Tim Luke returns to Lunch With Books

The TV star and antiques expert extraordinaire returns to Lunch With Books, courtesy of Oglebay Institute, at noon Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Ohio County Public Library.

Luke will review the book, “They Left Us Everything,” a funny and touching memoir by Plum Johnson about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past.

In addition to hosting the Cash in the Attic TV show, Luke has participated as an expert appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America and many others. Before becoming an independent consultant, he worked at Christie’s auction house.

He is also the author of two books on the history and background of collecting.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public.

Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

For information, call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www. ohiocountylibrary.org.

Film showing at Moundsville Library

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will present a “Think Outside the Book” film at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The feature will be “The Promise,” a historical drama overlaid with romance.

One of the darkest chapters of the 20th century unfolds during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, the genocide of Armenian citizens at the outbreak of World War I. 

This “powerful and sweeping epic” is accompanied by a love triangle involving an Armenian medical student, an artis and an American photojournalist.

“The Promise” is directed by Terry George and stars Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale. The 2017 release is rated PG-13 and runs 134 minutes.

This film showing is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their own snacks and seat cushions if desired.

The Moundsville Library is located at the corner of Tomlinson and Fifth streets in Moundsville. Call 304-845-6911 for more information.

Franciscan sets Friday Academic Lecture Series


Franciscan University of Steubenville will host a Friday Academic Lecture Series this Fall 2017 that will cover a wide range of topics, from biology to theology.

 “The lectures provide a forum to showcase the best that a Catholic liberal arts education has to offer, as presented by prominent contemporary thinkers and our very own faculty,” said Franciscan University philosophy professor Paul Symington.

The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held on Fridays at 3 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center on the Franciscan University campus.

The first lecture is set for Sept. 15, with the topic “Myths Christians Believe About Wealth and Poverty,” to be presented by Jay Richards, Business and Economics professor, The Catholic University of America.

Friday lectures continue through Dec. 1.

∫ Sept. 29: “Today’s Declining Sacramental Practice: Catechetical Foundations for Recovery”

∫ Oct. 6: “Theology of Economics: Economics, Freedom, and God”

∫ Oct. 27: “Recalling Who We Are: Indulgences and the Church Today”

∫ Nov. 3: “The Importance of Fathers for the Family”

∫ Nov. 10: “Aborted Fetal Tissues in Vaccines and Medical Research”

∫ Nov. 27: “Dante’s Other Guide: Francis of Assisi”

∫ Dec. 1: “In Search of an Adequate Anthropology: What Can Science and Psychology Tell Us About Ourselves?”

 Mother Earth News Fair at

Seven Springs

Being self-sufficient doesn’t mean sacrificing the good life. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start or how to get even more out of your already simple lifestyle, though.

That’s where the Mother Earth News Fair comes in. 

The Fair takes place Sept. 15-17 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, Pa.

It runs from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More than 100 hands-on, interactive workshops will cover food preparation and preservation, small-scale and backyard livestock, green building, organic gardening, natural health, renewable energy, homesteading and other self-sufficiency-related related topics.

Sustainable and rural lifestyle experts from across the country will lead the sessions.

In addition to workshops, the fair hosts children’s activities; country skills, livestock and vendor demonstrations; hundreds of vendors; and local and organic food options.

Downsizing advice from experts

at free workshop


Are you or a loved one thinking about downsizing? Are you feeling overwhelmed and don’t know how to begin the process?  If so, plan to attend a free Downsizing Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum in Oglebay.

A panel of experts will discuss the do’s and don’ts of downsizing.

Learn helpful tips and tricks of de-cluttering and options for dealing with your “stuff.” Discover ways to determine what has value (and what doesn’t), hear how auction houses work and much more.

As you tackle the often-daunting task of downsizing, this workshop provides resources to shrink an overwhelming job down to size.

Panel of experts include: Tim Luke and Greg Strahm, appraisers, TreasureQuest Group Inc.; Charlotte Pyle, auctioneer; Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Service; Joshua Rogers, estate attorney; and Anne Keogler, elder advocate and resource coordinator.

Although the workshop is free, reservations are requested. Register at www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7272. 

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Lincoln Theater


ArtsLink will present the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a big-time spectacle with a miniature cast — in fact, just two.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville.

The pair brings circus thrills such as sure-footed balance atop the rolla bolla, sizzling target bullwhip cracking as an audience volunteer holds targets and dizzying juggling patterns; sideshow chills including a live sword swallower; and vaudeville classics such as spinning plates and other oddball and novelty prop manipulation. Audience participation abounds, and there is something for everybody to love. ArtsLink’s administrative coordinator, Donna Earley, said, “We saw this duo perform at a presenters conference last year and they are phenomenal. We’re all in for a very fun evening.”

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has toured nationally and internationally since 1995. Founded in New York City by Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performances have included hundreds of the world’s finest circus and variety artists. Nelson and Monseu, the “Mom and Pop” of the Bindlestiff Family, perform together as the Dynamic Duo, and bring their very unique and particular energy and style to each show.

Tickets are available for purchase with a credit card on line by following the link on ArtsLink’s website www.artslinkwv.org, or at the door. For more ticket information, call the office at 304-455-2278.