Weekend Update

OCTOBER 2019  (updated 10/10/19)



LABELLE THEATER in South Charleston 

LION KING   Movies $4 or less – Friday 7pm, Saturday 3pm & 7pm, Sunday 3pm








Enjoy some live music around town!













Now-Sunday, 10/11-10/13:  Kanawha Charleston Humane Association wants to EMPTY THE SHELTER!  To celebrate 6 years of lifesaving, they’re offering reduced and fee waived adoptions all weekend!

  • Friday, 12noon-6pm at the shelter on Greenbrier Street
  • Saturday, 11am-2pm at Moses Ford in St. Albans
  • Saturday, 12noon-5pm at the shelter
  • Sunday, 12noon-5pm at the shelter

Adoptions include spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, microchip, 30 days of FREE pet insurance, and special offers from Petco.  Give all the sweet dogs and cats a place to call their forever home!


The United Way is requesting participation in SOCKTOBER during this month. “Socktober” is a drive to collect over 1,000 pair of new kids and adult socks for those in need. Shelters and warming centers are constantly in need. In addition, United Way will pair the kids’ socks collected with the shoes they distribute weekly through their Equal Footing Shoe Fund. This project makes kids more comfortable and able to focus in the classroom. Contact Kerri Cooper at 304.340.3502 to get a custom SOCKTOBER Collection Box for your business or office, or drop off socks M-F 8am-4pm at  United Way Square, off Court Street across from the water company.

Kanawha Charleston Humane Association invites you to help with the cutest gig in town… the KITTEN NURSERY!  By volunteering just 1 hour, once a week, you can make a huge difference in these kittens’ livelihoods.  The staff is looking for “regulars” who can routinely commit to their hour on the day you choose. Shifts are available every day.  To sign up, call or text 304.444.4808.  Morning shifts are any  hour between 9am-12pm.  Evening shifts are an hour between 1pm-5pm – perfect for after school!

The CHILDREN’S THEATER OF CHARLESTON announces AUDITIONS for “Disney Frozen Jr.”  Auditions will take place at the CTOC workshop on October 12 & 13, 1pm-4pm. The workshop is at 1120 Kanawha Blvd East in Charleston. Roles are available for ages 8-18. Be prepared to sing a short selection from the song of your choice. There are no fees to participate in CTOC productions. Beginning Sept. 27, you may register for an audition slot at CTOC.org.  Walk-ins are also welcome. You’re encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to audition time to complete your registration. (Performance dates for “Disney Frozen Jr.” are December 12-15, 2019 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center Little Theater.)

Charleston Church of God is collecting names and stories about local TEACHERS to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used for class supplies or resources. Each teacher will also be awarded a $100 gift card to a local restaurant. The winning teachers will be announced in October. If you would like to submit a teacher to be considered for one of the awards, email the teacher’s name, school, and a brief story at [email protected] or contact Pastor Tom Wise at 304.807.6049.

Thurs, 10/10:  Join Rainbow Pride of WV for PROUD & SOBER, a LGBTQ Sensitive Addiction Recovery Support Group, 7-9pm. This is a non AA/NA affiliated group providing a safe and accepting environment, aiming to foster a fellowship of support, healing and consistency. It’s a casual atmosphere where all are welcome.  Enjoy beverages & snacks and chat with others in recovery at the Rainbow Pride Office @ 501 Elizabeth Street in Charleston.

Fri, 10/11:  KPCC Counseling presents FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE, featuring comedian Michael Jr.  The 26th Annual fundraiser will be held at Embassy Suites in Charleston, 6-9pm.  Early bird tickets are $75; regular admission tickets $85. The purchase of 10 tickets automatically reserves a table for you and your guests.  Tickets are available online at www.eventbee.com or you may mail a check to:  KPCC Counseling, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Suite 300, Charleston, WV 25301.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

Fri, 10/11:  The Clay Center presents SOUND CHECKS, featuring Bombadil, a trio of North Carolina and France-based vocalists, songwriters, and visual artists, along with local group, Tofujitsu  at 8pm. Purchase your tickets online at theClayCenter.org or by calling the box office at 304.561.3570.

Fri, 10/11:  Ron Sowell’s OPEN STAGE & COFFEE HOUSE is at Unity of Kanawha Valley @ the corner of Bridge & Myrtle Roads in South Hills. All local musicians are invited to share your musical talents, a poem, or stand-up comedy!  Two songs or 10 minutes, whichever comes first.  Performers sign up at 7 and the entertainment begins at 7:30pm. General admission is $5; $2 for seniors, kids and performers. Enjoy some of WV’s best entertainment in a warm and friendly atmosphere!

Fri, 10/11:  The City of Charleston presents GLOW IN THE PARK on Magic Island, 7:30-9:30pm. It’s a pop-up glow art gallery, with family activities, live music, and live painting. All for FREE!

Fri, 10/11:  No Regrets will perform for the HURRICANE DANCE, 6-9pm at the John Henson Senior Center, 2800 Putnam Ave, Hurricane. Admission is $5 per person. Doors open at 5pm. Free food and refreshments will be available.

Fri, 10/11:  Marmet Community Church is having a HOT DOG & BAKE SALE, 10am-4pm. Get some pumpkin rolls, too!

Fri-Sat, 10/11-10/12:  Enjoy SPACE PREACHERS: THE MUSICAL, based on the Troma sci-fi cult comedy film, “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers” is a live staged reading, with music and lyrics by Mark Scarpelli and book by Daniel Boyd. Friday @ 7pm; Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm, at the Elk City Playhouse, 218 West Washington Street in Charleston. All seats $15. Buy tickets at showclix.com/event/space-preachers-the-musical-staged-reading or at the door.

Fri-Sat, 10/11-10/12:  The HAUNTED TRAIL will be open at Dartmont Park in Ashford, WV (100 Bywood Lane). The park will open on Friday at 6pm with cakewalks, hayrides and concessions.  On Saturday from 10am-3pm there will be a fall flea market and concessions. At 5pm gates will open for cakewalks, hayrides and other activities. For more info contact Michelle at 304.833.0603 or [email protected].

Sat, 10/12:  Ron Sowell hosts the WOODY HAWLEY CONCERT SERIES presenting PIERCE PETTIS at the Clay Center’s Walker Theater @ 7:30.  Pierce is celebrating his critically acclaimed album “Father’s Son.”  He will be joined by Texas keyboard player David Webb.  Small tables & chairs are brought into the intimate Walker Theater to create a cabaret-style venue. Gather with your friends and hear some great music presented up close and personal.  Tickets are $20 and available at 304-561-3570 or at tickets.theClayCenter.org!

Sat, 10/12:  The City of Nitro’s 4th Annual FESTIVAL OF FRIGHT will include music, food, a haunted trail,  a classic horror film at much more at Ridenour Lake in Nitro. The Halloween-themed event is FREE to the public. Festivities begin at 12noon. Get more info on the “Nitro Festival of Fright” page on Facebook.

Sat, 10/12:  Capitol Market in Charleston presents PARTY IN THE PATCH, 11:30am-2pm. It’s a family friendly FREE event! Children’s activities include pumpkin painting, Science Saturday, and a kids gaming corner. Additional activities include a food vendor corner and musical performances by The Navy Band.

Sat, 10/12:  Ruffner Elementary presents FALL FESTIVAL from 4:30-8:30, with a cake walk, silent auction, games, food, music, dunk tank, and craft vendors. Join the After Dark Haunted Trail. Tickets are 50 cents each and a packet of tickets for $20.  809 Litz Drive in Charleston.

Sat, 10/12:  Enjoy the CHELYAN UMC BREAKFAST with homemade breakfasts served from 8:30-11am at Chelyan United Methodist Church. Donations will be appreciated.

Sat, 10/12:  The Booker T. Washington Community Center in London will have its annual HARVEST FESTIVAL, 9am-3pm. The festival will include food, music, and crafts. Table rentals are $15 each.

Sat, 10/12:  The 16th Annual MORGAN’S KITCHEN FALL FESTIVAL will be held from 10am-4pm at the historic Morgan’s Kitchen along MacCorkle Ave in St. Albans. Activities will include apple butter making, cabin tours, pioneer re-enactors, arts and crafts, and old-time music. Baked goods, drinks and hot dogs will also be available.

Sat, 10/12:  The Quick Community Center, 23 Lucy Lane, will host a RAMP & BEAN DINNER from 1-5pm. The dinner will include ramps, pinto beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, dessert, and a drink. $8 adults and $5 children 12 and under. “To Go” orders will be available.

Sat, 10/12:  Confidence Elementary School will host its annual FALL CARNIVAL with doors opening at 11am at the school. Games will be offered from 1-5pm. An auction will start at 5:30pm.

Sat, 10/12:  Starcher Baptist Church, 2624 Sixth Ave, Charleston, will host a FALL FESTIVAL with games and a free community lunch including hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and sno-cones.

Sat, 10/12:  Charleston Main Streets-East End will host HOPS & HEAT from 2-6pm at the East End Bazaar Open-Air Artisan Market, 1428 Washington St E, Charleston. An Appalachian craft beer and chili cookoff event, H&H will include more than 80 craft beers from over 20 Appalachian breweries and crown the Bazaar’s best chili.  There will be a Hops & Heat concert featuring the Charles Walker Band.

Sat, 10/12:  St. Albans Parks & Recreation will sponsor a FALL FESTIVAL, 10am-1pm at Ordinance Park in St. Albans. Activities will include pumpkin decorating, rock painting, inflatables, food and refreshments, hayrides, the Campbell Family Farm, and a petting zoo from Animal Encounters. A free family movie, “Hocus Pocus,” will be shown at St. Albans Roadside Park, beginning at dark. Bring a blanket or chairs.

Sat, 10/12:  The WEST VIRGINIA ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR ASSOCIATON SHOW will take place from 10am-3pm at Beech Fork State Park in Barboursville. A tractor parade will get underway at 2pm. Admission is free.

Sat, 10/12:  The Hansford Center, 500 Washington St in St. Albans will host a HALLOWEEN DANCE. Doors open at 5pm, with music and dance from 6-9pm. Music provided by Frank Conn & the Partners. Food concessions available. Admission $4.

Sat, 10/12:  The SpeakEasy Singles will host a public HALLOWEEN DANCE & COSTUME PARTY from 8-110m at the West Virginia State University Wilson Student Union in Institute. Admission $10. Music provided by DJ Dancin’ Dave. Prizes for the best costumes!

Sat-Sun, 10/12-10/13:  FestivAll presents the 7th HARVEST ART FAIR at a new venue in the heart of downtown Charleston at “The Virginian” at 814 Virginia Street East. Shop for hand-crafted gifts made by West Virginia artisans. Mediums include pottery, photography, fine art, bath and body, sculpture, wood works, furniture, textile, jewelry, leather and specialty food. Local musicians will be providing music.

Sun, 10/13:  The KANAWHA TRAIL CLUB hikes a different area every Sunday. This week’s hike will be at Beech Fork State Park’s Lost Trail.   Everyone’s invited to enjoy the outdoors with this group. Have fun, get some exercise, and meet new friends!  To car pool, meet at the parking lot at the corner of Ohio & Randolph Streets across from Sherwin Williams at 12:30.  Check out upcoming hikes and get more info at KanawhaTrailClub.org.

Sun, 10/13:  A PHOTO FUND DRIVE for the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department will be held at the fire department in Cross Lanes, 12noon-5pm.  A donation of $20 is requested for a 10×13” portrait, which includes traditional and fall portraits, high school senior portraits, and pet portraits. (Pets must be on a leash.) Proceeds go toward rescue and firefighting equipment for the TMVFD. Walk-ins are welcome!

Sun, 10/13:  The City of South Charleston and the South Charleston Conventions & Visitors Bureau will sponsor a free BLOCK PARTY & TRUNK-OR-TREAT event beginning at 4pm at the South Charleston First Nazarene Church, 4923 Kentucky St.  Enjoy cars, candy, hot dogs, cotton candy, chips, games, hayrides, inflatables, and live music by Fuel.

Mon, 10/14:  There will be a fundraiser at Husson’s Pizza in Kanawha City, 301 36th Street, for the WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS. Just mention “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” when ordering and Husson’s will donate 25% of sales. Enjoy pizza while making a difference!

Tues, 10/15:  Enjoy LET’S GET COOKING culinary class with Chef Paul Smith. The class is from 12noon-1pm at the Capitol Market, featuring a unique menu and yummy samples.  The class is complimentary, thanks to AARP West Virginia!

Tues, 10/15:  The Hurricane High School’s show choirs, Red Hot and Heat Wave, will host a FALL SHOW 7-9pm at Hurricane High School. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds go to cover travel costs and other expenses for the groups. They will compete in West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana, starting in January.



Every MONDAY:  Are you or someone you know dealing with hurts, habits, hang-ups? There is hope!  CELEBRATE RECOVERY meets every Monday at River Ridge Church, 2090 Greenbrier St, Charleston at 6:30pm.  A free meal is provided at 5:30pm. Child care is available.

Each MONDAY at St. Timothy’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, the GABRIEL PROJECT STORE is open from 12noon-2pm, with free items including baby clothes, diapers, formula, referrals for car seats & cribs, and assistance for parents & grandparents of children newborn-age 2.  Every Monday from 5:30-6:15pm, a free dinner is served.  The weekly menu and more info are posted on the church’s Feed Putnam Facebook page.  The church is at 3434 Teays Valley Rd in Hurricane.  More info at 304.562-9325.

Every TUESDAY:  Mindful Heart Yoga offers a FREE YOGA CLASS at 6:30pm at 622 Kanawha Blvd W, in the Seventh Day Adventist school building.

Every TUESDAY, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 314 Donnally St, Charleston, offers STRENGTH TRAINING FOR SENIORS, 12:30-2:30pm. There is no cost for the sessions. Register at the door. For more info, contact [email protected] or 304.348.6404.

Each WEDNESDAY:  Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road, Charleston, is home to WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS at 6:30pm. These circles offer holistic methods for healing and wholeness.  No registration is required and all classes are offered on a love offering basis.  On Wednesday (10/16)… “CBD: What You Need to Know,” an educational question and answer session. Everyone is welcome.  More info at [email protected].

1st & 3rd FRIDAY of each month:  Cross Lanes United Methodist Church women have opened their BABY LOVE PANTRY, providing free diapers (sizes newborn to 6) and wipes to those families who need a little extra help. Formula will be offered when available. There are no income restrictions. Al that is required is proof that the child you are getting products for, belongs to that person. The Baby Love Pantry will be open the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 10am-12noon.  Supplies will only be given during these times. Enter through the church lower parking lot doors. For more info, call Suellen at 304.415.3194.

Every SATURDAY:  The CHARLESTON PARKRUN happens at Magic Island at 8am during the summer. It’s a free weekly timed 5k. Run or walk at your own pace.  Every one of all ages and abilities are welcome.  Register at parkrun.com/register and bring your printed barcode with you to each Parkrun!  Also visit facebook.com/CharlestonWVparkrun.



Thurs, 10/17:  It’s COFFEE WITH A COP hosted by the Charleston Police Department and City of Charleston.  Meet your local police officers, drink some coffee, ask questions, and share your concerns at

8:30am @ Bluegrass Kitchen

Fri, 10/18:  Unity of Kanawha Valley will be home to SCARAOKE (KARAOKE) NIGHT at 7pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and share your talents (or lack thereof) in a friendly and fun atmosphere.  There will be Halloween songs available to sing.  Halloween costumes are optional. General admission is $2.  A variety of refreshments and delicious treats are available for a small donation or you may bring something to share.  Unity of Kanawha Valley is at the corner of Bridge & Myrtle Roads in Charleston.

Sat, 10/19:  The residents of Madison and surrounding area are having a MADISON WITCHES RIDE at 7pm. Over 50 girls and women will parade on bicycles down Main Street in Madison to Ellis Park. BARC (Boone Animal Rescue Coalition) will be selling mummy-dogs, ghostly green punch, and more. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, BBQ and other goodies.

Sat, 10/19:  The St. Albans Little League (SALL) is hosting its annual FALL & BALL CRAFT FAIR. There will be lots of vendors, a hot dog sale and bake sale. Proceeds will be used to fund field improvements for SALL. 10am-3pm at Gateway Christian Church.

Sat, 10/19:  The City of Charleston’s CARE unit will host a FREE event, CHARLESTON CELEBRATES GRANDFAMILIES, honoring grandparents raising grandchildren, at the North Charleston Community Center from 1-4pm.  Resources and demonstrations will be provided for grandparents while grandchildren participate in activities. One of the goals of CARE is to provide resources and support to families affected by the opioid crisis. During the event, the Charleston Police Department will hold a car seat installation demonstration and the Charleston Fire Department will teach kids about fire safety. This event will also be an opportunity for grandparents to connect and build a support system. Light refreshments will be served.

Sat, 10/19:  The WEST VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents their “80th Anniversary Spectacular” in the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center at 7:30. (Description).  Lawrence Loh, conductor.  Tickets start at $15 and are available at WVsymphony.org or by calling 304.561.3570.

Sat-Sun, 10/19-10/20:  Join Bible Center School, 1111 Oakhurst Dr in Charleston, for a FREE HEALTHCARE EVENT which will include free dental, vision, and medical care provided on a first come, first serve basis. No ID or proof of income is required. The clinic runs from Saturday,12am-Sun at 4pm.

Sat-Sun, 10/19-10/20:  The Kanawha Rock & Gem Club presents the ROCK, GEM, MINERAL, FOSSIL AND JEWELRY SHOW & SALE 10am-6pm on Saturday & 10am-5pm on Sunday at the South Charleston Community Center. Admission is $3.50; children 12 and under Free. Family fun, crystals, gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads and beading supplies, gemstone mine, gold panning, kids crafts, soapstone carving, scavenger hunt, hourly door prizes, with a Grand Prize of a $500 Broyles Gift Certificate.

Sun, 10/20:  ST. GEORGE ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL’S ANNUAL DINNER is happening from 12noon-5pm for dine-in and 12noon-6pm for carry-out at the St. George Conference Center at the corner of Court & Lee Streets.  The menu includes Kibbee (ground meat & wheat), Yabrah (cabbage rolls), Loobia Bunadoora (green beans in tomato sauce), Rooz ‘B Shareeyee (buttered rice with orzo), Salata (salad with oil & lemon dressing), and Baklawa Dessert (multi-layered fillo & nuts)!  $15 donation.

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