April/May 2016

April/May 2016

ONGOING

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Horseback Riding – Open Year Round. For all skills. 255 Freeland, Davis, WV.  Horseback riding in the beautiful mountains of Canaan Valley, WV.  304-866-4652  www.mountaintrailrides.com.
Private Music Lessons  – Saint Paul School of Music LIFE UMC  Clarksburg and Fairmont locations.  New students accepted anytime.  Beginner – Advanced.  Ages 5  & up.  304-366-3758.

Register for summer camps now!
Check out our Online Camp Fair at
http://wvfamilyonline.com/camps
for summer camp listings and a click-through
link to take you to their website.

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P.U.R.R. WV Adoption Events – are ongoing at various locations around North Central WV.  P.U.R.R. WV is a no-kill cat rescue  Please go to  http://www.purrwv.org/html/events.html for dates and locations.
Give to the WV Children’s Trust Fund – Help children grow up free from abuse and neglect.  Check the box on your WV Income Tax Return Form or contribute online at www.wvctf.org.  Good beginnings last a lifetime!
Tuesday is for Toddlers – Meadowbrook Mall, 2399 Meadowbrook Rd., Bridgeport, WV.  11 a.m. – 12 noon each Tuesday.  Free  activities, entertainment, and prizes for children up to age 8.  304-842-5441 www.meadowbrookmall.com
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Registration for many summer camps begin in the Spring.  Be sure to check out our 9th Annual Summer Camps and Programs Directory in the Apr/May issue on pages 8-11.  Also check out our Online Camp Fair at http://wvfamilyonline.com/camps/ for summer camps and a click-through link to take you to their web site.
Farm Discovery Center – Blackwater Falls State Park, 1003 Blackwater Lodge Rd, Davis, WV.  Petting zoo, interactive exhibits, antique farm relics, hands-on activities, fun for everyone.  304-259-5611

APRIL

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April is Keep America Beautiful Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month – to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. www.autism-society.org
April is Stress Awareness Month – Tips to help relieve stress: live in the moment, laugh, keep a happiness journal, think positive, meditate, give yourself a pep talk, help someone, make a change, take control of your personal health.
April 13  The Illusionists  – WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV.  5:30 & 8:30 p.m.  Direct from Broadway, the world’s bestselling magic show is coming to the WVU Creative Arts Center stage. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth.  304-293-SHOW  or visit events.wvu.edu.
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April 16-24  National Park Week – free admission days to national parks
April 17  17th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Day – Downtown and Historic Wharf District Downtown, Morgantown, WV.  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  A one-day chocolate extravaganza inviting the public to indulge themselves in an array of chocolate creations. For only $5 per person (children under 5 are free), registrants may sample tasty chocolate treats at each business. www.downtownmorgantown.com
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April 22 Earth Day – Earth Day is celebrated around the world. Some cities celebrate the whole week, others  host month long events to stress the importance of teaching about our environment.
April 21-24  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Coliseum, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV.  For children of all ages.  Experience unimaginable family fun.  Amazing performers from around the world.  Prices vary. See website for times.  www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com.
April 23  PPG Party for the Planet – Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA.  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Celebrate Earth Day with with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife. Games, eco-crafts, and other fun activities. Meet with local organizations that will show you ways that you can help protect the environment.  All activities are free and included with general admission.  412-365-2532.  www.pittsburghzoo.org.
April 28  Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Celebrated the 4th Thursday in April.
April 30  Ramps & Rail Festival  – Town Square,  Elkins, WV.  Over 50 food vendors, crafts and artisan vendors converge to celebrate Spring in the mountains.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  One hour train ride departs depot at 11:00 and 1:00.  www.Mtn-Rail.com.

MAY

May is National Pet Month! –  It is all about pets with or without forever homes.  In the spirit of National Pet Month, here are some ways you can “Paw It Forward” for homeless pets: adopt a homeless pet; donate time, skills, supplies, or money to a pet shelter; educate others; share info about available pets; train – if you are great with dogs/cats, volunteer to train shelter pets to make them more adoptable; volunteer to play with shelter dogs or cats; foster a pet.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – to reduce your risk of skin cancer, visit www.skincancer.org for sun safety reminders.

May is National Water Safety Month – find water safety tips at www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org.
May 1  May Day
May 2-8  International Screen-Free Week  – Over the past several years, what used to be “TV Turn Off Week”, has turned into “Screen-Free Week” to now also include turning off computers, tablets, smart phones, and other devices with a screen.  This is an annual event to encourage children, families, schools, and communities to turn off screens and “turn on life”.  Instead of relying on entertainment through television programing, internet videos/surfing, computer gaming, smart device apps, texting, etc…. participants can read an actual book/magazine, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, spend time with their family and friends!   Over 300 million people have taken part in the turnoff, with millions participating every year. Go to http://www.screenfree.org/ for more info.
May 5  Blue Man Group  – WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV.  7:30 p.m.  Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. 304-293-SHOW  or visit events.wvu.edu.
May 7  Mother’s Day Dinner Train – Town Square,  Elkins, WV.  Enjoy a delicious 4 course meal and the comfort of this enclosed, climate controlled ride as you travel to the scenic High Falls of Cheat. Departs the Elkins depot at 5:30 p.m.  $79-89. www.Mtn-Rail.com.
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May 8  Mother’s Day
May 8 Vince Gill Performance – Clay Center for Arts & Science of WV, Charleston, WV.  7 p.m. Listen to the sounds of this guitar slinger and country crooner with songs like “The Reason Why” and “Go Rest High on that Mountain.”  www.theclaycenter.org.
May 21  Armed Forces Day – A day to salute all of the men and women in all branches of the service who protect our country and you.
May 28 Splash Zone Opening Day – Clarksburg, WV.  Clarksburg is a family-oriented city with a park system the features 20 parks, playgrounds and recreation centers in and around the city. Home of the Clarksburg Amphitheater and Splash Zone Water Park, the facilities here provide families with an excellent opportunity to get outside, explore, play and relax. 304-624-1655. www.cityparksofclarksburg.com
May 30  Memorial Day – Dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away.

JUNE

June 4  Hug Your Cat Day!
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June 24  “Born to Sing showchoir Camp Showcase – W.Va’s Got Talent – Let’s Hear it!!” Marion Co. Sr. Auditorium, Maplewood Drive, Fairmont, WV.  Friday, 7:00 p.m. Contact anschooley@mteer.com
This calendar is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of facilities, accommodations, or services.  While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this listing, it is recommended  that you contact these businesses and organizations for more information.  WV Family Magazine is not liable for damages arising out of errors or omissions. 
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