Violins for painting
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Youth Symphony is collecting old violins to use in a fundraising project.
A dozen local artists have been selected to paint a violin during the summer; the painted instrument will be auctioned at a fall event. To donate a violin, contact painted violin project Chairwoman Helen Lodge at 304-925-8828.
In 2002, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra held a similar fundraiser with artists such as Betty Warner, Emily Roles and Roger Lucas painting violins that others had sponsored. More than $10,000 was raised.
Domestic violence victims
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Legal Aid and the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence are holding a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 9 at the Craik-Patton House on Kanawha Boulevard East.
The happy-hour event will have a gardening theme, with Master Gardeners selling plants. Attendees may also enjoy appetizers, drinks and the Pennington Project Band. The Women's Clubs of West Virginia have prepared baskets for a silent auction.
Proceeds will go to a fund to provide financial assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence who are rebuilding their lives. Money has been given from past events to buy textbooks, nursing scrubs, fix a car, pay for medical bills -- targeted funding in small but critical amounts to help victims overcome obstacles to rebuilding their lives.
Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door. Call 304-965-1448.
Shelter, pantry needs
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Covenant House Food Pantry and Manna Meal are in need of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce and noodles, corn bread mix, eggs, cooking oil, canned tuna, canned beans, pancake mix and syrup and toilet paper.
The Drop-In Center at Covenant House is out of many items, including shampoo (full and travel size), deodorant, body soap, diapers (all sizes), razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
They also need socks, underwear, sewing kits (travel size), Rubik's Cubes, Legos, knitting needles and yarn, crochet hooks and yarn, sewing thread, needles and fabric.
Drop off items at Manna Meal, 1105 Quarrier St., from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. any day, or at the Food Pantry, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, or at Covenant House, 600 Shrewsbury St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.