Sixteen members of the Woodland Garden Club met for the annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 13 at the Farm Restaurant in Mount Pleasant for a family-style dinner and dessert.
Elaine Wukelic led the program in which each member recalled a special memory involving the club. Some reflected on the person who introduced them to the club while others recalled fun times they had shared meeting in each other's homes when the club was newly formed.
Members revealed their secret garden pal during a Christmas gift exchange, and the names of new secret garden pals were distributed.
President Verna Smolinsky shared an inspirational message and Irish blessing.
The next meeting will be held on Feb. 7.
SCS retirees have
There were 35 Steubenville City School retirees in attendance for a Christmas lunch held Dec. 13 at the Ville Restaurant.
Christmas cards were sent, and a gift exchange was held.
A thank-you letter was read from Charity Hospice. Volunteers worked for two days at its poinsettia tree booth at the mall and collected more than $500.
State Teachers Retirement System news updates were discussed.
Charities were chosen for the next two months. January will be Hounds' Haven, and February will be the Jefferson County Humane Society.
The next lunch will be held Jan. 10 at Margaret's in Toronto.
At their December dinner meeting held at St. Florian Hall, the Gadabouts enjoyed classic oldies from the 1950s through the 1970s courtesy of Rollback, a group consisting of Rich Grimm, Dan Morgan and Gadabouts member David Hunt.
John Zak presided and recognized birthdays, anniversaries and members on the prayer list. Devotions were led by Dino Rossi.
Guests attending were Dorothy Arnester, Donna Olsen, Bill and Terry Roe, Roger and Mary Manfresca.
Melvin Simpson won the 50/50 drawing which was conducted by Vice President Jennie Avoli.
A drawing for a tray of holiday cookies donated by member Evelyn Parise was conducted by Terry and Laura Mamula. The winner was Bonna Kay Moffitt.
Door prizes that were furnished by Paul and Gloria Tripodi were won by Dorothy Arnester, Roger Manfresca, Mary Cox, Lillian Kestner, Terry Mamula, Virginia McMenamin, Nick Smarella and Helen Sweeney. Tickets for the prizes were distributed by Frank and Carol Wisnieski.
Regina Truax announced the following upcoming tours:
For details, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.
All Gadabouts trips are open to nonmembers.
The Gadabouts club is for couples and singles 55 years of age and older.
Adena Lions aid
Darrin Young spoke on the Hurricane Sandy Relief Project at the business meeting of the Adena Lions Club held in the Lions Club room.
It was noted that District 13G had asked for donations to send to New Jersey for the relief project so the club donated $500 to the effort.
Thank-you cards were sent by the Hopedale Baseball League and for a resident for the purchase of eye glasses.
Randy Bednarski and Young accomplished projects around the community center. Members were reminded of the zone meeting, the Lion's sponsored Christmas Cantata and caroling at the Sienna Point and Autumn Health centers.
The annual Christmas dinner was held at the Adena Fire Hall with Dustin Kinsey, John Sebring and Don Moore in charge.
Tom and Rebecca Donley and Jason Kovlasky were welcomed as new members in the club.
Past District Gov. R.J. Konkoleski gave the Lions oath to the new members.
A successful rose sale was held, with Randy and Shirley Bednarski and Nancy and Ron Malin in charge of the project.
There was $500 collected for the Adena Food Pantry.
Round and square
The Brush Creek Grange that was to be the site of a round and square dance Saturday evening will not be happening after all.
The event has been canceled because of the weather.
Country Friends will host Bobby Brandt and the Eldurays band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge road, Colliers.
Country Friends has events every Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.
On Monday and Friday, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they so desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.
There will be no program on New Year's Eve.
Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.
The website is www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.
New name but
The monthly diabetes workshop at Harrison Community Hospital has been renamed Healthy Life Workshops.
The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month in the hospital's cafeteria meeting area and feature guest speakers including physicians, dieticians and other health care professionals covering a variety of topics such as healthy eating, monitoring blood sugar levels, taking medications and problem solving.
Past programs have featured the arthritis foundation and the hospital's clinical trials research program.
Carol Teter, a diabetes nurse educator at Harrison Community Hospital, will lead the discussion at the Jan. 3 workshop, which will focus on managing blood sugar levels. There are many different reasons for someone to have high blood sugar levels.
"Many of the programs presented during our monthly diabetes workshops for the past several years covered a variety of health care topics that are of great interest and value to anyone wanting to learn new ways to live a healthy life," said Carole Patton, executive assistant at the hospital. Attendance has increased from five or six per meeting a few years ago to as many as 42 participants in recent months, she said.
"That increased level of interest prompted us to rename the program to Healthy Life Workshops, because the programs speak to a much wider audience, whether they have diabetes or not," Patton said.
Reservations are not required. Light refreshments are served, and there is a drawing for a door prize. Transportation is available through the Harrison County Rural Transit by calling (740) 942-1369.
Dec. 31 party
The Greater Weirton Senior Center is holding a New Year's Eve party beginning at 7 p.m. Monday.
Sands of Time will be performing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 per couple.
Pictures will be taken from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a $5 charge for copies.
The ticket price includes party favors, door prizes and a midnight buffet with desserts, coffee, punch and a New Year's Eve toast.
For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.