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September 13, 2016

Theater Classes in Martins Ferry

Martins Ferry resident Megan Simcox is launching the ACTive Roles Theatre Company, which is set to begin this fall at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center. An informational meeting will be held at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center, 401 S. Fourth St., at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, for any interested students ages 10 to 18 and parents/guardians; however, attendance at the meeting is not mandatory to participate. The theater group is free to join. More information can be found at or by contacting Simcox at


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One of the yoga programs at the Good Zoo focuses on meerkats.

Be Part of the VILLAGE

TEAM VILLAGE, a new social action group for parents, grandparents, community members and professionals who serve children, will begin meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 18th Street, Wheeling, this month. The group's mission is "to bring a village together to take care of our children." Members of the group will work together to link families and community resources. The first session is a meet-and-greet on Sept. 24. For more information, call Sheila McGee, 740-633-2533, Judi Saunders, 740-635-3451, Marlene Midget, 304-374-2079, or the Rev. Marci Allen, 304-281-9390.


Animals, Yoga and Fun

Children of all ages and their parents can experience the benefits of yoga in a fun, natural environment, at the Oglebay Good Zoo this fall. The animals will be the "teachers" as children practice animal asanas (yoga postures) and learn about how ancient yogis modeled their exercise by observing wildlife.

Classes are taught by certified yoga instructor Jomana Papillo, who has trained with Louise Goldberg and ChildLight Yoga in yoga for special needs children. Classes focus on fun basic yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Classes emphasize creative expression, games, books, music, positive affirmations and lots of storytelling.

Each class also will include lessons about the animals at the zoo. The same class is offered twice a week, on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, to fit family's schedules.

There is a fee for classes, which include one adult and one child. There are discounts for zoo members, multiple classes and additional siblings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.

For a registration form, visit or visit the zoo. For information, call 304-243-4100.



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