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Local News, Activities, and Events

The following meeting information concerning local news, activities, and events organized by groups other than the CCSJ is generally updated at the beginning of each calendar month. Please check with the originating organization because of likely cancellations or changes since they were originally posted here. See Regional News for non-CCSJ news, activities, and events organized and/or taking place outside the Morgantown area.

Getting ready for the election

Go to this page for more information on this topic.

MORGANTOWN civilian police review and advisory board update

We are still waiting for news of appointments to this board. 

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MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The next regular meeting should be Thursday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. You can get information on the commission, including information on filing complaint forms here and copies of the agendas and minutes for the commission meetings here. You can find a calendar of annual human rights observances here. Observances for the current month are included here.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of  morgantown / monongalia County (LWV-MM)

The League is finalizing details for its candidate forums for the November election. CCSJ will provide the schedule via email and on our Facebook page and website when they are finalized.

Follow this group on Facebook and contact them by email at lwvmorgantown@gmail.com. Interested in joining the League of Women Voters? Join online.

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GREATER MORGANTOWN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION (GMIA)

You can follow GMIA on Facebook or on the web. Their email address is morgantowninterfaith@gmail.com.

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MORGANTOWN NOW CHAPTER

The next meeting should be Tuesday, October11th at 7:00 p.m. No further information is currently available.

West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival: Morgantown NOW is to be at the event at Camp Muffly Saturday, October 1st (11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 2nd (noon - 6:00 p.m.). They will be tabling to provide voting information and resources to current and potential voters and assisting with voter registration as needed. It is not necessary to be present throughout the entire event, times are flexible!

WVU Student Walk-out: Morgantown NOW is to be at the event at Woodburn Green on the WVU Downtown Campus on October 6th at 1:00 p.m. Morgantown NOW will be tabling to distribute resources and providing support assistance to the organizers of this event. “This walk-out is part of a larger national event in protest of the recent abortion legislation and includes demands for reproductive justice on WVU campuses, at the state level, and at the federal level. We encourage attendance and wearing green in solidarity with the cause. At the rally, there will be speakers, voter registration, contraception/pregnancy test giveaways, and literature distribution.” The list of demands is available here

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Please email morgantownnow@gmail.com to volunteer your time during these events!

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Details and agenda of their meetings are available through their weekly newsletter or email morgantownnow@gmail.com. Follow this group on Facebook. This includes information about efforts in the West Virginia legislature to restrict access to abortion. For more information on events go here.

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Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at 3241naacp@gmail.com for more information and to learn how to participate.

The branch has a Readings on Race and Rights group that is publicized through the NAACP listserv.

The Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring "Being Your Own Patient Advocate" on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. The program will focus on health literacy, Preparing for the Visit, Aging Parents, Autonomy, and the support of Doulas. It will feature speakers with expertise in healthcare as providers and caregivers, including Dr. Lauri Andress (associate dean for equity, inclusion and community engagement at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine), Arthur Breese (director of diversity and inclusion at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine), Staysha Quentrill (professional birth doula), and Joyce Dole (caregiver).

The public is invited to participate through Facebook Live and on Zoom.

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Follow the NAACP on Facebook.

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MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE

September 17th event: "There's Enough for All: Just Foods"
This is the theme of a climate inspiration get together at the Morgantown Church of the Brethren the evening of Saturday, September 17th. The co-sponsor is the Morgantown Friends Meeting.

Set up will be from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. there will be games, displays, workshops, and snacks. Make or decorate a shopping bag from a cotton T-shirt!

From 5:30 to 7:00, move to the Fellowship Hall for Just Foods. Bring a potluck dish if you wish, or just come. Interpret "just foods" any way you wish: avoiding food waste, foraged foods, vegan, vegetarian, wild game, heritage food, food for sharing. There will be prizes! Bring the recipe for our latest recipe collection, "Recipes for the Climate Aware II" along with your statement of how you see this as "just food."

At 7:00, Movie night will start with more snacks. We expect to be showing "Youth vs. Gov."

Invite somebody and come. Set up a table if you've got something to show. Volunteers are wanted for everything. Contact Linda Yoder at lindakyoder@gmail.com or Catherine Tall or cvtall@gmail.com.

We may have some guests from the Public Health program at WVU informally presenting a little of their research into food justice. And some other surprises, like making shopping bags from T-shirts.

The church has a Sharing Box outside the church at 464 Virginia Avenue, where you can drop off extra food you may have or take some if you need it, or swap food.

Follow them at their website or on Facebook. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. in person and via Zoom, with the link available here. "We ask that everyone wear a mask inside the building.”

Groups are again starting to use the various spaces at Morgantown Church of the Brethren. If you have a community event or meeting that needs a space to gather, contact Wes at 681-209-2029.

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UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MORGANTOWN

The UUFM resumes live programs at the Fellowship A-Frame Building each Sunday starting at 10:45 a.m. at 429 Warrick Street.

Sunday, October 2nd: “Mohandas K. Gandhi Brought Non-Violence to India and the World.” (October 2nd is a National Holiday in India to celebrate Independence.)

Sunday, October 9th: “UUFM Minister, Rev. Michael O’Kelly Discusses His Latest Book.” (Twenty-five copies of ‘Ports Of Call’ will be distributed. 

Sunday, October 16th: “Profiles of Marie Antoinette (d. 10/16/1793) and Margret Sanger (birth control center 10/16/1916).”

Sunday, October 23rd: On This Date in 1956 ~ “The Hungarian Revolution and the Birth of the International Atomic Energy Agency (peaceful uses of the atom).”

Sunday, October 30th: “Halloween Rituals & Discussion of the Death of Whitey Bulger on 10/30/2018.”

Check their web site or the Facebook page for information and updates. 

PFLAG

The closest chapter now is in Fairmont, with information available here. According to its website, “PFLAG Fairmont meets each month, usually on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the campus of Fairmont State University.”

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DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER

Dismantling Racism Together will meet on Monday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. by Zoom. Dr. Shelia Price, associate dean and professor in the WVU School of Dentistry, will present on Implicit Bias, an out-of-awareness phenomena
that affects how we act/react in certain situations.The zoom link is bit.ly/DRTMonthlyProgram.

For more information please go to their website or email dismantlingracismtogether@gmail.com or contact rebeccarodd@yahoo.com.

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE

Morgantown Pride monthly events are now scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th, Tuesday, November 8th, and Tuesday, December 13th, all at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.  

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Pride Ally Signs Available: "In response to the Monongalia School Superintendent Dr. Eddie Campbell’s ruling on removing pride flags from schools and to support Mon County students, you can order "Proud Ally" rainbow yard signs for $10. Information on ordering and payment is available here

All signs must be ordered and paid for by Wednesday, October 5th and can be picked up between October 14th and 17th. Any signs not picked up by the 17th will be donated to the Morgantown High School Gay-Straight Alliance (SAGA) or Morgantown Pride. There will be no refunds.

Any additional funds from the signs will be donated to Morgantown High School Gay-Straight Alliance Club and Morgantown Pride.

Raising Trans Kids Community Group: "The Raising Trans Kids Community Group is for West Virginia parents, guardians, and families who are raising transgender or gender diverse kids (of any age), or have kids who might be transgender or gender diverse." The next event will be on October 15th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.  Email raisingtranskids@gmail.com to get the meeting information.

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Pride Teen Event: “First Presbyterian Church is hosting a gathering of LGBTQ teens (grades 7-12) and their friends to celebrate friendships, joy, and the community they are building together.

"Dancing, photo booths, and food will be provided!

"*First Presbyterian Church is NOT sponsoring this event, but they have been long-time advocates for LGBTQ folks in Morgantown and have graciously offered to host us!*”

The First Presbyterian Church is located at 456 Spruce Street, Morgantown.

For more information on this group please go to their Facebook page or their web site. Morgantown Pride also has an Instagram page.

MONONGALIA COUNTY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER EVENTS

THE MCCAC is once again participating in West Virginia Botanic Garden's Scarecrow Spectacular with its Medusa Scarecrow. Scarecrows from nonprofits in the community will be throughout the Botanic Gardens through October. When visiting, you can vote for your favorite one by scanning the QR code on the signs next to the scarecrow.

The next MCCAC “Girls’ Night Out” will be May 19, 2023.    

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES Program
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The Native American Studies Program is collaborating with the Art Museum of WVU so that Marie Watt’s work will be on display at the Museum with an exhibit entitled “Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt”
this fall. More information is here.  The Art Museum is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Bonnie M. Brown, Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program, West Virginia University, PO Box 6284, Morgantown, WV, 26506-6284, NAS.WVU.EDU, @WVU_NASprogram, or call 304-293-4626.

Exhibition by WVU Art in the Libraries in Partnership with WVU Native American Studies

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This exhibit is intentionally curated with the expertise and contribution of Indigenous Appalachians alongside scholars of Native American Studies. The exhibit will be available through May 2023 (print and online) at the WVU Downtown Library and from June through December 2023 at the WVU Beckley Campus Library. It will then be at the Appalachian State University Library from January through July 2024 and at the Marshall University Library from August through December 2024.

The launch event with Joe Stahlman, director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and assistant research professor of the Department of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo and Maryam Marne Zafar, visual strategist and graphic designer, will be November 14, 2022, at the WVU Downtown
Library.

The content of the exhibit includes exploration of the following themes:

  • Discussion of the complexities involved in public discussions and portrayals of Indigenous cultures and histories, especially in consideration of European colonial history, U.S. policies, and social forces; these include centuries of genocidal acts
  • Acknowledgement of WVU Libraries' Indigenous related holdings
  • Indigenous People in Appalachia Today and their ancestry
  • Indigenous Place Names in West Virginia
  • Contemporary Indigenous Appalachian perspectives through creative work. Confirmed artists: Nadema Agard (painting, Cherokee), Connor Alexander(game design, Cherokee), Erin Lee Antonak (sculpture/drawing, Oneida), Kayln Barnoski (fabric/mixed media, Cherokee), April Branham (painting/photography, Monacan), Ethan Brown (gourd design/painting, Pamunkey), Annette Clapsaddle (writing, Cherokee), Robert D’Alimonte (woodworking/carving, Tuscarora),
    Brent Michael Davids (composing/music, Mohican/Munsee-Lenape), John Gritts (drawing/painting, Cherokee), Benjamin Harjo, Jr. (drawing/painting, Absentee Shawnee), Yonavea Hawkins (bead/fashion, Delaware), Antoinette (Toni) Scott (cornhusk dolls, Seneca), Rosy Simas (transdisciplinary art/dance, Seneca), Amelia Winger-Bearskin (NFT/digital, Seneca-Cayuga).

For more resources check out the Indigenous Appalachia Library Guide here.

The exhibit will also become a digital exhibit living on the WVU Libraries' website and archived on the Research Repository at WVU.

For further information, please contact Sally Brown Deskins, WVU Libraries' Exhibits Coordinator, at sally.brown1@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.0369

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other sponsors are the WVU Office of the Provost and Humanities Center, The Antero Foundation, The Oakland Foundation, MPB Print & Sign Superstore, Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning, Appalachian State University University Libraries, and West Virginia Library Commission.

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WVU CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE AND RESEARCH

Africana Studies Program Presents Keneshia Grant Talk: On Thursday, October 27th Keneshia Grant, an associate professor of political science at Howard University, will speak on “The Great Migration and the Black Vote.” Her research and teaching focuses on state and local government and Black voters. She is the author of The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century (2020, Temple University Press). The program will be in the Shenandoah Room of the WVU Mountainlair ats 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the WVU Center, please go here.

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WVU DEPARTMENT OF WORLD LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS

For upcoming events go here. 

WVU CENTER FOR WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Kelly Watson, service assistant professor and assistant director of women’s and gender studies, will be discuss the Museum of Modern Arts’ Femfolio: 20
Women Artists collection on Friday, October 14th from noon to 1:00 p.m. as part of the WVU Art Museum’s Lunchtime Look Series. Lunchtime Looks are short presentations and discussions led by speakers with a variety of interdisciplinary backgrounds, who offer unique perspectives on the Art Museum's exhibitions and collections. This is an in-person event. A recording will be posted to the Art Museum’s YouTube playlist in the days following the talk.

For more information, please go here.

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WVU LGBTQ+ CENTER

The Center has an active program of events planned that are open to the public. See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, and to register for events, or follow them on Facebook.

SAVE THE DATE: WVU’S DIVERSITY WEEK WILL BE OCTOBER 9-14

“WVU’s annual Diversity Week endeavors to promote celebration, education, and understanding of different identities and experiences present on our campuses. Its aim is to create an atmosphere that provides the WVU community, including students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to explore different cultures, engage in discussions that bring new perspectives, and celebrate the presence of, and contributions made by, people of all identities and experiences.” Details should be forthcoming on the University calendar