Soup and Sweets Lunch Dec. 7
A soup and sweets lunch will be held December 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Barnesville, Ohio. Tickets are $6 per person. Proceeds will benefit the 2014 Barnesville Rocks Cooperstown Team.
For further information call Darci Thompson 740-425-1443.

3Cs dinner meeting Dec. 9
The 3Cs Cancer Support Group dish dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 9 at the Barnesville Senior Citizen’s Center.  Meat, potatoes, rolls and beverage will be provided.  There will also be a $10 gift exchange.

Paint and Sip For Poms Poms to benefit cheerleaders
A series of Paint and Sip parties are being held in December with the proceeds to benefit the Barnesville High School cheer leading squad. Parties for children will be held on December 5 and 12 at 6 p.m. Cost is $20. Parties for adults, in which participants can bring their own wine to share, will be held on December 19 at 6 p.m. and December 20 at 7 p.m. Cost is $35. Cost includes all supplies. Payment is required in advance. A snack will also be provided. All parties will be held at Pryor’s Auction Barn on Pigeon Point Road. The  16  x 20 painting will be snowmen. For more information and to register, call Shelley Baum at 740-359-4007.

Chamber Christmas meeting Dec. 11
The December Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on December 11 at Emerald Pointe, 100 Michelli St.  Members are asked to RSVP at 425-4300 for this meeting. Cost is $5 per person. A portion of the funds collected for the Christmas luncheon will be donated to the Chamber’s Bill Ball Snowflake Fund. There will be a 50/50 raffle with two winners drawn.

Support group meeting Dec. 17
The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group will meet Tuesday, December 17 at  1p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry.
The meeting is free of charge and open to all caregivers, family members, and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at (330) 650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900.

Holiday Extravaganza Nov. 30
On November 30, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Real Life Community of Faith is presenting a Holiday Extravaganza at the Belmont Gym, 321 3rd St., Belmont OH.   This event will comprise of various tables with items for sale, including Avon, Tupperware, etc., handmade crafts, homemade food, along with prepared food and drinks.  This is a great opportunity for one-stop shopping to discover and purchase a Holiday gift for a special friend or maybe yourself.  Your purchase supports local community crafters, vendors, including Real Life Community of Faith’s missions in the area. Free admission except for vendors.

Depression & Bipolar Free Support Group meets
The Ohio Valley Depression & Bipolar Free Support Group meets monthly on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at Wheeling Jesuit University in Whalen Hall.
This is a free peer led group lead by a facilitator. It is up to you if you want to verbally participate in the group.  
For more information, contact Tom at 304-243-9406 or

Fresh greens workshop Dec. 12
Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, will present a workshop entitled Fresh Green Arrangements and Wreaths on Thursday, December 12, at 10:30 a.m.
Come join us for this holiday tradition.  We will be instructing on how to create fresh noble fir wreaths and mixed pine arrangements.  We will adorn with bows, berries, candles, birds, and any other accessory that might brighten your holiday table arrangement or wreath.  We must have your paid reservation of $25 by December 2nd to ensure that enough pine will be available for all who attend.  Your total cost will vary according to materials selected.  There is an additional $3 charge for non-members of the Center.  Please call the Garden Center for more information.  Reservations are required.  Telephone 304-242-0665 for more information or to make your reservation.  

BAMA Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 27
You are invited to join us for the B.A.M.A. Community Thanksgiving service at the Main Street United Methodist Church, Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7 p.m. Msgr. Mark Froehlich will provide the message.

Spaghetti dinner Dec. 3
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Barnesville High School American History classes will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner at the high school cafeteria. Tickets are $7 and take out will be available. Dinner includes spaghetti, bread, salad and a drink. Desserts will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the trip to Washington D.C. in April. For info call Mr. Nick Saffield at 425-3617 ext. 5168 .

Victorian Christmas Tea Dec. 6
To celebrate the beginning of the Christmas holidays, bring your family and friends and enjoy a Victorian Tea in the splendidly decorated Victorian Mansion Museum.  The Belmont County Historical Society is sponsoring a Christmas Tea on Friday, December 6 at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum, 532 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville.  Due to popular demand, this year there will be two seating’s for the tea.  The first seating will be at 11 a.m. and the second seating at 2 p.m..  The fee is $15.  The public is invited.  The tour fee is extra.
Reservations are required.   Payment and reservations are due by December 2.  Please call Judy at (740) 695-0766, or Nancy at 425-2273 to place your reservations.  Payment must be received prior to the event.   Please send check or money order to: BCHS, PO Box 434, Barnesville, OH 43713.

Flushing tree lighting Nov. 30
The WQED Pittsburgh Puppet Works will headline the annual tree lighting event at the Flushing Fire Hall on Sat., Nov. 30, 2013. The Business Association is honored to announce that this year’s program will include the flag raising and tree lighting at 5 p.m. followed by music from professional singer Hayley Watson. The fantastic WQED Pittsburgh Puppet Works will perform their  “Holiday HO HO HO Puppet Show” especially for you at 6:15. There will be Christmas finger puppets and gift bags for the kids, as well as cookies, hot chocolate and fruit for  everyone.  200th Anniversary Mugs will be for sale and Christmas packaging will be available.  See you there.

Chamber lighted Christmas parade Dec. 7
The Barnesville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2013 Christmas Craft Fair and Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The lighted parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Parade line-up will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Barnesville Middle School. Entries must use Christmas lights. Trophies will be awarded in three categories for 1st, 2nd  and 3rd place for all entries.   Entry. No registration fee is required for the parade. Santa Claus will be available to visit with children after the parade at the Barnesville Elementary School in the gymnasium.
Earlier that day, the craft fair will be held at the Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Merchandise available from the crafters will include fruit cake, fudge, cookies, jewelry, floral arrangements, homemade ornaments, signs, wall hangings, quilts and pillows.

 Woodsfield Christmas Festival Dec. 7
The 8th Annual Woodsfield Christmas Festival in Woodsfield, Ohio will be Saturday, December 7.  Events include Breakfast with Santa; Kiwanis Ornament Walk; Santa’s Workshop; Craft Show at Monroe County Court House; Holiday Bazaar at United Methodist Church; Santa’s Workshop at St. Sylvester’s School; Pictures with Santa at Pat’s Gift Shoppe; Carriage Rides; Monroe Artists Holiday Mart; Lighted Parade at 6 p.m.; ending with a Holiday Concert by the Monroe Singers at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church on Main Street.  Contact Ruth Workman at 740-838-1047 for more information.
Hospital Twig fundraisers planned
Upcoming Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary and Twig Fundraisers:
Christmas ornament sale sponsored by the Cypress Twig (wood-snowman or Christmas bulb shape). Order forms are available at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby.
Bake Sale — Friday, December 13,  10 a.m. in the main lobby.
Philodendron Twig Fundraiser — Friday, December 6,  7 a.m. - 4 p.m.  in the classroom. For sale will be college and NFL sweatshirts, purses, sheets/comforters and other gift items.
Quilt Raffle  — Tickets will be available at the events listed above and are available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby. The drawing will be held on Friday, December 13.

Batesville Sportsman’s Club turkey shoot every Sunday
The Batesville Sportsman’s Club, State Route 147 west to Grant Moore Road (signs will be posted)  will have a turkey shoot every Sunday through December beginning at noon.

Dancing For A Cause meets each Thursday
Want to have fun, exercise and help local charities and organizations? The Dancing For A Cause group continues to hold classes each Thursday from 6-7 p.m. in the Grange Hall building on Shamrock Drive. Women and men 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. The group’s latest donation went to the Tri County Women’s Help Center. Past donations have been made to the Barnesville Elementary School for school sup- plies, a meals on a wheels program, the    summer lunch program, the Junior Women’s Club food drive for St. Vincent DePaul, relief efforts for victims of Superstorm Sandy, The Haven, Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library and 3Cs Cancer Support Group and the Somerton United Methodist Church rebuilding fund. For more information, call Rodona Dunfee at 425-1587.

Barnesville Veterans Service office reopened
The Barnesville satellite office of the Belmont County Veterans Service Commission has re-opened for business. The office, located at 113 W. Main St., Barnesville, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. The office phone number is 740-619-0326.

WIC walk-in clinic in Bellaire
The Belmont County WIC Program will sponsor walk-in clinics every Thursday in Bellaire only.  The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Bellaire WIC office is located in the Case Bank building on the 4th floor, Room 402.  
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, breast-feeding, infants, and children up to the age of 5 years old qualify.  Working families are encouraged to apply.  For more information call 740-676-2232.