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Community briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 3

Kids book club

The South Charleston Public Library is hosting a new book club for kids in third, fourth and fifth grade. All students are invited — boys, girls, reluctant readers, the kids who can’t put a book down and everyone in between.

The group will meet on the first Thursday of each month, starting this week, from 5 to 6 p.m.

The first book to be discussed is one that is going to be released as a movie. The second book (Oct. 2) will be a book of your choice.

River cleanup

The 25th annual Great Kanawha River Cleanup, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Cleanup sites include the Winfield Locks and Dam; St. Albans Roadside Park; the South Charleston boat ramp; Magic Island in Charleston; and Kanawha Falls at Glen Ferris. This event brings together local volunteers to remove litter from the banks of the Kanawha River. Each year, tons of trash are collected and disposed of properly. The first cleanup in 1990 attracted nearly 100 volunteers, who removed everything from an abandoned and sunken towboat to appliances and automobiles.

Those wishing to volunteer for this year’s cleanup are urged to register with the DEP so enough supplies can be obtained for each cleanup location. The DEP’s REAP program (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) will supply bags and gloves for volunteers and will arrange for trash to be hauled away. All volunteers also will receive a T-shirt.

For more information or to register to volunteer, contact Travis Cooper at 304-926-0499 ext. 1117 or email

Library meeting

The Board of Directors of the Kanawha County Public Library system will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be in the Main Library in Charleston. Call 304-343-4646 for more information.

Sensitive Cinema

Sensory Sensitive Cinema will continue at Park Place Stadium Cinemas through the fall.

Movies will be shown with the lights up and the sound at a comfortable level for families affected by autism or other sensory issues.

Guests will be free to talk, sing or move around during the movie.

All screenings will take place at 10 a.m. Upcoming movies include: Dolphin Tale 2, Sept. 20; Book of Life, Oct. 25; Big Hero 6, Nov. 15; and Annie, Dec. 27.

Park Place Stadium Cinemas is at 600 Washington St. E. Purchase tickets at the box office or online at

Pajama party

The Good Sam Club of West Virginia will host its Fall Samboree — Big Camp Out pajama party from Sept. 12 to 14 at the Wetzel County 4-H grounds in New Martinsville.

Entertainment will be provided by Ryan Cain and the Ables and Sarah Getto. There will be popcorn and a campfire every night, as well as food, fun, fellowship and games.

For more information, visit, call 304-482-7568 or find the group on Facebook.

Music program

Four Marshall University music faculty members, flutist Dr. Wendell Dobbs, hornist Dr. Stephen Lawson, bassoonist Kay Lawson and oboist Dr. Richard Kravchak, will be joined by guest clarinetist Dr. Richard Spece for a program titled “Music from the Age of Invention” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus. It will feature works by Reicha and Danzi, as well as by Peter Muller.

The Sept. 11 program is free and open to the public. Call 304-696-3117 for more information.

The program will be repeated at 2 p.m. Sept. 14, as part of the Ariel Chamber Theatre Series at the Historic Ariel-Dater Hall in Gallipolis, Ohio. Admission for the repeat performance is $5; call 740-446-ARTS for more information on that performance.

Charity donation

Those dining at any Bob Evans Restaurant in West Virginia between Sept. 10 and 14 can choose to have 15 percent of the meal cost donated back to helping Special Olympics West Virginia.

Patrons who want to donate must present the voucher found at, or show a photo of the voucher on a smartphone, at checkout in order for Special Olympics West Virginia to receive credit.

To submit an item, send it by email to, fax it to 304-348-4847 or mail it to Community Briefs, Charleston Daily Mail, 1001 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

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