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African Children’s Choir to perform June 30

“The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances,” notes a news release about the group, which will be performing at two local locations on June 30 as part of its “Just As I Am” tour.

That includes at the 11 a.m. service at Promise of Victory Church of God, located at 47 Dennis Ridge Road, Colliers, where the phone number is (304) 527-3230.

At 6 p.m. that evening, the choir will perform at Sycamore Youth and Community Center at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, in a concert hosted by the Ohio Valley Youth Network. For information, call (608) 556-3068.

The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Music for Life — the parent organization for the African Children’s Choir — works in the African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. MFL has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education, according to a news release.

The African Children’s Choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The choir also has had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Michael W. Smith.

The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable childrentoday so they can help Africa tomorrow. Its website

The choir’s website is www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

Wintersville Baptist Temple

hosting Kids Carnival today

WINTERSVILLE — Wintersville Baptist Temple will be holding its third-annual Kids Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. It is open to children ages 4 to 12 and will include carnival games, a Bounce House and “hot dogs and other goodies.” The event is free. For information, call (740) 264-7786 or visit wbtohio.com.

Sugar Grove UMC to host

painting event June 22

TORONTO — Sugar Grove United Methodist Church is holding a “Paint with ‘T'” on June 22 in the church basement, beginning at 1 p.m.

“We will be painting a mailbox on wood that can be personalized and hung outside,” an event spokesperson noted.

The price is $30 and includes “everything needed to paint your masterpiece.” A light lunch will be provided.

For information or reservations, call (740) 537-3659. The church address is 159 county Road 68, Toronto.

St. Thomas Episcopal

planning rummage sale

WEIRTON — St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Three Springs Drive has set dates for its June rummage sale.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 21 and from 9 a.m. until whenever on June 22.

There will be a large variety of items for sale.

Grace’s Corner Food Pantry

to be open on Thursday

STEUBENVILLE — Grace’s Corner Food Pantry, located at Grace Lutheran Church, 2105 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, will be open only on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To register, call the office at (740) 282-9064 and bring a photo ID.

Questions can be directed to the same number from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Wintersville UMC to host

strawberry festival today

WINTERSVILLE — Wintersville United Methodist Church, located at 702 Main St., will hold its 31st-annual strawberry festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Patrons can eat in or get takeout of a variety of sandwiches, salads, side dishes, strawberry shortcake or a strawberry sundae.

Proceeds with go toward furnishing the new fellowship hall.

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