special camp track created for children ages 3 to rising kindergartners. Focused indoor and outdoor exploration activities will be built upon a weekly theme, including: Art Week; Around the World; Cooking up a Storm; Fun with Water; Music Week; and World Olympics.

Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is $240 for each two-week session ($120 per week).

After-camp care is available at the school through 5:30 p.m. each day for an additional hourly fee.

For general information about MMS or the “Best. Summer. Ever.,” call 304-342-7870.

Job strategy session

Kanawha Valley residents who are 50 or older and unemployed are invited to attend a BACK TO WORK 50+ Information Session on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston. The session is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room 006.  

Attendees will learn about effective job search strategies for people over 50 and meet with community organizations that provide job search help and employment resources. The session will highlight in-demand jobs like medical front office staff and pharmacy technicians. Job candidates will learn strategies for creating impressive personal marketing tools, successfully completing job applications and job interviews, and options for local networking. Options for new job skills training will be discussed. Attendees may sign up to receive small group and one-on-one personal coaching from college personnel. Refreshments will be provided.

The session is free but seating is limited and reservations are requested.  To sign up, call toll free 1-855-850-2525 and select BACK TO WORK 50+.

Support group

Al-Anon/Alateen have open and free support group meetings for those that have loved ones and friends that have an addiction. Al-Anon meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St.; noon Wednesdays at the Kanawha County Day Report Center, 900 Christopher St.; and 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 819 Somerset Drive.

Alateen, for teens who deal with the alcoholism and/or drug addiction of a family member or friend, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Christopher’s Episcopal and noon Fridays in room 200 at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St.

The Legacy Study Group meets at 7 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church, 508 Second Ave., South Charleston. For information on West Virginia Al-Anon, call 304-345-7420.

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