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Utilities relocation

at Pike, 7th work site

Utilities relocation will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Seventh, Pike and Greene streets intersection in Marietta. One lane of traffic will be maintained. The work is expected to take two days to complete, weather permitting.

Benefit yard sale

at Highland Ridge

A benefit yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6 and 7 at Highland Ridge Community Church, 2200 Highland Ridge Road, Lowell. Food and baked goods will also be available. Donated items will be from church and community members, with proceeds to benefit the church.

For information: Pastor Don Hart, 896-3047.

Benefit poker run

at Jarvis Farm Sat.

A benefit poker run for Rory Mead will be held Saturday at Jarvis Farm, 1704 Ellis Run Road. Sign-up is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with the ride at noon. The cost is $10 per rider. There will also be an auction, 50/50 and food. The event was rescheduled from May 17.

Gems of the Valley

nominations sought

The Marietta Times is seeking nominations for a new series, Gems of the Valley. Those nominated should be people who have done great things for their communities but have flown under the radar. Nominations can be sent to News Editor Kate York at kyork@mariettatimes.com or to the Marietta Times office at 700 Channel Lane, Marietta, OH 45750.

Pasta dinner helps Secret Santa

There will be a pasta dinner fundraiser for the Washington-Morgan Community Action Secret Santa Program from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today in the fellowship hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 232 Third St., Marietta. The meal includes a choice of meat sauce or vegetarian sauce on pasta, salad, bread, dessert and drink. Tickets are $8 or $4 for children under 5 and will be sold at the door and at Washington-Morgan Community Action, 218 Putnam St. There will also be a country store.

The Secret Santa Program is a supplemental gift program that matches children of underprivileged families of Washington County with donors willing to provide Christmas gifts.

For information: Catherine Rees, 373-3745, Ext. 315.

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Meet the Castle staff at garden party

The Castle will hold an after-work garden party in its side yard as a chance for the public to meet the staff, board members, volunteers and neighbors while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 3. “Festive tent attire” is recommended. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance by calling 373-4180.

Democratic women’s club to meet

The Washington County Democratic Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the VFW on Pike Street in Marietta. Lunch can be ordered at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin at noon. All area Democratic women are welcome.

Breast, cervical screenings offered

Breast and cervical cancer screenings and education will be provided by the Ohio University Heritage College of Ostheopathic Medicine’s Community Health Program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 on the program’s mobile van at the old M&M School lot on Jefferson Street between Kennebec and Seventh streets in McConnelsville. Free pap tests, pelvic and breast exams, breast health education, and appointments for mammograms will be provided to uninsured and underinsured women. Appointments are required by calling 800-844-2654 or 740-593-2432.

Class of 1994 to hold 20th reunion

The Waterford High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 20 year reunion June 7. A family swim party will be held at the Wainwright Farm, 201 Stevens Road at 1 p.m. An adult get together will be held at the Beverly American Legion at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend or have questions please contact Katie at 336-8575 or join the Facebook group at Waterford HS Class of 1994.

Belpre church Dog Days of May

The Belpre Heights United Methodist Church, 720 Clement Ave., will have its annual Dog Days of May from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Dr. Schooley from the Belpre Animal Clinic will give rabies shots for $10 and insert micro chips for $29 from 1 to 2 p.m. There will be a free safe pesticide for fleas and ticks for yard use offered. The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley will be there with animals up for adoption and to accept donations of dry bagged dog and cat food and cleaning supplies.

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Frontier FFA Catfish Tournament May 31

The 11th annual Frontier FFA Catfish Tournament will be held May 31 at Bob’s Place in New Matamoras. Registration starts at 7 p.m. and weigh-ins begin the next morning at 7 a.m. The entry fee is $10 and there are two divisions: Flathead and Channel Cat. The first prize for both divisions is $150 and second place is a fishing combo with bite in both divisions.

For information: 865-3441, Ext. 2163.

Inflatable fundraiser Sunday, Monday

Adventure Quest Inflatables will hold a fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Civitan Park in Belpre.

All proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Veteran’s Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The cost is $5 per person. There will be vendors, craft vendors and entertainment. There will also be a car show on Monday.

Evening walk at wildlife refuge

Presenter Lynn Barnhart will host an evening walk at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Learn what to look and listen for to spot the wildlife that comes out at night. Fireflies will be the focus of this program. All ages are welcome. The program will be held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 3982 Waverly Road, Williamstown. In the event of inclement weather an alternative indoor program will be provided. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ohio River Islands NWR.

For information: 304-375-2923, Ext. 117.

Older Americans wellness fair at the Y

The Marietta Family YMCA will host an Older American Month Health, Wellness, and Recreation Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the Y, 300 N. Seventh St. Marietta.

For information: 373-2250 or email jcline@mariettaymca.org

Rabies shot clinic for dogs, cats June 7

A rabies shot clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 7 at the Washington County Health Department, 342 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. The cost is $7 per animal. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least 12 weeks old.

For information: 374-2782, Ext. 1016.

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Physicals at county health office

Sports physical by appointment only will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. June 11 at the Washington County Health Department. The cost is $15 per student. To make an appointment, call 374-2782, Ext. 1021.

Switzerland board plans work session

The Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools will hold a special work session meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 28 at 304 Mill St., Woodsfield. Included will be district staffing and matters to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes. There will be no public participation.

Pasta dinner benefit for Secret Santa

There will be a pasta dinner fundraiser for the Washington-Morgan Community Action Secret Santa Program from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 30 in the fellowship hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 232 Third St., Marietta.

The meal includes a choice of meat sauce or vegetarian sauce on pasta, salad, bread, dessert and drink. Tickets are $8 or $4 for children under 5 and will be sold at the door and at Washington-Morgan Community Action, 218 Putnam St. There will also be a country store.

The Secret Santa Program is a supplemental gift program that matches children of underprivileged families of Washington County with donors willing to provide Christmas gifts.

For information: Catherine Rees, 373-3745, Ext. 315.

County Democratic Women’s Club

The Washington County Democratic Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting May 29 at the VFW on Pike Street in Marietta. Lunch can be ordered at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin at noon. All area Democratic women are welcomed.

MHS class of 1950 luncheon May 28

The Marietta High School Class of 1950 monthly luncheon will be held at noon, May 28 at Shoney’s Restaurant, 44 Acme St., Marietta. All classmates and friends are welcome.

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Quilt Day project

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.

Fourth Alzheimer’s “Touch Quilt” Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Quilter’s Corner, 400 Tennis Center Drive, Marietta; make lap-sized quilts for Alzheimer’s patients at Emeritus in Marietta and Wyngate of Parkersburg; refreshments, drinks, snacks, lunch provided; need volunteers; sign up, 373-6150 or Fourth Alzheimer’s “Touch Quilt” Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Quilter’s Corner, 400 Tennis Center Drive, Marietta; make lap sized quilts for Alzheimer’s patients at Emeritus in Marietta and Wyngate of Parkersburg; refreshments, drinks, snacks, lunch provided; need volunteers; sign up, 373-6150 or (304) 485-3410.

20-year celebation for Waterford grads

The Waterford High School Class of 1994 will be celebrating its 20 year reunion on Saturday, June 7, 2014. A family swim party will be held at the Wainwright Farm, 201 Stevens Road at 1 p.m. An adult get together will be held at the Beverly American Legion at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend or have questions please contact Katie at 740-336-8575 or join the Facebook group at Waterford HS Class of 1994.

Scenic poker run to benefit special fund

A poker run will be held June 14th to benefit Buckeye Bob’s Chris Custer Fund through the Marietta Community Foundation.

The scenic route will cover over 100 miles beginning at Boathouse BBQ with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and ending at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Entry fee for the event is $10 single and $15 double. Prizes, raffle tickets, and 50/50 drawings will be included with proceeds going to benefit the objectives of the Fund to help local families with a child who has cancer. The “Buckeye Man” will be at the fairgrounds the afternoon of the event. There will also be live entertainment, BBQ and brews to enjoy throughout the day.

Cancer screenings at McConnelsville

Breast and cervical cancer screenings and education will be provided by the Ohio University Heritage College of Ostheopathic Medicine’s Community Health Program June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in McConnelsville.

The clinic will be held on the Ohio University College of Ostheopathic Medicine Community Health Program’s Mobile Health Van parked at the old M&M School lot on Jefferson Street between Kennebec and Seventh streets. Free pap tests, pelvic and breast exams, breast health education, and appointments for mammograms will be provided to uninsured and underinsured women.

Appointments are required. Call 1-800-844-2654 or 740-593-2432 to schedule one.

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Evening walk at local wildlife refuge

Presenter Lynn Barnhart will host an evening walk at 8 p.m. May 27 at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Learn what to look and listen for to spot the wildlife that comes out at night. Fireflies will be the focus of this program. All ages are welcome. The program will be held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 3982 Waverly Road, Williamstown. In the event of inclement weather an alternative indoor program will be provided. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ohio River Islands NWR.

For information: 304-375-2923, Ext. 117.

Older American health event at YMCA

The Marietta Family YMCA will host an Older American Month Health, Wellness, and Recreation Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the Y, 300 N. Seventh St. Marietta.

For information: 373-2250 or email jcline@mariettaymca.org

Cookout, bonfire for veterans community

There will be a Veteran’s Community Cookout and Bonfire at Veto Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. Saturday. All veterans of the community are invited to attend.

For information: Kim Walters, 350-4924.

Youth chamber will dedicate free library

The Belpre Youth Chamber of Commerce will dedicate the first Little Free Library in the Belpre area at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Belpre Senior Center, 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre. The public is invited.

The project provides a dedicated receptacle for book exchange opportunities. “Take a book and/or leave a book” is the concept. Youth in grades 7-12 involved under the mentorship of Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce members planned the project.

For information: Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, 423-8934.

Fire hydrants will be tested and flushed

The Village of Beverly Volunteer Fire Department will be testing and flushing fire hydrants in Beverly and Waterford on Monday. If water becomes discolored, run the water until it becomes clear.

Belpre school board will meet today

The Belpre City School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Stone Administration Building/Early Learning Center.

The public is invited to attend this meeting and all meetings held by the Board of Education.

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93-year-old author holds book signing

A book signing of “Little Toes” by Erma Channell Cale will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday at the Congregational Church fellowship hall on Main Street in Belpre. At almost 93 years old Cale has published her poetry including her early life in the coal mining community of Canaanville, the Depression and being a veteran of World War II.

Beverly to flush hydrants Monday

The Village of Beverly Volunteer Fire Department will be testing and flushing fire hydrants in Beverly and Waterford on Monday. If water becomes discolored, run the water until it becomes clear.

Evening walk at wildlife refuge

Presenter Lynn Barnhart will host an evening walk at 8 p.m. May 27 at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Learn what to look and listen for to spot the wildlife that comes out at night. Fireflies will be the focus of this program. All ages are welcome. The program will be held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 3982 Waverly Road, Williamstown. In the event of inclement weather an alternative indoor program will be provided. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ohio River Islands NWR.

For information: 304-375-2923, Ext. 117.

Older American’s month health fair

The Marietta Family YMCA will host an Older American Month Health, Wellness, and Recreation Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the Y, 300 N. Seventh St. Marietta.

For information: 373-2250 or email jcline@mariettaymca.org

Youth fishing derby is Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.

The Washington County Fish and Game annual Youth Fishing Derby will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2100 Duck Creek Road, Whipple. The derby is for those ages 1 to 17. There will be trophies for each age group, concessions, a 50/50, raffles and a country store as well as gifts for all children.

Hand bell choirs to perform Sunday

Five local hand bell choirs will join together for a Spring Ring at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, 506 Fourth St., Marietta. The concert is free and open to the public. Hand bell choirs participating are the Christ United Methodist Church, Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Mary Catholic Church and the Mid Ohio Valley Ringers.

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Elections board will discuss May primary

The Washington County Board of Elections will hold a special monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. Monday to conduct the final canvass of the May 6 Primary Election, as well as to conduct any or all of the following business; review and certify independent candidate petition filing, Jr. Fair Building Voter’s attire, 2015 preliminary budget, delivery teams report and fees, maintenance on Automarks and voting machines, warehouse lighting, staff comp time, chargebacks and poll workers.

– For information: 374-6828.

Cookout, bonfire for veterans community

There will be a Veteran’s Community Cookout and Bonfire at Veto Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. May 24. All veterans of the community are invited to attend.

– For information: Kim Walters, 350-4924.

First Little Free Library dedication

The Belpre Youth Chamber of Commerce will dedicate the first Little Free Library in the Belpre area at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Belpre Senior Center, 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre. The public is invited.

The project provides a dedicated receptacle for book exchange opportunities. “Take a book and/or leave a book” is the concept. Youth in grades 7-12 involved under the mentorship of Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce members planned the project.

– For information: Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, 423-8934.

Rabies shot clinic for cats and dogs

A rabies shot clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 7 at the Washington County Health Department, 342 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. The cost is $7 per animal. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least 12 weeks old.

– For information: 374-2782, Ext. 1016.

Strawberry Festival at Marietta church

A Strawberry Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta. There will be a sandwich lunch with strawberry or peach shortcake, eat-in or take-out. The cost is $6 for adults or $5 for those 7 and younger. There will be a la carte items and baked goods, jellies and strawberries for sale as well as free face painting for children.

– For information: 373-0741.

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MOVP junior players to hold auditions

The Mid-Ohio Valley Players’ Junior Players will hold auditions at 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 229 Putnam St., Marietta. The summer production will be “Fiddler on the Roof.” Students ages 8 to 16 are eligible to participate. Parents are asked to bring a list of summer activities for scheduling purposes.

Barlow Township special meeting

The Barlow Township Trustees will hold a special meeting at the Township Hall at 567 Warrior Drive, Vincent, at 8 a.m. Monday. The purpose of the meeting is to open bids on a lawn mower and roller.

Dinner at Cutler Community Center

The next Third Sunday Dinner at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road, will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be live music. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children.

For information: 989-2706.

Church to hold yard sale Friday, Saturday

The Nazarene Mission Society at the Marietta First Church of the Nazarene will hold a yard sale in the gym at 100 Mill Creek Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All are welcome to come and shop.

WSCC trustees to hold meeting

The Washington State Community College Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the Community Room in the main building.

Volunteers wanted to help plant

Volunteers are invited to help plant 10,002 Sunflowers at Jubilee Gardens on Phillips Street Saturday in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor who died in a training exercise. Volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to noon at the new Jubilee Gardens organic community project along Phillips Street on the rear of the former Kardex or Remington Rand plant. Thirty garden plots are available to area residents who are willing to use only organic practices and to assist with the garden’s upkeep. Volunteers assisting with the project will be provided sunflower seeds they may take to plant.

For information or to volunteer: Roger G. Kalter, 73-1784 or rogerkalter1@yahoo.com

For garden plots: Jim Couts, 706-4672

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Youth fishing derby is on Sunday

The Washington County Fish and Game annual Youth Fishing Derby will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2100 Duck Creek Road, Whipple. The derby is for those ages 1 to 17. There will be trophies for each age group, concessions, a 50/50, raffles and a country store as well as gifts for all children.

Beverly library group holding local tea

The Friends of the Beverly Library are holding a tea from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to honor Faye Brawner, local author and nationally known geranium expert. Brawner’s book “Geraniums: The Complete Encyclopedia” has recently been added to the library’s collection and Brawner has become available to speak with anyone interested in geraniums or gardening. All interested gardeners are invited to attend the tea to meet and speak with her. The tea is free and open to the public.

Hand bell choirs to perform Sunday

Five local hand bell choirs will join together for a Spring Ring at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, 506 Fourth St., Marietta. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will donation will be collected to pay the balance due on a special commissioned piece for the 2015 spring ring recognizing 25 years of this musical event. Hand bell choirs participating are the Christ United Methodist Church, Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Mary Catholic Church and the Mid Ohio Valley Ringers.

Church to host strawberry festival

A Strawberry Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta. There will be a sandwich lunch with strawberry or peach shortcake, eat-in or take-out. The cost is $6 for adults or $5 for those 7 and younger. There will be a la carte items and baked goods, jellies and strawberries for sale as well as free face painting for children.

For information: 373-0741.

Betsey Mills Club golf scramble

The Women’s Scramble Betsey Mills Club Golf Benefit will be held June 4 at the Lakeside Golf Course. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. tee off. The cost is $60 per person, with teams of four competing. The day includes a continental breakfast, 18 holes of gold, a chance to win prizes and a sit-down lunch. Registration forms can be downloaded at betseymills.org.

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Women’s group to host salad supper

The Beverly United Methodist Women will host a salad supper Monday for women of the congregation and invited guests. There will also be a silent auction and entertainment. As part of the 225th anniversary of the settling of the Village of Beverly, the night’s entertainment will be the reenactment of a drama originally presented to the public in 1960 by June Berkley’s combined seventh and eighth grade class. The salad supper at 6 p.m. will be followed by the play at 7 p.m.

For information: Charlotte Kitts, 984-4019 or the church office, 984-2100.

Senior luncheon at Marietta Township

The Marietta Township senior luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Marietta Township Recreation Center. This will be a picnic lunch and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. Meat, drinks and eating utensils will be furnished. This is open to all seniors.

For information: 373-7550.

Volunteers needed to plant flowers

Volunteers are invited to help plant 10,002 Sunflowers at Jubilee Gardens on Phillips Street Saturday in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor who died in a training exercise.Volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to noon at the new Jubilee Gardens organic community project along Phillips Street on the rear of the former Kardex or Remington Rand plant. Thirty garden plots are available to area residents who are willing to use only organic practices and to assist with the garden’s upkeep. Volunteers assisting with the project will be provided sunflower seeds they may take to plant.

For information or to volunteer: Roger G. Kalter, 73-1784 or rogerkalter1@yahoo.com

For garden plots: Jim Couts, 706-4672

WHS bell choirs to perform Monday

The Warren High School Hand Bell Choirs will perform their “Bells Finale” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Warren High School Auditorium.

Health department holds rabies clinic

A rabies shot clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 7 at the Washington County Health Department, 342 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. The cost is $7 per animal. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least 12 weeks old.

For information: 374-2782, Ext. 1016.

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Handbell choirs plan Spring Ring Sunday

Five local hand bell choirs will join together for a Spring Ring at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, 506 Fourth St., Marietta. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will donation will be collected to pay the balance due on a special commissioned piece for the 2015 spring ring recognizing 25 years of this musical event. Hand bell choirs participating are the Christ United Methodist Church, Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Mary Catholic Church and the Mid Ohio Valley Ringers.

Strawberry festival Sunday at church

A Strawberry Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta. There will be a sandwich lunch with strawberry or peach shortcake, eat-in or take-out. The cost is $6 for adults or $5 for those 7 and younger. There will be a la carte items and baked goods, jellies and strawberries for sale as well as free face painting for children.

For information: 373-0741.

Alumni banquet at Salem-Liberty May 24

The Salem-Liberty High School Alumni Banquet will be held on May 24 at Salem-Liberty Elementary School. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who attended the school in any year is invited to attend. The cost is $12.50 per plate. Checks can be sent in advance to SLHS Alumni, 26300 Goulds Run, Lower Salem, OH 45745.

For information: 585-2747.

Youth fishing derby Sunday in Whipple

The Washington County Fish and Game annual Youth Fishing Derby will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2100 Duck Creek Road, Whipple. The derby is for those ages 1 to 17. There will be trophies for each age group, concessions, a 50/50, raffles and a country store as well as gifts for all children.

Book sale Saturday at Marietta church

A book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marietta, 232 Third St.

Final spring bird walk of season

The fourth and last of the Spring Bird Walks, sponsored by the Marietta Natural History Society, will be in Kroger Wetland from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Meet at parking lot off Acme St. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Binoculars would be helpful but not necessary. Leader will be Brad Bond.

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A Mother’s Day concert at WSCC

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series of Washington State Community College will close out its 15th season with the annual Mother’s Day Concert & Tea featuring classical guitarist Ana Vidovic at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Graham Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Afterward, those attending are welcome to enjoy free tea and cookies in celebration of Mother’s Day. Vidovic will be on hand to greet the audience at the tea.

Adoption fundraiser at Reno center

The Parks Family Adoption Fundraiser Dinner will be held Saturday at the Marietta Township Community Center in Reno. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children at the door. Doors open and a silent auction beings at 4 p.m. with dinner beginning at 4:30. The menu will include pulled pork, party potatoes, cole slaw, green beans, drinks and homemade desserts. Hot dogs, nachos and cheese will be sold separately. A live auction will begin at 6:30. Kent and Tina Parks are raising funds to adopt two girls from China.

For information: Tina Parks, 525-8462 or Judy Eddy, 473-2049.

Local author, flower expert in Beverly

The Friends of the Beverly Library are holding a tea from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 17to honor Faye Brawner, local author and nationally known geranium expert. Brawner’s book “Geraniums: The Complete Encyclopedia” has recently been added to the library’s collection and Brawner has become available to speak with anyone interested in geraniums or gardening. All interested gardeners are invited to attend the tea to meet and speak with her. The tea is free and open to the public.

Muskingum Twp. zoning meeting

Muskingum Township will hold a zoning meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Township Hall to continue discussions on updating the zoning resolution and map.

Meeting set for dog park volunteers

A meeting for those interested in volunteering at the Marietta dog park will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Jackson Hill Park activity shelter. The meeting will include a brainstorming session and volunteer sign-ups for summer projects. Hot dogs, condiments and water will be provided. Those who wish to bring a dish or dessert to share should call Teresa at 350-6249. Those attending should also bring a lawn chair.

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Garden club meeting at Stockport Mill

The Malconta Garden Club of Morgan County will host the annual OAGC (Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Region 8 Meeting from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 at the Stockport Mill on the Muskingum River in Stockport.

A flower show is open to the public. For submissions, classifications, rules and times, please contact Region 8 Secretary, Dee Stevenson at (740) 804-4310.

The keynote speaker will be Frank Porter of Porterbrook Natives of Racine. His most recent book, “Back to Eden,” will be available for sale as well as several native plants.

Warren High bell choirs to perform

The Warren High School Hand Bell Choirs will perform its “Bells Finale” at 7 p.m. May 19 in Warren High School auditorium.

Mother’s Day

smorgasbord

The Wesley Township Volunteer Fire Department’s women’s auxiliary will hold its Mother’s Day smorgasbord dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bartlett fire house. The cost will be $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The menu will include turkey, ham and chicken and noodles.

Sternwheel 5K run and Walk May 24

The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival 5K Run and Walk will be held at 8 a.m. May 24 in East Muskingum Park in Marietta. The pre-registration fee is $15 and must be postmarked by May 16. After May 16, the fee will be $20. Proceeds will benefit this year’s festival. Registration forms are available at ohioriversternwheelfestival.org/5k_run

Karaoke hosted by Relay For Life team

The Thompson Family Relay For Life Team is hosting Karaoke with Dave Riggs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the VFW in Marietta. The cost is $3 and proceeds will go toward the Washington County Relay For Life.

Basket bingo Sat.

at Cutler Center

Cutler MUDDOBBERS Basket Bingo will be held Saturday at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. and games begin at noon. The cost is 20 games for $20. There will also be a 50/50, raffles and food. Proceeds will go toward area children’s’ Christmas gifts at the annual Christmas party.

For information: Bev, 989-2172.

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Book sale at

Unitarian church

A book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marietta, 232 Third St.

Gallery presents ‘Gardens of Oz’

The Riverside Artists Gallery will present the “Gardens of Oz” during the downtown Marietta Merchants and Artist Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The “Gardens of Oz” features the art work of potter Melissa Rohrer and the ornamental ironwork of Betsy Cook. Join the gallery to travel the Emerald City where iron and clay become small flowers, toad houses, buckets, big flowers, pots, giant flowers and more.

Beverly Eagles

will hold steak fry

The Beverly Eagles will hold a steak fry at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $12. For carryout, call 984-4733.

Belpre Wendy’s, Warren FFA team up

The Warren FFA is teaming up with the Wendy’s in Belpre from 5 to 9 p.m. today to help raise funds for the Relay for Life. Ten percent of the proceeds earned during this time will go to the Relay for Life, in addition to any other money earned from the games the FFA will be holding. The games will include paying $1 to spin a wheel or to pick the winning duck to win a prize.

Plant, bake sale at Selby parking lot

The Friends of Selby General Hospital’s annual Plant and Bake Sale is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the visitor parking lot of Selby General Hospital at 1106 Colegate Drive, Marietta.

The sale offers an array of vegetable plants, hanging baskets and spikes, plants for borders and flower gardens. Baked goods will also be on sale. The event is open to the public. Proceeds benefit Selby General Hospital.

Betsey Mills golf benefit June 4

The Women’s Scramble Betsey Mills Club Golf Benefit will be held June 4 at the Lakeside Golf Course. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. tee off. The cost is $60 per person, with teams of four competing. The day includes a continental breakfast, 18 holes of gold, a chance to win prizes and a sit-down lunch. Registration forms can be downloaded at betseymills.org.

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Marietta school board meets today

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Board of Education Office, 111 Academy Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss potential revisions to board policies and regulations and any other business the board deems necessary to transact.

Gospel concert Thursday in Barlow

A gospel concert will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Barlow Fairgrounds gazebo amphitheater to help the family of Danielle Church with funeral expenses. Church was killed in an ATV accident. The concert will be hosted by Spiritual Road and will feature gospel artists donating their time and proceeds from any CD sales. The Barlow Fair Board if donating facilities. Local Boy Scouts will serve beans and cornbread and other food will be available.

Smorgasbord dinner at Wesley Twp. VFD

The Wesley Township Volunteer Fire Department’s women’s auxiliary will hold its Mother’s Day smorgasbord dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bartlett fire house. The cost will be $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The menu will include turkey, ham and chicken and noodles.

Sternwheel 5K run/walk May 24

The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival 5K Run and Walk will be held at 8 a.m. May 24 in East Muskingum Park in Marietta. The pre-registration fee is $15 and must be postmarked by May 16. After May 16, the fee will be $20. Proceeds will benefit this year’s festival. Registration forms are available at ohioriversternwheelfestival.org/5k_run

Relay For Life karaoke at VFW

The Thompson Family Relay For Life Team is hosting Karaoke with Dave Riggs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the VFW in Marietta. The cost is $3 and proceeds will go toward the Washington County Relay For Life.

Basket bingo

Saturday at Cutler

Cutler MUDDOBBERS Basket Bingo will be held Saturday at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. and games begin at noon. The cost is 20 games for $20. There will also be a 50/50, raffles and food. Proceeds will go toward area children’s’ Christmas gifts at the annual Christmas party.

For information: Bev, 989-2172.

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Art gallery presents ‘Gardens of Oz’

The Riverside Artists Gallery will present the “Gardens of Oz” during the downtown Marietta Merchants and Artist Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The “Gardens of Oz” features the art work of potter Melissa Rohrer and the ornamental ironwork of Betsy Cook. Join the gallery to travel the Emerald City where iron and clay become small flowers, toad houses, buckets, big flowers, pots, giant flowers and more.

Beverly Eagles hold steak fry Saturday

The Beverly Eagles will hold a steak fry at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $12. For carryout, call 984-4733.

Market Street closed through Wednesday

Market Street between Fort Harmar Drive and Harmar Street in Marietta will remain closed through Wednesday for culvert repairs.

Warren FFA, raising money Thursday

The Warren FFA is teaming up with the Wendy’s in Belpre from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday to help raise funds for the Relay for Life. Ten percent of the proceeds earned during this time will go to the Relay for Life, in addition to any other money earned from the games the FFA will be holding. The games will include paying $1 to spin a wheel or to pick the winning duck to win a prize.

Plant, bake sale in Selby parking lot

The Friends of Selby General Hospital’s annual Plant and Bake Sale is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the visitor parking lot of Selby General Hospital at 1106 Colegate Drive, Marietta.

The sale offers an array of vegetable plants, hanging baskets and spikes, plants for borders and flower gardens. Baked goods will also be on sale. The event is open to the public. Proceeds benefit Selby General Hospital.

Dinner today

at Episcopal church

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St, Marietta will be hosting a free community dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the church social hall. The dinner will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo and will feature tacos, beans, and rice along with dessert and drink. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee.

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Henry Fearing

Museum opens

The Henry Fearing Museum opened on Friday.

The ‘Season’ runs from May through October on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is donations only. For weekday private tours of less than 10 persons, call 374-3871. For information: 374-3871; 373-9437 or WCHS Office, 373-1788.

Breakfast served

Sun. at Post 5108

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5108 (Cooties) will serve breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the VFW, located at 319 Pike St., Marietta. The cost is $5 per person.

MHS Class of 1968 to meet for dinner

The Marietta Class of 1968 will meet for dinner at The Boathouse on Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. All classmates, family and friends are invited. Call 525-1121 for reservations.

Spring bird walk Tuesday evening

The third Spring Bird Walks sponsored by the Marietta Natural History Society will be in Oak Grove Cemetery from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 6 with Pat Collins. Meet at the Wooster Street entrance. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Binoculars would be helpful but not necessary.

Marietta bird walk

at Kroger Wetland

A Marietta City bird walk will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 6, at Kroger Wetland, Acme Street parking lot, with Brad Bond. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and mud is possible. The walk is sponsored by the Marietta Natural History Society. For more information contact 374-6715.

Election Day meal

at Cutler center

Election Day food will be served at Cutler Community Center, during voting hours on Tuesday. Sandwiches, soups, drinks will be for purchase from the canteen. It is being hosted by the Decatur Community Ladies. All proceeds will support the operation of the Decatur Community Building. For more information: 989-2706.

Free dinner at

Episcopal church

A free community dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St, Marietta celebrating Cinco de Mayo. There is no cost.

Farmers Markets to add Wednesdays

The River City Farmers Market will be open on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., starting May 7 through August at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

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Muskingum Valley Chamber banquet

The Muskingum Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 12th annual banquet May 8 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Social Hall in Beverly. Social hour is 6 to 6:30 p.m. with the meal served at 6:30. There will also be an awards presentation and entertainment. The featured speaker will be Jerry James of Artex Oil Company. The banquet is open to all members and the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost is $15 per person. RSVP by calling 984-8259 or at mvacc.com. Deadline for reservations is today.

Program on paying for college

The Marietta Noon Rotary Club is proud to present a free presentation by Rotarian Dan Jones on the subject of paying for college, and the financial aid process. Families of high school sophomores and juniors who are planning on some form of education after high school are welcome. The presentation will take a little over one hour in a workshop setting and note taking is encouraged.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30pm. The location is the Microtel Inn & Suites on Pike Street in Marietta. This Inn is next to Exit #1 off of I-77 in Ohio.

Dan Jones has been presenting this valuable information for over 20 years and has helped many families prepare for the overwhelming task of paying for college.

For more information please contact Dan at (740) 350-6418

Toy, Doll Museum opens this weekend

The Toy and Doll Museum, located on 206 Gilman Ave., Marietta, opens this weekend for the season. The museum will be open Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Seasonal passes are available: a single pass is $10 and a family pass is $15.

Relay For Life team zumba dance party

The Washington County Relay For Life Team. Angels Among Us, will host a Zumba Dance Party on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Marietta Middle School. Brian Anderson, of ZK Fitness, will lead the Zumba class. Cost is $25. All proceeds go toward the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

For further information, contact Amber Griffiths at 740-525-6599 or 740-516-3378, or e-mail angelsamongus_12@yahoo.com.

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