Club plans gospel
The La Femme's Progressive Women's Club is hosting its annual Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Center of Music and Arts, 264 Main St., Wintersville.
Special guest will be gospel saxophonist Tonji Good-Cooper and the Trumpets of Joy male quartet in concert. Tickets are $20. Hors' d'oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m.
JVS prom queen, king selected
At the 2012 Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Prom where the theme was "Mardi Gras," Anessia Fazio was crowned queen and Gabe Hyndman king after having selected the odd-colored rose. Both are students at Harrison Central High School.
Author's release party scheduled
Local author JoAnn Davis will celebrate the printing of her first children's book, "Finding Pepper," with a release party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 20 at Bethany College's Wailes Theater.
Copies of the book and a DVD version will be available for purchase and signing.
Davis and her husband, Jimmy Stephens, performed country and gospel music for many years, singing at the WWVA World's Original Jamborees (later known as Jamboree USA) and the first Jamboree in the Hills. The pair wrote many songs and recorded two albums.
When cancer cut short her singing career, she turned to writing. Davis has been a Cub Scout leader, PTA president and tutor for Ohio County Schools and has always been interested in children, so writing for children came naturally to her.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Local history fair
set for Saturday
"Suddenly Avella, Mills, Mines and Rails" will be the theme for the Avella Community Center's Spring History Fair on Saturday.
Several local history buffs are set to speak at 1 p.m. They include Eugene Painter, who will talk about the once prominent grist mills that were key to pioneer life, and Joseph Bogo and John Velegol, who will discuss the role of mines and rails in the area's development.
There also will be a gallery of old photos and music from gospel singer Morris Knabenshue.
Anyone wanting to display articles, photos and other items from the area's past is welcome.
The ladies of St. Michael Catholic Church will sell food from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brush Creek 50+
Club to meet
The Brush Creek 50+ Club will hold its dinner meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Salineville.
Summer program for youth offered
Brooke County youth are invited to participate in Energy Express, a free six-week summer reading program for children entering first through sixth grades.
It will be held by the West Virginia University Extension Service at Jefferson Primary School, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The program offers youth a chance to make new friends and express themselves through art, writing and drama, and participants receive breakfast and lunch each day and a new book each week.
For information, call Liz Gatts at the Brooke County Extension Office at (304) 737-3666.
The program's organizers also are seeking a variety of household items, many of them normally thrown away, for the various projects undertaken by the children.
They include: string, thread, yarn and spools; socks and pantyhose (to make puppets), plastic rings from soft drink packs, old shower curtains or sheets (to be used as drop cloths), plastic and paper grocery bags, shredded paper (used for stuffing), wood scraps, buttons and beads, foam egg cartons, paper towel or toilet paper tubes, large cardboard appliance boxes and other cardboard boxes, wallpaper sample books, magazines and newspapers, packing peanuts, paper plates, cupcake liners and plastic butter and yogurt containers.
Community yard sale is June 2
The second-annual community yard sale sponsored by Shaffer Plaza staff will be held June 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the School of Bright Promise, John Scott Highway, Steubenville.
Rental space will be $10 for two parking places with the rental space money donated to the United Way of Jefferson County.
Anyone interested in obtaining rental spaces can contact Phyllis Westfall at (740) 424-8742; Kassey Minor at (740) 317-3700; or Peg Cline at (740) 317-5399.
Lunch items also will be available.
The rain date is June 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.