Community happenings

Softball benefit April 30 has

Saturday entry deadline

STEUBENVILLE — The second-annual Jordyn Spencer Softball Benefit, sponsored by Let’s Fight Together, will be held April 30 at Belleview Park in Steubenville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The co-ed blind draw softball tournament involves an entry fee of $10 per person. Balls will be supplied. All teams will play four games.

Softball begins at 10 a.m. The drawing is at 3 p.m.

Participants must be signed up and paid by Saturday. To enter, contact Chuck Spencer at (740) 317-2874.

Last year’s event attracted 72 players of all skill levels. All proceeds go toward medical expenses for Robyn Sloss, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 010 and other in the local area who are battling kidney disease. The Let’s Fight Together Ministries was founded by T.J. Anderson of Annapolis.

Lite Touch entertains

Gadabouts at April meeting

WINTERSVILLE — Lite Touch provided musical entertainment on the light side at the April meeting of the Gadabouts, which was held at St. Florian Hall.

Dale Irwin presided. Frank Vostatek and Lola Swanagan opened the meeting with devotions.

Robbie France won the 50-50 drawing.

The annual picnic will be held July 12 at the Follansbee Community House.

Door prizes of potted white lilies were won by Linda Cole, Jim Drylie, Robbie France, Isabelle McCollough, Mary Alice Meyer, Sondra Nestor, Evelyn Parisi, Rich Petrella, Marge Stock and Jerry Williams. The flowers were provided by Vostatek and Swanagan.

Tour Director Regina Truax announced the following trips: May 1, Rivers Casino; May 2, Erie’s Station Dinner Theater matinee, casual dress; May 27, “Dirty Dancing,” Heinz Hall; June 11, The Palace Theater, “My Mother is Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I am in Therapy;” June 16, Sugarcreek; June 21, Meadows Casino and Tanger Outlets; July 2, Pirates Sunday game vs. San Francisco Giants; July 4, Gateway Clipper Fireworks Cruise includes bus, band and captain’s buffet; July 7, Lady Luck Casino, Nemacolin; July 28, Hartville Market; July 30, Una Bella Festa; Aug. 23, Meadow’s Casino and Tanger Outlets; Sept. 7, Meadow’s Casino; and Oct. 22-28, Myrtle Beach.

All Gadabouts trips are open to nonmembers. For information contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. The Gadabouts club is for couples and singles 55 and older. Anyone interested in joining or getting information should contact a club member.

Ohio Valley Mopar Club’s car, motorcycle show April 29

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Mopar Club’s 18th-annual Car and Motorcycle Show at Eastern Gateway Community College will be held April 29.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the judged show to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 20 trophies, 100 dash plaques, food and drink sold and music by disc jockey Spikeman. In the event of rain, it will be moved to May 6. For information, call (304) 479-0225 or (304) 737-1176.

Country Friends Band

to entertain Saturday

COLLIERS — The Country Friends Band will entertain Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Mondays are open mic, and the last Friday of the month is Gospel Night with a donation made to a church or charity. Participants may bring a covered dish for the meal.

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 or text (304) 479-1270 or (304) 748-2816. The website is

History Alive! program at

Brooke Library April 27

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Friends of the Library will host a History Alive! program as its annual spring event at 7 p.m. April 27 in the library’s River Room.

The late country music legend Minnie Pearl will be portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston in a program presented by the West Virginia Humanities Council. Everyone is welcome to the free program.

Sarah Colley studied theater while in college during the Great Depression intending to be a serious actress. While working for a traveling theater company she created the down-home character of Minnie Pearl to help promote performances. Her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1940 was a success and eased fears that her satire of rural ways might not be appreciated by country audiences. People instead embraced Minnie as one of their own.

Author to discuss autism, attention deficit, disabilities

WELLSBURG — David A. George, author of “Be Unique, Be You and Live!” will share his experiences with attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities and autism at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooke County Public Library.

George will discuss his goal of becoming a full-time advocate for people of all ages with such conditions. His goals include helping children navigate through academic, social, and professional settings, adapt to the communities where they live and not allow a disability to prevent them from fulfilling their purpose in life. Copies of his book will be available for $12.72 including tax. Information about George also can be found at Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat.