Special Activities

Christmas Carolfest

A Christmas Carolfest will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., Wheeling, at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 13. The musical event is free and open to the public.

Soprano soloist Sue Pettit will sing several seasonal selections and lead the audience in singing favorite carols. Music director Robert Troeger will accompany Pettit on the church’s new Marshall & Ogletree Opus Ten organ. In addition, Wheeling Jesuit University student Seth Keeney will play pieces for saxophone.

Quarter Auction

Ms. Debbie Miller’s Laughlin Chapel Girls’ Club will hold a quarter auction at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 129 1/2 18th S., Wheeling, at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 13. Doors will be opened at 1 p.m. A 50/50 raffle and chance raffle will be held.

Christmas Concert

A free Christmas concert featuring Danny Jones, Dustin Kinsey and Brian Dawes will be held at Colerain Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 13. Santa Claus will visit. Cookies and beverages will be served after the concert.


Greater Wheeling chapter 824 of AARP will hold a luncheon meeting at Wheeling Park’s White Palace at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Reservations for members are required and can be made today, Dec. 13, by calling Eunice Lohr, 304-242-9452. Members who have made reservations and need to cancel must call Lohr today or they will be charged for the luncheon.

Bill Blazier, chapter president, will preside at a business meeting. Wayne Cunningham will explain plans for bus trips in 2016. Ron Retzer will entertain the members by performing familiar songs.

Several vendors will have displays and present door prizes. Books may be shared at a table.

If a ride is needed for the meeting, call Family Services, 304-232-5171.

Christmas Event

The Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale is holding a free Christmas event from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. The first floor of the house will be fully decorated as it would have looked in 1860, 1890 and 1925. The event will be a fully interactive experience, with period music and Christmas cookies, an ornament craft for children and an opportunity for adults to make Christmas crackers.


SHARE of the Upper Ohio Valley meets in the administrative office of St. Michael Catholic Church, 1212 National Road, Wheeling, from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. The meeting is open to the public and reservations are not required.

Parents and loved ones who have lost an infant during the first year of life meet monthly to share experiences, give and receive emotional support and resolve grief. For more information, call 304-233-4778 or 304-277-5093.

Film Screening

A World War I Christmas film, “Joyeux Noel,” will be shown at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

On Christmas Eve1914, as German, French and Scottish regiments faced each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turned into an impromptu cease-fire. But when Christmas ended, the war returned.

This program is free and open to the public.

Popcorn and complimentary beverages will be provided.

Lunch With Books

Dr. Art Barbeau, West Liberty University professor emeritus, will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday, Dec. 15, to discuss the 2006 film, “Joyeux Noel.”

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, Kruger Street, Wheeling, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. Sharon Cronin, worthy matron, and Jim Daily, worthy patron, will preside.

Members are asked to bring a favorite appetizer to share during a social hour after the meeting. A gift exchange will be held. Members are asked to donate ramen noodle soup for a backpack project.

Elm Grove

Woman’s Club

The Elm Grove Woman’s Club will hold a Christmas party at Perkins Restaurant, 680 National Road, Wheeling, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. President Sharon Russell will preside. An optional gift exchange will be held.

Serving on the committee are chairman Nancy Barry, co-chairman Joyce Toth, Donna Hall, Evelyn Birch and Mary Kay Fitzsimmons. For more information, call Linda Stocke, 304-243-9518.

Woman’s Club

of Wheeling

The Woman’s Club of Wheeling will have its Christmas luncheon at Wheeling Country Club at noon Friday, Dec. 18.

Members will be entertained by the Joseph Sisters, a group that brings a classic sound to modern country. The three sisters have performed at numerous events in the tri-state area including Jamboree In The Hills.

Arrangements for the luncheon were made by the club’s hospitality committee.


The Wheeling chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Fort Henry chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, for a combined holiday meeting and celebration. A historical Christmas program will include DAR vice regent Jeanne Finstein and Stifel director Rick Morgan.

Sally Ezell and state chaplain Debi Smith will serve as hostesses. DAR regent Joan McClelland and SAR president Jay Frye will preside.

For reservations and for more information about joining the DAR or SAR, call 304-242-3314.

Eastern Star

Weyer Chapter 515, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. A covered-dish dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tony and Alice Means will furnish meat and Crystal Monroe will provide beverages. Members are to wear their favorite Christmas outfit and bring Christmas cards for the officers’ exchange.

Documentary Film

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, 801 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, will conclude its 2015 monthly lecture and film series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, with a documentary film titled “The Real George Washington.” The 50-minute film is free and open to the public.

The film was produced by the National Geographic Society and aired on the National Geographic Channel.

Taize Prayer

Sister Carol Hannig, CSJ, will lead a Taize prayer service in the Mount St. Joseph chapel, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Free-will donations will be accepted.


Brass Unlimited will perform at Bellaire Christian Church, 3565 Belmont St., at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The two-hour concert is free and open to the public.

After the concert, the church will provide a free reception of cookies, coffee and hot chocolate.

Lunch, Movie

The Follansbee branch of the Brooke County Public Library will show the film, “Ant Man,” rated PG-13, at noon Tuesday, Dec. 15. Patrons may bring a lunch. Popcorn and water will be provided by the library. To reserve a seat, call the circulation desk, 304-527-0860.

Santa’s Visit

Santa Claus will visit the Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. He will listen to Christmas gift requests and pose for pictures. The library will have a staff member on hand to take pictures.


Skyflight Productions will present a concert by Somebody’s Darling from Dallas, Texas, at Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park Thursday, Dec. 17. Doors will be opened at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 423-276-2653.

Community Dinner

First Presbyterian Church, 901 Charles St., Wellsburg, will hold a free community Christmas dinner from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings will be served.

Christmas Party

Real Life Community of Faith United Methodist Church will hold a community Christmas party at the Epworth Center in Bethesda from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Children can visit with Santa and enjoy games, prizes and food. There is no cost for the Christmas party.

Santa’s Visit

Santa will visit children in the Stone Church Volunteer Fire Department area Saturday, Dec. 19 starting at 9 a.m. on Sand Hill Road. He will be escorted by the Stone Church fire trucks and will travel Stone Church Road, View Point Road, Cedar Rocks Road, Valley View Addition, Clifton Heights and then Stone Church Road to the firehouse. Santa will alert the children by sounded the fire sirens so they can come outside and visit with him.

Ohio Valley Promenaders

The Ohio Valley Promenaders will hold a Christmas dance at the Bellaire Public Library, 32nd and Guernsey streets, from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Ron Anderson will be the caller; Don Schaal will serve as cuer. All square and round dancers may attend and wear western or casual attire. For more information, call 304-243-4722.


Tickets are now on sale for a special performance by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, “In The Holiday Mood,” at Oak Glen High School’s Little Theatre at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The concert will feature the greatest hits of the legendary orchestra, plus selections from the group’s three Christmas albums on the Laserlight label.

Doors to the Little Theatre will open to the public at 4:30 p.m., with the Oak Glen High School mixed ensemble, under the direction of Wendy Zinn, to perform an opening set. Advance tickets can be purchased at Oak Glen Middle School during regular school hours or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check made payable to OGMS Culture Club, 39 Golden Bear Drive, New Cumberland, WV 26047. If tickets remain available on the date of the show, they will go on sale at 4 p.m.

Because of limited seating in the Little Theatre, the public is advised to purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds from the event will benefit Montani Semper Liberi-Music and Art at Oak Glen, scheduled for March 11-12. For more information, call 304-374-7474.

Compiled by Linda Comins

Special Activities

Newcomers Club

The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold a luncheon at Belmont Hills Country Club in St. Clairsville Thursday, Dec. 10. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. with a gift exchange. There is a cost for the luncheon. Reservations are to be made today, Dec. 6, by calling 304-242-4709.

Ohio County CEOS

The Ohio County Community Educational Outreach Service’s Christmas party will be held at the Valley Grove community building with registration at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is “Your Sweater Might Be Frightful But a Christmas Party Is Most Delightful” so members are to wear their favorite “ugly” Christmas sweaters.

Presidents’ club reports are due. New members and officers for 2016 will be installed. A sweater fashion show contest and games will be played. Marge Nichols will give instructions for a craft.

Each member is to bring a favorite covered dish for a luncheon and a camera for a photo booth. Past, present and future members may attend.

Autism Society

The Belmont County chapter of the Autism Society will meet at Tomorrow’s Corner, 66730 Pogue Road, St. Clairsville, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

The topic will be “Social Skills Development.” Kara Erwin, a behavior specialist, will speak on how to equip people with autism by providing social communication skills to improve their daily interactions with others.

To make reservations, call 740-695-9600 or email ASObelmontcounty@



The Mid Ohio Valley Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

The performance is being presented by ArtsLink and sponsored by Ken Block in memory of Pat Block. Dancers from the Academy for Dance and Theatre Arts in New Martinsville appear in the cast.

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

Ormet Retirees

The Ormet Retirees Club will have a Christmas dinner at the old Hannibal Grade School at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The dinner will be catered by Quinet’s Court Restaurant.

All Ormet retired union members who attend must have their 2016 dues paid, plus a specified amount paid toward the cost of the meal. For more information, call Larry Highly, 304-997-6149.

Lunch With Books

Author Marc Harshman and illustrator Cecy Rose, both of Wheeling, will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday, Dec. 8, to discuss their new children’s book, “Mountain Christmas.”

Rose has created illustrations to complement the poetic story written by Harshman, West Virginia’s poet laureate.

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

Green Acres Club

The Green Acres Community Educational Outreach Service Club will hold its Christmas luncheon at West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market St., Wheeling, on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Members are asked to arrive by 9:50 a.m.

Parking is available.

Reservations are necessary and must be given to Jeanne Carter before Monday, Dec. 7. A light catered lunch will be served.

Garden Club

The Wheeling Island Garden Club will meet at Wheeling Country Club at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, for a luncheon and gift exchange. The club will celebrate its completion of projects that include Salvation Army Christmas gifts for children, nursing home projects, purchase of a tree for the Wheeling Island floodwall garden-park and support of memorial scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Darlene Stephens, Jane Fadul and JoAnn Williams will serve as hostsses for the Christmas party. The next meeting of the club will be March 24.

Retired School Employees

The Marshall County Association of Retired School Employees will hold a Christmas luncheon meeting at Moundsville Presbyterian Church, Third Street, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Women of the church will prepare the meal.

The Hilltop Chorus will present a holiday program.

Members are asked to bring canned foods for the Salvation Army. Any member who did not get a call is asked to make a reservation by calling 304-845-9516. Dues can be paid at this meeting.


“Midwinter Tales for the Heart,” featuring professional storyteller Andy Fraenkel, will be presented at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, Fifth Street and Tomlinson Avenue, at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Fraenkel’s selection of stories will take the audience on a journey around the world, with tales that are suited to the holiday season.

The event is free and open to the public and is aimed at school-age children and adults. Light refreshments will be available.

Day of Reflection

An Advent day of reflection, “‘Tis the Season … to Decorate!” will be held in the chapel of Mount St. Joseph, Pogue Run Road, Wheeling, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

The Rev. John DiBacco will discuss the relevance of the spiritual practices of the church during the Advent season. He will explain the history and symbolism of Advent calendars, wreaths and candles.

The cost of the program includes lunch. For more information or to make reservations, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137


Breakfast With Santa

Simpson United Methodist Church, Seventh Street and Morton Avenue, Moundsville, will hold a breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12. Children and their families may have breakfast, sing Christmas hymns, visit with Santa and have a picture taken, receive a gift from Santa and make a craft. All activities are free and there is no admission.

A craft show also will be held with vendors displaying items for sale for Christmas. A drawing for gift cards will be conducted. For more information, call the church, 304-845-5080.

Cookies, Candies Sale

An annual sale of cookies and candies will be held at Nessly Chapel, W.Va. 2, New Cumberland, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The church has wheelchair access and a ramp.

Story Hours

The Follansbee branch of the Brooke County Public Library will hold story hour for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. A Christmas story hour will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Monday Dec. 14, with a story, craft, games and a special visit from Santa. Friends of the Follansbee Library will take pictures with Santa.

Registration is required. To register, call the circulation desk, 304-527-0860.

Family Movie Night

The Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, will show the film, “Minions,” rated PG, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. To reserve a seat, call the circulation desk, 304-737-1551.

Holiday Tea Luncheons

The Eckhart House, 810 Main St., Wheeling, is holding holiday tea luncheons at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 19. The luncheons are open to the public.

For more information or reservations, call 304-232-5439.

Decoration Sale

The United Methodist Women of Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church, 3838 Lincoln Ave., Shadyside, will hold a “gently used” Christmas decoration sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Pierogi, Cabbage Roll Sale

Members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4136 Jacob St., Wheeling, are selling potato-cheese, potato-onion and meatless sauerkraut pierogi and cabbage rolls for Christmas.

Orders must be submitted no later than Friday, Dec. 11. Orders may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18; from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.

Orders may be placed with any parishioner, by calling 304-232-1777 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, or sending an email message to stmarysolph@

gmail.com. Customers are to include their full name, telephone number, amount of each kind ordered and preferred pickup date. Early ordering is suggested.

Compiled by Linda Comins


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