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DEC. 5 

Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center Skilled Nursing Activities Room, South Williamson, Kentucky. Shop White Daisy Boutique and other vendors. 

Sanctuary for Advent, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Williamson. A service of candlelight, communion and contemplation. A dinner will follow in the church undercroft. 

DEC. 5-6 

Auditions for “The Crucible” and “Into the Woods,” 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at First Presbyterian Church on Stratton Street. Prepare a memorized, 30-second monologue and 16 bars of any classical Broadway song for your audition. Sheet music or soundtrack is required. For more information, call 304-784-5444. Hosted by Southern Coalition for the Arts. 

DEC. 6-15

"Elf the Musical," 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14, and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, at the Coalfield Jamboree. Presented by The Aracoma Story, Inc. Tickets, $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $6 children 10 and under.

DEC. 6 

Williamson Christmas Kickoff, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Tug Valley Area CVB, Williamson. Light up the town's Christmas tree and decorations. Take a stroll through town taking in all the lovely window decorations while drinking hot chocolate and listening to carolers and holiday music. Take pictures with famous characters that will be walking around, including the “Frozen” queen herself. Children and adults can participate in activities including a candy cane scavenger hunt, an ugly Christmas sweater contest and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Little ones will be able to write letters and visit with Santa at the Coal House. 

Christmas in the Park, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Kermit City Park. Tree lighting ceremony, hot chocolate, singing, pictures with Santa, live Nativity scene. Call 304-393-4987. 

Free help with filing black lung claims, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Boone Memorial Hospital Private Dining Room, Madison. Bring your work history with approximate dates of employment including name and company, a certified copy of your marriage certificate, spouse's Social Security number and date of birth, copy of divorce decree (if applicable) and a copy of your birth certificate and Social Security number for yourself and all dependents. Hosed by the Black Lung Center. Call 304-369-8825.

DEC. 7 

CPR Training, Kermit Fire Department. Community members, $50, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Healthcare providers, $60, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Email KFD817@gmail.com

Great White Way Christmas Extravaganza- The A.I.M. group will be hosting the annual event which features Breakfast with Santa, a holiday bake-off contest, a gingerbread house contest, the Annual Christmas Parade and more. Events typically begin at 8 a.m. with the parade starting at 5 p.m.  

Kids Reindeer Run, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Coal House in Downtown Williamson for the 100-yard Reindeer Dash for kids of all ages. Parents must register children online or day of the event. The run takes place during the Great White Way in Downtown Williamson. Hosted by the Tug Valley Road Runners Club. 

Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, South Side Mall, South Williamson, Ky. Cost, $25 per space. Tables can be rented for an additional $5. Reserve yours now as tables are limited. Bring your own chairs. Sign up at http://www.southsidemall.net/christmas-bazaar.html.

4th annual Community Christmas Dinner, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the at Larry Joe Harless Community Center, Gilbert. Gospel singing and entertainment. 

Pictures with Santa & Friends, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Mountain State Harley-Davidson, Delbarton. 

Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast with Santa, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Dec. 7, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Adult tickets $6, children tickets $3. 

DEC. 8 

Cookie Exchange, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the  the at Larry Joe Harless Community Center, Gilbert. Cost, $5. Proceeds benefit the center. Bring two dozen cookies to exchange and the recipe to share. RSVP to 304-664-2500 ext. 0. 

DEC. 9 

Reading with Santa, 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Matewan Public Library. Each child will receive a Christmas treat.

DEC. 10 

Christmas With The Jazzalachians, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Starters Sports Bar & Grill, Williamson. Tickets are $20 per person plus tax, which includes a $10 meal voucher. Only 60 seats available. Call 304-235-5240.

DEC. 12

Food box and toy giveaway, 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Matewan Missionary Baptist Church, Mate and Ferrell Street, Matewan - The Oaky Grove Church and Pastor Harry Hadden of Wrightsville, Georgia, will be holding a food box and toy giveaway for families in need in the Tug Valley area. Contact Pastor Carl Butler at 304-426-8641 for more information. You must be present to collect, no exceptions. 

DEC. 13

Harlem Globetrotters, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Appalachian Wireless Arena (formerly the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center), Pikeville, Ky. Tickets, $18.

Landau and Larry - Home for the Holidays, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Larry Joe Harless Community Center, Gilbert. Featuring Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Larry Groce. Tickets, $30. 

10th Annual Cash Express Coat and Toy Drive-Cash Express in South Williamson, Ky. will be accepting toys, coats, shoes, clothing, and non-perishable food items from now until Dec. 13. For more info contact (606)-237-0089.

DEC. 14 

Buffalo Mountain ATV Christmas-Sport Outfitters, along with Mudlove Offroad and Offroad Hooligunz WV, will be hosting an ATV Toy Ride. They will be taking a parade of ATV's along with a truck and trailer to three of the local housing facilities. For toy or monetary donations, please contact Chance or Maddie at Sport Stop, Inc. at (304)-235-4288. Please ensure all toy donations are new and in original packing. 

Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Matewan. Lineup will be 5:30 p.m. at the Matewan Grade School, walkers line up at the Depot Replica.  

Annual Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 14, Gilbert Fire Department Station 1300. Free.

DEC. 17

The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, in Building C, Room 428, at 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay, West Virginia. The meeting agenda is posted to the board’s website. This meeting is open to the public.

DEC. 21 

Landau and Larry - Home for the Holidays, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Madison Civic Center. Featuring Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Larry Groce. Tickets, $20-$40.

Free Community Christmas Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Special Events, above the Marcum Law Office, 201 E. 2nd Ave., Williamson. Open to all, no questions asked.  

"The Magical Toy Shop," 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Rose G. Smith Theater, Williamson. Presented by Debbie's Dance Studio and Images of Vonada.

Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Regional Church of God, Delbarton. Tickets, $10, which can be found on the event Facebook page, are required due to limited seating. 

DEC. 23

Holiday Road Runners Group Run Series: Christmas Eve Eve Run, time TBD Monday, Dec. 23, at the Williamson Field House. Hosted by Tug Valley Road Runners Club. The run is free; shirt and medal is $15.

JAN. 11

Holiday Road Runners Group Run Series: The Hangover Run, time TBD Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Williamson Community Center. Hosted by Tug Valley Road Runners Club. The run is free; shirt and medal is $15.

PUBLIC MEETINGS 

Delbarton Town Council meets at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of every month at Delbarton City Hall. Call 304-475-3359.

Gilbert Town Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Gilbert Town Hall. Call 304-664-9625.

Kermit Town Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Kermit Town Hall. Call 304-393-3563.

Matewan City Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at City Hall. Call 304-426-4522.

Mingo County Board of Education meets at 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Mingo County Board of Education, 110 Cinderella Road, Williamson. Call 304-235-3333.

Mingo County Board of Health meets at 1 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Mingo County Health Department, 1st Avenue and Logan Street, Williamson. Call 304-235-3570.

Mingo County Commission meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday and at 4:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month of every month in Room 136 of the Mingo County Courthouse. Call 304-235-0380.

Mingo County Housing Authority Board meets at noon the last Monday of every month at their office in Delbarton. Call 304-475-4663. 

Mingo County Redevelopment Authority meets at noon the third Thursday of every month, with no meetings in July and November. They meet the first Thursday in December because of the holiday.

Tug Valley Area Convention and Visitors Bureau meets at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Williamson City Hall. Call 304-235-5240.

Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce meets at noon the second Thursday of every month at various locations. Call 304-235-5240.

Williamson City Council meets at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at Williamson City Hall. Call 304-235-1510.

Williamson Park Board meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Williamson Field House. Call 304-235-3690.

FOOD PANTRIES

The Widow’s Mite Food Pantry, is located at 16 West 4th Ave., Williamson. The pantry distributed USDA food items on the 3rd Friday of each month. For more info contact Donna Paterino. This is an equal opportunity organization.

Food subsidies are distributed every Monday and Friday at the Community Lighthouse Ministries at Goody, Ky. Sign up is at noon and pick up is at 2 p.m. Call Okey Varney at 606-427-7409.

A Food Pantry will be available at the Matthew 28:19 Ministries Church located Parkway Drive in West Williamson on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pantry is for those in need.

Operation Charity food pantry will distribute free USDA food from noon to 2 p.m. the last Friday of each month at the New Vision Assembly Church in Hatfield Bottom.

Recurring Meetings

East Williamson Baptist Church Grief Support Group plans to meet monthly the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Call the church at 304-235-3740 or contact Susan Baisden at 304-235-3390.

The free Sewing Classes is offered at the Belfry Library are at 4 p.m. every Tuesday. They are learning new quilting blocks and sewing aprons. Bring sewing supplies, sewing machines and fabric. In January of 2018 the classes will be scheduled on Saturdays weather permitting. For more details call the Belfry Library.

Belfry Middle School will be conducting its regularly scheduled monthly SBDM meeting at 4 pm in the school's conference room on the second Thursday of each month.

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 141 in Belfry, Ky. will be holding their monthly meeting the third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Belfry Courthouse. Commander Raymond Brown is inviting all interested parties as DAV is always looking for new members.

The Williamson Rotary Club holds a dinner meeting every Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Sixth Avenue in Williamson. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend.

The Tug Valley Shrine Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Cinderella Theater Building in Williamson.

If you would like to participate in the Mingo County Schools Wellness Committee, contact the Mingo County Child Nutrition Office at 304-235-7213. The Committee meets quarterly at the Mingo County Board Office. If you wish to participate in a School Wellness Committee for a school, contact the school directly for meeting times and dates. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Williamson Public Library pre-school story hour is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. For more info call the library at 304-235-6029.

A free beginners run/walk program is offered every Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Belfry High School track. For more information contact 304-235-3400 or email at abatausa@williamsonhealthwellness.com or check out the Tug Valley Road Runners Club group and page on Facebook.

Bingo will be held every Thursday and Saturday at the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit Pike County senior citizen programs.

Alcoholics Anonymous - St. Paul Episcopal Church has AA meetings Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 5th Ave. and Prichard St. in Williamson.

A Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting will be held on Friday evening, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Prichard Street in Williamson. The meeting will be held in the basement section of the church.

LOVES meets Saturdays at the Jacob’s Well in the old Cantees’ location on 3rd Avenue in Williamson. For more information, call 304-236-5955.

The UMWA Local 1440 meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the UMWA Union Hall in Matewan, W.Va.

The Delbarton VFW Post 8001 encourages VFW veterans to join the local post. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m., and the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the VFW building located behind the barber shop in Delbarton.

A Circle of Parents meeting will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at Logan Street First Baptist Church. Meetings offer anyone in a parenting role to participate in a group meeting to exchange ideas and share information. Contact David Bell for more info at 304-443-3041.

Southside Elementary School will conduct pre-school story hour program for children between 3-4 years old and not currently enrolled in school. For more info call 606-353-1284.

Disabled American Veteran State Service Officer Steve Hensley from Chapter 141 in Belfry, Ky. will be at the Belfry Public Library on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month to assist veterans with filling out paper work for disability claims, record inquiries, etc.

Editor’s Note: If there are any changes in the dates or times for the meetings in the community calendar, please speak to the organization involved.

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