Special Activities

Ohio County Council

The Ohio County Community Educational Outreach Service will meet at the Valley Grove community building at 10 a.m. Monday, March 31.

Nancy Kish, county president, will convene the business meeting. The agenda will include a proposed budget, spring meeting and area meeting in Masontown. The “Period of Purple Crying” program will be discussed and purple hat pattern will be distributed.

Ohio County CEOS members are making “Kuilts for Kids” for children across the county. A class is being planned for June. Anyone who would like to join in making these quilts can call the West Virginia University extension office, 304-234-3673.

Extension Agent Lewis Honaker will provide lesson leader training on “West Virginia Fairs and Festivals” after the council meeting. Any club leader who is unable to attend the training is asked to send an alternate.

Woman’s Club of McMechen

The Woman’s Club of McMechen will meet in the McMechen community center at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31. Final plans will be made for a community Easter egg hunt at Riverview Park in McMechen Saturday, April 19.

An auction will be held after the meeting. Members whose last names begin with the letters N through Z are asked to bring an item for bidding. Money from the auction will be donated to Camp Kno-Koma, a summer adventure for children with diabetes.

Hostesses for the evening include Marilyn McWhorter, Joanne Rogus, Linda Brinkman, Sharon James, Faye Kutrovac, Linda Linzy, Judy Hays, Cathy Jones, Jennifer Yates and Vickie Hossman. Members are reminded to bring a dozen filled plastic Easter eggs for the egg hunt and their assigned food item for the “Parole a Pooch” kitchen fundraiser.

Lunch With Books

Naturalist Dr. Scott Shalaway will return to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday, April 1, to review of some of the most interesting and “weirdest” questions he’s gotten over the years. He also will touch briefly on bird-friendly coffees.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons may bring a bag lunch; free beverages are served.

People’s University

The fifth class in the People’s University course, Astronomy, will meet at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Instructor Dr. Charles Wood will discuss “Billions of Galaxies.” People’s University programs are free and open to the public.

Eastern Star

Miriam Chapter 1, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet at the Shrine Center, Monument Place, Kruger Street, Wheeling, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Carrie Cronin, worthy matron, and Glen Baker, acting worthy patron, will preside.

The chapter will celebrate its birthday. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Lecture Series

The Bellaire Public Library and the Great Stone Viaduct Society Winter Lecture Series will conclude with a presentation by Dr. John S. Mattox of Flushing on “The Underground Railroad” in the library’s community room at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. The free series is open to the public.

Lenten Concerts

Juan Jaramillo will be the guest artist for the Lenten concert series at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., Wheeling, at 12:05 p.m. Friday, April 4. Jaramillo is the principal second violinist of the Wheeling Symphony and has served as artist in residence at St. Matthew’s.

A light luncheon will be served in the parish hall after the concert. Free-will contributions will be accepted to support the concert series and the luncheons.

In addition, Quarteto Rustico, a string quartet composed of artists with Latin American roots, will perform in concert at St. Matthew’s at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4. The group’s primary mission is to promote the origins, history and culture of the Americas through music.

Members of the quartet are Jaramillo and Ariadna Buonviri on violin; Cassandra Stephenson, viola, and Jorge Espinoza, cello. Quarteto Rustico’s programs include classical and Latin American works written or arranged for string quartet.

Retired School Employees

The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at Franklin United Methodist Church, Washington Pike, Wellsburg, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Sharon Cuomo will preside over a business meeting after a luncheon. A representative of the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees will be the speaker. To make a reservation, call Ruth Lewis at 304-737-2314 by Wednesday, April 2.

Knitting Group

The Brooke County Library’s kids’ knitting group will meet in the River Room of the library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, from 5:45-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Children who are in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. Participants bring their own yarn and needles or loom. To register, call the circulation desk, 304-737-1551.

Night at the Movies

The Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, will show the film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” rated PG-13, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3. To reserve a seat, call the circulation desk, 304-737-1551.

Art Show

The Moundsville-Marshall County Library is the site for the Marshall County Elementary Schools’ Student Art Show now through Saturday, April 26. The theme of this year’s show is “The Year of the Horse 2014.”

More than 300 students in grades K-6 have their art on display. Art may be viewed during regular library hours.


Dr. Robert P. George, Princeton University professor of jurisprudence, will speak on religious freedom in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center, Franciscan University of Steubenville, at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4.

George’s talk will be the keynote address of the Truth Conscience, and Religious Freedom Conference Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. It is the kickoff event of the university’s Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life.

There is no cost to hear George speak. To attend the entire Veritas conference, contact Carrie Libetti by phone at 740-284-5262 or by email at clibetti@franciscan.edu.


The Knights of Pythias, Little Prince Lodge 79, of Moundsville will hold its annual charity benefit breakfast at First Christian Church in Moundsville Saturday, April 5. All donations for the breakfast will be accepted. The proceeds from the breakfast will be divided between the three charities that the lodge supports: Special Olympics, Relay for Life and American Heart Association.

A 50/50 raffle will be held with the proceeds also going to the three charities. The winner does not need to be present at the drawing. Tickets may be purchased from any lodge member; at Steve’s Gym and Fitness, 270 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville; Allen Bootery, 335 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, or the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, 700 Fifth St., Moundsville. Tickets also will be available the day of the breakfast.

Benefit Bingo

A Relay for Life bingo event will be held at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall, 1121 Yankee St. Doors will be opened at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Early bird games will be offered at 3:30 p.m. and regular bingo will begin at 4 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For tickets, call Della Serevicz, 304-737-1686 or 304-737-4844.

Spagehtti Lunch

A spaghetti lunch to benefit Randy Schmitt will be held at Epworth Center in Bethesda from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Tickets are available by calling 740-310-4991 or at the door. Take-out orders also will be available.

Donations can be made in person or sent to the Randy Schmitt Fund, Belmont Savings Bank, P.O. Box 71, St. Clairsville, OH 43950.


The Weirton Madonna High School Drama Club will present the musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” in Madonna’s gymnasium theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

All seating is reserved. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the school office, 304-723-0545.


A program, “Transforming a Hungry Childhood in Ghana to a World Well-Fed,” facilitated by Thomas Awiapo, will be presented at St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

An orphan from Ghana will speak about personal experiences of hunger and food insecurities in his country and talk about how Catholic Relief Services works in collaboration with the local church and community-based organizations to respond to the issue of food insecurity and hunger in the world.

The presentation is open to the public. A free-will donation will be taken and donated to CRS. To register, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137@gmail.com.


A program, “Art at the Heart of Our Prayer,” will be offered at St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

Participants will create journalsto hold reflections and ponderings of the day. The journals will be made of simple, recycled materials, objects found in nature and favorite buttons and beads. Participants may bring their own supplies to incorporate. The journals will then be used in the afternoon prayer experience.

No art experience is necessary to participate. Sister Carrie Vall, CSJ, and Sister Mary Slattery, HM, will be the facilitators.

The cost includes materials and lunch. To register, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137@gmail.com.

Quarter Auction

Sand Hill Hustlers 4-H group will hold a quarter auction at Limestone community hall Saturday, April 5. Doors will be opened at 1 p.m. The auction will start at 2 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast

A pancake breakfast, to benefit the Steubenville Shrine Club, will be held at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 389 John Scott Memorial Highway, Steubenville, from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Tickets are available by calling Nick Vandine, 740-497-7398, or can be obtained at the door.

Jewelry Workshop

Sandi Ziolkowski, jeweler and teacher, will offer a jewelry making and sip workshop at Artworks Around Town at Centre Market, 2200 Market St., Wheeling, from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Appetizers created by Ye Olde Alpha will be served; guests may bring their own beer or wine.

Participants will make an etched copper cuff (bracelet) with a stamped design or a hand-drawn design of their own choice.

If times permits, a second smaller project will be added.

Techniques that will be taught include the use of tools and the process required to draw, stamp and etch on metal. All class tools and supplies will be provided.

Craft Fair

The second annual craft and vendor fair, sponsored by the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Hilltop Social Hall, U.S. 250, Colerain, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The event also will feature an auction and homemade soups and sandwiches. For more information, call the chamber office, 740-633-2565.

Compiled by Linda Comins