What’s going on throughout area communities

Ventriloquist to visit branches

Upcoming programs organized by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County this week include the following:

Ventriloquist and puppeteer Bob Abdou will visit library branches for his show “Dig Into Reading” on the following dates and locations: Wednesday at 11 a.m., Toronto branch; Thursday at 4 p.m., Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch; Wednesday at 4 p.m., main library; and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Schiappa branch;

A family movie will be shown at the main library on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

A basic Internet class will be offered at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Call the library at (740) 264-6166 to register.

Children will make a gnome craft at the Adena branch on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

  • New music CDs available at the library include: Bobby McFerrin, “Spirityouall”; Amy Grant, “How Mercy Looks From Here”; George Strait, “Love Is Everything”; Trace Adkins, “Love Will Pistol Annies, Annie Up”; Lady Antebellum, “Golden”; Willie Nelson, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”; New Kids on the Block, “10”; Brian McKnight, “More Than Words”; and Kenny Chesney, “Life on a Rock.”

Annual Weirton reunion Aug. 16-17

The ninth-annual Weir Avenue/North Weirton/Dunbar Alumni Reunion will be held Aug. 16-17.

There will be a “Get-Acquainted Social” on Aug. 16 at the Dunbar Center beginning at 5 p.m.

Activities on Aug. 17 will include:

A golf outing to which everyone is welcome. Contact William Curenton at (304) 748-1605.

A tour of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, 3149 Main St., Weirton, to view the Dunbar High School history display from noon to 1 p.m. Robert “Bob” Kelley will serve as host.

A block party on Vermont Street, beginning at 11 a.m. For vendor info, contact Earlean Jones at (304) 748-7834.

A dinner-dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall in the Galleria Room, Weirton. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with dinner served promptly at 7:30 p.m. Attire is casual.

Total cost for the weekend is $50 per person. T- shirts are $12 each. All payments are due by July 19.

Those planning to attend should contact Wanda Bolling at (304) 748-0885.

JUHS Class of 1983 sets reunion

The Jefferson Union High School Class of 1983 will be having a casual class reunion on July 20 at Best Western Plus University Inn on University Boulevard in Steubenville.

Social time begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner buffet at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. There will be a cash bar.

Attendees are encouraged to bring photos, yearbooks and/or memorabilia.

To RSVP no later than July 15, send a check made payable to Tricia Maple-Damewood to 708 twp. Road 244, Toronto, OH 43964.

For information, contact Maple-Damewood at mapledamewood@yahoo.com or Cathy Dobson Moro at cathymoro@sbcglobal.net.

Free yoga classes at the mall

The Fort Steuben Mall and fitness instructor Rob Bucey are now holding free yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and Sunday classes are held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Classes are free, but donations are appreciated. Classes are located next to Payless Shoe Store.

For information, contact Bucey at (740) 317-8886.

Veterans Service Commission to meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the War Memorial Building located at 423 North St., Steubenville.

All veterans and/or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Children’s knitting group to meet

The Brooke County Library’s Kids’ Knitting Group will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Children in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. They should bring yarn and needles or loom to start creating.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Library to show fantasy film

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be showing the PG-rated animated film, “Escape from Planet Earth,” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The 3-D animated family features the voice of Brendan Fraser as astronaut Scorch Supernova, who becomes a hero to the blue alien population of the planet Baab.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.

Library to show Hoffman film today

The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film “Quartet” at 1 p.m. today.

Directed by Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, it centers on four opera singers preparing for the annual Verdi Gala.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.

Photos sought for new restaurant

The owners of Legends, an upcoming new restaurant to open at the former Wellsburg American Legion headquarters, are seeking photos of historically significant people and businesses from throughout the Northern Panhandle to be displayed at the restaurant.

Photos of past West Virginia governors and 65 Medal of Honor recipients from West Virginia have been secured for the new business at 735 Charles St., Wellsburg.

Those interested in donating photos or copies of photos are asked to call Howard Armstrong at (304) 670-2224.

Adults sought for softball tournament

The Follansbee Softball League seeks players for an adult co-ed softball tournament July 27 to benefit the Barretts, an Oklahoma family who lost their home in the recent tornado.

A cash prize will be awarded based on the number of teams that sign up. The team entry fee is $100.

For information, call Mike Frye at (304) 374-3016.

The game was inspired by ongoing efforts by Vito’s 2 and the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce to help the family.

Sunrise Seniors having picnic Friday

The Sunrise Seniors of Toronto met June 28 with Vice President Harry Andrews presiding and welcoming new members Jane Wells and Peggy and Randy Kutchmar.

Chaplain Glenn Smith gave the blessing for dinner.

Reports were given by Treasurer Mike Timko and Secretary Mary Lou Deku.

The trip to Sugar Creek will be Aug. 15 and cost $10 for members.

The summer picnic will be held Friday at Stratton Park. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. The picnic committee chairperson is Joyce Gribben. Attendees should bring a covered dish of salad or dessert.

The Christmas party will be at the American Legion in December with Carolyn McCart, Peg Nordenger, and Jay Smith as co-chairs.

Smith closed the meeting with a message to “be grateful for your independence.”

Judy Sabol and Marlene Garrett were 50-50 winners. Door prize winners were Mary Lou Deku and Helen Lyndsay.

Bingo winners were Donna Twyford, Rose Gibson, Judy Whyte, Wilma Elder, Marge Kane, Jim Wilson, Nina Kavanaugh, Marion Wilson, Jay Smith, and Judy Price.

Card winners were Carolyn McCart, Peg Nordenger, Nancy Bodrog, Nina Kavanaugh, Judy Sabol, Tim Gribben, Patty Roth and Joyce Gribben.