Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Arena Flying High Again 

The new year gets off to a high-flying start at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena as it hosts the Action Sports Arena Motocross Championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14-15.

Come out and see motocross riders from ages 5 up to the pros battle bar-to-bar and get up to 60 feet of air as they take on double, triple and tabletop jumps on the race track constructed of about 1,200 cubic yards 

of dirt.The event that features about 400 riders from the Tri-State and as far away as Virginia and Pennsylvania battling head-to-head for about $5,000 in prize money.Advance tickets run from $28 and $23 general admission to $18 and $13 for kids (12 and under). 

All ticket holder seats this year are general admission (first come first serve). Tickets are available in advance at ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Advance and day of show tickets are available at the arena box office with no additional fees 

The Action Sports Indoor Motocross series began in 1984 and grew into a 15 round series through 1999 in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. 


Another Friday Fight Night

Didn't get your kicks and licks in last 

weekend at Toughman in Huntington? Well, you can still fight your way to

some prize money and bragging right as the Charleston Civic Center hosts the 21st annual Rough N Rowdy Brawl Friday and Saturday nights, Jan. 13-14.

This year, the annual boxing contest has added kickboxing to the event that 

features three one-minute rounds in the single elimination kickboxing 

contest for cash prizes with the top winner taking home $1,000.

Register online at www.boxingcontest.com.Tickets at the door are $20 general 

admission, with ringside reserved $30 and $35. Kids tickets are $10 at 

the door.

Go online at http://www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com/ for 

more information on the Civic Center and upcoming shows including Disney

On Ice.


My concert picks this weekend .... 


One of West Virginia's most beloved string bands, The 1937 Flood, will be celebrating the release of its sixth CD with a CD release party set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., Charleston. For more info on the band go online at www.1937flood.com.)


Three Nights of Rock

The V Club has too much rock for one hand. The V dials up three nights of raucous rock Thursday through Saturday. At 8 p.m. Thursday, it's a night of horror punk with The Big Bad, Black Cat Attack and Children of October. Cover is $7 for those 18 and up. On Friday, it's a night of up-and-coming indie rock from Gabe Smith and Scroungehound, along with Cumberland, The Dividends and Sometime Somewhere. Cover is $7 for those 18 and up. On Saturday, Jan. 14, it's a three band bill of roots rock with two Lexington, Ky., acts. Bryan Minks and the Kentucky Sons and Justin Wells (who has a new album, "Dawn in the Distance," on the bill with the new Huntington band, Jeremy Roberts (formerly of the Horse Traders) with his new band Flat Tracker. Cover is $7 for those 18 and up.


Stay Fit this Winter and Give Back to Those in Need

TriStateRacer.com is hosting the Barboursville Winter Series races at Barboursville Park that kicked off in December and that continues at 2 p.m..Sunday, Jan. 15 with a four-mile race before building to a five-mile race Feb. 12.

The Winter Series encourages runners and walkers to stay fit all winter long, by participating in all three events. All races start and end near the lake at Barboursville Park. Pre-Registration is $15 per race or $20 each race, if you sign up on the day of the race. Participants are encouraged to register for all three events in the series to not only promote staying fit all winter long, but to save money on registration. Participants who register and complete all three events will also be entered into the series awards, and receive the 2016-2017 series T-shirt. Participants can register for all three races for only $40, if registered by December 18. Register online at TriStateRacer.com. Individuals may also register at 1 p.m. the day of each run. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Coats for Kids program hosted by Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, Inc. For more information about the Coats for Kids program, visit goodwillhunting.org.


Writers Can Read At Empire Books

Huntington's local bookstore, Empire Books and News, located at 30 Pullman Square in the heart of downtown Huntington, has been teaming up with local author, teacher and local literary advocate, Eliot Parker, to host the monthly series called Writers Can Read.

This month, the featured writers are Sarah Chavez and Matt Morris, who will be reading at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at Empire.

After their reading, local writers are invited to share a 10-15 minute piece of a completed work or work in progress with the audience during the "open mic" portion of the event. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


Go Take A Trip To 'La La Land'

If you are looking for a good escape in this January gray, the cinemas are packed with award-winning film.Local cinemas are now rolling the Hollywood musical movie, "La La Land," that was nominated for seven Golden Globes and won every one of those nominations including best film, musical or comedy, best director, best screenplay, best score, best song and best actor and actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Also showing at local theaters is other films that picked up Golden Globes including "Fences," and "Manchester By the Sea," as well as the new film, "Hidden Figures," that is based on the true story of math wizard Katherine Johnson, a White Sulphur Springs native who worked behind the scenes for decades for NASA during its race to space.


My road-trip pick this weekend ... is to the mountains of West Virginia where the state's five downhill ski resorts are readying for the three-day-long MLK weekend, one of the biggest ski weekends of the season.

It's the long weekend for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday on Monday, and that means one of the biggest ski weekends at West Virginia's five downhill ski resorts.

The state's largest resort, Snowshoe Mountain should have all of its 57 trails open for the weekend. In Canaan Valley, Canaan Resort and the family-owned Timberline Resort will have most of their 47 and 41 trails open respectively, while Winterplace below Beckley should have all of its 27 trails open and running. Up by Wheeling Oglebay should have its trails open as well.

Go online at www.goskiwv.com to check out the latest resort snow reports and to get links to the resorts which are all having special events and music this weekend as well.


Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and his new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin" now for sale on Amazon.com and through CreateSpace. 

Check out the new book at the Red Caboose, Empire Books and News, and now at Camden Park. Lavender covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.