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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Saturday, Feb. 23

February 23, 2019

CIRCUS: Garden Brothers Circus, a traditional European-style three-ring circus featuring a 100-minute performance by performers from 22 countries, offers shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Big Sandy Superstore Arena. An interactive Kids Fun Zone offers elephant, camel and pony rides, giant slide and bouncy house. Tickets are $30 for adults and $14 for children.

NINE: Time passes by so quickly - it has been nine years since Mother lost her last remaining sister, Nellie Adkins Colon. Residing in Chicago, Ill., at time of death and years before, she took her last breath Feb. 19, 2013, just four days before her birthday. Nellie, formerly of Huntington, suffered a long time with her illness but her unwavering love for her West Virginia family never failed. Her frequent phone calls continue to be missed.

NOODLES: “Spaghetti in the Snow” is from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the fellowship hall of Kellogg Church, 4430 Piedmont Road. The menu includes salad, dessert and drink. The cost is $7; $4 ages 6 and younger. Eat in or take out are available. Proceeds help the church missions.

AUDITIONERS: Students auditioning for the 58th Young People’s Concert Open Competition for Soloist sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Huntington and Music Department of Marshall University in January included Wyatt McCarty, senior at Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, who received an honorable mention. He was accompanied by Amy Moore; Natalie Parra, senior at Calvary Baptist Academy in Hurricane, accompanied by Vickie Cavendish; Christina Sivaprakasam, junior at George Washington High School in Charleston, accompanied by Michael Sivaprakasam; and Alice Zhang, senior at Fairland High School, with Mila Markum, accompanist.

SPEAKER: The Rev. David Richards, retired pastor of Second Presbyterian Church with 17 years’ experience, speaks Sunday, Feb. 24, at Enslow Park Presbyterian Church, where he has participated in Lenten season services and “Kirkin’ of the Tartans” service.

STUDENT: Carley Lester of Chesapeake, Ohio, was named to the dean’s list for the undergraduate students for the fall 2018 term at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio. Students with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher are eligible for this list.

PROGRAM: West Virginia University Extension Service and Cabell County Libraries continue the Leap into Science program for ages 3-10 and their families throughout Cabell County. The “Family Workshop” begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Cox Landing Library.

READER: Diane Mufson emailed this note: “I, and just about everyone in Huntington, enjoy reading your column.” Thanks sweet lady for those kind words.

OFFICERS: St. Paul Lutheran Church recently elected the following council officers for 2019: Pastor Kevin Mackey, president ex-officio; Steve Golder, vice president; Norma Gensler, secretary; Andrew Wellman, treasurer; and Linda Schneider, financial secretary. Other elected members include: Rick Eid, Chris Eid, Barbara Garnett, Neil Arneson, Jacqui Veres, Carolyn Fornash, John Scott, Bernadette Wellman and Rick Veres.

VISITING: A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series at Marshall University presents Hanif Abdurraqib, poet, essayist and cultural critic at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room, in celebration of Black History Month. The author presents a reading, question-and-answer session and book signing. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by Student Affairs, Office of Intercultural Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, College of Liberal Arts and Department of English.

GRADS: Putnam County residents graduating from West Virginia University for the fall 2018 semester included Casey Criner, Nitro, business administration; Cheyenne McNeil, dance, and John Reed, industrial engineering, Poca; Jaden Hardesty and Micah Hardesty, integrated marketing communications; Brandon Johnston, management information systems; Chad Melton, accounting, finance; Karley Rogers, child development and family studies; Karley Rogers, early childhood development; Karley Rogers, infant/toddler education; Dell Smith, regents bachelor of arts; Allison Stephens, early intervention/early childhood special education, all of Scott Depot; Alexander Amick, finance; Sydney Hancock, speech pathology and audiology; Sydney Hancock, early childhood development; Michael Vande Linde, criminology, English; Darian Wikel, nursing, all of Winfield.

REVIVAL: “Revive us again ” Revival services with Pastor Chris Fulks begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Ona. Services also begin at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 25-27. Music is provided by Bloomingdale Baptist on Monday and Susannah Baptist, Tuesday. A nursery and children’s program are available nightly.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Myra Yates, Jim Reiter, Karen Dailey, Fenton Cummings, Debbie Benton, Jeanette Bailey, Carla Seamonds, Dottie Daugherty, Anna Hodges, Katie Schultz, Brian Dilcher, Dawn Ball, Cecil Wilks, Cole Wood, Peggy Mynes, Jeannie Hewitt, Marlana Trent, Ryan Damron, Will Frazier, Caleb Wise, Mary Reinhardt.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARY: Michael and Alicia Watts (1991).

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Sandra Hickman, Julianna Crawford, Melinda Sheils, Kennon Clarkson, Dale Duespohl, Jeramy Rice, Jordan Fulford, Ashley Goedel, Dusty Reynolds, Melinda Fletcher, Maggie Franks, Shayne Goedel, Mike Skeens, Daniel Wendel, Sue Stewart, Phillip Wolfe spins the last of the 50s at 59, Piper Jade McComas becomes a teenager at 13.

SUNDAY’S ANNIVERSARY: Steve and Pam Matson.

Send items to Brenda Lucas, P.O. Box 596, Ona, WV 25545; fax to 304-526-2857; or email to bklucas53@aol.com.