What’s going on

‘Ivan the Terrible’ playing at library

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be showing the PG-rated animated film, “Ivan the Terrible,” at 11 a.m. Aug. 3.

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

Watermelon focus of cooking class

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be celebrating the beginning of Watermelon Month with a Wonderful Watermelon cooking class at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Merriwether home near Merco Marine on the north end of Wellsburg.

A melon-carving demonstration will be given by Mike Bachinski, followed by watermelon recipes demonstrated by Nora Bell.

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

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801, located at 3429 Main St., announces its upcoming activities that have been in the planning stages throughout the summer.

They are:

ÿ 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Elks Family Picnic at the Marland Heights Park. Cost is $5 per member or guest. Children under 10 will be admitted free. The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chicken and desserts. Games and prizes will be available for the children. The new State President Jim McIntyre and his wife, Kim, from the Sistersville Lodge will attend the picnic.

ÿ Sept. 7, West Virginia University-Oklahoma football game. Elk members and guests can enjoy the away game on the many big-screen televisions in the smoke-free and air-conditioned lounge area. Hamburgers, hot dogs and snacks will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The game starts at 8 p.m.

For information and updates, visit their Facebook page by searching “Weirton Elks” or call (304) 748-0565.

‘Diabetes and Aging’ focus

of program on Thursday

With aging, there is often a need to be mindful of and adjust to the physical and mental changes that can occur with the aging process, particularly with those who live with diabetes. Nearly 25 percent of people 60 and older have diabetes, and many more may have prediabetes. This number is projected to increase dramatically by 2025.

On Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison Community Hospital cafeteria Carol Teter, diabetes nurse educator, will present a program on “Diabetes and Aging.” Topics to be discussed will include:

The importance of staying physically active: Unfortunately, falls due to decreased strength, balance and flexibility can increase with age. “Get Fit While You Sit” is a safe and easy way to ease your way into fitness. A demonstration will be given on how to use elastic resistance bands to do this exercise, according to Teter.

Nutritional status: Over time, one’s sense of taste, smell and thirst may change. Making smart choices about the types and amounts of foods to eat will be discussed.

Increased risk for mental decline: Feeling blue and down in the dumps, along with mood changes, can occur. The causes of depression, recognizing the signs and symptoms, getting help and treatment if needed, and taking preventative steps to decrease the risk of mental decline will be discussed.

The goal of healthy living is to prevent or delay such diseases as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. A periodic review of medications with your physician may be appropriate as it can take an older body longer to process drugs. Literature to help achieve improved health will be provided.

This workshop is open to everyone. These free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month featuring physicians, dieticians and other health care professionals covering a variety of topics, including diet and nutrition, exercise and flexibility, women’s health issues, and other health topics.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments are served, and there is a drawing for a door prize.

Library to show ‘Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the film, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The PG-13-rated film stars Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as two rival magicians. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.

Fun Seekers hold annual

picnic at Mingo park

The Fun Seekers’ annual picnic held at Aracoma Park in Mingo Junction was called to order by President David Krause.

There were 74 members and two guests attending the afternoon that featured games, activities and visiting.

The stick horse racing was won by Anita Spadafora and Grace Huber with Frank Rotella and John Balzano officiating. Jannette Gibson won the 50-50 drawing.

Winners for the bingo and rudamae card games included Karen Krause, Eva Fabianich, Mary Cox, Roberta Antinone, Philomena Cinone, Jannette Gibson, Edith Cooper, Donna Balzano, Judi Gaynor, Mary Beth Bauer.

Door prizes were awarded to Mav Kearney, Joan Villa, Frank Rotella, Karen Krause, Margaret Harbert, George Pohlman, Linda Lenzi, Loretta Thomasili, Charlene Pearce, Donna Balzano, Mary Beth Bauer, Anita Spadafore and Philomena Cinone.

Declared cornhole champions were John Balzano and Chuck Pearce.

Tours scheduled by Regina Truax include:

  • Aug. 4, Rivers Casino:
  • Sept. 25, “Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show,” Rivers Casino; and
  • Sept. 30, Polynesian Fire, Seven Springs.

For information, call Truax at (304) 723-0419.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 7.

Walkers can help

their county

Brooke County residents who walk for exercise can help their county become designated a Live Well West Virginia Community through the the LIVEWell Summer Steps Community Challenge program, according to the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service.

The county that logs the most miles will receive a walkability study by the WVU Extension Service’s Community,Economic and Workforce Development program, said Norm Schwertfeger, extension agent.

Participants track their personal mileage now through Aug. 31 at no cost through the WVU Extension’s online tracker at livewellwv.ext.wvu.edu/walking-tracker.

Residents who don’t walk also can count 20 minutes of other physical activity such as bike riding, swimming or soccer as one mile. The exercise doesn’t have to be performed in Brooke County.

During last summer’s program, people in 33 counties walked more than 4,275 miles, roughly the distance from New York to Hawaii. Monroe County won the 2012 challenge, with 19 people who walked almost 1,000 miles.

The challenge is sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Counties, Charleston Gazette and WVU Extension Service.

For information, visit the LIVEWell West Virginia website at www.livewellwv.ext.wvu.edu, or contact Schwertfeger at (304) 737-3666 or Norm.Schwertfeger@mail.wvu.edu .