Brightway Center planning several activities

SMITHFIELD – Several activities are being planned for the coming months at Brightway Center, officials have announced.

Elizabeth Lowry, Brightway’s director of advancement, said there are events scheduled for the spring, summer and through the end of the year that will keep the committee busy.

“We want to make the area aware of what is happening and put it on their calendar,” she said. The Brightway Center is located at 2511 county Road 15, with an address of Rayland, but is actually less than five miles from Smithfield.

Children will have an early chance for an Easter egg hunt on April 12. This is for preschool through third grade. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and will include story telling of the resurrection, the making of crafts, a light lunch and will end with the hunt. The program is free of charge, according to Lowry.

A seminar about human trafficking awareness will be offered in partnership with A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center. Eileen Spencer, prevention educator for domestic minor human trafficking, will be giving the presentation to raise awareness of how to identify a potential victim by looking for physical, psychological and environmental signs.

The presentation will look at components present in human trafficking, the traffickers and the buyers. It will answer questions as to why Ohio is vulnerable to sex trafficking and will briefly cover the needs of a rescued victim, along with federal and state laws. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the program will run from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend the presentation, but those who plan to attend are asked to call (740) 733-7480. A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center can be reached at (740) 266-3988 for information.

The “Unleashed” program will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 17 utilizing the leadership of the Smithfield and Piney Fork community churches, including the Rev. John Oliver of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Brad Oliver, associate dean of education at Indiana Wesleyan University, will be the speaker.

The program will offer tips as to how people can unleash their faith and maximize their influence. There will be a $10 charge for the conference, which will include a continental breakfast, lunch and materials to take home. Registration must be made in advance and can be made by sending payment to Brightway Center, P.O. Box 126. Smithfield, OH 43948. For information call the center or e-mail at ctakach@brightwaycenter.org.

Other events will be held in June, July, August, September, October, November and ending with a Christmas with Baby Jesus event for children preschool through fifth grade to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It will be an event that includes dinner for the children.

A volunteer recognition dinner will be held on Nov. 15.

This will be the second year for the mother and daughter tea, which will be held at 1 p.m. on May 24 at the activity center. The cost is $15 for mother and daughter and an additional $5 for each daughter. Single ladies can attend for $10. The committee suggests that attendees bring their own favorite cup and saucer. The fee must be paid before May 21, so there will be an exact count, according to Cathy Takach, project manager.

Entertainment will be provided by Kara’s Kids Youth Group, area youngsters who have been affiliated with the groups for almost two years.

For information or to make reservations, contact Takach at (740) 733-7480.

The center is named after Kara “Cobby” Bright, who donated the land and buildings on the property after his death.

Bright was a Smithfield High School basketball coach, and served as the Buckeye Central Junior High School basketball, football and track coach and athletic director. He was instrumental in bringing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization to the Ohio Valley.