Special Activites

Newcomers Club

The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold a luncheon meeting at Wheeling Country Club at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Ted Owens, retired master plumber, will speak on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Plumbing and Didn’t Ask.”

Luncheon will be served after the program. There is a cost for the meal; a vegetarian option is available. For more information and to make a lunch reservation, call 740-695-8355 today.

Card Party

The Catholic Women’s Club of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bridgeport, will hold an “Olympic” card party Wednesday at St. Mary’s Marian Hall, St. Clairsville. Doors will be opened at 6 p.m. Lunch will be served. For reservations, call 740-635-2836 or 740-635-2102.

Lunch With Books

Nancy L. Abrams will appear at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday to discuss her book, “The Climb from Salt Lick: A Memoir of Appalachia.”

In the mid-1970s, Abrams, a young photojournalist from the Midwest, plunged into life as a small-town reporter in West Virginia. She has worked as a photographer, writer and editor at the Preston County News and the Dominion Post in Morgantown. She has been a professional writer and photographer for four decades.

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

National Night Out

The Wheeling Police Department, Wheeling Fire Department and Ohio County Sheriff’s Office will take part in National Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink.

National Night Out, now in its 35th year throughout the country, is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

The police department will distribute promotional items; a K-9-unit demonstration will be conducted. The Northern Regional Highway Safety Office and the department’s traffic and SWAT teams will be on hand. Free pizza and drinks, a number of displays and demonstrations from multiple local agencies also will be part of the event.

Hands-on experiences include the fire department’s Fire Safety House, the police department’s drunk driving bicycle simulation and the sheriff’s Critical Incident Response Unit.

CEOS

The Community Educational Outreach Service will meet at Christ United Methodist Church, 1232 National Road, Wheeling, at 10 a.m. Wednesday. President Linda Wade will conduct a business meeting. Plans will be made for the Ohio County Country Fair at Oglebayfest and a Christmas party. Information and registration forms will be available for a fall conference.

Nancy Kish will give meditations. Karen Cappone will lead the lesson, “Healthy Oils.” Volunteer hours are be recorded at this meeting.

Coffeehouse

ArtsLink’s summer coffeehouse series will continue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a concert by Kevin Stokes, with special guest trumpeter Eric Davis. The free concert will be held on the lawn of Francis Creative Arts Center, Maple Avenue and Washington Street, New Martinsville.

Stokes, formerly of New Martinsville, is a touring artist and entertainer. He performs in a variety of bands on a variety of instruments.

Light refreshments provided. For more information, call 304-455-2278.

Robotic Program

Representatives of the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University will present a program at the Martins Ferry Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The program will utilize Evo bots, the world’s smallest robots, to introduce children, age 8 and older, to robotic coding and computer science.

The rechargeable robots are approximately an inch in size and feature sensors to allow them to interact with their environment. Users communicate with Evo bots through markers and paper through a simple color language.

All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call the library, 740-633-0314.

Genealogical Society

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

The group is offering a monthly lecture series, Silent Cities of the Dead, focusing on cemeteries in the Wheeling area. For Saturday’s program, local genealogist Carol Bell will give a presentation on “Peninsula Cemetery and Red Men Cemetery.” Programs are free and open to the public.

Peach Festival

The 55th annual Peach Festival will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Three Springs Drive, Weirton, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Food, crafts, baked goods and peach shortcake will be available for purchase. Take-out orders also will be available. Music and a basket raffle will be offered. For more information, call the church, 304-723-4120.

Ice Cream Social

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Sherrard will hold an ice cream social Saturday. Homemade ice cream, lots of desserts and hot dishes will be available. Entertainment will be presented from 2:30-6 p.m.

Celebrity Clergy Day

Faith in Action Caregivers’ Celebrity Clergy Ice Cream Scooper Day will be held Saturday at Kirke’s ice cream shop in St. Clairsville. The schedule for celebrity clergy is as follows:

∫ Noon to 1 p.m. — The Rev. Thomas Marut, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, and the Rev. Richard Skaggs, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wheeling.

∫ 1-2 p.m. — The Rev. Erica Harley, Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, Wheeling; the Rev. Deborah Messham, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Martins Ferry, and the Rev. Terry Lucarrelli, Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville.

∫ 2-3 p.m. — The Rev. Kenny Hardway, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wheeling, and the Rev. Jacob Steele, Christ United Methodist Church, Wheeling.

∫ 3-4 p.m. — The Rev. Tom Jones, Thoburn United Methodist Church, St. Clairsville, and the Rev. Robert Valentin, The Experience Church, St. Clairsville.

Proceeds from the sale of ice cream cones and cups, as well as all tips, will be donated to Faith in Action Caregivers.

Support Groups

NAMI of Greater Wheeling has an adult mental health support group that meets at Marian House Drop-in Center, 115 18th St., Wheeling, from 6-7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Another adult mental health support group meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 302 W. Bennett St., Bridgeport, from 6-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

NAMI’s family support group meets in conference room B at Ohio Valley Medical Center, 2000 Eoff St., Wheeling, from 6-7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on these groups, call NAMI at 304-218-2864.

Memory Loss Program

A program, “Caring for Those with Memory Loss,” will be offered as a joint effort of Family Service Upper Ohio Valley and Altenheim Resource & Referral Services.

The program will be held at Family Service Upper Ohio Valley, 2200 Main St., Wheeling, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Lunch will be provided. There is a cost to participate. Registration is required by Aug. 13 by calling Ann Koegler at 304-243-0996.

Morgan Pavol, program coordinator of the West Virginia Alzheimer’s Association, will talk about dementia. Cathy McConnell, executive director of West Virginia Senior Legal Aid, will discuss the legal needs of those caring for a loved one with dementia. The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office will tell participants about Project Lifesaver. Several other representatives of local agencies will discuss services that may benefit those with memory loss and their caregivers.

Lunch & Movie

The Follansbee branch of the Brooke County Public Library will show a film, “I Feel Pretty,” rated PG-13, at noon Tuesday. Attendees may bring a lunch. To reserve a seat, call the circulation desk, 304-527-0860.

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 large paper flowers that can be used as centerpieces and decorations.

All of the materials will be provided. However, participants will need to bring a glue gun, glue sticks and a pair of scissors.

Limited space is available. To reserve a seat, call the circulation desk, 304-737-1551.

Lunch & Movie

The Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, will show a musical film, “Phantom of the Opera,” rated PG-13, at noon Friday. Attendees may bring a lunch. The library will provide popcorn and water. To reserve a seat, call the circulation desk, 304-737-1551.

Blood Pressure

Screenings

Free blood pressure screenings, provided by Wheeling Hospital, will be offered at Howard Long Wellness Center from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday and on Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27. For more information, call 304-242-9355.

Compiled by Linda Comins