Community Clips — October 21, 2016

Country Breakfast ready to serve

Sun Valley Ruritan Club will have a Country Breakfast, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., at the club building at Lerona, Route 20, six miles North of Athens. Adults $7, children $4, and age 8 and younger, free with an adult.

East River Ruritan Hee Haw scheduled

East River Ruritan Club will present its homespun version of 'Hee Haw' featuring the Hidden Mountain Treasurers Band and the local Hee Haw Gang on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Oakvale School. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children under school-age are free with parents. Doors will open at 6:00 for concessions of hot dogs with homemade chili, drinks, and baked goods.

Family Fall Fest at Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A at the Mercer Mall will host a Family Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 21 at 5 — 7 p.m. The event will feature pumpkins, a costume contest, and activities. 

American Heritage Girls hosting Spaghetti Fundraiser

The American Heritage Girls Troop WV 1556 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5 — 7:00 p.m. at Burke Memorial Baptist Church in Princeton. Dinners are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Meals are available for eat-in or carryout. 

The RailYard presents Dueling Pianos

The RailYard Restaurant at 530 Raleigh Street in Bluefield will present 'Dueling Pianos,' a high energy, all request, sing along, clap along, rock and roll, comedy piano show where the audience is as much the show as the entertainers on Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. There will be 2 shows. The first show is family friendly and will include a buffet dinner. The second show is for adults only. Admission is $30. For more information call (304) 800-4141.

October Comedy Zone comes to Pipestem Spa

Join Pipestem Spa on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. for the Saints and Sinners Comedy Tour. The tour mixes the mainstream, working man's material of Matthew Lumpkin with the ego-boosted flair of Patrick Jolle into one hilarious and downright entertaining comedy experience. Tickets are $15 for General Admission and $20 for VIP. Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by a live band, cash bar, and comedy. Call 304-466-1767 to reserve your tickets. 

Shooters for Hooters hits Splat Happens Paintball

Join Splat Happens Paintball in Rock on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. for shooting fun and a chance to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Shooters for Hooters — Tatas large and Tatas small; Help Splat Happens save them all! Entry and rental fees for the day of paintballing will be donated to charity.

Bramwell Ghost Walk on tap

The 9th Annual Ghost Walk of historic Bramwell will take place the evening of Oct. 22 beginning at dark. Tickets include 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. admission to select historic homes on Bramwell's past.Tickets ar $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the WE CAN Mentoring Program and the Town of Bramwell. The evening also will feature live music at the Train Depot.Tickets are available at the following locations: Bramwell Town Hall, Children's Home Society in Princeton, Chambers of Commerce in Princeton and Bluefield, RIte Aid in Bluewell, Princeton and Bluefield Public Libraries, and New People's Bank in Princeton and Bluefield, VA. Contact 304-431-2424.

PPL introduces IDEA Lab

Visit Princeton Public Library and check out the newest addition, the IDEA Lab! The lab is a new space that celebrates invention, design, engineering, and art through various activities that will be open to all ages. Experiment with stop-motion animation, make something using the digital paper cutter, build a video game controller, and more! Stop by anytime during open lab hours and check it out. On Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., build a marshmallow tower in the lab. Contact 304-487-5045.

Couples invited to Workshop at New Covenant

New Covenant Church on Thorn Street in Princeton invites couples for a 'Staying in Love' Couple's Workshop and Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22. The workshop is at the church from 2 — 4 p.m. Couples will meet afterward between 4:30 and 5 p.m. for dinner at Texas Steakhouse for fellowship. Contact 304-920-1922.

Kreative Kids hosting Trunk or Treat

Kreative Kids Child Care Center on Brick Street will host a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5 — 8:00 p.m. 

Join Ladies' Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Stumpkin's Pumpkins is sponsoring a Ladies' Day at the Pumpkin Patch DIY Art Gathering on Saturday, Oct. 22. They will be hosting two art classes, the first from noon until 2:00 p.m., and the second from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Each crafter will be making a scarecrow/snowman reversible craft. Cost is $35, which includes all supplies. Reserve a spot by contacting them at the Stumpkin's Pumpkins Facebook page.

Pipestem Spa presents Taps, Corks, & Canvas

Pipestem Spa will present Taps, Cork, & Canvas on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 — 7:00 p.m. Learn how to paint like a pro while completing a painted canvas and enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or beer and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $40. Reserve a space by calling 304-466-1767.

BOE meetings scheduled

The Mercer County Board of Education will meet on the following Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Seminar Center of Mercer County Technical Education Center: Oct. 25, Nov. 8, and Nov. 22.

Brickhouse Cardio scaring up some Halloween Zumba

Join Brickhouse Cardio Club on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6:15 — 7:15 p.m. for Halloween Zumba. Dress up and dance! Best dressed wins a special prize. Bring your friends for spooky fun!

Bring Mercer Street back from the Grave with the Mercer Monster Mash

The Princeton Renaissance Project proudly presents the Mercer Monster Mash on Monday, Oct. 31, with events for the whole family. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Mercer Street will host trick-or-treat, Princeton Public Library will host a life-size Candyland game, and The Golden Rule will host a Pumpkin Hunt. The Ignotum Skate Troupe will be performing demos. From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., dare to try the ReScare Nightmare Haunted House, with 2 canned food items or $2 for admission. At 8 p.m., the costume contest kicks off at the Town Square Stage. At 8:30 p.m., enter the RiffRaff for a creepy Open Mic. The movie Nightmare Before Christmas will be shown at The Turnaround beginning at 10:30 p.m. Come out for Halloween on Mercer Street: It's alive!

PPL October Book Discussion Group begins

Princeton Public Library's Book Discussion Group will read 'Four Friends' by Robyn Carr during October. Copies of the selection area available for check-out at the front desk. Join the group on Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. for a lively discussion and light refreshments, free of charge. Contact 304-487-5045.

Autumn Storytime underway at PPL

Jumpstart your child's early literacy by participating in one of Princeton Public Library's weekly story times. Book babies (ages birth to 3) at 11 a.m. on Thursdays is 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs to stimulate little brains and nourish a lifelong love of reading. Preschool story time for 3- to 5-year-olds on Fridays at 11 a.m. is 45 minutes of stories, songs, and crafts. Contact 304-487-5045.

CMC Rotunda to feature art

The works of artist Chuck Ball will be featured in the rotunda of the Chuck Mathena Center through Nov. 21. Contact CMC at 304-425-5128.

38th annual Pipestem Pumpkin Run scheduled

The Southern West Virginia Road Runners Club is sponsoring at 10,000 meter run, a 5,000 meter run, a 5,000 meter walk and a 800 meter fun run for children 12 years and younger at Pipestem State Park on Oct. 29. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Canyon Rim Center. Multiple divisions will race. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 registered. For full details and registration fees, contact Tom Davis at 304-384-3298 or There will be Halloween costume judging at the finish line.

Spooks and Sparkles Pageant seeking contestants

Get your spooky on, and sparkle while you're at it for the Spooks and Sparkles Pageant on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 4 — 8:00 p.m. at the Fred Gilbert Activity Center. $50 entry fee includes beauty and outfit of choice. Categories are ages newborn - 11 months, 1-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-15 years, and 16-18 years. Participants receive a trophy, with cash prizes, crowns, and sashes for winners. Contact Jackie Kirk

Ta-Ta Extroidinah to raise money for a cure

The 5th Annual Ta-Ta Extroidinah will take place at the RailYard in Bluefield, upstairs in The Clover Club, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. ages 21 and up are welcome to enjoy the live music. Costumes are optional. Admission is $10. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen.

Pancake Breakfast slated Oct. 29

The Spanishburg Ruritan Club will host a Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 —10 a.m., in the Community Room at the back of the Bluestone Valley Fire Department Building. Fees for adults will be $7; children under 12 will be $4. Profits are used for a college scholarship and community projects. In the past year, the organization has provided one student with a scholarship to Concord University, made Christmas donations to Bluefield Union Mission and the Princeton Salvation Army, made donations to flood relief and to the Ruritan Foundation and picked up trash from 9 miles of U.S. 19 in addition to supporting other community projects. For more information, call Gene Bailey at 304-887-1183.

2016 Healing through Creativity Festival scheduled for October 29

 A free art event for survivors of trauma including rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, crime, war trauma, disability, illness, accidents, grief, loss, or other trauma, is scheduled for the Bluefield Area Arts Center at 500 Bland Street on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Healing through Creativity Festival will include artistic works displays, outreach exhibits, music, and poetry. All forms of art are welcome. For information, contact or visit

Life is Magic at CMC

Get tickets now for Joshua Lozoff - Life Is Magic at the Chuck Mathena Center on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. Joshua's show combines his love for the art of magic, and his fascination with psychology, intuition, and other inner workings of the mind. Contact CMC at 304-425-5128.

Blue Suede Christmas tickets available

Tickets for "Blue Suede Christmas," the holiday Elvis tribute show at Chuck Mathena Center on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. are on sale now. Contact CMC at 304-425-5128.

BC winding up to hold Beginner Robotics class

Bluefield College Fine Arts Community School will be conducting a Beginner Robotics class for grades 5 - 9 on October 29 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Want to learn how to build and program a robot? Do you have Lego Mindstorm NXT or EV3 and not sure where to begin? This beginner’s course teaches students how to build and program robots using their LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and EV3 robotics kits. Students will learn how to build a basic rover-style robot that can move, turn, and sense things in its environment. Then, students will learn how to program their robots to perform various behaviors (moving, turning, sensing the environment, playing sounds, displaying pictures, etc.). Students will demonstrate their newly-learned skills by solving a variety of programming challenges. Equipment needed: If you have a laptop computer and Lego Mindstorm, either NXT or EV3 and software, you can bring those items and learn how to build and program your own robot. If you don’t have a Lego Mindstorm robot yet, you can still attend the class and learn how to build and program robots. If you need help in selecting the correct Lego Mindstorm robot, please email Burma McChesney at The students will learn the importance of team building, project management and time management while having fun building and designing robots. This class will be beneficial to students with a basic knowledge of LEGO and requires no skills in engineering. Students will be taught how to build solid structures, work with motors, sensors, and programming. The class will engage creativity with vigorous robotic design challenges. Come be a part of the class and together we will build the engineers of tomorrow. Tuition is $35, with no registration fee. Contact Burma McChesney, FACS Coordinator, at 276.326.4248 or

Women's Expo slated for October 28 - 29

The 15th Annual Women's Expo is slated for Oct. 28 - 29 at the Brushfork National Guard Armory in Bluefield, West Virginia. The event boasts approximately 100 exhibitors each year. This year, look forward to the Community Luncheon on Friday, October 28 and the Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 29. Center Stage activities and entertainment will be presented throughout the two-day event. On Firday, Chick-fil-A will host a "Princess-Pirate Party" for kids, with two sessions at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Purchase special tickets in advance for $10 each (ticket includes general door admission). Tickets are limited to 85 in each session. Princess-Pirate Party tickets are available only at the Chick-fil-A in Princeton for kids up to age 12. For additional information about the Expo, or to be a vendor, call the Princeton Mercer County Chamber Office at 304-487-1502.

Dining with Diabetes (DwD) classes available

Diabetes is a common, serious, and costly disease. Diabetes is called a lifestyle disease. Making changes in lifestyle can control diabetes and many of the complications. The Dining with Diabetes program was designed to help individuals make these changes in lifestyle. Dining with Diabetes, a free program, teaches people how to prepare meals that are healthy and taste good. The series of 4 classes and a 3-month follow up includes; nutritional information regarding Diabetes, recipe demonstrations, sampling recipes, A1c and Blood pressure, as well as group support. To register for a class, please contact Andi Bennett at WVU Mercer County Extension Service, 304-425-3079.

Princeton Recreation Center announces rental fees

Fees for rentals at the Princeton Recreation Center are as follows: Meeting Room $30/hour, City Park Shelter $15/hour, Recreation Shelter $20/hour, Gym $35/hour, Bounce House $40/hour. Contact 304-487-5040 or 304-487-5041.

Tune up with private music lessons at BC

Private music lessons are offered throughout the year at Bluefield College with frequency of meetings, dates, and times determined by the student and instructor. Beginning and advanced students (including adults) are equally encouraged to register.Classes are available in banjo, mandolin, piano, voice, trumpet, flute, and guitar. Tuition is $110 for 5 lessons and $190 for 10 lessons. An additional $25 deposit is due before beginning lessons and applies to the full academic year. Contact Burma McChesney, FACS Coordinator, at 276.326.4248 or

PCH holds Smoking Cessation Classes

Smoking cessation classes are offered by the Princeton Community Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department located in the hospital’s Parkview Center, 4th floor. For more information call 304-431-5078 or 304-431-5073.

PCH Parkinson's Support Group meets

Princeton Community Hospital sponsors a Parkinson’s Support Group, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church located at 1901 Virginia Avenue, Bluefield, VA. For more information call 1-276-322-5715.

PCH MS Group meets

Princeton Community Hospital's Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet on Oct. 25. For times and locations, please contact Doug Mullins at 304-753-9126.

PCH to offer free women's screenings

Free Women’s Screening will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. – noon, in Princeton Community Hospital's Parkview Center Day Surgery Area. Call 304-431-5250 to register. Free breast exams, hemoccult testing, and pelvic exams will be provided. The examining provider will determine the appropriate screening on an individual basis and will order pap tests and mammograms if medically indicated. Free mammograms are open only to West Virginia residents.

PPL hosting 5th annual Life-Size Candyland

Stop by Princeton Public Library during trick-or-treat time on Monday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. to take a spin around the life-size recreation of the classic children's board game Candyland. Meet King Candy and earn a reward from the prize box for completing the game. The event is free to the public. Contact 304-487-5045.

Chick-Fil-A to hold Mother-Son Date Night

Chick-Fil-A in the Mercer Mall will hold a Superhero-themed Mother-Son Date Night on Thursday, November 3 from 4:30 — 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening out with your son, and don't forget to wear your superhero cape. Make reservations at Limited seating is available.

Mercer County Commission Meetings scheduled

The November meeting of the Mercer County Commission will be held at the courthouse at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The Agenda Meeting prior to the regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10:00 a.m. The meetings are open to the public.

Kee Street UMC to serve beans

Kee Street United Methodist Church will host a bean dinner Saturday, Nov. 5, 4—6:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $7 for adults; and $3.50 for children under 12. The event includes all-you-can-eat, home-cooked pinto beans, cole slaw, cornbread, fried potatoes, beets, pickles, dessert and drinks. For more information, call 304-425-2441.

36th Annual Country Craft Guild Art and Craft Fair scheduled

Arts and crafts made by local artists will be on sale at the Chuck Mathena Center during the 36th Annual Country Craft Guild Art and Craft Fais on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5 — 9:00 p.m. Come peruse stained glass, knit and crocheted items, mosaics, florals, quilts, baskets, artisan soaps and candles, handbags, cutting boards and wood crafts, embroidery, jewelry, sock monkeys, baked goods, and spiced tea. Refreshments will also be served and door prizes awarded.

Genealogy seminar set Nov. 12

The General Hugh Mercer Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Matthew French Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a genealogy workshop seminar Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.—Noon, at Princeton Public Library, in the Woodlyn T. Kendrick Meeting Room with Judy Carter, 6th District director of the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution.

Concord University hosts Appalachian Ensemble performance

Join Concord University Appalachian Ensemble on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the art gallery of the Alexander Fine Arts Center for the Appalachian Ensemble concert premier. The group will feature students, community members, and Maggie from the duo Tim & Maggie. Traditional instruments will be used to perform traditional Appalachian tunes.

 4th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run kickstarts

The 4th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run sponsored by the United States Marine Sorps and Custom Dreams Tattoo kickstarts Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Marine Corp League Building on Thorn Street in Princeton. The motorcycle run will end at Cole Harley-Davidson at 1804 Bland Street in Bluefield. The fee for joining the run is a new, unwrapped toy for a child aged 2 to 12. Registration with coffee and doughnuts begins at 11:00 a.m., and kicks stands go up at 2:00 p.m. At the end of the ride, food drinks, entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes will be available. For more information, contact Custom Dreams at 304-910-2212.