PITTSBURGH - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh will hold its annual beer-pairing reception and dinner fundraising event with Victory Brewing Co. at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Taste of Art Restaurant at the Art Institute.
Entry to the reception only, which will be held in the Art Institute's Gallery, is $20. Entry to the reception and the five-course dinner following is $75.
All proceeds benefit the Art Institute's Education Foundation.
For reservations, contact Roger Levine at (412) 291-6200, extension 7532.
Library to host local author Carbasho
WEIRTON - Tracy Carbasho, the author of "Nike," will give a special presentation at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.
Library Director Richard Rekowski said the book appeals not only to sports fans but also to business professionals and marketing experts who can learn from the Nike examples outlined in Carbasho's work. He encouraged the public and local businesspeople to attend the presentation, which will be held in the downstairs activity room.
"The book is full of examples that demonstrate how and why Nike has become such a successful company. Perhaps there are strategies that could be beneficial to local companies that are struggling in today's economy," said Rekowski. "I also think this is a very useful and easy-to-read book because it includes a helpful index that enables readers to search for a particular topic or sports personality."
Carbasho, a resident of Colliers, will be signing copies of her book following the presentation. "Nike" features interviews with top-name sports celebrities, including Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings; Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns; and basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski from Duke University. In addition, national marketing experts offer their perspective on why Nike supported Tiger Woods amid controversy at a time when other companies distanced themselves from the golfer.
Carbasho is available to speak to local organizations, schools and libraries about the book and the personal obstacles she overcame while completing the project. She can be reached at (304) 914-8316.
Children's book author to visit
STEUBENVILLE - Renata Bowers, author of the children's book "Frieda B. Herself," will be conducting a book tour in the Steubenville area, visiting numerous schools, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
During her visits Renata planned on telling children the book's key message - the importance of dreaming big.
Bowers developed "Frieda B." to be a role model to inspire kids to dream big. The book follows Frieda through a bunch of her colorful adventures and dreams, giving children an example of how silly and bold they can be.
During her two-day Steubenville-area book tour Renata will be visiting Wintersville Elementary, East Elementary, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary, Wayne Elementary schools; the Franciscan University of Steubenville; the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County; and the School of Bright Promise.
For information, go to www.friedab.com.
Whiteman to perform at coffeehouse
STEUBENVILLE - Marvin Whiteman will perform Dec. 3 at the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church Coffeehouse, 3279 state Route 213.
Whiteman, blind since birth, has performed with bands, as a soloist, songwriter and piano player. He is a song leader at revivals, retreats, church meetings, Vacation Bible Schools, church camps, dinners and other events.
The community is invited to come to the coffeehouse from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for an evening of musical entertainment. A donation of $5 is suggested, or those attending may bring a new toy to be donated to the Toys for Tots program. Snacks will be available for purchase.
Wright to perform at Vineyard Cafe
WHEELING - Franni Lee Wright will be the featured performer during the Up Close in Concert music series Tuesday at the Vineyard Cafe.
The evening begins with open mic from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m followed by Russ Buchanan at 8 p.m. and concluding with Wright.
Buchanan is from Wellsburg and has performed for years across the Tri-State Area as a country music singer, comedian, drummer and guitarist. He has performed at the Wheeling Jamboree and also has been a regular at Ed Brown's Victoria Theater.
Wright from Wheeling performs mostly soft rock music. She will be performing an acoustic set and will be joined by several friends, including Tim "T-bone" Brown on lead guitar and vocals. Wright has won several local singing competitions, including the Wheeling Casino's Star Quest and a competition at Undo's restaurant. She has been featured at the Ed Brown's Victoria Theater and the Wheeling Jamboree on numerous occasions and was the featured performer at the Vineyard Cafe's Saturday in the Park Concert at Wheeling Amphitheater in the summer of 2008.
The Vineyard Cafe is in the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Run Road. For information, visit www.vineyard-cafe.com or call (304) 242-0463.
Bethany College to host choir concert
BETHANY - The Bethany College Choir, directed by David J. Rudari, assistant professor of music, and accompanied by Sun Jung Lee, lecturer in music, will present Music for the Holiday Season at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Bethany's commencement hall.
In conjunction with the performance, the college's social work program will be accepting donations for the Carry On Campaign to benefit West Virginia's children in foster care.
The concert program will include a traditional holiday choral repertoire as well as selections that include audience participation. Performances of "In the Bleak Midwinter," arranged by Jay Althouse; "Mary Did You Know," arranged for the men of the Choir by Rudari; "Long Ago in Bethlehem," arranged by Thygerson; "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," arranged by Holst; Praetorius' setting of "Lo, How a Rose"; Adolphe Adam's "O Holy Night"; and Rossi's "Conditor Alme Siderum" will round out the choral performances.
The Social Work Program and Social Awareness Club will have boxes posted near the entrance to the hall for donations for the Carry On Campaign, sponsored by the state of West Virginia.
The goal of the campaign is to provide luggage for children moving to and from foster homes.
Many of these children have nothing more than a plastic garbage bag in which to carry the few clothes and belongings they may be taking with them as they move between residences. There are now more than 4,000 children in West Virginia's foster care system.
Attendees can help by donating new or clean, gently-used luggage or duffle bags left empty or packed with the following items needed by the children: toothbrush and toothpaste, non-perishable snacks, hair brush, books, coloring books and crayons, blanket, disposable camera, stuffed animal and journal.
All donations will be taken to the West Virginia Division of Health and Human Services offices in Wheeling to be distributed to children throughout the Northern Panhandle region of the state.
The community is cordially invited to attend the performance. There is no admission charge. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (304) 829-7329.
Orchestra coming to Weirton church
WEIRTON - The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the First Christian Church on Main Street.
There is no charge for the public to attend the orchestra's only local performance, and this is the second year in a row the orchestra has performed at the church.
The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra was founded by Alan Epstein in 2002 and gave its first public performance on April 11, 2003. Pittsburgh now has the largest mandolin orchestra in the U.S., comprised of more than 40 active musicians of all ages and backgrounds under director Charley Rappaport, a world master folk musician. Following the performance, a reception will be held to welcome the orchestra members and members of the public in attendance.
Continuing in the spirit of this special season, the First Christian Church will have its annual candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. All are welcome.
Santa comes to Brooke Hills Park
WELLSBURG - Kids are invited to tell Santa their Christmas wishes at Brooke Hills Parks annual brunch with Santa set for 11 a.m. Dec. 4.
The cost is $5 per child, and pre-registration is required. Children in fourth grade and younger are welcome. To pre-register, call (304) 737-1236.
'Rain' comes to Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH - "Rain," a multi-media tribute to the Beatles, will present songs from the group's beginnings through the late-60s psychedelic period Jan. 11-16 at Heinz Hall.
The event will fuse historical footage and '60s television commercials with songs including "Let it Be," "Hey Jude," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Come Together" and "Can't Buy Me Love."
Order tickets online at pgharts.org, by calling (412) 392-4900 or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square, located at 655 Penn Ave.
Group of 10 or more, call (412) 392-4819.