Things have a tendency to overlap at this time of year, as this past week the Christmas Tree Gala took place in Marshall County, and this Saturday the annual Christmas Parade will be held in Moundsville.
What happened to Thanksgiving? Well it is still on the final Thursday of November, and on Nov. 24 the staff of Grand Vue Park and area volunteers are again planning to prepare a free Thanksgiving dinner at the park's Banquet Hall. It will take place from noon until 3 p.m.
The meal benefits those individuals and families who need assistance in providing a meal for themselves during the holiday and for those who need a place for fellowship because they do not have the means to travel.
The meal is open to everyone.
Deliveries will also be available, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., to those who cannot come to the park for a meal, but advanced sign-up is required by calling the park at 304-845-9810.
In the past couple of years, there have been requests for deliveries by individuals who have transportation available to get to the park, and this year organizers have placed some restrictions on deliveries, as they want individuals who can, to come to the park and enjoy the fellowship.
Volunteers and donations are currently needed to make the dinner a success. Volunteers are needed to cook, serve and deliver meals. To volunteer or donate to this effort, call extension 401 at the above telephone number.
If you happen to get up early on Thanksgiving Day, you may want to be a participant or spectator for the 4th annual Turkey Trot at Grand Vue, an event which will begin at 9 a.m.
It is a non-competitive family oriented race with pets, on a leash, welcome.
The 3.1-mile course will cover mostly paved rolling hills throughout the park.
There is a charge to participate which includes a race day shirt and a Grand Vue Park water bottle. Non-perishable food donations will be collected at the race and these will be given to the Ash Avenue Church of God's Soup Kitchen.
The Youth Club of Marshall County After-School program has begun for another school year, serving many through this venture. Of course, such a project takes funding to sustain it and thus there will be a "Fun for Everyone Spaghetti Dinner/Dance" this Saturday to raise funds for these free programs offered to the youth of Marshall County.
The dinner will be from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department on First Street. It will get under way immediately following the Moundsville Christmas Parade
The spaghetti dinner (take-outs are available), will be family oriented as there will be activities for the youth, pictures with Santa and raffles, along with music provided by a disc jockey.
The dance will be adult focused and will begin at 7 p.m. By the way, spaghetti dinners will also be available until 9 p.m., after which meatball sandwiches will be sold.
A live band will play for dancing and listening enjoyment. There will also be 50/50 tickets and raffles. Some of the raffle items are Pittsburgh Pirates tickets, gym memberships, massages, tanning package and Wheeling Nailer tickets.
Tickets for the dance can be purchased by calling either 304-843-1174 or 304-780-0682.
Getting back to the Youth Club, no-cost service is offered to the youth in grades 6-12, three days a week from 3-5:30 p.m., with the after-school program focusing on tutoring, homework assistance, computer labs/research, teaching positive life-skills, and volunteers. Also, Fridays from 7-10 p.m., the Youth Club provides a positive socialization site with adult supervision,
The majority of funding for Youth Club of Marshall County is through private donations.
Anyone wishing additional information on the Youth Club is asked to coordinator Anne Klem at 304-843-1174 (office), or 304-780-0682 (cell).
Patty Holden is president of the Youth Club, and other board of directors are Lucinda Nicholson, Duane Miller and Dr. Mary Ellen Komorowski.
Two Thursday events were well attended: Gary Rider's book signing of his the second volume of his book, "Patriots and Heroes" and the annual Tree Gala at which 18 decorated Christmas Tree were unveiled, along with several wreaths and centerpieces.
Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dave Knuth announced that 68 entries have been received for Saturday's Christmas Parade in Moundsville, and that on Monday the parade lineup will be put together. Any group, business or individual who has not signed up should do so on Monday.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m., and now that Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Streets in once again opened after the completion of a sewer project, the parade route will be south on Jefferson to Seventh Street, west on Seventh to Tomlinson Avenue, south on Tomlinson to Eighth Street, and east on Eighth to the disbanding points.
Brian Davis, head wrestling coach at West Liberty University, will be the speaker for the WLU/Marshall County Breakfast Club, which will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant in Moundsville. He will preview this year's season.
Those planning to attend the "Dutch treat" event are asked to either email Jeff Knierim, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 304-336-8301. Also, walk-ins are welcome to the event to which alumni and friends of WLU are invited.
St. Francis Xavier School, Moundsville, will be holding its annual Breakfast with Santa beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10 in Xavier Hall. The children's cost will include a photo with Santa.
Bishop Donahue High School students will provide musical entertainment and will serve as elves to help Santa distribute gifts. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the school office at 304-845-2562 or Jamie Kudla at 304-845-5677.
Don't forget this is American Education Week and there will be special events throughout the week at Marshall County Public Schools.