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Help Out: April 15, 2012

By Staff reports

Big Brothers/Sisters needed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Big Brothers Big Sisters is recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors in the program.

The nonprofit organization offers mentoring services to children ages 6 to 16 from single-parent homes in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Volunteers would be matched with a child to do various activities at least twice a month with them, such as going to a park, library, swimming pool, movies or shopping.

The program also needs volunteers to be a mentor to a child during school hours at least 30 minutes a week at West Side Elementary or at its after-school program. Mentors could help the child with school work, eat lunch with them, play games and other activities.

For more information, call Kristina Atkins at 304-746-7900, email her at katkins.bbbs@gmail.com or visit the program's website at www.littlemomentsbigmagic.com.

Community band benefit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha Valley Community Band will give a free concert to benefit the Alzheimer's Association West Virginia Chapter, at 3 p.m. today in the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 406 Capitol St.

The program will include sacred, secular and march selections, including "Beautiful Savior," "Toccata," a Copland tribute, "The Gladiator," a Sousa march and a Mancini medley.

Donations to the Alzheimer's Association will be accepted.

Empty Bowls feeds hungry

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 Fifth Ave., Huntington.

A soup lunch is $12 and participants may keep their one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls made by Marshall University ceramics students.

The event raises money for food banks and increases awareness of hunger issues.

Diana Van Horn, director of the Cridlin Food & Clothing Pantry, said demands for her pantry's services has gone from 250 to 400 people a month in the past eight months.

Area restaurants and churches are donating the soup and bread that will be served.

The Huntington Area Food Bank serves 12 counties in Southern West Virginia, four counties in northeastern Kentucky and Lawrence County, Ohio, through its network of 260 agencies.

For more information on Empty Bowls, call Jaye Ike at Marshall's College of Fine Arts at 304-696-3296 or by email him at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.

Bowling for animals

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- New Hope Animal Rescue's Third Annual Bowl-a-thon begins at 1 p.m. April 28 at Venture Lanes in St. Albans.

Teams of four people are asked to raise $100 or more. Proceeds from the event will go to New Hope's spay/neuter and medical funds. A portion will also go to the fund to build a no-kill shelter in the Kanawha and Putnam county area.

For more information or to register a team, call Shirley Redman at 304-768-7307 or Karen Maes at 304-727-2699.


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