Making a paper wreath
By Amber Wilcox
The OSCAR, Oil Springs Cultural Arts Recreation Center, held a “Make a paper wreath” class on Thursday morning.
The class taught by Paula Blair, a local artist, allowed participants to put to use old books by making them into wreaths.
“I think she got the idea for the project online, she also makes these wonderful sculptures out of books,” said event organizer Sydney Blair.
Sydney stated that they usually have between five to 10 people who attend the events and are open to all ages. They also have classes specifically for younger children as well.
“I really enjoy learning something new and creative” said Sydney
As the class started participants grabbed their foam wreaths, pages from old books and hot glue guns in preparation as Paula began explaining the process.
Blair stated that those who have participated in the classes have all really enjoyed themselves and it offers a way to learn a craft that they can do again at home or can teach someone else.
“We’re recycling books and you don’t have to be a really skilled crafter to get a wonderful craft out of this. So this would be prefect for anyone,” said Sydney.
The class provided the opportunity for those in the community to come out and enjoy time with each other as well as they created their wreaths, while also showing how old books could be used for something new.
“Its really relaxing,” said Vicki Rice, while working on gluing a page onto her wreath.
The OSCAR offers many other classes as well including staining glass, sewing, glass painting, canvas painting, and many others.
For more information on upcoming classes you can contact the OSCAR center at 606-297-7775 or 606-789-8108.
Comic book lovers came together Saturday at local Hobby Fest
|Visitors viewed artist selections at the 2016 HobbyFest held at the Ramada Inn on Saturday, Oct. 15.|
By Amber Wilcox
For the first time since the 90’s, HobbyFest made its reappearance this past Saturday at the Ramada Inn. HobbyFest is a gathering of comic, toy and collectible enthusiast and vendors to share their common interest in fantasy, science fiction and gaming.
“HobbyFest had previously been a yearly event before being discontinued,” said Mike Vanhoose, event organizer.
Vanhoose and his oldest son decided to bring back the event that held a special place in their lives. “We’re doing it as a family thing now and we just love the atmosphere” he said.
HobbyFest brought in between 300 to 500 people on Saturday and offered a variety of different items to look at and purchase as well as a cosplay costume contest and PlayStation 4 “Street Fighter” gaming tournament.
“I’m very pleased with it and I think it was a big success,” said Vanhoose. “I thought it was great. It’s good to have something for people who like comics and stuff like this because there’s not much in Paintsville.”
“I don’t have a car personally, so this is the only time of the year I’ve gotten to get out and see stuff like this, we don’t have a book store or anything like that anymore” Samuel Caldwell. Caldwell said that one of his favorite things about the event was the booth that traded swapped collectibles and comics.
The event featured different writers and artist including Todd Goodman, writer and CEO of Old World Comics, and Daniel Frazier, artist and co-creator of “The Adventures of Nightclaw and Prowler” in addition to dealers from multiple states including West Virginia and Ohio.
“It was wonderful and I look forward to doing it again next year,” said Vanhoose.
Paintsville Elementary a school of distinction
By Amber Wilcox
On Friday 7, Paintsville Elementary students celebrated the test results for the K-Prep that they took this past May.
Katie Webb, principal at Paintsville Elementary, took part in the celebration in her own way after making a deal with the students. If they achieved high results on the test, they would have the opportunity to drench her in the dunking booth.
On Friday, Webb kept that promise as students and staff had lunch outside accompanied by music and the dunking booth. Webb and other teachers took one for the team as they let the students take a chance dunking them.
Every public school in Kentucky takes the K-Prep in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Paintsville Elementary received the district of distinction award, which goes to schools that are performing at the highest level.
“I’m very pleased with both the students and the staff and how hard they worked last year, and I’m looking forward to this year,” said Webb.
Tests are given during the last two weeks of school, usually during the first week of May.
Main Street Players to perform Hansel and Gretel
|Cast members rehearse their lines while preparing for the upcoming play. |
By Amber Wilcox
The Main Street Players, Paintsville’s local theatre production group started in 2012 and has since performed many plays including: Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy in Wonderland, among many others.
“Our goal is to provide educational theatre opportunities and to expose children of the region to the arts,” said Jeremiah Parsons, president of the Main Street Players Organization.
The organization holds auditions in August and February every year for upcoming shows. Those wishing to audition must be at least seven years old or older to audition. As the Main Street Players are an educational theatre, there is no experience needed to participate, and they hope to teach the fundamentals of acting and stage craft.
“It’s a lot of fun, and we encourage everyone to come out and get involved,” said Parsons.
Getting involved in the Main Street Players is simple, and there are multiple ways to help, from acting on the stage, to setting up and creating props, to making costumes.
Upcoming shows for the Main Street Players include “A Murder Has Been Renounced” a murder mystery play that is set to start on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paintsville Golf Course ballroom. Tickets are $25 and include the show, dinner, and a desert.
A musical adaptation of Hansel and Gretel will be performed by the Main Street Players on Nov. 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for youth and $10 for adults.
To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Main Street Players call 606-791-2372.
Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800-431-1754 or Prescription-abuse.org.
Foster Parent Orientation
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Learn how. Benchmark Family Services will be conducting foster parent orientation classes daily. Classes are FREE. Please contact us at (606) 886-0163 to schedule an appointment. Our location is 91 Oak Ridge Court, Prestonsburg. Open your heart and your home to a child who needs them today!
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Field Representative
Brian Bowman, Veterans Benefits Field Representative is located at the Pike County courthouse in Pikeville. Veterans and their dependents can receive assistance filing for federal and state veteran’s benefits. This service is free and available Monday through Fridays by appointment. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For more information, call (866) 647-2926.
National Caregiver Support Program
The National Caregiver Support Program helps people who are taking care of loved ones who are 60 years old or older, or grandparents who are raising grandchildren. Services include educational information, fee training or caregivers, support groups, temporary respite services to give caregivers a break and much more. These programs are first-come first serve basis. For more information, visit www.bigsandy.org, email Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (606)886-2374.
- Art gallery exhibit: The McCall Art Gallery at Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host an exhibit by Josh Lowe through Oct. 31. A reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gallery. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday 9 a.m. until noon. The McCall Art Gallery is located in the Magoffin Learning Resource Center on the Prestonsburg campus. For more information, contact Tim Sizemore at (606) 889-4746.
- Computer Basics Class: The Johnson County Public Library will be holding a computer basics class at the library on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to register, call (606) 789-4355.
- DAR, Harmon Station Chapter Meeting: The Daughters of the American Revolution, Harmon Chapter is holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct 13 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Public Library. Come learn more about patriots and maybe find one or two lurking in your family tree. For more information, call Patty Reeves at (606) 264-5111.
- New Book Discussion: The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book, The Wright Brothers, on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Please bring your own sack lunch and drink. To reserve a book or for more information, please call (606) 789-4355.
- Teen Get Away: - Teen Get Away: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting at Espresso-O Café on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To register or for more information, call (606) 789-4355.
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Financial Affairs” workshop will be held on Friday, October 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. The Extension Office is hosting a comprehensive workshop series to explore key strategies to help everyone live fuller, more rewarding lives. Prize drawing at meeting. For more information, contact the Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.
- Laser Pink Floyd: The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium will host Laser Pink Floyd at 7 p.m., Friday, October 14. Admission is $5. For more information, call (606) 889-8260.
- Soup Bean Dinner: The Calvary Church of God of Paintsville is hosting a soup bean dinner on Friday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dine in and delivery service is available. Dinner includes soup beans, sauerkraut/wieners, onion, cornbread, brownie and a can of pop for $6. For more information, call (606) 875-4509.
- 2nd Annual Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Cure Kirsten 5K & 10K: The second annual Cure SMA Cure Kirsten 5K & 10K race is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. on the Paintsville Track located at 232 Preston St. in Paintsville. Registration on the day of the race opens at 7:45 a.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
- Get Moving Johnson County: The Johnson County Health Department is hosting a series of diabetes prevention community walks. The first 100 Johnson County residents to register are free and receive a free t-shirt. Adult bicycles and FitBit HRs will be given away at each walk. This is not a race and there is no mandatory distance. Registration for the walk along the Paintsville Lake-Kiwanis Trail on Saturday, Oct. 15 starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call Jennifer Wilson at (606) 789-2590.
- Oil Springs Fire & Rescue Gospel Sing and Bluegrass Show: The Oil Springs Fire and Rescue Station is hosting a Gospel and Bluegrass Show on Saturday, Oct. 15 starting at 5:15 until 9:30 p.m. at the historic SIPP theater. Tickets are $10 per person, $15 for couples with funds going to support the volunteer fire station. For tickets or information, call (606) 297-4600.
- Concert in the park: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host a Concert in the Park at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Mayo Park in Paintsville. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair. Performers will include the Big Sandy Singers and Band and past Johnson Central and Paintsville Big Sandy Idol winners.
- Needlework Circle: The Johnson County Public Library is holding a needlework circle on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information or to register for this event, call (606) 789-4355.
- FAFSA Assistance Pikeville: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will provide a free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) preparation event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Atrium on the Pikeville campus. For more information, contact Stephanie Abshire at (606) 218-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 20th Annual United Way Golf Scramble: The United Way of Eastern Kentucky is hosting the 20th Annual United Way Golf Scramble on Monday, Oct. 17 starting at 10 a.m. at the Stonecrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and cost is $360 per team. For more information, call (606) 886-4480.
- 4-H Teen Meeting: The Johnson County Extension Office is hosting a 4-H Teen Meeting on Monday, Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the extension office. For more information, call (606)789-8108.
- Computer Internet Class: The Johnson Public Library is hosting a computer Internet class on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the library. For more information or to register, call (606) 789-4355.
- KY Humanities Chautauqua: The Johnson County Public Library in conjunction with the Kentucky Humanities Council is hosting Kelly Brengleman performing as Madeline McDowell Breckenridge in “Votes for Women!” The performance begins at Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Public Library. For more information or to register, call (606) 789-4355.
- Computer Photo Class: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting a computer photo class on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information or to register, call (606) 789-4355.
- Book Talk: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting a book talk on “Appalachian Ghost Stories: Tales from Bloody Breathitt” by Jerry Deaton on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. To reserve a book or for more information, call (606) 789-4355.
- Johnson County Board of Health Meeting: The Johnson County Board of Health will be holding a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Health Department. For more information, call (606) 789-2590.
- Coffee and Crayons: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting Coffee and Crayons: Coloring for Adults on Friday, Oct 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to register, call (606) 789-4355.
- Levisa Fork Paddle Fest: Paintsville and Prestonsburg Tourism invites everyone out to a kayak and canoe Paddle Fest on the Levisa Fork. Launch in the river behind Billy Ray’s in Prestonsburg and paddle up to the old water plant in Paintsville. Watercraft rentals will be available from Legends Outfitters or Jenny Wiley State Park Resort. Shuttle transportation back to your vehicle in Prestonsburg. $10 per person for meal and shuttle. Register in advance by calling (606) 886-1341. For more information, call (606) 297-1469.
- Get Moving Johnson County: The Johnson County Health Department is hosting a series of diabetes prevention community walks. The first 100 Johnson County residents to register are free and receive a free t-shirt. Adult bicycles and FitBit HRs will be given away at each walk. This is not a race and there is no mandatory distance. Registration for the walk along the Dawkins Line Trail in Hagerhill on Saturday, Oct. 22 starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call Jennifer Wilson at (606) 789-2590.
- 2016 Northeast Area Homemakers Annual Meeting: The Johnson County Extension Office will be hosting the 2016 Northeast Area Homemakers Meeting at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville on Oct. 22 starting at 10 a.m. Cost of attendance is $25 with checks to be made out to NEA Extension Homemakers, due by Oct. 10. For more information, call the Johnson County Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.
- Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting an Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help crafters develop their business on Etsy. For more information or to register, call (606) 789-4355.
- Needlework Circle: The Johnson County Public Library is holding a needlework circle on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information or to register for this event, call (606) 789-4355.
- Computer PowerPoint Class: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting a computer PowerPoint class on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to register for this event, call (606) 789-4355.
- Holiday Sewing Smorgasbord: The Northeast Area Masters Clothing Volunteers is hosting a Holiday Sewing Smorgasbord on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at the Lawrence County Extension Office. Learn how to make a pumpkin table runner, poinsettia quilted pillow and other projects. Registration is due by Oct. 7. To register, or for more information, call (606) 789-8108.
- Book Talk: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting a book talk on “The Girl on The Train” by Paula Hawkins. On Thursday, Oct 27 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Please bring your own sack lunch and drink. To reserve a book or for more information, please call (606) 789-4355.
- Computer iPhone Class: The Johnson County Public Library is holding a computer iPhone class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 27. To register or for more information, call (606) 789-4355.
- Don’t Charge, Take Charge: This free “Lunch & Learn” session provided by the Johnson County Extension Office is geared toward helping people learn how to manage their money wisely during tough economic times. The session will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Each month of participation earns you a change to wind gas cards, gift certificates, and other helpful management tools. Come and go as you need. Must preregister. For more information, call (606) 789-8108.
- EKSC’S Halloween Fright Night: The East Kentucky Science Center and planetarium will host its annual Fright Night at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Fright Night features Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Purple People Eater, Monster Mash, and much more. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call (606) 889-8260.
- Halloween Fun Day: The Johnson County Public Library is hosting a Halloween Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. featuring a short performance from “Hansel and Gretel” by the Main Street Players. Child Safety ID with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will be available as well. For more information, call (606) 789-4355.
- EKSC’S Halloween Party: The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium will host a Halloween Party from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. The event will include a costume contest, planetarium shows, Fright Night laser show, activities, and spooky science demonstrations. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and children under four are admitted for free. For more information, call (606) 889-8260.
- Victorious Women’s Annual Retreat: The Victorious Women’s Annual Retreat is scheduled for Oct. 28 through Oct. 30 at the Ramada Inn. Guest speaker Karis Ann Koehn will be discussing her missionary trips to Africa. A performance by Kelly Powers rounds out the conference. Ladies age 13 and up are welcome to attend. For more information, Call (606) 398-5848 or Eva Miller at (606) 378-7481.