Painting on Slate

Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, will present a workshop entitled Painting on Slate on Friday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m.

We will use acrylic paints with a variety of stencils and brushes to create designs on weathered slate. All materials are provided. The cost is $12. There is an additional $3 charge for non-members of the Center. Please call the Garden Center for more information. Reservations are preferred.

Telephone (304) 242-0665 for more information or to make your reservations.

Union Local Financial Aid Workshop

Union Local High School is hosting a workshop to aid parents of seniors and college students in completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA is required by all colleges and universities to determine need based financial aid. The workshop will be held at Union Local High School, room 104. The session is scheduled for Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. There will be a representative from Ohio University to aid parents in completing the FAFSA. If you have any questions contact the Union Local guidance department at (740) 782-1181 or (740) 695-2886.

Evening Advocate Training

The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, a United Way Agency, will be holding a 30-hour training class for new volunteer advocates. Volunteer advocates help to cover the 24-hour victim hotline as well as give support to a victim in medical, legal and court settings. If you are over 18, have access to a car and a phone, and have 12 hours a month to give to help those who have been affected by sexual violence, please call Brenda or George at (304) 234-1783 for an application and more information.

Barnesville Area Education Foundation

The Barnesville Area Education Foundation is now accepting nominations to the Hall of Fame. Nominees can be living or deceased, must have attended, but not necessarily graduated from schools within the Barnesville Exempted Village School District with consideration being given to those who have displayed exceptional community service, high level of proficiency in their chosen profession, or have been commended or recognized for career achievements.

Nomination forms may be obtained by contacting Dave Johnson at (740) 425-1596, the Education Foundation (740) 425-3001, or by email at

Applications for this year's Hall of Fame will be accepted until Jan. 30, 2009.

Belmont County Coat Closet

The Coat Closet of Belmont County is open Monday and Friday from 3-5 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bellaire Christian Church on 3665 Belmont Street in Bellaire. Coats are free for those in need. One new coat is provided each year and sizes range from infant to adult. Donations are accepted and can include monetary, gently worn or new coats. For more information contact Margaret Paolucci at (740) 695-8470.

Bethesda - Belmont - Morristown Rotary

The Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club Dinner Meeting is every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. in the Bethesda Senior Center.

ABLE and BTC Classes

Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) and Belmont Technical College are pleased to announce a new partnership to encourage success - free ABLE classes that will meet every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Classes will provide assistance in reading, writing and math skills that a necessary for job, career or college success. For more information, contact Karen Taylor at (740) 695-9500 ext. 1026.

ABLE GED Test Preparation

The ABLE program offers free GED test preparation classes for adult learners who wish to obtain a high school diploma equivalency. Basic instruction is also provided to anyone who wishes to improve basic academic skills. Classes are individualized and self-paced. Classes are available at the following locations: Barnesville, Bellaire, Cadiz, Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville.

For additional information or to register, please call (740) 695-9130, ext. 165 or 800-350-1242.


The Belmont County WIC program will sponsor walk-in clinics on Tuesdays in St. Clairsville and on Wednesdays in Bellaire. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New clients need proof of address, proof of income and identification such as a drivers license or a social security card. Crib cards will be accepted for newborns. Clients who need recertified will need proof of income and their WIC folders. Also, a written authorization from a parent/guardian to have a child receive WIC services is needed if a parent/guardian is not with a child at the time of recertification. Belmont County WIC is having open enrollment the months of November and December. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that encourages breastfeeding and provides education to its clients. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, infants and children up to the age of five qualify. Working families are encouraged to apply. For more information call 695-0222 or 676-2232.