Community news from around the area

Mary H. Weir Public Library

marks National Library Week

WEIRTON — The Mary H. Weir Public Library at 3442 Main St. joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise, according to Rik Rekowski, library director.

The local library is celebrating by providing a “Fine Free Week” and children’s story hours. On Saturday, the adult reading club begins at 11 a.m., and at 2 p.m., the library will present “Mary Poppins Returns,” rated PG. Admission and popcorn are free, and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and soft drinks. The accessible Walnut Street doors will open at 1:45 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

National Library Week, under way through Saturday, is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like learning how to download music, e-books, and magazines, according to Rekowski. The library provides free training to assist adults to learn to read, and there are business software skills and free career training workshops for job researchers. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

The Mary H. Weir Public Library helps lead the community by providing the resources and the skills to use and research data bases that are useful to accomplish and achieve change in the Weirton area, he added.

“Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all,” Rekowski said. “They also foster civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance each April, sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country.

For information, call (304) 797-8510 or visit the library’s website at Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Toronto Sunrise Seniors

set to meet on Friday

TORONTO — The Toronto Sunrise Seniors welcomed Warrie Hawkins as a guest to their March 22 meeting held at the Roosevelt building.

President Barbara Pritts led the group in opening exercises before the covered-dish meal was served. The kitchen committee was thanked for the meal preparation.

Reports were given by Secretary Laura Sheets and Judy Sabol, the financial report. The city of Toronto was thanked for its recent contribution. Social Secretary Nina Kavanagh shared correspondence and announced birthdays and anniversaries.

The April kitchen committee includes Glenn and Sandy Smith, Bette Anne and Paul Parker, Lucy Timko and Dave Trudick.

Plans for the trip to see the “King and I” at the Capital Music Hall on April 29 have been finalized. The group is now looking for individuals who might be interested in a trip to Pittsburgh on July 19 with the opportunity to either spend time at the Rivers Casino or at Phipps Conservatory. That group would then experience a dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Those interested should contact Pritts at (740) 537-4957 for information.

Nancy Bodrog was recognized as member of the month and presented with a small gift.

Gloria Howard and Bonnie Wilson won the 50-50 drawing. Chaplain Mary Edwards gave the benediction. Members then played bingo or cards. Scat winners included Nancy Bodrog, Gloria Howard, Helen Lindsay, Caroline McCart, John Lash and Mary Lou Deku. Several individuals won bingo multiple times.

The next meeting will be held Friday.

Haluski sale orders being

accepted at Weirton church

WEIRTON — The “O” Club from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is holding a haluski sale starting immediately with April 15 as the order deadline.

One quart is $6, and two quarts are $10. Pickup will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 18 at St. Nicholas Church Hall, 604-608 Colliers Way, directly across from Weirton Medical Center.

To place orders, call (304) 748-1223.

Tea party, mystery plays

Thursday for Three Arts Club

TORONTO — The April meeting of the Three Arts Club will be held on Thursday at the home of Brenda Cottrell.

Members will be performing “Maxine’s Mystery Tea Party” and “The Decadent Housewives of Hysteria Lane.” Members will meet at 6 p.m. for a tea party created and prepared by member Margaret Martelle while enjoying the mystery plays.

Jewett VFD to host

fundraiser dinner Sunday

JEWETT — The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser baked steak and baked meatloaf dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The meal includes a salad bar, bread, dessert and beverage. The meal cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.