Around the Valley

New Manchester dedicates school

NEW MANCHESTER – New Manchester Elementary School will hold a renovation dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at the school located at 128 Frankfort Road.

The event will include guest speakers, ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the school and refreshments.

Bully awareness begins Monday

CHARLESTON – Bully-Free West Virginia will offer creative challenges the week of Monday through Oct. 13 as part of an initiative to promote awareness about bullying and its negative impact.

Monday is “Get Educated,” and encourages people to educate themselves about bullying, its effects and how to prevent it.

Tuesday is “Listen and Remember,” and encourages people to remind themselves to stop, pay attention and listen to bullying victims. The remaining themes are “Express Yourself,” “Be Creative” and “Step Up and Speak Out.”

For information about how to get involved, contact Tonya Barnett-Huff, Bully-Free West Virginia program coordinator, at (304) 414-4452 or

Senior Services holding fundrasier

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Senior Services will hold a spaghetti luncheon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Hancock County Senior Center located at 647 Gas Valley Road.

The meal includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. The cost is $5 for dine-in or $6 for take-out and deliveries. Deliveries will be made from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 9 to Hancock House, Westminister, Alicia Arms, Peachtree Inn, Freedom Place I and II and Overbrooke Towers. Delivery orders must be made by 4 p.m. Oct. 8 by calling (304) 564-3801. Delivery orders must be pre-paid.

If Hancock County Schools have a two-hour delay or weather cancellation, the event will be held Oct. 16.

Church offers

‘Baba’s Sampler’

WEIRTON – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a “Baba’s Sampler” dinner and bake sale from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the church, located at 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

The meal includes a cabbage roll, two pierogi, haluski, bread and dessert. The cost is $9. For take-out orders, call (304) 723-9746.

Library hosts storyteller

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library’s Children’s Department will host “Not So Scary Stories” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 as part of its “Step Into Stories” series.

Storyteller Joanna Demarest has been entertaining children and adults for more than 20 years. She takes well-known stories and shapes them so the listener can “see” the story another character’s perspective. She will share “not-so-scary” stories, songs of funny ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

Dance Co. holding auditions

WHEELING – The Allegro Dance Co. will hold auditions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at West Liberty University’s Blatnik Hall dance studio.

Experienced male and female dancers, singers and musicians 18 and older are sought. The company performs several styles, including ballet, modern and Italian folk.

Call (304) 242-2826 to register.

Spay-neuter clinic to be held

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will offer low-cost spaying and neutering through the Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost Clinic Nov. 2 and 3 at the Jefferson County Airpark.

Pre-payment is required. No walk-in services or vaccinations will be available.

Appointments are not limited to Brooke County residents. Any interested pet owner may make an appointment by calling (304) 374-4443.

After-school program starts

C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. will sponsor an after-school food service program, offering free suppers to all children 18 years old and younger who want to participate.

Meals will be served at the following sites:

* Monday through Thursday, Brooke Senior Center.

* Friday, Jefferson Primary School.

* Monday through Friday, Follansbee United Presbyterian Church.

* Monday through Friday, Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church.

* Monday through Friday, Wellsburg First Presbyterian Church.

* Monday through Thursday, Brooke High School.

* Tuesday and Thursday, Follansbee Middle School.

* Tuesday and Thursday, Wellsburg Middle School.

* Tuesday through Friday, Dunbar Recreation Center.

The schedule is subject to change.

For information regarding times, contact Paula Calvert at (304) 797-7733.