West Virginia's 156th birthday celebration set

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History is offering free family activities on the state's 156th birthday.

The department says in a news release that 35 special-edition Blenko glass pieces will be offered for sale Thursday at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The pieces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A birthday cake and cupcakes will be available for guests. Youth activities will be offered in the Culture Center's education room, and an interfaith prayer service is scheduled for that afternoon

A state birthday card also will be available for visitors to sign.

Guests also can view the Miss West Virginia 75th Anniversary exhibit in the State Theater balcony gallery.