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America's Got Talent winner and native West Virginian Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will meet and greet fans at Midway Elementary School, in Alum Creek, on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to help kick off the 2014 Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department Toy Drive. Admission to the event is free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy or a minimum of $10 to the ACVFD Toy Drive campaign. A limited number of tickets will be available at the toy drive for the Dec. 5 kickoff concert of Landau's "Murphy and Motown Christmas Homecoming tour in Murphy's hometown of Logan. The Alum Creek VFD's toy drive will run through Dec. 18 and benefits area children. Toys may be dropped off every Thursday through Dec. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire department's Central Station, located at 2106 Childress Road. Toys also may be dropped off Monday through Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Curry Brothers Monuments, adjacent to the fire department.

For more information on the toy drive, contact Josh Powers or Austin McCormick, at 304-756-2011, or at www.facebook.com/ ACVFDtoydrive. For tickets and more information for Murphy's Christmas homecoming tour, visit www.landaumurphy jr.com.

Master gardener course

The Roane County division of the West Virginia University Extension Service will hold a master gardener course to help gardeners improve their horticultural knowledge and skills and then share their experience with the public through organized volunteer activities. Applications for the fall course are being accepted now through Nov. 21.

A fee of $70 covers the cost of the horticultural manual each participant receives. The local Extension Master Gardener Association is offering scholarships to participants interested in taking the course.

Classes will begin Dec. 2, meeting every Tuesday - and some Thursdays, based on applicant availability and interest. Classes will be held at the Walton Public Library, in the southern end of Roane County. Master gardeners must complete 30 hours of horticultural training. The basic prerequisites for becoming an Extension Master Gardener include an approved application, reference check, familiarity with gardening and a commitment to return 30 hours of volunteer service. Applications are available at the WVU- Roane County Extension Office or at www .roane.ext.wvu.edu/ agriculture /master_gardeners. For an application or more information about the course or the scholarships, contact the WVU- Roane Extension office, at 304-927-0975, or e-mail brandy.brabham@mail.wvu.edu.

Adaland open house

Activity is swirling around Adaland Mansion as volunteers ready the restored 1870 home for the Christmas season. In addition to the recent call for holiday decorating help, Adaland continues to call on the community for support of all types. …

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