POINT PLEASANT — Attention, all who have a green thumb or appreciate those who do.
Round up surplus plants and join the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) of Mason County for its annual “Plant Exchange and Taste of CEOS” on May 17 beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 2 p.m. The event will be held at the First Church of God in Point Pleasant, located at 2401 Jefferson Avenue. The public is invited.
Visitors do not have to bring plants to get plants, but if they do, identify them by name, if known. At 11 a.m. guest speaker, Angela Kargul, Marshall University Sustainability Department’s lead gardener, will demonstrate “Fairy Gardening.”
At noon, CEOS Club members from five different areas in the county will provide homemade appetizers, breads, casseroles, salads, and desserts. The marketing and membership committee will provide the beverages.
Each year during CEOS Week, CEOS sponsors the “Plant Exchange and Taste of CEOS” as a way to interest others in what CEOS has to offer all year long. As its organization’s name implies, CEOS reaches out to Mason County communities and beyond in support of their schools, libraries, 4-H Clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, and others.
CEOS Volunteers donate books and magazines to county and school libraries, read to students in the elementary schools, provide scholarships to outstanding senior 4-H members, entertain residents at Pleasant Valley Nursing & Rehab Center and make Boo Boo Bears for the health department to give out to children receiving vaccinations. In October members raise money for breast cancer awareness and hold an annual quilt show that is free to the quilters and also to the viewers. In November, members put on a holiday craft show – the organization’s chief fundraiser for the year – and in December, members support “Operation Santa” at Lakin Hospital and donate gifts to the residents of PVN&RC. Member also support the homeless shelter, the Ronald McDonald House in Huntington, and Branches, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. One club has even adopted a highway and keeps it “litter-free.” These projects and many others are undertaken by CEOS for the betterment of homes and communities across the county and beyond.
CEOS Clubs are the local organization through which West Virginia University carries on its family and adult education programs via the Cooperative Extension Service and the United States Department of Agriculture. Programs and activities are offered to all persons. For more information, please contact Lorrie Wright at the WVU Extension Office, 304-675-0888.
Submitted by April Pyles.