Community news from around the area

Symphony Jazz Quartet to do

free concert at Leonardo’s

STEUBENVILLE — Wheeling Symphony Orchestra has announced that the next performance of the WSO on the GO series, featuring Wheeling Symphony’s Jazz Quartet, will be held at 7 p.m. on March 29 at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse and Renaissance Coffee Roasting Co., located at159 N. Fourth St.

The concert is free and open to the public. The WSO on the GO ensemble features musicians Jeff Mangone, Curtis Johnson, Jack DiIanni and Eli Lambie.

Mangone is principal bassist and personnel manager for the Wheeling Symphony. He also holds principal bass positions with Pittsburgh Opera, Ballet, Civic Light Opera and the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh.

Johnson has had a renowned professional career as an R&B performer and has backed stars such as Ray Charles, Little Anthony, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry and Isaac Hayes. He is a retired associate professor from West Virginia University and has performed as a soloist with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

DiIanni serves as principal timpanist with Pittsburgh Opera, the Wheeling Symphony and the Pittsburgh Ballet. Over the years, he has played with a diverse array of musical groups in the Pittsburgh area, including the Gateway to Music Percussion Ensemble, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the River City Brass Band and the Pittsburgh Broadway series.

Lambie is a singer/songwriter, pianist, saxophonist, engineer and keyboard player for Hit Play.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Friday evening,” said Bryan Braunlich, general manager of the WSO. “To be in downtown Steubenville performing in this incredible space, we couldn’t be happier and are so thankful to our friends at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse & Renaissance Coffee Roasting Co. for allowing us to perform there. We have an all-star line-up with this WSO Jazz Quartet that is sure to create a memorable evening, and we look forward to seeing everyone for this wonderful night of music,” Braunlich said.

“Because of the generous support of our sponsors and donors, including title sponsor McKinley Carter Wealth Services, all WSO on the GO concerts will be free to the public to entice and encourage new audiences to become longtime supporters,” he added.

For 88 seasons, the Wheeling Symphony has served “community residents by providing excellent orchestral programs that entertain, educate and enhance the quality of life.” The symphony’s 89th season “celebrates community with an eclectic season featuring classical intrigue, romance, excitement and passion,” a spokesperson noted. “Building on its rich musical heritage, the Wheeling Symphony welcomes five music director finalists, their visions and musical experiences to the Wheeling area. “It will be a season unlike any other, and the symphony wants its community to drive the orchestra and its new maestro into the symphony’s 90th anniversary season.”

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Fundraiser luncheon Sunday

to benefit Rainbow Girls

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Assembly of International Order of the Rainbow Girls will be holding a fundraiser to help with the cost of the girls attending Grand Assembly this summer.

The spaghetti luncheon fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Steubenville Masonic Temple, located at 227 N. Fourth St.

The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, punch, tea or coffee. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger. Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

There also will be a Chinese auction.

The Steubenville Assembly of International Order of the Rainbow Girls has started up again and will receive its charter in October, according to a spokesperson. Rainbow Girls is a Masonic youth organization for girls and is sponsored by the LaBelle Chapter of the Eastern Stars.

Wednesday fish frys continue

at Sacred Heart of Mary

WEIRTON — On Wednesdays during Lent, Sacred Heart of Mary Church at 200 Preston Ave., is continuing to host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Remaining dates for the fish fry are Wednesday and March 27 and April 3 and 10.

The menu will include baked fish, fried fish, fried shrimp, haluski, macaroni and cheese, french fries, cole slaw, potato and cheese or sauerkraut pierogi, desserts and homemade bread.

Patrons can dine in, and takeout also is available. The phone number is (304) 723-1648.

Oak Glen Class of 1969 making

plans for 50-year reunion

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen High School Class of 1969 will be holding its 50-year class reunion on Oct. 12 at the East Liverpool Country Club. Details and reservation letters will be sent out to class members in early May.

For information, contact Milli Hines at (304) 387-9646 or Linda Manley at (304) 387-0288.

Wellsburg Elks to host

annual wine-tasting social

WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Elks will hold their annual wine-tasting social from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 30 at the Wellsburg Elks Lodge, located at 834 Charles St.

The cost is $15 per person, and the event will feature wines made by members of the Tri-State Winemakers Club.