Community news from throughout the area

Smithfield Historical Society

plans Saturday open house

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Historical Society will host an open house at the museum, located on Main Street, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

All are welcome to stop in and view displays of town businesses, past Apple Festivals, churches and town history, a spokesperson noted. The museum also includes a room dedicated to Smithfield High School memorabilia.

Coffee and doughnuts will be served. For information, contact Linda Kovach at (740) 346-6043.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support

group meeting held monthly

STEUBENVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups available free of charge, open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one affected by the disease or another form of dementia.

Locally, the support group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., in room 1506.

For information or to confirm, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Country Friends announces

weekend entertainment

COLLIERS — Country Friends will host the Buffington Brothers on Friday and the Neon Knights on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., the dance starts at 7 p.m., and the hall closes at 10 p.m. for both events. There is a $5 cover charge per person on dance nights.

Open mic is Monday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the covered-dish meal is served at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge on Mondays, but donations are appreciated.

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 (304) 479-1270, (304) 748-2816 or (304) 797-0122. For a monthly schedule e-mail owlcinder@yahoo.com.

Christmas in July, open house at Pleasant Hill museum

STEUBENVILLE — The Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum, located at 3125 state Route 213, Steubenville, will be holding a Christmas in July fundraiser sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Gently used decorations may be dropped off at the school house on Friday or can be picked up. Arrangements can be made by contacting Connie Crawford at (740) 544-5666. Proceeds from the sale help with museum expenses.

The museum also will be holding an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Plans are for the open houses to be held on the second Sunday of the month throughout the summer.

Blessing of the animals,

pet memorial service Sunday

NEW MANCHESTER — Arner Funeral Home, the Hancock County Humane Foundation and Nessly Chapel United Methodist Church are partnering to hold a blessing of the animal service and a pet memorial service on Sunday at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester.

Both will be held at the middle pavilion at the park with the blessing service at 3 p.m. and the memorial service at 4:15 p.m.

“Come and help us fill your needs,” a news release notes, adding, “People and pets of all faiths are welcomed.”

TOPS No. 9739, Toronto,

honored for 30 years of service

TORONTO — TOPS No. 9739, an acronym for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, was recognized and awarded by its district during the conference held recently in Akron for having an active chapter for 30 years.

The group meets at the First United Methodist Church, 701 Main St., Toronto, every Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m.

Individuals interested in losing weight can attend their first meeting free. TOPS teaches how to follow a diet and exercise plan sensibly and offers member support, both on-line and in person, a spokesperson explained.

The group also participated in the Jefferson County Relay for Life on June 21, raising $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Ada Clark works on display

at fort as July’s featured artist

STEUBENVILLE — Octogenarian Ada Clark of Cadiz, a longtime member of the Steubenville Art Association, has works on display at Historic Fort Steuben at 120 S. Third St. as the featured artist for July.

“Ada has a very skillful watercolor technique and features landscapes, florals, boats and country roads in her many paintings on display and for sale,” an art association spokesperson said. An avid drawer and “plein-air” painter, Clark has attended Fred Graff workshops in the past, especially in Maine, and enjoys plein-air painting at Clendenning Lake and in Deersville as well as locally.

For many years, Clark was a Salt Fork Arts Festival exhibitor and has won a number of awards through the years at the Steubenville Art Association spring art shows where she continues to exhibit works.

Clark also is an associate member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and a member of the Carrollton Art Center and Southeastern Ohio Watermedia Society.

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