Free Things to Do in February
Celebrate Black History Month
The Kanawha County Public Library System is hosting a variety of free events celebrating Black History Month. Ilene Evans portrays Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Kanawha County Main Library. As Ms. Tubman, Ms. Evans tells the audience about her experiences as a spy, nurse, scout, and guide for Union troops during the Civil War. This presentation is a History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Author Calvin Ramsey talks about his book "Ruth and the Green Book," the story of a young African-American and her family traveling through the segregated South. Mr. Ramsey will be at the Dunbar Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon and at the Kanawha County Main Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
The Great American Scientists and Inventors! Family STEM Program at Kanawha County Main Library celebrates the achievements of talented African-American scientists and inventors. Children of all ages will enjoy the stories and hands-on activities. The STEM program is from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Kanawha County Main Library.
Rory Rennick engages in a dramatic reading of "Henry's Freedom Box" by Ellen Levine. The book tells the amazing, magical story a man who escaped slavery by being shipped in a box to Philadelphia. Children and adults also will have the opportunity to enter Henry's box! Catch the storytelling Thursday, Feb. 23, at Riverside Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon; at St. Albans Branch Library from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; or at the Kanawha County Main Library from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Bundle up your favorite snow bunny for the Snow Bunny Run Sunday, Feb. 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Children 4-12 years old will enjoy this fun event that gets them outdoors and moving in the winter. On-sight registration will take place behind the University of Charleston Pharmacy School. Parents who want to stick around and run their own race can enter the City of Charleston Winter Series Walk/Run for $25. The adult race starts at 2 p.m.
On the night of the full moon, Friday, Feb. 10, warm up with a fire and a hike through forest and field. The event takes place at Kanawha State Forest from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Join birdwatchers across the globe in the Great Backyard Bird Count at Kanawha State Forest Feb. 18. Beginners and experts count birds for as little as 15 minutes and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. The information gathered helps researchers learn more about the birds and how to protect them and about the environment we share. The event is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All ages are welcome to learn traditional Contra dancing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the FOOTMAD Contra Dance. Contra dancing is like square dancing in long lines, and each dance is taught before the music begins. The introduction lesson begins at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy live music and expert callers. The event is free for new dancers, AmeriCorps members, and children under 13. Minimum $5 donation for returning dancers. FOOTMAD takes place at the Columbia Pipeline Group auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave SE.
Take Your Teen to the Stupid Cupid Party
Hearts and flowers making the stomach turn? Tired of mushy poems and sickeningly sweet songs? Teens are invited to this alternative Valentine’s Day party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Kanawha County Main Library.
Enjoy a Free Concert
The Montclaire String Quartet performs a free concert at West Virginia State University Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The university’s resident string quartet presents "Spanish Glass," featuring Quartets of Turina, Phillip Glass and Mendelssohn. Members of MSQ are Cristian Fatu and Jennifer Wood, violins; Bernard Di Gregorio, viola; and Andrea Di Gregorio, cello.
Unplug and Recharge with a Free Week of Unlimited Yoga
If you ever wanted to try yoga or are looking for a new studio in which to practice, Yoga Power may be the place for you. Find your inner power with one free week of unlimited yoga. The studio, established in 2016, is located on the third floor of 601 Morris Street in Charleston.