Children Services board meets today
The Washington County Children Services Board will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. today at 204 Davis Ave., Marietta.
Independence Twp. trustees meet today
The Independence Township trustees will have their regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the townhouse on Upper Archers Fork Road.
'Run for Fun Poker Run' on Saturday
The second annual "Run for Fun Poker Run" sponsored by Sinners-n-Saints Inc. is set for Saturday.
The run begins at the Valley Inn in Beverly. The first bike out will be at 11 a.m., last bike out at 1 p.m., and last bike in at 5 p.m. The run will end at the Sinners-n-Saints Spring Fling, halfway between Beverly and McConnelsville on Ohio 60.
Portions of the proceeds will go to benefit Tina Miller and local food pantries. Miller has requested half of her proceeds be donated to Ava Nichols.
For more information: (740) 336-2124.
Longaberger basket bingo Saturday
A Longaberger Basket and Pottery Bingo will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beverly-Center Elementary School. Doors open at 1.
The event is sponsored by the Buckeye All-Stars Boosters to raise money for the 2010-11 season. Pre-sale tickets are $20, with a large hamper as the door prize for pre-sale ticket holders. Tickets are $25 at the door.
For more information: 984-8060.
'Welcome home' recital Saturday
Jessica's Dance Company will hold its "Welcome Home" recital at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Marietta High School. Doors open at 6. Tickets at the door are $9 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets can also be purchased today and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the studio on Second Street in Marietta at a reduced rate of $8 per student and $9 per adult.
For more information: (304) 488-6903.
Strawberry Festival at Farmers market
The River City Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 922 Front St., Marietta.
Items available this week include onions, lettuce, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, peas, beets, cabbage, strawberries, herbs, flower and vegetable plants, jellies, molasses, honey, maple syrup, pork, ground beef, rabbit, lamb, baked goods and hand-crafted items.
A Strawberry Festival is the market's next event, set for 9 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to come and taste foods made with strawberries by the market's vendors. There will also be strawberries hand-dipped in chocolate. Donations are appreciated.
For more information: (740) 984-2840, (304) 428-4641, rivercityfarmersmarket.org or rivercityfarmersmarket.blogspot.com
Benefit to help with funeral costs
Members and friends of the Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle in Chesterhill will be holding a benefit dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kidz Kreation House, 7005 Marion St., Chesterhill, next to "The Station" on Ohio 377.
Purpose of the benefit dinner will be to help Gracie and Bill Hill cover the cost of their son, Leroy Hill's funeral expenses.
Dinners will be available to eat on the grounds or for take-out. All donations will be appreciated.
St. Marys community band to perform
The St. Marys Community Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the St. Marys Marina Building in St. Marys, W.Va.
Selections on the evening's program will include, "Emblem of Freedom," "The Symphonic Gershwin," "Praise to the Lord," "Meditation from 'Thais,'" "The Whistler and His Dog," "Bullets and Bayonets," "The Great Steamboat Race," "Who's That Masked Man," "The British Invasion: Hits of the '60s," and "E Pluribus Unum."
The band will also perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Belpre Civitan Park.
Both concerts are free.
First aid course offered in June
The Washington County Red Cross is offering a first aid course at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10. The course will last approximately three-and-a-half to four hours, and will cover basic first aid, choking, seizures, strokes and hypothermia. Participants who complete the course will be certified. The cost of the course is $30, and participants must sign up and pay before June 10. The class will be held at the Washington County Red Cross, 401 Fourth St., Marietta.
For more information: 373-0281.
Agency helps secure money for projects
Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District is committed to assisting the counties across the region with securing grant funding for projects.
For consideration of funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Community Development Block Grants and the Economic Development Administration, applicants should complete a project profile. The profile is now available at www.buckeyehills.org/forms/grant or by calling 374-9436.
The profile form collects basic information about the project, including contact information; project description, type and readiness; regional impact; funding sources and total project costs; and project partners.
Qualifying state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing) may apply for the competitive grants programs. Representatives from these organizations may draw from the expertise and assistance available from Buckeye Hills to navigate the grants process.
Applicants complete the form and submit it to Buckeye Hills. Based on the project information provided, staff will determine the proper potential funding source and begin the process of assembling budgets and requesting full project applications.
Projects must serve residents in one or more of the region's eight counties: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington. While each funding source with has specific goals, they generally address the following issues: create/retain private sector jobs (ARC, EDA); extend or upgrade water or sewer services (ARC, CDBG); provide quality health care (ARC); provide job skills training (ARC); and/or develop or improve infrastructure for residents (ARC).
All project profiles are due to Buckeye Hills no later than 4 p.m. Friday, June 11.
For more information: 374-9436.
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