Community Notes: Sept. 10, 2014

Young gardeners

The West Virginia School and Youth Garden Support Network will host the Youth Garden Symposium Saturday, Sept. 13 at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. The Network is a collaboration of KEYS4HealthyKids, WVU Extension Service, and the WV Food and Farm Coalition.

The Symposium will offer resources on gardening with students pre-K through 5th grade. The event will bring together educators who support garden-based learning to share experiences, ideas and resources, in order to strengthen and promote garden-based learning in West Virginia. Symposium topics include: growing mushrooms in the classroom, food safety in the garden, garden books for kids, connecting to curriculum, soil science, the Junior Master Gardener program, season extension, and more. Presenters include garden educators, county library staff, conservationists and agents from WVU Extension Service and WVSU Extension. The Symposium is open to educators, child care providers, and volunteers.

Registration is $10 and includes lunch and gardening resources for participants. Register online at . For more information, contact School and Youth Garden Support Network Coordinator Jessica Pollitt at 304-982-2444 or email

Gem of a show

The largest gem, mineral, jewelry and fossil show in the region returns to Mylan Park at Ruby Community Center off Interstate 79’s Exit 155 in Morgantown on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. The event includes dealers from Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Nonprofit exhibitors include the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey, WVU Geology Department, WVU SME Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration and a life-size skeleton of Tarbosaurus bataar (the African T. rex).

Bring that rock or fossil you’ve always wanted identified and let a geologist or paleontologist identify it for you. There are also free science shows and demonstrations ranging from solar beads to rockets. There will be hourly door prize drawings and a grand prize drawing. The $3 admission is good for both days with children under 6 admitted free. Children under 12 will receive a free rock or fossil specimen when accompanied by an adult. Call 304-282-2306 for more information.

Benefit Concert

The Charleston Gay Men’s Chorale will perform a benefit concert, “Life is a Cabaret,” at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 19, in the Great Hall of the Culture Center. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission is $25. Proceeds from the concert will be shared by Covenant House and the Gay Men’s Chorale to provide assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS in West Virginia. For tickets, visit

Free carnival

The Kanawha Valley Church will host a Carnival Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 21 after its 10:30 a.m. service. The carnival takes place at Rock Branch Elementary School 4616 1st Ave., Nitro, and includes inflatables, free food, games, face-painting, and more. For more details, visit

First-aid classes

The Marshall University Recreation Center is providing American Red Cross CPR/AED (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic External Defibrillator) and first-aid in October.

The CPR/AED classes are offered from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5; and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. The price for Marshall Rec members to attend a CPR/AED class is $65 and it is $90 for non-members.

The CPR/AED classes are for individuals who need to respond to emergencies. The program consists of video and hands-on training, discussions and real-life rescue scenarios that will help decision-making skills. The course will teach participants how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults, children and infants.

First aid classes are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.7; and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13. The cost for Marshall Rec members to attend a first aid class is $25 and it is $30 for non-members.

The first aid classes are for individuals who need to respond to emergencies. This program also consists of video and hands-on training, discussions, and real-life rescue scenarios. The course will cover first-aid topics like heat- and cold-related emergencies, diabetic emergencies, sprains and broken bones, severe bleeding and more.

To register for classes visit the Welcome Desk at the Marshall Recreation Center or go to

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