Community notes: Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Putnam Preview

The Putnam Preview, designed to showcase some of the best restaurants, businesses and organizations in Putnam County, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Main Street in Hurricane.

The public is encouraged to come sample some delicious food, visit with local businesses and enjoy an afternoon on Main Street.

Participating food vendors include FireSide Grille, Island Teriyaki, CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, The Gallery, The Greenhouse of Teays Valley and more. There will also be inflatables sponsored by the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Participating businesses include: Brand Yourself, Real Estate Central, Padegett Business Services, Midway Ford, Courts Motors, Yeager Insurance, United Talent, Habitat for Humanity, Teays Physical Therapy Center and more.

For more information or to register as an exhibitor please send an email to or call Ashley Alford at 304-757-6510. Information can also be found on the Chamber website at

Free trees

Everyone from West Virginia who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program.

Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees that will benefit the environment and improve the quality-of-life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

Everyone joining this month will receive an eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, river birch, silver maple, northern red oak and Colorado blue spruce.

“This group of trees was carefully selected to yield year-round benefits in West Virginia, including beautiful spring flowers, cool summer shade, spectacular autumn colors and winter berries and nesting sites for songbirds,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Easy-to-follow planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.

New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care.

To receive the 10 free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by September 30, 2014, or join online at

W.Va. author presentation

West Virginia author Jayne Anne Phillips, who has received acclaim for her novel “Quiet Dell” and other works, will speak on the Fairmont State University campus on Sept. 11.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Falcon Center third floor conference rooms. Admission is free and open to the public.

Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia. Her first book of stories, “Black Tickets,” published in 1979 when she was 26, won the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. She has also written “Machine Dreams,” “Fast Lanes,” “Shelter,” “MotherKind,” “Lark And Termite,” and most recently, “Quiet Dell,” based on the true story of a series of murders committed in 1931 in a hamlet of the same name near her hometown in West Virginia.

For more information about the event, call (304) 367-4135 or emal

Grape Escape

Fund for the Arts is hosting its annual “Grape Escape” on Sept.12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The event takes place at different art galleries downtown. Patrons will have the opportunity to sample different foods, paired with wines specially selected to enhance the foods. At the end of the evening, participants will gather at the Capitol conference center for dessert and coffee.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at They are also available at Taylor Books, Drug Emporium, Art Emporium or Fund for the Arts.

Movie night

Unity of Kanawha Valley will be host its monthly movie night on Friday, with food sharing beginning at 6 p.m. “The Book Thief,” rated PG-13, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Please bring food to share. A love offering will be collected to cover copyright licensing.

Unity of Kanawha Valley is located at 804 Myrtle Road, on the corner of Myrtle and Bridge Roads, in Charleston.

For more information, call 304-345-0021 or email

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