A Victorian Visit with Father Christmas

On Sunday, December 2, Father Christmas will visit the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum. This cherished tradition of Victorian Christmas Past dates from early nineteenth century. Father Christmas will listen to the wishes of children from noon to 3 p.m. In the Spirit of Christmas we are asking each child to bring one canned food item which will be donated to the local food bank.

A digital picture with Father Christmas will be available for a nominal fee. The museum is located at 532 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville, OH. For questions call 740 425-1112 or 425-1457.

Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum Victorian Christmas Tea

Bring your friends and enjoy a Victorian Tea in the splendidly decorated Victorian Mansion Museum to celebrate the Christmas Holidays. The Belmont County Historical Society is sponsoring the Christmas Tea on Friday, December 7, at 2 p.m. at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum, 532 N. Chestnut St. , Barnesville, OH. The fee is $15. The public is invited. The tour fee is extra.

Reservations are required, please call Judy at (740) 695-0766, or Nancy at 425-2273 by December 4.

Fall polka dance Nov. 17

The Barton Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a Fall Polka Dance on Saturday, November 17 from 7-11 p.m. featuring the sounds of the Polka Family Band. The dance will be held at St. Joseph School Hall at 55505 National Rd. in Bridgeport, Ohio. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Live Wire Entertainment will play a tribute to Eddie Blazonczyk who passed away on May of 2012. All of this polka music will be played from 6-7 p.m. Raffles, door prizes, cash bar will be available. No b.y.o.b or coolers permitted. Food will be sold by the women of St. Joseph Parish. Admission is $12 a person and children 18 and under free. No advanced tickets. For more information call 740-695-3029.

Soup and Sweets Lunch Dec. 1

Barnesville Rocks Baseball Cooperstown Team will be hosting a Soup and Sweets Lunch on December 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $6 and will include soup, rolls, dessert and drinks. Presale tickets will be available from any player or by contacting Mindy Johnson 238-1142.

Main Street UMC community Thanksgiving service

The public is invited to join the congregation of the Main Street United Methodist Church for a community Thanksgiving service on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at 7 p.m.

5 Loaves Food Ministry offering meals Nov. 22

The 5 Loaves Food Ministry, to be offered twice monthly in the basement of the First Christian Church of Barnesville will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 from 1-3 p.m., with a free Thanksgiving dinner beginning at noon in the New Life Center. For more information, call the church at (740) 425-2480. Special appointments may be made by calling Beth Dennis at (740) 359-5346. Anyone wishing to volunteer or donate food or money, may contact the church or donate online at fccbarnesville.org and going to the 5 Loaves Food Ministry page.

Flushing Garden Club meets Nov. 19

The Flushing Garden club will meet on Nov. 19 at the home of Nancy Mayo with Martha Debold serving as co-hostess. Barb Cencula will read the devotions. Roll Call will be to name your favorite herbal tea. The program titled Herbs will be presented by Donna Turley. Mary Betts will make the exhibit which is to be a Thanksgiving Arrangement

.Also on Nov. 26th the club will have a workshop at the Flushing Community Building at 6:30 p.m. to make Christmas swags. This workshop is an all member participation. Bring cutters, wire and different kinds of greenery. We will also be making wreaths to sell . Instructors will be Mary Betts and Michele Meyer.

MOVA meeting Nov. 27

The Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers Association will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:15 p.m. at the Washington County Career Center, SR676, Marietta. This will be a pot luck dinner, with drinks and table service provided by the club. Plans are being finalized for the Honey Bee Expo to be held Feb. 2, 2013, at the WVU Parkersburg Campus. www.angelfire.com/nb/movba

First Presbyterian Church collecting items for Operation Christmas Child

The First Presbyterian Church of Barnesville will be collecting shoe boxes and donations of childrens gifts to fill them, for needy children overseas through Operation Christmas Child. Gifts will be received at the church during office hours, Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon or before or after 10:30 a.m. church services on Sundays until November 18. For further information or to pick up a flyer call 425-3144.

Watt Center Winter Wonderland Sale Dec. 1

The annual Watt Center Winter Wonderland Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here is an opportunity for you to purchase decorations for your home. Also available for purchase will be the Taneyhill History Book, The Pictorial History of Barnesville, the 2013 Watt Calendar, Watt hats, and various Barnesville Christmas Bulbs. If you have any gently used decorations that you wish to donate, pleases contact Jean Davies at 425-1497, Beverly Hannahs at 425-1537, Sharon Hanse at 425-1483 or Mary Sidwell at 926-1547.

Local artist show and holiday sale Nov. 16 and 17

Barnesville artists Christa Devine and Sharon Hanse will be participating in the Local Artist Show and Holiday Sale in Marietta, Ohio on November 16th and 17th, 2012 in the Ballroom of the Lafayette Hotel, on Front Street in Marietta, Ohio. The hours will be 5 -9 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Local Artists Group has been presenting this show for over 25 years.

There are a number of artists this year, and some who are returning to the show. Some of the wonderful work to be presented includes: needle felting by Ann Amash; handmade portfolios by Claire Bogard; jewelry by Steve Combs, jewelry by Christa DeVine, iron work by Betsy Cook and Jan Dishong, Jewelry by Andrea Euser-Miller, wood carving by Keith Foster, jewelry by Jim Grecni, calligraphy by Sharon Hanse, photography by Kelly Harris, ceramic tiles by Traci Hein; painting by Frederick Jesser; tiles and painting by Marlene LAbbe; pottery by Margaret Lazer; paintings and art by Beth Nash; pottery by Zack Orcutt; art and printing by Bob Rosenstock; embossed paper by Russ Shaffer, art by Rita Schultheis; glass by Doug Sweet; jewelry by Paul Tescher; jewelry by Mike Trembly, and stained glass by Cindy Yeager.

Spaghetti dinner Nov. 30 benefits D.C. trip

The Barnesville High School Social Studies Department will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4 -7 p.m. The meal will include spaghetti, salad bread and drink. The cost is $7, with proceeds going toward the Washington, D.C. field trip in March.

Barnesville Street Department leaf pick up offered

The Street Department will once again pick up laves that are bagged and left curbside by residents of the Village of Barnesville. Bags must contain leaves only and will be picked up as time allows. No specific schedule will be followed. Bagged leaves may be dropped off by residents at the East End of the Depot parking lot.

Shamrock apparel sale to benefit BHS Junior Class

The Barnesville High School Junior Class is having a prom fund raiser. Items include blankets, bag chairs, stadium seats, seat cushions and other Shamrocks apparel perfect for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Anyone interested in purchasing any of these items should contact any student of the junior class, stop in the high school office, or contact one of the class officers to place your order: Junior Class President, Brian Clark at (740) 391-2677 or Junior Class Vice President, Layne McGee at (740) 238-2113.

WIC walk-in clinics offered

The Belmont County WIC Program will sponsor walk-in clinics every Wednesday in Bellaire. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The St. Clairsville office is located at the Belmont County Health Department and the Bellaire clinic is located in the Chase bank building. New clients need to bring proof of address, proof of income, proof of pregnancy and identification for themselves and newborns. Clients who need recertified will need proof of income and their WIC folders. The WIC folders are needed for coupon pick-up also. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that encourages breast feeding and provides nutrition education to its clients. Women who are pregnant, infants, and children up to the age of 5 years old qualify. Working families are encouraged to apply. For more information call 695-0222 or 676-2232.

Barnesville Middle School Book Fair Nov. 26-30

The Barnesville High School Book Fair will be held November 26-30. The book fair will be open during Family Night on Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. The them is One World, Many Stories.

Alzheimer support group meeting Nov. 27

The Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimers Association at (330) 650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900.

Upcoming Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary and Twig Fund raisers

Avon Sale, Friday, Nov. 30 from 7 a.m. 4 p.m. in the main lobby.

OGrady Memorial Scholarship Fund raffle tickets

50/50 raffle tickets are being sold to benefit the James M. OGrady Memorial Scholarship Fund. Jim taught math and was a guidance counselor at Union Local High School, and he also taught Drivers Education to countless people over the years. The scholarship is awarded to a Union Local High School senior who is attending Ohio University and majoring in education or a math-related field. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can call Michele at 425-2057 or Kelly at 425-4293.

Lets Go Green!

Recycling fundraiser benefits sports teams

McGee Recycling has teamed up with Shamrock athletics to start a recycling fund raiser. If you would like to donate your aluminum cans, drop them off to McGee Recycling at 475 Watt Avenue. Tell them you are donating them to the Shamrock sports team of your choice, and at the end of the season the team will get a check for the total amount of cans donated.

Dancing For a Cause

The Dancing For a Cause group r meets each Thursday from 6-7 p.m. in the Grange Hall on Shamrock Drive. People of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join them. They learn a new dance each week, but also review learned dances. All money collected is donated to local organizations. Past donations have been made to the Barnesville Elementary School for school supplies, a meals on a wheels program and the summer lunch program. For more information, call Rodona Dunfee.

Vet Center Representative in Barnesville

Attention area military veterans: R. Jeremy Harrison, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker at the Wheeling Vet Center and Iraq War veteran, will be in Barnesville every Thursday from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at the Veteran Service Commission Office, located at 113 W. Main St. Services include individual, and group counseling for PTSD, substance abuse, depression, and various other readjustment issues endured by combat veterans. Jeremy also provides marital/family therapy, bereavement therapy, hospital referrals and enrollment, benefit questions, among other services. Jeremy can be reached at his Wheeling office at (304) 232-0587, Monday through Friday or at the VSO on Thursdays at (740) 619-0326. Walk-ins welcome. Individuals with appointments will be given preference.