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Dinner Saturday to aid

Dream Big Music program

STEUBENVILLE — A benefit dinner and an evening filled with jazz will combine to generate support for the Dream Big Music education program.

It will be held Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sycamore Youth and Community Center, 301 N. Fourth St.

Music will be provided by jazz duo Matthew Hii and Aaron Carey. Tickets are $25 with seating limited.

All proceeds go directly to support the continued work of Dream Big Music with locations in Wellsburg and Steubenville. It serves the upper Ohio Valley with a free afterschool program for children in grades three through 12.

“We teach children to read music and play a variety of band instruments, piano, violin, viola and cello,” explained Matthew Hill, Dream Big Music’s founder and executive director. “Our fourth year has started off with a bang, and class slots have been filling up fast. Our teaching and management staff are all dedicated volunteers,” he said.

“My mission is to help children fall in love with the arts through instrumental music by providing a positive place of encouragement for all children regardless of disabilities or financial situation. I want to help any child who wants to learn to play an instrument,” he said.

Dream Big Music has been a lifelong dream for Hill, who as a boy had some learning disabilities. When he reached the fourth grade, his teacher sent a flier home about a music class where any child with an instrument could take the class. Hill was very excited and borrowed a trumpet from his uncle. Unfortunately, when he went to school he was turned away from the music class because of his disability. When his parents argued to get him in the class, Hill explained he was excited but never forgot the reason he was turned away. As the years passed and Hill progressed through school, he continued to excel in music, graduating high school with the John Phillip Souza award. He attended college, traveled to Italy to play in an orchestra and played for the candlelight tours at the White House.

In July 2016 Hill’s lifelong dream came to life as a mission with his church. Through the church’s support, he was able to offer children free half-hour lessons on instruments of their choice. Hill volunteers his time to teach and work with schools in the area and lets band teachers know that he is here to help any of their students. Through the years Dream Big continued to grow and has an ensemble for accomplished students.

Dream Big became its own nonprofit in August. It relies on grants, fundraisers and volunteer staff.

Three Arts Club members

to meet on Thursday

TORONTO — The October meeting of the Three Arts Club will be held on Thursday at the home of Sue Davidson on North River Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m.

Carolyn Walker, president of the Historical Society of Toronto, will present a program on the history of Toronto’s Newburg Landing.

A covered-dish dinner will begin the evening with the meat and beverage provided. Members are to bring a side dish, salad or dessert.

Members who missed the September meeting held at the main branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County are asked to pay their dues and receive the program book for the year. Dues are $25. The October meeting also is guest night.

Paranormal researcher

to speak at Saturday meeting

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. — The Jefferson Township Historical Society of Eldersville will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the White Church building located on Fire Road across from the fire hall.

The guest speaker will be Tony Lavorgne, author, researcher and podcaster of the paranormal. He has just released his latest book, “Astonishing Tales of Pennsylvania: Curiosities, Curses and Creatures.”

“Tony Lavorgne presents you with well researched and documented facts of mysterious sightings, authentic eyewitness accounts and inexplicable paranormal phenomena — right here in our own communities,” notes a press release. The meeting is open to the public.

Light refreshments will be available.

Reservations due today for

Farm Bureau workshop

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Farm Bureau, in conjunction with Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas county Farm Bureaus, will be holding an Essentials for Retirement Workshop at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Union Hill Church, 7877 Union Hill Road NW, Sugarcreek.

In this session Farm Bureau members will learn how action taken now will impact their long-term financial security, how financial needs change during retirement, how the Social Security program and health care cost impact retirement, how to leverage an adviser’s experience for comfort in retirement and how to be better prepared for this next step in life.

The program speakers will be provided by Wright and Moore Law Office and Nationwide Insurance.

The workshop is free to Farm Bureau members and $10 for non-members. For reservations contact the county Farm Bureau office at (740) 266-6603 or jefferson@ofbf.org by today.

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