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Brenda Lucas: Community column for Saturday, Feb. 2

February 2, 2019

FEAST: Marshall University Office of Intercultural Affairs hosts the Carter G. Woodson annual Soul Food Feast at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at John Marshall Room. African-American dishes include crispy fried chicken, barbeque ribs, mac and cheese, collard greens, chitterlings, candied yams, potato salad, beverages and assorted desserts. Tickets are $15; $7 students.

MANAGER: Karenann Flouhouse, previous intern for West Virginia Legislature’s Office of Reference and Information and Huntington Museum of Art, has been named office and events manager with Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is completing a bachelor of arts degree at Marshall University., where she was a member of John Marshall Emerging Leadership Institute and MU Presidential Ambassador.

CLASSES: “Drawing Basics for Teens,” open to middle and high school students, begin Saturday, Feb. 9, at Huntington Museum of Art Studio 3. Five sessions instructed by Brandy Jefferys are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through March 9. The cost is $85; $115 nonmembers. Contact 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org.

SPEAK: The Rev. David Richards, recently retired after 17 years as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, speaks Sunday, Feb. 3, at Enslow Park Presbyterian Church, where he has participated in Lenten season services and “Kirkin’ of the Tartans” service.

EXHIBITS: Vernon Howell, retired Cabell County teacher of Barboursville, has works displayed in the “May Your Day Be Bright” art exhibition at Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, Beckley, West Virginia. His work is also available at Photo Finish exhibit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Feb. 24. Several pieces of Howell’s work are displayed through Feb. 28 in Marshall University’s eighth annual National Juried Exhibition in Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery in Visual Arts Center.

LISTED: Taylor Scott of Huntington made the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. To be eligible for the honors, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking 12 or more credit hours.

MOVIE: Paramount Arts Center in Ashland continues its Movie Series at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, with “Groundhog Day” by Bill Murray. Tickets for the PG-rated movie are $7.

GREETINGS: While the golf clubs gather dust, Gwen “Cookie” Caldwell may wear her dancing shoes for her birthday celebration Saturday, Feb. 2. This special lady is daughter of my true friend, Arlene Melton. Fond memories, continued blessings, good health and happiness remain on her list of birthday greetings.

RELEASE: “Gypsy Heart” by Elizabeth Scott, local singer and songwriter, is released as the newest single Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Portsmouth, Ohio. This is the 10th song Elizabeth has released publicly since April 2018 and her second song produced by country music artist and producer, Dean Miller, son of Roger Miller, Country Music Hall of Famer.

FIVE: The death of Lillian Keesee of East Lynn, W.Va., five years ago Saturday, Feb. 2, (2014) at age 84 continues to leave a void in the lives of many. Lillian, first cousin to my mother, was a member of Wolf Pen Church of Christ, DAV Auxiliary and Gold Star Wives of America. I’m told she was a great cook, enjoyed sharing the preserved food she put up for the winter months and loved her family.

PRECIOUS: Anytime a person has a first name of a valuable gem, he/she is just that - valuable and hard to replace - such as is Garnet Bryant of Ceredo. Long before Phil or Freddie step out of hibernation on Saturday, Feb. 2, to see its shadow, this Christian lady becomes another year ‘younger’ with an added list of blessings.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Dannie Abshire, Maria Adkins, Jean Clark, Dr. Bill Hampton, Ruby Kieffer, Robbie Journell still in the 40s at 48, Stephanie Crum, Scott Poston with City of Huntington is two away from halfway to 100 (48), Rose Ann Turley, payroll specialist with Steel of West Virginia, celebrates 41, Devin Mullins begins the third teen year at 15, Nevaeh Reign Davenport hits the double digits at 10, Korah Midkiff, Henry Wayne Berry is double toothpicks at 11, Ric Griffith, Ronnie Keyser, Becky Ross, Roger Sizemore, Courtney Arnold, Sarah Beth Hill, Robert Touchon, Jean Frederick, Leslie Cummings, Adam Kuhner, Katie Sheils, Clark Perry, Erika Turner, Campbell Murphy, Anna Mae Smith, Aidan Blinn, Butch Cotton, Michael Mullins, Lisa Black, sister of Jeanne Wagner, spins the last of the 50s at 59, Chris Chaney, Terry Smith, Curt Mann.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARY: James and Sherry Wells (1985).

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Delilah Hill Horn, Jessica Kidd is one over 30 (31), Kelsey Ball, Sue Stanley, Linda McMahon, Cyndy Hardwick, Brian Deering, Sarah Mease, John Pacinhik, Kelci Parker, Bryce Parker, Cheryl Chaffins, Jeff Chaffins, Jacob Massie, Allyson McClure, Ashton McClure, Stephanie McKenna.

SUNDAY’S ANNIVERSARY: Michael and Roxanne Fizer (1984).

CHUCKLE: An elderly woman decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist: “Paint me with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach and a gold Rolex.” The confused artist said: “But you’re not wearing any of those things.” “I know,” she said. “But if I die before my husband, I’m sure my husband will remarry. And I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewelry.”

Send items to Brenda Lucas, P.O. Box 596, Ona, WV 25545; fax to 304-526-2857; or email to bklucas53@aol.com.

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