Special Activities

Newcomers Club

The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold a luncheon at Perkins Restaurant, 680 National Road, Wheeling, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Mary Marockie, second vice president, will speak about “Ideas Galore” which will focus on household ideas and academic ideas for children and adults.

Luncheon will be served after the program. There is a cost for the meal. For more information and to make a luncheon reservation, call 304-336-7188 today.

Woman’s Club

The Moundsville Woman’s Club will meet in the Beebe Habig Room at WVU Medicine-Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale at noon Friday. A catered lunch will be served.

Mickey Massey, program chairman, has arranged for Margaret Brennan to portray Harriet Jones. Cindy Prettyman will conduct a business meeting. Co-hostesses will be Joan Gray, Linda Markey, Charlene Stultz, Tammy Richman, Carolyn Saffell and Elsie Huggins.

Lunch With Books

Dominique Luster, an archivist at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, will appear at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday to discuss the West Virginia and Wheeling connections found in the museum’s Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive.

For nearly 40 years, Harris (1908-98) photographed the events and daily life of African Americans for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most influential black newspapers.

Acquired by the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2001, his archive consists of nearly 80,000 images dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, documenting what might be one of the most complete insights into African American life at that time. The collection includes a 1941 Harris photo of Wheeling native Chu Berry playing tenor sax in Cab Calloway’s band.

Luster serves as the “Teenie” Harris archivist at the Carnegie Museum of Art, where she is assisting the museum to build an archive that is specialized on the life of African Americans in the mid-20th century. Previously, she worked for the University of Pittsburgh Library System, the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art and the University of Kentucky Special Collections Library.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees may bring a bag lunch; complimentary beverages are provided.

Eastern Star

Miriam Chapter 1, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet at Monument Place, 91 Kruger St., Wheeling, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All members are asked to bring instant hot chocolate for a backpack project.

Carolyn Nortemann, worthy matron, and Don Martin, worthy patron, will preside. Patty Vermillion and Kristi Briggs will serve refreshments after the meeting.

Fort Henry Piecemakers

Fort Henry Piecemakers quilt guild will meet at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 141 Kruger St., Wheeling, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Demonstrations will be given on the Twister quilt pattern, pillowcases and stitched pillowcases. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m.

Support Group

NAMI of Greater Wheeling’s adult mental health support group will meet at Marian House Drop-In Center, 115 18th St., Wheeling, from 6-7 p.m. Thursday. A licensed counselor leads the group. For more information, call Amy Gamble, 304-281-4494.

Lecture Series

The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society’s Winter Lecture Series will open with an “On the Road” presentation at Marian Hall, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 212 W. Main St., St. Clairsville, at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Judge Frank A. Fregiato and attorney Daniel L. Frizzi Jr. will give a lecture on historic Belmont County court cases.

Fregiato will speak about Thomas Carr’s murder trial and hanging. Carr brutally murdered his young friend, Louisa Fox, after she was forbidden by her parents to marry him. He was convicted and hanged in St. Clairsville.

Frizzi will speak about a court case that made its way to the Ohio Supreme Court after a dispute arose over the title and ownership of what is today the Bellaire City Park. The case involved prominent Belmont County citizens who claimed ownership of the land. They were pitted against the village of Bellaire, which also claimed ownership of the park.

Genealogical Society

The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society will meet in the auditorium of the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The group is sponsoring a monthly lecture series, “Silent Cities of the Dead,” which will focus on cemeteries in the Wheeling area. Programs are free and open to the public.

To open the series, Douglas Breiding will give a presentation on “Types and General Overview of Cemeteries.” Breiding, a Catholic deacon, is the director of Catholic cemeteries for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, a past president of the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society and a West Virginia History Hero.

Valentine Tea Luncheon

Eckhart House, 810 Main St., Wheeling, will hold a Valentine tea luncheon at noon Saturday. The event is open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling 304-232-5439.


Skyflight Productions will present an evening with The Novel Ideas at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Doors will be opened at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 423-276-2653.

The Novel Ideas is a country-folk quartet from Massachusetts. The band features the voices of three songwriters.

Film Series

As part of the free Second Saturday Film Series, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will show “Prince Among Slaves” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

The 60-minute film tells the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince who was enslaved in the American South. He endured the humiliation of slavery without losing his dignity or hope for freedom.

Technology Help

The Brooke County Public Library system is offering one-on-one sessions to assist the public with technology-related questions. Patrons may bring their charged device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) or use one of the library’s computers.

Staff members are unable to repair phones, laptops or tablets and may not be able to help with all device types, programs or problems.

The Follansbee library will offer sessions from noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Feb. 12 and Feb. 16. The Wellsburg library will offer sessions from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 14, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28.

To schedule a session, call the circulation desk at 304-527-0860 or 304-737-1551. Walk-in patrons are welcome, but those with reservations will be given priority.

Craft Class

The Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, will hold a craft class for young adults and adults at 5 p.m. Thursday. Participants will create a Snoopy tied fleece pillow.

Limited spaces are available. To register, call the circulation desk, 304-737-1551.

Lunch & Movie

The Follansbee branch of the Brooke County Public Library will show the film, “Victoria & Abdul,” rated PG-13, at noon Friday. Patrons may bring a lunch. The library will provide popcorn and water. To reserve a seat, call the circulation desk, 304-527-0860.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Free blood pressure screenings, provided by Wheeling Hospital, will be offered at the Howard Long Wellness Center from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday and on Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. For more information, call 304-242-9355.

Compiled by Linda Comins