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High school student art

exhibition at Summit Gallery

WEIRTON — The Top of West Virginia Arts Council, a committee of the Top of WV Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, is hosting the second-annual high school student art exhibition.

The event opening reception is Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Summit Art Gallery, located at 3539 Main St.

Oak Glen and Brooke High schools, together with the John D. Rockefeller Career Center, are participating in the exhibition. Previously, the four high schools in Hancock and Brooke counties along with the J.D. Rockefeller Career Center participated. “Unfortunately, this year Weir High School and Madonna High School are unable to participate,” a spokesperson noted. Weir High School will have a student participating as an entry from the J.D. Rockefeller Career Center.

Each school may submit up to 20 pieces of art in its subject of choice for final jurying. Students from each school will be awarded first-place through third-place ribbons and two honorable mentions.

“This is not a competition between the schools, but a competition within the works submitted by each school,” the spokesperson explained. Teachers and a member of the TWVAC will be the jurors with the teacher from the school being judged abstaining in the voting process. Additionally, each teacher is encouraged to submit an artwork to display in the exhibition.

Artwork will be available to purchase.

The exhibition will remain available for viewing after the opening reception during the week, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 10 at the Summit Art Gallery.

The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception where light refreshments will be served and to visit the gallery during the duration of the show to view and appreciate the talent of the young artists.

The Top of WV Arts Council members work to promote the visual arts and assist the Top of WV CBV with its goals. “The council members believe that young artists should be encouraged and promoted wherever and whenever the opportunity is available. This exhibition is a step toward fulfilling the goal,” the spokesperson noted.

Fundraiser breakfast Saturday

at Wayne Township center

UNIONPORT — A fundraiser breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wayne Township Community Center in Unionport.

The breakfast includes pancakes and sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, eggs and toast and drinks.

Cost is by donation with all proceeds to benefit the upkeep of the center.

Steubenville Lions Club plans OSU-Michigan tailgate party

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Lions Club is planning its 26th-annual tailgate party for the Ohio State-Michigan game on Nov. 27 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner, Steubenville.

The donation is $60 with proceeds to benefit Lions charities. Tickets are available from any Lions club member or at Froehlich’s.

Only 200 tickets are printed, and tickets include drawing for cash prizes, large screen TV viewing and food and beverages for two.

The reverse drawing includes: First number drawn, $100; every 25th number drawn, $50; fourth number from last drawn, $50; third number from last drawn, $100; second number from last drawn, $150; next to last number drawn, $200; and last number drawn, $2,500. The winner need not be present.

This year’s corporate sponsors are Muxie, Tri-State Financial, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Trinity Health System.

‘Eerie local happenings’ topic Sunday at Hancock museum

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Museum invites the public to the museum located at 1008 Ridge Ave. on Sunday at 2 p.m. for a presentation by several speakers “telling of eerie happenings in the local area.”

Paul Zuros, Fred Miller and Robert Bailey, local historians and enlightening story tellers, “will each take us to the scene of strange occurrences as they relate some of the tales passed from several generations. Truth or otherwise — you decide,” a museum spokesperson noted.

Everyone is invited. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. There will be a discussion period and light refreshments.

Annual Valley’s Got Talent

competition Nov. 7 at SHS

STEUBENVILLE — The eighth-annual Valley’s Got Talent competition will be held Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Steubenville High School Auditorium.

Twenty vocalists, choirs, bands, dancers and instrumentalists will compete for $1,200 in prize money. The event is free of charge. For details go to www.sycamorecenter.com/vgt.

Big Library Read program

offers ‘Five total Strangers’

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will again take part in the Big Library Read program, the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time.

Brooke County library card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook of Natalie D. Richards’ thriller, “Five Total Strangers,” for free without waiting by downloading the Libby app or visiting wvreads.overdrive.com. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

The e-book may be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook and Kindle.

For information, visit the web address above or call (304) 737-1551. The library also offers a monthly book club in which members gather to discuss a variety of books.

Antonio Meucci Lodge has new member at October meeting

WEIRTON — The Antonio Meucci Lodge No. 2506, Sons and Daughters of Italy, met Oct. 12 at Undo’s in Weirton.

Vice President Tony La Rosa read the invocation and reminded members about the season of autumn. Larry Purks led in the Pledge of Allegiance. All members joined in singing “God Bless America” before dinner.

Minutes were approved as read by Secretary Rita Orler. Norma Henson gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved and filed for audit.

President Regina Truax introduced new member Lynn Wright. She announced that dues for 2022 will be collected in November and December. A thank-you note from Emma Walker, scholarship winner, was read.

Members with October birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged. A report was given regarding cards sent.

Several bus tours were announced, including: “Nov. 10, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh; Feb. 6, “Pretty Woman,” Benedum Center, Pittsburgh; March 12, “Swing,” Lincoln Park Performing Art Center, Midland, Pa.; March 13, “Hamilton,” Benedum Center, Pittsburgh; and June 19, “Carousel,” Lincoln Park Performing Art Center, Midland, Pa. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All tours are open to the public.

Undo’s gift certificates were won by Tony LaRosa and Larry Purks. Beverly DiBiase won the 50-50 drawing. Door prizes of mums from Iannetti Garden Center were awarded to Angie Veltri, Carl Truax, Rita Orler, Auggie Lellie, Josie Elliott, Gabriel Arlia, Angie Mazur, Tony LaRosa, Nick Smarella, Bobby Arlia, Lynn Wright and Dolores Ginier.

A card game was played, and table prizes were won.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 9 at Undo’s in Weirton. Anyone interested in joining or wanting information can contact Truax or any member.

Brooke Library to show

animated film ‘Peter Rabbit 2’

FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee Branch Library will show the PG-rated animated film, “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Call (304) 527-08860 or visit https://bcplvirtual.weebly.com/programs-registration.html to reserve a seat for the free screening.

Senior fitness classes offered in Follansbee, Wellsburg

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library is offering Geri-Fit, a 45-minute strength training class for older adults.

Participants start lifting light weights, usually while seated and can work at their own pace. They should bring a set of 2- or 3-pound dumbbells, a stretch band and water to drink.

The video fitness classes are held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Follansbee Library, 844 Main St. and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Brooke County Library, 945 Main St.

Advance registration is required by calling (304) 737-1551.

Evening and daytime story hours include activities

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will offer an evening story hour at 5 p.m. Nov. 4, with program coordinator Kim Harless leading children in hands-on activities related to the story.

To reserve a seat for the free program, call (304) 737-1551 or visit https://bcplvirtual.weebly.com/programs-registration.html.

There also will be daytime story hours, for ages 2-5 and their caregivers, at 11 a.m. each Monday at the library’s Follansbee branch and at noon each Wednesday at its Wellsburg location.

Call (304) 737-1551 ext. 106 to register children for them.

The Wellsburg library also will offer a Story Walk based on Wendi Silvano’s “Turkey Trouble,” which children can view outside any time from Nov. 5-30.

The walk features segments of a story printed on large signs along a path, a concept that was developed by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. in cooperation with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and Kellogg Hubbard Library.

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