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“Encompassing the Arts for Seniors” will be the title of the four courses that will be offered at the Strand Theater in Moundsville from March.

All classes will be for seniors and will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be 12 classes, each being offered on three different dates.

Participants can register for one phase or participate in all four specialized phases.

Strand Theater president Justin Jones gave details on the phases.

The first phase will focus on painting and will be limited to 18 participants (the other three phases will have no limitation of participants). Sherrard Middle School art teacher Ruth Keim will lead this unique landscape painting class using one-point perspective, from the initial pencil sketch to the final acrylic painting. The objective of the course is to encourage visual art as a form of self-expression. The dates for this course are March 1, 8 and 15.

Creative Writing will take place March 22, 29, and April 5 with Jonna Kusky, AP teacher at John Marshall, guiding her class in writing, which will help each person develop their storytelling style. Participants will seek inspiration by reading and discussing Mentor Texts in a variety of mediums, recognizing patterns and plot structures in Mentor Texts, brainstorming and free writing ideas for general stories. The objective of the course will be that participants have produced at least one text that tells a story of personal importance. This will be phase 2.

The art of improvisation will be undertaken by participants in Phase 3 which will take place on April 12, 19 and 26. Local actor, director and youth theater teacher Micah Underwood will lead this group of “students”. They will learn and practice skills in character creation, storytelling and creativity. During the culminating event, participants will take suggestions from the audience to guide their improv games. The aim of the course is to provide a low-pressure forum for participants dealing with theater skills.

“Rhythm In Music” will take place on May 3, 13 and 17. Participants will become familiar with bass and drum tone, play instruments, improvise accompaniments and analyze/evaluate performances. The objective of the course will be to understand the importance of rhythm in music and its relation to history and culture. The class will be led by Sherrard Middle School Group Principal Jason Birch. This will be phase 4.

There will be a final appointment which will be the “Talent Showcase” to be held on May 24th during which class participants will share their knowledge in a climactic showcase.

Register online at or by calling the Senior Citizens Center at 304-845-8200.

The Strand will also host a Historical Society event at 4pm today. Sean McCracken, producer, director and screenwriter and on-air personality of a West Virginia-based true-crime YouTube channel better known as MysteriousWV, will explain his process of finding former cold cases. Admission will be $10.

The musical group “Bridges” will be presented at 7 p.m. on February 26.

The annual “Moundsville’s Got Talent” event will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on March 12; while organist Dennis James will be featured on April 16; and the Missoula Children’s Theater will run June 20-26.

The annual Marshall County Strings Program titled “Making Music Magical” will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts.

The benefit concert will feature well-known Disney tunes from favorite movies performed by the Electric Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Cello Ensemble, Violin Ensemble and String Orchestra

Selections will include music from ‘Frozen’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Toy Story’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and other Disney classics. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Robert James “Jim” Gracey Memorial Scholarship and the Marshall County Strings Program Scholarship.

Owen Willis, 14, a Marshall County 4-H member, won the State 4-H Rifle Competition in the senior division held earlier this month at Jackson’s Mill.

It was Willis’ first time playing at the senior level. His score was 508 with 14 bull’s eyes.

He became the first-ever gold medalist for this event from Marshall County. He has been in the sports shooting program for six years.

Owen is the son of Ben and Tracy Willis. Zane Magnone and Braydn Ruckman also represented Marshall County at the state level and finished 11th in the senior and junior classes respectively.

The kids were coached by 4-H air rifle coaches Ben Willis, Nancy Weeks and Chris Scamehorn.

The West Virginia 4-H Shooting Sports Program encompasses the goals of building volunteer leadership skills for youth and families and environmental stewardship.

The John Marshall High School football schedule for 2022 was released last week. The Monarchs will have five home games and five away games. The schedule is as follows: home of the university high school on August 26; Weir High away Sept. 2; Bridgeport (WV) High away on September 9; Buckhannon-Upshur High home on September 16; Parkersburg South High home Sept. 23; Keyser High home on October 7; at Brooke High on October 14; at Morgantown on October 21; Home of Linsly School on October 28; at Wheeling Park on November 4.

The Marshall County Historical Society will host a Photograph Identification and Preservation Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on April 9 at the MCHS Museum at 13th Street and Lockwood Avenue in Moundsville.

Erin Rothenbeuhler, Director of the Bellaire Public Library, will lead the workshop and will also discuss the different types of photographs, how to date photographs by technology used and content, and how to best preserve family photos for the future.

The registration fee will include the workshop, handouts of the information presented, and a small archival box and folders to begin the process of properly storing the photographs.

Places will be limited to 20 participants.

Reservations must be made in advance prepaid by calling 304-845-1411 or emailing [email protected]

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